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By the Pond
2nd PlaceBy the Pond
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study 2007-01 (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Location: Hamilton, Ohio
Date: Jan 21, 2007
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Jan 21, 2007

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I have passed these trees several times thinking \"cool reflection...I need to get that picture.\" Today, I needed a shot for my PAW, and because of the recent snow, I thought the trees looked even better. This might actually be a cool location for a \"four seasons\" type series of the same subject.

WOW! Three years and 47 challenges later I finally get a ribbon...something I surely didn't expect to gain in a challenge that had such a great crop of photos.

Thanks to everyone for the nice comments. I am still really very surprised and thrilled!

This is a pond area that is located next to the Great Miami River, which flows through my hometown. I actually always intended a shot with three trees, and I'll post that later, but I ended up liking the two much better. Special thanks to jmsetzler who shared his idea for a PaW (photo a week), which snapped me out of some photographic dulldrums. My PaW theme is my hometown and this shot would probably remain untaken without that extra bit of motivation.

edited to add: This shot also finally motivated me to get my sensor cleaned! I took both of my cameras with me when I did this shoot, and ended up using one from my Sony because of the sensor dust on my Canon.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 559
Avg (all users): 7.3436
Avg (commenters): 8.5417
Avg (participants): 7.3023
Avg (non-participants): 7.5000
Views since voting: 9776
Views during voting: 292
Votes: 163
Comments: 99
Favorites: 85 (view)


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06/30/2009 05:22:39 PM
this is an obvious choice...so well done...I love the B&W of it, I wonder what it would look like now in the summer will all the vibrant green around it...such a wonderful composition
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06/20/2008 10:35:15 PM
This has always been one of my favorite images from your amazing portfolio. I thought I had it as a favorite, but I did not. but I do now.....
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01/28/2008 11:42:43 PM
Can see why this finished so high. Wonderful capture. I love how still the water is and it offers up a perfect reflection.
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10/11/2007 10:14:49 PM
I didn't realize that you landed your first ribbon in a FREE STUDY - WOW! This is really a spectacular shot. Beautifully captured and presented. Well done!
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08/17/2007 11:13:54 PM
It's kinda amazing that the reflection in the pond is even more cool than the trees standing by themselves. I would love to see this at print size.
Yours
TC
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08/14/2007 10:52:17 AM
Wow! Zen Master Judy...the calm almost mystical aspects of this photo are truly outstanding! No wonder this masterpiece is your highest rated photo.
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03/30/2007 04:52:43 PM
I love the surreal feeling this has. The lines are perfect and the picture just draws you in. This has been on my favorites and I should have commented sooner!

Beth
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03/30/2007 03:25:34 PM
The simplicity really makes this shot. I like the symmetry that you have here on the vertical and horizontal axes.
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02/26/2007 08:16:39 AM
Excellent. Like the ximple qualities of this shot. And the story it tells. To my faves.
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02/14/2007 03:17:52 AM
Congratulations!!
Simplicity and vision at their best.
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02/13/2007 05:59:40 PM
Congratulations on your ribbon, well deserved!
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02/13/2007 05:23:40 PM
Congratulations on your first ribbon with this wonderful entry. Free study no less. Well done!
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02/13/2007 04:33:36 PM
Love it - well observed.
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02/13/2007 03:41:27 PM
Stunning...wow
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02/13/2007 12:52:04 PM
This is so serene. I could see this in a HUGE framed print hanging in some gallery. Congrats on your first ribbon!
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02/12/2007 04:47:39 PM
OMG.. Awesome~
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02/12/2007 10:39:45 AM
Serene and simple. Beautiful work!
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02/12/2007 06:46:07 AM
Originally posted by jr76:

Congrats! I think I know this pond! Is this off of River Road, one of the two ponds across from the wast facility?


