April 27, 2018
This entry was posted on April 27, 2018 by Linda Grashoff. It was filed under Nature, Plants, Pond, Reflections and was tagged with nature, Northern Ohio, photography, Rock Pond.
Excellent shot, Linda. Beautifully done.
April 27, 2018 at 7:13 AM
Thank you, Ken. I’m glad you can’t see it at 100 percent. The focus is not beautifully done. The wind was really whipping around. That’s my excuse. But still I liked the gracefulness of the stems and the watery background, so I posted it anyway. Happy I got away with it in your eyes.
April 27, 2018 at 9:46 AM
April 27, 2018 at 8:02 AM
Thanks, Marjorie. This was taken at Rock Pond.
Love the drama!
April 27, 2018 at 9:25 AM
Thank you, Clare. Yeah, I guess it is dramatic, with that dark background—which is thanks to the polarizing filter on my lens.
April 27, 2018 at 9:47 AM
Very graceful….the long rectangle is becoming your signature – to me anyway. Or one of your signatures. 🙂 You compose within that particular shape so beautifully.
April 27, 2018 at 10:07 PM
Thank you, Lynn. I can’t say why I like that long shape; I just do. I didn’t realize that I used it so often that you could identify it as “one of [my] signatures.”
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April 28, 2018 at 11:00 AM
Love this, Linda – the (I think!) water in the background looks like (and may be reflecting) a moody sky, the tilt and curving stems of the plant are just right, and I get a feeling of life amongst darkness from the whole thing. A 🙂
April 28, 2018 at 2:22 AM
Right on all counts, Adrian. Yes, the background is a pond that is reflecting sky with clouds. The polarizing filter on the lens darkened the water somewhat. I’m so glad you like this.
April 28, 2018 at 11:03 AM
Although I’m too lazy to use them(!), to me (and to others too, I know) polarisers are the one really useful and essential filters – really useful equipment! 🙂
April 29, 2018 at 1:52 AM
Well, Adrian, my own laziness means that I am never without the polarizer. I only use one lens, and it’s always mounted on the lens. It’s a circular kind, so I can more or less dial it away. Still, it does mean that I don’t get quite as much light on the sensor as might always be wished. Because I so often shoot water, on which I often want to minimize reflections, it’s easier for me just to leave the filter attached. Also it protects the lens. I’m open to an argument that I really should not be so lazy this way . . .
April 29, 2018 at 9:02 AM
No no, there’s nothing wrong with being “lazy” if that is indeed what it is, we are all as we each individually are – we each do what suits us best – as I get older I’m more sure of this, and I don’t in the least mind who I admit it to! From my perspective though, what is really good is that you use only one lens, because I’m firmly of the opinion that the less “baggage” the better – for me it would be unthinkable to stagger(!) around with all my lenses, and it would very certainly get in the way of creativity – usually, I carry just one lens too. A 🙂
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April 29, 2018 at 9:34 AM
I’ll join in….I’m “guilty” of carrying around another lens fairly regularly, but I do use a smaller camera, and I will typically shove it in a pocket (inside a pouch) or hang the pouch off my belt loop. If I think I’ll be shooting into water, I try to keep my balance….no, I try to remember to put a polarizing filter in my back pocket. 🙂 The Pacific northwest tends to be dark so the polarizing lens just takes too much light away to leave in place. It’s interesting to trade anecdotes with you all!
May 1, 2018 at 6:17 PM
Thanks for joining in, Lynn. Don’t you just wish the polarizer would know when to jump out of your pocket and hop onto the lens? And that you could sprout rubber boots when you’re near water (and unsprout when you’re not)? And a sun hat would pop out of the top of your head when you’re outside? And your skin itself could ooze nonlethal sunscreen and insect repellant when needed? (I do.)
May 1, 2018 at 9:02 PM
I’d really go for the sunscreen, and don’t forget the water bottle that materializes and dematerializes. And the dark chocolates that show up, unsquished, when you need them (BTW, a new study indicates better eyesight 2 hrs after eating dark chocolate!). But most of all, I need a magic lens changer: pop on, pop off, with little to no risk to the back of the lens and the camera. Oh, and there’s the magic carpet that brings us together for coffee….but meanwhile, I am very thankful for the internet. 😉
May 2, 2018 at 11:53 AM
That is beautiful 🙂
April 28, 2018 at 2:50 AM
Thank you, Joshi. The wind was blowing pretty hard. It was difficult to keep the stems in focus, and I only partially succeeded. Still, the curve of the plant appealed to me so much that I had to post the photo.
April 28, 2018 at 11:05 AM
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