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    Posted: 11 November 2023 at 22:37
Water bound cypress trees are remarkably resilient and adaptable. Comments and criticism welcome.

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These look nice. Are they multiple exposures? As it appears as if the water in these photos went through long exposure but the sky didn’t. Regardless they turned out great. All of them. Tfs.
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Nice shots Roger . I prefer shots 2 and 4, I think because there is a little too much empty space in 1 and 3, and the sky isn't doing enough interesting things to occupy that space. They're not bad shots by any means, but that's why I prefer 2 and 4. They've got more depth, and the more striking tree shadows in the water adds an interesting element.
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Fascinating images, Roger!

For me #2 works best - because the still quite rough surface of the sea allows for the trees' reflections being rather subdued. Composition and colors are perfect - as they are in #1 and #4. But the latter images cut off part of the shadow of the larger tree which I find annoying - in #1 even more so than in #4.

#3 is funny, playful - and that has its own merits. It's rather a collage than a photographic image, IMO.

The perfect image for me would be like #1, #2, #4 - but with a complete shadow of the larger tree reflected in the water - the clearer (#1), the better.

TFS!

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For me the first one looks the best in this fantastic series. It is the realistic sky and the reflections that makes the difference here. For the rest i can only say    .
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Roger Rex Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 November 2023 at 11:02
Thanks all for the comments.

C_N_RED_AGAIN - Yes, double exposures in #'s 1 and 4 for sure, maybe in 2 and 3 as well - don't remember. I no longer, usually, care for the streaky skies of long exposures when in natural environments so I take two images, a long exposure for the water and a "regular" exposure for the sky and merge them. Very observant on your part. In architectural images, the streaky skies of long exposures often work to my eye. This is all, to be sure, quite personal, varying from one person to another.

Wetapunga - I tend to like simpler shots and lots of negative space often works for me. The reverse will be someone, perhaps you in this case, who has more a fill-the-frame preference. I go back and forth, not sure why.

waldo_posth - I agree with the need or preference for a complete and distinctive shadow. I was limited by two factors - the complete shadow was in the shade cast by trees behind me and in one of the cases, forget which, the shadow was very close to the shoreline where there was all sorts of debris which was distracting to my eye. As to the subdued reflections, I think this was due to different lengths of long exposures, the longer the exposure the more obvious the shadow. As the light got brighter my long exposure was shortened and I should have adjusted to be consistent. You've caused me to take a look at something I haven't previously, i.e., which type of shadow do I like the best in this situation. I think I would like something in between the clarity in #'s 1 and 4 and the softness, too soft for me, of the others. Live and learn and will pay attention to this next time.

MichelvA - You and I agree, even if no one else does! For the reasons you state plus all the open space around the small tree.


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