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Turquoise Waters

Turquoise Waters
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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: 2007-06-16
Camera: OLYMPUS E-500, Zuiko Digital 14-54 f/2.8-3.5, Hoya 67mm Pro 1D Cir Polarizer
Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-23 22:05
Viewed: 3118
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was my best attempt at capturing the turquoise hues of Joffre Lake.
Glacial Lakes owe their exquisite colouring to the hard work of the glaciers that created them. Glaciers grind rock into rubble and sediment of various sizes.
They then dump this rock at the lower end of the glacier where the ice melts. The melting water transports the sediment to the lake. When it empties into the lake, the larger sediment drops out of the flow to form a delta. The rest of the sediment is distributed throughout the lake water, where it eventually settles at the bottom.
The smallest of these particles however, remain suspended in the water. These particles are called glacial silt. Glacial silt reflects the green and blue spectra of light, giving the water it's enchanting colour.
As the glacier melt season progresses, the density of glacial silt in the water increases. This makes the lake colours even more saturated and rich.

An excerp from "Classic hikes of the lower left-hand corner of British Columbia" by Anita Cancian.

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Hi Tim,
this is an excellent attempt at capturing the colour of this lake.I have been to Moraine Lake and Lake Louise and I know just how vivid our mountain lakes can be in their colouration.Your photo depicts very well the colour of Joffre Lake,with great looking details,colour and focus,well done Tim! Tfs. Bob

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-06-23 22:47]

Well, this is outstanding! It is a great and imformative post for TN. The note is excellent. Besides showing us the beautiful color of the lake you have done it from a majestic POV. It is a crystal clear image with wonderful composition. I really like the evergreen trees in the foreground and the reflections of the smaller ones in background. Congratulations!

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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2007-06-23 22:58]

Beautiful vista...The colors are outstanding along with the POV...TFS

Hi Tim,,
A truely fantastic shot of this beautiful turquoise lake, the sediment effect is amazing. I really enjoyed your note on the natural color occurance of the lake water. :)

Hi Tim,
Beautiful water colour, it really defines the shore line of the foreground well,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-24 6:23]

Hello Tim

Always wondered why the water was that colour.Thanks a million for an informative post.The green of the conifers against the water is brilliant.The shot is beautiful with excellent composition and spot on focus.Tim Epp, BC's unofficial Tourism Ambassador.Because with shot's like this the rest of us can't help but want to visit.TFS


I missed this one somehow....got behind on critiques I guess. :)
Great colors...that turquoise is amazing. The smooth surface of the land countered by the rocky shore is brilliant. Good stuff.

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