10.12.2014 An island in the light

We often say that photography is all about the light.  And quite often it is although often it is about the subject and I’ll shoot it whether the light is great or not so much.  This is bout the light.  🙂

The shoreline of Quabbin is lined with a great number of these small islands, many of which I believe to be leftover rock piles and sandbars from the preparation of the valley before the flooding started.  This particular spot was a second visit for me and I found the conditions a bit better….less wind and nice color.  The water level was lower which made getting to my spot easier.  When the level is this low, sometime one can find a few fish nests, sunken circular areas where the water generally would be deeper, and having said that I should have photographed one to share.  Next time.

It was a cool morning after a relatively warm day and there was some nice low lying fog over parts of the water.Island-in-nice-light-Gate-27-101014This is a long exposure of 13 seconds at f/16, ISO 100 with my 70-200 f/4 zoom plus a circular polarizer and a 6 stop neutral density filter on a tripod using a remote release.   WordPress is oversaturating that red tree in the upper right.  It is not quite that intense in Photoshop.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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19 Responses to 10.12.2014 An island in the light

  1. Yet another nice shot. I like what the exposure time has done with the saturation of color of the reflections in the water. I haven’t spent much time wondering about color rendition in the move from my Mac to my WordPress media library. Now that you have mentioned it however, I will look for differences. It would be tough indeed to adjust for any colors lost in translation (as it were). D


    • Facebook can be even worse. And browsers complicate it with the exception of Firefox which has some calibration.
      I can’t tell you how much time I used to waste redoing version after version trying to get my posts in various places to look like they do in my software. Finally I gave up. What bothers the photographer often is not noticeable to the viewers at large. But I have my pride.


  2. I really like the pull of color down into the water beneath the island~ great composition!


  3. Jim in IA says:

    I have never tried your technique described above…no neutral density filters.
    It would be interesting to see a comparison of a normal exposure and one like above to see the differences.


    • I don’t have a similar shot without the filter, Jim. I did shoot a couple but it was earlier and the foreground is mostly low-lying fog so hard to compare. But I do have another composition done in both manners, so I may post those for a comparison.

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  4. Such a gorgeous fall photo…thank you for taking time to share it.


  5. Beautiful rendition of Fall. I counted 5 layers of light to dark or vice versa. I always look for the contrasting in a photo and this one has some nice ones. The water changes from blue with the hues of the trees to dark. Then on to the island or grove of trees that juts out with another change in color and then on to the trees that are in dark shadows that finally gives way to trees that are in much brighter light. All in all i think this is an excellent shot.


    • Whoops. You may have got notice of a comment from me that was in error. I thought this was a different image you were commenting on.
      I was really excited when I saw the light hit the island and everything else that was part of the scene. I had shot a few earlier and, while nice with a lot of low fog, I much prefer this one. Thanks, Yvonne.

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  6. Andrew says:

    Lovely shot Steve and I find the techy stuff useful and interesting. The water colours and textures are a real treat.


  7. shoreacres says:

    This is how autumn comes to us. A tree here, a tree there. The great difference, of course, is that this might well pass for the height of color in a given location. When I was little, I thought the trees drew their color from the ground, so I called ones like that red tree “candle trees.”


    • That’s a sweet memory, Linda.
      We have some autumns like that here too. In our case, it is more that the different trees change separately, so there are years where the color is not so widespread at the same time for all species. This year has been good which surprised me as the rain fall this summer was infrequent.


  8. deedeephotog says:

    Really beautiful.


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