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Upon Reflection

By strokebloke  
This shot was taken during the course of environmental works to our local lake, and perfectly depicts the attitude of the wildlife, during the process. The large orange reflected shape is the top of the cab and a significant portion of the jib of a Komatsu excavator. The gull is sublimely indifferent to the whole procedure ~ framed by the overhanging willow branches.
It is one of my favourites of the possibly one hundred shots I took of the dredging works.
I hope you like it as much as I do Smile

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Tags: Photo journalism Reflection Specialist and abstract Wildlife and nature

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morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
2 Nov 2012 7:14PM
Cracking shot, great composition and colours, love the reflections too


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Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
2 Nov 2012 7:47PM
Lovely capture
and like the light here
strokebloke 9 493 17 England
2 Nov 2012 7:52PM
Thank you Hugh, and Lillian.
I don't know what it is about this one - it just appeals to me.
Which probably says more about me than it does about the photo !! Grin
saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
2 Nov 2012 8:06PM
Lovely image with beautiful reflaction ,
Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
2 Nov 2012 8:17PM
It does work, doesn't it?
strokebloke 9 493 17 England
2 Nov 2012 9:00PM
Yes, it does Bren. I don't know how (or why) but ....... you're right, it does.
I have wondered whether it's because it appears that the reflection meanders through the willow branches
Fanciful -------- GrinGrin
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
2 Nov 2012 9:28PM
It's a very well seen shot. Good work. IB
Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
2 Nov 2012 9:29PM

Quote:Fanciful --------

It's perhaps the fact that we know the the seemingly innocent, gentle yellow reflection is, in reality, being caused by a great big disruptive digger. It gives the image a somehow surreal meaning, if not appearance.

Apart from that, the gull's not_on_a_third and there's some dead foliage in the top right which (the_royal) we would prefer not to see.
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2007 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2012 6:44PM
I think it may well be the curved shape of the yellow reflection that appeals, Jack, and the effect of the water ripples upon it, but the gull is nicely placed between the willow branches, too. At first glance, it gives the impression of a reflected sunset, but because the blue sky is also reflected within the water, it becomes a puzzle. Nice one.
12 Nov 2012 2:03PM
For me it is the colours and reflections which appeal together with the gull placed between two overhanging branches. Good image.


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