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Copyright: Bulent Atalay (batalay) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6786 W: 476 N: 12169] (41257)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-12
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D-70, 18-70mm DX Zoom Nikkor, 62mm UV
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): favorites.alt, Landscapes, Moody, Impressive Shots, Daily Drive to Work..., More than 300 points to 400 - (photos) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-09-15 21:07
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Points: 338
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Located on the border of the Northern (Union) States and Southern (Confederate) States, Fredericksburg, Virginia changed hands a total of seven times during battles of the Civil War (1861-’65). The Confederate States were fighting to break off, to secede, from the Union, and the Union Troops were fighting to stop their secession. Most people who think about the event now — laymen and scholars alike — regard it as a national tragedy in which families were divided, “brothers fighting against brothers.” Abraham Lincoln, who hailed from the midwestern State of Illinois, was the President of the United States during those war years, and is now recognized as one of the 3-4 greatest Presidents, precisely because the North prevailed in the war, and the union was preserved.

On a bone-chilling week in December 1862, the Battle of Fredericksburg was fought, pitting over 100,000 Union and Confederate soldiers against each other. The hauntingly beautiful battlefield presents a poignant vision — of an area where thousands of young soldiers died.

My daily drive to work to teach my classes takes me through a 7-km stretch of the Fredericksburg Battlefield, with the trenches used by the Confederate troops running alongside the narrow meandering roadway. In the early morning rays from the rising sun filter through the trees, in this instance there was a thick fog just beyond the trees that dispersed the light and created a special glow. The time for this photo was 7:50 am on September 12, and I was rushing to make an 8:00 am class. I shot the image with a Nikon D-70;18-70-mm lens, uv-filter, tripod.

I would like to dedicate this to Henryk_bilor, who has produced some remarkable shots with low-lying fog, and the sun filtering through distant trees, for example in this image. Regards Henryk.

PS in revisiting this photo, I was listening to Bach's Toccata and Fugue(BWV 540) playing in the background. That is the music that has to accompany this photo.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To happypoppeye: Students waiting?batalay 2 2007-09-15 10:04
To meltemi: Battlefield.batalay 1 2007-09-15 10:25
To imago_lux: Battlefield...batalay 1 2007-09-16 06:47
To Burberry1: Light through the trees...batalay 1 2007-09-16 07:23
To feather: light through the trees...batalay 1 2007-09-16 08:27
To john_c: light through the trees...batalay 1 2007-09-16 09:24
To Wandering_Dan: Light thrugh the trees...batalay 2 2007-09-16 10:46
To delic: battlefield...batalay 1 2007-09-16 03:24
To asajernigan: Battlefield...batalay 1 2007-09-18 08:08
To setenay: sisli ve günesli...batalay 1 2007-09-18 08:38
To papagolf21: Classic Musicbatalay 2 2007-09-20 12:44
To jwmunro: Battlefield...batalay 1 2007-09-20 09:24
To Yar: Battlefield...batalay 1 2007-09-20 01:42
To donluicu: points...batalay 1 2007-09-20 02:45
To alvaraalto: Dutch Goden Agebatalay 1 2007-09-21 04:23
To carper: Light through the trees...batalay 1 2007-09-21 06:18
To adores: Sunrise over Battlefield...batalay 1 2007-09-21 06:37
To jmdaoudal: Battlefield...batalay 1 2007-09-27 05:13
To salvator: Battlefield...batalay 1 2007-09-30 02:24
To DLM: Light through the trees...batalay 1 2007-10-02 11:25
To tober: Sis ve günes parmaklari...batalay 2 2007-10-04 04:16
To werhangers: Light through the trees...batalay 1 2007-10-03 01:23
To amino: Light through the trees...batalay 1 2007-10-08 04:01
To kmarscher: Light through the trees...batalay 1 2007-10-28 12:59
To kibele66: Isik hüzmeleri...batalay 1 2007-11-16 05:37
To branley: Light through the trees...batalay 1 2007-11-17 09:19
To Didi: Workshopbatalay 1 2007-12-04 02:09
To Chris3: Light through the treesbatalay 1 2008-03-23 07:20
To BWJ: Battlefield...batalay 1 2008-06-12 08:54
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Hi Bulent,

This is one of the best shots of higly qualified photographers indeed. THe sunlight is superbly captured here. Very nice light. Great effects. Just love it. Tell you what, I have always tried to find this kind of place, but no luck so far. You got it.


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  • ls7902 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 986 W: 194 N: 1670] (7348)
  • [2007-09-15 21:29]

Hello Bulent,
Beautiful & mystical rays coming through the trees at great angle. Nice green tones. Have a nice Sunday. Greetings. Latiff.

PS: I've learned about "free transform" in PS from notes in one of your postings. I've applied them quite successfully on my recent architecture photos. Thanks to you.

Merhaba Sayin Atalay,
Harika bir sabah cekimi olmus.
Atmosfer,sunrays,mood,manzara,kompozisyon,exposure,not ve framing super.
Elinize Saglik.TFS
Have a Great Sunday,
CT of Indiana

Gorgeous light, good clean composition and a spot on exposure all combine to make a winning image here. Well done.


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  • suhan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 852 W: 0 N: 513] (3552)
  • [2007-09-15 21:38]

favorileri fotoğraflarımız arasında benzer bir kare var hocam. en az onun kadar etkileyici ve muhteşem olmuş. ellerinize sağlık.
ps. nazik iltifatlarınızdan onur duyduk bize yazdığınız mesajdaki. sağ olun, var olun...

