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Dead Calm

Dead Calm
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Copyright: Pieter van der Horst (sAner) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-20
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon 17-40mm f/4 L USM, Kaiser 77mm UV-MC
Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: Tour de Canada
Theme(s): Lakes of the World, Movietitles, Lakes of Canada [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-10-17 13:37
Viewed: 6445
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 58
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That day we drove from Banff to Lake Louise, which was a fairly short drive; 57 kms. We therefore arrived fairly early in the morning and it wasn't too crowded yet. It was very cold and it was actually freezing a few degrees. We took a few shots and although the weather-conditions were challenging at best (clouds and a bright sun directly opposite of these clouds), we managed to make some decent shots. The glacial lake was like a mirror! We were lucky we arrived that early because later that morning we saw people ruining the mirror-effect with canoes! In the afternoon we experienced a mini snow-storm, which lasted for a short hour. The next day we returned to Lake Louise (after we had spent the night at the Lake Louise campsite) even more early (8 am) and it was even colder!

Lake Louise - source: Lonely Planet

Lake Louise is a much-visited and stunning lake sitting in a small glacial valley, surrounded by snowcapped mountains. The humongous Chateau Lake Louise sits at the Lake's North end; the Fairmont folks who own the chateau, are building a controversial convention center for the hotel in grizzly bear habitat - nice going guys!

Moraine Lake (15 km uphill from Lake Louise) is less visited and in my opinion more beautiful. I will upload a picture of that lake later this week.

Dead Calm (1989)- source: http://www.imdb.com

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Same Neil and Billy Zane.

A young couple, trying to get over the death of their child, go on a cruise along the coral reef in their own private yacht. After many days at sea they come upon a boat with only one survivor. The man comes aboard their ship and almost immediately begins to act erratic. Tensions slowly rise until it becomes obvious that this man is a full blown psychotic who has killed everyone on the first boat and plans to do the same to them.
You may hit me as hard as you can!

Software: Photoshop CS2
Shutter Speed: 1/160
F-stop: f/8.0
Focal length: 17mm
ISO Speed: 200
White Balance Mode: Auto
AF Mode: AI Focus AF
Weather Condition: Partly Clouded
Time: 9:43:51
Tripod: no
Flash: no
Filters: Kaiser UV Filter

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To Robbrown: You're doing enough! :)sAner 1 10-28 07:04
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dit is een moelijke foto Pieter.
Niet gemakkelijk om over te oordelen, want hij heeft zo veel mooie momenten waarvan je afzonderlijk een foto kunt maken. maar even over het geheel. Het tegenlicht. Ik zou persoonlijk een lagere crop maken to net boven de bergen. Dan valt het meeste van het irritante witte licht eraf en houd je een mooie geheel over. Nu is het te overheersend op het geheel. verder mooie foto.
gr. jaap

Hi Pieter,
that's a wonderful view, a little mystic but so beautiful. I love this reflection in the quiet lake, it's even more sharp than the original above. Excellent, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Pieter, Its a wonderful mountain scene with v good foreground detail and many layers. Love the reflection and cloud that hovers over the lake. Snow-capped mountains make the perfect backdrop. You should carry a grad Grey filter to compensated for the bright sky. I use Cokin ND8 Grad Filter and because of the ultra wide lens dont use a holder but simply hold it in-front of lens. 7/10 Very fine work.

Hi Pieter, fantastic reflection!! This is an excellent Picture. Great colours, exellent sharpness, a very nice composite with a giant mirror. Well done.

Hi Pieter !
I don't have enough time to write a decent comment ;) but the big smiley is, no doubt, well deserved here :)

//Superb shot, very clear and beautiful. The reflection looks great. I just wish there was more sky visible on a water surface//

Great landscape you captured here. Interesting composition, basically dividing the frame into 4 horizontal sections. The clouds in the sky are overexposed, but the reflection in the water is great. Nice!

Nice shot Pieter,
The reflection is awesome. The low cloud is a great touch. Just the OE high clouds which distract a bit.
Nice title link to the film. Thanks fo rposting, have a good week.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-10-17 16:02]

Hi Pieter,
This is a very nice photo!
Brilliant composition, excellent colour and POV,
beautiful view.

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  • olger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 0 N: 138] (744)
  • [2005-10-17 17:13]

Mooie foto Pieter, goed gezien met die reflectie in het water.. Wellicht had liggend ook een mooi plaatje opgeleverd. Maar echt jammer is.. de overbelichting in de wolken, die maken de bovenkant echt flets.. Maar.. je gaat nu met Raw werken! Lang leven Raw! want daarin kun je bij dit soort fotos de overbelichte stukken terugdraaien.. Overigens kun je in je histogram op je Camera dit altijd controleren. Succes!


