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Cadnam Pond

Cadnam Pond
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Copyright: Paul Haynes (PaulH) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-10
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma 10-20mm / F 4-5,6 DC EX HSM, UV + Circ. Polar.
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/5 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-12 10:35
Viewed: 3457
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

this was taken late Saturday afternoon, at a spot called Cadnam Pond, in the New Forest.
This place has actually featured on TN many times through the lenses of Nick Glen (nglen) and Vinny Blood (Vinster), but only to serve as a superb location for photographing many different species of our smaller feathered friends, which they both do so well.
The weather in the UK has been somewhat chilly over the past few weeks to say the least, and this pool of water has been locked in ice for sometime now, save for a small open patch that the hardy Ducks are crammed into.
We went here to feed them initially, but as the sun was setting after a grey, overcast day, it peeked through the overcast clouds enough to cast a few weak rays onto the ice. I quickly fired off a few shots before it dissappeared...and this is one of them, hope you like it.

shot in RAW, adjusted curves, increased saturation + 6, dodged the ice in the FG lightly, converted to JPEG, resized and sharpened.

Thanks for looking...

nglen, Morigann, mohaiminawang, uleko, Heaven, valy67, JoseMiguel, CeltickRanger, eqshannon, Evelynn, crs, Alex99, Metin, haraprasan has marked this note useful
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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-12 10:40]
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Hi Paul. As you say a place i know well , but i was not around to see this sunset , which you captured with your flare for landscapes. You have captured the sun just at the right momment refecting on the frozen lake, I see the grsss still frozen after a hard frost. well done TFS.

Hello Paul,
This is a beautiful landscape with great colors and a Nice composition.
Very well done.

Hi Paul,

Wowss, Now you go much furthe, its realy touch. Fantastic exposure and great low POV and nice DOF.Something happen at FG while dramatic clouds at BG, its great idea.TFS for the great idea.


Hello Paul,
Beautiful light on the ice. Good depth throughout the shot.
Well done
Thanks for sharing

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-12 12:06]

Hello Paul,
Fantastic view across this frozen pond with the beautiful light reflected in the ice. Excellent DOF and sharpness and beautiful colours. Looks cold but very beautiful!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-01-12 12:46]

Hi Paul!

Isn't it a great season for landscape photographers, eh? I may be cold, windy or snowing, the winter gives us magnificent and so various subjects. Your picture represents this at best. The usual low point of view creates a fine perspective, the eye is lead to the sun... superb!

Kind regards


Beautiful capture of this pond in the evening light.
Lovely textures colours and details.

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-01-12 13:01]

Hello Paul !
I know what you mean when you speak about chilly weather, it's the same here, in France. Everything is frozen. But I'm happy about it, if it serves to do such great pictures as this one. Very nicely composed, with excellent low POV, and I also like the beautiful evening light and the orange sun hiding behind the clouds. Wonderful sky. The texture on the ice looks great, too. Very well done !

Hi Paul,
Excellent capture of this beautiful landscape; great POV and composition, excellent DOF, interesting details and just amazing colours and lighting. Great work!

Hi Paul,
I can see why was somewhat chilly over there...
You managed great the icy ground to get that warms tones reflected on that piece of ice.
I like also the slight inclination and the elements into the composition.
Congratulations and thanks for share.
My best regards,

hello Paul

beautiful Landscape photo with the trees in the background,
shot with very fine POV, DOF and framing, beautiful warm luminosity
and colour tones, i love that late afternoon sky and sun, TFS


So you do frozen too? Ha! I have always wondered how you would handle a shot taken at this time of year...and of course you did so well...Ice? No problem for you...You do what my oldest son taught me after returning from the first crazy part of our lives...his Desert Storm in 91...he told us..he could handle the wilderness..."Identify, adapt and over come!"

Lovely, lovely again! What a superb composition this is, with the frozen sticks in the water and the sun's reflection leading the eye into the scene. There are interesting elements throughout the composition and the colors are so beautiful. Sharpness and exposure are perfect. You may have "quickly fired off a few shots", but it looks very well planned to me. You certainly have a well trained eye, know your equipment, and have mastered your technique.

Evelynn : )

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-01-12 22:20]

Hallo Paul,

You have photographed a very nice landscape showing excelent colors. The sharpness of the inage is very good so that good details can be observed. I like the contrast between the pattern of the ice and that of the clouds. Light reflected on the ice looks great too.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-01-13 0:30]

Hi Paul.
Superb choice of scene for shooting. And I am impressed with wonderful dark key of picture execution. Colour palette is fantastically rich and pleasant. Frozen pond, curves of its banks, attractive vegetation and amazing cloudy sky and sunbeams are cannot be better reproduced. Quality of the image is high end. Bravo. Very impressive, simply art poetic work.

Hi Paul,
I love the colors and the texture of the ice. You certainly managed to capture a ominous mood.
I am however struggling with one aspect of the photo. Normally a reflection on a mirroring surface is in a vertical line of its original. If I take a rough look at the reflection of the sun, it tells me that the photo is tilted to the right. That tree might make it look even worse and the distortion of the lens might be part of it as well. But it does feel as if your photo need a few degree tilt to the left.

Hi Paul,
A nice capture of this beautiful landscape. Very well composed with lovely colors. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-13 11:27]

Hello Paul,
Absolutely splendid. Every part of the photo is interesting, the ice, the trees, the sun, the clouds. The light and colours are amazing. Great sharpness, composition and a wonderful DOF.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-01-13 20:51]

Hello Paul, Very nice shot indeed with the rays in the water and the sorrounding. The view is very beautiful showing the power of the nature. Well done TFS Ganesh

hello paul,
i am happy to see your post after a long time due to my irregular presence here, this is so beautiful and i dont think that we ever get something like this here. i liked the moment captured specially the sunrays and the reflections of it,
lovely landscape in you unique style,
tfs & regards

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-01-17 13:00]

Excellent shot of this legendary place :-)
Very well composed.
Superb clarity.
Great atmosphere.

Well done mate,


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  • livius Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 300 W: 0 N: 391] (1525)
  • [2009-01-29 11:37]

Hello Paul
even if the winter is cold the nature always succeeds to amaze to us. Beautiful composition for details and colors.
Sunset tonalities are very soft and it's very interesting the way in which the light reflex on the froozen water creating a beautiful game of lights and shadows.

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