Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Reflective moments

The weather folks have forecasted 4 days of rain, starting tomorrow. While I'm not opposed to making photos in rainy weather (in fact rainy days can present excellent and interesting photo ops), I had a specific spot in mind early this evening that would be much less inviting if the chest-high grass was dripping wet.

And so, Sasha and I spent a quiet hour and a half watching the sun set and the full moon rise, during which time I tripped the shutter on a few occasions. Oh, yes, I did capture the sunset - which would be difficult over the next four days - but I'll save it for Sunset Sunday.

Note: I've been making some visits to you kind folks who leave comments here when my internet connection permits; I haven't been able to visit all of you (yet) but I'm plodding along. Within a few weeks I hope to be down south where I'll get to enjoy blinding (well, by comparison) internet speed :-)

(images for these 2 shots were made with an 18-55mm lens, at f16, ISO200 and shutter speeds ranging from 1/2 to 13 secs; Photomatix was used to render the HDR images)


Marty said...

bonjour Rick ! une image qu'on peut regarder la tête en bas ! en haut et en bas the same !!! wonderful life, wonderful landscape ! la vie est belle ! cherche encore dans les grandes herbes, tu trouveras a lot of
bisous !!

magda said...

Fantastic art-photo my friend Rick!!!!
Beautiful and warm colors and reflections!!
Best regards

Lasse said...

Very beautiful !!

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Wonderful HDR work. Beautiful colors and lovely landscapes.

darlin said...

You did it once again Rick, these are stunning shots and magnificent work! I love the reflections and it's amazing what you do to your photos, they almost look like paintings which I think is fabulous. The price of a good piece of art these days is... well it's beyond my student budget. Amazing affordable art, yup that's exactly what this is.

You're back off to Florida in a few weeks, you can't go yet, once you leave that means we get snow! Wait til about mid December k? That way I can live with the snow for about a month before I head off to work overseas. Yup, it's all about me! ;-) Have a fantastic day.

petrolin50 said...

Ansel, it's your name.? Photos are provided for the program, but they are interesting. They become a work of art. You write that nestačíš all match, so that we are even. After the work is still a lot of other obligations, so I get to blog until tonight. Today I greet one step better. Perhaps here is very suitable to write about me. I can write to my e-mail: This health and whether you are doing more photos. I wish you good light! / Peter

petrolin50 said...

Does not show my e-mail, so again later: petr.zadnik @ gmail.com

Leslie said...

Wow! That first photo looks like an impressionistic painting. So incredibly beautiful. Makes me wish to live in Canada in the fall...

Hilda R.B said...

Beautiful. Great photos from the autumn.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Love all that beauty.

Fábio Martins said...

Magic colors on that pictures

imac said...

Colours and shots are wonderful Rick.

lisa said...

The colors in these are just beautiful.
I especially love the way you composed the second one here.

Minusca said...

Ciao Rick, wonderful pictures, magic autumn colours!

Carolina said...

Guauu!! this is gorgeous, I love blue!

Cloudia said...

like Paintings!

Aloha from Honolulu;

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Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

incredibly awesome, rick!

they look like a part of a painting.

beautiful sights as well!

I really enjoyed your post!

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

stunning reflections as well.

joey said...

Lovely, Rick ... like paintings!

difusosreflexos said...

OMG! These are absolutely

F A N T A S T I C !!!

I've made a copy of each. Hopefully you don't mind if I use them by giving you all the credits, naturally!

Ana Sofia

Here I Am/Carrie said...

I know what you mean about trudging thru rain soaked grass as that is what I had been doing the last week. Only today the sun is shining again. So glad you took the time to venture to this special place to capture such a beautiful scene. What beauty the nature of Autumn brought to you. Can't wait to see the sunset.

Rick said...

Bonjour Marty et merci pour your kind comments ! (Isn't bilingualism grand ? ;-) I hadn't turned these images down-side-up but perhaps \i will on my laptop ;-) Yes, I found lovely bisous dans les grandes herbes - merci encore, and I reflect them back to you with much warmth. Have a wonderful vendredi !

