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Elusive Spring

Elusive Spring
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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: 2008-05-09
Categories: River
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Canon 24-70mm f2.8, @ ISO 100
Exposure: f/22, 1 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): bobair's favorites beyond the alloted amount. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-04 17:35
Viewed: 4144
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Spring of 2008 in Yellowstone Park was indeed "elusive". Even in the second week of May hints of Spring would repeatedly be dispelled by new snow and icy temperatures. But the water was flowing and the promise of spring would be fulfilled... at least for the survivors. That winter was very hard on wildlife and the spring very hard on newborns.

I know I used a ND filter to slow the shutter speed, but don't remember which strength.

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Hello Evelynn

This shot is so cool.
I really like the various shapes and textures of the snow and ice.
The way the water cascades into the shot and then reappears .
There is much to look at,the ridge ,the hill with trees,the gorge itself.
A very beautiful waterfall landscape.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-01-05 1:04]

Hi Evelynn

Looks like you had one terrific winter last year...let's hope this one won't want to compete with it :)
I simply would like a normal one (as length) and a warm and not too rainy spring. Nothing special...

This is a very nice and interesting view of Yellowstone. Not something we see everyday.
The shot is full of cool texture of all sorts, the contrast with each other very nicely, grabbing attention from the viewer.
The use of a full ND filter definitely have you that silky water effect which here looks superb...but i thought you didn't like that??
Anyway, i think the waterfall is the strong point of this composition. I find it simply outstanding, especially since it's bordered by those interesting rock formations.
The weakest point probably is the upper right corner...but it's perhaps a small price to pay.
Anyway, a lovely landscape!

Bravo and TFS

Very nice story telling there Ev...have you heard of all the swarms under eh lake and the cone???!! I appreciate this photo as it shows something which some of us in geology networks I own are now studying!

hello Evelynn

a beautiful landscape composition of a river with fine POV
and the vertical framing gives to the image a fine DOF,
you obtained excellent details to all the image, TFS


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-01-05 19:17]

Exceptionally beautiful scene Evelynn,
Great composition with excellent exposure!!
Rosie loves waterfalls so whenever we travel we have to stop at any in the area. This one is especially beautiful with all the snow on the hillsides and pines. Love the slow shutter speed effect!! TFS.

Hello Evelynn,
Very beautiful wintery scene, the water falling is spectacular.

Hello Evelynn,
What a stunning capture of life in the frozen milieu of wilderness ! I appreciate it & compliment you for the composition & POV. TFS.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-01-07 14:17]

Wow! What a stunning image, Evelynn!
The blurred water is amazing.
Very well composed.
Perfect exposure.
Excellent clarity.

Just stunning!!

Very well done,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-01-07 18:38]

Hello Evelynn,
First of all this is splendid camera work with superb results. Secondly I know where you were when this was taken, great work my friend.

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2009-01-07 19:02]

Hello Evelynn,
Beautiful landscpe shot.
The POV and the composition are excellent. I liked the way you have captured the waterfalls to give it a smooth silky texture.And the snow on theose rocks reminds me of chocolate cake dusted with icing sugar.:)
Thanks for the share,

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  • livius Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 300 W: 0 N: 391] (1525)
  • [2009-01-08 10:13]

Hello Evelynn
beautiful winter portrait. The tonalities are very soft and it's very interesting the way in which you captured the water movement. Optimal contrast with the brown cliffs and the froozen trees.

Hi Evelynn,
very nice capture and the use of an ND filter sure works well for a long exposure and it is something that I have yet to try,from what I know about this type of filter is it helps to basically stop the camera's lens down so long exposures are not over exposed during daylight hours,is this correct?It is "cool" that Rick has also seen this very same place.The image looks very good and that flowing water is what really sets it off.The colour and well focused details all offer a feast for my eyes and I say thank you for giving us this view to enjoy. Bob

This is a very cool shot, I find it very difficult to get the proper exposure while using a slow shutterspeed during the day, but you've pulled it off well. The cloudy sky must have helped! I love the composition too,
nicely done!


That's amazing, Evelynn,
such a wonderful place - and the waterfall seems to be frozen too. I love that silky effect - just beautiful, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Evelynn,
Good shot, and beautiful landscape, nice composition of a falls
TFS. Best regards.

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  • erve Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 96 W: 3 N: 131] (620)
  • [2009-01-11 5:42]
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Hi evelynn.

Really excellent photo. superbly handled exposure, and very good composition with the silky waterfall in the background and the nice flowing water in the foreground.
I wish we had snow like this where i live! very jealous.



Hi Evelynn,

nice presentation of this waterfall in the spring.
good pov and beautiful colours.


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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-01-11 18:22]

Hi Evelynn!

I like your picture very much. It represents pure and wild nature at best. The blurred waterfall - often seen in romantic pictures - is in contrast with the harsh environment. Also the colours, the special lighting and the shape of the snow and the rocks create an interesting tension between softness and hardness.

Kind regards


What!!!! you used an ND filter to slow down the shutter speed??? Did you convert to my religion? :) I applaude your idea of using it because it made the entire photo very beautiful. The soft look of the water suits the texture of the snow and feeling of the photo. It also gave you wonderful details from front to back. I love how the little stream takes you up to the falls. Ofcourse a clear blue sky would have been great, but that's something we can't control.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-01-14 2:57]

Wow Evelynn, you sure get the opportunities over and certainly know how to make the most of them too! Wonderful POV, packed full of interest and huge depth from front to back. Very well done as always!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-01-14 4:40]

Hi Evelynn,this is a great pic,not easy to have this silk effect from the water in the snow.Very professional work,my best compliments for the choice of point of view,have a nice day,Luciano

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