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Challenge: Grace (Classic Editing)
Collection: landscapes
Camera: Sony DSC-F707
Location: Denmark, Klampenborg Dyrehave
Date: Oct 26, 2003
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/80
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Oct 28, 2003

An forest view on a sunny autumn day in Denmark.

Place: 1 out of 197
Avg (all users): 7.2188
Avg (commenters): 8.4889
Avg (participants): 6.6286
Avg (non-participants): 7.6291
Views since voting: 10029
Votes: 256
Comments: 81
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11/22/2009 01:18:55 PM
I adore this photograph...it has become among the most beautiful images captured in my mind's eye in 60 years of a Life that includes seeing the whole world. Thank you...much gratitude. I'm going to buy a print. Continued success with your photography. Little might you realize such Gifts can change the world with its beauty just as you've changed mine This is glorious! Namaste.
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11/27/2004 11:48:16 AM
Gorgeous color and light! Congrats
10/01/2004 05:21:50 PM
i can't believe that you got a 1 , 2 and a three for this shame on them
05/28/2004 01:16:42 PM
Willem, so delighted to see that this won first place. As you can see I'm here now. :) Ann Chaikin
04/05/2004 08:55:50 PM
I just discovered this photo - how absolutely gorgeous, and I love the title!
01/20/2004 12:19:32 PM
That is so espectacular I have no words to describe it Willem... Man, is this place on Earth? Well done!
11/11/2003 04:19:22 AM
Good for you! You're right, great pics come when you least expect them. Not from sitting on the couch. I myself would've darkened the pic some to bring out the reds and oranges on the ground, and also to add a little green to the leaves on the trees. But what do I know, you won 1st place. Congrats!
11/10/2003 01:00:56 AM
Congrats on your first place and second blue!
11/09/2003 09:58:15 AM
fantastic shot- I did not know that denmark had such beautiful foliage! congrats
11/07/2003 04:44:27 PM
Well earned!
11/07/2003 01:31:23 PM
interesting lights, truely beautiful photo, congradulations on ribbon!
11/07/2003 03:37:12 AM
Wow... awesome branches! And great lighting too. I wish we had trees like that here in North Carolina =/
11/07/2003 01:44:52 AM
Absolutely incredible! Such beauty captured in this shot...simply stunning!
11/06/2003 04:56:12 PM
Wow that is lovely. Looks like it could be a scene right out of Lord of the Rings. More than just another autumn shot and some leaves...it sets a tone and mood ready to tell a story.
11/06/2003 11:40:46 AM
Great shot which perfectly captures the theme, tranquility abd poetic beauty of the scene. Lovely lighting and composition.
11/06/2003 01:47:56 AM
those who voted ones are serious haters! This is an amazing picture. Congrats
11/05/2003 10:06:39 PM
Very beautiful. Congratulations!
(I am always amazed that someone can score an amazing capture like this low; they must have been voting with their eyes closed.)
11/05/2003 08:52:03 PM
I'm glad this won...absolutely beautiful.
11/05/2003 11:08:36 AM
One of my 10's from the challenge. This is a beautiful scene with a lot of graceful lines. Great capture. -danny
11/05/2003 11:04:29 AM
Thanks you all for your appreciation and your encouraging words.

How I found it ? Well, sometimes you just get lucky. I was hunting for autumn pictures, walking around in a deerpark (got some lovely deer shots as well), which consists of some open fields and some more dense wood areas. Often too messy for a picture, with no clear structure to make a strong composition, until I got across this more open wood area with the light shining through the leaves and the branches overhead. I immediately saw the opportunity. I especially like the colors and the depth in this picture.

But it shows again : you only stumble across it, if you are out there, not if you stay at home !
11/05/2003 10:09:44 AM
Great composition, Willem.
11/05/2003 09:30:51 AM
Congrats on the ribbon.
11/05/2003 09:16:56 AM
Congrats on the ribbon - one of my favorites in this challenge. Great work!
11/05/2003 08:04:37 AM
Absolutely stunning image! Well done and congratulations on the ribbon!
11/05/2003 07:57:42 AM
Very gracefull. Good job!
11/05/2003 07:51:59 AM
great lines willem.
11/05/2003 07:01:52 AM
Beautiful photo that shows off God's wonderful works of art. Congrats!
11/05/2003 05:48:18 AM
see ratings 1, 2 and 3 for this image! This is a clear indication that we must weed out people.. Is this because they dont know what a good photograph is or is it just under rating only because they too have submitted an image in the challenge! I've seen so many under rating in this site!
11/05/2003 03:14:05 AM
This is stunning ... Congratulations

Did you use any filters?

Message edited by author 2003-11-05 03:14:33.
11/05/2003 02:53:02 AM
Willem: I love your picture!! The leaves are a graceful rolling carpet and the colours are alit with light.

Congratulations as well. A very good photo!


