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  Mini#31 Best of 2015
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The lonely tree       ©2015 NEAT
Canon EOS 5D Mark II       1st place, 409 points
1/50s, f16, ISO 400, 49mm, Manual, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: Cropped
added bi color filter to sky
adj tones and levels and contrast
dodging and burning
reduced noise
      Extra Info: None
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Jan 12, 2016
    Congratulations on a truly beautiful shot and well deserved win.

Jan 12, 2016
    Goes to show that rules are there to be broken - Congratulations on doing it in such style.

Jan 12, 2016
    Congrats a really fine image!

Jan 12, 2016
    Congratulations worthy winner

Jan 11, 2016
    well done!!

Jan 11, 2016
    Haha too funny @jadeo, One of the reasons I thought about not entering this photo was because it was maybe a cliche shot and not my typical usual photo that I enter. I kind of entered this in rebellion against myself kind of maybe just to see if a shot like this really did score well, and I was right this is what people like to see. Maybe I should be ashamed of myself 😳😳😳😳😳
Edited on Jan 11, 2016

Jade O.
Jan 11, 2016
    Congratulations on topping the field!

Broken Rules? Just mine own.
1. Sunset shot.
2. Misty mountain obscured shot.
3. Reflection in the water shot.
4. Calm water on the lake shot.
5. Subject with competing floating oversized pencil stub like thingy shot.
6. Graceful zen like Japenese tree bifurcated by a dark band horizon shot.
7. Dark vignette framing shot.
8. Outline silhouette with no definition against a sunset shot.
You break almost all my rules against cliche shots in one photo and yet it worked! Kudos!

Jan 11, 2016
    Congratulations - well deserved win!

Jan 11, 2016
    Congrats, this was very high in my favorites. Beautiful.

Jan 11, 2016
    It was on my fav list, congrats.

Jan 11, 2016
    my 1 .
Congrats NEAT. great way to start 2016

Jan 11, 2016
    Great photo Anita! Congrats on your 2nd first place finish!

(Jade O, let's see the list of photog rules she broke...)

Jan 11, 2016
    Congratulations, well deserved.

Jan 11, 2016
    Thanks everyone so much for your kind comments and scores. I wasn't sure how well I was going to do with this but judging by the comments I thought maybe top three, but to win is just so amazing, thank you so much!

I nearly didn't enter this I think it was the fourth or the fifth entry that I submitted, ( sorry to those who had to keep validating my entries😬😬😬😬)I'm so indecisive lately, we had a pretty good year last year, we travelled to New Zealand for our 25th anniversary where this was taken and we also went to Canada and America, so I had quite a few photos to choose from. That's not to mention all the other images I took here in Perth, especially on the second last day of the year, which I consider some of my favourite all time images taken in my state.

Ps @jadeo i'd like to know which rules you think I broke? It doesn't matter now though but still it would be helpful.
Edited on Jan 11, 2016

Jan 11, 2016
    Many congrats on a clear winner :-) .

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Jan 11, 2016
    Lovely colors and reflection of the tree is super.

Jan 11, 2016
    Everything done to perfection!

Jan 11, 2016
    Eye catching shot. You were lucky with the low cloud to help outline the branches and you made good use of it. Well done!

Jan 11, 2016
    Beautifully serene, with those golden colours and the reflected arch of the tree. Lovely composition.

Jan 11, 2016
    doto said: Fantastic shot and composition, a clear favourite.
Is it the same one as this one:


Yes, it's quite a favourite with the photographers. I had to ask someone where this was, thankfully it wasn't too long of a walk from where we were staying on the lake in Wanaka in New Zealand, and by the way is sensational!!!

We were there for our 25th anniversary.
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Jan 11, 2016
    Fantastic shot and composition, a clear favourite.
Is it the same one as this one:

Jan 11, 2016
    Great shot. Lovely colors and composition.

Jan 11, 2016
    This is beautifully serene and the colours are lovely. I love the shape of that tree and the way it reaches out to its own reflection. High in my favourites.

Jan 10, 2016
    Nice Landscape, imo would remove the object beyond the tree.
Edited on Jan 10, 2016

Jan 10, 2016
    The title says it. There is an effective sense of loneliness or at least quiet and calm in this shot. The subtle lighting contributes to that effect. Nicely seen and composed.

Jan 10, 2016
    Beautiful capture, nice reflection & golden coloring.

Jan 10, 2016
    The very spirit of Zen. Love the mysterious hieroglyph formed by the arched tree and it's reflection.

Jan 10, 2016
    It is so graceful, love it

Jan 9, 2016
    the log[?] could have been cloned out but a great shot

Jan 9, 2016
    Simply outstanding - high in my favs. This image has everything going for it. Congratulations.

Jan 9, 2016
    I love the golden tones ,the reflection and the silhouette. I think it would be even better if you had cloned out the thing floating in the middle.

Jan 9, 2016
    Love the graceful curve of the tree and its reflection. Your processing is very nice too. The log or whatever to the left of the tree is a mild distraction that I would have cloned out.

Anthony Comyn
Jan 8, 2016
    Lovely!. I like the water drop shape which is created by the tree and its reflection. Well Done!

Jan 8, 2016
    classy and printable for sure. nice going.

Jan 8, 2016
    Beautiful image but felt the cut of of the reflection just spoils the symmetry

Jan 8, 2016
    I swear I've seen this tree in various photo challenges - maybe here and elsewhere - a number of times. It must be a famous tree. It certainly provides for interesting and artistic imagery. Nice composition here, but personally - I'm left a little wanting for more natural colors.

Jade O.
Jan 7, 2016
    You break a lot of rules and still end up no. 2 in my picks.
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