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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: 2008-05-10
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Canon 24-70mm f2.8
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): bobair's favorites beyond the alloted amount. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-20 16:17
Viewed: 3950
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I was so taken with this small sidewinding stream in the Hayden Valley that my husband had to execute one of those quick "stop on a dime" maneuvers! Usually whenever we stop for a photo others immediately stop too thinking we must have seen something! The fellow who stopped after us was a number of yards to the left of here. I had to walk past him back to the vehicle and I told him about this little stream just feet up the way. It wasn't visible from where he was, but he had zero interest in changing position. I can't really see the point of a photo with a mile of snow in front of ant sized bison... but ... oh well. Of course my position wasn't perfect either as getting the stream the way I wanted it necessitated getting that small hill centered in the frame. I'm sure Niek will point that out. : ) This was early in the morning and it was REALLY cold and there is only so much fiddling I can do with a camera with numb fingers. One can see the steam rising from some of the geothermic features of the park.

Okay, okay I know the image is tilted... drat! I got so focused on the stream that I couldn't see the whole!! : P

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To bobcat08: Thanks for the critiqueEvelynn 1 01-03 17:05
To eqshannon: Thanks for the CritiqueEvelynn 4 12-24 21:17
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Hi Evelynn,
I agree whole heartily with your note and the line "what is the point"...indeed as boring is boring!I like narrow meandering streams like this one you have captured and just north of where I live we have a similar looking stream as well.What make s this photo work so well is how that little stream pulls the eye into the larger whole.The exposure is sure and well controlled with no areas of overblown highlights and those distant bison add a feeling of timelessness to the landscape and mood of this shot.I thank you for this image and also for your wonderful image in your recent email,you have a knack for watercolor painting as well.I dabble in it as well but like to work with pencil best.Thanks again. Bob

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-12-20 19:08]

Hi Evelynn,
OK here I go, COOL image Evelynn, the use of the stream to draw ones eyes into the image and the herd of bison and the geothermal steam vents in the background is excellent. Great work my friend, glad to here you have good brakes too, lol.

hello Evelynn

very beautiful landscape and stream shot
with the bisons far on the background,
very fine POV and DOF, beautiful luminosity,
excellent sharpness and details of the image, TFS


Hello Evelynn

A lovely capture of this serpentine stream as it snakes it way through the open pasture.
It is interesting how water travels in this manner.
You certainly had your eye for composition when you spotted this.
I like how you composed it through the shot.
The back drop horizon is loaded with interesting features to discover as well.
As you pointed out,geysers and bison and rolling hills and such.


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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-12-20 22:45]

Hi Evelynn,
Absolutely stunning shot!
I knew you'd get something incredible from that snow. This is just amazing.
The light and tones are superb.
Very, very well composed with perfect FG.
Wonderful atmosphere.
Great job.
Best regards.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-12-20 23:53]

Hi Evelynn

A really good composition using a very good pov. The light is wonderful and the buffalo ans steam make the shot for me.


wow, amazing pic, itd a pity so little is left from these landscapes, TFS Ori

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-12-21 0:38]
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Hi Evelynn

This is May?!? I thought this was taken somewhere around this period...with all the snow you've had there. I hope you are ok and that nature will keep things close to normal...at least in your region.

This is a lovely shot and if this place isn't far from your house, i would visit it more often and try all sorts of different moments of the day with this absolutely perfect "S"!
It's so rare that you find one so photogenic...
The other elements of the scene are also great, especially the bison, and the light that you've had here also emphases all the tones and shadows here, giving all the aspects such a nice texture.
However, i'm not going to say anything about the bigger mountain in the center (i'll leave that to Niek) but i will say that the picture needs to be rotated about 1 degree CW, in my opinion. Also (but with this second thing i might be wrong) you may have a dust spot near the top right corner...but that may be a very small cloud, too...again, that one i'm not too sure of.
Anyway, this is still a fantastic location and a great picture. As i said, i'd love to see more from hear (perhaps a misty morning or a nice reflected sunset for example).

Bravo, TFS and Merry Christmas

Hi Evelynn,
The central placement of the hill doesn't bother me much. In your other photo the Tetons are a more dominant object in the photo, while the hill in this photo isn't. Although it would've been nice if.....
I like the winding of the creek from your bottom right to the hurd of bisons in the back a lot. In conditions with no snow this photo wouldn't be as powerful as with the snow. The condition of the snow is pefect and the clarity of the view is great. I do think Horia has got a good point of the rotation. I also think that a vertical composition would work better here, but then it should have been taken vertically.

P.S. Eagle Eye doesn't see the dust spot.

Hello Evelynn,
A really good composition, the stream brings the glance on the bisons! It's may be cold up there but the light is very nice
Well done
I wish you and your family a Merry Xmas and a very Happy New year

Shame on you posting an image with snow in it..Everyone knows snow isn't natural:-) It is a mythical beast which surrounds me..I think I am getting cabin fever or the urban variety of apartment fever...VERY nice..Enjoy your "weather"...please..no more snow..Happy Winter Day!

Hello Evelynn,

Fantastic picture.
Beautiful colours with great details.
Light,shrpness and composition are splendid.
Good notes.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-12-21 11:20]

You really have such a knack for composition, Evelynn.
And Jerry must be getting very good at these "on a dime" stops!
The meandering line, narrowing as it goes, really draws the eyes straight toward the bisons. What a immemorial scene!
The luminosity and exposure is really perfect, especially around that first bend. The light there is so pretty!
I don't agree with Niek about a vertical presentation. I think the wideness of the snow field gives the scene more impact.
TFS. : )

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-12-21 12:39]

Hello Evelynn,
What a fantastic landscape, breath taking, in an excellent composition. The stream leads me to the bisons, the mountains and geysers in the BG. You were on the perfect place. The light and clear colours are amazing beautiful. Great sharpness.

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  • Rosa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 56 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-12-22 1:48]

Hello Evelynn,
what a fantastic capture.
Simply beautiful.
Have a great Holiday Season

Hello Evelynn,
Very nice shot, lovely composition and pov,
I love the way this little cuts a path through
the snow, excellent sharpness and depth of field,
very nice winter colors.
well seen.

Hi Evelynn
Great picture,nice composition.I remember Hayden Valley 8 years ago, we enjoyed this place so much.
Merry Christmas

No zero interest, Evelynn.
Poor husband;-)
Excellent depth in your work and I really don't know whether the image is tilted. Is it?
Google told me a sidewinder is a horned rattlesnake. Must be a metaphore and not venomous.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-01-02 4:45]

Hello Evelynn,
This one I like especially. What a sight! And the low point of view you have chosen, showing the reflection of the blue sky in the water is great.
To have bisons in the background brings of course a plus to the picture. The light is perfectely managed, that you know very well how to do.
I would like to wish you too only the best for 2009
Kind regards

Hi Evelynn,

All the best for 2009. The sidewinder draws your eye right on the photo in the bison and the hills in the background. Excellent sharpness and details of the image. Very well composed and thanks for sharing.

Regards and TFS BOB

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