Sun on Water 2

© Gerda Grice

Sun on Water 2

Dolores Neilson level-classic 7/22/2002 5:02:48 AM

This is quite interesting, Gerda!! I like the patterning too!!Good luck with it!! #6753

Robert Pranagal 7/22/2002 5:14:34 AM

The patterns are really amazing.
It almost looks as if they were created digitally.
Great abstract...

June Marie Sobrito 7/22/2002 8:35:20 AM

Gerda-This is fantastic! Love the patterns, and colors. #9927

Gerda Grice level-classic 7/22/2002 12:56:23 PM

Thank you so much, Dolores, June Marie and Robert. I'm delighted you enjoyed this picture.

No, Robert, the patterns weren't created digitally. I upped the brightness, saturation and contrast and cleaned up some unwanted specks with Photoshop Elements, but I didn't do anything else to the image. I used ISO 100 and F 4.0 with an Exposure Compensation of -.3 when I took the shot. #9935

Robert Pranagal level-classic 7/22/2002 3:25:12 PM


I did not mean to suggest that the photo was created artificially.
I was purely amazed at the patterns and their "unreal" looks.

I am absolutely sure that this is the "real" picture that you have taken, without any weird digital manipulations.

It's probably because I am not a native English speaker and sometimes I might get clumsy with the words...


Gerda Grice level-classic 7/22/2002 3:39:27 PM

Oh, Robert, I'm truly sorry if you thought I was somehow offended and felt "accused" by what you'd said. I wasn't at all. If anything, I was pleased that you thought I was artistic enough to have been able to create that kind of design! I wish I were, but unfortunately for me, I'm not. I was the one who didn't make herself clear. All I was trying to do was to indicate that I hadn't had to do anything artistic to get this picture. I love looking at water when the sun is shining on it. Almost always, and especially when there are boats or birds in the water and trees and/or buildings around it, there are really interesting patterns to be seen. My camera seems always to need to have some form of exposure compensation in those situations, but it doesn't seem particularly fussy about which other settings I use (for example, "p" or "a" or "scene").

By the way, there's nothing at all wrong with your use of English.

Gerda #9946

Piper Lehman 7/25/2002 6:41:30 PM

Nice shot, Gerda. Love the steelness of the blue against the reflected building colors. This does look like a digital abstract, but it makes it all the more wonderful knowing that it's film! Keep up the nice work. #10105

Gerda Grice level-classic 7/25/2002 8:07:48 PM

Thank you very much, Piper, for your kind comment. Ouch, I'm really not communicating well at all lately (lol)! This picture was taken with a digital camera (the Olympus C-3020Z). What I meant by saying that the patterns weren't created digitally is that they were there in the picture I took, not added later with software in the editing process. After the mess I've made of communicating in this thread, I'll bet you'd never believe that I taught English Lit. and Comp. up until last year! I'm beginning to have a hard time believing it myself!(lol) #10115

Piper Lehman 7/25/2002 8:21:10 PM

Ditto ouch. My mistake. I guess what I meant was that it looks like a PhotoShop creation--purely digital--at first glance. That this is straight from the camera--any camera--makes it more wonderful. Don't be so hard on yourself. The English language doesn't translate very well in type alone. I'm constantly putting my foot in my mouth, as my meaning is usually lost on the majority of readers... :) #10117

Piper Lehman 8/6/2002 9:18:54 PM

Congrats, Gerda! This is one of all-time favorite abstracts from any photog I keep up with. I have it stored away in my favorites folder for inspiration. #10730

Gerda Grice level-classic 8/6/2002 9:26:55 PM

Thank you so much, Piper. I really appreciate your encouraging words, and I'm delighted that you liked this picture. #10735

Dolores Neilson level-classic 8/6/2002 10:06:34 PM

Congrats on this wonderful image making finalist, Gerda!! Another winner!! I'm soooo happy for you!! #10761

Guy D. Biechele level-classic 8/7/2002 12:46:17 AM

I'm so glad to see this here. Another one of your wonderful abstracts! Congrats, Gerda.
+Guy #10805

Carolyn M. Fletcher level-classic 8/7/2002 7:01:41 AM

Congrats. great shot. #10852

Robert Pranagal level-classic 8/7/2002 7:15:51 AM

Hi Gerda!

June Marie Sobrito level-classic 8/7/2002 7:36:26 PM

Congratulations, Gerda. Love this shot! #10943

Ronnie Smith level-classic

this is amazing...

Gerda Grice level-classic

Thank you so much, Ronnie. I'm very glad you like this image. It's one of my favourites. #32539

Carol Sherman level-classic

Oh Gerda....I'm so happy for you, this is a wonderful shot and well deserved finalist! #32562

Gerda Grice level-classic

Thank you very much, Carol. #32569

Ronnie Smith level-classic


Gerda Grice level-classic

Ronnie, other people have found these patterns strange, too--but that's just how the water looked that day. The patterns are probably refracted reflections of the buildings and people and birds that are around this wading pool (in which, by the way, wading is forbidden). The same area serves as a skating rink in winter. #81262

Stu Rhodes level-classic

Gerda, this image is WONDERFUL!! I'm glad to find that I'm not the ONLY shutterbug who walks around town looking down at the ground and the street!! Do you get weird looks from people when they see you photographing "something" with your camera pointed downwards?? The expressions on their faces look as if they're saying "What ARE you doing?" You really DO have some great photos posted here, keep up the excellent work. #89443

Gerda Grice level-classic

Thank you very, very much, Stu. I truly appreciate your taking the time to write and your kind compliments! -Gerda (I've enjoyed your work, too!) #89558

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I liked the patterns created by the late afternoon sun and the reflections of buildings and foliage on the surface of the wading pool in the City Hall square here in Toronto. Taken with my Olympus C-3020Z.

Uploaded on 7/22/2002 1:31:41 AM Photo Contest Finalist

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