Yep...that's the spot!
02/11/2007 09:38:36 PM
Congrats! I think I know this pond! Is this off of River Road, one of the two ponds across from the wast facility?
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02/10/2007 06:44:02 PM
Judy, many congratulations! This is really, really beautiful, wow!
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02/10/2007 11:52:11 AM
this picture...
is so incredibly awesome. i am completely in love with it. amazing!
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02/10/2007 02:53:09 AM
Absolutley Amazing!! Congratulations!
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02/09/2007 05:21:26 PM
Congrats! Yeah, I always wondered how important the "camera" is in winning a challenge anyway. I have a F717 myself, and all the talk about high-end cameras makes me ask - why? The "photographer" and "his/her" unique viewpoint is probably the most important thing in a picture.
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02/09/2007 11:03:31 AM
Wooohoooo!!! Congrats Judy on your first ribbon!! this photo is beautiful!
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02/09/2007 10:23:41 AM
Judy...congrats!!!! This is an amazing shot. It is SO appealing in many ways. Make a greeting card of it! Going in my faves!
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02/09/2007 03:10:22 AM
Judy, very great shot! Congrats on your ribbon!
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02/08/2007 11:00:53 PM
Wow, quite a capture. You got "the shot"!! Congrats on the ribbon!
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02/08/2007 10:10:15 PM
hey judy! big big big congrats!! i was SO excited to see your name on the home page!
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02/08/2007 09:45:26 PM
Go Sony F717-- Excellent capture
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02/08/2007 07:31:20 PM
Awesome capture. The symmetry couldn't be more perfect. I'm glad you decided to stop when you did. Congratulations.
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02/08/2007 03:57:48 PM
Great capture!! Congratulations, Judy, on your first of many ribbons!
...and what a score. WOW!
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02/08/2007 02:39:49 PM
WTG Judy!!! Congratulations on a terrific shot and your first ribbon! Well done. :-D
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02/08/2007 02:20:33 PM
Way to Go Jo!!!!! Congrats on your first ribbon. So proud of you!
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02/08/2007 01:26:44 PM
Congrats on your ribbon, Judy! Way long overdue. Hurray!!!
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02/08/2007 12:48:47 PM
I totally picture this as a postcard or greeting card. So calm and peaceful, just a beautiful photo.
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02/08/2007 12:10:42 PM
mm this is a nice, serene shot. A scene that wouldn't get the attention of the average eye either, I think.
Good find and nice execution.
A 4 seasons type thing here would look pretty nice I think.
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02/08/2007 11:47:11 AM
Beautiful image, the reflections are just perfect. You were correct, its an unmissable shot.

Congrats on the red.
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02/08/2007 11:13:10 AM
Very tranquil. Has a really nice balance, even for something with an unusually even number of subjects. 3's usually balance better, but this 2/4 pattern works really well.

Congratulations!
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02/08/2007 10:32:36 AM
I am so glad this ribboned! Conga rats for you!
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02/08/2007 09:05:26 AM
Congratulations!!! Is this your first ribbon??? WOO HOO I'm thrilled for you. A deserving finish.
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02/08/2007 08:56:28 AM
as mentioned in my previous comment, let me know when you have one for sale.

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02/08/2007 08:18:00 AM
Didn't get a chance to comment during the challenge but this was one of my ribbon picks -- breathtaking.
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02/08/2007 07:56:52 AM
Amazing image!! Congrats on the Red Ribbon!!
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02/08/2007 07:43:21 AM
Congratulations Judy!! :) This is a wonderful photo, so serene and simple. So glad to see you on the front page.:)
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02/08/2007 07:22:56 AM
Judy, congrats on your very well deserved ribbon.
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02/08/2007 06:46:58 AM
Congrats on your ribbon. Well deserved.
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02/08/2007 06:07:53 AM
and Judy gots herself a ribbon :)

congratulations of the ribbon and the 7+ score!

P
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02/08/2007 05:29:53 AM
Straight to favs! ... Congrats on the well deserved ribbon!!!
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02/08/2007 05:26:19 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon, not bad getting it in a free study too. Love the symmetrical composition and the simplicity here, keep it up!
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02/08/2007 04:31:27 AM
should have been the blue without question.
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02/08/2007 03:30:17 AM
Gorgeous - this is a photo that would look great in a frame.
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02/08/2007 03:11:44 AM
Beautiful
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02/08/2007 02:57:28 AM
yes, please, do us a favour and shoot these for "4 seasons"! this gonna be an awesome series! and congrats on your ribbon! really breathtaking and artistic picture

Message edited by author 2007-02-08 02:58:29.
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02/08/2007 02:52:38 AM
Many congrats on your first ribbon, Judy. Excellent shot, clean and well composed!
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02/08/2007 02:44:20 AM
This would make a fantastic poster - Really well done and I am glad it ribboned - I was unable to vote this time round but this one caught my eye while quickly scanning the images whilst waiting for a delayed plane. Really like it a lot and would have voted 10. Nice one.
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02/08/2007 02:39:05 AM
EXcellent image. Really well done. Congrats on the ribbon. You need to make this a print and then find someone to market it. I thinkn it could sell well. Great work!
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02/08/2007 02:31:56 AM
Oh, a beautiful shot Judy! Congrats on the ribbon. Yes, great for a 'four seasons' thing. :-)
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02/08/2007 02:29:13 AM
I'll say it again, Wow this is impressive! It just works in every possible way.
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02/08/2007 02:26:44 AM
Bloody great picture. like brother and sister, both tres are so similar.Flawless!
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02/08/2007 02:26:32 AM
One of my favourites in the challenge and even better, on dpc. Sensational Judy. Congrats on a great image
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02/08/2007 02:23:27 AM
I really loved his shot so much during the challenge Judy, and so pleased it was yours.....