...well, first off, my daily drive takes me 50 miles down the PA turnpike where I have to get off at King of Prussia, which means I sit for 45 minutes to pay a toll of $2.25 to use the worst road in the US, which puts me on route 202 for another 20 minutes, if I'm lucky...

So, right now I envy you for seeing such scenery on the way to work...

As for the photo. Perfect timing and lighting. The streams of light coming through the trees, catching the morning mist looks simply fantastic. Your composition, catching the edge of the road, yet not putting the whole road in the picture, is very nice looking. Color and detail is equally as good. It looks like a well thought out photo, yet captures a fleeting moment on the way to work. The small things in life, that's what matters. Plus, an 8:00 AM class, but I have a feeling the class wasn't going to start without you anyway.

Great work,

...and I also like the framing with the green coloring, complimenting the photo very nicely, yet not overpowerig it.

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  • PJE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2045 W: 133 N: 4148] (20758)
  • [2007-09-15 21:46]

Bulent I love the lighting through the trees like this. Wonderful capture here. I am sure that during the Civil War that there were many soldiers who saw this same sight, and I wonder if they thought about why it is that they were killing their fellow Americans..for the sake of the union. Good shot Bulent and penetrating thoughts of American history.



  • Valerka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1074 W: 51 N: 947] (8171)
  • [2007-09-15 21:53]

Hello, Master Bulent,
Very nice idea to show the sunlight streaming through the trees'branches and trunks. You've chosen a very appropriate angle to show it.
I can imagine the dieing or wounded soldiers' moans and horses' hoofing in this scenery, though now it looks more peaceful and doesn't imly blood-thirsty ideas.
Nice Sunday

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  • erel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 791 W: 0 N: 384] (11890)
  • [2007-09-15 22:04]

Atalay bey müthiş huzmeler yakalamışsın, kadraj da hoş olunca yeşilin tonlarıyla bu enfes kare çıkmış . saygı ve sevgiler .EREL

Hello Bulent,
a good capture of the breaking light and a nice choice of point of view to focus on the artistic aspect of this photo, which consists of the interplay between light and shadows underneath the tall trees, giving an overall beautiful natural impression and a fascinating atmosphere. Lights are fine and particular.
Warm Regards dear Professor.

sayın hocam,
renkleri, isik huzmeleri ile harika, birinci sinif kompozisyon olmus, elinize saglik, tebrikler

Oh, my word, Bulent,
this is one of those magical shots. I love the way the light comes in from the side. That is such a nice diagonal line to carry the eyes into the shot. I love, too, the way you have caught those rays. Beautifully done,

Bonjur Bulent
Belle composition de ce coin de campagne avec une parfait gestion de la lumière au-travers des arbres qui donne des teintes douces au paysage.
Merci pour le partage et bon dimanche.

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  • clio Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2211 W: 282 N: 5256] (27961)
  • [2007-09-15 23:14]

Congratulations for this magnificent capture of the beams of the sun. By looking at this image, I have the impression to feel the coolness and the morning flavors.
Very beautiful work.

Bülent Bey;
Işık hüzmelerini çok güzel yakalamışsınız,
Elinize sağlık
Çok güzel bir kare


Merhaba Bulent Atalay
Cok hos bir goruntu, sislerin icinde yol ve agaclar kompozisyonu nefis, renkler ve bakis acisi ise harika
Elinize saglik

Congrats TFS
Kind regards

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1219 W: 65 N: 1883] (6735)
  • [2007-09-16 0:34]
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Merhaba Bulent,
I remember the trenches well from my visit back in 1989. Here you offer us a dramatic scenery with the thick fog behind the trees and the first rays of the sun breaking through. I hope you weren't late for class. Regards,

A marvellous, peaceful photo that the magic light of morning gives a dreamy atmosphere which makes you feel happy that so much beautiful places exists.
TFS Bullent.
Best regards

Hello Bulent,
A forest in backlight is one of my favourite subjects, unfortunaterly I haven't managed to capture any good ones myself yet so I have to admire others!
This one is superb as the light is filtered through the branches, giving this fine beam like effect...
A well composed image with good lines!
Pablo -

Merhaba Dear Professor,
This image makes me gape with awe!
Souch a soulful image! Full of light, feelings and dignity. I wish i were there right now...
A very beautiful one in your nice gallery...

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  • MLINES Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2255 W: 203 N: 2719] (12516)
  • [2007-09-16 1:38]

Dear Bulent. A favourable ambiance exudes from this photo of the tree-lined road. Restful colours. TFS. Murray.

A sublime capture of the early morning scene Bulent. The light rays are wonderful, they almost seem to have absorbed the greenness of the leaves. Very well done.

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  • jasmis Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3162 W: 831 N: 3819] (58603)
  • [2007-09-16 2:23]

Another piece of art in your collection. Real gem, no doubt.
Superb light.

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  • daddo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3581 W: 114 N: 6346] (28696)
  • [2007-09-16 3:54]

Hi Bulent. It is a haunting reminder of the millions of youth that have died everywhere over millennia , like lambs to the slaughter, sometimes for the sake of expediency, pride, a line in the sand.You wonderful photo has made us pause and reflect at the folly of men. Most evocative. Selamlar. Klaudio.

Selam sevgili Bülent,
A capture as if painted by a medieval duthc master !
Very nice compo and great light management. With your permission I've added it to my favorites (which I do not do too often). Congratulations and TFS
have a nice weekend

Dear Bulent:
Simply unreal! Fabulous image!
Jack Bramble

Hi Bulent,

Splendid scenery! I like very much this nice effect of the sun rays. Excellent composition, great perspective, perfect light and colors.
Very well done!

