Pictured here is a solitary tree that stands at the top of a hill outside the Co Meath village of Kiltale.
Kiltale itself is a tiny rural area, and the village as such consists really of the local church and school, with a scattering of houses around it. Its population is only 300. Its main claim to fame is that it is home to the European Union Food and Veterinary Offices and a huge beef research centre.
I took this snap on an icy morning on the way to work, as the sun rose it presented a fine display of colors in the sky. I stopped to take this as this tree is a subject I admire every day when I pass it.
Thanks for looking and Happy St Patricks day to everybody!
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COSTANTINO (51986) 2014-03-17 8:08
wellcome dear friend
and good afternoon
your shots bring your stamp
magnificent capture almost perfect
first shot quality
snunney (79973) 2014-03-17 8:17
I can see why you would want to photograph this tree sat alone on top of the hill, especially at this time of day. I like the slanted light, which is continued by the hoar frost down the hillside. Well exposed with pleasing understated tones.
batalay (34817) 2014-03-17 8:53
The light is awesome and managed perfectly in this photo The glistening frost on the top sides of the fence helps create a diagonal structure in the composition. The parallel tractor trails lead the eye right up to the lonely tree. Wonderful shot, Noel,
Happy St. Patrick's Day,
holmertz (37765) 2014-03-17 10:57
Activities on TE seem low tonight, otherwise this should have earned many more smilies. The lonely tree is dramatically placed as a silhouette on top of the hill with some remarkable colours in the sky behind. The large field is made interesting by the parallel curving lines and the dark green tone is also very appealing.
ourania (27306) 2014-03-17 11:00
a wonderful variation on the theme of lonely trees. The format, lighting, colours and mood are so different than in your previous photo. The vast icy green meadow and the grey sky give a strong sense of melancholy and calmness but the warm light seems to be dissolving the clouds and is spreading in the sky delightfully. I like very much the position of the tree against the sky as well as the graceful curves of the landscape. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, Happy St Patrick's Day to you and your beautiful country!
krzychu30 (15344) 2014-03-17 11:41
this is absolutely stunning my friend!
Your way to work must be much more pleasant having such beautiful scnery around.
The picture is perfect,so it´s hard to mention all its features.But the first thing I´d like to mention is definitely the way you composed and framed it.Vertical format and the way you placed the lonely tree in the BG is just great.Another thing is of course the combination of so lovely,rising sun-its warm colors,the clouds and frosted meadow.
The outcome is beautiful and the scene has so well created dreamy atmosphere.
Wish You all the best
ktanska (24274) 2014-03-17 12:09
Frost makes very special texture on that bare field. Cloudy sky with tiny openings adding some rays of light is optimal background I think. More clear sky would make backlight contrast too strong. That lonely tree is perfectly placed.
photographer_sg (3171) 2014-03-17 13:12
what a spectacular composition! The pov is superb with the solitary tree against a dramatic sky and the lovely rolling hill slope. The management of light is masterful and the details, clarity and colours fantastic. Congratulations and thanks for sharing.
Have a great day.
nikkitta (13556) 2014-03-17 14:20
First Happy St Patricks day !!!
In Buenos Aires street at the center are close, lot of Irish bar to celebrate till late in the night
Like the poor lonely tree and the colors of the sky with some beans of sun
Enjoy being in Ireland
My idea is that the low part, too dark, would be crop along with soma space at the right
carlo62 (28489) 2014-03-17 15:22
la giornata doveva essere molto fredda, si vede il gelo sull'erba.
Mi piace molto la luce che filtra tra le nuvole, belle le linee sinuose della coltivazione.
photoray (10547) 2014-03-17 16:33
Looks like Kiltale is still within winter's atmosphere from the frosty ground appearance, heavy clouds and all in blue hues with gold rays penetrating through.
Have a fun St. Patrick's Day,
ACL1978 (7467) 2014-03-17 18:35
Another beautiful and solitary tree, Noel - I almost guessed it was the same one from another angle until I saw the location. The sweep of the grass, fence and hill leading to it are all wonderful, as is the sky - really cinematic clouds and light, thanks.
Corry (4508) 2014-03-17 20:25
Superbe point de vue sur cet arbre solitaire. La présence des nuages qui laissent passer quelques rayons de soleil donne une atmosphère particulière à la scène. Bien fait.
jcpix (11726) 2014-03-17 21:10
Top o' the mornin' to ya' Noel,
Our vast separation of time zones has me belated in this, but I couldn't let the day here end without wishing you a Happy St. Patricks Day, I hope you had a great one...and can remember the fun. :)
I'm incredibly jealous that you have this kind of view on your way to work each day, no wonder you'd take some extra time to stop and capture the moment...it's quite peaceful and alluring. The only thing I see heading to the office are traffic lights, concrete and palms!? And good on ya' for having your camera handy!
