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Calm



A small boat in the morning sun, floating on water like a sheet of glass.

A small boat in the morning sun, floating on water like a sheet of glass.
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Legendary Award
Contest Finalist in The Shades Of Blue Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Perfect Reflections Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in The Minimalist Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Water Photo Contest 2017
Contest Finalist in Isolating The Subject Photo Contest
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Inspired By The World Photo ContestTop 10 class
Inspired By The World Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
The Swag Image ProjectTop 10 class
Reflections On Lakes Photo ContestTop 10 class
Reflections On Lakes Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Picturing Negative Space Photo ContestTop 10 class
Picturing Negative Space Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
The Shades Of Blue Photo ContestTop 10 class
The Shades Of Blue Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
artFix Exhibition ProjectTop 10 class
artFix Exhibition ProjectTop 10 class week 1
The Minimalist Marketplace ProjectTop 10 class
Perfect Reflections Photo ContestTop 10 class
Perfect Reflections Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
My Best Shot Photo Contest Vol 6Top 10 class
The Minimalist Photo ContestTop 10 class
The Minimalist Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
My Best Shot Photo Contest Vol 6Top 10 class week 1
The Colors Photo ContestTop 10 class
The Colors Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Stillness Photo ContestTop 10 class
World Photography Day Photo Contest 2018Top 10 class
World Photography Day Photo Contest 2018Top 10 class week 2
World Photography Day Photo Contest 2018Top 10 class week 1
Anything Water Photo ContestTop 10 class
Anything Water Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Everything Nature Photo ContestTop 10 class
Everything Nature Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
The Talent AwardsTop 10 class
Zen Photo ContestTop 10 class
Zen Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Once Upon A Time Photo ContestTop 10 class
Once Upon A Time Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
World Photography Day Photo ContestTop 10 class
World Photography Day Photo ContestTop 10 class week 2
World Photography Day Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Water Photo Contest 2017Top 10 class
Water Photo Contest 2017Top 10 class week 1
The Beauty Of Lakes And Rivers Photo ContestTop 10 class
The Beauty Of Lakes And Rivers Photo ContestTop 10 class week 2
The Beauty Of Lakes And Rivers Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Isolating The Subject Photo ContestTop 10 class
Our Natural World Photo ContestTop 30 class
My Best Shot Photo Contest Vol 1Top 30 class
Clash Of The Lites Photo ContestTop 30 class
Clash Of The Lites Photo ContestTop 10 class week 2
Clash Of The Lites Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1

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mariajoocastro
 
mariajoocastro October 22, 2016
Wonderful!
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bryanlwilliams November 04, 2016
Thank you Maria!
HarrieMuis
 
HarrieMuis February 22, 2017
lovely indeed-perfect serenity
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bryanlwilliams February 22, 2017
Thank you!
Franz
 
Franz February 22, 2017
minimalism in perfection
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bryanlwilliams February 22, 2017
Thank you Franz!
teewhyell PRO+
 
teewhyell February 22, 2017
Absolutely brilliant!
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bryanlwilliams February 22, 2017
Thank you!
rindygeorge
 
rindygeorge February 25, 2017
I just adore the perfect simplicity of this photo! Beautiful shot!
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bryanlwilliams March 19, 2017
Thank you!
Witmar
 
Witmar March 22, 2017
excellent picture
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bryanlwilliams March 23, 2017
Thank you Witmar
CarpeDeeM PRO
 
CarpeDeeM April 11, 2017
What a shot! To capture such vivid colours yet simultaneously contain the mood to one of serenity is masterful. Congratulations on your finalist placing and best of luck in the judging.
FlatFeet56
 
FlatFeet56 April 11, 2017
Just gorgeous color & light, well done.
debbiemilner PRO
 
debbiemilner April 11, 2017
Water like glass
KaelSaxen
 
KaelSaxen April 11, 2017
It's so peaceful. I love it!
jvillainc PRO+
 
jvillainc April 11, 2017
So pure and simple - I love it - congratulations on your finalist award!
Fused_Elements
 
Fused_Elements April 12, 2017
Stunning!
kjfishman
 
kjfishman April 14, 2017
Proof less is more!
evergreen1116 PRO
 
evergreen1116 April 15, 2017
Simple,,, yet complex. Superb image captured so beautifully!
lindathomasBAhons Premium
 
lindathomasBAhons April 16, 2017
Sometimes a photo just stands out and you have to stop in wonderment - this was my moment with your photograph
gazza60
 
gazza60 April 19, 2017
that is one amazing photo
GigiJim08 PRO+
 
GigiJim08 May 31, 2017
Spectacular. Congratulations on your award!
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bryanlwilliams June 01, 2017
Thank you Gigi!
Lobsterandskittles
 
