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Cattails Before Sunrise

Posted by
Anita (West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States) on 15 January 2008 in Plant & Nature.

These cattails grew at the edge of a human-made pond in the mountains of northern Virginia, USA, where I spent the weekend.

KONICA MINOLTA MAXXUM 5D 15/1 second F/11.0 ISO 200 30 mm


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Chris from South Jersey, United States

Great colors and the silhouette of the cat tails is beautiful. The only thing for me that is a little distracting is the light post in the background. I wonder if you could have cropped the image to only show the reflections and so leave that out.

15 Jan 2008 1:35pm

@Chris: Chris: Your comment is extremely helpful. Thanks! I cloned out the street light. I agree, it was really distracting. What do you do you think of the current photo? I tried cropping, but didn't like it as much.
Again--thanks for your constructive critique.

Josh from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Lovely sky!

15 Jan 2008 3:38pm

Paul Michko from Exton, PA, United States

I love the sky colors reflected in the water and the near silhouetted cattails. Very well done.

15 Jan 2008 6:11pm

Chris from South Jersey, United States

I like the image a lot better with the light post cloned out (although it is visible in the reflection!). It is a very peaceful image

15 Jan 2008 11:32pm

@Chris: Clearly not my day. The reflection is now cloned. :-)

Chris from South Jersey, United States

I am sorry to put you through all that! I know I may see things that other people don't and that others will see things that I don't in my own photos - hopefully we all get a little better at doing this!!

16 Jan 2008 2:39am

@Chris: No apologies needed. You improved my image.

GJC from Kyoto, Japan

A wonderful composition. I like the mixture of fore- and background elements and the overall blue hue that holds it together. Lovely.

16 Jan 2008 6:59am

@GJC: Thank you!

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

Love this. Delicate and gorgeous color with a tranquil mood.

16 Jan 2008 8:14am

@Michael Skorulski: Thanks. It was a tranquil morning.

Kerri from United States

Perfectly Beautiful! I LOVE IT!

17 Jan 2008 12:56am

@Kerri: I'm glad you like it. :-)

Aayawa from Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Nice one. When I opned it up only the top half appeared on screen and to my mind made a better picture.

19 Jan 2008 8:22pm

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

I think this photo suffers from two centers of interest, so the eye doesn't know where to settle.

20 Jan 2008 1:10pm

David from Bryn Mawr, United States

Sorry to have missed the excitement over the pole. I see your point about the competing centers of attention. But, this photo conveyed a powerful sense of tranquility that transcends those compositional issues.

20 Jan 2008 10:26pm

@David: Thank you, David.

15/1 second
ISO 200
30 mm