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Reflections II

Reflections II
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Copyright: Evelynn Smith (Evelynn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2025 W: 741 N: 3285] (14454)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-12
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon SD700
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-20 11:37
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Points: 22
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I was happily surprised with my reflection shots even though they seem not to attract much attention. So...I will post some more from the same outing and even include the same note! Previous post and yesterday's reflection post This one has no land reference point and I think it is weaker for it??? although I still like it.

I took this a while ago about a mile from my home while I was bemoaning the fact that there was nothing to photograph. I had my tiny point and shoot in my pocket and found some lovely reflections. I like my reflection shots because they look surprisingly good. This was taken along a slough of the Willamette River... not always very clear nor attractive. It is a "damaged river" in that industrial and farm waste has polluted it. However it is on the mend. Thanks to the efforts of many volunteers, over 5,000 native plants have been planted locally to help create a 200' buffer along sloughs and river banks. The purpose of this buffer is to allow a natural filtration system to prevent run off of chemicals, such as fertilizers and pesticides, from entering waterways. The buffer will also help prevent soil erosion, help habitat and help improve the water quality.

The Willamette River (pronounced wil-LAM-met, or [w?.lŠ.m?t] in IPA, with the accent on the second syllable) is a tributary of the Columbia River, 187 mi (301 km) long], in northwestern Oregon in the United States. Flowing northward between the Coastal Range and Cascade Range, the river and its tributaries form a basin called the Willamette Valley containing 68% of Oregon's population, including its largest city Portland, which sits along both sides of the river near its mouth on the Columbia. Its lush valley is fed by prolific rainfall on the western side of the Cascades, forming one of the most fertile agricultural regions of North America that was the destination for many if not most of the emigrants along the Oregon Trail. The river was an important transportation route throughout much of the early history of the state, furnishing a means of conveying the vast timber and agricultural resources of the state to the outside world. Part of the river's floodplain (the Willamette Floodplain) was established as a National Natural Landmark in 1987; ten years later the river was named as one of ten national American Heritage Rivers.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-03-20 12:11]

Hi Evelyn

A great shot.If you had not said, I would not have realised it was a reflection. Good forms and tones.


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-03-20 12:47]

Hi Evelynn

lovely composition on your reflections, iwas drawn to the thumbnail without even realising. I love these kind of shots, and i don't think the lack of any land reference actually detracts from it at all, it only makes it more curious..



Really clever.

If it didn't have the title, one would never know.

Nicely exposed too.


Quite a fascinating composition considering it's a reflection shot. I'll bet the sky in the reflection looked alot better anyway.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-03-20 13:46]

Hi Evelynn

I like reflections as well. I think this is the best one out of your set. The reflections make the shot look almost like an oil painting



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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-03-20 14:41]

Hi Evelynn,
Fantastic gallery of reflections. Sharp, neat and serene. Absolutely breathtaking. Very nicely visualised and composed. Kudos.

Hi Evelynn,
I actually like this one over the others. The only reference to a reflection is the slight distortion of some ripples in the water. Without it, it would have been hard to see. The ominous cloud formation gives this photo a wonderful mood. The abstract look of the entire composition is really great.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-03-20 21:06]

Hi Evelynn,
Moody capture almost mystical, what an amazing reflection you captured, thanks for sharing.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-03-21 22:24]

Hello Evelynn

I would not have guessed this was a reflection until I read the note.I now see the tiny ripple effect.Just beautiful.TFS


Hi Evelynn,

It's a good thing that I read your note very carefully, because otherwise I would not have known this to be a reflectionshot :-)
The composition looks great and the sky is very impressive.
Beutiful image!

Greetings, Nel

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  • Viera Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 0 N: 74] (494)
  • [2007-04-06 12:32]

Hi Evelynn,
very nice shot. I like the dark tones in the photo - they make the reflection dramatic.
Superb compo.

Best regards


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