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Many Liquid Suns

Many Liquid Suns
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Copyright: Bob Harrison (BobH) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 40 W: 8 N: 192] (650)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-04
Camera: Canon PowerShot S5 IS
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-04-28 9:43
Viewed: 3910
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This image is the second in my current series. It shows grasses shot within a few meters of the first image, but on the previous morning with very different lighting and a different photographic goal. The title refers to my earlier post, "Many Frozen Suns", which explored both refraction and reflection of light by ice encrusted grasses. As in that other post, there are many images of the sun, but this time none are refracted.

One important part of this image was rocking the canoe slightly to get just the right amount of surface ripple. Another part was placing the camera over the side and close to the water, taking advantage of the rotating flip-out display- simply impossible with a traditional viewfinder.

This complicated image has been more interesting to me each time I've looked at it. There are many intriguing aspects- the sun reflections from the dimples around the grasses, the strangely fragmented reflections caused by the undulating but optically smooth surface of the water, and the interplay between the straight grass stalks and their curved reflections. Even the small pieces of debris on the surface of the water contribute- many of them, especially in the center, create small bumps in the water's surface which direct many tiny reflected suns to the camera. The live effect here was similar to what I experienced when shooting my "Many Frozen Suns"- a dazzling collection of countless tiny points of light.

Please take a few seconds to observe and enjoy the complexity I've described. Then contrast that to the extreme simplicity, in subject and lighting, of the previous post in this series, "Bridge to Nowhere (2)". These two images are nearly identical in location and subject, but very different in execution and effect.

Thanks for looking.

tech notes-
shot handheld from my canoe, significant cropping, one step PS sharpening, slight tweaking of shadow/highlight balance, slight increase in contrast, no color modification

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To LordPotty: awesomeBobH 1 05-02 21:08
To papajoehermit: my book?BobH 1 04-29 05:28
To nasokoun: your own wordsBobH 1 04-28 22:42
To tuslaw: diamondsBobH 1 04-28 22:36
To flashpoint: lightplayBobH 1 04-28 22:33
To matatur: aesthetics indeedBobH 1 04-28 22:31
To nglen: on the wall?BobH 1 04-28 22:28
To Heaven: thanksBobH 1 04-28 22:24
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Hi Bob!

Let me be short: I have put this picture to my favourites! This is one of the most beautiful pictures I have ever seen on TN. It's romantic, joyful and magic at the same time.

It's pure art, pure nature, authentic beauty.

Many thanks for sharing it with us, congratulations for the approach and the technique.

Kind regards


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-04-28 10:22]


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-04-28 10:58]
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Hi Bob. This is a beautiful Picture , You have used the light to its best. This is pure art. With the patterns in the water and the golden stars . I would be happy to see this on the wall at home. Well done TFS.

Well, this looks more like a noel tree ornamentation Bob, an exquisite capture of fine reflections my friend, a superb job in aesthetics indeed!

hello Bob!
interesting abstract with the magical reflections over the blue plane of water
and plays of lights

compliments sERGIO

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-04-28 16:48]
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A natural work of art Bob!!
I love the reflected sun spots, they remind me of glistening diamonds. As you already mentioned, even the tiny debris in the water seems to be illuminated! Fantastic!!! TFS.

hello Bob
this is excellent glance and marvellous photo

However you achieved this stunning photograph surely is a complimentary note to what it displays. Tipping the canoe to create ripples? Putting your camera in just the right place? Bob, you are certainly a perfectionist in what you shoot and how you detail your photos. You've GOT to put together a book and find a publisher of these photos!! They are more than worthy of a coffee table book for all to enjoy. Best Regards, JoeGoff, Louisville, KY

impressive clarity in this picture! beautiful

Hi Bob,
You've done a great job capturing these amazing reflections and the play of light.
Both shots are awesome.
Cheers & TFS

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