Hi Pieter,
Beautiful landscape shot. All the elements look great. Reflections, colors, details, are all right on the money here. Nice Work!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-10-17 23:19]
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Wow, what a mirror! Apart from the glary sky it's come out real well Pieter. The misty cloud over the lake gives it quite a strange look, quite mystical. (Yeah misty - mystical!)
That movie - I remember seeing it on TV a few times and could NEVER sit and watch it through.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-10-18 3:50]

Hi Pieter, today I'll hit you hard ;-) Almost all is superb in your picture - especially composition with DOF and details. Idea is also great. But something is wrong with exposure. I know - it was very hard to take with contrast between sky and water, but unfortunatelly clouds are OE :-( What do you think about drastical cropping to show only bottom part of picture with reflection on water? Anyway 2pts for all except OE ;-)

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-10-18 4:04]

Hello Pieter!
Amazing landscape.As Greg before said clouds are overexposed,but I liked reflections on water,POV,visual impact and composition a lot.TFS...:-)

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-10-18 4:05]

What a beautiful and interesting landscape with mountains as I like ;-) The reflection is great. Congratulations Pieter and thanks for sharing with us.

I can only concur with what has already been said. I tried a WS using a ND grad action in PS for the bright BG. Please tel me what you think.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-10-18 13:58]

Hi Pieter,

What a view, Dude!!!
I would love to go over there one day and shoot my head off, not my real head. LOL
Excellent shot and well done on the composition.
You had to gain and lose on this one, unfortunately, you blew out the sky. A polarizer can remedy beautiful landscapes like this. Also, careful with the centering of the horizon line.
Excellent work my friend.


Excellent mirrored effect Pieter. I like the mist that hangs over the water also. Well done. Thank You.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-10-18 20:22]

Personal assessment of the photo: very good.
Power of evocation in me: strong.
Good visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you Pieter.

Beautiful view, beautiful scene. The lake and mountains are well exposed. The sky is overexposed and there is a blue cast spot in the foreground snow. Double exposure and a little work in photoshop could have solve this exposure problem. I never tried it myself but read the trick in many magazine articles.
I like your 3 fold composition. Rock in the foreground, water in the middle and mountain/sky in the background.

Hello Pieter!
Wonderful landscape again.Reflections on water,colors,POV and composition are perfect.I liked OE clouds also;)Thanks for sharing.

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-10-19 11:00]

Hi Pieter
It's a shot of 2 halves. The bottom is stunning with the pretty reflection and sharp rocks. The top half is overshadowed by the overexposed clouds. Maybe cropping them out would have helped.
Regards Toni

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-10-19 17:14]

Pieter, what a pity the top part of the picture. By using a tripod, two pictures could have been taken. On Photoshop, they would become one. That's nice to do in this kind of shot, but it's not always one has a tripod - I seldom have one.

The bottom part is very beautiful. I like its sharpness and colors. Great pov and composition too.

Hi Pieter,
LOL at your description of the movie, this is perfect for your movietitles theme. Wonderful composition and colors, my only nit is that the clouds on the left seem blown but I wouldn't know how to correct the exposure. I love the spot of blue sky reflected in the lake near the rocks.



What a stunning scene Pieter the reflections are beautiful, the sky looks over exposed on my screen, 2 ideas, one to crop the image some where in the cloud layer and just enjoy the reflection or try selecting the sky and altering the levels and selective use of the burntool with a very soft edged brush to try and reveal hidden details. TFS great to see such stunning scenes from your trip, I am just not geting the time to comment as i maybe should.

Hi Pieter

Another busy night so not much time to do an indepth critique, sorry, but I do like what I see very much. Nicely composed. Good sharpness and detail. Shame the cloud is OE. Thanks.

Sublime shot for it's sharpness and giving the feeling of quietness and peace.

What an amazing photo, the reflection in the water is so crisp. I'm very jealous! ;) Everything in the picture is sharp and detailed, love your work!


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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-02-10 14:22]

Hi Pieter, this is a lovely view. It's all great except for what you know already. The composition is good and the reflection is great. Well done.

I know you won't mind me saying this, Pieter....;)
What could be a truly stunning photo is spoiled by an overexposed sky. It's crying out for a grey grad filter! The reflection of the sky is just fantastic, it's just a shame the top is not.

Did you know, until 5 minutes ago, we had the same number of posts at 77?!


Dag Pieter,
Inderdaad een complexe foto om over te oordelen. Mist, reflecties, water, transparantie...
Dan begin je te zoeken...en ik kan me een beetje achter de kritiek van Jaap scharen in die zin dat er precies wat overbelichting zit bovenaan waar de bergtoppen overgaan in de wat storende witte luchtpartijen.
Verder lijken de bergen een beetje onscherp??

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