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Summer hues

Summer hues
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Copyright: Horia Bogdan (horia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-31
Categories: River
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC, Hoya 72mm HMC Circ. Polarizer
Exposure: f/16, 4 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Abstract Nature [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-14 1:31
Viewed: 2980
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi friends,

In these cold and grey times, i thought i'd post something more colorful to (hopefully) remind us on summer.
This is a picture taken last year, in August, when some friends and i went to a cabin, up in the mountains. One morning after waking up, i visited a nearby river passing not far from the cabin and since the sun was already shining on of the banks of the river (which was in fact a steep hillside) and the other bank was completely in shade, the reflections in the water were really beautiful.
I set up my tripod, used my polarizer for a better effect of the reflection and composed around some mossy rocks found everywhere in that area.

Hope you'll like what turned out and thanks for visiting :)

EXIF data :
Camera: Canon 400D
Lens: Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro
Filter: Hoya 72mm HMC Circ. Pol.
Focal Length: 40mm
Shutter Speed: 4 sec.
Metering Mode: Evaluative metering
Exposure Bias: 0
F-Stop: f/16
ISO: 100
Flash: No
Support: tripod
TOD: about 9 AM
Weather conditions: sunny

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Buna Horia
Ceva interesant, abstract, as putea spune, numai albastru si galben, buna combinatie.Sicer, imi place;
Numai bine, Oana

very original, very graphic and aesthetic
bravo Horia

Hi Horia!

I would like to let the question if this picture reminds us summer or not open. For me it's much more important to feel the impact it has on me due to its expression. And I like this impact. It's a fine picture, close to what would be an abstarct one, and the artistic effect is very high. You easily can imagine how much I like pictures of that kind. Moreover, the refections and colours are superb.

Kind regards


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-01-14 2:45]

Hello mate!
lovely shot, i have some similar to this myself, so i may dig some out of my archive and share them too now!
what i love here though is the cool blue of the shadow mixed with the reflected green. The long exposure on the surface of the water has given these colours a real 'pastel' feel. Very good sharp detail in the rocks which contrast so nicely with the softeness of the flowing water, perfect composition too. Great work mate, one for the wall i think :o)

hello horia,
i am sure that looking at your archives muct be a good experience at present for you, i would love to do something like this, the slow shutter has resulted in beautiful effect, nice colours and well composed shot,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi horia,

Beautiful close up of water flow, nice mecury effect. Something different today.TFS.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-14 4:35]

Hello Horia,
Beautiful semi-abstract capture in beautiful yellow/blue/green colours. They could almost be some islands in the tropics! Lovely effect of motion too and very well framed.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-01-14 4:44]

Hello Horia,
Very artistic your shot. Water and its reflections are source of many fantastic patterns and forms. Your framing is excellent, makes an abstract picture. Wonderful blue color, with golden shades. Well seen
Best regards

HI Horia,
that's like artwork, I like this silky water and the beautiful colours, just wonderful, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-01-14 10:48]

Hi my friend!

Today I read an article in Scientific American about some kind of competition in macrophotography. It was beautifuly illustrated by best photos taken with very advanced techniques. And I must say one photo was very similiar in mood and colours to yours :-) Great work Horia and superb idea.

Wonderful picture, full of poetry. Good composition, having those crisp mossy rocks in the corners, and the slow shutter speed gives a really good sheen to the water.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-14 12:13]

Hello Horia,
Beautiful artistic photo. The effect of the low shutter speed is amazing. The soft colours of the water against the clear one of the rocks. Splendid colours in green, blue and yellow. Excellent sharpness and composition.

Hi Horia,
What and artistic and almost abstract picture.
I'm delighted with the yellow-cobalt blue dominant duotone here, and the smooth waves in between.
The 4 sec exposure added that extra thing that put this picture besides a common one.
My compliments and thanks for share.
Best regards,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-01-15 11:45]

Hi Horia.
I like your idea to post summer picture in such reduction and in winter season. It looks like frozen water stream. And blurred reflections of nicely coloured objects give to the picture unusual beauty. Two stones play the same esthetic role. Bravo. I like this creative and technically perfectly executed picture. Best regards and TFS, dear friend.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-01-15 17:31]

You're getting impressionist, Horia, it is superb. I like this a lot, the colours are fantastic and some part look like mercury shining with gold. What I like, also, is the fact that it's abstract but not really abstract. Am I too abstract when I say that ;-) What I mean is that we see the natural in this otherwise abstract picture. The composition is superb. Thank you!


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2009-01-15 23:51]

Hello Horia

A lovely composition - very artistic ans skillful. WOnderful work.


Hi Horia,
A great abstract photo where it is all about colors and shapes. I love how the photo is basically made up out of blue yellow and green. The motion captured on the water gives the eye something wonderful to look at. The longer I look the more I see. Especially that little swirl behind the top rock is great. The placement of the two rocks is perfect and it does feel good to have such a photo in front of me when the weather is terrible like right now.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-01-18 13:19]

Hi Horia,
a very nice photo.
The smoothness of the water is really cool.
Excellent colours.
Superb lighting.

Well done mate,


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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-01-19 14:29]

Hello Horia !
A great abstract photography, with lovely colors and there is also something very soft, very smooth on the water - your really managed to bring out great textures. I also love the composition, with the two rocks covered with algaes on top and bottom of the picture. I really like to look at it, specially on those grey and rainy days we are having. Very well done !

Hi Horia,
Almost what you'd call an abstract work of art up this close.
The color, contours, and shapes, R awesome mf.
Very nice, really like it :)

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