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The Sun Comes in for a Landing

The Sun Comes in for a Landing
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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/5.6, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-04-30 15:41
Viewed: 3609
Points: 6
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The Sun Comes in for a Landing

This image is the third in my current series. It shows the same grasses as the previous two posts, just a few meters away, but with totally different lighting and perspective. Drawing back for a wide angle view captures the sun breaking through the fog bank and changes the mood completely, while at the same time keeping the composition quite simple.

This wider view fills the bottom half of the image with grasses, obscuring their reflections, which were central to the previous two images. This loss of detail shifts attention to the sun and its shroud of fog. The apparent size of the sun is increased greatly by the reflection from the fog, and the sun looks as though it has cleared the ridge and is descending to land on the lake.

The ripples from the slight rocking of the canoe have become a major element, defining the grassy part of the lake and further emphasizing the sun by their evenly spaced reflections. Here, as in both previous images in this series, the grasses are strongly backlit and show no detail. For now they are only shapes playing a supporting role, but that will change with the next post in this series.

Thanks for looking and stay tuned.

tech notes-
shot handheld from my canoe, slight rotation and cropping, one step PS sharpening, slight increase in contrast and tweaking of shadow/highlight balance, no color modification

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Wonderfully unique photo - almost other-worldly.

I love the contrast of the ripples of water and the grass coming up to meet it. And the fog almost looks like a REALLY low flying cloud.

Thanks for sharing!

Hi Bob,
Another awesome image,but just a tad creepy.Conjures up visions of Close Encounters.
Great atmosphere captured in this moody shot.
I love the ripples and reeds too.
Very artistic,as usual.
Cheers & TFS

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-09-19 1:28]

Hi Bob,
this one is a special and lovely shot.
Very graphical and excellent exploitation of the backlght.
Very special and excellent presentation.


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