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Morning Magic

Morning Magic
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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: 2009-05-19
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon 40 D, Canon 24-70mm f2.8, @ ISO 400
Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-08-11 19:29
Viewed: 3713
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the scene that I was trying to capture when the two elk of my last post marched along atop the ridge to my left. I managed to grab a shot of them and then got off a few shots of this pond before the fleeting color disappeared entirely. I know this is a composite image but it's been a while and I can't remember how many shots it was. It has been so long since I have posted images on TN that I have forgotten a lot...like which calibration I was using on my monitor so that images looked better on TN. Let me know if this looks too light or too dark... Thanks

Thanks to all who welcomed me back to TN. I don't expect that I can keep up the same pace that I did before, but it is nice to see images and contact TN friends again.

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Well hello stranger. I hope things are going good its nice to see a post from you and a very nice one at that. I really like the color in the sky and the reflection in the lake. looks like the start of a great day. Thanks Evelynn for sharing this wonderful scene.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2009-08-11 23:57]

Hello Evelynn

A beautiful capture - it has the wonderful 'liquid' light of late evenings. The colours, reflections and balance of the elements are superb.

Best wishes


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-08-12 0:28]

Hello Evelynn,
Fantastic scene in impressive colours. Great POV, DOF and composition. Very beautiful.

Hi Evelynn, so nice to see you back!

I think the brightness is about alright, maybe I would've made it a little bit darker but then some details would be gone..
Colors are smooth and it really is magic.. I'm too trying to make a decent hdr landscape but with no good result yet. This one's wonderful for sure, TFS!

Best regards,

Hi Evelynn,

Good to see some of your photographic quality again. Pleasant scene made more so by the excellent lighting captured with good composition and those clouds are just great.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-08-12 2:43]
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Hi again Evelynn

Even if it's been a while, you still got it ;) It looks ok on my screen and the image itself is a beauty!
With this wide view, i better understand the conditions of the previous and i'm sure what you saw with your own eyes - both the entire scene and the elks, AT THE SAME TIME - had to be something fantastic.
The colors and cloud formations are lovely and look great reflecting in the pond. The mountains in the BG also add a lot to the composition and you managed to get excellent details from them, too. Personally, i might have cropped out the dark part from the right side and would have kept the frame near that high peak in the distance. It's think that the dark part is a bit distracting and that would have also placed that taller, lonely tree closer to 1/3 of the frame. But don't worry too much...that's probably only my personal view point and might not work for everyone :)
Anyway, it's a lovely panorama and i'm looking forward to see some more super shots like this from you.

Bravo and TFS

Hi Evelynn,

A beautiful capture with natural colors & reflections. TFS.



Hello "The Lady"
I am so glad to see you post a landscape again. I think Horia, Paul, you and I are all on the same page that TN became too much of a TI or TB (insect and bird) Although I have two photos waiting to be posted that suit the TB criteria. Hey, can I get some attention as well? :)
Back to the real world. This is certainly not your typical Yellowstone landscape photo. But it certainly shows the diversity the park has to offer. The colors in the sky and reflection are wonderful and as Horia mentioned the details in the distant mountains add a lot. I do agree with Horia on the dark right and position of the tree.
Do you mean that this is a stitch or is it a merge of different exposures?

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-08-13 2:52]

Hi Eveylnn,
let me reassure you that this looks just fine :o) The colours are just gorgeous and the wide open feel of this is lovely. I yearn for such a feel of wilderness! I would agree with Horia about the dark patch on the right, but i don't think it's too much of an issue.
I wonder, did you get anymore shots that show more of the lakes itself? It's just that it looks tantalisingly like it would have been filled with colour and the reeds sticking out intrigue me..
tfs, hope to see more soon!
(don't worry about the rate of posting, the fact that you are sharing some again at all is enough for me :o)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-08-17 17:41]

Wow, the light is pure magic.
Just amazing.
You have such a way with those grand vistas!
And yet you have a way of making them feel so intimate.
I just LOVE the reflections!
TFS. : )

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-08-17 19:45]

Hello Evelynn,
A gorgeous sunset with beautiful colors yet still containing wonderful details of the surrounding countryside! Perfectly composed with just the right exposure!! TFS. Looks great!!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-01-29 9:51]

Hi Evelynn,
I know this place well and you have captured it superbly. The reflections in the pond are splendid as is the composition. Thanks for sharing my dear.

Love the colors, sunrises always seem to elude me, but you have done an excellent job catching the colors, not only in the sky, but also the mirror on the water.

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