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lbernardin September 01, 2013
Beautiful example of "sometimes less is more."
 
jasonaskim September 01, 2013
Such a calming shot
 
Timbo September 01, 2013
Outstanding shot... Great atmosphere.....
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WolfEyesPhotography September 01, 2013
Simple and soft - nice capture!
 
Thimbee September 01, 2013
Very nice!
 
vesipenkova September 02, 2013
Extraordinary!
 
adoptedone September 03, 2013
What a beautiful shot!
 
SherranAndersen September 04, 2013
Nice textures.
 
ChristinaFreak September 05, 2013
Great capture!
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Marjoriesmithphotography September 05, 2013
VERY special...
 
janoogee September 10, 2013
Beautiful image and photograph. great shot of the lone bird waiting on its food to swim by. love the contrast and the story the image tells.
 
shema September 11, 2013
beautiful, soothing, lovely edit, nice mood
 
alaska1984 September 17, 2013
This is a wow photo here for sure. Love it. Voted.
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Cirrus September 27, 2013
Very nice, well captured..
 
Jon--Hall September 28, 2013
Talk about atmospheric, nice!
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GigiJim08 October 15, 2013
this is great ambience. GigiJim08
 
anitania October 18, 2013
striking photo, i can feel the damp fog as he waits for the morning sun
 
eskimotwila October 30, 2013
Voted!
 
kellysweet November 12, 2013
outstanding capture
 
tammyswarek November 13, 2013
Beautiful texture!
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gldosa November 23, 2013
Stunning picture.
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murphey November 26, 2013
Breathtaking !
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donanzinger December 28, 2013
Terrific image
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justkim1106 December 30, 2013
Beautiful - fog, reflection, perfection.
 
Bookwarmomatic January 01, 2014
the reflection is amazing!
 
anoopnamboothiri January 05, 2014
Amazing treatment!
 
reneezernitsky January 11, 2014
love the lighting and the simplicity of this image nice capture good luck
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JHPhotos January 17, 2014
the lighting is excellent and the B/W adds texture to the shot! great job!
 
diane_hallam_4401 February 08, 2014
stunning image :)
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kasper March 11, 2014
Great shot. And yes, they are so patient these birds.
 
shoooz April 10, 2014
Nailed it!
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Batesrc2 May 14, 2014
Well done. Thanks for adding this to the project.
 
derekcernak June 12, 2014
lovely!
 
studiothree19 June 19, 2014
I love the contrast of the bird against the fog. Good job.
 
todubhai June 24, 2014
beautiful...
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kathleenweetman June 29, 2014
Just wonderful......voted
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kathleenweetman June 29, 2014
Voted in Photography talk
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kathleenweetman June 29, 2014
Also voted in this too...
kathleen
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kathleenweetman June 29, 2014
Also voted in
Lifes largest moments ...Randy
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kathleenweetman June 29, 2014
Votedin Haze comp too.....he gets about doesn't he...lol
 
JimCooper8 July 07, 2014
Beautiful work, outstanding
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PhotoDave July 09, 2014
Stellar study in simplicity. Congrats on clearing 300 peer recognitions. That is a pretty exclusive club.
 
KunduPayel July 14, 2014
beautiful!!!!
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kathleenweetman July 22, 2014
Voted yet again in Rule of thirds ...I never tire of looking at this Randy
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kathleenweetman July 22, 2014
also VOTED IN INTO THE WILD COMP
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kathleenweetman July 22, 2014
Also voted in
journey into nature
 
Capture-Life July 27, 2014
looove looove looove this..!! the fog just makes the mood ! love herons !

thanks much for joining my project, Randy !! this so ROCKS :):)
 
ELimage August 01, 2014
Absolutely stunning!
 
geomad August 03, 2014
warm!!!!!!
 
Kazza60 August 09, 2014
beautiful ... love the simplicity Randy .. thanks for adding to my project
 
SVRphotography August 29, 2014
Such a beautiful image !!
 
bobbrack September 02, 2014
Nice!
 
Djorn September 03, 2014
Oh, quite nice indeed!
 
