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The Waterhole

The Waterhole
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Copyright: Gerhard Theron (gerhardt) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-11
Categories: Savannah
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Digital ISO 100, Hoya skylight (1B)
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-05-25 3:54
Viewed: 4425
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
And now for something completely different.

Now this is something I am not used to posting and eagerly await your comments and advice. I have no idea what should and shouldn't in these landscape shots.

I don't normally "see" these landscapes as I am always on the lookout for smaller critters. This specific photo is a waterhole where larger mammals and waterfowl normally come to drink and live respectively.

On this paticular day I saw a herd of wildebeest standing on the centre island and wanted to photograph them. When I got out of my vehicle they dashed off into the sunset, leaving me only with this landscape photo.

So I guess in a way its also a just missed shot... :)

I kinda like it because its my first landscape photo and hope you do too. But to quote Pieter (sAner): "Let me have it !" I can only benefit from your input.

dew77, puffy, Janice, red45, coasties, AndyB, Fisher, Comandante, liquidsunshine, rlortie, Luc, marhowie has marked this note useful
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To AndyB: Thank you for the kind words...gerhardt 1 05-26 05:42
To red45: Thank you for the kind words...gerhardt 1 05-25 14:44
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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-05-25 4:17]

Hello Gerhard!
Wonderful Landscape.Colors,DOF,framing and composition are excellent.TFS...

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-05-25 4:30]

Hi Gerhard, it is great landscape shot, it is after all part of nature, so I think it should be here. :) Nice contrast, all the river bank had different colours grass on it, and the tree just beautiful. Great shot, well done, thanks for sharing.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-05-25 4:34]

Gerhard, excellent scene here. I love the tree and the different levels of colours and textures from the dry grasses at the front, all the way to the sky behind. It's a pity about the wildebeest taking off. And the tree is well placed too. Very good shot, thankyou...

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-05-25 4:36]
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I like it Gerhard. Stripes of grass and water and sky make great composition. Tree is very interesting in shape. Pity that sky wasn't more intense in colour. I'm not expert but as I wrote - good shot for me.

Hi daar :) dis pragtig.. baie rustig !! I have to agree wiht Greg and Janice about the levels and stripes. Makes it interesting.

GREAT shot :)


Awesome Gerhard. This is very well composed. The POV is spot on. It gives very good perspective to the shot. The shape of the tree is wonderful. Nice work. Congrats!

This is a great shot as it is, well balanced, it has color but also B&W (lower ground vs. upper ground) it has horizontal vs. vertical (soil vs. tree) it has hope vs. desperation (blue water vs. leafless tree) the lower ground has warm colurs while the upper has sinistrous colors. Its not a bad composition at all Gerry !

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-05-25 6:01]
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Its a great landscape Gerhard,
I like all the different levels of colour and the composition is excellent.
The sky is just a bit washed out,maybe a polarizer filter would have improved that.
A great shot,well done.

Excelent view, Gerhard.
A beautiful scenic composition. Excelent work.


Hi Gerhard!
Wonderful landscape.Colors,DOF and composition are perfect.
Thanks for sharing.

Salut Gerhard,
J'aime beaucoup cette photo avec cet arbre qui essai de prendre toute la place sur l'image.
Bravo !

Very good landscape, Gerhard.
It's a very nice deep here, almos three-dimensional.
Very well composed, great colours and details.
Excellent work, my griend.

Very nice landscape Gerhard,
Well composed, good detail, excellent colours.
I think a polarizer filter would have finished this shot off really well.
Thanks for posting

Very good for a first. I like the brown-blue-green layers at the bottom. Very pleasant view. I think you have the eye for landscape if not the habit.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-05-25 23:12]

Hello Gerhard.
Personal assessment of the photo: great.
Good visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much for sharing this beautifull landscape. I remember the sunset you post last November. You know, I am not used with landscapes myself. I do not know why. I find very interesting to see where you take your close-up photos.
Have a great day, friend. If one day I take a photo which represent Canada to my eyes I will put it under the theme you have created.

Hello Gerhard, Having missed the widebeest must have been a let-down! Still, it's a pleasant composition and pleasing to the eye..It's great to see the countryside where the Gerhardbeest roams! ;-)) Well done!

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