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Forest IX

Forest IX
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Copyright: John Maenhout (jhm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24614 W: 523 N: 41315] (177552)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-21
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, 18-55mm/f3.3-5.6
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/25 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): My best of 2005 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-10-03 1:56
Viewed: 4900
Favorites: 11 [view]
Points: 140
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photograph has been taken in the castle forest at Maldegem, be located on 13 mi of the Northsea, 10 mi of Bruges and 19 mi of Ghent
The morning fog was present, and the visibility was 330 ft, very beautiful on a stroll make early in tomorrow in the forest.
The sun ended up above the fog, and right in the forest, this gives a beautiful colours and excellent composition.

You can see second image of same forest second which is the best for you?

I hope you like it

I have a few changed.

Colours + 4
Brightness -2
Contrast +2

Shooting Date/Time
21/09/2005 8:28:01
Shooting Mode
Aperture-Priority AE
Tv( Shutter Speed )
Av( Aperture Value )
Metering Mode
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18.0 - 55.0mm
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To tars: Plaatsjhm 1 2005-10-03 02:28
To lukie: Geen zonjhm 1 2005-10-03 06:05
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  • kdien Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 347 W: 82 N: 331] (9367)
  • [2005-10-03 2:02]

Hi John,
Splendid magic forest. Beautifully showed, cool colors. Splendid lighting. Congratulations.
Regards, Krzysztof

my goodness this looks to be an ebchanted place indeed.
the colors are very nice and the composition is too

waht makes this special is the beautiful light and the mist shrouding everything, the point of view is grea

Una foto del paraíso, excelente!!!!
Gracias por enseñarme como lo hiciste

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  • tars Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 184 W: 10 N: 138] (882)
  • [2005-10-03 2:17]
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Goeie morgen John,
nog maar eens ons prachtig Reesinghebos, met zijn kronkelende paadjes. Ondanks de nog fel-groene blaadjes is de aankomende herfst toch goed zichtbaar. De dorre ondergrond en vooral de lage zonnestand tonen herfstachtig. Goed kontrast tussen de zongekleurde voorgrond en de benevelde achtergrond. Mooie foto John.
Groeten ... Tars

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  • royh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 83 W: 0 N: 82] (581)
  • [2005-10-03 2:19]

At first I thought it was a drawing.. It would be an ordinary photo if not for the terrific colors and details. Good job.

Hai John, excellent color of this photo. I like the grren leaves and the red earth beneath. I like this photo than the one in the workshop. This one looks wider and more pleasing to my eyes.

This is a very special light, with a nice repartition. Under this one the colors are beautiful.
A very good morning shot.
I like it
Jean Michel

hi john, this is an unbelievable quality! the image is so sharp, colours so well saturated; a real pleasure to look at it!
very very nice work;
have a nice week,

Hi John,
What a beautiful and nice morning forest capture you took. The contrasting special light and the diffusing rays creating a magic effect and turning on splendid nice colors in the trees and path.

Fine enquadrement, excelent light handling, fantastic colors and the morning fog at distance.

Very good work, well seen and done.
Have a nice day.

Dag John,
I join others, the light on this photo is absolutely splendid, I'm impressed you could get so much light in the woods, I also appreciate here the good sharpness given the low 1/25 speed. I prefer this one to the WS version because the luminous aspect is more present here, and it's the real quality of this photo.
Have a nice day,

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  • Gix Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 607 W: 1 N: 765] (3565)
  • [2005-10-03 4:47]

Buongiorno John,
the light of this image is beautiful!
Fantastic 3D effect, and sharpness with only 1/25 speed!
I also prefer your original to the WS, for the splendid light.
Compliments Jonh!
ciao, Giorgio

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  • dolin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1865 W: 361 N: 651] (7369)
  • [2005-10-03 4:48]

Hi John.
Waouhhh the light is incredible...
I like the saturation on the green.
A simple view but the result is very interesting.
Good framing and colors too.

(I come back for the smile)

Dag John,

deze vind ik de mooiste, die in de WS is ook niet mis. Toevallig geen foto's genomen van de eclips ? Ik vind ons speciaal brilletje niet terug, dus neem ik het risico niet om te kijken...



Wow, this really looks like a Hollywood studio setting with big lights illuminating the enchanted forest. Great rendition of the sunlight in this one, John, with fabulous cololrs and also a good showing of the foggy effect towards the back.

hele aparte foto John,
prachtig licht, goede compositie, mooie sfeer foto, goed werk.
gr. Jaap

It´s your favorite subject...you are in "home" on this kind of captures! ;)
I like the contrast between strong colors and the low clouds overthere. Great final result.
Well done and captured.

