Stills V3

November 5, 2008

View from Fort Island

Filed under: Christina — Christina @ 22:35

Crystal River, Florida



  1. Gorgeous sky. It’s funny how pretty the plume from a cooling tower can be.

    I wonder a bit about the balance of this shot. The darker tones of the grasses seem to outweigh the water, but this may all be overcome by the verticallity of it all.

    Comment by matt — November 6, 2008 @ 13:28

  2. An excellent use of portrait format. That power station doesn’t exactly need it but the lead in through the reeds is very strong. It’s interesting how the reflection of the steam looks like a cooling tower. I particularly like that falling off of the horizon, matching all the swirls.

    Not a criticism, but did you have to pull the foreground out of shadow?

    Comment by John Ellis — November 7, 2008 @ 07:37

  3. John — yes. I don’t have a grad filter, so have to expose for the sky and take what I get on the rest — (or combine two exposures, but I didn’t do that here). It wasn’t bad — I did most of it in Camera Raw by adding a bit of “fill”. The 5D is excellent with noise if ISO is kept at 400 or below and the adjustments aren’t too severe.

    Comment by Christina — November 7, 2008 @ 14:05

  4. This is a beautiful landscape. The curve of the grasses in the foreground following the bank make a good lead into the image. I also like the bit of light on the muddy bank, it lifts that foreground out of its potentially muddy gloom.

    We are then led to the industrial site by the bank and the reflection of the man made cloud with an opportunity to enjoy the light on the horizon.

    The sky is a study in itself.

    Comment by Rex — November 7, 2008 @ 17:27

  5. well I don’t like to react with a wow, so I won’t. But I want to .

    The curve of the bank in the foreground and the curve on the right of the cloud creat an S which pulls you up and through the picture, many places to explore througout.

    The scene is well worth a pair of dirty boots.

    Comment by Robert Hoehne — November 9, 2008 @ 10:12

  6. Beautiful. I would rather linger over the photo enjoying it, than spend time describing my reaction. Besides, everyone else has said it all so well.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — November 10, 2008 @ 23:10

  7. Classic landscape which is saved from being too ‘classic’ by the inclusion of the power station. There is forground interest, an ‘s’ curve and then a horizon with interest. The power station is not what you expect to see and so pushes this above the norm. The plume of smoke drifting in to the clouds further incorporates the man made with the nature made. The open stretch of water along the right hand edge does lead my eye slighty out of the picture.

    Comment by akikana — November 12, 2008 @ 01:17

  8. I’ve toyed with the idea of getting grad filters a couple of times. There is now even a set specifically targetted at rangefinder users…. But my horizons aren’t usually this convenient.

    This is very much a me sort of landscape. The blend of classic nature themes with something indisputably man made. It is very well done. Even to the balance of the “instrusive” stalks in the lower part of the picture.

    Comment by Colin — November 12, 2008 @ 08:30

  9. Thank you for all your comments. Landscapes are difficult for me! Colin — I’m especially pleased to have taken something you consider “a me sort of landscape”.

    Comment by Christina — November 17, 2008 @ 06:09

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