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405 - Stick Season
Posted By: mattb123, 11-08-2017, 08:33 AM

I find as a landscape photographer, we have these certain special times we aim to get those amazing photos we seek. Times like fall when the leaves all change and transform the landscape into a kaleidoscopic wonderland.
It's spectacular for sure, but then when all the leaves fall off it can be a lot less compelling to get out and shoot. I call this time stick season, when the leaves have fallen and everything is dry and dead looking. The trees just look like sticks. The bright fall color has faded to browns and ochres and the shadows are getting long. It's a different kind of landscape that might be more challenging or at least different to photograph. This is what I want to see.
It might sound bad, but if we look a little harder we can still get good landscapes (or other shots that might include the landscape) during stick season.

So let's see 'em!

Closing for the contest is midnight Wednesday, November 15 (MST).

The fine print:
Every week, a new theme is picked and judged by the winner of the previous week.

1. Post ONE photo (max 1024x1024).
2. The photo must portray an interpretation of the theme.
3. Post your single picture (and only one picture) in this thread and explain what motivated you to take the picture and/or how you feel it represents the weekly theme (especially if it's not obvious).
4. The challenge is interactive. Any response is welcome.
5. The judge will pick the WINNERS and choose one of them to be the judge for the next week.
6. This challenge runs for at least 7 days, plus an additional day, if required, for the judge to choose the winners.
7. Any Pentax/Ricoh (DSLR) camera can be used.
8. Pictures can be from any time frame, not just within the week of the current theme.
9. In case the winner of a challenge is unable to become the judge for the next challenge, they will PM the #2 winner for that person to be the judge

A few examples:

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11-08-2017, 10:35 AM - 1 Like   #2
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Where I live, we don't have a stick season much and this isn't technically a landscape(?), but it's a photo I took on an early morning walk in Bridgeport, California. I liked the way it turned out and the trees are in their winter mode. I'm looking forward to seeing the photos everyone posts.

11-08-2017, 12:38 PM   #3
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Stick Season in Zion.

Don't know if it's really a landscape, or just a portrait of a tree framed against a huge cliff.
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This one was taken at the very very end of the stick season in the wetlands.
No leaves whatsoever were left.

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11-08-2017, 01:18 PM   #5
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Nice desolate images so far. Landscape isn't a requirement, but a good way to illustrate the season. It may not be the only way!
11-08-2017, 09:43 PM - 2 Likes   #6
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In these parts, stick season overlaps snow season and can take over from fall in a matter of hours. However, I do have this shot from a few years ago.
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Near Fort Klamath, OR.
11-08-2017, 10:50 PM - 1 Like   #8
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Home Sweet Home- Pentax K20D + Pentax K 55mm f1.8

a play on the theme...

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Stick season in Ireland.

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Stick Season can still have color.

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QuoteOriginally posted by atupdate Quote
Stick Season can still have color.

Very nice Tim! But, whenever I see Clifton Mill I want to go to Jersey Dairy.

I got out today just before sunrise and have replaced my photo with a new one:

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Lonesome Leaf

I have this, shot with a Helios 44-2. Cheers, Christoph
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I don't have much in the way of "sticks" shots and we aren't quite to that stage here locally, but here is one from the first freezing rain we had last fall.
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Shot last winter but processed today--if that doesn't work for the contest let me know, and I'll pray for wind and try to find a tree on campus that has shed all its leaves.

Wandering around on a cold day, photographing a church I passed. I find places of worship make lovely photo subjects.


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