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Spring River

Spring River
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Copyright: Pablo Minto (pablominto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3879 W: 192 N: 3835] (14563)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-15
Categories: River
Camera: Nikon D50, HOYA 52 mm PL-CIR
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Ice in any shape!, River Gaula [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-26 3:45
Viewed: 6636
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 92
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the river in spring, just after the ice has broken.

During winter the water level in the river is sinking, and this is captured before the river starts getting bigger from the snow melting in the mountains. That is why we see large parts of ice on dry land, as the river was considerably larger when the ice froze last autumn…

As soon as the ice breaks the salmon starts entering the river, preparing for the September spawning. The longest travelling salmon will have to go around 110 km upstream to reach their “childhood home” in the river!

Patleboss, Debz, eqshannon, bobcat08, nirmalroberts, Argus, jmp, gracious, Jamesp, rcrick, jhm, fiyo, undoredo, oscarromulus, Alex99, pierrefonds, jcoowanitwong, mlines, haraprasan, SelenE, uleko, hester, touristdidi, marhowie, izler, Juyona, horia, Hormon_Manyer has marked this note useful
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Hello Pablo, splendid shot with wonderfull colors, lovely point of view and great composition, I love it,
cheer and many thanks,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-26 4:02]

Hi Pablo,
Just marking this wonderful post from you and will come back with a proper critique in a while.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-11-26 4:04]

Hello Pablo, I like this kind of shot - dramatic contrast and here it works well. It would look good in a frame on a wall! You got great exposure on what must be a difficult scene to shoot, the blues are well saturated and the ice has good shadow and mid tones. Very nice composition and clear and sharp.

hello pablo,
nice capture, you have managed exposure well here, lovely colours, well composed shot, nice pov, looks like a 3d image,
good framong,
well done,
tfs & regards

You are posting a bit more and that puts a smile on my face. A nice picture. Simple and to the point. Worlds apart we are but so similar in thought of our natural world.

Hello Pablo,

Nice capture. It must have frozen well to form such a thick layer ice on a flowing river? Lovely natural colours. A good POV and nice BG. Well done. Intersting notes, a specialy about the salmon. Regards and TFS BOB

Hello Pablo,
Very representative shot of the early spring river. Informative note. Beautiful landscape.
Thanks for sharing.
- Nirmal

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-11-26 7:34]

Hello Pablo,
You make us look forward to the end of winter when it has just begun and for me the sooner winter goes, the better!
Great composition, colours and exposure both of the snow and the river flowing in a pleasing curve through the image.
Well done and TFS!

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-11-26 7:53]

Hi Pablo,
Nice to see a northern river in spring so different to our rivers. Perfect composition and really cool colours!!
Best regards, José M.

Hello Pablo,
Thank you for sharing this wonderful piece of river landscape and the natural history of it!
good low pov with depth with so much natural colouration and details
a good composition indeed
best wishes

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2007-11-26 10:07]

Hello Pablo !
The winter is only just beginning, and already you speak about spring ! :-) But the picture looks very nice. I love the geometrical patterns of the broken ice, looks beautiful. Composition and POV are fine too, and I love the natural colors - the blue color of the water is specially beautiful. Very well done !

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-11-26 11:04]

Hi Pablo

Great composition with lovely sight lines. The exposure on the ice is great too.


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  • Norte Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 32 W: 0 N: 45] (184)
  • [2007-11-26 11:33]

This kind of scene is easily overlooked, since we have seen it so many times before. But you have really made a very good composition out of it - good light and colors. An informative note too!
Best regards, Jon :)

Hi Pablo, another masterful landscape, the detail is superb, with an excellent dof, very good balance of light between the snow and the water, lovely work Cheers Rick :)

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-11-26 22:46]

Hello Pablo,
I like very much how the blocks of ice breaks
Wonderful composition, and great POV.. Well done


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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-11-26 23:29]

Hello Pablo,

A spring picture just to the beginning of the new winter Pablo.
But certain with ice at the edge of the river, splendid shot with wonderful colours, lovely point of view and great composition.

Greetings from Belgium,

hi boss
i see you are getting ahead of the game here and wishing it was spring again..me too..
we dont really see ice like this or frozen rivers..i used to live in the usa and it did get a bit like this so i can feel the pleasure of that 'crack' and the returning sun in the sky each morning
ice well exposed so we can see the non white colour and texture

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-11-27 2:27]

Hello Pablo,
Very beautiful picture with very good POV and composition.Well done.

bonjour pablo
en ressortant cette photo de vos archives,vous vous preparez a l'hiver!
cela donne une idée de la rigueur du climat chez vous.BRRRRR!!!!

