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1/2/09 - Frozen Misty Lake
05-FEB-2006

1/2/09 - Frozen Misty Lake

Still traveling down Memory Lane. This is one of my favorite landscapes. Nothing special creativity-wise but, nevertheless, it works for me (it sings to me?). If I were judging, this type of image would almost never ribbon. I believe a special winning image requires more than a beautiful subject - anyone can do that. The winner makes the ordinary extraordinary. Look at all that's "wrong" here - centered horizon, centered subject, lack of color.... and it still works.
That lake is covered with about a foot of ice. The reflection is in a thin layer of surface melt water. The mist was a five minute anomaly in mid-afternoon when the temperature reached a freakish balmy mid-50's F. You were either ready or it was gone. Funny how being ready and being lucky go hand in hand.
Hard to believe but this is a color image. Also, about a mile straight ahead is a mountain ridge - just barely visible near the left edge. Maybe it reminds us of a Japanese painting like this? >>

Nikon D70
1/50s f/11.0 at 145.0mm full exif

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Robert Charity10-Jan-2009 01:46
wow - awesome, v
Brent Vermilyea07-Jan-2009 20:46
Break rules. I LOVE central compositions. I have put a few of my horizons in the center before. This image proves that a skilled photographer can easily determine where the rules apply and where they do not. I like to say, too, that they're not rules but principles.
Tom Briggs06-Jan-2009 22:46
I don't care what the textbooks say ... this is a wonderful image, Ed ... misty, dreamy, perfect ... voted
Baine Carruthers04-Jan-2009 14:18
You've got an excellent eye Ed
Pat Hemlepp04-Jan-2009 02:17
Beautiful, Ed.
Guest 04-Jan-2009 01:18
This is an absolutely gorgeous and well crafted Zen-like image. Fantastic job!