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Barker Dam Snag

Barker Dam Snag
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Copyright: Tim Epp (BillyGoat) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 28 N: 899] (4827)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-02-04
Categories: Sky
Camera: OLYMPUS E-500, Zuiko 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6, Hoya 58mm Circ-polarizer
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-11-04 20:11
Viewed: 6394
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I've been going over some of my past photos as of late, and I keep finding interesting photos tha tI haven't done alot with up til now. This is one such photo that was taken at what is known as "Barker Dam" in Joshua Tree Nat'l Park in southern California.
I like taking shots of snags and dead wood, so naturally I had to get a shot or two of this lake-side snag.
The circ polarizer really came in handy here to get more detail out of the sky.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-11-04 20:14]

Hello Tim

A beautiful shot.The sky and it's reflection are superb.Excellent POV and well handled DOF.I love the wispy swirling clouds .A postcard perfect composition.TFS


Hi Tim,
Fantastic photo. Sky and water are almost identical in appearence. The land in the middle provides a dramatic divide between the the 2. great shot,

Hi Tim,

Exellent shot
Superb colours
great sharpness, POV and DOF
very nice reflection

TFS Thijs

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  • otavio (46)
  • [2006-11-04 22:21]


Very sharp, good colors!
The sky is very very good. The illumination and composition were very well done.

Hi Tim

Beautiful! I love the reflection. It is just perfect. Nicely composed with good POV. TFS.

Hi Tim,
I like this one a lot. The sky looks so amazing and together with the reflexion and what seems like a dead tree creates a very dramatic composition.
TFS - Shir

Hi Tim,
Great work. Definitely not another boring landscape pic. We're talking about photography here.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-11-05 7:58]

Great portrait Tim with excellent compo and reflection.

I like it a lot: composition, reflection, POV, DOF, focus, sharpness, color, lighting, framing and PP.

I like it: notes.

I don't like it: the lack of the values (exif) of the image.

Very nice image... thank you for sharing.
Regards... Ricardo

Hello Tim,
I liek this scenery; what a special atmosphere that you created in this picture! This sky is just amazing with excellent colors, details, composition and POV. This is very well done with great reflection. It is almost hard to say which side the picture is going :) Thanks,

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-11-05 10:42]

Wonderful reflection. Fabulous colours, light and a great POV



This landscape picture stands apart as an artistic creation of the highest order, Tim.
Somewhat surrealistic in its overall effect, it is the finest composition with all the three elements -- water, earth and sky -- contributing immense vitality to the picture.

Awesome Tim!
This photo has a drama all its own, and evokes emotion IMHO. Wonderful job with the color and contrast. Looks like this scene was perfect for the polarizer..
If a photographer can be said to have a canvas, this photographer has laid down some very artistic strokes :)
Have a Great Day.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-11-05 12:40]

Hi Tim,

Stunning landscape with marvelous colors and I like the reflections,wow



This one is really strong Tim. It's a wonderful dead tree with fantastic reflection. Clarity and detail are wonderful. The composition is different and very effective. There is so much to look at.

Thanks for sharing this one.

Evelynn : )

Salut Tim
Très belle photo que ce beau paysage avec un bel effet de miroir de ce beau lac . Beau cadrage , belle composition les détails sont supers et très jolis et de belles couleurs dans ce beau ciel .
Merci et au revoir....JP

Hi Tim,
Still catching up on some of the landscape shots. Luckely I created a list with most of the landscape photographers. This is such a stunning photo with such great details and clarity. That reflection almost looks surreal. Great colors in both sky and water. Just a small pitty that you got some harsh light on some of the rocks.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-11-08 18:20]

Hi Tim, t
his composition is superp. POV, colors and details are fabulous, The best of course is the incredible reflection.

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  • methos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 213 W: 51 N: 281] (1189)
  • [2006-12-08 16:23]

Another great shot!
I must congratulate you for the use of the polarizer...the details are amazing...
You could present this picture upsidedown and no one wold make the difference. Great colors!

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2007-01-12 11:26]

Wow I so much want to shoot more landscapes and scenery and beautiful photos like this inspire me. Very nice color, sharpness and contrast.

Thanks for the software tips you left on my photo.
This image is beautifully lit and has fabulous colouring as a result.
Nice reflections too.

wow!! It is great photo;-)) this color is great;-)

Really gorgeous image, Tim. The polarizer worked perfectly here, the blue sky is amazing. I'm amazed the water was so still for such a nice reflection. I posted an image of Joshua Tree too, but come to think of it, it may have been on TrekLens.

Great pic, thanks for sharing. Straight to my favs!


I just ordered an Olympus Evolt E-500 and I started to worry that maybe I'd made a mistake but this is proof that the camera is capable of some amazing shots! (of course, having an awesome photographer behind the lense helps!)

What an amazing shot...where to start? The clarity is incredible! The composition is dreamlike. I can't imagine changing a thing on this photo!

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  • eleana Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 206 W: 80 N: 75] (2247)
  • [2007-08-25 10:25]

Hi Tim,
so nice sky and light, great reflections. I suppose it was really wonderful place.
Best wishes,

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