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  • jinju Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2444 W: 87 N: 1576] (14265)
  • [2005-10-03 8:44]
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You created magic. This is totally not what I think of when I think of your photos. The fantastic colors are totally unreal, like in a movie. Is this a new direction in your photos John?

Wooowww John! It's very beautiful. Very nice place, I like it too much. Also very nice atmosphere. The details and colours are Perfect. Tanks for posting.

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  • sarju Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1045 W: 50 N: 1260] (5324)
  • [2005-10-03 8:55]

Hi John
I definitely like this photo far better than the other one .... predominant reason being that this one is so rich in vibrant colours
You have dramatized the colours very well ... I love it ... I would say that it was the soft morning light that rendered so much of beauty to this photo
well done and thanks for sharing
cheers .... sarju

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  • kebek Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 779 W: 48 N: 1031] (5438)
  • [2005-10-03 11:36]

Serwus John !
It is definitely very hard to make a good composition in the wood becuase of difficult light. Your image is wonderful. You caught a beautiful and poetic moment as the sun enlighted the center of the frame. In this way You get amazing tones of surrounding greenery. Very rich colors here, nice wet ambience and charming mists on the background. Marvellous Work.
Be well,

John, this is definately absolutely outstanding autumn shot. Great colors and fantastic composition - beautiful path leading through the picture with beautiful light at its middle. L.

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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9293 W: 57 N: 15725] (58232)
  • [2005-10-03 12:25]

Goedenavond John,
Wat een magisch licht valt er hier tussen de bomen door. Het zet het bos in een gouden schijnsel, dat mooi contrasteert met de mistige achtergrond. De kleuren zijn werkelijk schitterend. Prima werk!

  • fayeulle Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1948 W: 613 N: 6621] (27827)
  • [2005-10-03 13:22]

Salut John
Jacques Brel parlait déjà de l'entre Bruge et Gand. C'est réellement magnifique avec des couleurs "Boliviennes" et à 2 pas de chez moi (j'habite Lille). Magnifique lumière.
Je préfére celle -ci au WS, au demeurant très belle aussi. A demain plus de points verts !

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  • PJE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2045 W: 133 N: 4148] (20758)
  • [2005-10-03 17:23]
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John not to be hyng up over points per view but from the looks of this I would think that you shold have over 150 points on this gorgous photo. I love the lighting so much. Its so fresh and so inviting in every way. Thanks for posting John. A definite favorite of mine and a desktop background for pure enjoyment!!

Wow! What colors! Very fine and vivid. Typical autumn forest shot but with great clarity and very fine colors! Excellent!

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  • MarekP Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 797 W: 49 N: 1145] (4750)
  • [2005-10-03 18:41]

Hi John,
A great continuation of your Forest series. Light is nicely bright and colours vivid. The resulting atmosphere is very joyful and optimistic.
I like the picture in the WS too, but I prefer this one because of better saturated colours.


Héla John
wat een 3d diepte dat die zonnevlekken op die boomstammen creëren, wonderlijk hoe die zo los staan van je mistige achtergrond, dat heb ik hier nog nooit gezien, dit is er één van de bovenste plank, mijn hoed af voor deze.

Hi John. The fog has given this shot a mystical appearance. The light is great and I truly love the depth. The colors are realistic. Good shot John!

Wow John, gorgeous saturatyed colors and beautiful light once again from beautiful nature, the mood is just great, very well seen and composed.

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  • kclai Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 717 W: 38 N: 500] (2267)
  • [2005-10-04 0:34]

Hi John
Superb image and well done saturating effect.
It's a magical forrest. So, what else does it offer other than this mystical color....
Great work of art, John.
Eric Lai

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  • eco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 651 W: 36 N: 1] (112)
  • [2005-10-04 3:47]

Hi John

perfect shot, I like this photo, fantastic colors and sharpness,
topping quality and fantastic light
best regards, rafal

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14479 W: 1045 N: 29249] (138304)
  • [2005-10-04 3:57]

Hi John

The hard lighting, color saturation, & contrast, make this scene look more like tropical Amazonia, than Belgium. Superb sharpness & vibrant color. Good work!

Goedemorgen John,
2 prachtige fotos maar je hebt de betere gekozen.Heel mooie compositie en perspectief,het magische licht en de kleuren maken het uitstekend.

