I realise that I should be claiming copyright for "fluffy" - used here by Kristaps and here by Peter, but instead of complaining I'll just post my version of "fluffy" - a cross-cut of páramo.
páramo is a neotropical ecosystem that located in the high elevations, between the upper forest line (about 3100 m altitude) and the permanent snow line (about 5000 m). the ecosystem consists of valleys formed by glaciers and plains with a large variety of lakes, peat bogs and wet grasslands, and hosts about 5000 different plant species, and about 60% of these species are endemic (unique to the place), adapted to the specific physio-chemical and climatic conditions, such as the low atmospheric pressure, intense ultra-violet radiation, and the drying effects of wind.
we had just started the 3-hour walk around the lagoon Limpiopungo (photo by Kristaps) in Cotopaxi National Park, when I noticed this eroding hillside showing the moss and the roots of the grass.
ISO 100 at 18mm focal length, spot metering and auto white balance.
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toto (0) 2008-05-14 5:03
belle photo de ces touffes d' herbes et de ces buissons.
Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté.
Jolis effets donné par cette lumière qui illumine la scène.
Merci du partage.
jang (1300) 2008-05-14 5:07
It looks like the wind is on the hillside. The top half is amazing.
belido (19934) 2008-05-14 6:00
please no fight...well, if you can take some cash from this, no problem at all :) Back to the compo, you've chosen a nice pov. The diagonal line is always welcome and you knew that. Nice to see the tree breaking that line. Good tone contrast with the blue and cloudy sky. Very well presented!
Clementi (52514) 2008-05-14 6:41
A very nice diagonal in this photo.i likes the grass to quiffs and the little sapling which seems to fall.
Nice colours and lights
macondo (18465) 2008-05-14 7:05
A very strong diagonal works wonders here, seeming to add the force of gravity to your image, and the tree and little patch of blue sky take the gaze before it comes back to the sharply defined grasses in the opposite corner. A very well controlled exposure that allows the shadows and higlights to stand out without going to extremes. Quite a dramatic shot, really, that suggests to me quite a strong wind blowing. Very good work.
npecanhuk (58210) 2008-05-14 7:13
A very interesting diagonal and fluffy scene!
Greetings from Brazil,
zmey (7335) 2008-05-14 7:47
hey, there :)
wonderful copywrighted (by you) fluffeness in this one. fluffiness and severity of highland existence enhanced by the strong diagonal. well done.
molla (7127) 2008-05-14 7:53
good use of the diagonal, a very expressionistic tree that have the same kind of kneeing movement as the ochre grass in FG. this POV also gives the impression of a quite hard walk, correct me if I'm wrong.
cheer until next image.
fulvio52 (8314) 2008-05-14 8:15
I really like this fluffy stuff, I must say!
In this case : that diagonal and the wind perform miracles, as they add some weird & very tangible dynamics to the picture. Something sort of "levitates" in this scene, and that's the whole point : since the moment I can't quite pinpoint it, I feel attracted by it...
Have a great day, I'll see ya soon.
Floydian (30970) 2008-05-14 8:18
Thanks to some extra things the image becomes more interesting the longer you look at it. It's the blue in the upper left against the green and yellow stripe in the middle what brings colour, but also the diagonal line gives more power to the whole image, while the tree makes a nice focalpoint....very nice and clever composed.
Kind regards, Henk
clio (27955) 2008-05-15 1:08
The construction of the photo near the diagonal gives a lot of dynamism. We have the impression that the wind blows. The golden colors are very beautiful also. Thank you also to make us known the photos of the others, it is a beautiful selection!
marietom (34607) 2008-05-15 2:04
Il y a beaucoup de dynamisme dans cette image, avec les belles diagonales des herbes. Belle composition.
danos (80278) 2008-05-15 4:44
very nice this this "fluffy" diagonal landscape view as generally the neotropical ecosystem of the region.I like the vivid light that fall on the plants as the colors that exists.The sharpness and the clarity are unique.Informative your note too.
Dpbours (222) 2008-05-15 5:51
Nice detail you've captured here!!
But I'm not sure about the fluffy!!
Fluffy is like little bunnies. Fluffy is like getting an immediate attack of hay fever when watching a photograph. Or it's like little lamb jumping around in the meadows. Poppies blooming is fluffy. And big fat beds of lavender, but without those woody hard parts of some types...
Talking about the wooden hard parts... :-))))
The tree and the brances coming into the compositions from the right clearly un-fluffy (!! I claim that word immediately now !!) your composition. But when not grading it on a fluffy-scale from 0 to 10 and just looking at the composition, it gets an 8 ++. ;-)
Greg1949 (9011) 2008-05-15 8:01
Kristine, I like your note, it is interesting and clever. As for the photo it well represents the not and is interesting enough to draw us into the note, but what I really like is that at first glance it is an average scene but on closer inspection there is great detail. Another fine job.
baba_flies (8829) 2008-05-15 10:58
Hello Kristine! I have a fluffy pillow and as it has started to rain I wouldn't mind to get mine out, jump into my pyamas, click the TV on, watch a good movie, have some wine maybe. Well, what can I say about some shrubs and an old tree? I can feel the earth, being close to it, be outside, nature-bound, touch the ground. I like the blue that comes out up there, still hiding behind the white. Excellent quality, your "preparation" is always great. Have a good work-out ... saw your note to Henk, Barbara.
zeca (19762) 2008-05-15 20:18
I specially like the diagonal framing, presenting lots of textures from the plants well contrasted to the sky. The tree brokes the monotony and become very attractive subject. Well taken!
faubry (35373) 2008-05-16 0:56
Bonsoir christine, very good contrast between blue corner and all photo, i like motion in tree and diagonale. thanks
rajiv_077 (1412) 2008-05-16 3:22
This looks wonderful due to tilt angle and good sharpness with colors. Those brown grass and colors is very good and that lonely tree in backround looks really great, Nice wind there. A good shot which force to feel something cool.
JorgeCK (2620) 2008-05-16 16:37
Very creative perpective... Love it. Excellent contrast between the blue sky and the dry grass.
have a nice weekend
gunbud (34066) 2008-05-19 20:20
Lovely warm contrasting colors with excellent sharpness and details to this simple countryside image. The beautiful blue sky makes a wonderful backdrop to this pretty image.
plimrn (21344) 2008-05-21 12:03
I really like the strong diagonal hillside. The tree balances the fluffy nicely. Great color and detail as well.
Somehow I'm unsurprised that you are the author of 'Fluffy' I have at least one 'fluffy' coming up and I'll be sure to credit you.
ahmetgedikli (25246) 2008-05-28 2:31
Very beautiful scenery... Excellent perspective, wonderful colors and very good point of view
AROBN54 (11471) 2008-06-09 20:43
This an incredible shot, Kristine,
I love the way the light is coming into this shot and it seems the wind was blowing. The color is lovely and the sharp angle of the hill running diagonally through the shot is marvelous. I like the way the tree fills in to the left and you got great detail. Fabulous view and the sky is a perfect backdrop. Beautiful work.... Many thanks and warmest wishes,
- Copyright: Kristine KL (avene) (12675)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-12-28
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D 200, Nikkor 18-200 3.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S DX VR
- Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2008-05-14 4:46