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Summer Gloaming

Summer Gloaming
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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: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Canon 70-200 f2.8, @ ISO 400
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/100 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Joe's Favourites 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-08-23 11:20
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 70
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a companion photo to my last posting. It was really close to dark when I shot it so am pleased with the result. I couldn't go any higher on ISO without risking more noise than usual with my camera. I thought of cropping out the second somewhat distracting duck, but that left only two elements and felt static. I think the triangle of three elements is a little better???

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To blue_river: Thanks for the Critique & workshopEvelynn 1 08-28 07:57
To SunToucher: Thanks for the CritiqueEvelynn 1 08-25 11:48
To goldyrs: Thanks for the critiqueEvelynn 1 08-23 23:01
To robindb: Thanks for the CritiqueEvelynn 1 08-23 13:09
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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-08-23 11:37]

Hi Evelynn. I like this very much . the warm glow of the last off the day light. I like the way the duck has water dripping from its mouth. I agree with you about the second one best to leave it in to balance the picture. Its all so peaceful looking.
well done TFs.

Hi Evelynn,

You have made a very nice image here with the last of the light. Your composition is great as is and the mood you have created is fantastic. A 400 mm lens to just show the duck, the reflection and the first grass would maybe also have worked.


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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-08-23 11:49]

Hi Evelynn!

I would be pleased with the result, too! I love this picture. The evening light is marvellous, and it highlights the dark silhouettes of the duck and the grass in the best way. The contrasts are fabulous, and the repetition of the duck's shape in the background is the cherry on the cake...

Kind regards


Hello Evelynn,
Well, it is artistic and we know your other work and as you know I don't have (m)any expectations and you do the water colour paintings which we never see...
I was a bit puzzled about the bird in flight in the background
until I discovered it was a duck:-)
There's music in this work as you played the triangle very well;-)

I am amazed that you would even question such a lovely photo...it is superb.....technique is an art form for me in photography and as subjective as it gets...This is making me think about all of the arguments going on now in National Press Mag I get monthly..What you see in the viewfinder used to be the rule of thumb...that has changed dramatically over the last few years...there really are no accepted standards any longer...all lines are being crossed in both directions and some folks are getting lost...but essentially, in my eyes, it comes down to "how does this look to me?" Is it appealing...this photo in this way you have put it is super...simply wonderful..and in the end...it is in the eyes off the beholder..that's what counts.. Good show Eve..

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-08-23 12:38]

Hola Evelynn, muy bonita fotografia, con tonos de color suaves y muy atractivos.
Agradable composición y muy buena luz. Un saludo

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-08-23 13:47]

Evelynn, this is truly magnificent!
The pink light on the water and silhouetted ducks and grass really set this photo off.
I love the composition too.

This one's going into my favs!

Very, very well done!


Hi Evelynn.
A true spectacle of nature!
Excellent combination chromatic.
I like much of this style of photography.
Congratulations for the wonderful work!
José Roberto

My dear Evelynn,
It feels so nice to come back home, come back to friends!And what a shot to come back to!Love the colours and the silhouettes!
Superb shot/composition!
Thanks for sharin'!

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2008-08-23 20:58]

Hi Evelynn , great silhouette photo , beautiful color and composition with a really great atmosphere , thanks for sharing it ,

I love the colours, its a beautiful sunset and I aggree about leaving the other duck in.


Hi, Evelynn,

excellent photo - very poetic and romantic!! lovely colours and composition. tfs.

Man Yee

Hello Evelynn,
Very nice artistic composition with stunning colours
Geat job
Kind regards

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-08-24 11:07]

Great capture Evelynn,
A second earlier or later and you would have missed it. Love the way the duck and it's silhouette are connected by the water droplets.
Beautiful shades of pink and lavender in the scene. I must agree with you on leaving the third duck in, it would have seemed a little empty. Well done!!

Hi Evelyn,
The name describes this beautiful picture very well. Good composition, lighting and colours.

Hi Evelynn,
Excellent silhouettes picture. Great pink color. But I prefer a cropping without the blur duck and more panoramic.

