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bridge to nowhere
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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, 1/30 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-18 10:38
Viewed: 4041
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Though this image may be suggestive of sunset on Utah sandstone, true fans of red rock country would realize that the ice in the picture makes that an unlikely location; likewise the out of focus (and unavoidable) house in the center.

In fact, this Maine coast shot was taken about 15 minutes after the previous post, "warm in color only", and only about 20 meters away. The rock shown here is the same formation as the gray slabs in that other post. Yet the lighting conditions and especially viewing angle give it a warm color more typically associated with Utah's famous sandstone. As any experienced photographer knows, timing is critical, so I shot several versions of this as the sun rose. In the last one, only 4 minutes later, barely a touch of red remains.

But my primary goal when shooting this image was to capture the ice. Winter on the Maine coast is always ambivalent. Snow usually does not last long so close to the ocean, especially on these south facing rocks. Fresh snow, after a few days of sun, wind, and shore moisture, is often covered with a rough crust of ice (such as caught in the previous post, reflecting the sunrise). This spot is less protected, allowing the snow to be melted away from underneath the original crust.

The extra exposure to the elements has also given this leftover crust a smooth glaze. The two visible strips of ice are parts of the same piece, connected outside the frame on both sides and suspended above rocks which are out of view. The optically polished ice surface shows in the bits of refracted image of red rock, especially in the middle and left of the upper piece. This incongruous natural sculpture is all that's left of a considerable snowfall from several days before.

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

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To rimas: unusual viewBobH 1 03-20 07:52
To roges: other cold picsBobH 1 03-20 07:35
To livius: interesting glareBobH 1 03-20 07:24
To NinaM: scientists looking at natureBobH 1 03-19 07:29
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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-03-18 11:25]
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This is beautiful, Bob, I love the ice sculpture and the beautiful colours. It adds a strange effect to the middle part, out of focus house, it looks like something has been added, or like another dimension in the picture. I love Maine, I've been there a few times and every time, the coast line (which is among the nicest if not the nicest I have seen) makes me dream, the beauty of nature too and the beautiful houses. One always wonder what people do for a living, maybe they are all scientists looking at the beautiful nature where they live ;-). Thank you.


Hello Bob
a really incredible release with an interesting game of glares in the ice and a beautiful cure of the details and the colors.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-03-18 14:08]
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Hi Bob!
A very interesting picture.
I love it.

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  • rimas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 157 W: 3 N: 667] (5094)
  • [2009-03-19 9:39]
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Hello Bob,
Beautiful warm colors in cold sunny evening. I like how ice surface refracted image. Unusual view of nature and informative note. My best regards,

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