08.09.2020-2 A slight change in plans

My trip to Moosehorn Pond was intentional and my plans there also although I was thinking of dragonflies which were not terribly abundant.  The change is that I was going to do this as a “Silent Sunday” post but decided to say a few words about the image.

The water around here is quite acking.  The only time I have ever seen this pond as low was after a beaver dam let go. Our lack of rain, Isaias offered us little, has caused many places to exhibit shallow water.  That was the case at Poor Farm Swamp yesterday and even worse here. I should have shot what it looked like but didn’t. As you might imagine, yes, I did photograph a few bullfrogs but they will come later. I also shot a few more water-lilies and one feature of the lack was more shows in the image than usual. I generally try to isolate a flower in the dark water but that was not happening today. Sadly no dragonflies

I like the red stems floating at the surface which one doesn’t often see. The polarizer again helped darken the water which enhances those stems.  I really didn’t have to do much processing here. Just a bit of highlight recovery.

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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20 Responses to 08.09.2020-2 A slight change in plans

  1. Rebecca says:

    A beautiful image!

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  2. The red stems work for me.

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  3. shoreacres says:

    I like the way the red stems parallel the edges of the petals.

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  4. krikitarts says:

    I agree with Steve and Linda about the red stems, but I’ll also add that I like the underwater structure that we can see, thanks to your use of the polarizer. That’s also a very nice detail in the reflection from the meniscus below the petal on the right. It almost looks like you were trying for a selfie.

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  5. The red stems do really catch the eye, yet still balances well with the main flower. Beautifully done, Steve. It’s very dry here, and has been dry since winter.

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  6. Very nice Steve! I like the red stems! Adds interest to the image!

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  7. Minna says:

    Very beautiful flower and the red stems are amazing!

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  8. Some excellent thought and knowledge has gone into this frame, and wonderful application of it too. Yes, a beautiful and very clever frame, Steve!! Much enjoyed. 🙏

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  9. bluebrightly says:

    I like those stems, too. It’s really great that you have access to these perfect beauties. And oh, those highlights were recovered just enough to see that detail in the petals, but not so much that the intense white was compromised. 🙂

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    • The sun doesn’t get above the trees surrounding this pond for a few hours in the morning so that provides nice soft light which helps with the whites a lot. I generally expose for the white petals so that too helps keep things under control. It is much easier to add some brightness than recover blown out highlights.

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      • bluebrightly says:

        Right, that makes sense about the light still being behind the trees. And yes, I guess we all learn the hard way to make sure the white, or highlights, are going to be OK. I love shooting into the light so sometimes they still get blown out, but once in a great while, that’s OK too.

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