The great Expressionist Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) in a letter to his brother, Théo, described the works of landscape artist Jules Dupré (1811-1889) as, "
a symphony of colors." Dupré was a star of the Barbizon School of Pre-Impressionist painters, and one of my favorites both for sentimental and aesthetic reasons. As a child I lived for a year in Paris, where my father had an assignment as military attaché from Turkey to France. I remember well an 1840-landscape painting hanging in our living room, that depicted one of Duprés favorite scenes, a cluster of ancient oak trees. And as a budding artist, I produced watercolor copies of the painting that Dupré originally rendered in oil.
On three occasions I previously submitted photos to Trekearth, photos whose salient qualities were the brilliant colors of nature. In July of 2008 I posted SYMPHONY OF COLORS I. There the subject was the cart of a fruit seller on the Island of Capri. In September of 2009 I posted SYMPHONY OF COLORS II , in which the subject was a flower arrangement on a street corner in Williamsburg, Virginia, following torrential rains. Then in May of 2010 I submitted SYMPHONY OF COLORS III, showing a flower arrangement in a cemetery in Nice, France.
In the present photo, the subject is the well maintained shoreline of Potomac Park, in Washington, DC, with the flowering trees in full bloom. Hidden behind the pink-colored trees is the white marble Memorial Bridge, and just to the right, the Lincoln Memorial. I noticed that, just the day before I shot this photo, BWJ had also been there. She could attest to the inherent beauty of this area in the spring.
Nikon D200 18-70 Auto Nikkor lens, set at 11 mm, 1/500 sec, 67 mm Circular Polarizing filter, shot in RAW.
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cagla (3932) 2011-05-09 6:10
Gerçekten nefis renkler.. Pastel tonlar... full bloom açmış ağaçlar da harika görünüyorlar. Elinize sağlık Bülent Bey.
sucaattin (666) 2011-05-09 6:17
Merhaba Bülent Bey;
Çok güzel bir ilkbahar manzarası. Renkler harika. Elinize sağlık.
ciakgiak (30405) 2011-05-09 6:19
Hello dear Bulent,
I'm really astonished in front of such a masterpiece.
This is a really superb photo, the landscape is marvelous, the colors are a symphony of the nature. Congratulations and TFS.
Kielia (22913) 2011-05-09 6:26
it is not only the beautiful light that makes this impression of a fascinating piece of nature very attractive, it is also the perspective. Very beautiful water colors and a very nice play of light and shadows. My compliments, I also enjoyed reading the interesting notes!
Bluejeans (64247) 2011-05-09 7:05
Uma bela pintura de Van Gogh , são lindas as árvores em flor rosa faz um belo contraste com o verde ,gostei muito das sombras no chão , boa luz , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
tober (8797) 2011-05-09 7:48
Hocam gözüm gönlüm şenlendi bu "erken dönem bahar" manzarasını görünce. Tablo gibi.
Bu sene Türkiye'ye bahar geç geldi. Mayıs ayındayız, hâlâ -güney bölgeler hariç- birçok yer sizin Mart'ta çekmiş olduğunuz bu fotoğraftaki gibi.
saxo042 (36904) 2011-05-09 8:20
This is more impressionistic than expressionistic to me. Whatever, a symphony of colours indeed and a very beautifil view. The closest tree to the right provide an interesting pattern with all the branches.
JFS (32459) 2011-05-09 9:40
And shadows! the whole image is lovely. thanks Bulent!
anokutan (15097) 2011-05-09 10:25
Bülent bey merhaba,
Müthiş güzel bir kare.Tam bana göre.Enfes.Kompozisyon ve renkler inanılmaz güzel.Saygılarımla.
sabermonajati (8893) 2011-05-09 11:31
trees have a pleasant form and shadow is nice.
nice paysage you captured.
Sonata11 (33151) 2011-05-09 17:03
this is an amazing view of nature. Fantastic colors, unusually beautiful. Wonderful excecuted picture. I love it.
All the best,
emka (73115) 2011-05-09 22:44
I remember your other photos with symphony of colours and this one seems to me less colourful. The view is different than what I saw ten days later. The first row of the trees on the shore is only green, with no flowers. I was very lucky to see Washington in the peak of blossoming! But I like here the delicate beauty of this image. Lovely view.
