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Mattamuskeet Lake **

By ardbeg77
Taken at a very still Mattamuskeet lake in North Carolina. This is a shot taken at the same time as this one posted previously. I've gone for a more symmetrical panoramic crop this time, and less level adjustment on the trees to leave them more in silhouette. Any advice as to whether this works better or not is appreciated...

Tags: Landscape and travel

Voters: pbarford, Lawrence, junglecat and 37 more

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22 Jul 2004 11:13AM
ooh this is lovely. Klicked. K.

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andytvcams 15 10.4k 1 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2004 11:15AM
What a shot,so calming and super reflections,i like it.

deltafour 13 13
22 Jul 2004 11:16AM
donzer 14 25
22 Jul 2004 11:28AM
brill shot - think the extra cropping makes the image better - well done

Baz Hilder 13 22
22 Jul 2004 11:29AM
Realy good, I especially like this crop. Baz.
hglover 13 47 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2004 11:31AM
Yes this definitely works better, great shot.

Lawrence 14 195 1 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2004 11:32AM
Yes effective crop, which many people do not attempt or do not know when to apply
ardbeg77 13 1.2k 6 Sao Tome And Principe
22 Jul 2004 11:34AM
Thanks everyone - should say that the different crop was suggested by Pete (peedeephoto) on my previous shot (although this is actually a different frame). Appreciate all your comments.

keithh Plus
14 25.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
22 Jul 2004 11:43AM
jonc 13 7
22 Jul 2004 11:49AM
Yes better and a nice shot. click
Mixpix 14 1.1k England
22 Jul 2004 11:52AM
Simple, nice colours, perfect, love the reflections. A winner. click
jonnie 14 5
22 Jul 2004 11:56AM
Like it a lot
johnjrp 14 432 5 Australia
22 Jul 2004 12:55PM
Great shot. click
22 Jul 2004 12:55PM
This is a stunner, I do prefer this version, makes it even more tranquil
ardbeg77 13 1.2k 6 Sao Tome And Principe
22 Jul 2004 12:57PM
Thanks everyone for your comments - much appreciated. I guess the message is simple is sometimes best!

billma 14 119 United States
22 Jul 2004 1:14PM
Lovely muted tones in the sky and water. Really a very good photo. Well done.

tandav 14
22 Jul 2004 1:15PM
Fantastic shot. Love the compostion, panoramic crop and simplicity. I'd have it on my wall. Click.
P.S> where did the Ardbeg come from (favourite whiskey?)
ardbeg77 13 1.2k 6 Sao Tome And Principe
22 Jul 2004 1:18PM
Thanks Bill, David.

Yep, David, spot on. My favourite dram, Ardbeg'77 (although i'm not fussy, really Wink). My ambition is to combine both hobbies, with a photographic trip to Islay. I've got the feeling it might result in some wobbly horizons though......

jeanie Plus
14 6.0k 6 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2004 2:19PM
Absolutely gorgeous. So tranquil.
davidbailie 14 457 7 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2004 3:41PM
Excellent shot - beautifully unfussy

22 Jul 2004 6:10PM
Wonderful shot, wonderful reflection, superb.

ardbeg77 13 1.2k 6 Sao Tome And Principe
22 Jul 2004 6:51PM
Thanks Jeanie, Dave, Yogendra.
old timer 13 55 1 Scotland
22 Jul 2004 6:58PM
This is a wonderful picture! I love the symmetry of the reflections.

PS I see my suspicions are confirmed - you're a malt man like myself! Mine's Knockandhu by choice, but I'm not too fussy.
ardbeg77 13 1.2k 6 Sao Tome And Principe
22 Jul 2004 7:14PM
Thanks Jim,

I like a drop of Knockandhu too. Variety is definitely the spice as far as malt is concerned. Different mood - different malt! I've been thinking of doing some still life with a few of my bottles - will try it when I get the time.

Greyheron 16 282 7 England
22 Jul 2004 8:41PM
Brilliant silhouette, reflection & composition.....excellent viewing :o)

22 Jul 2004 9:07PM
Wonderful image Steve, fabulous reflections.

ardbeg77 13 1.2k 6 Sao Tome And Principe
22 Jul 2004 9:12PM
Thanks for your kind comments Mike and Mary.

I'm getting a bit dizzy, here - wasn't quite expecting this much of a response!

gwynann 14 72 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2004 9:29PM
Lovely click
vfr400 16 886
22 Jul 2004 9:54PM
Beautiful image Steve, lovely soft pastel colours in the sky and reflection. click
PatriciaWilson 14 615 58 Greece
23 Jul 2004 4:38AM
Amazing capture again! It's all been said and I agree it's wonderful, click!
old timer 13 55 1 Scotland
23 Jul 2004 6:50AM
You were talking about doing some still life with your bottles, Steve - funnily enough I've been planning exactly the same thing!!!
ardbeg77 13 1.2k 6 Sao Tome And Principe
23 Jul 2004 7:45AM
Thanks Gwyn, Chris and Patricia.

As I said above I'm a bit overwhelmed - best response I've had to one of my shots. I was starting to get a bit depsondent about my progress, but as usual you guys managed to buck me up!

Jim - never done any still life before, and I'm continually astounded at the quality on here. Plenty of inspiration. Might wait until the nights draw in a will be a good excuse to buy some (more) whisky with interesting bottle shapes! Will look forward to seeing your shots....

junglecat 13 12
23 Jul 2004 8:21AM
Great shot this - I prefer it to your last one of the same scene. Was this taken during a flood?

ardbeg77 13 1.2k 6 Sao Tome And Principe
23 Jul 2004 8:24AM
Thanks Kevin,

No - they're just a very unusual line of trees. The lake was very shallow quite a way out from the edge. I think these trees were just growing on a raised bank. The shot was taken from a viewing jetty jutting about 20yds out into the lake. The trees are about 3-400yards away.

User_Removed 13 386 2 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2004 9:17AM
Does it for me, great photo.
u08mcb 14 5.8k
28 Jul 2004 7:38PM
Seems sharper than the last one. I don't know maybe I'm imagining things. It's a well composed shot.
stevem 13 238 United Kingdom
3 Aug 2004 11:03AM
Much better composition than the last posting works - really well.
ardbeg77 13 1.2k 6 Sao Tome And Principe
3 Aug 2004 11:12AM
Thanks Lucien, Malcolm, Steve.

dclarke5 15 147 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2004 8:39AM
This is excellent Steve. Have you tried this is monochrome at all?
EnglishRose 13 271 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2005 5:53AM
What a beautiful picture. Good work.

ardbeg77 13 1.2k 6 Sao Tome And Principe
12 Jan 2005 5:56AM
Thanks Laura.

And Dave - sorry for what must be the longest gap between comment and reply - no I haven't tried it in B+W yet...!


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