Pond Reflection 3 - Sunset

© Kerry Drager

Pond Reflection 3 - Sunset

Mike Dawson 12/4/2007 10:56:55 PM

Beautiful explosive sky #801501

Kerry Drager 12/5/2007 8:48:59 AM

Hi Mike,
Thanks so much for the nice note - glad you like this photo!

Notes on the photo...
Using a Wide-Angle and Getting Closer

A combination of a careful camera angle and a wide-angle lens combined to make this photo possible - in order to show the excellent reflection below and the colorful sky above. I sometimes use a lower camera angle (i.e., kneeling or maybe even lying down) when photographing wide-angle scenics, but not always. For this image, I found that an in-between approach was best ... I sat down on a bench that I had placed right at the edge of the shoreline of my pond. You can't beat a combination of comfort AND the right camera position! :-)
Interestingly, a good foreground is always the key to success with the wide-angle lens. Most of the negative wide-angle issues involve scenes with too much "empty" ground and/or too much blank sky, or from trying to photograph an entire building with a wide-angle (in which the distorted bending lines too often makes the building look like it's falling into itself).
Again, choosing a strong foreground and moving physically closer helps ensure an eye-catching composition, and also also takes advantage of the wide-angle perspective.
In fact, the wide-angle has often been called a "story-telling" lens, since it lets photographers "tell" a visual story with a combination of close foreground subject and distant background. Have fun going wide ... and getting closer! #5171953

randy dannheim 1/9/2008 5:54:15 AM

This is beautiful. #5313867

Nancy de Flon 1/9/2008 10:30:54 AM

Hi Kerry,

I love the way the reflection is used as your strong foreground! Very creative! And the trees on the shoreline, being all silhouetted with no detail, avoid any distraction from the main business of the photo, i.e., the sky and its pond reflection. A good illustration of the advantages of a low horizon and NOT always having a symmetrical composition when a reflection is involved. #5314996

Kerry Drager 1/9/2008 10:44:32 AM

Hi Randy,
I'm pleased that you like the photo. Thanks for the note ... much appreciated!

Hi Nancy,
Great to hear from you! Thanks for taking the time to comment, and for the excellent "analysis" ... Thanks, too, for all of your contributions in our excellent class - we sure had a great group!!
Kerry #5315054

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Pond at at my CA ranchette; 12-24mm zoom @ 12mm; f/16 @ 1/4 sec.; ISO 100; tripod w/cable release; no filter

Exif: F Number: 16, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/3 seconds, Flash: did not fire., ISO: 100, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 13.00 mm, Model: NIKON D2X

Uploaded on 12/4/2007 10:43:00 PM

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Camera: Nikon D2X Digital SLR Camera

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