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  • faubry Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3066 W: 340 N: 4524] (35447)
  • [2005-10-04 4:35]

hello, very nice automn shot , beautiful colors and light!!! bravo

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  • huynt Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 847 W: 15 N: 931] (5079)
  • [2005-10-04 8:09]

Hi John
a another wonderful shot. What a clear shot and very nice fresh color. Barvo well done

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  • hdl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1402 W: 14 N: 1577] (7035)
  • [2005-10-04 10:54]

Subliem effect. Ik vraag mij af wat effect die in b&w zou geven; een decor voor een griezelfilm. Op de vraag welke van de twee best is, geef ik persoonlijk de voorkeur aan deze; hij heeft meer diepte.

Hi John, I like the wonderful light and colors in this picture. A very well taken picture with nice contrast, sharpness and great details. Well done.

Hi John,
Superb colors and light you show us again and again.
This is particulary nice.

PS I prefer this one compared to the WS: better light and composition without the foreground tree on the right.

Wow John, what a great shot. The light is a real delight - The light - ... ;-)
A superb forest image.

Hello, John!
It is really incredible shot with fantastic colors of autumn and amazing lighting! I like the red leaves(branches?) laying on the path - they make a splendid contrast to the green plants. I like this one more than the second shot, maybe because of a better saturation of colors and better clearness of the image. But I think that both are very good!

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  • Emile Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4365 W: 152 N: 5590] (20352)
  • [2005-10-06 0:43]

Hola John.
This is a beautiful picture, very well captured. Good lighting and colours. Sharpness is very good despite 1/25 ss. Love the fog in the background. No doubt that the original is better than the WS.
Well done. TFS.

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  • jrj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4529 W: 494 N: 7430] (34843)
  • [2005-10-06 7:36]

Like a walk in the adventure forest John. The light makes this for sure to a very special photo. Well seen detail and good use of the path in there.

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  • danyy Gold Star Critiquer [C: 8943 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-10-06 11:46]

Bonjour John,
une ambiance féérique habite et anime ce sous bois.
Jeux de soleil et d'ombres, contrastes de lumières violentes, contrastes de couleurs aussi.
Beaucoup de magie dans un endroit pourtant simple et commun.
C'est magnifiquement réalisé.

and dreamy,John,
and excellent forrest shot with wonderful light and colors,lovely foggy blue in deoth with this warm light in foreground,excellent details and sharpness and wonderful combination od colors you found and captured,very well worked and composed and very vivid and tangible!
Nicely done,John,

Hi John,
Amazing forest shot. Everything it's perfect. Superb !!!
Regards, António

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  • cam Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1558 W: 61 N: 2195] (9043)
  • [2005-10-06 21:40]

Hello John
A very good play of light on the forest.
Sharp and eerie.
I like the rusty color of the path,very inviting.

I don't like this picture, ... i love it. Just a word : MAGIC !


Dag John,
Je toont ons hier echt een mooi indringende zonlicht. Fantastisch

Deze is mooier, vind ik, om maar meteen met de hele deur in huis te vallen !
Een bos, maar met zo'n geweldig mooi sprookjes-achtig licht, John, fantastisch, het lijkt haast onecht, 't is prachtig !

Hello John

I am very impress about this picture. the colors especially are incredible, superb, wonderful...this one goes on my favorite; the blue is so amazing, i didn't imagine a kind of light on the forrest.

Werkelijk prachtige belichting. De kleuren komen hierdoor perfect tot hun recht. Het is bewonderenswaardig hoe jij elke keer je regio van haar mooiste kant laat zien! Keep up the good work!


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  • Jeppe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3938 W: 385 N: 4195] (18654)
  • [2005-10-09 14:54]

Hi John - You captured this fine place in the forest with a truly divined light - I like it very much - my compliment - thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • rabani Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1133 W: 1 N: 3217] (9645)
  • [2005-10-10 21:14]

Sharp, well defined and composed scene John. Getting the fog among the trees in the background with the bright & spotlighted trees upfront is also thoughtful and refreshing.

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  • coco Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5177 W: 140 N: 6388] (30439)
  • [2005-10-11 10:17]

Hi John.
53 people have said exactly what I could say about the photo. I cannot add nothing. Well, I only can add 2 points.

Hi John, I think this version is better than the workshop. The light is really fabulous in both, but the composition, the geometry, is better here, imo. The combination of the warm light from the sun and blue shadows in the back is simply magic. There's a little too much sharpening here for my taste.

