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Old Aug 17 2009, 04:05 PM   #1
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–noun
1.
a section or expanse of rural scenery, usually extensive, that can be seen from a single viewpoint.
2. a picture representing natural inland or coastal scenery.
3.
Fine Arts. the category of aesthetic subject matter in which natural scenery is represented.
4.
Obsolete. a panoramic view of scenery; vista.

–verb (used with object)
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to improve the appearance of (an area of land, a highway, etc.), as by planting trees, shrubs, or grass, or altering the contours of the ground.
6.
to improve the landscape of.

–verb (used without object)
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to do landscape gardening as a profession.

But I think we all know what StevenB meant.
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Old Aug 17 2009, 04:37 PM   #2
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My (first) entry will be a classic one. I was very happy with ths traditional shot, especially with the diagonal line, the gate in the right place and the clouds in the blue sky. I shot this in the Achterhoek region in Gelderland province in the east of the county, near the German border.



I can't resist to also post a contrast to this. You will have to forgive the quality of this scan, made from a print (the negatives are somewhere I can't reach them easily). This is the Sahara desert on the border of Algeria and Tunisia. I took this picture in 1982. Geez, that's over 25 years ago... It's hard to photograph in the desert and the sand gets EVERYWHERE (and I mean: everywhere) but also because of the sunlight and the corresponding colour temps. Believe it or not this was actually shot from the back of a camel and I did have to use photoshop to align the horizon (but no, I didn't get seasick)

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Old Aug 17 2009, 10:23 PM   #3
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One I put up before. By definition, the view is limited by the very landscape itself, i.e., the density of the forest. This was taken on my back 40 acres, in the aftermath of the storms that swept through Missouri due to hurricane Ike. Actually taken on film with my Canon A-1, 35-70 mm f3.5 zoom. 200 din speed Kodak film.

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My prettiest landscapes are from Colorado/WorldCon trip last year.

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Old Aug 18 2009, 05:35 AM   #5
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Well, I did give myself a dilema by suggesting this theme. I love landscape photography. But which one to post? I could show you the one I look at all the time: my wallpaper of the Grand Canyon. But instead I decided to post this one:

It's not perfect, but it's a scene from the Vermillion Cliffs Highway in Arizona - a most amazing scenic drive (Weyrlady and Pam will know the place). I was stopping the car every couple of miles and jumping out to take a picture. This one shows the Moon rising over the nearby cliffs.

The photo isn't perfect because I made the fundamental mistake of being so amazed by the drive and the scenery I forgot to check the settings on the camera and had left it set to ISO 800. Thank goodness for Photoshop's noise reduction filter. The polarizer filter is also making the sky vary in brightness.

But this photo gives me a good excuse to return to Arizona again one day and retake the scene while reciting the mantra: "reset your camera, reset your camera...".
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Old Aug 18 2009, 05:39 PM   #6
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Too many landscapes to pick from!

Jackson Lake and the Grand Tetons, specifically Mt. Moran in Grand Teton National Park




Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes in Death Valley National Park

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Old Aug 18 2009, 08:31 PM   #7
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aybe not one of the better photos, but definately one of my favorite views. This is in Ashdown Forest, at Pooh's Thoughtful Spot, looking out over the Downs.
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Old Aug 20 2009, 11:14 AM   #8
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Taken about five years ago. On my daughter's and I's first visit to my parents after they retired to S.C. We went to Tenn to an aquarium. via the Great Smokey Mountains. I made daddy pull over so I could take a few shots

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Well, I did give myself a dilema by suggesting this theme. I love landscape photography. But which one to post? I could show you the one I look at all the time: my wallpaper of the Grand Canyon....
Since I can now post two pictures, if you are curious, this is my wallpaper picture of the Grand Canyon:

I can follow the Plateau Point trail or Tonto trail with my eyes (much less strenuous than walking them ).
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Old Aug 22 2009, 04:19 AM   #10
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Steven.