Atousa (7123) 2011-05-09 23:21
Lovely soft colors in this well composed shot.. I like the row of the trees n also the inclusion of the shadows in the FG which has added to the beauty n depth of the photo.. nicely captured.. tfs
Best regards, Atousa
jhm (135058) 2011-05-10 5:02
Blossoms give always a very calm atmosphere, the beginning of the springtime.
Beginning of a new live for a lot bird and other animals.
Sharpness and clarity be perfect.
The colors are very soft also a excellent subject.
You create perfect depth and perspective.
Very well done, TFS.
PS: Your was very late the previous night!
guillecan (8) 2011-05-10 7:58
Es mi primer comentario, desde la primera vez que vi tus fotos son impresionantes una mas que otra y los comentarios e historias de cada foto muy ilustrativos y sugerentes. Muchas gracias por esta bella fotografía, hermoso contraste de colores y sombras. Empezaré a poner algunas fotos mias.
Un fuerte abrazo
mauro61 (52623) 2011-05-10 10:29
bella atmosfera primaverile con tanta luce e tanti colori.
Ottimo il pov con il cielo azzurro a fare da sfondo,
agulberk (3794) 2011-05-10 13:07
Merhaba Bülent Hocam
İnsanın kalbini hoplatan harika renkler,muhteşem kompozisyon, yeniden yaratılışın cennet-misal güzelliği ve kokusunu hissettiren inanılmaz bir senfoni.
Paylaşımınız için teşekkürler.
Saygı ve sevgilerimle
paololg (31448) 2011-05-10 14:39
Ciao dear Bulent,
beautiful picture, a symphony of color that differs from the previous three for the delicate and soft colors. Thank you for sharing with us this explosion of color, a real pleasure for the eyes. Congratulations!
Ciao, have a nice Wednesday!
macjake (52014) 2011-05-10 16:13
i can certainly see what attracted you to this nature scene.
not only the trees, but its a bonus to have such a beautiful and appealing sky too.
the light is soft, not overexposed at all.
danyy (0) 2011-05-11 0:00
des couleurs tendres, fraiches et variées.
Cette touche rose entre les verts et les bleus.
J'aime ces jeux de lumières bien maîtrisé(e)s.
Un cadrage qui place ces arbres roses au bon endroit.
Mes meilleurs compliments.
kordinator (14831) 2011-05-11 1:12
Symphony but and festivals of colors on this your fantastic landscape.
I love trees on the pictures very much.
Excellent light and sharpness.
Great composition and presentation.
Very informative note.
mayjayne (3109) 2011-05-11 7:51
A beautiful composition; the pink colored trees and blooms in the middle reminds me of Monet's 'Springtime' , painted in the orchard of his garden at Giverny.
ines8 (6068) 2011-05-11 12:59
Marvelous picture, not only the colors are wonderful
but also the nostalgic silhouettes of the trees and the shadows .
Cricri (101189) 2011-05-11 13:46
Belle série des symphonie de couleurs, un peu plus en douceur ici, j'aime la variétés des arbres , leurs formes , leurs hauteurs et bien sur les couleurs, bien cadrer entre le bleu du ciel et le vert, vraiment une belle image
Urs (14082) 2011-05-11 19:08
After an absence of more then two months I finally found time to visit TE again. I simply had too much work and deadlines, and even now another urgent job already is knocking on my door. However I will try to visit TE on a daily basis from now on.
The kingfisher you flow is also a famous beer brand in India ...
That is a really pleasing spring shot especially the blossoms of the trees in the center are amazing. Your shot represents the essence of expressionism, what van Gogh did, you just transformed it into photography. Well done.
worldcitizen (6473) 2011-05-12 11:55
You've created another successful symphony. :-) I love the blue sky and shadows on the grass, in addition to the beautiful line of trees beside the water. This is the perfect representation of spring. The cherry blossoms are always so lovely, and this scene does have the qualities of a fine painting.
erhan1958 (14524) 2011-05-12 23:23
senfonilerde çok seslilik vardır,
sizde burada onu çok güzel yakalamışsınız
nobuikehonda (3848) 2011-05-12 23:35
Hello professor Atalay,
The symphony of colors IV, anything which resembles cherry trees remind me of Japan. Just the other day, I went to a local temple garden to see the cherry trees in full bloom. They were beautiful but they all looked cramped in, unfortunately.
On the contrary, in the image above, I see several similar trees in full bloom. And there seems to be an ample space for the trees to grow in freedom. I personally like the trees to grow as they wish, and not necessary controlled by human esthetics. The care that these trees receive in Japan is impressive, but to see how the nature means for these trees to be is more like the way I personally prefer.
