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This is from my recent trip to Jefferson Park with @John_Williams and @James_Lorentson. This small scene is on the edge of a long, narrow tarn. It wasn’t easy to get to this spot but I liked the small scene. We were about a week late for the peak fall colors but there were a few small areas left.
D850, 70-200 @ 200mm, f9, 1/8 sec, ISO 64, tripod
Gosh, that’s gorgeous - what I call a Rorschach reflection! It’s good that the rock wasn’t hidden at all by branches. I don’t know, but the rock could maybe be toned down a little , it’s a bit of a diva. But what a beautiful composition. Five stars!
Just a perfectly-composed scene.
Exquisite Steve. Like I mentioned in my text, I wish I’d seen this. I could see adding just a tad more vignette to really focus the eye on that beautiful center.
Steve, the reflection is so perfect that this could pass as a vertical doubled construct. It also has nicely impressionistic feeling as presented with the strong contrasts between the rock and surroundings and the variety of colors and shapes. If I want to be super picky, I’d say burn-in slightly the bright yellow/green reflection along the bottom.
@Mike_Friel, @Ronald_Murphy, @John_Williams and @Mark_Seaver , thank you for you kind comments! Mike, the rock was even brighter in the original raw. I toned it down some, as well as reduced the overall saturation a bit. I’ll tone it down a bit more and see how it looks.
John, I will try a bit more vignette when I try toning down the rock.
Mark, I see what you mean about the yellow/green in the reflection. I hadn’t noticed that before. Thanks!
Lovely image, Steve! I agree with @Mike_Friel that the rock is a bit of a diva although I would not have thought to call it that - well said, Mike! It is the star of course, but a tad less intense would help balance the overall tonalities in the image. I just love the photo, though!
With respect to your vision, Steve, I find the image to be a bit chaotic. I think either a vignette or and lessening of the colors in the reflection would do the trick. I added a layer mask in which I painted with a black brush at a flow of 10 and then lowered the opacity to 65% . I though this would make the subject rock stand out more.
@brenda_tharp and @gDan52 Thank you for your comments and suggestions. I added a new version at the top based on all the suggestions, including from @Mike_Friel , @Mark_Seaver , and @John_Williams . Did I darken this version too much?
Definitely even better to my eye, Steve. Congrats on the EP.
This image encapsulates what great wilderness and nature photography is in my opinion. It is an elegant scene that draws the viewer in, exploring as if I am standing there myself. I sure that seeing it in printed form would be quite something. Thanks for sharing this work, it looks like a place that one could immerse themself in for some time!
@Charles_Millen , thank you for the very kind comment!
This is so trippy! I kept looking at it, looking away, and then looking back at it. What a perfect mirror image! I love everything about this one, Steve. Vibrant colors, that crystal clear reflection and the symmetry. Outstanding!
Thanks @Bret_Edge ! I appreciate the kind comments!