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On Golden Pond



A beautiful little lake now sits where the cornfield used to be on the old family farm near Longmont, Colorado

A beautiful little lake now sits where the cornfield used to be on the old family farm near Longmont, Colorado
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Winner in Piers & Sunsets Photo Challenge
Contest Finalist in Covers Photo Contest Vol 23
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33 Comments | Report
bethany66
 
bethany66 July 25, 2015
It looks like a lovely place Nina!
sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 July 25, 2015
Absolutely Love this! :)
NanaSue54 PRO
 
NanaSue54 July 26, 2015
I LOVE this Nina!! Your work is art!!! :)
mcampi PRO+
 
mcampi July 27, 2015
wonderful time of day to shoot a masterpiece . end of sentence.
borderlight
 
borderlight July 28, 2015
That is an absolutely stunning shot. . . .love the color and tone and the slight star effect of the sun just helps to set the mood. Masterpiece!!!
leslie57
 
leslie57 July 29, 2015
love the colors and mood here...Well done ..Nina
DorisSeybold
 
DorisSeybold July 29, 2015
gorgeous colors and such a peaceful place! It`s fantastic!!!
Cherriegill49 PRO+
 
Cherriegill49 July 29, 2015
Another beautiful shot
KayBrewer PRO+
 
KayBrewer August 01, 2015
what a great place to be right now! great color and depth!
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 August 01, 2015
Beautifully done, excellent !!
Flosno
 
Flosno August 03, 2015
Ohhh so peaceful....beautiful image
Daisy00 Premium
 
Daisy00 August 24, 2015
Absolutely gorgeous!!
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 August 30, 2015
Voted Covers Vol 23
DebbieKMiller81 PRO+
 
DebbieKMiller81 September 12, 2015
Great title for this one.
JulesB
 
JulesB September 28, 2015
Nina.......I just realized why the highways are always so busy........you just make people want to move everywhere you take a photograph....heheheheh !! Fantastic job!!!
rmr731 PRO+
 
rmr731 October 02, 2015
So beautiful - love the light in this!
rmr731 PRO+
 
rmr731 October 02, 2015
Congratulations on being a finalist in the Covers contest!
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo October 02, 2015
Congrats, Nina, on another Award with this wonderful shot!
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 October 03, 2015
Congratulations on being a finalist !
sachinus2010 PRO+
 
sachinus2010 October 03, 2015
Amazing capture !! Congratulations to you too !!
gatorbait38
 
gatorbait38 October 04, 2015
Congratulations on being a finalist!!! Great shot!
aylaw
 
aylaw October 05, 2015
Stunning!
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 October 09, 2015
Voted Meditation Places
kenyken
 
kenyken October 10, 2015
Amazing!
shema
 
shema November 07, 2015
great tones, beautiful!
GigiJim08 PRO+
 
GigiJim08 November 17, 2015
Congratulations on your award!
lizziemellis PRO+
 
lizziemellis January 17, 2016
Paradise..a stunning piece of art:-)
mihrt
 
mihrt January 17, 2016
congrats on your Winnings!! This composition certainly deserved it! so beautiful!
Iconoscope PRO
 
Iconoscope February 03, 2016
Gorgeous composition, but the selection errors around the tree leaves spoil the effectiveness of the sky. Try expanding the selection by one or two pixels before making changes.
Dparmiter
 
Dparmiter June 16, 2016
Love this effect
Pamelabole PRO+
 
Pamelabole March 01, 2017
Wow....this is just gorgeous!!! Amazing soft light and color....love it!!! : )
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo May 28, 2018
Challenge WINNER! YAY! Congrats!
vitor PRO+
 
vitor September 06, 2019
Masterpiece!

Behind The Lens

Location
This is a very nostalgic photo for me...it was taken during a family reunion on what used to be my grandfather's farm near Longmont, Colorado in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. Several years ago it became part of a wildlife refuge with this beautiful little lake centered where a cornfield once grew. Sadly, the terrible floods that hit this region of Colorado in 2013 nearly destroyed the old farm, lake and surrounding area. Restoration is in progess, but it will be several years before it has fully recovered. I'm very grateful that I have this photo to remind me of that wonderful place and time!
Time
It was taken at about 6 p.m. just as the sun was setting. The bonus was the rowboat filled with happy people enjoying the sunset!
Lighting
The warm glow of the late afternoon sun always seems to make for the best lighting conditions, especially in landscape photography.
Equipment
The photo was taken with an old Kodak P712 zoom digital camera. No other equipment was used.
Inspiration
I spent many summers on this farm as a child, but until the family reunion I hadn't been back since it had been turned into a wildlife refuge with the lake. I was enchanted with the transformation that had taken place and took many photos knowing how pleased my grandfather would have been knowing his beloved farm had become a wonderful haven for birds and wildlife. When the sun started going down and the rowboat appeared, I knew the lighting was perfect and that it was a photograph begging to be taken!
Editing
Because I had used an older camera, the clarity of the original photo wasn't quite what I remembered seeing when I shot this picture. I used Lightroom 4 to bring up the clarity, contrast and just a little bit of saturation to bring out the overall warmth, especially where the sunset was reflected in the water. I then sharpened it just a little to give the photo an overall crisp, clean look.
In my camera bag
Since that photo was taken I have upgraded cameras several times, most recently to a full frame Nikon D750 and a Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 lens. My additional lenses include a Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-f/5.6 zoom, a Nikkor AFS Micro 105mm f/2.8 (macro), and a Sigma DG 150-500mm variable f/5-6.3 zoom. I always have 2 64gb memory cards in my camera with a spare 32gb card in my bag. Additionally, I always carry a spare battery, UV and polarizing filters for both lenses, a Tiffen variable ND filter, the Coken variable ND filter system, a lightweight carbon fiber tripod, and a battery charger. And I never leave home without a microfiber cleaning cloth for my lenses!
Feedback
Landscape photography is, in my opinion, one of the most rewarding types of photography there is. It's really the only way of artistically documenting the beauty of the world! Landscape photographers often have the advantage of returning to a particular location to capture the same scene at different times of the day and under different lighting conditions. However, most photographers will agree that either early morning or late afternoon are almost always the best times because the light is so much softer and with more golden tones than during the middle of the day, thereby enhancing the overall mood of a photo. And of course, if there are fluffy clouds or a beautiful sunrise or sunset in the mix, that's definitely a plus!

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