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-11-27 3:39]

Hi Pablo,
this is a very well composed image! Huge depth and a wonderful line of the river drawing us right into the background...the cracked ice is an awesome sight too! Excellent contrast between the dark blue of the river and the iced makes it a striking shot to look at...very well done.

Today it's -22*C here in Calgary; and, to see your ice breaking up gives me hope that soon our COLD WINTER will also be over with.
We have a similar situation here.
You enjoy a lovely BLUE river; it must be very clean.
Friendly regards,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-11-27 7:49]

Hi Pablo.
How well you have coped with contrast objects. Exposure and colours. lights and shadows are simply amazing. I like selected for shooting subject a lot. Curve of the beautiful river is so pleasant for look. Sharpness of entire is great as usual. My compliments and kind wishes. Excellent job and TFS.

Hi Pablo, splendid winter composition, lovely river, great contrast of broken ice against blue water, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi pablo,

A nice image of the river with the ice on the side, the photo has a good composition, DOF and beautiful colors. Thanks for sharing.


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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-11-27 13:14]

selam ;
Nice composition.Good POV and sharp image whit nice details.Colors are beautiful.Excellent shot of this river well done.
TFS ridvan

Again, wonderful curves...there's an "S" shape that is so pleasing.
Great vivid colors - wonderful clear...beautiful!

Hello Pablo,
Nice seeing a river in early spring. Lovely pov and nicely composed. Sharp focus and well exposed image. Very well done.

Hello Pablo,
Superb image with beatiful colors and light, very well composed
well done

Hello Pablo,
What a beautiful shot of this landscape you present here!!
I can see very beautiful POV & composition here, with superb details and sharpness.
Personally, these bright white colours of the ice, around overall dark colours, are very impressive to me and you managed it perfectly with wonderful exposure. :-)
Many thanks for the sharing this beautiful photo.
Best wishes,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-28 11:27]

Hello Pablo

A lovely riparian scene in Springtime.
The serpentine lines of the river leads the eye through the composition .
Well focused with sharp details.
The colours are rich and well saturated.
Nicely done.I can't wait 'til Spring returns.


Great compo, Pablo.
Most interesting content!
Well done again

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-11-28 21:38]

Hi Pablo. Interesting to see ice on the riverside as seen here. I have not seen a river with ice on it before. It must get very cold for this effect. Most interesting notes about the salmon finding there way around these rivers. TFS. Murray.

Hi Pablo,
A beautiful captured land scape. Excellent composition with nice contrasting colors. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-11-29 4:30]

Hi Pablo,
Foreground with those ice blocks looks lovely. I liked the composition, POV, exposure handling and the scenery. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-11-29 7:32]

Hello Pablo,
I say, you're ahead of time now!! A great capture though of this winding river edge by large ice floes. Great DOF and beautiful colours. A fine composition!
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-11-29 11:18]

Hi Pablo

I love the shapes of the ice beaking up. Lovely composition and perfect exposure. Nice note as well



You live in a winter wonderland of beauty! I never saw such huge sheets of ice.

Cool Pablo..I mean really cool :)
I like the blue color of the water, and the large chucks of ice as they break apart..
Well composed - Well done,

Hi Pablo,
A wonderful photo. I really like the art nature has created in this photo. The left over evidence from winter and the still limited ray of colors gave this photo a perfect abstract touch. The composition is great and makes you wonder what can be found around the bend.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-12-01 20:05]

Excellent composition Pablo, the exposure is great and the sharpness is fine. Thanks !


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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-12-03 6:57]

Hello Pablo
How beautiful the deep blue color of the river. A great composition with those ice sheets on the left showing the last effects of winter.
Very interesting note too.
My best regards

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-12-05 10:31]

selam pablo
another wonderful river-landscape photo from your great portfolio
i like composition, point of view, lighting, colours, contrast and sharpness
thanks for sharing

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-12-06 4:15]

Hola Pablo,
impresionante vista,
las placas heladas espléndidas.
buen pov, y maravillosa composición y color,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-12-15 1:19]

Hi Pablo

As i said before, i know i've missed some lovely photos f you and i'm back today at this beauty here :)
What an impressive capture...i may be wrong here, but it might be a first for TN for this moment - defrosting river.
Anyway, it's a very original capture and presented in the "Pablo Minto Classical" way. The composition i would say is the main element here, because of the very careful placement of the items in the frame.
Also, the exposure, although difficult, was very well managed and the colors are charming.
Very good contrast and DOF, too.
All these elements put in the same scene and added to the impact generated by the big blocks of ice braking make a superb shot!

Bravo and TFS

very original and mysterious

Hi Pablo,
Simple yet great composition with perfect exposure and sharpness. Not an everyday shot, and the blue is really wonderful. Tfs, congrats. Greetings, László

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