Hi Evelynn
Great Job!! I love the color and the lighting. I think it turned out really nice.

Hi Evelynn,
What a beauty!! Wonderful tones and silhouettes, very good focus blurring with distance, perfect composition, very moody and 'artistic', I like it very much!
TFS & best regards,

Hi Evelynn!

That back duck takes the picture back to balance I think, good decision.
The late shot comes out very well I think, I just posted one some days ago, and my duck looks detailless, I think it's a better way to leave just the contours like you did.
About Robin's advice: my shot was made at 500mm so imagine your colors and brightness settings there and you'll see what you could get. I prefer your crop with your settings.
Sorry for thinking too much :) it gets me back to that you pulled out the most of the situation! TFS

Best regards,

Hi Evelynn,
So is this a new lesson. Always brink a plastic duck with you on a photo trip? :) The pose and the high position in the water is a real clasic duck pose and probably the best pose one could get. Especially with the falling drop of water from the tip of its bill. I like the shallow DOF and the warm colors in this photo a lot. The both created a very pleasant mood. I agree with you with leaving the second duck in the composition. It does create depth to the photo as well.

hello evelynn,
wow, its a treat for the eyes, i loved the colors and the limited focus here, the effect of light and the natural colors have been presented with good aesthetics, well composed shot,
tfs & regards

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  • jlynx Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 87 W: 7 N: 46] (455)
  • [2008-08-26 6:59]

Hello Evelynn,
Enchanting, completely as in the Chinese galanty show, reflective, romantic and very nice. The shallow depth of the sharpness and the light of happening sun performed equally good work as You Evelynn.
Best regards from Poznan,

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  • eev Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 64 W: 33 N: 66] (756)
  • [2008-08-27 8:04]

Fabulous shot Evelynn. Its all about light, color and form here.. everything in a subdued and moody atmosphere. Wonderful

Hi Evelynn
It is beautiful. Fantastic frame, perfect exposure, beautiful colors Nothing to critique Fantastic shot
Best wishes

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-08-28 0:28]

Hello Evelynn,
This is a lovely late evening capture in beautiful light and colours. You've been very considerate to include the second duck! I think I would personally have left him out and cropped this tightly horizontally. Nevertheless a feast for the eyes!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

I really like this shot, you've captured the duck's silhouette very crisply, however I do feel that the square frame kind of takes away from the scene, especially with the blob of a duck in the background, maybe cropping the top portion out would benefit the shot more? Just my opinion :), I've created a workshop,


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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-08-28 12:18]

hello Evelynn
nice composition with impressive sunset colours
i like POV, contrsat and silhouettes

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-08-29 4:39]

Hi Evelynn,
another great capture, very thoughtfully done with good control on the light. If i'm honest, i personally find the OOF bird in the top right a little distracting and might have framed this differently, perhaps with a closer crop on the bird and grasses in the FG... but that's just personal preference and in no way detracts from the quality of this image - well done!
(lol - just noticed your workshop - that's exactly what i meant, sorry!!)

Hello Evelynn. Pristine image in purplish glow. I like the focus and the framing with the silhouette's duck in the sweet spot. Best regards. Jusni

Dear Evelynn,
This is no wonder one of the finest shot on TN, conveys the kind of talent you hold. Excellent composition, POV & reflection of the sunset sky. TFS.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-08-29 14:32]

Hi Evelynn

Perfect timing plus really beautiful colours. I like the OFF bird in the BG too. Great work.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-08-30 7:49]

A very well balanced composition Evelynn! I like the way you played with the lights and shadows, a very beautiful image, thanks!


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-08-31 0:26]

Hi Evelynn
My preference: the WS. I feel there are 3 elements in the lower half - the duck, weed and the darker bits right behind the front bird. The back duck and dirty water distract me. (IMHO)

Still, I love the pink and mauve colours on the water. It's a 3-colour image, beautifully captured by you
Thank you

Une formidable silhouette dans un océan de mauve, c'est superbe

Great colors and silhouette of the duck and grasses.

Amazing graphic pic,great colours,it could be a wall poster,
very beautiful EVELYNN.

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