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Direitos de Autor: Horia Bogdan (horia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
Género: Landscapes
Meio: Cor
Data da Foto: 2007-02-19
Categorias: Trees
Câmara: Canon PowerShot S2 IS, 52mm HOYA Circular Polarizer
Exposição: f/4, 1/250 segundos
More Photo Info: [view]
Versão da Foto: Versão Original, Workshop
Relato de Viagem: The High Tatras
Data de Submissão: 2007-03-09 4:47
Visto: 4381
Pontos: 54
[Notas - Normas] Nota do Artista
It was an horrifying sight to see almost entire hills and slopes cut like this...i really don't know what they have in mind but i saw it in so many places that i was shocked.

Truck after truck, full of wood were being taken out of the forests...and this is what was left :(

At first i thought it was a big storm...but then i looked to the left or to the right and saw an intact forest.
After that i though it was a disease of some kind...but that wouldn't make any sense either.

It was only in the end when i saw the big trucks...and it was clear then :(

It's quite a sad picture so i thought that it would look ok in sepia (another first for me).

EXIF data:
Camera: Canon S2 IS
Filter: Hoya Circular Polarizer
Focal Length: 36mm (35mm equiv.)
Shutter Speed: 1/125 sec.
Metering Mode: Pattern
Exposure Bias: 0
F-Stop: f/84
ISO: 100
Flash: No
Support: handheld
TOD: about 1 PM
Weather conditions: overcast

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Hi Horia,

A great compo with a good POV and the sepia colors works well inn this compo,a pity that the elictricity poles are visible in the BG,but that is a minor,


Hello Horia,
What can I say? All things are the best. Sephia colours give a melancholy atmosphere. Well done, bravo!

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-03-09 5:13]

Hello Horia,
That's probably clear-cutting timber industry for you. I'm amazed they left that single tree behind as a witness. Sepia went very well here. Excellent composition, too. Sad but thanks for the awareness and sharing. Best wishes,

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-03-09 5:18]

Shocking and a very real capture. Your choice of colour simply adds to the desolation!
This one really should have lots more points because your POV needs to be seen and heard

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-03-09 5:25]

Hello Horia,
Wonderful capture.Well seen and composed.POV,exposure and visual impact are excellent.

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-03-09 5:39]

Hello Horia,
working in nature conservation....I sadly see these things nearly every day. Ecological desert after 'finishing the job'. I hope that (local) governments will see (or be forced to see) the ecological consequenses of this type of forrest use.
Anyway, your picture is quite illustrative and well composed. I might have chosen pure black and white (and add a little noise-> coarse grain for the sad look) in stead of using sepia. For the sepia effect I might have pushed it further, but that's just personal.
Have a good weekend anyway,

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-03-09 7:03]

Hi Horia.
I like this vertical composition very much.I think sepia is very good to this picture.Very well you are captured dread and sorrow at view of such "forest".After hurricane be in our woods see much such sad place.
TFS and best greetings Milos.

Hi Horia,
Great tribute to the disolation in a fantastic composition.
Sad history and unfortunately true.

The mindless mass destruction of forests has been the bane of the so-called modern world, Horia.
You have captured the desolate and sad mood of a desiccated forest very well here. Sepia tone emphasizes that mood.
Thanks for sharing your alarm with us through this eloquent image.

Hi Horia,
Difficult critic...great photo on a massive deforestation?
Anyways you did a good documentation job here, on a well solved picture.
Are you aware if they are doing some efforts to sow in order to reforest the place?
Well done and thanks for share.
Best regards,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-09 11:26]

Hi Horia.
Useful shot and useful note. The person can do this too.
Very well done shot. Sepia mode is very suitable in this case. I like the perfect done composition and strong vertical cropping as well as the sharpness of the image and light tone range. My compliments and TFS.

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2007-03-09 12:39]

It is always amazing what 'man' is prepared to do to an area and this shows it very starkly. Luckily they have left some of the younger trees so the soil will not be lost as well, so there is at least a chance for regeneration... but it will take many years...

The colour really gives it that 'what are they doing to out beautiful planet' feel.


Hello Horia
What a great landscape here,
Perfect lighting and contrast,
Great framing and POV,


Striking stark image that really tells the story...

Es impactante el efecto que se consigue con la imagen en B/W.
Una excelente composición y una reflexión sesuda.
Un cordial saludo, JL.

Hi Horia,

Very aesthetic image.
Well composed, lovely soft colors.

Ben Lakitan

Hi Horia,
The conversion to Sepia was a nice choice here. It seems to fit the scene perfectly. Pretty sad that they would clear cut an entire area.
Hopefully they will come in and replant it. Looks good in the vertical format.

Draga Horia,

You rascal you! You must have been to MY COUNTRY ;)

The clearcut game eh! Wonderful depiction of the devastation!
Your selection of the colour is appropriate. The good news is that
this clearcut will be an opportunity for growth which under a tight canopy is next to impossible. Other than that it sucks. I share your sadness.
Is this region nclose to where you live Horia?

Sa ai o zi buna, tfs, Jasha

PS Sometimes these loner trees are left to be the source of seedlings.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3049 W: 3 N: 8714] (40568)
  • [2007-03-10 4:58]

Hi Horia,
Difficult picture...what to think after such a disaster? I think it is very useful to show this kind of pictures.
You did well with the composition and the sepia adds to the mood.
Thank's and have a nice day

Hi again Horia ,
lovely shot. i like this alone tree.
excellent composition and nice colour.
great work.
thanks and best wishes

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-03-12 19:07]

Hola Horia,
una triste historia,
pero una compo. excelente,
buenos detalles y pov.

Hello Horia,
An interesting composition with a subject with interest value too!
Obviously a logging site, but I have no idea why one single tree was left behind...
Good atmosphere is captured, a fine documentary photograph!
Pablo -

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 975 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-03-13 21:03]

Hello Horia,
Very powerful composition and sad subject... To some extent it reminds me of my last shot from Albania... Again it makes us thinking about what we are doing to nature.
BTW - I like the sepia tones.
Best greetings,

Hello Horia,

I start my critiquing backlog with you my friend!
This image really caught my eye, it is very effective in sepia though I didn't really take this in as it suits the scene so well. There is a strange atmosphere and a stark coldness which embodies the lone tree.

When I noticed the pylons in the background I initially thought, 'oops, he should of moved his viewpoint to get rid of those!' BUT, even looking at the workshop which is good in it's own right, it lacks the whole reason why this photograph is so powerful: The human influence and the devastation it has left behind is crucial to explaining why this scene appears as it does, hence the pylons are a fantastic contrast. The composition is excellent, placing the tree right on the thirds line sets everything else off well.

Thank you for posting this Horia, superbly documented and presented.


Hi Horia,
Magnific picture. I like how you managed the tones to accentuate the desolation sensation of the lonely tree and snowy landscape.
Good job my friend

Clever use of Sepia.
I aggree on WS from pvs. The mast is distracting. One might think it helps to make the message stronger "man makes the nature ugly". Actually cutting wood is a message strong enough on its own; and this message is stronger if no other elements interfere.
I love this one long survivor in the foreground.

Hi Horia
I agree this type of Clear Cutting is horrifying. Managing a forest takes brains and I looks like who ever decided to log this area did a poor job. Hopefully they will they will re-plant the area.

You've captured the devastation well and the Sepia mode just creates a ominous mood. Well done.
TFS Janice

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