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Summer's Swan Song

Summer's Swan Song
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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: 2007-10-02
Categories: Trees, Mountain, River
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Canon 17-85 IS
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/50 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 5 favs. and up - PART 3, Doug's favourite landscapes, Reflections, Beautiful Landscapes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-17 23:09
Viewed: 6798
Favorites: 15 [view]
Points: 90
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
"Swan song" is a reference to an ancient belief that the Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) is completely mute during its lifespan, but may sing one heartbreakingly beautiful song just before it dies.


I want to acknowledge all the critiques that I received while I was out of town. I am back but "up to my eyeballs" in projects... most photography related. I just haven't had time to get back to TN on a regular basis yet... but hope to soon!

We have tried several times to get to the Tetons with fall colors at their peak. We finally made it this time, but just barely. The western US has been hit with a very early winter and after just a couple of days there, we were driven out by rain, sleet, and snow. We got up quite early to get this shot, and it was the last time the mountains were at all visible.

Jamesp, SelenE, tomcezar, Heaven, PaulH, horia, fartash, JoseMiguel, MMM, anel, saeedabbasi, CeltickRanger, wingle, uleko, SunToucher, lgfoto, tiklod, cicindela, SchwebagMike, marhowie has marked this note useful
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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-10-17 23:22]

Hi Evelyn

Welcome back. A beautiful and well composed shot. The arc of golden leaves contrasts well with the fresh colours of the lake and sky.

I had to visit the Tetos on three different occasions before I managed to see them clearly!


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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-10-17 23:24]

Hello Evelynn,
a beautiful capture of the atmosphere and the landscape. Professionally selected display window, icredible view, icredible presenation of colours and light effects.
Best wishes, Peter

Hi Evelynn,

A beautiful landscape, with great autum colours, very tranquillity atmosphere, very vibrant. A very good composition. Bravo.

All best regards, Cezar T.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2007-10-17 23:57]

Hi Evelyn!

Thank you for sharing this wonderful landscape with us! It's peaceful and warm, just a pleasure to look at. It invites me to visit that place... if only I could!

The composition is marvellous: two half circles - the bushes followed by the trees and the lake - lead us to the mountains and clouds.

Well seen, well done!

Kind regards


hello evelynn,
lovely landscape shot, liked the colours, composition and the pov, the reflections look very nice,
well done,
tfs & regards
ill be back

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-10-18 0:24]
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Hi Evelynn,
wonderful light, wonderful color, wonderful composition. Amazing sky and mountains, beautiful golden trees. Clouds in the water look great.
Well done!

Bonjour Evelynn
Très beau paysage aux couleurs d'automne.
Beau contraste de couleurs.

Hello Evelynn
Very beautiful landscape with the colors of autumn.
Beautiful contrasts of colors.
Well done
Best regards

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-10-18 1:31]

Hi Evelynn,
simply stunning, beautiful coluors and a very well chosen POV. You have nailed this one on all aspects, very impressive.It's all very well having a great subject to shoot, but to capture it so well takes real skill.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-10-18 3:16]

Wow Evelynn this is wonderful! Scenery is amazing. Light and colors are great. Bravo and TFS
Best wishes

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-10-18 3:25]
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Hi Evelynn

A pure delight for my eyes and my mind at the same time!
I would like so much to get out and try to take some autumn shots, but i can't really...but i think that no matter where i had gone to, i wouldn't have had such an outstanding view. It's just too amazing!
The colors here and the sunlight enhancing them are awesome...and such a wide range of tones, too - from nice greys, to deep and light blues all the way to those greens and yellows...how fascinating!
The composition that you created is also terrific, with a nice view of the water and the reflections on it.
Spot-on enposure and impressive DOF, as well.
Wonderful work!

Bravo and TFS

PS: did you by any chance use any filter here? (Polarizer or ND grad)

Absolutely wonderful colours... the snow, the trees, the water... the soft clouds.
Thanks, Enrico.

Hello Evelynn,
We don't see autumn colours quite like this over here...
Besides you are blessed with this great light making the foliage really stand out!
A wonderful composition, and the scene is enhanced by the fresh snow in the mountains...
Pablo -

Hello Evelynn
What a wonderful scene you captured,
Perfect DOF,composition and reflections,
Fantastic colors and POV,Superb shot.


Hi Evelynn,
What a come back!
I like so much all the energy reflected by the autumn yellow tones of the trees, it really prduces a wonderful light that shines on all the picture.
The different clouds luminosity also works great for the overall harmony and the reflections.
My compliments and thanks for share it.
Best regards,

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2007-10-18 7:14]

Wow! So beautiful! I miss that part of the country. I traveled through this past summer. I wish I had had more time to stop and smell the roses while getting a nice shot. Oh well, we can't have everything. But, seeing others beautiful shots on TE like this is almost as good...;-) Thanks!

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-10-18 7:22]
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Hello Evelyn
What a beautiful composition and landscape.
Everything is nice in this picture,lovely fall colors,beautiful reflextion of the cloud in the water.Excellent POV and very sharp image.
TFS Michel

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-10-18 7:28]

hello Evelynn,
There you have all ingredients for a super picture. Beautiful landscape, autumnal trees, snow in the background and a lake reflecting the sky. More you cann't get! Excellent.
Thanks and best regards

Hi Evelynn,


This is an incredible landscape. I love the picture. It is one of those images that make me wish the scoring system on Treknature was out of 5, and not out of two. This deserves more than what almost all pictures get anyway.

