Winter Shadow

Uploaded: December 07, 2008 20:27:58


I was at the arboretum this morning just after sunrise. It was cold (8 degrees F) but worth it with the spectacular skies that didn't last long.

The Morton Arboretum
Lisle - Illinois - USA

Comments welcome and appreciated!

Exif: F Number: 11, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/400 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 160, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 10.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 40D


Kerry Hill December 07, 2008

Wow it is spectacular!! Beautifully captured, Mike!! #1047995

KARU WIJESUNDARA. A.N.P.A.S. December 07, 2008


KARU. #6864887

Anne M. Young level-addict December 07, 2008

This is super! #6864981

ROLAN NARMAN December 07, 2008

Spectacular image Mike! Amazing pov and shadow and light capture! Colors are wonderful! Excellent work! #6864988

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic December 07, 2008

Excellent pov and sky is giving this shot a tremendous moving feel, Mike.

UB. #6864995

Warren E. Wilson December 07, 2008

Very nicely done! Love the shadows.

warren #6865002

Denny E. Barnes level-deluxe December 07, 2008

Excellent capture of this early morning light, shadows and amazing sky, Mike! Very beautiful image!!....Denny #6865165

Mike Clime December 08, 2008

Love the sky and the long shadows, Mike! #6865507

Colette M. Metcalf December 08, 2008

Gorgeous!!! #6865513

Mary L. Graham December 08, 2008

Beautiful Mike!! =) #6865768

Susie Peek-Swint December 08, 2008

Stunning capture Mike ~ worth braving the cold! #6866149

Katarina Mansson December 08, 2008

Wow - love the POV and the perspective here. Beautiful colors and light too! #6866165

Dr Silly level-classic December 08, 2008

8 degrees, Hahahahahaha. Beautiful photo, a wall hanger. I would have never captured this shot. I would be next to a fire place. LOL :O)

Ron McEwan December 08, 2008

This is a superb shot Mike, great eye to capture this one. Well done for sure. #6866940

Eivor Kuchta December 08, 2008

Spectacular is the right word here, Mike! I like your composition, how you placed that big tree in the middle. #6866949

Bojan Bencic level-classic December 08, 2008

Fantastic capture, Mike. Beautiful sky and creative use of shade. #6867153

Vicki L. Filippin December 08, 2008

Kudos to you for being willing to go out that day...I was not so brave!
I've only been to the Arboretum once and it was raining, so didn't get to appreciate it's beauty like you have been. This is an amazing shot! I love that there is still a taste of the fall colors in the b/g trees along with the crispness of the winter chill....the shadows are most excellent, and the sky is to die for!
Well captured, my friend! Now go treat yourself to a nice cup of hot chocolate!!! #6867985

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe December 08, 2008

This is INCREDIBLE Mike. Impressive composition, vibrant colors, shadows and scene! #6868017

John Caruso December 08, 2008

One of my all time favs of yours, Mike! I like the bold choice to put the tree in the center of frame. In my opinion, there is so much going on that the photo needs it there to give the eye a focal point from which to radiate. Your hard work really paid off on this sure-fire winner! #6868669

Leslie McLain level-deluxe December 08, 2008

Beautiful sky. I give you a lot of credit for getting out in the cold and getting such a wonderful image. #6868881

December 08, 2008

Stunning Mike! #6868945

Michael Umbreit December 08, 2008

Thanks so much for the very kind comments! I am glad to hear that others like my choice of composition for this shot! :) - Mike #6869401

Les Rhoades level-classic December 08, 2008

Mike, this is my kind of image! Nicely done sir #6869651

Corinne M. Thompson December 09, 2008

This is absolutely gorgeous Mike! #6871302

Mitch Spence level-classic December 09, 2008

Powerful shot, Mike. It feels somehow as though we can sense the rotation of the earth beneath our feet. #6871803

Michael Umbreit December 09, 2008

Les/Corinne/Mitch - Thanks! It was a special morning! - Mike #6872861

Kathleen Rinker December 09, 2008

Fabulous shot Mike, love the long shadows and that wonderful sky, great work!! #6872975

