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My secret place... by StefanHefele My secret place... by StefanHefele
My secret place in the forests near my home...

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:iconnightmeadow:
I love your landscape-pictures, they're fantastic and very beautiful! I must say though, that I'm glad to see something different from you; some close-up pictures. 'Cause I do really find this picture amazing!

The composition is so great. You're in about the same height as the toadstool, and the clovers and the snail, which to me is the best view for this kind of picture. It makes me feel like I'm there; like I'm down in the moss on the forest ground, right in front of the toadstool, clovers and snail. In other words, I feel more connected to the picture. Also this composition lets you see all of the three objects, it's not too much close-up or too far away. I do think it could've worked if you'd taken it from a longer distance, it would've given another type of focus on the three objects. But going closer using this height, this perspective, wouldn't be the same, then you would have to up-tilt the camera or something. So my conclusion is that this perspective and distance works perfectly together. Very nicely done!

I really like that the background is not a complete blur, but reveals the bottom of trees, forest ground and sticks, and from that you can pretty much tell that the rest of the forest (or this area) is beautiful.

The colours are so lovely. When it comes to forest-pictures I usually fall in love with the ones that are bottle-green and more cold and bluish, giving it a delicate look and an almost supernatural effect. Strong warm green colours like in this picture, are gorgeous. Yet they do not always come out nicely in photography, as if they're lost when photographed - of course that's just my opinion - but you have really managed to keep them and bring the best out of them. Especially the two complementary colours, the red colour of the toadstool and the green colour of the moss and the rest of the forest, have this lovely contrast, which I would call the most important part of this picture. Without the red toadstool, this picture wouldn't have been the same at all, not as eye-catching, since it contributes to the beauty of this picture. Not only does it stand out itself, but it intensifies the green colour of the clovers and makes them stand out too.

The clovers and the toadstool are adorable. The snail I didn't notice at first though, but that isn't necessarily bad. It makes me think of the parable about Adam and Eve. The toadstool would be the apple tree, not only because of its tree-like figure, but also because toadstools are told to be symbols of the occult - "knowledge of the hidden". Quite a coincidence, don't you think? Then of course the snail would be the snake to lure Adam and Eve away from the "clover-side" and over to the toadstool - take a bite and be punished.
Also the toadstool could represent the side of "danger" (both because it's poisonous, but also because it's red, which symbolizes danger), while the clovers would represent the side of "luck". The sunken moss between them kind of separates "luck" and "danger" from each other, still it's important to remember that that moss is only sunken and not gone between them, so it's not like there's a hole, which could mean that there is some kind of connection between "luck" and "danger" - could be taking chances, like buying lottery tickets; you could lose all your money, quite dangerous, but you could also be lucky and win a lot of money.
Nonetheless they're all a symbol of life; life of the forest. Beautiful.

This picture really makes me happy. I makes me think of the forest, which I love, and brings back good memories. I've been looking for a picture like this, and I've found many good ones, but not a picture like this, that really has all the elements I could wish for; lovely colours, great (and interesting) objects, and a really really good composition. And all in all that makes this picture pretty perfect to me, I love it!

Simply nature at its best. Wonderful work Stefan!
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:iconnightmeadow:
I wish I could critique this, but I need a membership for that don't I? :/
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StefanHefele Jul 5, 2012  Professional Photographer
No, i donŽt think so.. try it again please ;-)
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:iconnightmeadow:
My first critique ever, be nice with me ;)
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:iconstefanhefele:
StefanHefele Jul 7, 2012  Professional Photographer
hehe, iŽll try ;-)
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:iconnightmeadow:
Hahahaha, surprised? :D
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StefanHefele Jul 7, 2012  Professional Photographer
positive surprised ;-)
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:iconnightmeadow:
*Phew* I'm glad to hear, so you wouldn't mind if I decided to write you more critiques? - with the possibility that they might be huge? :D
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StefanHefele Jul 7, 2012  Professional Photographer
there you go ;-)
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:iconnightmeadow:
I don't know what to say, I've tried to take pictures like this, but it's just never.. right..good enough, still working on it though, just haven't found the right mushroom haha. But this, it is just perfect :heart: I love it, it's so wonderful. Make me want to go to that place! It's like.. I smile when I see this picture. Perfect composition, colours, light, everything. I kind of really love mushrooms, when I was little I used to collect mushrooms every fall with my grandfather - my grandmother and him lived by a forest, practically in it actually, that's probably why I find forests so great today :) Anyway, I also like that the moss sinks a little between the mushroom and the clovers, it's like a.. seperation between "luck" and "danger (because it's poisonous)", but they're not completely seperated, they stand on the same ground, as if "luck" and "danger" come from the same thing - taking chances? - They have a connection? Lol sorry, now I'm just analyzing and interpreting, and I bet I'm quite wrong, but it is quite symbolic somehow..
Anyway, lovely lovely work, this is just my kind of picture, or well, the kind of picture I've been looking for, so to speak :heart:
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StefanHefele Jul 5, 2012  Professional Photographer
Glad you like it so much. This is close to a small forest that belongs to our family. Each
year at the same place there are these toadstools. Luckily there was some clover close
to the mushroom. But i think you havenŽt spotted the black snail ;-).
I Autumn sometimes i also go into forests and collect fungus. By the way, nice analyzed :-).
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