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Copyright: Evelynn Smith (Evelynn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2025 W: 741 N: 3285] (14454)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-07
Categories: Desert, Savannah
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Sigma 10-20 EX DC HSM
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-27 14:11
Viewed: 3320
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I decided to post another shot of Summer Lake Wildlife Area because Mike (mbasil) keeps after me to include more foreground elements. So I found one for him.

In spring the Summer Lake Wildlife Area is an oasis in the otherwise arid and harsh landscape of much of the high desert of "Oregon's Outback". We were a little early (or late??) for many of the migrating waterfowl this year but still found some photo opportunities.

I suspect I used a graduated ND filter but can't swear to it. I have a poor memory and often am too lazy or preoccupied to take notes! : P

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To marioana: Thanks for the critiquesEvelynn 1 08-04 11:52
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Hello Evelynn! Amazing landscape. Excellent clouds. Very original composition. Best regards!

Beautiful color, sharp focus,nicely composed, good frame.
Well done Evelyn!

Hi Evelynn, this is a very nice landscape, I like it

Hi Evelyn...pleasing landscape with the water framed just nicely by the reeds. Good range of tone with detail in the sky. Like how you've not centred the larger expanse of the water but kept it slightly off centre. Best, Brat.

It looks a lot like you used the filter...but contrast is only difference. Either way it comes across fine. And now I am having bad pains in my legs..with my new camera and lens sitting here it is frustrating. The filter you use makes a big difference. I am so anxious to learn this new technique to me, which you use so well! You are a good teacher for me. I hope I can help you some day!

Hello Evelynn,
Excellent composition of landscape!
Best DOF, POV, sharpness and so much details!
well composed and well done
thanks for sharing

Hi Evelyn

Super composition. The low POV gives the eye a good lead across the water to those beautiful clouds. Good tonality too. :-)

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-07-28 5:23]

Hello Evelynn,
I like really the composition with this very quiet and somhow poetical foreground. It is a picture to let your thoughts escape and hesitate between earth and heaven.
Best regards

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2007-07-28 10:18]

Thanks, Evelynn! It really does work for me. If you've noticed, I struggle getting fg with that UWA lens, too, so it's not that I don't like your work, I just find myself noticing some aspects that I'm struggling with. I think Steve (signal-womb) is the master of the fg, mg, and bg.
P.S. I'm waiting for those Montana shots!

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-07-28 16:26]

Hola amiga,
hermoso paisaje,
sensacionales colores,
bella iluminación y pov,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-28 21:34]

Hello Evelynn

Beautiful colours and reflections.The shrubbery lightens up the shot and frames the water feature nicely.The water leads the eye through the scene to the clouds.An excellent POV.TFS


Another great vista with outstanding DOF...Beautiful natural colors...Excellent capture of the sky refecting in the pool...Very well composed...TFS

Hi Evelynn,
I do agree with Mike, this lens does like strong FG interest. It is just how you mix up all the elements to get it to work.
I think I am going to run into the same problem as you when it come to the filter used. I did make some notes, but most of the time was too lazy as well. Great work on the details and exposure again. It looks like you got a third color in this shot as well.

Hi Evelynn, despite the lack of waterfowl or because of it,this photo speaks to me.It says that here in this place you'll find peace of mind and things are calm and somewhat timeless in nature.I like the muted hues of colour in this photo and the sky reflected in the still water.You have a knack for making the desert look so inviting in so many of your photos that one feels like being there.Tfs this mellow looking scene. Bob

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2007-07-29 19:12]

Evelynn, this shot is perfect. The horizon is perfect, lighting is perfect as well, very nice clouds and exposure again perfect. Nothing distracting and no blown highlights. Very awesome photo.


Hello Evelynn.
I'm sorry I havn't kept up with your posts lately. I'm always pleasantly surprised when I visit your gallery and see your latest images. There are several elements I like about this shot. The reeds, the pond leading the eye into the image, the soft, subtle colours, the reflection of the sky and of course that dramatic cloud brewing in the b/ground. Very beautiful. Well done.
Best regards, Steve.

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