Have a nice week

Hello Bullent:))))))
This is a masterpiece during your other masterpieces.
The light and rays of the sun are incredibly well visible and make a great, great mood.
It attracts the eyes a lot.
The light and tones are fantastic.
All the best to You,

Ola amigo
Fantastica esta tua foto de uma grande beleza a luz a passar pelas arvores , que belo efeito ,gostei muito do jogo de sombras e luzes, parabens!!!
Um abraço Gonçalo

hello bulent,
i find games of light amazing and am constantly stopping to admire them whenever i get the chance. the way the light rays fall between leaves is magic here - very fairy tale like :) - well seen and thank you,
dora :)

This is one of those gorgeous dream-like scenes that we just have to take advantage of when we get the chance. Fortunately you had your camera with you on your way to work. The atmosphere you have captured is wonderful with the glorious sunbeams, the shadows and the almost-silhouetted trees. I hope you didn't keep your students waiting too long.

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  • vincz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2604 W: 77 N: 5252] (19113)
  • [2007-09-16 8:03]

Excellent picture with such a great atmosphere. These sunbeams are fabulous and get us in another dimension. I love it.

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2801 W: 157 N: 4803] (19762)
  • [2007-09-16 8:58]

Hello dear Bulent!
What a nice capure of these sun rays on the mist! I like the mood of mystery. Well taken!

Hi Bulent,
This is a textbook example of making the most of lighting where the tones and hues are limited. The result is splendid, with fine shadows, golden grass, and filtered rays of the sun. The slice of road seen on the right is illuminated just enough to take the eye and heart far into the frame, intersecting with the filtered rays. I like this shot very much. I also envy you your drive each morning, as this is a great part of the continent. Cheers.

Hello, Bulent -

A superb job as always. A very evocative use of sun streamers and shadows. It also reminds me how different the forests are on the east and west coasts (I grew up in the east).

Civil wars are among the worst of wars; only religious wars can compare - something we should remember in our dealings with Iraq, which is going through both. Lincoln is the greatest of presidents not just because he was able to get the North to prevail, but because he set conditions for the South to be reunited as a full partner in the union. It is a supreme irony that Booth, who assassinated Lincoln in revenge for the South, removed the one man who might have been capable of healing the wounds of the war. And while even Lincoln might have found that task too much, the lesser men who succeeded him did not even try (except for Johnson in some ways, but he could not stand against the Radicals). We have been paying for over a century for that shot in Ford's Theater. The light in these trees at Fredicksburg is, to my mind, as much a memorial to that failure as it is to the battle that took place there.

Have camera, will travel!


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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9304 W: 57 N: 15753] (58348)
  • [2007-09-16 12:01]

Hej Bulent,
This is a beautiful view of the early morning sunbeams breaking through the fog and the trees along the side of the road. It creates a beautiful and peaceful atmosphere in an area that once was the site for a battle. Very well captured and thanks for sharing!

Merhaba Hocam,
Cok guzel bir kompozisyon,cok gizemli bir atmosfer.Yeni bir gune baslarken boyle bir ani yakalamak benim icin cok tazeleyici olurdu..Bizim okulda her sabah Istanbul'un en guzel manzarasini gorerek gidiyoruz derse,ama belki de aliskanliktan hic farkina varmadan...Her zaman gorulen bazi seyler bir sure sonra cok siradan geliyor ama bunun farkina varinca anliyor insan aslinda ne kadar sansli oldugunu..


Hi Bulent!

This is an amazing picture, the place is fantastic, the composition is excellent, but what you did with the light managment here, is pure magic, my dear friend! Congratulations!


Hi Bulent
I`m ashamed, but very proud of your dedication. Do I deserve for it?
Your image is great with these sunrises breaking through the trees. Excellent light and composition.
Thank you

Merhaba Sayın Hocam,
Çok güzel bir ışık oyunu ve harika bir kompozisyon yakalamışsınız.
Selam ve saygılar. Uğur

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  • gunbud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 5926 W: 8 N: 8034] (34066)
  • [2007-09-16 17:44]

Hi Bulent,
Marvelous haunting image of the sun light streaming through the the morning mist and tall trees lining this famous roadway. Lovely green colors and very sharp details to this stunning photo. Excellent note about the tragic war.
Regards, Tom

Hello Bulent,
I am very impressed by this picture for obvious reasons, magnificent landscape, morning light filtering through the branches in the early morning light, the diagonal that makes the backbone of the picture, the light green tones, but moreover I am impressed by the deep knowledge which accompanies the image, and the time you spend in order to forward it to us TE members.
You are really a great scholar, and I appreciate every word in it.
I wish you a very good week.
Thanks for reporting me about the Turkish visitors from TV8 and Zaman.

Merhaba Bülent Abi
Gerçekten ağaçların arasından sızan ışık ve yeşilin ağırlığıyla etkileyici bir atmosfer. Ellerinize sağlık...
Selam ve saygılarımla...
Ali Rıza

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9445 W: 268 N: 3085] (103038)
  • [2007-09-16 22:58]

Hi Bulent,
pleasant view, nice composition with the sunrays, good captured theme and place. Well quality of photo. I like it.
Gr., Aleksander

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  • molla Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 632 W: 76 N: 895] (7129)
  • [2007-09-16 23:54]

You seems to be on a picnic out from your homeground of culture events and satunning architecture and you do it with great bravuer.
wonderful late summer image in a dreamtime enviroment.

Hi Bulent,

A lot of dark green tones in this one for sure, but not making it a dark shot. The shot has a remarkable lightness to it due to the light through the trees. Very nice...


