Sunset Glow on Lake, Like Sweet-Flowing Nectar

A handheld, in-camera, horizontal ICM of a beautiful sunset reflecting on the water of a nearby lake.

“All around us is the cosmic game, the cosmic play. The universe is full of joy, inner and outer. When realisation takes place, we have to feel the necessity of manifesting this constant delight in our heart. The delight glows, but does not burn. It has tremendous intensity, but it is all softness and absolutely sweet-flowing nectar.” ~ Sri Chimnoy

Something I generally always do when sharing my work is to pair my images with a quote or literary passages that I feel speaks to the image in some way or that conveys a particular message that I hope the image evokes.

I hand held the camera vertically and panned horizontally from right to left quickly for this image.
I composed the shot with just a bare minimum of the sky above the horizon line (the darkest area at the top) because the sun was still fully above the horizon, but reflecting brilliantly on the water of the lake.

So the majority of this frame is of the sun reflecting on the water, and the lines are created by the ripples on the lake, as well as the wakes from a few passing speed boats.

Please list any pertinent technical details or techniques:

As mentioned above, this is a hand held ICM, single frame, no filters. Technical details are as follows:

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon f/4L 70-200mm
ISO 100
Minimally processed in Lightroom and finished in Photoshop


Another beauty! Thanks for sharing your work.

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Really cool, love the definition in the lines

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I love this - bold, graphic and of course brilliant color.

Anyone would be hard pressed to say or think, that this is a photograph AND a photograph of nature. That’s not meant as a critique, but just to say that this, and this genre of imagery is fascinating and beautiful. Kudos.


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Being a graphic designer for the past 24 years I love seeing this kind of work coming from creative thinking photographers. One of these days I’ll give these kind of techniques a try. The only time I think of trying thus is when I see them online. Never in the field. Thanks for sharing.

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@Tony_Siciliano, @Michael_McGee, @Lon_Overacker, @Chris_Rusnak

I apologize, Tony, Michael, Lon, and Chris, for such a delayed response to your thoughts and comments on my post! I started a new job last week…after not working a regular job for a couple years…and there’s a big adjustment curve in trying to get back into that sort of routine and mindset. :sob: :sob: So, I’ve not been very active here.

Thank you, though, for taking time to comment, as well as for your kind words. I’m so glad the image resonates and speaks to you all in such a positive way! :slight_smile:

Hopefully once I get better settled into my new routine, I’ll be able to contribute some new abstract ICM work here.

Have a wonderful rest of your weekend!