That lonely , silhouetted tree makes a terrific subject and focal point in this composition, and the open fields make it appear to be completely removed from any traces of the daily grind. That soft, colorful light shines heavenly in the background and sets a most pleasant tone for this imagery. A nice way to start any day. Love it! Enjoy the new one. Take it easy.
Cheers from the green, red, white and blue today,
fabbs99 (16125) 2014-03-17 23:12
Lovely shot of the the Lonely Tree of Kiltale.Very well done.TFS.
emka (73877) 2014-03-17 23:31
Hello Noel, This lone tree looks really beautiful in this icy filed and beautiful sky of the early morning. You pass very nice place on the way to work. marvelous shot.
WArm regards MAlgo
jjcordier (73794) 2014-03-18 0:10
Très jolie photo, bien composée, exploitant de belle façon cet arbre solitaire, ce champ recouvert de givre et cette étrange lumière hivernale.
Subhogen (4065) 2014-03-18 2:20
Fantastic landscape shot! Excellent composition with the trail marks in the field acting as fine lead lines to the tree on top. Good inclusion of the fence in the FG to create a nice diagonal. Good details captured even with the very difficult light conditions. A well thought and well executed image producing the perfect result. Great work! I like it a lot. Thanks for sharing.
timecapturer (45707) 2014-03-18 4:04
do I detect a bit of a theme starting here :-). I like the sweeping lines and undulations in this shot, they lead us so irresistibly to the main focus of this image. The subtle light makes the cold atmosphere all the more palpable, as does the frosty coating that is evident in the fg detailing. Superbly controlled execution and a beautifully presented image. Like it a lot!
Regards - B.
Hope you are not too hungover this morning!
mesutilgim (80654) 2014-03-18 13:17
This one is also very nice ! Amazing landscape capture with very good layout and perfect format.
TFS and best regards
Fis2 (82490) 2014-03-18 14:30
Nice view, beautiful landscape.
Interesting colors and light.
Very impressive picture!
macjake (53036) 2014-03-18 17:23
looking at this photo i'd think you're doing your best imitation of our dear TE friend Nicolas in Switzerland.
I really like the blue tinge color on the frosted part of the fence, thats really cool.
Lucky for you that you're passing this scene everyday on your way to work - I think I'd be late for work several times a week! lol
its pretty obvious that the atmosphere and mood wins out, wicked shot
omid266 (3505) 2014-03-18 21:33
** Salam , Hi Noel,
This is an excellent landscape with splendid colour,very nice hunted this beauty of Nature with camera ,
good text about this interesting village,
Thank you for sharing as always and aslo thanks for your hopeful notes and comments ,
Good Luck ,
Look younger ,live longer ,
(Benjamin Gayelord Hauser, 1895-1984),
pajaran (49023) 2014-03-18 22:30
Dobar tekst o podrucju sa opisom ...
Lep pogled i trenutak ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast i perspektiva, lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak, lepe boje.
Dobar rad i kompozicija, lepo uhvacen trenutak.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje.
A good article on the area with a description ...
Nice view and a second ...
Good time recording, contrast and perspective, nice place and shown the moment, pretty colors.
Good work and composition, well captured moment.
Have a nice and successful day, all the best.
Romano46 (16582) 2014-03-21 13:33
questa tua ultima foto mi era sfuggita ed eppure è notevole sia per la composizione sia per l'uso intelligente del tele che, schiacciando i piani, ha creato una prospettiva particolarmente efficace.
Mi piace anche il tono triste della natura che trova il suo complemento sia nel cielo che nel gelo che traspare dai colori della terra.
Una foto molto bella che ha ben poco di primaverile che che appare assai efficace dal punto di vista fotografico.
Complimenti per la bella cattura.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
chrislo (4151) 2014-03-21 15:54
A nice simple composition and peaceful subject. I like the upward perspective with the lone tree standing at the top of the hill, making a lovely focal point. I also like the diagonal line of the fence running through the shot. Great ambiance here : the muted colours of this winter landscape, the threatening sky, the field rows highlighted by the frost, and the sunrays hitting the lone tree, all come together to make a great scene. Very well done.