It's an enchanted forest John! The color and lighting through the fog is just magical. It has such a purity to it and a feel of an unspoiled wood. It's so crisply and cleanly captured, too, adding to that. The complementary reds and greens are beautiful. And I can easily imagine a brightly red cloaked little red riding hood character moving down this path between these thin trees. It definitely is the better choice of the two images. Excellent job John.

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  • bazal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2104 W: 106 N: 2261] (7900)
  • [2005-10-14 4:03]

Hi John.
The colors in this one are incredible ! It seems to come directly from a faery tale with its foggy atmosphere. Very good work on exposure and great sense of composition. Thanks for sharing !

Dit is een uitstekend voorbeeld dat de belangrijkheid van licht laat zien. Op een bewolkte dag zou de foto beduidend minder interessant zijn. Voeg daarbij de mist in de verte en je hebt een prima plaatje.

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  • mumek Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1912 W: 31 N: 2944] (20202)
  • [2005-10-19 7:11]

Dear John!
This is the one of the best nature pictures on TE. Fantastic composition, lovely bluish background, excellent colors and beautiful light. Sorry I can give you only 2 points, but you deserve much more. Congratulations.
best regards

Hi John,
Congrats for this picture. That blue in the background is surreal. Also the saturated reddish brown...! Great post-processing, and nice forrest and fog...
Besides the light falling on the trees in the centerground, I think the touch of yellow and lime on the ground in the center of the pic works so well to add color contrast and dark and light contrast.
I too think this is one of the best nature shots, especially in terms of color -- but... find the bottom right section a little too dark and the center top a little overexposed. This contrast, however, works so well for the picture overall, that I'd have to leave it at that. Congrats for your nice work!

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  • ivo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 124 W: 0 N: 51] (376)
  • [2005-12-13 3:07]

My first answer on TE!
Ik ben nieuw op TE en weet nog niet veel, maar deze foto vind ik gewoon buitengewoon van kleur, heeft iets speciaal, mooie combinatie.

Ótima pela luz nas árvores, pela nitidez, cores e a neblina no fundo da mata deu um efeito muito bom na imagem, parabéns.

nice shot nice sharpness and the reflect of colors on the trees gave nice warmness to your photo

Incredible!!! Sooo beautiful colors and lightness.
Thanks for share.

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  • MikiM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 339 W: 70 N: 392] (1924)
  • [2006-08-09 2:18]
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HI John,
This is one of the best colored photo from the "normal" nature I've ever seen. (I think I saw many..) I mean this is about the forest and not about some wonderplace as waterfall or hilltop.
The dinamic range of the colors and the lights are great. I like this better than the second one because the underground has more conrast.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • MLINES Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2255 W: 203 N: 2719] (12516)
  • [2006-08-19 2:11]

Hi John, This is a bit like what we called the ghost track as kids at Oakura Beach in NZ. It has an air of mystery about where it leads to. Good clarity and colours. Well delivered. Murray.

Hi John,

A good POV of the path covered with dead leaves with the rays of the sun which are giving a special effect to the photo. It has a good composition, perspective and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


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  • JCG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5328 W: 737 N: 9440] (35153)
  • [2007-03-14 4:04]

Hi John,

The extraordinary light gives an effect of relief to this under wood which is superb, I like very much, one would say a painting. The harmony of the colors is fantastic. It is here really a work of artist, cheer and thank you.

With my all friendships,



Very nice and interesting photo.Cool colours and composition.


Good work.



Absolutely stunning forest scenery, John.
The light and colors mingle fabulousely through, and DOF with a clear view, photojob well done, contrast collected inspite of the mist, and came a wonderful corner around. A pleasent to look at.
Enjoy a nice weekend,

Hello John,
The sunlight, the color of the forest floor and the fog have created an enchanted place. TFS!

Dobar dan, gospodine.
Lep pogled ujutru i trenutak, dobar tekst ...
Dobar rad i kompozicija, lepo pokazana staza u sumi pokrivena opalim liscem, dobar kontrast i perspektiva, lepo uhvacen trenutak.
Lepa priroda i trenutak sa suncevim zracima koji su se probili kroz maglu i grane sa zelenim liscem.
Lepo mesto u sumi za setnju.
Dobar tekst o upotrebljenoj tehnici i elementima snimka, vrlo korisno i poucno.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.

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