It's a photo right out of a guide book or brochure! Great picture but isn't it a little light?Maybe you could also satrate it a bit so that the green will be a little greener? Just an idea, mind, because, as said, it's a great pic anyway.
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Old Aug 23 2009, 10:44 AM   #11
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Hans, I have adjusted the picture as you suggested. I probably over compensated when I lightened the picture to turn it from wallpaper back into a photo.

By the way, it's the very first picture of the Grand Canyon I took on my first visit with Lanen in 2005, just after Lanen's jaw dropped at Mather Point; so it records a special moment.
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Old Aug 24 2009, 02:11 PM   #12
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Hurray! What a special treat this topics was. I love photographs of landscapes (hence me suggesting this topic). And what a fantastic collection.

Hans, I particularly like your first picture. It's really well balanced. The second one is a complete contrast. It has a dreamy effect and I can't help thinking "what happened to the sky?" But I like the symmetry.

Draco, I like the way the eye is drawn to the centre of that waterfall. Was that a dam breached by the water, or was that water not supposed to be there at all?

Cheryl, Your landscape is absolutely gorgeous! The colours are fabulous. I would be tempted to crop some of the sky so the horizon is no longer in the middle. Now I must visit Colorado...

Pam, Wow, more fantastic views! I love the symmetry of the reflections. I must go and visit the Grand Tetons as well... And I like the way the second picture divides into three.

AnneMarie, a lovely view. Now I wish I could see more of it. Must visit...

Kat, yet another fantastic viewpoint. I think the little tree in the foreground makes all the difference by adding some depth. I have visited the Great Smokey Mountains (on the North Carolina side) but didn't see a view as good as that.
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Old Aug 24 2009, 06:17 PM   #13
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Hurray! What a special treat this topics was. I love photographs of landscapes (hence me suggesting this topic). And what a fantastic collection.

Draco, I like the way the eye is drawn to the centre of that waterfall. Was that a dam breached by the water, or was that water not supposed to be there at all?
It's a "wet weather creek" on my property. I live in a valley, and there are several of these on the place. I put up this and some others that were taken around the place under a different heading. I have shots of this same area in winter, too.
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AnneMarie, a lovely view. Now I wish I could see more of it. Must visit...
It's a lovely spot to visit...wear GOOD hikers, preferably high tops. Nick waited until we had been walking around all day and returning to the car to tell us it's the only area in England with poisonous snakes. (No, we didn't see any)
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Cheryl, Your landscape is absolutely gorgeous! The colours are fabulous. I would be tempted to crop some of the sky so the horizon is no longer in the middle. Now I must visit Colorado...

Pam, Wow, more fantastic views! I love the symmetry of the reflections. I must go and visit the Grand Tetons as well... And I like the way the second picture divides into three.
Thanks! The Tetons are one of my more favorite places. There's something about mountains rising from a flat plain that make them particularly spectacular. It's also nice that they're so close to Yellowstone. One could definitely spend a week up in that area and not run out of things to do.

And, whenever you visit Colorado I've got a guest room Cheryl's picture is an hour and a half from my house, which is basically next door by our reckoning of distance.
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Old Aug 25 2009, 03:35 AM   #16
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They are all great photo's but I like Pam's Teton Mountain range best because of what Steven said about the three layer composition.

It would have been a fantastic photo had the horizon been level... yes, it's my personal peeve and it irritates me
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Old Aug 25 2009, 01:46 PM   #17
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It would have been a fantastic photo had the horizon been level... yes, it's my personal peeve and it irritates me
My eyes are crooked. Seriously. The only way I can make things straight is with a level and a ruler
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My eyes are crooked. Seriously. The only way I can make things straight is with a level and a ruler

I see crooked too!!! But I'm still doomed with a level and a ruler.
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Apo or Jax might recognise this view...

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A lovely view, Kath, and I like the way the tree adds some forground interest and contrasts the misty background. Where is it taken?
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I'd like to add in one of my pics if I'm not too late?

The view from the Spanish Battery at Tynemouth, early morning.

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