Have a nice weekend.
Sonata11 (33179) 2014-03-21 22:17
Hello Noel, just very beautiful composed image of nature. Impressively beautiful. Love it. Best regards and have a great WE, Barbara
mirosu (12684) 2014-03-22 0:58
Outstanding landscape photo in perfect arrangement. Everything in this Photo is 100% correct in my opinion-The Crop - the use of the rule of thirds - Even the time of day - I love the superb sunlight rays penetrating through morning sky.
Very well done
Wish you a nice weekend.
danos (83633) 2014-03-22 10:06
very nice presentation of the lonely tree on the hill with the foreground cultivated field to makes the scene so beautiful.I like the placement of the tree in the frame with the colour tints of the sky to are captured superb.
abmdsudi (40306) 2014-03-22 20:00
A beautifully composed early day scene and a smattering of warm sky with the lone tree through the mist of an atmospheric frosty morning. I like the formality of this, which is so appropriate for the subject; the greys are lovely next to the frosted grass and inclusion of foreground interest. I can almost feel the cold and sense the quietness that you've also captured the mood beautifully! Well done, TFS
delpeoples (52737) 2014-03-24 19:28
You seem to have a knack for finding lonely trees. Perhaps you better start a support group for them :) Beautiful - and quite unusual - light conditions here. I like the vertical frame choice, the sweeping diagonals of the fence line and of course the marvellous pastels in the sky, letting those magnificent rays of light break through. Wonderful shot, it almost makes me want to return to the Fold when I see shots like this.
Cheers, have a happy day
jemaflor (81460) 2014-03-26 0:26
Well seen and taken, interesting composition with the tree and also the fence, good light management.
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-03-26 4:37
very classic subject,yet you managed to add some twist to the composition choosing this different POV. The curve of the fence and the fields make this photo more original than some others and I truly like how the grass on the field has been transformed by the frost into illusion of soft carpet.
Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day
RhodieIke (11512) 2014-03-28 1:12
Super scene of this lonely tree on this field, splendid Pov, like the inclusion of the fence to lead us round and up the hill to the tree.Great sky.
Well managed, Tfs,
mkamionka (29469) 2014-03-28 7:13
wow this is really a spectacular work here. Fantastic composition with the lone tree on the hill. Great POV with the wide foreground: the fence and the field provide so many attractive curves, it works really really well! The silhouette of the tree set against amazing sky with some sun rays passing through the network of clouds. It is very impressive, no words to give it a justice!
Have a great weekend,
marina7 (8051) 2014-03-28 12:34
a solitary tree is one of my favorite subjects:) This one can boast of the gorgeous sunlight streaming through the clouds and a great perspective with a very graphic field in the foreground. The fence creates a nice diagonal too. Lovely compo, great spirit.
Thanks and all the best!
eldancer1 (25674) 2014-04-01 7:31
Beautiful composition! Love the single tree against the cloudy sky with sunlight trying to come through, a sign from above? I like the lighting and it has nice details. Well done, tfs.
chawax (18657) 2014-04-05 9:05
This picture has a very special atmosphere ! The tree is perfectly placed in the picture. The vertical format is quite original here but it works perfectly.
Have a nice week end,
brianmcc (6051) 2014-04-05 13:40
i love your viewpoint and framing of this scene with the fence running along the length of the image and helping draw the viewer's eye to the lone tree. an excellent composition.
rigoletto (34229) 2014-04-06 11:23
invoking your inner poet? works well :) composition is top notch (i'd still be gracious to see the line of fence reaching the horizon). the effect you got on the frosty grass is priceless. one little thing: color of the sky is so so, and the pp work on colors makes some pixels visible, esp. in large size.
adores (34738) 2014-04-14 16:37
A beautiful winter shot! I like the vertical format, the fence in diagonal, the textures of the field and the sun beams reaching the lonely tree at the top. A well thought composition! We can almost feel the cold here!
serp2000 (38355) 2014-06-06 11:25
I like it too. My congratulations! This is very creative idea to take this photo with not the best weather conditions. Good result, impressive sky and good perspective. Well done!
Have a great weekend ahead!
Miguel82 (21036) 2014-07-30 12:22
Your pov creates a splendid perspective Noel, a lonely tree in the pastures, morning time : some sun rays are visible in the clouds, regards
- Copyright: Noel Byrne (Noel_Byrne) (21544)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-03-02
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS 60D
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/125 seconds
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- Date Submitted: 2014-03-17 7:58
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