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Little Loon Island

Little Loon Island
Photo Information
Copyright: Bob Harrison (BobH) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 40 W: 8 N: 192] (650)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-05
Camera: Canon PowerShot S5 IS
Exposure: f/8, 1/100 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Reflections [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-28 22:05
Viewed: 3615
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This shot was taken from the Loon Island of my previous post, a few minutes earlier on the same morning. Little Loon Island is just 80 m away across the shallows, but is radically different because of its smaller size and less advanced stage in the ecological succession. All that shows in this picture is a cluster of huge boulders surrounding a small clump of scraggly alder trees. These not-quite trees are the hallmark (in Maine) of marginal soil quality combined with wet conditions. It will be many decades (centuries?) before a white pine or sugar maple will be able to take serious hold in the granite gravel and sand which passes for soil on Little Loon.

But Little Loon Island isn't the main theme of this image- it's all about fog and the morning light. The southern end of this lake, hidden in the fog beyond the island, is only a few miles from Penobscot Bay, an arm of the Atlantic Ocean. Fog often fills the bay and sometimes goes further, intruding inland to this lake. This morning, the lake was filled with fog when I first put my canoe in the water, well before sunrise. As the sun rose, the fog began to burn off and retreat toward the ocean in spectacular fashion.

This image captures that withdrawal process partly completed, with the fog bank nicely lit by the sun, rising from behind the ridge at left. It's a quintessential Maine lake scene- fog lifting to reveal a placid lake, Little Loon as the archetypical post-glacial island, some grasses in the shallows, the traditional Maine canoe, and then that marvelous morning light to make it truly special. Enjoy.

tech notes- contrast increased significantly, slight increase in overall color saturation

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To wuta: different landscapeBobH 1 11-29 20:40
To nagraj: soul of the imageBobH 1 11-29 13:36
To NinaM: spirit liftingBobH 1 11-29 11:12
To Heaven: mystic mistBobH 1 11-29 04:42
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Hi Bob!

I was looking forward to seeing another picture of this beautiful spot, and now here it is. It's magnificent! I like the mystic aspect very much and the early morning atmosphere is superb. You have managed the lighting in a perfect manner. From my point of view, the canoe is a disturbing element. The foreground with the reflection and the grass creates a good depth of view without the cut canoe.

Kind regards


hi Bob,
very beautiful light, wonderful, you have handled the situations very well, good composition and got the colors just right. as you said the soul of this image is LIGHT.

Hello Bob
good hand of lights on a composition much balanced in every its part

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-11-29 7:06]
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Wow, Bob, I love reading your notes and this picture is amazing. You are right, it is a quintessence of the lake and fog you describe and it lifts our spirit and mind too. Beautiful beautiful and superb notes, a wonder to read. By the way, the soil you describe is similar to the soil here - would it be the Laurentian Shield? Thank you!


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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-11-29 11:46]
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Hello Bob , A great shot from this landscape , good atmosphere fantastic light and colours I like it ,tfs Greetings Teunie .

Bob merhaba,süperrr bir fotoğraf.Etkileyici,çarpıcı ve sıcak bir kare.Güne doğa ne güzel başmaış.Duman hafif hafif çekilmeye başlamış.Birazdan kuşlarda uyanıp seslerini duyacağım gibi hissediyorum.Çok iç açıcı bir kare,ellerine sağlık,süperrr :)

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