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Reflecting on autumn

Reflecting on autumn
Photo Information
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: 2008-10-18
Categories: Trees, River
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC, Cokin P121M
Exposure: f/16, 6 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Great Workshops, Reflections [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-27 8:56
Viewed: 4131
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi again,

As i'm looking outside the window i see that most trees here are soon to be leafless...beautiful autumn has been very short this year.
I remember that two weeks ago, there still wasn't enough color in the foliage and in about 1 week from now it will all be over :( I was actually hoping to do more traveling in this period and to try and get as many shots as possible, but i think that i'm left with only two small trips that i took.
Eh well...still better than last year.

This is a manual blend of two exposures. Actually the settings were identical...the only thing that changed was the polarizer's twist: one shot for the better refection, the other for the better saturation of everything else.

Hope you'll like it, too and thanks for visiting!

EXIF data :
Camera: Canon 400D
Lens: Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro
Filter: Hoya 72mm HMC Circ. Pol. + Cokin P121M
Focal Length: 17mm
Shutter Speed: 6 sec.
Metering Mode: Evaluative metering
Exposure Bias: -1/3
F-Stop: f/16
ISO: 100
Flash: No
Support: tripod
TOD: about 4 PM
Weather conditions: sunny

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To SunToucher: Hot shoe spirit levelhoria 3 10-29 06:36
To Aramok: Thanks about that! :)horia 2 10-28 11:59
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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-10-27 9:33]

Hello Horia
A beautiful sight of autumn in the forest and a wonderful composition! I like a lot the POV and the faint colors reflected on the water of the stream.
Magnificent job as ever.
My compliments and best regards

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-10-27 10:44]

Hi Mate,
superb POV you chose here, very nice and low with huuuge depth. I would ask one question though - why the long exposure? Would a faster shutter speed not made more clarity of that reflection i suspect we would have seen? Just a thought, i still think it's a great shot! I particularly like the small heap of leaves in the bottom right hand corner that anchors the scene very well.
Great job my freind!

Hi Horia,
an autumnal composition well cared and studied, capable of giving good sensations

best sERGIO

Hi Horia,
I'm so happy to be back and to see you again.
Your shot is beautiful, so amazing, so peaceful, and also telling that summer has gone and the dark and cold days will come soon.
I love the silky effect on the water and the colours, thanks my friend, greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-10-27 12:44]

Hello Horia, that's a very good vertical composition, the light is beautiful and it's technically very well done, thanks!


That's a great idea to blend a polarized view with a non polarized view. Thanks. There are some really beautiful parts to this image which I think get overlooked due to the brightness of the upper right hand corner. I tried an alternate crop just for fun.

Evelynn ; )

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-10-27 16:00]

Hi Horia

Excellent image - great use of light and reflection - plus great detail throughout.


Hello Horia,
Very lovely scene, excellent composition and pov, beautiful colors and nice light, very nice reflections.

Hello Horia

This is a lovely landscape image.
The reflections are very beautiful.
I like the richness of detail,and natural colours.
A small woods and a creek runs through it,it leads the eye along.
Well composed.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-10-28 2:07]

Hello Horia, Nice shot and nice spot to shoot. Good landscape with excellent lighting.Ganesh

Hi Horia

I love the post, but can't help but feel that there is a very definite tilt to this picture... if you run with what is the only common reference point between the 'picture' and the reflection - that is the V shaped patch of sky in the top right hand corner of the picture, slightly in from the right by a couple of cm, before the 2 trunks, with its reflection in the water, then there is quite a significant slant...

Otherwise I really like the colours and the composition and the patch of leaves in the bottom right all add to a good picture. the greens especially come out really well.


Hi Horia,
It's both beautiful and peaceful at the same time. You did a very nice job on the pp the combination of two exposures with the polarizer tweaking combined enhances the photo to its best. Well done.
Paul :)

Hola Horia,
Magnífica y bella composición de estos reflejos otoñales, excelente iluminación, color muy natural, saludos
José Ramón

This is beautiful Horia, The eye is really drawn into the composition toward the lighted trees in the back. I like the idea of the merge of the two different exposures, but I am not sure where I can see which result. I like the different colored reflection on the water and the pile of leaves in the FG.

P.S. You might want to consider to buy a hot shoe spirit level. Its an item I'm going to buy this week.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-10-30 4:19]

Very nice autumn shot, mate!
The reflection is wonderful!
Very sharp with great clarity and detail.
Beautiful colours.
Expertly composed.

Superb work as per usual!


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