Landscape in Serengeti is as incredible as its fauna.
Light is amazing, dust adds more mystery to the combination of dead and live trees scattered to and fro in a surreal manner.
While the driver was rushing us to some animal sighting, we were also keen on stopping him and taking these eerie views. He was angry though, asking "don't you have any dead trees in Turkey?"
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Noel_Byrne (13742) 2013-10-21 4:35
Surreal is the perfect word, this looks like an alien landscape, and the fact that you shot it in B&W makes the dust look like sow, creating a very strange feeling to the whole scene. I love the comment about do you have dead trees too, haha. Even though we all have dead trees, they dont often look like this strange lunar landscape. Beautiful scene, thanks for sharing.
All the best
kasianowak (3474) 2013-10-21 4:38
I just love this unusual and strongly graphic image of the savannah. The monochrome presentation suits the subject perfectly.
Well done on insisting to stop the car in spite of the upset driver! :)
mjw364 (6142) 2013-10-21 4:40
Excellent use of high contrast b n w Deniz - very effective.
SnapRJW (23998) 2013-10-21 6:53
Hello Deniz - You bucked the photographic trend and ruffled your guides feathers wanting to take photographs of dead trees and the bush! A agree with you though, Africa presents us with some exquisite landscapes and here I love your creative composition and monochromatic conversion. A beautiful and evocative shot. Warm regards rosemary
oss (401) 2013-10-21 8:10
Great shot of a simple dead tree. It looks like a winter landscape which is totally out of the box for an savanna view. Very strong graphics. Congratulations.
macjake (45896) 2013-10-21 8:49
I love it when other people just don't get it! They just don't understand the 'scene' thats infront of them, but as photographers we do.
very unique and surprising.
the atmosphere is ghostly and haunting.
one of your best
I see you've met Malgo!!!
siudzi (27877) 2013-10-21 11:33
What an unique presentation! Despite there is no blue sky -- the scene looks still so powerful and original. Congrats! You have achieved a really cool pic. TFS.
adidas5nb (2973) 2013-10-22 0:18
well what can i say...superb imagery.great thinking and choices.
CLODO (26652) 2013-10-22 1:56
Your driver was not a poet! i like so much the atmosphere, as in a snow storm. Very incredible picture for sure!
jhm (128325) 2013-10-22 3:09
Almost a lovely pen-and-ink drawing so soft feeling.
Presentation be superb.
Excellent composition, nice captured.
Very well done, TFS.
Silvio1953 (106048) 2013-10-22 7:48
Ciao Deniz, fascinating B&W, lovely composition full of poetry, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
saxo042 (33996) 2013-10-22 7:54
A very strange and special landscape here. Your B&W picture shows the strong silhouettes of these trees. A very artistic and attractive capture.
gojo (1573) 2013-10-22 8:19
Dead trees in Turkey? Probably, but....
Every detail is worth looking at, the exposure and B&W rendering makes it highly artistic. Keep on posting!!
trevormoffiet (1448) 2013-10-23 4:19
A terrific B&W with very good tonal range. Your very artistic composition seems to give these dead trees life.
Kofman (2074) 2013-10-23 7:59
une photo très intéressante et très dérangeante, à la limite de supportable, tellement volontairement dépouillée de tout. La nature morte dans le sens figuré et dans le sens strict. Une vision apocalyptique de notre terre...
Et bizarrement tellement belle!!!
EstudioChispa (1746) 2013-10-23 10:09
I agree with Tony ("oss") -- this has a wintry feel that turns our notion of the Serengeti inside-out. Cool!
I am learning of a Persian/French photographer who goes by the name "Abbas." This image reminds me of one of his from Mexico.
All my best!
emka (64550) 2013-10-26 11:48
Hi Deniz, it looks surreal, specially with you b&w treatment. Aren't photographers crazy, they always look for dead trees, dilapidated houses or rusty objects. This high tree is the main object but I like most these umbrellas.
PS. I looked at your list and one person is missing there, guess who :)
delpeoples (48910) 2013-10-26 22:35
Merhaba dear Deniz
What an interesting - and very successful - choice of Black & White. It reminds me of one of those delicate Japanese engravings. I love the effect of the dust, bringing out the diverse tonal range between the trees in the foreground and distance. A visually stunning and enchanting photo, and something very different to what I'm used to looking at.
Congratulations, have a lovely Sunday
Wanda1 (14424) 2013-10-26 22:51
A splendid and different kind of view of the african savannah. One can feel the heat and the dust and the harshness of the land. There is an excellent contrast between the dark tree in the foreground and the haziness of the rest of the scene adding to the desolate feeling. I think that it was well worth it to face the wrath of the driver to get this image.
bostankorkulugu (41406) 2013-10-28 3:30
iyi hoş da yine de bişey eksik sanki... geçip giden bir zürafa, uzanmış yatan bir aslan, oynaşan bir çift sırtlan falan... nasıl derler... animal presence :P ...
willperrett (4187) 2013-10-29 14:28
Sorry to be late with my critique: I've been away for several weeks. It's most unusual to see a monochrome image from the African grasslands, but it works very well, almost looking like an infra-red shot. Maybe that effect adds to the eeriness that you describe. Great composition, with the central tree offering a dynamic diagonal across the frame. Good work.
williewhistler (10005) 2013-11-02 11:53
Hello Deniz, a very fine subject for your mono treatment with the silhouetted trees producing a fine photograph.
The hard contrast works very well for me.
Best regards Les.
mesutilgim (73216) 2013-11-02 12:52
Selam sevgili Rigocan !
Tek rakibim sensin TE'de (doktordan sonra) !!!
Muhteşem bir siyah beyaz çalışma. "The beauty of the simplicity" !
InasiaJones (30064) 2013-11-16 7:00
A desolated landscape that retains the eye for the gloomy atmosphere, the strange array of trees and the ethereal quality that you have achieved.
By the nature of the contrasts and overall effect, it almost looks like an infra red shot.
A different way to present Africa and I like it a lot.
- Copyright: Deniz Taskin (rigoletto) (32904)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2013-08-18
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Tamron AF70-300mm F/4-5.6 LD Macro
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/2500 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Your Favourite B&Ws [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-21 4:13
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