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Reflections and Sunset



Headed down to the river to enjoy a fall sunset.

Headed down to the river to enjoy a fall sunset.
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RuwanFonseka PRO
 
RuwanFonseka October 24, 2015
Great composition and reflections.
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smunited October 24, 2015
Thanks RuwanFonseka. I have wanted to do a sunset shot at this location for awhile. Glad it finally happened!
fototam
 
fototam November 18, 2015
this is so beautiful. i love the rocks in the water.
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smunited November 18, 2015
Thanks fototam. The water is very shallow this time of year!
stephengriffiths
 
stephengriffiths November 21, 2015
Wow just beautiful. Great colours and reflections.
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smunited November 21, 2015
Thanks stephengrittiths!
Chriskirby70
 
Chriskirby70 November 26, 2015
Great image mate,makes me want to go there....NOW :) Where is this?
AliAlzuhair
 
AliAlzuhair November 27, 2015
Nice!
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smunited November 27, 2015
I just want to thank everyone who has taken the time to view, like, reward and comment on this image! It makes me really happy! Sandra
howardhansen
 
howardhansen December 01, 2015
Stunning!
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smunited December 01, 2015
Thanks so much for taking the time to comment howardhansen!
EyeSeaPhotography
 
EyeSeaPhotography December 03, 2015
I don't know a great deal about photography but I do know that this is an amazing shot! I myself only use my phone camera at the moment but I can not wait until I own a camera that has the possibility to produce a shot of the quality and calibre.
garyrobbins
 
garyrobbins December 05, 2015
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
garyrobbins
 
garyrobbins December 05, 2015
Absolutely Inspiring. Thank You for sharing this Gorgeous Image. The Awe Factor is off the scale.
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smunited December 05, 2015
Thanks so much garyrobbins! Glad I found the spot.
Briser_fae_the_broch PRO
 
Briser_fae_the_broch December 07, 2015
Beautiful reflection!
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smunited December 07, 2015
Thank you for taking the time to comment Briser_fae_the_broch!
nandicmb
 
nandicmb December 21, 2015
Congratulations on your Runner Up win in Landscape Painting Photo Contest!
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smunited December 21, 2015
Thanks nandicmb. It truly is an honor!
gatorbait38
 
gatorbait38 December 21, 2015
Congratulations on winning Runner Up! Great shot!
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smunited December 21, 2015
Thanks gatorbait38! I am so happy!
gianni888
 
gianni888 December 24, 2015
Spettacolo della natura e bravissimo tu a catturare l'attimo.
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smunited December 24, 2015
Thank you so much natasciacigana.
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smunited December 29, 2015
I just want to thank all the people who voted for my image for image of the year. This is the best that any of my images has every done and I really appreciate the support! Sandra
tatjanakaufmann PRO
 
tatjanakaufmann July 01, 2016
Beautiful
amizurahanadimohdradzi PRO
 
amizurahanadimohdradzi July 04, 2016
Nice ;)
overthehillfan2004 PRO
 
overthehillfan2004 August 05, 2016
I have no technical words to say..I'm a newbie...but this makes me want to be standing ankle high in that water, just soaking up the AWEness.?
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smunited August 05, 2016
Thanks overthehillfan2004. I am counting the days until the water recedes from this part of the river so I can back again, and again, and again...
sanaelgamal
 
sanaelgamal August 05, 2016
ok..I'm awe-struck!! Brearthtaking!
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smunited August 05, 2016
Thanks sanaelgamal. It is a beautiful part of the world I live in!
Byronfairphotography PRO+
 
Byronfairphotography August 16, 2016
Love This.
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smunited August 16, 2016
Thanks Barrsphotos... waiting for the water levels to fall. Counting the days!
jeffgauthier
 
jeffgauthier August 18, 2016
Are you kidding me! This picture is incredible. I'm really enjoying seeing everyones pictures! Great shot!!
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smunited August 18, 2016
I feel exactly the same jeffgauthier! Some pretty amazing images!
Sjholtdotcom
 
Sjholtdotcom September 17, 2016
Nice ????
WhiteyPhoto
 
WhiteyPhoto October 22, 2016
Perfect!
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smunited October 22, 2016
Thanks edholland!
Tonyhicks16
 
Tonyhicks16 March 17, 2017
Really good image. Light and reflection are perfect. Have you looked at it upside down it looks even better as the tree tops in the reflection are sharper
smunited
smunited March 17, 2017
Thanks Tony. Yes I have. I had the image printed on canvas and when I went to hang it I first hung it upside down, lol!
httppluto
 
httppluto April 03, 2017
whoa!! this is incredible
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smunited April 04, 2017
Thank you httppluto. Right now this spot is underwater. Patiently waiting till fall so that I can go back!
prithvi123
 
prithvi123 April 06, 2017
the best pic
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smunited April 06, 2017
Thanks prithvi123. Can't wait to go back!
6798_7587
 
6798_7587 April 02, 2018
Excellent picture
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smunited April 02, 2018
Thanks!
bobbytaylor71 PRO
 
bobbytaylor71 February 22, 2019
A definite "Wow" image/scene ... Incredible reflections ... A skillfully well crafted masterpiece.
bobbytaylor71 PRO
 
bobbytaylor71 February 22, 2019
Congrats on your awards, well done.
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smunited February 22, 2019
Thanks so much bobbytaylor71!

Behind The Lens

Location
There is an island on the river close to where I live and it is only accessible when the water is really low on the river. I went for the first time this year with a group of friends in late September and did a sunrise shoot. I was inspired by the beautiful scenery, and we all agreed we needed to go back and do a sunset shoot. This image was from this outing. We went in late October just before the rains started. The island is again inaccessible until next year.
Time
We arrived early, or so we thought. We had forgotten that there is a mountain and the sunset is earlier than we had anticipated. This image was shot at 5:40pm. We scrambled to get the shots we could and then headed to the other side of the island where the sunset would be later.
Lighting
The sun was from the right and low in the sky with just enough clouds to make it interesting. There was still a fair amount of fall color left that everything still had that wonderful glow.
Equipment
Nikon D7000, Sigma 10-20mm, Manfrotto tripod. Camera set to timer.
Inspiration
I am always drawn to reflections. As I was actually walking where the river normally flows there were still large bodies of water that made for great reflections. This are is a channel between the mainland and the island so the surrounding landscape just makes the area even more beautiful.
Editing
I always start in Adobe Raw Editor where I start my processing. From there it is into Photoshop CC. From there the fun begins. I have a host of plug in programs including OnOne, Topaz, and Alienskin to name a few. I usually apply a plug in and then layer it in Photoshop, changing opacity and blending mode until I get something that is pleasing to me.
In my camera bag
My Nikon D7000, Nikon 18-105, Nikon 50mm, Nikon 105 Macro, Sigma 10-20, (2) Nikon SB700 Flashes, my Sigma 150-500 if I am birding, my Nikon 300 if I don't have my big lens with me, my ND Filters if I am doing water, and my Sony A6000. No matter what, too much stuff, but I dread not having the right lens with me.
Feedback
Get out as much as you can. Explore close to home, you would be amazed at the scenery that is right in your own backyard. For me this shot is only possible with my wide angle. I like to get down low and get as much in as possible. I took many different shots at different heights, also switched out my lens to my 18-105. The ones I was happiest with with shot with my Sigma 10-20. Learn to edit your images to bring out the best possible outcome.

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