Under the large blue sky, these trees look happier to me.
Have a great weekend,
Very best regards,
delpeoples (52445) 2011-05-13 9:00
Merhaba dear Bulent
A fanastic explosion of colours, the cherry blossum is always such a beautiful symbol of Springtime. I like the tight framing which seems to draw the trees in close and how they contrast with the blue sky. Thanks again for your Note and I wish you a lovely end to the week.
fabianoleite (9371) 2011-05-13 21:20
Wonderful natural composition, with great harmony and balance between colors and shapes, and also shadows and lights. Very nice place, congratulations!
bukitgolfb301 (34474) 2011-05-15 8:26
Hi my dear Bulent
A wonderful masterpiece by fantastic magical color world of very calm but so attarctive tone.
So complete of color balanace and contamination!
You are so talented photographer.
Thanks for your sharing finest work and have a good Sunday evening!
Takero from eraly Summer in Tokyo
corjan3 (2025) 2011-05-15 9:09
I always find your notes very pleasant, both for their informative nature and their style, and this is no exception. You combine beauty with atmosphere here into the lovely symphony of colours. Well done. Best wishes.
Royaldevon (26449) 2011-05-15 23:57
It is hard to believe that this is taken in the centre of a city! Your title is most apt. (Many people have commented, whilst I have been on the Trek site, how true the Nikon is, with regard to colours.)
I like the way the shadows act as leads towards the trees, which are nicely balanced oin their arrangement. There is a sense that the larger trees are acting as guards and mentors to the smaller, showy trees.
There is a wonderful sense of tranquility. Great that photographs can evoke emotion.
Have a good day,
jafadabret (56497) 2011-05-16 10:27
c'est un réel plaisir de tomber sur une aussi belle photo de printemps. J'aime les ombres du premier plan qui amènent le regard sur les arbres en fleurs. Le vert de l'herbe et des feuillages naissants fait ressortir le rose des fleurs. Le beau ciel bleu achève le jeu des couleurs. Le graphisme des branches est très délicat.
Excellente photo !
JCG (35129) 2011-05-18 0:43
Hello dear Bülent,
Indeed, a beautiful natural harmony here, and a beautiful light that also helps to provide interesting shadow effects especially in the foreground, it seems that trees are engaged in a dance to celebrate this wonderful spring. What pleasure it must be to walk in a such park, thank you Bülent.
With all my friendships and with soon,
polpo56 (15134) 2011-05-18 1:04
this is a magic, wonderful landscape.
Light creates long shadows and emphasizes the beauty of the colors.
danos (83045) 2011-05-18 8:45
lovely this Spring scenery with the blossom trees to make the place so interesting and adorable.I like the light and the colour management, the contrast of them,as the beauty of the shot.
Fis2 (81844) 2011-05-18 13:32
Good composition and superb colors.
I like shadows.
Angshu (54703) 2011-05-19 5:31
Dear Professor 'A'
The title of the picture could not be more apt! You have presented one picture per year with the same title!
The pale pink flowers - are they cherry blossom?
The colours are indeed beautiful topped by the clear blue sky! The shadows of the trees we don't see, in the FG creates a fine lead-in
With Warmest Regards
mesutilgim (79934) 2011-05-19 9:57
Bu kare gözümden nasılsa kaçmış ! Muhteşem bir ilkbahar karesi.
Bakış açısı, kadraj, renkler ve kompozisyon herşey yerli yerinde.
Keyifli ve bilgilendirici notlar da işin cabası.
Şileden selam ve sevgiler
PS.6 ay sonra bugün ilk defa Şiledeki yazlığı açtık eşimle, hard worker vaziyetleri var ! Bahçe olmuş bir orman !
vasilpro (40735) 2011-05-19 12:45
Wonderful composition with lovely colors, excellent POV, I like the play with the shadows and the light management, a photo like painting, fine photo work!
Greetings from Greece, Vasilis.
mumek (20198) 2011-05-20 4:15
Good morning Bulent!
Fantasting spring capture, great play of colours, light and shadows.Thanks for your comment about USS Missouri. Soon I will post a picture from the deck of USS Missouri where World War II ended on Sept.2,1945 with a formal ceremony and the signing of the Japanese surrender.
bebbetto (12) 2011-05-21 13:15
Beautiful hymn to spring. Great feeling of freshness and fragrance. Composition gently sloping to the left that helps the eyes to go through easily
jemaflor (80616) 2011-05-27 2:42
So lovely garden with a good light effect, interesting colors of course and also graphism with shadows on the grass, pleasant to see, tfs.
