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warm in color only

warm in color only
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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: 2004-02-14
Categories: Ocean
Camera: Olympus 700C UZ
Exposure: f/8, 1/25 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Abstract Nature, Colors of Nature [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-03-13 7:58
Viewed: 4247
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here is another frozen abstract from my archives. This was taken the same morning as the recent posts of perforated sand shelves, but slightly earlier and about 3 km away. It was chosen for both similarity and counterpoint to those sand shots, which had interesting lighting, but were nearly colorless. The similarity is obvious- the extreme cold. The contrast is in the color, so dominant here, but almost totally absent from the "natural sand sculpture" and "worm holes" images.

This image also contrasts with my recent "frozen sand cliffs" post, but for a different reason. While the bands of sand in my "cliffs" would appear red throughout the day, this image has no intrinsic color, but shows only the reflected sunrise over the ocean. An hour later, a shot of the same rocks and icy snow could almost pass for a black and white photo. Any warmth here is in color only and that color is due entirely to atmospheric filtration of the low angle sunlight.

The rocks in this image are often mistaken for wood by tourists seeing them for the first time. They are metamorphic, highly folded, and often present patterns which look like wood grain. They are also oriented parallel to the coast, providing flat ledges and many tide pools. This is the ledge formation that gave my much earlier post of "minimalist lichen art", actually only about 20 m away. The formation is visible for many km along the southern Maine coast and can be seen readily using Google Earth.

tech note- slight cropping, one step PS sharpening, very slight increase in contrast, no color modification of any kind

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-03-13 9:39]
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I'm a fan of your posts, Bob, really, they are so interesting and the pictures are great, not equally great, but great all the time ;-)!!! This is beautiful, with the shimmering water - oh! it is snow! - contrasting with the "wooden" rocks. WE have the same rocks here, too. And how lucky you are to live close to the sea, in winter too. Thanks for sharing all this with us, it is most interesting, fascinating and great to read. bye bye! Please, keep on posting!


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-03-13 17:08]
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Beautiful shot Bob,
I have to admit I was one of those who at first glance thought I was viewing wood surrounded by melting snow with a reflection of a sunset to add color. Love the composition detail and colors!! Very original and interesting to view!

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