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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24633 W: 523 N: 41345] (177668)
  • [2007-09-17 2:54]

Hello Bulent,

Fog and sun beams are always a very nice subject for take a picture, this image give a wonderful atmosphere, typical for the autumn.
I like this beautiful image simple, but a very great pleasure for looking.
Very well done. Thanks for sharing.

Have a nice day,

Hi Bulent,

Light across trees is always spectacular. Good control of exposure and well composed. Cheer !


Çok etkileyici ve gizemli bir atmosfer... Işık hüzmeleri ve gölgelerle nefis bir kompozisyon olmuş. Elinize sağlık hocam...

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  • siolaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4763 W: 618 N: 10303] (38294)
  • [2007-09-17 20:35]

Hi Bulent,
Good POV and sense of depth along the trees, and special visible light rays through the treeline with the side light
Good detail sharpness too
Nice one for sure

Hi Bulent,
A mystic atmosphere here. Good lighting through the trees and a perfect sense of depth. I like the colours too.
Thanks for sharing,
Maria do Carmo

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  • sayan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 559 W: 76 N: 686] (2617)
  • [2007-09-18 3:18]

hello prof atalay,

this is a beauty. the soft light coming through the trees are just awesome. wonderful framing too.


This definitely does not look like my commute to teach my classes! A drive like this would probably be good for the blood pressure, not like my drive. The scenery here is outstanding and you captured it at just the right moment with the fog and the rays of the sun streaking through the trees. Your composition is great using the tree line to form a diagonal through the photo and using the roadway to lead the eye through the shot. The lighting and colors are great with nice sharpness and DOF.

Good morning from Greece Bulent, it is really stunning how it works, yes it is very effective.
And all the lightness is superb balanced.
I will be back

Bülent Bey Merhaba,
5 aydır sadece izleyici kalmıştım,fırsat buldukça güzel resimlerinizi kaçırmamaya çalıştım.Müthiş romantik,empresyonistlerin tabloları gibi güzel bir resim bu.Sisli havada süzülen ışınları çok iyi yakalamışsınız.Çerçevenin renk tonuda bu güzelliği tamamlamış.Elinize sağlık.Selamlar

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15717 W: 159 N: 27499] (144212)
  • [2007-09-18 8:14]

Bonjour Bulent,
Vous avez capturer une scéne magnifique du matin, la brume et les rayons de soleil donne beaucoup de douceur au paysage, trés belle réalisation, compliment
Have a nice day for you

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  • Standa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 359 W: 0 N: 503] (1877)
  • [2007-09-18 13:04]

Hi Bulent,
perfect work with light! This is fantastic shot with superb framing, colours and composition. Bravo!

Hi Bulent, a remarkable shot. The sunbeams, the light and the overall composition are special!


mystic atmosphere ....must be amagic place know only by you :)
congratulation Bulent ...one of the best picture i saw (in my opinion)
i love it
best regards,anes

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 279 W: 128 N: 303] (2129)
  • [2007-09-18 20:28]

Nice work, Bulent. I have seen light like this sometimes, and always wondered if it would turn out. Shame on me for not stopping and trying. You've not only tried, you've succeed very well here. Good eye to spot it, and a great job recording it. Wonderful capture!

Bonsoir, mon amie Pascale,
Bonsoir, mon ami Bulent,
C'est tout le romantisme qui apparaît dans cette superbe composition. J'imagine parfaitement cette prise de vue ornant la couverture d'un CD de musique classique.
Très, très beau !
Bravo !

Nice diagonal perpective, but mainly an excellent effect of sun rays filtering between the trees, not often seen and difficult to catch.

All the best,


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  • Angshu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7851 W: 324 N: 16060] (56760)
  • [2007-09-20 1:08]

Hello Professor
Is this the same place where you took your photo 'BATTLEFIELD TRENCHES'? Remarkable effect of the light filtering through the trees. This type of capture appaelas to me a lot, but I am not able to get a proper site where the row of trees would provide such an effect...so I enjoy this, thoroughly! Excellent shot & a very apt dedication to Henryk, who I call the 'master of light'.
With Warmest Regards

Hello Bulent -

The Civil War Battlefields are interesting places both historically and photographically. I wish I have been able to spend some time in the battlefields as every time I visit one it is always on a short trip to Washington. I believe you have done justice to the history and the landscape of this battlefield with this image. The early morning light and the dissipating fog makes for an eerie image. I can just imagine what the soldiers were thinking and feeling on that fateful morning.

I remember visiting Shiloh NBP in the spring when the peach trees still had their blossoms in bloom. Walking along the sunken road and looking from behind the canons was really eerie, almost creepy, but every time I think about it it sends chills up my spine. The battle of Shiloh was held in the spring and the peach blossoms were in bloom according to the historical accounts. The same eerie feeling comes across me when I think about Antietam Creek in southern Maryland.

Well done Bulent and thank you for sharing.


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  • Yar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 176 W: 0 N: 128] (793)
  • [2007-09-20 11:00]
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this is a postcard quality photo with nice colours and good light. Also, thank you for the story.

Merhaba Hocam,

Cok guzel dusunulmuz guzel bir kompozisyon, basarili bir kadraj... renk ve detaylar enfes... tebrikler


hi Bulent
i don't know if this image worth those points, but for sure this is a great shot, nice mood, good atmosphere


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  • paura Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7887 W: 56 N: 3948] (26942)
  • [2007-09-20 17:48]

Really an excellent composition, Bulent. The lighting through the trees are great. Directly to my favourites.

Abraços do Brasil.