Lobsterandskittles June 07, 2017
I love this so much!!! Probably one of my favorite photos I've ever seen
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bryanlwilliams June 07, 2017
Thanks! It's one of my favorites too!
kathyk_abq
 
kathyk_abq June 13, 2017
Minimalism at its best!
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bryanlwilliams June 14, 2017
Thank you Kathy!
MaryAnne306 PRO+
 
MaryAnne306 June 15, 2017
Beautifully done minimalist photo! Congratulations on your awards.
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bryanlwilliams June 19, 2017
Thank you very much MaryAnne!
acglock PRO+
 
acglock July 09, 2017
Love the Behind the Lens background for this magnificent image. Hope the rest of your day was just as beautiful!
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bryanlwilliams July 09, 2017
Thank you! The rest of my day was good, but I must admit that this was most definitely the highlight of the day.1
Alwolfe Premium
 
Alwolfe October 16, 2017
Absolutely stunning!
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bryanlwilliams November 14, 2017
Thank you!
RachieBachie
 
RachieBachie December 01, 2017
LOVE this!
MaryAnne306 PRO+
 
MaryAnne306 August 05, 2019
A lovely simplicity, beautifully done. Congratulations on being a finalist!
wayneobald PRO
 
wayneobald August 05, 2019
Great composition
peterdayton
 
peterdayton November 18, 2019
Beautiful
davidhynes
 
davidhynes August 29, 2020
Stunning!
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bryanlwilliams August 29, 2020
Thank you!

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken at a small lake in North Central Florida, within walking distance from my office.
Time
It was in the morning in early June, just as the sun was peeking over the horizon. There was absolutely no wind and the sky was a gorgeous clear blue. Just a few minutes later, the sunlight was becoming harsh and the magic was gone.
Lighting
The sun was just above the horizon, casting a beautiful golden glow. It truly was the "golden hour".
Equipment
This shot was taken with a Canon 5D Mark III, and a Sigma 70-200 f2.8 lens. Handheld, no tripod. I was travelling light.
Inspiration
I like to take a walk by the lake before I head into the office, to get the day off to a positive start. I find that it calms my mind, body, and spirit and truly makes a difference in my day. On this particular morning, the sky was blue, the water like glass, and the sunlight golden. I was totally at peace in that moment and this picture completely captures that mood.
Editing
I post-processed the photo in Lightroom CC. The image was cropped slightly to improve the composition. I added contrast, dropped the highlights and raised the shadows just a bit. I bumped up the vibrance and added a little clarity (but not too much). I finished by running a sharpening brush over the boat to separate it a bit more from the background.
In my camera bag
I always carry my trusty Canon 5D III and two or three lenses, depending on what I'm shooting. I primarily shoot landscape and until very recently always packed a Canon 24-105 f4L. It's a good all-around lens. I now have a Canon 16-35 f2.8L, which works much better for landscapes and night photography as well. I also never leave home without my Sigma 70-200 f2.8 EX DG OS telephoto zoom, the lens I used for this shot. I love the contrasty look and the bokeh of the Sigma. I like to do long exposure and HDR, so I carry my MeFoto Roadtrip tripod. It's a very light, portable, yet sturdy tripod. Add 10 stop ND filters and a remote shutter release for the long exposures. I also have a TriggerTrap Mobile that allows me to control the shutter with my phone or iPad. It's great for HDR, long exposure and timelapse.
Feedback
I have taken several photos of this same boat over the years. Most of them were good, but just didn't have that "special something" that really grabs your attention. I was either there at the wrong time of day or simply too impatient to wait for better light.If you take a shot and it looks bland or boring or the light isn't quite right, do yourself a favor and don't give up on the shot. Wait for a while and watch the light. It WILL change. If you don't have time, go back and try again on another day. You can get some fantastic shots during "golden hour", but remember the light can change quickly. It might be called the golden "hour", but many times, that "awesome" light (you know, where you can practically hear the angels sing) only lasts minutes or even seconds. Arrive early, plan your shot and wait for the light. The one thing I'm still learning is that patience and persistence pay off. Don't just snap a shot and move on.

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