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First Reflection...

First Reflection...
Photo Information
Copyright: Jay Meeuwig (Shoot_Score) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 302 N: 670] (2376)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-31
Categories: Seascape, Ocean, Sky
Camera: Fuji Finepix S7000, Super -EBC Fujinon Lens Optical Zoom
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): !Waxing & Waning, !"Mon pays, c'est l'hiver"... [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-01 6:23
Viewed: 4758
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Decades after school, I still remember the origin of "January" -- the two-faced mythical being
that looked back into last year and forward to the coming one.

This photo titled "First Reflection", which shows us the first rays at sunrise is dedicated to my mother-in-law. Her birthday was on the last day of the first month...

Jan 31st 2007 had a very cold start here. The temperature was -18C... and the ocean was "boiling" well before sunrise. I started my photoshoot in the pre-dawn, about half an hour before the actual sunrise. Other shots from this shoot may follow.

PS For Horia & Loot's benefit I want to mention that I didn't wear my balaclava < but should have , brrrrrr!!! >

Tech talk:
Photo as shot; scaled to 30% using max compression factor to fit 200Kb; cropped to fit 800 pixels.
No colour, contrast or other adjustments.
Compo: I chose to leave the sky/sea ratio as is, in keeping with the Janus theme. < an alternative will be in WS >


Alex99, dew77, saeedabbasi, jhm, Adanac, jeanpaul, horia, loot has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To TBW: ... søme seasmøke ...Shoot_Score 1 02-03 19:22
To loot: Feb 3 1947 we had -63.7C up North...Shoot_Score 1 02-03 10:34
To oki: The spider saga ...Shoot_Score 1 02-02 23:35
To loot: The spider saga ...Shoot_Score 1 02-02 23:34
To horia: More than brrrrrrrrrrrShoot_Score 1 02-02 21:24
To arfer: Gull? What gull? Which gull?Shoot_Score 1 02-01 23:41
To Adanac: Warming up...Shoot_Score 1 02-01 19:00
To anniejo: Welcome!Shoot_Score 1 02-01 13:12
To jhm: River?Shoot_Score 1 02-01 11:52
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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-02-01 6:32]

Hi Jay.
Nice picture and nice story. Amazing reproduction of the evaporations form water surface and cold weather. I like composition of the picture and great colour tone range. Superb work done with great taste. My best regards to you and best wishes to your mother-in-low.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-02-01 9:27]

Hello Jay,
Magnificent scane.Exposure is spot on,warm colors are wonderful.Well caught,framed and composed.

Hi Jay ,
nice scenery and very well captured.
well composition ans great sharpness.
well done
thanks and regards

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-02-01 11:44]
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Hi Jaak,

The river and misty gives a very nice subject for a excellent picture, also a little bit spooky, a lovely gift to your mother-in-law.
Beautiful composition and nice colours too!

Best regards,

Really great shot of both the sunrise AND the "boiling" sea!!

I liked the composition of this photo, with Mother Nature filling in the blank spots!! You did well with the clarity of the background, while keeping the foreground, though very dark, focussed.

Nice job in all aspects!!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-02-01 18:31]
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Hi Jay,
You know if you would warm up you wouldn't have all that fog in your picture, LOL. Great job with this capture Jay thanks.

  • jeanpaul Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2097 W: 99 N: 3518] (14962)
  • [2007-02-01 19:33]

Hi Jay
Elle est très belle cette prise avec ce beau paysage avec de belles couleurs et sa brûme. Il ne doit pas manquer grand chose pour voir la glace se former.
Tu souhaiteras bonne fête a ta belle mêre de ma part.
Merci et au revoir....JP
Les sourires demain

  • Great 
  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-02-01 22:13]
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Hello Jay

Your dedication sure paid off.I love the misty sunrise,birds and all.The colours are well saturated and the reflections on the water are very beautiful.The silhouette of the foreground balances the shot nicely.TFS


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-02-02 4:19]
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Hi Jay

Another really beautiful post from you!
The warm sunny light here is excellent and it almost seem like us, the viewers, can feel it while it is rizing.
The timing is great, the POV is exceptional and the composition(s) are lovely.
I also love the misty feel of the shot and the contrasting dark FG, too.
A delightful picture...well worth the brrrrrrrr :))

Bravo and TFS

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  • oki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 79 W: 10 N: 114] (587)
  • [2007-02-02 12:08]
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Hi Jay,

this is really a lovely image and a very nice text. Amazing capture,


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-02-03 9:50]
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Hi Jay

Ha-ha-ha, or should I say shame? A man who has a balaclava and doesn't wear it at -18°C sure are either stubborn and looking for trouble, or maybe old age is taking its toll and he has become very forgetful. I just hope your mother in law will appreciate this dedication so much that she would tend to you when you catch a dreadful flu.

You succeeded in showing the fog very well in this shot. The obvious cold that created this ‘boiling & steaming’ effect is well contrasted by the warm colours of the rising sun. The composition is great and the exposure was well handled.

Very well done and TFS.

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  • TBW Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 94 W: 28 N: 200] (846)
  • [2007-02-03 11:28]
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Hi Jay!
I see what you mean with the seasmoke. it creates a very special atmosphere! I will try to find some seasmoke for you here as well!
Very nice picture, it present the rising sun, hope and a fresh new day, very well!


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