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  • stego Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4422 W: 612 N: 7301] (24132)
  • [2007-09-20 18:08]

Hello Bülent,
How did I miss this one?...
It's gorgeous! Like a beautiful painting...
Those morning light rays passing though the trees, the almost monochrome green, the haze... It's like magic. I am amazed how you manage such level of inspiration so early in the morning before going to work.
Cheers, José.

A poem of light,about light with light...all about light!Excellent atmospheric image!
Love it

ah Bulent my friend, nice to see you back after my short break,
the shot is good, the atmosphere is very goiod and the shining is well captured, good light and very good pov, a compliment for the painters eyes here, well done, have a fine day.
gr. jaap

Hi Bulent,
Your info about this historical place is, as always, of great educational value.
But when I saw the picture I thought in the first place at the landscape painters of our Golden Age.
Groet Rob

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  • adores Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5755 W: 64 N: 11341] (46939)
  • [2007-09-21 17:54]
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Hi Bulent!
Beautiful photo with a sort of magic atmosphere given by those rays of light passing through the dark trees.Good capture with a very good pov.

Hi Bulent. I hope you are proud of this one because it is spectacular!! I've never have seen anything that compares to what you have captured here and knowing my luck I probably wouldn’t have a camera with me if I did! I love how you so delicately captured the softness of the moment with a painterly feeling. I think if you were late if you showed the class they would understand! ;) Have a great weekend Bulent.

Hi Bulent,
The subdued lighting filtered by the fog and the soft shadows creates a fantastic morning atmosphere. Well seen and captured brilliantly. Well composed and good image quality. Well done! tfs and have a nice weekend.

It's beautiful, Bulent, one of your best! You were there at the right time, you saw that and took full advantage. The eternally-peaceful feel of the sunbeams and shadows brings to mind the sacrifices made by the soldiers there. It's nicely composed, too. Regards, Ken.

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  • belido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5207 W: 315 N: 5056] (19934)
  • [2007-09-22 11:17]

Hi Bulent,

this is pure art. Incredible light-shadow management. I'm amazed by the Sun light rays. Stunning work!
PS: thanks for your kind words on my "Rustiness".

Merhaba Bulent Bey,
Isik huzmelari ne gzüelde yansimis. Aacların arkasindaki sisli goruntu on planda ve sol ustte netlikle güzel bir uyum olusturmus. Çok beğendim.

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  • berek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7512 W: 201 N: 7196] (50508)
  • [2007-09-22 23:15]

Merhaba Bülent bey,
ışık gizem , ortam çok güzel. insanı baktıkça rahatlatan bir kare. ellerinize sağlık. iyi tatiller.

merhaba batalay
muthiş atmosfer,loş ışıklar hollwod filmleri gibi.
ben biraz internet cahiliyim tesadüfen buldum fotoğraflarınızı,türkiye fotoğrflarında göremedim sizi.
elinize sağlıkselamlar

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  • Cara Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 90 N: 422] (2059)
  • [2007-09-23 14:19]

Hello Bulent,
Great felling provided by the light passing trougth the trees and getting into the mist. Really impressive.
Regards, Daniel

Kıymetli Hocam,

Bir yağlıboya tablo lezzetinde ve gizli bir huzur veren bu kompozisyonunuz için kutluyorum sizi. Harikulade bir fotoğraf olmuş. Mükemmel ışık kullanımı...


Haluk Derinöz

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  • jmcl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2514 W: 131 N: 4070] (14535)
  • [2007-09-23 18:13]

Oh I love this Bulent.

What an impressionistic study in light .. great rays .. great shadows .. great depth .. thoughtful and beautiful.

take care,


Hi Bulent
This is a very successful post.
the light is really beautifull throught the trees. I like to see the rays of light.
Very nice

Hello Bulent
Quelle magnifique lumière captée au travers de ces arbres. Une image bien composée et très reposante.
Une belle image d'un lieu chargé de terribles souvenirs.
Great work!! Regards

Bulent Bey, inanilmaz guzel bir isik yakalamissiniz. Tanrinin parmaklari dedikleri turden. Son derece basit, siradan bir konu isik sayesinde cennette bir koseye benzemis. Tebrikler.

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  • Uhu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 727 W: 0 N: 1712] (8609)
  • [2007-09-26 0:47]

Oh, so this is a place of one of the bloodiest battles in USA Civil war. I read about it, it was kind of forewarning before the WW I, but no one in Europe cared to listen to it.
Well. As for the photo - it's an artwork and masterpiece, just this. Excellent!

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  • jrj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4529 W: 494 N: 7430] (34843)
  • [2007-09-26 1:45]

To be 'just in time' must be the key word for this compo Bulent. A well made and well disposed detail of this fine landscape. The diagonal made be the trees adds structure and interest to the compo. Well spotted, delightful morning detail

Wow, most amazing image, Bulent. The beams of light passing through the tress really created a magical atmosphere. Besides, I have the sense that you desaturated a bit the image, which resulted surpisingly well - it's almost a sepia version, but in green tones. Congratulations for this superb work.
Um abraço,

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13700 W: 295 N: 27475] (110383)
  • [2007-09-26 3:14]

Hello Bulent,
really this is a magical atmosphere that is created by the beams of the sun that penetrate the line of trees.I understand your rushing for the upload of this impressive capture.Really is so marvellous that i can say that is faultless.Very informative your note too.Congratulations.


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  • sagar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 303 W: 62 N: 417] (2410)
  • [2007-09-26 9:12]

Hello Prof,
New to your gallery,and completely lost in the beauty!!!!Its an amazing collection of wonderful photographs!!This in particular has a kind of adictive power in it!!The light thru the trees leaves one mesmerised!!
More than the shot I respect the eyes that saw this view and the the soul that perceived the beauty and the heart that composed the shot!!!
Incredible !!!!!!