Magda - thank you very much ! I wish you a wonderful Friday and upcoming weekend.

Thank you, Lasse !

Danke Seraphina !

Barefoot from Heaven said...

Hey There Rick, see things are pretty nice at your end of the world. Yep fall did enter here too. Today is a nice and sunny day, blue sky and fluffy clouds.
Hope every body is fine in your household my friend.
Hugs D.

Lúcia said...

You gathered in this shot three nice elements: water, reflections and autumn colours.
Have a good weekend Rick! ;-)

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Beautiful! I just love how that red pops.

Saz said...

Wow Rick. Those shots are amazing! They look like someone could have painted them! (:

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

The reflection is amazing Rick! Beautiful. :)

Rick said...

Hi Darlene - thank you for your kind comments ! I've been working with variations in HDR - it can create some beautiful effects although a few good shots at different exposures are required. Yes - days are getting shorter, wetter, and cooler and Florida beckons. But hopefully the snow is still 2 months off ;-) Enjoy a beautiful fall weekend !

Peter - thank you for your visit and nice comments. No - I'm no Ansel, but I admire his work and aspire to be a little like him. Good to see you're back at blogging - I'm working to catch up (as always ... so many people to visit, so little time). Have a wonderful weekend my friend.

Thank you, Leslie - yes, the landscape sure gets a whole new paint job before winter, but Florida sure has its attractions once the snow starts blowing here ;-)

Thank you very much, Hilda !

Thanks, Ruth - this is one of my favourite places to visit, and so close to home.

Rick said...

Obrigado, Fábio ! Those are sumac bushes which are a very rich red at this time of year.

Thank you kindly, Stewart !

Thanks, Lisa - same vantage point as the first but I wanted to emphasize the reflections from the far shore.

Gratie, Minu ! I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Hugs. Ciao !

Thank you Carolina (more blue perhaps coming on the weekend ;-)

Painting isn't something I can do, Cloudia, but perhaps with a camera ... Mahalo, and Aloha !

S. Etole said...

Your autumn colors and reflections are stunning ... what beauty you share.

Rick said...

Thank you so much, Betty. Hope your weekend is a very good one - lots of warmth and sunshine !

Thanks very much, joey !

Hello Ana - nice to have you stop by for a visit. Thank you for your kind words, and please go ahead and use them as you requested. Have a wonderful weekend, and I look forward to seeing you here again.

Hi Carrie ! Thank you for your very nice comment. The pleasure was mine going out to this quiet spot and capturing some memories of autumn. I will post a few more on Sunday.

Rick said...

Hallo Dag - ja, de herfst is hier in volle kleur - prachtig. Ik ben vandaag met een van mijn dochters op stap geweest om nog een paar fotos van al die mooie kleuren te maken, voor dat een harde wind alles weg waaid. Alles is goed met ons - hoop het zelfde met jou ! Fijn weekeind ! Groetjes.

Thank you very much, Lúcia !

Thanks, Elizabeth - we have a lot of sumacs here and they're brilliant right now !

Ha ha - yes, thank you, Saz. The Master Himself did the painting !

Thank you, Nancy - have a great weekend !

I always appreciate your visits and kind words, Susan. I'm simply sharing what He provided. Have a peaceful weekend.

difusosreflexos said...

Thanks Rick!
Your lovely photographs are already published.

Have a wonderful weekend.


Ana Sofia

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Beautiful, Rick. Wonderful colors.

Soraia Brito said...

I love it!

teca said...

What a beautiful and different photograph... is ut natural?
Have a great week, honey.
Many sweet beijos and love... much love.

ioan moldovan said...

These wonderful reflections in the water.

Rick said...

Thank you Ana - it was an honour. I hope your weekend was a very good one. Beijos.

Thank you, Laura ! Have a great week.

Obrigado, Soraia !

Hi teca, and thank you for your kind words. Yes, it is a natural scene not far from my home - I used 3 different exposures to make each photo. Hugs and beijos to you, and have a wonderful week !

Thank you for visiting, and leaving a kind comment Ioan.