Lake Helen

© Ann Varley

Lake Helen

Monnie Ryan 8/1/2011 6:43:21 AM

Beautifully composed scene, Ann - and it sure looks inviting right about now! #1397609

Ann Varley 8/2/2011 12:58:56 PM

Hi Monnie! Thank you so much.
Yes, it was so nice up at Lassen NP on Thursday last. It was also a strange day as we had snow here and also green meadows of flowers in relatively the same place! #9577242

John E. Steinway 8/2/2011 4:14:10 PM

Ok Ann your images just keep getting better and better. This is beautiful. The soft colors are really nice. You must be saving the best for last. #9577577

Ann Varley 8/2/2011 5:00:52 PM

Thanks so very much John! But ...

I had such a tragedy at Lassen last week.
Somehow (I'm blaming oxygen deprivation at 7000 ft) I managed to switch the mode dial off Manual to A-DEP.
I wept when I discovered it hours into the day. I'm still kicking myself!
I'll just have to get back there again SOON and start over again.

Meanwhile, one or two more coming from this tragic series ... #9577670

John E. Steinway 8/3/2011 1:10:08 PM

Ann I can sympathize with your tragic event. While shooting a Capitol Reef NP a few years ago; I accidently set the iso to 3200 and didn't realize it until the end of a full day of shooting. The images were ruined for the most part with unfixable noise. 3200 iso in brillant sunshine just doesn't work. I now constantly check my settings. #9579668

Ann Varley 8/3/2011 1:24:39 PM

Oh no! You know exactly what I mean then ... the disappointment of time and effort planning and preparing for (and traveling to) a shoot, just to discover later something crazy happened.
Like you, I will make it a habit to constantly check settings from now on! #9579687

Laura E. Swan 8/6/2011 12:14:08 AM

Confession time for me, too. I have a bad habit of forgetting to take the camera off of MACRO. (Sigh!) Ever notice how EVERY PHOTO looks PERFECT on the little camera monitor??? Lol...It's always a terrible shock to realise we blew it.

You sure did great with this one, Ann. Thank goodness you have a few beauties to remember your trip by. RIGHT???

-Laura :) #9585198

Ann Varley 8/6/2011 7:17:04 AM

Thanks Laura!
Yes, I did manage to hit it on a couple of shots for the day. And that's the proper attitude too, being thankful there are some at all, instead of mourning the loss of many.
Have to agree too with your observation about preview screen. It should have a little disclaimer at the bottom like a side view mirror does on your car:
"Objects in screen may be less perfect than they appear"
(Who can we call about that ? :) #9585735

Phyllis A. Houghton 8/25/2011 11:18:34 PM

Beautiful colors and POV. Like the tree on the left. Great image. #9631702

Stephen Zacker 9/9/2011 8:58:02 AM

Like the depth this has. Great scenic #9662463

Neal D. Hatcher 9/25/2011 5:49:39 PM

Congratulations-Good Luck on the next round #9691923

Carolyn McIntosh 9/25/2011 6:05:42 PM

Ann, this is drop dead gorgeous and should be a postcard. WOW . . . and congrats on the silver medal. Well deserved. #9692039

Usman M. Bajwa 9/25/2011 11:41:36 PM

CONGRATZ on this terrific Finalist award and good luck up next!!!

UB. #9693553

John E. Steinway 9/26/2011 12:37:03 PM

Contrats on your beautiful finalist. Hope to see this one again on the next level. Great work. #9696297

Patrick Rouzes 9/26/2011 2:43:21 PM

WOW, COngrats & good luck, Ann! #9696818

Ann Varley 9/26/2011 3:25:35 PM

Thanks for each kind congrats and greets my friends!

I'm beaming over my two silver badges this month ... #9696972

Renata Gusciora 9/27/2011 7:07:15 AM

Congratulations on your beautiful finalist,Ann!!!:-) #9699769

Husain Akhtar 9/30/2011 2:26:41 PM

Excellent finalist - a beautiful scene very skilfully captured! #9707838

Ann Varley 9/30/2011 4:10:24 PM

Thank you Renata and
Thank you Husain

Your kind comments are much appreciated! #9708004

Nancy L. Green 10/8/2011 10:08:25 AM

CONGRATULATIONS Ann on this wonderful finalist, WTG!! <>< #9723590

Karen Celella 10/12/2011 8:41:25 AM

Congratulations on your trio of finalists, Ann. #9730780

Ann Varley 10/12/2011 9:57:49 AM

Thank you Nancy and Thank you too Karen!
Much appreciated!! #9730855

John Connolly 10/21/2011 3:27:31 PM

Congratulations on three wonderful finalist images and awards Ann! You did well! #9753006

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1/1000 sec
ISO 400

Lassen Volcanic NP
The lake still frozen! Image taken 7/28/11.

Exif: F Number: 4, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/2000 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 100, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 44.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi

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