Message edited by author 2003-11-05 02:54:12.
11/05/2003 02:43:53 AM
Willem, many, many congrats. This is a most beautiful photo. Do share some info with us on the area and the species of tree you have presented here. They look very much like Beech trees.
11/05/2003 01:06:38 AM
Congratulations on your win , this is a wonderful shot!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/04/2003 11:50:00 PM
Wow! what a beautiful landscape and amazing colors... good luck
11/04/2003 11:36:25 PM
I like this pic. It does have a few issues with the strong highlights on the trunks in the center grouping, but the light is what makes this photo. That and the way the branches from this tree stretch out across the frame. Quite lovely, and graceful.
11/04/2003 09:04:41 PM
The colors here are gorgeous. Love the composition as well. It seems almost otherworldy.
11/04/2003 07:34:33 PM
Beautiful photo. Great color! Gives you a nice peaceful feeling when looking at it. I wish we all had fall color like that.
11/04/2003 03:19:12 PM
Gorgeous lines in the branches and shadows. Very graceful
11/04/2003 01:56:47 PM
Wonderful warm fall colors. I also like the play of light and shadow on the ground. This is a very pretty and picturesque shot, very calming.
11/04/2003 11:06:45 AM
This is a beautiful image - I could see it hanging on a wall. I love the colors you captured and the composition of the image overall. Well done.
11/04/2003 08:38:23 AM
this is a very interesting approach to the challenge and very successful very nice motion in those branches 7
11/04/2003 05:34:51 AM
Beautifull ... I love the colors ... this is an excellent photo ... 10
11/03/2003 03:29:39 PM
The only discription I have is WOW!!!!!.........10+
11/03/2003 03:11:31 AM
thumbnail caught my attention. beautiful capture!!! love the colors and the organic curves created from the branches.
11/02/2003 10:29:54 PM
feels like something out of Middle Earth. I like the lines of light under the trees, the branches arching above. 9
11/02/2003 09:14:06 PM
I can see why one would choose this title. With a quietly rioting capture like this, I'd consider a more subtle one, perhaps, to leave much to the viewer (?). The latent message of this image strikes me as pervasively universal, one not requiring a messenger at all.

The gracious aspect, to me, is strongly emphasized by the branches draping so wide across what appers to be a plateau or bluff, which bowers an obscured roadway.

The light, too, is splendid. A great natural spectacle without flaw or articfice.
11/02/2003 08:45:33 PM
very nice
11/02/2003 06:39:15 PM
11/01/2003 08:40:19 PM
Great scene and composition of it.
Would do great as wallpaper on a real live wall. :)
Good exposure and colors, saturation is nice, wonder about how it looks when the saturation is pushed a bit further.
11/01/2003 07:57:33 PM
Beautiful shot. Love the arch in the tree limb. I love how the sunlight is shining through the leaves. Very pretty.
11/01/2003 04:23:33 PM
Lovely soft colours - IMO the Grace would have been stronger if the foreground was cropped close to the base of the first tree. As it is my eye keeps falling off the branches. 7
11/01/2003 01:00:58 PM
Wow!!!! Excellent shot!!!! Crisp, clean, and breath taking!!!!! I love the colors.
In a perfect world, I'd love to see the leaves in the top half of the pic in gold as well. But that's just me being picky! Beautiful shot.... seriously!
11/01/2003 08:37:23 AM
Wow, really picturesque.
10/31/2003 09:20:35 PM
this is lovely, 10!
10/31/2003 02:42:08 PM
10/31/2003 02:27:10 PM
Absolutely gorgeous!! I just canít find anything wrong with this!

Excellent work! 10+
10/31/2003 01:46:34 PM
theme : 2/3
lighting: 3/3
overall quality: 3/4
10/31/2003 12:23:16 AM
Superior colors and composition. Photography just doesn't get any better than this! 10!
10/30/2003 11:01:51 PM
I like the fairytale-like atmosphere you caught here.
10/30/2003 10:28:16 PM
This is an ahhhhh picture for me. Colors are scrumptious and the canopy of limbs create the wonderful shadows. This is a great photo, peaceful, and pulls you in. 10
10/30/2003 09:52:23 PM
Wow!! :) 10
10/30/2003 07:08:45 PM
gods land? fall colours and tree overhang look very calming. 8
10/30/2003 12:55:29 PM
Wonderful and inspirationnal picture. Very well captured.
10/30/2003 10:25:05 AM
wow! I am stunningly stunned by this shot. great serenity, simply, naturally graceful. the graciousness is subtley suggested and this is what i personnally prefers.
10/29/2003 10:46:47 PM
Breath taking is more the word for it.
10/29/2003 10:28:37 PM
wow! this s great shot. I really like the colours and the funky waves the branches and leaves take.
10/29/2003 09:35:32 PM
One word: "Wow".
10/29/2003 09:01:20 PM
This is breath taking The colors are wonderful! The light through the trees is perfect I love this shot.9
10/29/2003 08:55:40 PM
Wonderful. Color is great and very graceful.
10/29/2003 05:40:28 PM
I absolutely love colors here! The composition is extremely well done. Probably my favorite part of this picture is the lighting, very well done. My personal favorite so far.
10/29/2003 05:14:14 PM
Beautiful color and graceful forms. A lovely shot.
10/29/2003 05:13:19 PM
This picture is absolutely perfect. I love the way the sun is coming through on the ground and trees. Perfect timing. A very peacefull, "gracefull" mood.
10/29/2003 04:27:08 PM
Beautiful colours and light. The curving shapes remind me very much of a forest I used to play in during childhood and even of a favourite photograph taken when I received my first SLR camera aged about 11 or 12. I wish I could find the negative! The dark line of the curved bows above and the foremost trunk at the left create a beautiful framing and the unbroken carpet of leaves feels very peaceful.
10/29/2003 04:03:17 PM
Amazing photo. The sunlight and rich colors are beautiful ! The compositon is perfect !
10/29/2003 03:40:08 PM
Simply beautiful in all ways... great shot.
10/29/2003 03:22:48 PM
Very pretty autumn leaves shot. I especially like the lighting and the leaves strewn across the ground. And the trees are, indeed, graceful.
10/29/2003 02:32:36 PM
Beautiful... interesting how the branches are curved.
10/29/2003 12:45:21 PM
10/29/2003 11:53:02 AM
Great shot! Well done! 8-)
10/29/2003 11:16:38 AM
very nice
10/29/2003 03:57:41 AM
Amazing lighting.
10/29/2003 02:05:27 AM
Really nice tones of colour and contrast!

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