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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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Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:70.0-300.0 mm f/4.0-5.6
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:13 Oct 2012 - 4:35 PM
Focal Length:100mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:Upon Reflection
Username:strokebloke strokebloke
Uploaded:2 Nov 2012 - 7:06 PM
Tags:Photo journalism, Reflection, Specialist / abstract, Wildlife / nature
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Voters:morpheus1955 · bobsblues · Saradadevi · Lillian · gwynn56 · saeidNL · notsuigeneris · Chinga · SlowSong · pamelajean · Val Prowse · Mototaur · brianpatcham · Jellyfire ·
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2 Nov 2012 - 7:14 PM

Cracking shot, great composition and colours, love the reflections too


Lillian Plus Member 6Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
2 Nov 2012 - 7:47 PM

Lovely capture
and like the light here

strokebloke Plus Member 6481 forum postsstrokebloke vcard England17 Constructive Critique Points
2 Nov 2012 - 7:52 PM

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  5 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
2 Nov 2012 - 8:06 PM

Lovely image with beautiful reflaction ,


It does work, doesn't it?

strokebloke Plus Member 6481 forum postsstrokebloke vcard England17 Constructive Critique Points
2 Nov 2012 - 9:00 PM

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 Member 4Chinga vcard United Kingdom
2 Nov 2012 - 9:28 PM

It's a very well seen shot. Good work. IB


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 Critique Team 9909 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1725 Constructive Critique Points
4 Nov 2012 - 6:44 PM

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.

Val Prowse
Val Prowse Plus Member 12Val Prowse vcard England
12 Nov 2012 - 2:03 PM

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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