Bucolic and poetic ! This is a success anyway.
Perfection in the colors, precise framing and as a main element these rays for the imagination.
Some kind of divine light.
I like it
Jean Michel

it is certainly a great pleasure to get into your galery and go from one wonderful image to the next. Finally I got stuck on this one and I think that your intention to celebrate Henryk's fog impressions are quite appropriate. Lovely composition with the diagonally placed trees and the sunlight breaking through them with tracing of the sunrays with the thin fog.
Regards, Peter

Hi Bulent
Amazing sunrays in this very nice composition.
I like the diagonal and how you managed the light
Wonderful soft colours
TFS and have a nice day

A textbook, charming presentation of this fine stand of trees. Great lines and shadows. An especially nice touch with that shaft of sunbeams. Elegantly simple, complementary frame.

Hi Bulent, A wonderfully composed photo, the light is excellent, the rays coming through the trees looks superb, your framing is perfect for the shade of green, well created depth & TFS, kind regards Wilson.

Hello Bulent Bey,
I must admit, this is a photo I wish I had taken. It is very nicely composed and the use of light and the colors are outright superb.
Best personal regards. Salvator.

Beautiful and well captured atmosphere of the little morning, a well managed image with pleasant light, well done Bulent, compliments.
Have a nice day

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14493 W: 1047 N: 29302] (138504)
  • [2007-10-01 23:05]

Hi Bulent

I like the side & backlighting from the top left. Fantastic repetition of the trees & their shadows, with good sharpness. Excellent graphism. Tfs!

Hi Bulent,
What a surpring view! I like the sun rays filtering through the trees and the "morning" colours...I can also smell the fresh air and hear the troops walking alongside the road...
Very very nice! Bravo!
Greetings from Italy.
Ciao, Cristian

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  • DLM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 752 W: 2 N: 489] (6479)
  • [2007-10-02 10:07]
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This is a wonderful soft dreamlike image Bulent, the light is magic .
Well captured.
Regards David.

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  • tober Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 18 N: 683] (8797)
  • [2007-10-03 7:27]
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Merhaba Bülent Bey, dinginlik ve huzur verici bir ortamı böyle güzel bir kareyle bizlere yansıttığınız için teşekkürler.

Galerinizdeki diğer fotoğrafları da çok güzel ve etkileyici buldum. Profesyonel anlamda bilgiye sahip olmadığımdan, bu fotoğrafla ilgili olarak öğrenmek istediğim birkaç husus olacak. Böyle bir resmi üç ayak (tripod) olmadan çekmiş olsanız kalite gözle görülür biçimde farkeder miydi? İkinci olarak notunuzda uv filtresi kullandığınızı belirtmişsiniz. Bu tür filtrelerin fotoğrafa etkisi ne yönde oluyor acaba ? Güneş ışınlarını süzerek fotoğraftaki ışık parlamalarını mı önlüyor?

Çok saygılar,

My first critique ever so it may be a little clumsy. With that said I loved the shot for a variety of reasons. First was the overall emotional impact of just seeing it, the light captured by the sparse lingering fog, the sense of direction and movement as well as the peaceful tone in a once embattled place.

Thanks also for your historical discourse regarding the location.

Very nice


nicely noticed and shot - well composed, lovely, relaxing soft image :)
TFS - best regards, Tomasz

Harika bir isik yakalamissiniz. Cok guzel bir kompozisyon cikmis ortaya. ellerinize saglik,


hi Bulent, i love the rays of light here!
a superb atmosphere with fantastic green tones!
i like it a lot!

Bülent bey selamlar,
Muhteşem ışık hüzmeleri, yeşilin harika tonları, ağaçların görünümü, ışık ile harikulade bir kompozisyon. Çerçevede çok çok güzel olmuş. Rüya gibi etkileyici bir tablo gibi. Elinize sağlık.
Sevgi ve saygılarımla,
Emir Nedim

Hi Bulent,

Beautiful image, the light has created very interesting effects, can be felt the tranquillity of that place, you have captured magic moment, perfect composition, thanks to share. Good note.


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  • KLB Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 946 N: 3826] (23723)
  • [2007-10-06 7:36]

Hello Bulent

What could I add that haven't been already written.
All is perfect. The mood is amazing. The light gives such a smooth atmosphere.
And you have framed this masterpiece so nicely, with exactly the good color.
Thanks a lot for sharing.


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  • JCG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5328 W: 737 N: 9440] (35153)
  • [2007-10-07 7:17]

Hi Bülent,

I think that everything was said with so much success for this photo. It is true that the management of the light is magnificent here and confers a poetic side in the place. The point of view is chosen as well.
Beautiful work always accompanied with a very interesting note. Thank you Bülent.

With all my friendships,


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  • amino Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 18 N: 82] (440)
  • [2007-10-08 14:18]
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Hello Bulent,
This is a beautiful picturesque image. The softness of the light is beyond delicate. Just beautiful.
Btw, I bought your book a while ago and started reading. I never got your email signature;)


Hello Bulent!
Such a beautiful image!
Bach and Nature go well along!
Um abraço,

Hello Bulent:
Wonderful lesson of photography. The light speaks and creates. Nice work

merhaba bülent bey
olağanüstü güzellikte bir manzara ve müthiş bir atmosfer.gerçekten insanı etkileyen son derece mükemmel bir kare.özellikle ağaçların arasından beliren ışık hüzmeleri çok harika bir görüntü oluşturmuş elinize sağlık.
selamlar saygılar

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  • Emile Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4365 W: 152 N: 5590] (20352)
  • [2007-10-14 22:34]

Hola Bulent.
One of the best shots in TE. I'm placing it in my favorites.
Well done.
Best regards.

