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Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 23 January 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

This is looking across a lake in the Finley Wildlife Refuge.

YESTERDAY - I hope that you noticed the way that Bill was holding his camera; he was supporting the lens with his left hand, exactly what we should all be doing.

NIKON D300 1/1600 second F/9.0 ISO 400 129 mm (35mm equiv.)

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

A refreshing especially memorable sky. I like that broad horizontal format !
I envy Bill his steady hand...I'm back to using my tripod almost always
'cause I just have too much blur otherwise ! ;-(

23 Jan 2010 6:28am

@Dulcie: For Bill's shot today (which was taken about 15 min. before this), he was shooting at ISO 800 and a shutter speed of 1/400. His new D300s handles that high ISO quite well.

Lyl and Roll from Besançon, France

A really peaceful place and a very nice picture.

23 Jan 2010 7:49am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Wonderful sky, I like very much these tones of color, and also the luminous reflection on the water.

23 Jan 2010 7:54am

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

An excellent composition Jack! I found the right place at the perfect time. A fleeting moment that took your art very well. Surely you knew the place well and wise perfectament which was the right time to take the picture! It is a perfect image ... nothing more to add master! Many kisses!

23 Jan 2010 9:53am

Jaap from Friesland, Netherlands

Excellent shot of the lake, the sparkling of the water, the birds and the great sky with nice colors and wondeful layers.

23 Jan 2010 10:04am

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Love tones Jack. A perfect place of peace

23 Jan 2010 10:18am

MrsAmber from West Wickham, United Kingdom

That is beautfiul! I hope you have heard of the (mythical?) Loch Ness Monster from Scotland..if you said this was a picture of the Loch Ness then the monster would definately be what is seen in the water...even with its ripple trail!

23 Jan 2010 10:51am

@MrsAmber: Myth, what myth??? :))

Veronelle from Lens, France

ho !!! romantic place ! i like it

23 Jan 2010 10:57am

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

the different light situations here are amazing, I love the mulitple colours - and am very happy to see some green!

23 Jan 2010 11:00am

@daniela scharnowski: We have had an exceedingly mild winter.

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Like the contrast between the beautiful colors in the dark sky and the effect of the light on the water. A feeling of quiet and peace, indeed...

23 Jan 2010 12:03pm

@Evelyne Dubos: Incredible serene. There was a very long wooden walkway that meandered through a swamp before getting to a viewing platform.

tataray from France

J'adore les contraste du ciel. Excellent.

23 Jan 2010 1:08pm

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

The foreboding sky looks like a curtain coming down after the last curtain call ... a lovely image.

23 Jan 2010 1:24pm

Florence from Paris, France

Incredible light reflecting on water and wow, this dramatic sky is really gorgeous. Fantastic layers.

23 Jan 2010 1:40pm

Mhélène from Paris, France

Wonderful landscape with superb colors !

23 Jan 2010 2:55pm

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

A wonderful evening mood !

23 Jan 2010 3:46pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Great tones in this landscape ! Incredible light !

23 Jan 2010 3:50pm

k@ from Paris, France

A sky like a sea creates a neat effect, with land in sandwich between 2 layers of almost-water ! Superb lighting, Jack*

23 Jan 2010 4:28pm

LESLIE from norwich, United Kingdom

WOW thats one great sky ~ ~ a photographers dream shot

23 Jan 2010 4:30pm

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Light is balanced very well and that sky is really different! Great image.

23 Jan 2010 4:35pm

PD from Overland Park, Kansas, United States

wonderful sky!

23 Jan 2010 4:38pm

BJ from Murfreesboro, United States

beautiful scene, fantastic colors

23 Jan 2010 4:40pm

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

brilliant lighting.

23 Jan 2010 5:00pm

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

Very pretty Jack. The sky is a given but the light on the water really sparkles and there's something prehistoric about that tree thing arching out of the water that reminds me of Nessie ;)

23 Jan 2010 5:03pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Of course the scene is beautiful, as all have expressed. What catches my attention is that ominous blanket of clouds. How interesting they look, the colors!! Magnificent shot.

23 Jan 2010 5:03pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

I love this! The sky is amazing, and even Nessie is posing beautifully!