Beautiful light, that you only get early in the morning, or late in the afternoon. Good F-stop for a landscape resulting in the whole image being in focus. Great composition with the golden trees on a third. Most importantly the scene is just so pretty. Very well done.

5 out of 5.


Hi Evelynn ,
This is excellent work.
wonderful composition and amzing colours.
vivid colours and nice sharpness.
well done

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2007-10-18 11:28]

Hi Evylynn beautiful autumn colours, nice depth with the mountains behind and great filling of the frame, really a beaytiful landscape shot. Well done Reina

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-10-18 12:16]

Wow Evelynn,
The colours, the reflection, the white mountaintops, the clouds, depth, light... everything looks great.
This must be a very nice place to be.
Well done.
TFS Paula

Hello Evelynn,
WOW! WOW! WOW! What an amazing landscape shot from you!!
Fantastic colours and reflections, superb details and POV, well composed and exposed too.
This is one of the impeccable shot on TN.
Thanks for showing us this one.
Best wishes,

hello and welcome back Evelynn

WOW what a great landscape image

great contrast beetween the lake's water and the trees
and another great contrast beetween the trees and
the mountains and the sky

the GREAT quality of your photo is the mountains in the back



Hi Evelyn,
This one is eye candy! Such beautiful colors, exceptional composition and POV, sharp focus with great depth of field, and exposure is perfect. Just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing this wonderful photo.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-10-19 0:50]

Hello Evelynn,
Nice to see you back and with a fabulous landscape! The light is magic and I love the range of colours you've captured. Excellent POV with the smooth water in the foreground and the dramatic snow-covered mountain tops in the far distance.
This is really a feast for the eyes!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Evelynn,

What can I say?? This is simply a stunning photo and one which would look good on any wall!!

The colours, composition, contrast (layering between sky, snowy peaks, sunlit autumn trees, reflection...) are all wonderful.

Lovely shot.


Hello Evelynn
What a great picture of this landscape! I admire everything, i.e. composition, colours, sharpness.
It is beautiful picture of autumn landscape - these trees seem to "burn" in the sun.
And these mountains in the background - perfect!

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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2007-10-19 17:00]
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Hello Evelynn,
What a perfect shot. If we look at it for more than 2 second we automatically dream to be there... Congratulations and TFS

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-10-19 20:24]

Hello Evelynn

OMG this is breathtaking.The colours are rich and vivid.The colour contrast is superb.The composition is wonderfully done,and the reflections are beautiful.You are blessed to have been able to be there and we are lucky you captured this moment for us.TFS


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-10-20 0:10]


That is all I can say!
Just amazing!

TFS. : )

I cannot believe how peaceful this is. It would be nice to paint this image.
I say you must frame it large.
Perfectly taken.

Hi Evelynn,
Great to see you back posting again. You really started of with a stunner of a photo. The Tetons are a very beautiful area and you captured it perfectly. I love the soft diffused reflection on the water and the awesome colored Aspen trees. They seem to pop out perfectly against the dark Tetons and sky. The early morning light is wonderful.

This is a wonderful welcome back wow. Great composition with the curve of the lake in the fg and the Tetons in the bg. And those mg trees are spectacular. A few weeks earlier it was the aspen that were at their peek, now it seems to be these other trees. (I heard that the dry summer made for some more-spectacular-than-normal fall in Montana and this part of Wyoming). Anyway, a perfect capture, and the morning light and the snow on the Tetons make this absolutely stunning.

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  • lgfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 194 W: 13 N: 279] (1536)
  • [2007-10-20 10:51]

Wonderfull capture of these beautifull autumn colours and great composition of the reflection in the water Evelynn.TFS

Hi Evelyn
Great landscape with beautiful autumn colors and reflection in the water.
Great Job,Well done

Hello Evelynn.
Welcome back. Wow! You sure achieved what you set out to. This is one of the loveliest images I've seen here for ages. Awesome light. Wonderful colours and reflections. Great composition. All natures elements sure came together here, from the fall colours to the snow capped, cloudy peaks. Very well done.
Best regards, Steve.

Hi Evelyn,
Thanks for this beautiful posting from your recent adventures. The color, light, and composition are really fine. Wonderful serene image.

Hi Evelynn,
Really thanks, for sharing


Fabulous capture. Great landscape.

Hi Evelynn!
This picture possess all elements I like a lot in landscape photography. There is the water, mountains, reflections, beautiful well saturated colours, and amazing contrast.
Also DOF and POV are excellent!
Bravo and TFS!
Best withes from Poland,

Dear Evelynn,
This is just a tremendeous, breathtaking shot! All has been written already, I just confirm that it's very, very beautiful.
Greetings and TFS, Mike

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  • erve Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 96 W: 3 N: 131] (620)
  • [2007-11-12 0:46]

wow, this is really nice, what a combination with the white mountains bright orange trees, and all reflected in the mirror like surface of the lake.



This is the perfect landscape! It will definately be in my favourites. It looks like it could be found on the cover of a magazine, very nicely done! You've included all the elements of landscape photography, and the colours and composition are just stunning,well captured!


Hi Evelyn

Beautiful landscape....POV, DOF & focus are spot on.....very nicely done


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  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2008-07-05 20:51]

wow. just splendid ! incredible details and colors.

One of the best composed and timed images of fall color Aspens, mountain snow and reflection in the Snake River. I am envious. Congratulations.

A beautiful landscape, with great autum colours, very tranquillity atmosphere, very vibrant. A very good composition. Bravo.

Simply takes your breath away Evelynn.
Wish it was mine :)
Happy Holidays!

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