Hi, Bulent,
Beautiful and pretty composition. One capture that besides showing the beauty also presents the excellent knowledge technician to elaborate this photograph with admirables lights effects. Well done. Best Regards, Consuelo

hello Bulent
very good try on the light, excellent result, rays and soft tones, good painting effect, good control of the exposure, very well done

Hi Bulent,
Félicitations pour ces rayons filtrés par ces très grands arbres, c'est une très belle image - the light is fantastic- fascinating atmosphere - congratulations -
best regards

Hocam Saygılar;
Benimki resim ama sizinki "şaheser"olmuş.İlgi ve desteğiniz için binlerce teşekkür.Sizler sayesinde bu işler daha zevkli ve keyifli oluyor.
Yüreğinize sağlık.

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  • jcsas Silver Star Critiquer [C: 45 W: 0 N: 1] (25)
  • [2007-10-27 3:15]

Nice colour of the sun light through the trees.
Nice shot Reagards James.c

See you couldn't help but stop and admire this vision in front of you. Nice to capture it on "film" too. Tripod never fails. The historical significance of the scene makes your low-lying fog all the more poignant. Excellent choice.

Beautiful image, Professor. Nice light and atmosphere. Janos

Serene, nice light.

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  • Jackos Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 142 W: 19 N: 21] (3542)
  • [2007-11-09 11:19]

Hi Bulent
I must say it is one of the most beautiful photos I've ever seen. My favourite from now.

Hi Bulent,
Nice work. The fog beyond the trees adds atmosphere.
Beautiful streams of sunlight!

Merhaba Bulent Bey,
Oneriniz uzerine su anda fotografinizi Vanessa Mae`nin "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor" performansi esliginde seyrediyorum. Keman ve agaclarin arasindan suzulen isik huzmeleri birbirine cok yakisiyor.
Muhtemelen de parcanin sonunda gunes tepeye dogru yukselmis, golgeler ve isik huzmeleri kaybolmaya baslamistir.
Bu gorsel ve isitsel solen icin sonsuz tesekkurler.

Hello Bulent,

it's been a long time my friend but I'm delighted at your success during my absence. None more so than this fine image. I don't think I can add any further comments to what's already been said apart from, it's a superb capture and very well done.



merhaba bülent hocam

acaba sizbir araba cennete gidip bir kaç kare çekip gerimi geldiniz. bu kare dünyadan değilmiş gibi geliyor bana :))
ışığın ağaçlar arasından süzülüp yere vuruşu. ağaçlara bakış açınız hepsi birbirineden güzel hocam... ellerinize sağlık


Bullant, a remarkable image, not so much for what it is but for what it conjures. It takes no leap of imagination to hear the rustle of the uniforms and the clanking of the weapons and accouterments as they men take or move positions among the trees. Great capture.



what to add more?
your photo is beautiful,
really TFS

Admirable light, very elegant presentation - this is a kind of photos where I like to loose myself and not move, thank you to help me day dreaming and congratulations !
Best regards,

Hi Batalay.
A beautiful composition mystic green in the mystic atmosphere peace and quiet excellent work.


Hello Bulent
This nice lights misty composition deserves her success.
I can also imagine some classic music sound.
I appreciate your work.
I am the 1292 one to write you for this artistic picture but the first one to dare to post a WS, please don't take it as a correction; it's just my point of view.
Bests regards.

Great shot, This is a picturesque and very impressive shot, composition is perfect, I like the idyllic and peaceful atmosphere. Beautiful work, Congratulations. Have a nice day.
Regards from Bitola (Monastiri)

Hi Bulent,

extraordinary view of the light through the trees. Excellent atmosphere.

Well done!


I like these light through the trees photos you have posted Bulent and judging by the marks I am not the only one. Really nice look with the shafts of light giving a dreamy effect. Thanks for your notes and links to other shots.
best regards

merhabalar bülent bey.
çok güzel.elinize sağlık.

A very nice and well taken picture. The light flows wonderfully through the trees and evokes the old History.



80li yıllarda, TRT2'de kıvırcık saçlı fransız ressamın tualinden çıkmış gibi, sakin dinlendirici...

Yayılın çimenlerin üstüne,
Acele edin,
Er veya geç,
Çimenler yayılacak,
Jacques Prevert

Beautiful the way the light comes through the trees. Amazing picture!

Dear Bulent,

I have looked through your gallery and have to admit that this is one of the most interesting photos I found there. Lighting is superb, I shouldn't even mention the colors, contrast and sharpness. What I like most, however, is your choice of exposure in the left part of the shot. I found your note and especially its last part - Bach's Toccata and Fugue - very unusual and pleasing.

I wish you all the best, more great shots to take and certainly more new places to visit, although it seems that your TE map is already almost yellow :)


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  • zmey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1234 W: 95 N: 1748] (7335)
  • [2008-02-04 6:04]

merhaba professor atalay

i like this capture of yours. the light is truly magic and the whole scene very soothing to my mind after an nyc outing day.

fine work indeed.

my compliments and TFS

Hi wow amzing shot
very good lighteffects and relaly nice colours
the composition is choosen very well and the trees are looking very good
one of my favorit pictures
tfs Toba

It's a place with fabolous atmosphere. I wish I were there..
In this photo I like the different gradations of green.

¿Sencillamente fantástica...!
Es de esas fotografías que impactan a la primera.
Esos rayos filtrándose a través del verde de los árboles son increíblemente bellos y transmiten una sensación de paz y tranquilidad absolutas.

again "simplicity" is the keyword here...
this is a strong composition with the minimal element in it and the fantastic light which is aptly captured with the correct exposure :)
well done, & kudos to you

Very well done! One of my favorite pics!

