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Sunrise over Wilstone

Sunrise over Wilstone
Photo Information
Copyright: Alan Turvey (liquidsunshine) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1878 W: 112 N: 1560] (5437)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-01-23
Categories: Sky
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Canon EF 75-300/4.0-5.6 III, Hoya Circular Polarizer - 58mm
Exposure: f/4, 1/2000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): ~~ Sunsets & Sunrises part I ~~ [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-01-24 5:47
Viewed: 3913
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is Wilstone reservoir, which is part of the Tring reservoirs.
I took this yesterday morning, from the steps leading up to the reservoir.
I know very little about birds, so I've copied a few notes from the tring reservoir site. I hope you find them useful and possibly even consider a day there.

The reservoir
With varying water depths and the water level changes with the season exposing mud banks at the end of summer.
Reservoir banks
A large reed bed backed by woodland dominates the two southern sides. Concrete edges along the two northern sides.
Drayton Bank
The original reservoir bank. It is now a tree studded bank which runs away from the hide to the centre of the present reservoir then turns towards the reed bed.
Reed bed
with Blackthorn, Alder and Willow scrub behind. This is one of the few county sites where Green-flowered Helleborine can be found.
with White and Lombardy hybrid poplars, mature Elder and an old overgrown fruit orchard.
Fields and Meadows
pasture, arable and set-aside land with hedgerows surround the reservoir
Dry canal and Hedgerows
Filled with scrub including Hawthorn, Elder and Blackthorn

Open water
Diving ducks, dabbling ducks including Wigeon and Pintail, huge gull roost in winter, Hobbies and terns in summer.
Reed bed
Teal, Water Rail, Hobbies, occasional Bittern.
Concrete banks
Common Sandpiper, wagtails, Kingfisher
Drayton Bank
Heronry and loafing wildfowl and waders.
Fields and meadows
Warblers in summer, thrushes in winter. Little Owl and Wheatear.
Dry canal
Bullfinch, warblers and buntings
Sparrowhawk, Tawny Owl, woodpeckers, tit species, Goldcrest

Dragonflies and damselflies
Butterflies and moths
Grey Squirrels
Brown Rats

Thanks for looking.

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  • azulu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 75] (374)
  • [2005-01-24 6:25]

Great shot Alan. Great composition whith nice colours and sharpness. Excellent note.



Great landscape, beautiful colours.
Well done.

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-01-24 20:04]

Hi, Alan, Nice shot, love the colour, especially the tree infront of the nice orange sun, lovely!!! Well done.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-01-27 14:06]

Hi Alan, and a belated welcome, must say I like your nom de plume. I am a sucker for dusk and dawn shots, and this one hits the spot, well, thank you so much.
Your bird list makes me drool, and the birdie in the pic finishes it off very well!

Alan, I love sunset photos, and this one is unique with the tree covered slope in the background and the different birds in the center. I thought this could use just a touch of sharpening and tried a workshop, but it was such a subtle change that I didn't post it. Hard to improve this photo at all. I love it, well done.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-02-09 9:50]

Alan, this is a very beautiful landscape, and you did a great job here. Nice shades, POV and composition.

Bella composicion, mucho color, armonia u paz


Alan, I would love to photograph this sunrise with you!
I like to go back sometime into the members gallery, you always find "skipped" beauties like this one. This is calm and elegant, but still warm and strong. Thanks very much for sharing.

  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2006-02-03 5:50]

Hello Alan,
Very nice, quiet sunset. Well balanced composition!
Best greetings,
(points later)

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