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Deeper, Softer, Quieter
Deeper, Softer, Quieter
mgsmith53


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Challenge: Free Study 2012-02 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Pentax K-R
Lens: Pentax DA L 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL
Location: McCracken County, KY
Date: Feb 28, 2012
Aperture: f8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/250
Date Uploaded: Feb 28, 2012

Little Metropolis Lake, right next door to the coal fired TVA Shawnee Steam Plant outside of Paducah. Heavy fog at 100ft kept air movement to a minimum, making all the reflections very sharp and clear. There is latent PCB pollution, they say, and there are signs warning against eating any fish caught...though the birds don't seem to have any problem. It's a nice "Wildlife Viewing Area", within site of smoke stacks...and an easy lunchtime drive.
Picture is only adjusted a bit in levels, and rotated 180deg...the water is up, the sky is down. Gives it a little extra mystery I think.

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 296
Avg (all users): 6.9545
Avg (commenters): 8.2857
Avg (participants): 6.9375
Avg (non-participants): 7.0000
Views since voting: 1527
Views during voting: 269
Votes: 154
Comments: 20
Favorites: 4 (view)


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03/08/2012 03:28:48 PM
Thanks, folks, for the kind comments. This really did way better than I expected. It's been a long time coming to get one in the top 10.

This was a salvage shot - I went down to that small lake to try to take a few shots of the power plant through the trees and fog. The water was very high from a heavy storm the day before, so the access to the edge of the lake was set back about 20 feet. I couldn't get down far enough to even glimpse the stacks. But the scene was quite peaceful and the light filtering through the low fog was soft and gentle. The fog was pretty low...just over the trees...and with no wind the water surface was very steady. I only stayed about 10 minutes, took about 15 shots, and this was the first of the batch. It is quite serene and "zen", isn't it?
03/08/2012 03:07:43 PM
This was one of my few 10's. There are so many lake reflection pictures on this site, but this one ranks among the best. Well done.
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03/08/2012 05:26:17 AM
Wow!
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03/08/2012 02:58:25 AM
My favorite kind of landscape. Congrats on the HM
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03/08/2012 01:42:55 AM
SURREAL ZEN LIKE LOVE IT XXO
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/07/2012 10:49:11 PM
Softly moody.
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03/07/2012 09:26:04 PM
Great find... well shot.
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03/07/2012 05:41:55 PM
Oh, beautiful!
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03/06/2012 08:20:20 PM
Great location but more importantly, wonderfully shot and processed.
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03/06/2012 05:56:31 PM
A lovely study in reflections, and lovely detail showing with this surface (ice/still water?). Great shot. Well seen.
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03/04/2012 02:35:13 PM
The reflected trees could be roots.
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03/03/2012 11:19:09 PM
...and serene, exquisite balance shot 9.
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03/02/2012 11:40:23 AM
I like this a lot. It almost doesn't look like this is a reflection because it's so detailed, the water is so quiet. It's a wonderful shot, and the color conversion works well.
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03/02/2012 12:04:22 AM
Fantastic image. Lovely tones and contrast, beautiful synergy.
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03/01/2012 10:47:53 PM
Makes me want to start quoting Thoreau. Nice tones and reflections. Peaceful.
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03/01/2012 10:28:33 PM
Very nice.
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03/01/2012 04:43:18 PM
one of my favorites, amazing shot, love the color
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03/01/2012 02:47:29 PM
Gorgeous love the reflecting off the water has an amazing effect i like the colors there soft but blend in well your processing skills are fantastic
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03/01/2012 07:56:25 AM
Very very nice. Has this been flipped? Hard to tell what is the reflection. Great scene.
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03/01/2012 05:12:04 AM
Very nice and it certainly is all the title says it is.
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