23 Jan 2010 5:06pm

don from Spokane, United States

A beautiful scene out across the lake... especially with that wonderful sky. The dark clouds and the brighter sky beneath is very attractive. Excellent shot.

23 Jan 2010 5:11pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Wow! Beautiful capture of what looks like a painted sky.

23 Jan 2010 5:38pm

PATRICK from miramas, France

just excellent

23 Jan 2010 5:59pm

Hilde Morin from Portland, United States

So peaceful and so dramatic! Beautiful colors and gradations...I really like this shot Jack!
FYI...I am now holding my camera the right way :) thank you!

23 Jan 2010 6:00pm

SOUL AFLAME from The bosom of Mother Nature, United Kingdom

I'm envious of his D300, I wish I had never sold mine.... sob sob
This is a spectacular shot, Jack. Beautifully captured.

23 Jan 2010 7:04pm

missparis from PARIS, France

Géniales cette palette de couleurs

23 Jan 2010 7:33pm

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Joli ce ciel sombre et cette mer claire et brillante

23 Jan 2010 7:37pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

It's a beautiful shot Jack !! wonderfully composed, beautiful layers of sky.......perfect!!! Hope you're feeling somewhat better!!!

23 Jan 2010 8:04pm

Xerophytes from London, United Kingdom

I love the sea and the trees, but I feel a bit odd with the sky. The color transition is bit weird.

23 Jan 2010 8:55pm

@Xerophytes: Personally, I love the sky. That is my favorite part of the photograph and my reason for posting it. Our diversity of tastes is a major strength of the community of photographers.

Leena from Joensuu, Finland

I start to miss this kind of views, but it is too early still, our winter is hardly halfway :)
I enjoy your photo very much, thank you!
Have a nice Sunday, John!

23 Jan 2010 8:58pm

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Beautiful. Extraordinary light you got here.

23 Jan 2010 9:46pm

Phara from Gavere, Belgium

Amazing sky!

23 Jan 2010 9:57pm

Reflecteur from Gothenburg, Sweden

Very nice shot!
The sky is superb!
3 layers which are combined extremely nice! Good framing!

23 Jan 2010 11:08pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

What a sky! Nice capture, Jack.

24 Jan 2010 12:16am

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

The top of the sky is rather strange, between clouds and a surface of water. Really beautiful light.

24 Jan 2010 12:46am

@akarui: You're right; the sky is strange; that's part of its attraction.

Barbara from Florida, United States

Stunning layer of colors. I like the reflective light on the water in contrast to the darker sky.
Serpents in Oregon? You may have exposed something.
Great shot, Jack.

24 Jan 2010 1:14am

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

georgious color !!! jack !
friendships !

24 Jan 2010 1:19am

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

impecable imagen color excelente!

24 Jan 2010 3:15am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

I like that really gorgeous clouds. Is that a fruit of your skill of processing ? I think it is not easy to describe all subjects such as water, woods, bright part of clouds and dark part of clouds.

24 Jan 2010 8:02am

bekkah from Pennsylvania, United States

very beautiful image!

24 Jan 2010 2:37pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Love all those layers and the sweet light on the water.

25 Jan 2010 3:13am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Wow that is pretty amazing - well captured.

25 Jan 2010 3:56am

Toni from Eastern Washington, United States

Beautiful sunset over the water, Jack.

25 Jan 2010 7:34am

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Absolutely a capture...great colors..nice to have that old branch log and birds out there..that sky is gorgeous..

25 Jan 2010 4:53pm

Ajay from Pune, India

That is quite true, Jack. In fact, I have press my elbow against my stomach while using a 70-300 mm lens to keep it stable.

26 Jan 2010 3:44am

Sarah from Suisse, Switzerland

This reminds us: Who needs TV when you have Mother Nature?! Great shot, Jack!

26 Jan 2010 4:42pm

xavier from France

What a beautiful sky ! What is the strange thing in the middle of water ? Is it some Loch Ness monster ?

27 Jan 2010 7:55pm

@xavier: It's a downed tree with birds perched on top.

Nyx Robey from Berkeley, United States


27 Jan 2010 8:30pm