Simply beautiful, Bulent. And a perfect frame. Everything else has been said already!
Best wishes,

Hi Mr. Bulent,
The light coming through the leaves is amazing.You had a very good idea to take a photograph like this.The frame is also very good.

Exquisite shot, seizing the moment is everything!

The angelic tone of the green is just a perfect match with the misty mild rays of the sun. excellent shot and composition, well done.

Hi Bulent!

Wonderful!!A marvellous peaceful photo that the magic light,great!


great shot. Nice colours and lights. The rays of the sun are amazing.
Andrea Gatt

Hi Bulent,
These "God rays", as I like to call them, are hard to find and unpredictable in nature, but to capture them like this being filtered through this row of trees in this great battlefield is fabulous! It is almost like God is blessing all of the brave soldiers who fell here with this mystical lighting. You must have gotten the shivers when you were posting this fabulous image while you were listening to Bach's organ music! A wounderful image and a wonderful testament to the bravery of all of the men who fell at this tragic battle. You are a true scholar and mystic!

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  • BWJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 918] (3094)
  • [2008-06-12 18:36]
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Hello Bulent,
The soft rays of morning sunlight streaming through the trees and the long shadows raking across the grass and road reveal fantastic texture. You captured the mood of a fresh new day beginning. Your work is very impressive; the picute perfectly beautiful.

Hello Bulent
How are you? I haven't seen you around for a while. What a gorgeous shot with the rays appearing through the trees. I like the washed out effect in the trees against the darker right hand side. Will you be visiting here again sometime soon now the weather will be turning shortly to the more colder climates? Excellent work.

Hello Bulent.

First of all, I'd like to thank you for your kind comment on my photo. Everytime somebody notices my photo and write a comment or critique on it, I am happy, because that means that I have succeeded in my intention of sharing piece of my life with someone else.

When you mentioned we have some things in commom, like the word 'ghost' in the photo title and that we are both in academics (I am law student and soon to be history and geography student as well), I became curious and I needed to go to your TE page, read your intro and take a look at your photos. I am truly impressed with everything I have discovered.

Thank you again and have a wonderful day.


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  • Edie (102)
  • [2008-11-26 8:09]

piêkny nastrój
idealna ramka

Hi Bulent,
interesting scene with light fog between trees. Good contrast in image too, and grat job.

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  • fotka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 502 W: 9 N: 1211] (5751)
  • [2009-04-05 13:29]

Hello Professor,
A lovely composition sunrays passing thru the trees in early morning light. Also very interesting note.
Best regards.

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  • Friso (6)
  • [2009-05-16 10:36]

Symphony in blue and green.

Rgds, Paul

Merhaba Hocam,
Genel olarak fotoğraflarınızda ışık kullanımını çok sevdim. Özellikle doğa fotoğraflarınız yağlı boya resimler kıvamında.Ellerinize sağlık

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  • Viera Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 144 W: 16 N: 24] (948)
  • [2010-01-25 10:04]

Hello Bulent,
perfect view of the light through the trees,a very nice one in your beautiful gallery

Hi Bulent,
Excelent photography, the atmosphere is amazing,
You have captured a pleasant photo with a very good sun ray. great composition and color, Compliments!
Ciao, have a nice day

Wonderful sun rays and shadows.

Prof Bulent,

There is certain magic in this image. Lovely slant of sun rays and perfectly exposed. Perhaps a couple of minutes earlier you could have got more slant and golden tinge of the rising sun, but this is only wishful. The image as is, is excellent.

Om, Kumar

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  • danyy Gold Star Critiquer [C: 8943 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2010-08-20 0:00]

Bonjour Bulent,
une photo parfaite sur le plan des lumières, une véritable symphonie de lumières qui donne beaucoup de vie aux verts. Un contre jour cadré efficacement.
Mes compliments.


Gorgeous composition with super mystical beams...
Amazing tones of green...

Very well captured,

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14081 W: 0 N: 16143] (171764)
  • [2010-11-30 1:38]


fantastique iamge, quel rayonnement superbe compo avec le bert, cet éclairage, cette perspective qui se perd dans la brume, fantastique.

merci et maitié


Bonne année
magnifique composition avec ce soleil qui transperce la végétation.
On dirait presque une peinture tellement l'image parait figée.
Votre galerie est impressionnant d'images de qualité.
Félicitation pour votre travail.

Hi Batalay ,fantastic this photo with the diagonal rays that "cut" the branches of trees in a foggy day and difficult to photograph. Very beautiful and unusual colors. A really good job. Thanks for the post, Greetings & regards ... Marino

In my opinion this photo is a great example of how relatively simple means (a row of trees and some mist in the air) combined with a skilled eye can lead to a beautiful, painterly-like image. The only thing that doesn't "work" for me here is the relatively abrupt change of color in the sky from cyan to blown-out white, but that's just a minor glitch. Congratulations on a great capture!

A very wonderful capture of the trees and the rays,Bulent

Wspaniałe ujęcie, co za nastrój.

Hello dear Bulent and have a nice time
and a happy new week
excellent artistic capture perfectly
executed with a hidden mystery
your notes are really useful

A magnificent sight, like an impressionist-painted just had his brush painted this over, Bulent.
Managed the light and mist wonderfully, still maintaned good depth and clarity.
Bravo for that exquisite photo.
Have a nice new week,

Olá, Bulent!
Boa foto! A luz está sensacional, passando entre as árvores! Bom ângulo também. Parabéns!

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