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Cold and Duck Wakes

Cold and Duck Wakes
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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2007-11-17
Categories: Trees
Camera: Nikon D50, SIGMA 28-70mm 1:2.8-4 DG
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-11-18 5:44
Viewed: 2838
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
At the very heart of winter, icy sounds reverberate across a suspended landscape; yet here in the last few days, there are still some small patches which tenaciously hang on...in last hopes that the snow might not come. Perhaps a fluke should change the mind of nature. Not likely. Like an icy mist flowing out of the frigid Canadian forests, fog shall hide the first snow, then alight it with a fire of white flame...gracing the tallest trees and quieting the world around as if one could hear a pin drop from the other side of earth. In just a few days the simple beauty of a leafless tree against a snowy hillside; The stark patterns of ice crystals on a frozen lake; but for now this last glance at earth as it readies for the birthing of it's coldest period...

This is a no name pond in a large wildlife refuge. It is as far as I can get, close in, because it is protected by fencing and harsh landscape for me to walk on down. That would mean I have to climb the fence. I loose from the start. So it was not meant for me to invade. I knew that many years ago. When it comes, it will happen. If it doesn't happen, it will not. Sort of like the saying in Taoist lore..."Chop wood. Carry water". This is the secret of Zen...and so I take a picture with my mind, and through the lens, and home...to the computer...and the picture tells me it wants to be in black and white. So I oblige. It is my way....

A post, in a reserve, awaiting the snow. Ducks glide softly far away and leave the wakes of their footprints....and then I leave.......

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To arfer: Danke Robeqshannon 1 11-19 18:28
To pankajbajpai: Many thankseqshannon 1 11-19 06:35
To Mana: I thank youeqshannon 1 11-19 06:33
To haraprasan: Namastayeqshannon 1 11-19 06:29
To nglen: Rainingeqshannon 1 11-18 12:18
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now that looks cold....sort of place Thoreau would appreciate...excellent work!!

Very nice in B&W Bob, the reflection is excellent. This has a stark beauty all it's own..
Chop wood, carry water says it all.
I enjoyed reading your impressions of approaching winter, and how you got the shot, an interesting read :)
Very well done!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-11-18 7:03]

Hello Bob,
I suppose I'm a color enthusiast: a grey day in winter makes me long for light and color. But if one is to portray a dull wintery day without snow then B&W states the position very clearly as you have done in this shot: you felt the picture tells you that the best way is to express it without color. The imagination sets it alive for the summer and the teeming life to come in this small nameless pond. This is a photo of a pond in limbo..
Enjoy your day,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-18 7:20]

Brrrr! What a cold-looking place!
Such a good photo that has a peaceful and calm atmosphere which is enhanced by the B+W.
+++ I love the reflection of the pines in the water.
Perfect framing and composition.
Great exposure aswell.
--- Nothing :)
Well done Bob,

I feel peace looking at that photo...there is serenity and simplicity in the photograph and the notes. Thank you!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-11-18 9:23]

Hi Howard

Just a quick one today.
A splendid shot here, one that reminds my of the great wild habitat i found near the Tahoe Lake.
This place must be a terrific sanctuary for all sort of wild animals - from insects to mamals and bird, and therefore a perfect TN member sight ;)
I really like the conversion wot B&W; it really adds drama to the composition.

Bravo and TFS

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-11-18 11:41]
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Hi Bob. The Black / White in this picture give the cold look . colour would have not managed this. all looks so still other than the ripples on the water. a good compostion. well done TFS. good notes too.

hello bob,
your choice of choosing monochrome makes the shot more realestic in portraying a winter day, liked the composition and the pov, the reflections add to the beauty,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-19 1:19]
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Hi Bob,
Just marking this post wonderful post from you and will come back with a proper critique later.

Namastay Bob,
A beautiful black white landscape shot. Lovely composition and very good DOF maintained throughout the frame. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Bob
I feel cold when I look at this wonderful shot :o)
Great contrasting,exposure and POV,
Superb shot.


Hello Bob.
I do get a really cold chill looking at this scene. Lovely composition and POV. Good contrast and I think it's the light that makes it special. Well done.
Best regards, Steve

Hello Bob, very nice black and white composition, excellent point of view and wonderfull refection,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-19 17:47]
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Hello Bob

A very good B&W treatment of this beautiful little pond.
You have framed it well naturally with the trees and the focus is sharp.
Very good contrast.
The reflections on the water are beautiful.
A lovely composition.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-20 18:29]

Nice shot Bob ! Black & White is something different and I like it very much. As a pro YOU know when and how to use it ! Well done my friend ! Thanks !


Hello Bob,
I personally love this shot very much. Near by my home, there are the very large lake, is named, "Mud lake" and small no name pond beside Mud lake. Actually, I used to go there in flying season of dragonfly. As an odonatist, I've been researching and classifying them for a few years and such a places are where I want to go and look for. Anyway, this no name pond in your photo looks very similar to my pond.
It's very similar and familiar to me. :-)
(My English skill is not that good, I'm still working on it.)
Thanks for sharing this lovely photo.
Best wishes,

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