AiresSantos (56155) 2011-05-30 23:08
Hi dear Bulent
great picture with wonderful colors
I like the atmosphere and shadows
Well framed and done
Have a nice day
pablominto (53744) 2011-06-03 1:57
It is a pity that spring lasts so short, considering it is the best season of the year..!
This scenic view shows much of the appeal - with the fresh air, pleasant temperature and nature waking to life again...
A lovely frame full of spring atmosphere!
emilbo (22262) 2011-06-07 9:12
Vraiment une merveilleuse symphonie de couleurs comme le titre le dit. Une scène de toute beauté et agréable à regarder. Excellent éclairage et qualité d'image. Les arbres en fleurs sont superbes et les ombres entrecroisées en avant plan ajoutent de l'intérêt à la photo.
Toutes mes félicitations,
yedirenk (11244) 2011-06-11 15:18
merhaba Bülent hocam,
tablo gibi detayları ve renkleriyle harika bir atosfer..cennetin tarifi sanki.gözalıcı sunum..ellerinize sanki.selamlar,sevgiler
Longroute (19392) 2011-06-23 4:32
A triumph of the trees... the shapes and patterns created by the trunks and branches are highly graphic and appealing and the blossoming flowers with their delicate and harmonious colours really reminds one of a symphony. Fine light and sky enrich and enliven the scene. Well captured and framed.
photoray (10107) 2011-06-24 4:54
Indeed, a symphony of colors, and I am also attracted to the shadow patterns. And a bonus with your informative and descriptive Note.
Well done, Cheers,
PS: Thank you for the critique and link to Hokey Pokey on Youtube.
subhendu_bagchi (25243) 2011-07-10 4:16
what a colourful composition it is! Love the trees with different colour sheds. Great light and fine depth. The shadow is looking superb in FG. An excellent framing. Tfs.
josepmarin (57473) 2011-07-18 4:14
in this nice photo you have caught the spring essence, by means of the good luminosity of a beautiful and sunny day, and especially, by means of the chromatic power of the colors that offers us the nature, which we can enjoy in the blooming trees.
The light and the shades on the grass play a very nice aesthetical role also.
It is a beautiful composition.
ikeharel (52181) 2011-09-15 3:01
Title perfectly match, Bulent.
A fabulous play of light and shadows, with mild colors in excelent conrast.
Lovely garden scenery.
kennyblack (4207) 2011-09-19 10:42
Hello Bulent, I have been talking about this wonderful picture from very soft colors that only nature can give us. A beautiful play of light and shadows of a diagonal green 'grass.
Greetings ... Marino
Ciao Bulent,Mi sono soffermato su questa meravigliosa foto dai colori molto soffici che solo la natura riesce a darci. Un bellissimo gioco di luci e di ombre in una diagonale verde dell' erba.
Un saluto ... Marino
ayseekmekci (158) 2011-10-06 7:28
Merhaba Bülent Bey,
fotoğrafınıza verdiğiniz başlık tamamıyle onu yansıtıyor. hem başlık hem de fotoğrafınız çok güzel. Ellerinize sağlık.
vmukherjee (612) 2012-03-22 10:17
Nice shot with soothing colours and great composition. Thanks for sharing.
aliabazari (11496) 2012-04-09 23:26
Light and shadow play. Excellent composition and lovely. High Exposure.
SWEETFREEDOM (21586) 2012-08-16 23:44
very nice spring picture, full of colors. good light management.
Romano46 (16578) 2013-02-08 10:07
osservando la tua gallery ho trovato questa meravigliosa composizione che, tra l'altro, è stata molto apprezzata.
Il titolo è appropriato, perchè di sinfonia di colori si tratta, ma di colori tenui ricchi di sfumature delicate e di accostamenti piacevoli. Mi piace anche il gioco delle ombre in primo piano che movimenta il prato e completa questo splendido acquerello.
Ottima la ripresa con nitidezza eccellente e saturazione e contrasto molto bassi, come era giusto che fosse per non stravolgere la scena.
Ti faccio i miei complimenti, oltre che per la foto anche per la ricca nota che le fa da corredo.
Ciao e buona serata
- Copyright: Bulent Atalay (batalay) (34715)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-03-25
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D200, 18-70mm DX Zoom Nikkor, 67mm Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/11, 1/500 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2011-05-09 6:02
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