Parallel September 13, 2014
Thank you for sending...!
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fotogalmexican September 30, 2014
cool
 
LaurenHeinatz October 03, 2014
Exquisite!
 
kathyschiltz October 09, 2014
Like a dream!
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MaryAnne306 October 09, 2014
Simply beautiful.
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Pjerry October 19, 2014
Well done
 
51goldie October 20, 2014
Simple, effective and purely beautiful!
 
tkdmomkm October 28, 2014
Enchanting.
 
JessKeryl November 30, 2014
so beautiful!
 
LeeahSNeary December 03, 2014
This is a beautiful photo! Very inspiring and calming - love the style. Would love to get a shot like this some day.
 
LeeahSNeary December 03, 2014
This is a beautiful photo! Very inspiring and calming - love the style. Would love to get a shot like this some day.
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jamesnelms December 03, 2014
Chiaroscuro. The texture of the fog and soft edges of the subject makes it appear to be a Japanese charcoal drawing. Profoundly elegant.
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jrfleury December 10, 2014
Just love the mediative, mystical quality of this image. jerry www.imagesofthesoul.org
 
Uniquecreator December 19, 2014
Wonderful
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randybenzie December 20, 2014
Thank you all for the comments and compliments... This was one of those shots where everything just seemed to be in place for me.. My personal favorite shot Pure serenity...
 
jgluck04 December 27, 2014
I love misty pictures like this...it creates such an air of mystery but at the same time a softness that lulls you into calmness.
 
KatieMcKinneyPhotography January 10, 2015
Congrats! This lovely photo is one of the top contenders in the "Creative Silhouettes" photo challenge! :)
 
anne-birgitte January 18, 2015
Pure et sublime.....
 
thomasborn January 19, 2015
very nice!!
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Pattyd1230 January 30, 2015
Very NIce!
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annetteflottwell February 16, 2015
wonderful!
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njkerosky March 03, 2015
Outstanding Capture!!!...Congrats!
Sumeshmurali March 26, 2015
outstanding
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randybenzie March 23, 2015
I just realized I never thanked you all for the kind words.... This was a very mystical morning and I can still hear the deafening silence....
 
Sumeshmurali March 26, 2015
Creativity
 
guybahonsrichardson April 04, 2015
Amazing!
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texaaronpueschel April 09, 2015
This one gets it. All the elements of fine photography are here. I have voted many times for this image.
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randybenzie April 09, 2015
Thank you Tex!
 
katerinaiacovides April 10, 2015
wonderfully eery
 
loisettinger April 27, 2015
peace quiet ... elegant beauty
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texaaronpueschel May 17, 2015
This one gets it! It has all the elements of fine mono photography. It is a winner. Voted many times.
 
lanamarkovic May 28, 2015
nice sphumato technique.
 
Mirza_Cengic June 25, 2015
Magical capture and excellent creativity. Wonderful work.
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ruthjolly July 08, 2015
Beautiful -simplistic portrait
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gmayster01 July 10, 2015
Great one Randy
 
anthonyamotbeatsmoreno August 06, 2015
I wonder what the bird is thinking. Haha. Just awesome
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Sitka August 07, 2015
Love it!
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cmorisset September 03, 2015
Randy congrats! This is absolutely stunning. Bravo, love it!
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Wizzard September 11, 2015
Congrats ! Excellent shot!
 
JDLifeshots September 12, 2015
Beautiful capture! Congrats on Challenge win.
 
Roach1969 September 15, 2015
Stunning image, fantastic capture. Thank you for entering my challenge :D
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Helen_Mountaniol September 17, 2015
Reminds me Don Hong Oai, my favorite photographer. Thank you for joining my challenge!
 
Kazza60 November 03, 2015
stunning
 
Kazza60 November 11, 2015
congrats again Randy for another finalist award .. love this image !!
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randybenzie November 12, 2015
Thank you Karen!!!
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randybenzie November 12, 2015
I had fallen behind on replying to comments, but I really do appreciate everyone that took the time to do so! Thank you so much! :)
 
Clickety-click December 06, 2015
Really nice light and composition. Top Ten in my Understated, Muted, Subtle, Spare, Minimalist Challenge!
 
