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    Posted: 29 December 2018 at 10:54
Frustrated that I hadn't been out with my camera this christmas break, I forced myself out to blow out the cobwebs on the off chance I'd catch some foggy conditions (that were forcast in the southern uk) at a local lake. Of course the forcast was wrong with heavily overcast skies and that gloomy light that is so very uninspiring, but like a trooper I carried on and I'm glad I did because I came across something I found quite beautiful.

After an hour of trudging around the lakeside I found these half submerged trees and shrubs making almost perfect reflections in the very still water. It was quite congested so I used a 70-200mm to try and pick out a few of the more interesting groups and I spent a very happy hour shooting away, these are the results-

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Stunningly beautiful indeed Simon, especially 2 and 3.
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Outstanding (because I love simple, clean, geometric images). #3 - so many possible interpretations from simply beautiful to intriguing to father-and-son. A great set, wonderfully thought out and presented, demonstrating how a simple scene in nature can be trandformed into art.
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What a very interesting set of images! Always interesting to see good captures of subjects that might not always be traditionally considered to be aesthetically appealing.
#3 is quite exquisite. I might call it "The Ballerinas".
I like #1 as well.
I have a bit of inclination towards greyscale conversions as well so can't help wondering how that might look.
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Superb in all its simplicity. For me the simpler ones work best, particularly 2 and 3, but 5 certainly is apealing.
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Upon coming back to this thread, I find that they're almost equally appealing. Nicely done!
I also think there's enough detail in the highlights that can be brought with some local contrast enhancements, maybe? My own way of looking at it, obviously.
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I completely agree w Snegren "Superb in all its simplicity" and add in composition

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These look simply fantastic, Simon. The fact there is a little sunlight visible on the branches, make these a little more exciting. This is well visible in #1,2 and 3. In #1 the line of symmetry changes because of the perspective - look at the left and third branch for this. This makes the shot most appealing of the series to me. TFS Simon .
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#3 for me!

Worthy of much more comment but I am supposed to be getting ready to go out.

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Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:

Stunningly beautiful indeed Simon, especially 2 and 3.


Thanks Pieter, I also prefer the more minimalist ones myself.

Originally posted by Roger Rex Roger Rex wrote:

Outstanding (because I love simple, clean, geometric images). #3 - so many possible interpretations from simply beautiful to intriguing to father-and-son. A great set, wonderfully thought out and presented, demonstrating how a simple scene in nature can be trandformed into art.


Thanks Roger, nowadays I seem to be more drawn to this type of photography. Being quite abstract they are very open to interpretation, I've shown them to a few friends and it took them a while to figure out what they were looking at.

Originally posted by skm.sa100 skm.sa100 wrote:

What a very interesting set of images! Always interesting to see good captures of subjects that might not always be traditionally considered to be aesthetically appealing.
#3 is quite exquisite. I might call it "The Ballerinas".
I like #1 as well.
I have a bit of inclination towards greyscale conversions as well so can't help wondering how that might look.
TFS
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Originally posted by skm.sa100 skm.sa100 wrote:

Upon coming back to this thread, I find that they're almost equally appealing. Nicely done!
I also think there's enough detail in the highlights that can be brought with some local contrast enhancements, maybe? My own way of looking at it, obviously.


Thanks Sashi, you're right, essentially they are just twigs sticking out of water, I was very happy at how they turned out! The light was more or less perfect, very diffused, which is why I went for colour instead of b/w to show the colour of the sun bleached tips against the pale blue of the water. and I loved this lack of colour and detail as I feel it sets of the branches better. I'd probably have gone b/w if the light had been more harsh though.

Originally posted by Snegren Snegren wrote:

Superb in all its simplicity. For me the simpler ones work best, particularly 2 and 3, but 5 certainly is apealing.


Simplicity for me also Paul, I put the others in mainly for variety but also because I thought (especially in 5) they looked like some sort of weird, ancient writing (???)

Originally posted by Coast Coast wrote:

I completely agree w Snegren "Superb in all its simplicity" and add in composition

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Thanks!

Originally posted by MichelvA MichelvA wrote:

These look simply fantastic, Simon. The fact there is a little sunlight visible on the branches, make these a little more exciting. This is well visible in #1,2 and 3. In #1 the line of symmetry changes because of the perspective - look at the left and third branch for this. This makes the shot most appealing of the series to me. TFS Simon .


Thanks Michele, well spotted! I had to shoot #1 with my tripod to its full height to avoid other branches but mainly to keep the bank of the lake out of frame, glad you like them!

Originally posted by maewpa maewpa wrote:

#3 for me!

Worthy of much more comment but I am supposed to be getting ready to go out.



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I like 1, 2 and 4 - I think this sort of thing is best when it begins in your mind/eye as a strong abstract, and then suddenly realize you are looking at an element of nature.

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Impressive
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Beautiful, clean, really well seen and well captured images!!!
Thanks for sharing!!!!
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Hi Simon,

it's hard to add much to what's already been said other than you show a real combination of eye, vision ad technique to deliver such beautifully clean and exceptionally beguiling images to us here.

The pick of the series are by far and away the simplest of the Group and, for that reason alone, I would have to give #3 the top 'pick' for me but it's a hard run thing. People have mentioned dancers, ballerinas and other such images that come to mind when viewing these and I have to agree with all of those but #3 just takes that imagery to another level.

Very well seen and beautifully presented - well worth the hours walk I suspect!

Thanks for sharing these and best regards, Neil.
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