Congratulations on winning the "red" as you so deserved it.....well done.
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02/08/2007 02:10:29 AM
Very beautiful setting, a brilliant idea for a seasons serie, congratulations on the red ribbon!
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02/08/2007 01:54:24 AM
Big congrats! Very simple but elegant. HOpe to see these trees again.
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02/08/2007 01:42:45 AM
Gorgeous. Congratulations on the ribbon!
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02/08/2007 01:02:34 AM
A wonderful image! Congrats on the Red!
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02/08/2007 12:48:56 AM
Congratulations Judy! Super image.
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02/08/2007 12:47:35 AM
Yay! Congrats on a ribbon and a new personal best! Very pleased to see this do well for you.
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02/08/2007 12:33:07 AM
Oh, this is great!!! Congratulations on the ribbon -Wow! I'm so happy for you. This is a wonderful, wonderful image.

edit: You beat Librodo!

Message edited by author 2007-02-08 00:34:15.
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02/08/2007 12:30:12 AM
I thought this would ribbon! And YES please do the "Four Seasons" with these trees!
Congratulations!
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02/08/2007 12:22:23 AM
so very nice and peaceful. you should shoot it some night when the moon is out...

congrats!
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02/08/2007 12:20:57 AM
Oh congrats Judy !
Not only for a beautiful Zen shot, but for your new personal best.
*hugs*
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02/08/2007 12:17:00 AM
yay Judy so very well deserved too :)
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02/08/2007 12:12:35 AM
it is unfortunate that i didn't get to vote on this shot but i would have given it a ten. Congrats on the RED
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/07/2007 10:56:58 PM
Great shot. An all around nice picture.
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02/07/2007 10:16:52 AM
Just wow...this is a great shot...10 from me!
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02/07/2007 05:53:14 AM
stunning...would love this image on my wall! has to be a 10 from me
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02/05/2007 11:21:13 PM
Nice reflections
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02/05/2007 07:46:40 PM
Great capture! Perfectly composed. Back to bump you up to 9.
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02/05/2007 05:25:35 PM
My favourite of this challenge. Simply beautiful. 10
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02/05/2007 11:51:03 AM
wonderful artistic shot. i love the image. i want a signed copy.
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02/04/2007 09:42:47 PM
Wow this is beautiful!! What a perfect reflection.
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02/04/2007 09:23:58 PM
this is truly wonderful and so damn appealing to my eye. a 10 for you!
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02/04/2007 04:03:49 PM
The symmetry and simplicity really make this shot.
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02/03/2007 04:50:20 PM
Tremendous shot.

Nicely observed, nicely taken, nicely presented.
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02/03/2007 03:20:03 PM
Love this: 10
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02/03/2007 02:56:42 PM
Very lovely!
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02/02/2007 06:38:29 PM
Cool!
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02/02/2007 05:29:51 PM
Wonderful design! Bravo.
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02/02/2007 02:18:16 PM
The first stand-out image I've seen in this challenge. The perfect stillness, the slight upsetting of the perfect symmetry, and something I haven't quite seen done this well, ever.
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02/02/2007 06:49:05 AM
WOW! So nice!
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02/02/2007 02:11:25 AM
Wow, this is impressive!
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02/01/2007 06:38:21 PM
Absolutely magnificent!
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02/01/2007 02:10:50 PM
Nice Reflections
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02/01/2007 10:00:36 AM
I really love the natural dyptich this creates. This would make a stellar poster. With a thin black mat metal frame??? Oh yeah!! Truly a piece of art. 8
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02/01/2007 06:29:17 AM
excellent ! brilliant ... i love it. 10.
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02/01/2007 05:57:26 AM
Lovely tones. I feel like my eyes are playing tricks on me.
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02/01/2007 12:49:17 AM
I love this. Would make a beautiful print! I'd hang this on my wall for sure! Great one! 10
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02/01/2007 12:41:34 AM
Fantastic! 10
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02/01/2007 12:04:09 AM
Simple and nice
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