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October 16, 2013
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FinePix S1500
Shutter Speed
1/63 second
Focal Length
7 mm
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Date Taken
Oct 6, 2013, 8:28:25 AM
Digital Camera FinePix S1500 Ver1.02
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Mountain Moonlight by DonBowling Mountain Moonlight by DonBowling
Oil on 18"X 24" canvas
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I have seen countless winter landscapes and yet this one still amazes me. Black and white can easily become tedious but with your excellent contrast and definition I think it is quite effective. As a composition, it is a little expected, because the three parts of your foreground, background, and sky are split up almost evenly and the tree on the left too closely mirrors the peak on the right. However, if this was done to intentionally add to the "picturesque" feel of the piece than Bravo, well executed! The only other thing that might require attention is the stars. They seem to be to "deliberate" if that makes sense. Also the moon, although a brave undertaking, seems a little blank. It is the source of the light, but should offer the viewer a little more interest. I cannot tell if they are pallet strokes or intentional tracks in the snow, but the attention to detail is why I love this piece, and this particular artist. Well Done!
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999-8-666 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014   Photographer
like it!
MetalWarriorKS Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I like this picture very much. The trees have so much contrast, some of their branches kind of feel like I can grab them. The soft shadows in the snow lets them really stand out in the snow.
Yet, the foreground still attracts not too much but leads my eye to the mountains. They are really well sculptured!
The sky is subtle/decent, kind of supporting the whole picture; with light, of course, but as the sky is kept flat it also facilitates the mountainside.
The arrangement of the picture is made cleverly; I see three sections: Foreground with snow and trees, the mountainside, and the sky serving as background. Both, fore- and background really help the mountains to stand out. At the same time, the foreground's 3D-look leads to the mountains, while the rather flat sky prevents my eye from travelling beyond the mountains. Also, the sky looks to me kind of "naively" painted - but thusly even creating a kind of stylistic contrast, enriching the natural and majestic look of the mountains.

For me, this arrangement works, the ensemble really creates a "WOW" effect.
Well done!
DonBowling Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much Michael!
SuzanneHole Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
Lighting is very good. Nicely painted and eye catching!
DonBowling Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much Sue!
SuzanneHole Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
You're welcome!
draconistheory Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Student Filmographer
It's amazing what you can do with a limited pallet. Very nice.
DonBowling Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Frank!
aatio Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
love the atmosphere in this!
DonBowling Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!
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