Michael Umbreit December 09, 2008

Kathleen - Thank You! - Mike #6872984

Renata Gusciora December 09, 2008

Wonderful winter image,super pov and great reflection,Mike!:-) #6873872

Kara L. Hendricks December 10, 2008

This is just gorgeous Mike!!! Your POV is outstanding! #6874603

Michael Umbreit December 10, 2008

Renata/Kara - Thanks so much! - Mike #6877580

Brett Dolsen December 11, 2008

Bravo Mike!!Stunning gotta be a winner!!Brett #6878039

Michael Umbreit December 11, 2008

Brett - Thanks! That means a lot! - Mike #6878090

Max Aureli December 11, 2008

Fantastic composition!!! Great light and gorgeous colors, Mike!!! #6880883

Michael Umbreit December 11, 2008

Max - Thank you! I appreciate your comments! - Mike #6881272

Michael S. Baker December 16, 2008

Enjoying your latest round of images, Mike. Really nice job capturing the dramatic skies over the Morten Arboretum!
Mike B- #6900947

Sam Britt December 16, 2008

This is beautiful! Congratulations on this EFP, Mike. #6900960

Michael Umbreit December 17, 2008

Mike/Sam - Thanks!!! - Mike #6905597

Shawn Jennings level-classic January 21, 2009

This is great, Mike! Congratulations on your finalist! #7062937

Michelle Alton January 21, 2009

Another beautiful Finalist, Mike. Congratulations! #7063420

Leslie McLain level-deluxe January 21, 2009

Mike, congrats on your wonderful finalist. #7063868

Scott A. McDaniel January 21, 2009

Knew we'd see this one again. Awesome work Mike. #7064154

Susan M. Hembree level-classic January 21, 2009

Stunning, Mike! Congratulations! #7064192

Michael Umbreit January 21, 2009

Thanks so much! That was another special morning at the arboretum! :-) Mike #7064398

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic January 21, 2009

WTG, Congrats. on this stunning Finalist.

UB. #7064738

mark grandoni January 21, 2009

Best of Luck Mike. It's a great capture! #7065454

Bojan Bencic level-classic January 21, 2009

Congratulations on your finalist, Mike. #7066039

Katarina Mansson January 22, 2009

Happy to see this one among the finalists; congratulations Mike! #7067013

John Caruso January 22, 2009

Congrats Mike! Well Done! #7067286

Tiia Vissak January 22, 2009

Congratulations! #7069213

Nancy (Peaches) Harker January 22, 2009


HUGE CONGRATS AGAIN on your finalist!
Best of luck in the next round!


Renee Doyle level-classic January 22, 2009

Stunning!! Congratulations Mike!! #7070208

Michael Umbreit January 22, 2009

Thanks!!! I appreciate your comments and support!! - Mike #7070667

Debra R. Harder January 23, 2009

Absolutely BEAUTIFUL, Mike! Congratulations on another FANTASTIC finalist! Deb #7072962

Christine Czernin level-classic January 23, 2009

Many congrats, Mike.
This is a very beautiful finalist.
Good Luck. #7073183

Eivor Kuchta January 23, 2009

Congratulations on your finalist, Mike! #7073406

Jeana Clark January 24, 2009

This is AWESOME Mike!!!!
Wonderful work!!!!!
An Excellent Finalist!!!!

~J~ #7082067

Michael Umbreit January 25, 2009

Deb/Christine/Eivor/Jeana - Thanks!! I recently had a canvas print made of this shot. But before I did, I completely redid all of the editing on it. I think the new version has more depth to it. I may display the redo soon. - Mike #7084026

frank w. degenhardt level-classic January 25, 2009

Mike- Beautiful work and a huge Congratulations on getting a Finalist for it. WTG my friend. #7084156

Mary Beth Aiello level-classic January 25, 2009

Absolutely outstanding, Mike. Huge congratulations on this wonderful and well-deserved finalist. #7084721

Susan Fox January 25, 2009

Congrats Mike! #7084828

Michael Umbreit January 26, 2009

Frank/Mary Beth/Susan - Thanks to each of you! I put up a redo of this image last night. :-) Mike #7088565

Colleen Farrell January 27, 2009

I love this, Mike! Fantastic composition and POV! I'm just going through the finalists/winners now, and I can't imagine how you could have improved this. Big congratulations on your finalist! #7096159

Michael Umbreit January 27, 2009

Colleen - Thanks! I sure hope it was an improvement! - Mike #7096355

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