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Glade by taenaron Glade by taenaron
A winter version of my other campfire-picture Dream. Such a fire makes more sense when it's cold outside, doesn't it? First pic in weeks. I hope you like it. :)

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The almost seamless and atmospheric environment of the winter tundra. A place where nature seems to be at complete peace as it rest in silence under its frozen white blankets of snow. Trees stand proudly as they appear as wooden sentinels silently and carefully looking over the land as well as its many inhabitants that hope to find a suitable source of life. This feeling of peace is only magnified further when one traverses through the frozen land under the stars of the winter night. Watching the sky as clear as looking glasses, invites the mind to travel through the night sky more clearly than one would normally imagine. You see the night clouds resting in the air like frozen blankets of fluffy snow hills riding on the black ocean that is the night sky. Countless stars floating above your head as if they were astral snowflakes decorating the sky, glow warmly and as brightly as the campfire before you. You slowly begin to take it all in. The atmosphere, the environment and even the quiet. It generates something within you that you have not felt in quite some time. Balance. You feel completely balanced and relaxed under this frozen land. A land that one would think to be devoid of welcome and peace underneath its icy, clawed fingers, has revealed to be warmer than any place in the world. For once you feel completely at ease and slowly drift peacefully to sleep, its frozen hills slowly rock you to sleep. Glade, created by the very talented `taenaron, provides us with such a view of peace and environmental serenity as well as the two individuals who bask quietly in its atmosphere and warmth.

On a visual standpoint, the artist has once again brought us a visually enticing and genuinely believable piece. Each and ever element of the composition springs forth almost seamlessly and brings the viewer something few other images like have brought before. Capturing the beauty of the winter forest scene as if the artist hardly tried at all makes this image that much more of spectacle. A depth of field effect on the foreground compositional elements adds that extra dimension of immersion to the piece that gives the viewer that much more to take in. The piece also carries that calm and quiet atmosphere of the winter forest and truly resonates a calming feeling from the viewer's screen and envelops them in an inviting and relaxing light before it. They feel transported before the landscape, with all of its natural beauty, and can feel as if they are truly standing upon it. It is no small task that is for sure.

However, I couldn't simply look at a piece such as this without suggesting something that could improve it that much more. One thing that could be done to improve the composition, is to perhaps better emphasize the scale and size of the trees surrounding the two campers. Perhaps making the trees climb that much higher around them could add a feeling of somber isolation while at the same time emulating silent protectors around the campers, hoping to keep them safe from whatever lurks within their woods. A slightly smaller nitpick would be toward the lighting of the moon. Shouldn't the back of the moon be just a bit darker in comparison to the rest of it? At the moment it appears to be a bit back-lit which makes it look almost bio luminescent. If you could, maybe draw a cloud near the back of it or alter its contrast slightly.

In itself, this piece really shows off the natural beauty of the winter season with all of its natural silent tranquility. The composition is still great and the piece itself can stand proudly on its own. Good work, Tobias! :clap:
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Critique by Lynneblue Jan 26, 2011, 10:00:47 AM
Wow, this is such an awesome scenery! :love:
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DE22 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I would honestly consider that the best campfire in history (if that ever becomes true).
QAuZ Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
I always like the realistic mood :) Love this indeed.
DJBIG Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
capirussa Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
This is beautiful. :)
Burning-Liquid Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011   Photographer
Perfect day to night, it sets a gr8 mood. Well done m8:)
Orange-1 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
Flupser Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Hobbyist
dunno but i feel that the scenery should be different maybe a lake and then those people near it with the campfire.. i mean the sky is somehow too bright , cause when i look at the forest it feels abit spooky and when i look at the sky that feeling vanishes^^ naaaah hard to explain for me xD maybe my taste is just weird^^
priteeboy Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Kept that fire burning all through the season :XD: there's humbling sense of intimacy though, just alone in the woods around the warm glow of the fire, with at least one other person around to keep you from going mad :psychotic:
TheHarlequinsMask Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Professional Photographer
Marvellous mood you've created here, this is simply stunning work.
Lunox-baik Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Professional Photographer
verrückter dude bist du! =D
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