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Family Trees - Genealogy

Family Trees - Genealogy
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Copyright: Dawn McKenzie Wykes (Dawn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 98 N: 3374] (17650)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-16
Categories: Daily Life, Nature
Camera: Canon EOS 30D, Canon EF-S 17-85 f/4-5.6 IS USM, Marumi 67mm c-pl
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-01 21:44
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Points: 20
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Family Trees…. Genealogy…

Are you interested ?

I am…

If the surnames: Wykes or Alder, pop up in your family tree, maybe your related to me?..Let me know if they do.

Just recently I have started to trace my family roots online, using “ancestory.com”

It’s a fasinating hobby, finding out about your Great, great, great great, great Grandfather…and then using Google Earth… to drop on in to his street that he once walked down some 400-500 years ago ( In England)…. How cool is that !

I remember a cousin asking me about it, and saying…”why are you bothering about all this, ..”their all dead” ! But I feel its really interesting, and it gives you a sense of belonging, finding your roots from way way back..and its something you can pass down to future generations in your family.

And while building the Family Tree Online, you can add photos of each family member.. so photography comes into this hobby also.

Often of course, you find some skeltons in the cupboard…(that’s another story!!…)

Its also a way of contacting relatives who you haven’t seen or heard from for some time,(when you nag them for birth dates of their family members etc,) so it has its positive side, and also hearing from ( like I have) 6th Cousins, 3 times removed in England ( via the internet searching)… and hopefully one day I will be meeting them.

Here we have some Pine Trees (that weren’t blown over in the recent storm) in a park just down the road from where I live in Manly, Whangaparaoa

Tech stuff: (well not too tech for me!) …I had a fiddle here, and applied a posterize filter at a low threshold, you can see that on the trunks, also Gamma correct to lighten, and some saturation, and sharpened...oh yes and I pruned a few branches. :-)

Thanks for taking a look…
Dawn Wykes (nee)

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Hello Dawn. I like the trees and how the branches of both takes us all over the image. It remind me of a spider web at the very top of the frame. I think using the flash would had given the trunks a bit more light, though the darkened logrs create a nice contrast with the pale sky. Well compose image with excellent sharpness and fine colours. I like the effect create by the trees and the way they create a pattent on the sky. Thanks for sharing.


Hi Dawn,

Great shot of these beautiful trees, reaching high into the sky. Good pp-work too, one can hardly tell.. My aunty in NZ has completed our family genealogy book, it is very interesting. Hope you can complete yours one day. Well done, TFS! Greetings from Bianca.

Pleased to have another get bitten by the gene bug. Sorry Dawn but there is no cure and it only gets worse, the more you find the more you dig and then oh gosh was I meant to have cooked dinner? Dad gave me a huge head start when he gave the tree to me to take over as he had started it back in 1982 and all trios back to NZ included mind games with cousins etc and he would return to Qld like a kid with a new toy. Actually I am not sure which is worse, genealogy or photography. (both so much fun)
I love your trees,

Hi Dawn,

Impressive POV, giving your shot more visual impact! Excellent clarity lighting and composition. Interesting note.

the cool perspective, the good light well are cooperating with the whole, good work

interesting pov dawn. the lines are leading to the details up above the trees... nice sharpness seen on the bark of the trees.. tfs


Love the pov you used very interesting Dawn. It gives me a little vertigo.Good lighting as well.

Grtz PIm

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2007-08-03 2:01]

hi dawn;
verynice captured adn light..super pov..selamlar

Hello Dawn,
Even though I have seen many more beautiful images of your site, I had to remark on this image as I noticed an image that you titled," enjoying the sight, LOL".
So with this image, I thought I would attend my focus in thanking the family trees from not being grafted somewhere along its route into the heavens above and becoming "One" family tree.
I have always liked peering skyward through the branching arms of trees, my favorite was one that I kept manicured for about 15 years, an English Walnut that was about 60 years old. The incredible soft light and the massive limbs made one feel very miniscule when standing beneath its strength, I miss it greatly every spring and summer...
Have a Great weekend and week ahead.

Hi Dawn,

I like your angle on shooting the trees. Nice sunlight hitting the trunks, lovely blue sky, etc... I need to start looking UP more at the trees instead of straight on.

:) Lisa

I know a bit about my family tree too.... My dad has his parents family tree that goes back for some time, but it's all in Greek!! I went to Ellisisland.com and found the ship that my mom's dad came over from Cyprus. Interesting to find.

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