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Copyright: Horia Bogdan (horia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-21
Categories: River
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS, 52mm HOYA Circular Polarizer
Exposure: f/8, 1 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: The High Tatras
Theme(s): Your favorites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-07 6:03
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Well what can i say...i'm full of premieres this time of the year...most likely because of my ever-shrinking archive of animal photos ;))

Here is another picture from my last trip to Slovakia, but a little different from the ones posted previously.

One of the days i decided to have a longer walk through the forests there and i was lucky enough to find this little stream that had all sorts of interesting ice-formations on the logs and branched that fell in it. I found them very interesting subject to photograph and also a good chance to experiment some of my first ever long shutter-speed shots.

I particularly liked the 3 different "stages" or "elements" of this shots and the way they gradually cross from one state to another, following the diagonal line:
1: Solid and opaque - the rock in the upper left corner
2: Solid but transparent - the ice on the two sticks
3: Liquid and transparent - the water flowing in the lower right corner.

Hope you'll like it, too :)

EXIF data:
Camera: Canon S2 IS
Filter: Hoya Circular Polarizer
Focal Length: 50mm (35mm equiv.)
Shutter Speed: 1 sec.
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
Exposure Bias: -2
F-Stop: f/8
ISO: 50
Flash: No
Support: tripod
TOD: about 1 PM
Weather conditions: partially clouded, but i was in the middle of the forest anyway

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bonjour horia
ho ça c'est joli,a la fois l'eau gelée et celle qui coule encore avec cet effet donné par la pose de 1 seconde.
c'est une magnifique idée.

Oh my my dear H۞RIA B۞GDAN! Of course I like the nice ICE in this shot! The ends are glittering like diam۞nds

Thanx for sharing, eh! Jay

Hi dear Horia ,
very nice and interesting shot.
well composed, great colours and light.
nice sharpness.
well captured.
Regards my friend

Hello Horia,
Yes, I like it too :) This is very original picture with very nice exposure, composition, POV and natural colors :) The effect of the running water is very nice and soft and those three states of water, most interesting. This is really well done and well seen. Bravo!

Hello Horia.
Very interesting scene and impressive shot. You have done it very well. I like the texture of ice. Low shutter speed gives to water very nice flow effect. Bravo and TFS.

Hello Horia,

well captured perfect details very crisp I really like this POV alot well composed and captured photo excllent work,

TFs Kyle

hi horia,
you have captured this shot well, the composition, the exposure, the colours & the contrast if fine,looking forward to more shots for your archives,
tfs & regards

Hi Horia,
This is really an original picture!
I tought at first it were a couple of horns, but then realize that is ice formed along the branches or roots. It's very good and interesting detail catched.
You did pretty well with the 1 sec exposure in the water flow.
I like so much the vertical compostion made with all this elements.
So I can see you didn't waste any time in your Slovakia holidays...lots of good pictures back with you!
Congratulations and thanks for share it with us.
My best regards,

Hi Horia,
As almost always I like your specific composition.
I wondered what these ice flowers really were...

Preciosa imagen con unos detalles fabulosos.
La nota es muy completa.
Un cordial saludo, JL.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-03-07 12:08]

Hi Horia.
I like this beautiful composition with those two icy "trumpet".Very nice stones with interesting surface on background and nice efect on water on foreground.Perfect exposure and focus and very good lighting.Great details on ice.Superb done!Thanks for sharing.
Best greetings Milos.

Hey Horia,

A very interesting shot! It could almost be used to teach children about liquids and solids!

You have an eye for a photograph and spotted what to most people would be a simple stream and turned it into something rather special.

Nice work on your first long exposed shot, I have yet to try this but wait for a decent opportunity (but will probably need a new tripod first!)

Great composition and viewpoint has made the shot complete.
Very well done my friend


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-07 13:26]

Hi Horia.
You are very creative person and photographer. I welcome these so much. When start to praise strongly is necessary to change an occupation. It almost the truth(from scientific life).

Your picture of new type is perfect as well as your creative approach. Amazing technique and terrific effect. Reflection of the water is excellent. Cropping, composition, exactness of the reproduction of stones, moss and other cute details are very expressive. Bravo, my friend. Seek and will find.
Yours Alexei.

