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Snow bound oak by kayaksailor Snow bound oak by kayaksailor
Didn't make it for the Sony Calendar contest so I thought I'd try :icondirtyboyalf:'s Winter Eye's contest......here: [link]


My winter entry in the Sony Calendar contest...a rework from my original last January...
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ShinyWish Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011

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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011
:aww: Thank you so much!!! (sorry for the belated response...I got a bit behind :blush:)
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ShinyWish Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011
    ~.:.~.:.~ :iconbemyvalentineplz: ~.:.~.:.~
    ~.:.~ You´re welcome ~.:.~

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sesam-is-open Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
:iconsomeredhearts: thanks!!
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sesam-is-open Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
:iconyoureverywelcome:
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
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ShinyWish Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
Beautiful! :clap:
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
Thanks so much!!
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ShinyWish Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
    ~.:.~ You´re welcome ~.:.~
    ~.:.~.:.~ :iconflowerthnxplz: ~.:.~.:.~

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Stroody Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice :)
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
Thanks :D
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RezzanATAKOL Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
Good luck dear with the contest:heart:
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
:aww: Thanks!!
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RezzanATAKOL Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
I just gave u Llama cos i have a promise for contestans of Florin:))
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
:aww: then double thanks!! :wave:
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Tamayatz Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Student Photographer
Very interesting. It looks freezing cold!
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010
LOL! Well it wasn't as bad as many places in the world get but it was cold to us :giggle: the unaccustomed snow brought down a lot of tree branches which brought down a lot of power lines and we were without electricity for about 12 hours...and no wood burning stove or fireplace...:iconshiverplz:
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dove-51 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
:thumbsup: Grrrreat job Ruth. Good Luck :iconredheartsplz:
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
Thanks! :fingerscrossed:

I love this shot and all the versions I've done of it :heart: I 'shopped' a big red bow onto the trunk and am using the result for our Christmas card this year :giggle:
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dove-51 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Great idea. :icongiftplz: :thumbsup:
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010
You have done a fine work with the PP, Ruth! Excellent! :clap:
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010
Thanks so much! I was pleased with my first attempt almost a year ago, but I've learned a lot about photoshop since then and am really happy with this one! Even though there isn't a drastic difference :laughing:
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allisonosilla Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Is this the origional? If not, I would love to see what the origional looks like. with a clear focus on the tree. It's a gorgeous tree.
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
Thanks so much! I love this tree too :heart: Here's the original - it's in my scraps due to the low quality of the light... [link]
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allisonosilla Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
ah, that explains the streaks through the whole thing. - SNOW :D - Bummer the light wasn't ideal. That's always rough.

People like us could really use an SLR camera win. ;) One with better options for days like that to capture the most light possible.
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
It was snowing really hard - and I'm a Southern California girl!! So while I have a wonderful Nikon there was NO WAY I was taking it out in the snow LOL - I have, and used, a little waterproof Olympus...it does well for somethings but I didn't do all I could have to make this the best it could be. For instance I could have put it on a tripod, or I could have taken another shot when the snow had stopped but I was too cold! :giggle: But I like what the snapshot became :D

And speaking of snow - I just checked where you're from - Seattle's been getting COLD weather!! Most of my relatives are in the Seattle area, and my best friend from Southern CA just moved to Port Angeles so I keep an eye on your weather :wave:
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allisonosilla Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
haha, yeah it snowed all this week! It was AMAZING! We have La Nina coming in this year "arctic storm" thing. Gonna' be a BIG year. Last time La Nina rolled around, we had feet apon feet of snow, and the ski lifts were burried. DO you know how tall those things are? Burried. Nuts. We'll see how it goes. hahaha.

And I figure for a photo, it's worth being freezing for 20 minutes. I just put a pot of hot water on for cocoa or apple cider for when I come in. I bundle up and I'm set. Also, umbrellas are a big help to protect your equipment.

I remember living in -25 degree Celsius weather in Canada, and still going for nature walks to find photo opportunities. lol. It was WORTH the frost. Plus the walk kept me warm enough. Just kept moving, and making noise so hunters wouldn't shoot me like a deer. HAHAHA (Sadly all those pictures were on my old computer that was robbed, and so I lost them all before I had a chance to edit and make them 100%.)
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
I understand about "suffering for your art" LOL but part of the problem was we were without power - and we have no wood stove :( so no way to get warm! We got a generator after that :laughing:

Good idea about the umbrella - with a tripod...I did get brave in the rain last month with one and realized it would have been easier.

Ekk - a buried ski lift - almost incomprehensible!

Having spent my half century in Southern California where cold was 40F, I can not even fathom -25C :faint: This photo was taken during our 2nd winter here and it had only snowed once before...now we're starting our 3rd winter (east of Sacramento) and have acclimated a bit...
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allisonosilla Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh man! No power/freezing is NOT worth it. haha. You'd get hypothermia. Not awesome.

And yeah, I didn't know at the time temperatures like that were possible to stay alive in. HAAHah. That much below freezing?! Yikes. It was definately an adventure. We'd run from building to building at the school. hahaha. (if it wasn't icy.) And we literally sat on top of the fireplace. HAHAHa. Good times.
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
Living in a place that is built for the cold (like living where it is very warm) helps a lot - this particular house is not well insulated so when we get beyond the normal temperature ranges we feel it...

sounds like you had quite a time :laughing:
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DragonDew Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
This is beautiful, what a gorgeous tree! Good luck!
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
:aww: Thanks! I love this tree, it is my view from my home office :heart:
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bear48 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Professional
sweet
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Gellidius Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
that might be an embarrassing entry for the competition.
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
...? Could you give me an explanation of this comment?
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Gellidius Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
i see how what i wrote can lead to misinterpretation. tks for reminding me.

i meant that the other people participating in this contest will face very stiff competition from you, this image being so good. :-)

i hope this is better, i'll try to take more care in what i write in the future.
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
OK - that is better LOL. Thank you for the compliment and the explanation!
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Thraka Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
Thats SOOO cool....heh, i don't think i've seen many tree like it, and certainly not artworks like it near as good.
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
:aww: Thanks! From your mouth to Sony's ears :giggle:

It is a wonderul tree :heart: It is in my "front" yard up on a hill...I can see it from my home office window and there's always something interesting about it! There's a family of acorn woodpeckers that have hollowed out lots of nesting cavities and are always swooping and chattering (they're a very social family group) and the local mule deer love to graze on the grass and fallen acorns so we often have them up there too - as many as 7 at a time!! But usually just a mama and her baby :love:
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KarenFiore Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Perfection Ruth.
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
Thanks Karen! Your oppinion means a lot :tighthug:
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Great entry Ruth@!
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
Thanks, David! Happy T-Day :iconturkeyplz:
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug: happy thanksgiving to you and your family Ruth!
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lilaznkami Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
i love the pics you have of this tree. :D simply amazing
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
Thank you so much! It is my favorite tree on our property (and I have a LOT to choose from :giggle:)
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ceciliay Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Student Digital Artist
great pick for the contest but in the rules it says you can't use water marks.

Entries may not use any watermarks or distinguishing artist marks (such as prominent signatures)
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
oops missed that one...easily fixed :D Thanks for the heads up!
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ceciliay Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Student Digital Artist
hehe no problem I was going to do the same thing as you then I realized I watermarked it so I haven't uploaded it yet I have go back in and take off the water mark.
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