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May 1, 2009
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Canon EOS 5D Mark II
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1/395 second
Focal Length
105 mm
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Apr 25, 2009, 3:01:53 PM


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The Thinking Tree by gilad The Thinking Tree by gilad

What is life? Is life happens just when somebody else know about it? I mean, if nobody knows you're there, you might as well not be there, or even be dead. Am I right?
People search for the perfect life all around the world, but I know better. I was just thinking that there is an old Chinese saying that tells that if you stand long enough in one place, the whole world will pass you by. I know he said it because he said that while standing in my shade. I remember I thought it would be great if it was true. I could really "see the world". A few hundred years later I can tell you that if all I've seen is what this world has to offer, the world must be a sad place. Seasons change, Rain and then sun and again. Night becomes day and day becomes night again. Birds fly, land, take a crap, fly again. Sometimes a Jeep drives by leaving a cloud of dust. Hundreds of years that I'm here and now I understand that the old Chinese was just trying to be nice, and give me hopes for an interesting future, but sometimes a tree is just a tree. The less thinking I do, the better the time I have. Because, after all, what is time....


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North of the Negev, Israel
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Vision : 5*. In a a so fast and big environment, it's always difficult to find such a special moment, when everything is in place. You saw it, and you're not lucky because you see "that" moment so often in your photography that's not luck but talent.

Originality : 5*. The image and the photograph are combined in a very spiritual way. Kind and clever words. Brilliant idea.

Technique : 4*. As I don't think it's technically difficult to get that. Still it's perfectly done.

Impact : 5* Composition, colors, and title makes of this deviation a catch eye, and oustanding piece of art.
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Critique by Cyantre May 1, 2009, 10:07:31 AM
The title is extremely clever, and it brings a whole new perspective to this photograph. It is very easy to imagine the clouds as thought bubbles.

The touch-up from the original photo really brings out the contrast between the ground and the sky. The earth tones towards the bottom-right corner of the photo also add a bit of texture to the ground which works really well against the color of the sky.

For some reason the tree being on a hill brings a certain amount of charm to this piece. It seems that everything came together to make this piece truly fantastic.
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Clarityoga Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
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Sometimes in learning to find peace and joy in where you are right now opens up the whole world , th whoe universe to you
cranberrycorners Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
It's great , Gilad! The title is a kill ! Kol hakavod . 
a-strange-loop Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Professional Photographer
Hello Gilad... I have lost touch with DA for quite some time now ... I used to love seeing your photographs here and I am glad that it was your work that has pulled me back to DA.
SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
Ha, perfect set-up!
deviatedone Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Aaahhh! I see what you did there.
RelativelyExtreme Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Too perfect :) nicely done.
paulio Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Really love this shot!!!
STEFFIE1 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My feeling after browsing your gallery on the whole is your creative and philosophical mind and a feeling heart are impressive. Nice works.
elminino Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012   General Artist
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