joycealicesmith December 10, 2015
Beautiful shot! Quite breathtaking.
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adavies December 22, 2015
Beautiful! Love how the light plays with the fog!
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randybenzie March 19, 2016
:) Thank you
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MaryAnne306 January 06, 2016
What a beautiful shot with a lovely old-fashioned effect. Very apt title, too.
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eelcovanroden March 16, 2016
Congratulations on your P C C Win!
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randybenzie March 19, 2016
Thank you!
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p_eileenbaltz March 16, 2016
Congratulations on another People's Choice Award for this lovely image. :)
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randybenzie March 19, 2016
Thank you!
 
joycealicesmith March 16, 2016
Congratulations on another People's Choice win!!
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randybenzie March 19, 2016
Thank you Joyce!
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cmorisset March 24, 2016
Congrats! Well deserved ( :
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randybenzie March 24, 2016
Thank you Celine! :)
 
Capture-Life March 25, 2016
CONGRATS my friend!! I knew this was your immediately! Had to send my congrats!! I didn't enter this contest and wish I would have, heehee! I've been so busy lately! I'm slacking!! How you been, my friend!! :):) Again, congrats, but you're amazin' and know it! lol
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randybenzie March 25, 2016
Thank you Stef! :) I am hanging in there and I am sure you had an award winner to put here also.... :) Thanks!
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Pamelabole March 28, 2016
Beautiful.......so serene! And congrats on your award!! : )
 
andrevondeling March 28, 2016
Congrats on your win!
 
JanellePitula March 30, 2016
Randy - congratulations my friend!
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eelcovanroden April 13, 2016
Congratulations on your Challenge Win!
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SRunningM May 22, 2016
Beautiful image. Very peaceful.
 
Witmar July 22, 2016
beautiful shot
 
amckean October 08, 2016
STUNNING! Yes, I meant to write that in all caps.
 
arjanvanderstelt January 10, 2017
Nice image like the mood in this one good job Randy :)
 
katyloco April 16, 2018
Really, really beautiful. Nice job
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speterson6 April 27, 2018
Beautiful lake scene. Great mood and atmosphere.
 
RamyDelariarte June 11, 2018
Awesome
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Bpete2 August 05, 2018
Congratulations for your acknowledgement as "Grand Winner" of the "In the Mist"contest.
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JayneBug August 05, 2018
Absolute masterpiece. Love the subtle, calm feeling. Feel honored to view this capture. Congratulations!
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mcampi August 05, 2018
Congrats on your challenge win.... well deserved ....
 
sherrymiller September 27, 2018
I saw this Randy and I knew it was yours!!! I love this one!!!
 
sherrymiller September 27, 2018
 
Boudoirbyya December 28, 2018
Amazing
 
BharatJoshi December 29, 2018
wow
 
Manassh233 Jan 15
Photographs or a poetry?
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petrpolach Jan 31
Very poetic!

Patience Is A Virtue



Photography by Randy Benzie
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Contest Finalist in 400 Animal Silhouettes Photo Contest
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People's Choice in From the Fog Photo Challenge
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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this image at a quarry lake just beyond the far Western suburbs of Chicago
Time
This was was at daybreak on a fall morning
Lighting
All natural light filtered through the fog and mist on the water surface
Equipment
This was handheld at 55mm I took 3 exposures to be used as HDR in Aperture Priority mode. The settings shown are for the main exposure and I also took one @ -2 steps and one @ +2 steps Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T3i Aperture: f/8.0 ISO: 100 Shutter Speed: 1/100
Inspiration
This would be one of those "right place at the right time" images. I walked upon the scene and was fortunate enough to not have scared the Heron away. It was a surreal silence. The subject and lighting were already in place and it was a matter of capturing it quickly before it changed.
Editing
This was a 3 exposure HDR the was merged and tonemapped in Photomatix for the desired result in the light through the fog as well as the perfect silhouette of the Great Blue Heron.
In my camera bag
I typically have either my Canon T3i or T5i with the standard 18mm-55mm kit lens and a 55mm-300mm kit lens.
Feedback
I almost always prefer early morning light and love it more when slightly filtered though clouds, fog or mist. There is a softness there that nature provides for us. My biggest suggestion is to be ready no matter your location to take advantage of such situations. I have gone out many mornings prior to sunset with specific locations in mind, most mornings are not so fruitful, but there are times when everything seems to be in place and being there as it comes together is worth the effort.

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