Hi Horia,
This is a real beauty. The slow shutter speed and the very interesting shaped frozen sticks make for a perfect setting. The composition with its fine details and spot on exposure is wonderful. It looks like you stepped in the world with landscape photography well prepared. A wonderful photo.

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2007-03-07 15:07]

Hi Horia,
Great capture full of enthusiasm.
I like the way the ice is standing.
Very well composed.

Nice find Horia a well taken shot also. Great write up. Nicely composed. The low shutter was good idea gives that bit of smooth water effect. Well done tfs rgds Necip.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-03-07 15:57]
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Hi Horia

What can I say about this beauty - it is just stunning. Wonderful long exposure giving you the lovely effect on the water. Great composition. The ice formations are amazing, I had keep going back to look at it. Great shot!



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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-03-07 21:27]

Hello Horia

I must have an active imagination,because they look like tiny ice arms with little ice fingers reaching towards the water.Excellent focus,I love the vernal colours of the mosses on the rocks.Nicely composed.TFS


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-03-08 3:35]

Hello Horia,
Very nice capture.Well seen and composed.I liked effect of slower shutter speed a lot.

Hola Horia,
Bonita y original composición, los colores muy naturales y lumminosidad excelente. Un cordial saludo

Hello Horia,
So I see tha indeed your trip to Slovakia was very fruitful both in terms of landscapes and much closer views. Forest bottom or streams are microworlds of their own and you illustrated that very well. I like very much the overall softness that emanates from this hot. Nice light and perfect exposure of ice and water.
Best greetings,

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-03-08 7:24]

Hi Horia,
an interesting post. It's nice to combine the different elements in the picture. There's always a story behind. That's why i like your notes
The composition is great with the white parts on the ice well exposed. That's good. For myself, I'm not really a fan of long shutterspeeds with streaming water; pictures (in general) become rather soft and it kills the action. But in this case it's not so bad [;-) understatement].
Regards, Jacob

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-03-08 9:41]

Fascinating and truly superb. Animal photos are not the only thing about TrekNature that I like and they're certainly not the only good things in your gallery.
I really love this peaceful bit of nature here

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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2007-03-08 15:05]

Hi Horia,
Something a bit different.....I like it.The melting ice on the sticks is well noticed giving a true image of the transition between winter and spring.It is a very artistic and poetic image having also the whispy water caused by the long exposure.This is lovely work...well done.
Regards, David

Salut Horia,
Foarte faina compozitia in aceasta imagine,efactul de curgere e deasemenea reusit.
Felicitari !


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-03-09 4:51]

Hi Horia,
You caught a beautiful detail. I liked the effect on the water with 1 sec exposure.Nice colors, contrast and composition. Well seen and captured. TFS

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-03-09 5:06]

Very neat detail, Horia. Winter offers these special opportunities with ice. You captured the secne very well with excellent sharpness, detail and color. Polarizer clearly helped a lot. The -2 stop exposure compensation was perhaps a bit too much.
Best wishes,

  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-03-12 19:10]

Hola Amigo,
Guauu, magníficos detalles,
y original post,
los colores son preciosos,
buenos efectos, saludos

Nice work Horia and good eye for spotting this. It is a strong composition that was intriguing in the thumbnail. I like the sharpness of the rocks and the softness of the water.

Evelynn : )

Hello Horia,
eye catching little sculpture of ice in moving waters.
Looks pretty. Thank you!
Best regards,

I like very much to experiment with low speeds, but the F8 of compact cams is not always dark enough, you must be in very moody places, as you were here. Circular polarizer also helps to get rid of washed whites on the water.
You got lovely lights, colours and details creating a beautiful atmosphere for your "stages" approach. I think you did a great work when postprocessing, of course for personal taste and monitor calibration :)
Thanks and regards.

Hi Horia

What an great find. This is a very unusual and interesting sight. The image has excellent visual impact. Lovely colours, shapes and textures. Very well seen and taken. Congrats!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-04-14 16:32]

Very good nature picture Horia ! Well composed, great atmosphere, good lighting and you did well with the long exposure. Thanks !


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