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Shadow and Light

Shadow and Light
Photo Information
Copyright: Silke Force (Silke) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-01-25
Categories: Nature, Experimental, Mood
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5700
Exposure: f/4.1, 1/128 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Final Version, Original Version
Theme(s): In Print, Dappled [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-04-24 7:10
Viewed: 3654
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In Eastern thought, there are two complementary forces that make up all aspects and phenomena of life. Yin is conceived of as earth, female, dark, passive, and absorbing. Yang is conceived of as heaven, male, light, active, and penetrating. The dark and the light, male and female, passive and active principles of our lives bring us balance. Without dark we cannot appreciate light, without heat we cannot appreciate cold.... ... ...

This image is an experiment for which I welcome any and all feedback.

The original capture has been layered with a yinyang symbol which is easier to see in the thumbnail than it is in the full-sized image.

I have also embedded a watermark signature for TL purposes only and would be most interested to know how clear and/or how distracting that is.

For this version I have left a single branch (cloned out of the previous version) in place so that it stretches into the yinyang symbol. I have also made the yinyang and the watermark lighter and rotated it slightly. You'll notice that this is also a wider format -- does that work better? I have kept it centred since the point of the message is balance. Once again your feedback is greatly valued.

Tech: Three layers, with driftwood as background layer, hand-drawn yinyang as second layer (set at 7% opacity) and copyright signature as third layer (at 5% opacity)

Please note that another very different version of the capture was posted about six weeks ago as "Masks". If anyone feels that this should have been done as a repost, please let me know and I will delete this one immediately.

Thanks for looking and for any an all feedback you have to offer.

Jens, dareco, moli, Refugee, mvdisco, tanburi, mesquens1, chrisJ, WMcK, c_rapp has marked this note useful
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To ttreen: watermarkingSilke 4 04-24 12:10
To Jens: ComentJens 2 04-24 08:22
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Hi there Silke!
great POV here my friend! great water and reflections!

Ollie DLC

Hey Silke
I think the wider version gives it more room (IMO)

The watermark is less visible on the water but I find it a little distracting on the wood!
Still the details on the wood are amazing..


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  • Jens Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 555 W: 53 N: 1139] (4663)
  • [2008-04-24 8:10]
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Hi Silke
Havent I comment this one once?
Still I find it very good, great motive well captured and beautiful composed.

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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2008-04-24 8:33]

Very pretty with nice detail. Well done. TFS

Hi Silke,
I like this version, I know that the watermark is there but you have to look to see it, I really like the PP work.
Well done
Regards Andy

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  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 256 N: 2110] (13344)
  • [2008-04-24 10:48]

Hello Silke.
Very interesting presentation and in good way you show us shadow and light here.
Very original.
My compliments.
Janek Kloss

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  • boonie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1234 W: 64 N: 1548] (7842)
  • [2008-04-24 11:38]

Hi Silke
I'll buy this as an experiment and perfer this version rather than the WS. Although I would rather not have the little branch on the right in this version. I'm more of a purist and would like to see a version with out the yinyang layer. The riverbed looks stunning where the opacity doesn't obscure it.
Finally the addition of your watermark signature is not a problem for me and in necessary to keep someone from using your image.

Hope all that helps?


Very clever and fresh ideas. Very well done Silke.

I am still half asleep, I have spent quite some time trying to find the watermark then I reread your notes, how embarrassing. I like it Silke symbol and all, the small branch adds a certain Oriental touch. A fine image and delicate PP work. TFS,

Much better Silke!! Stil I would prefer the original without the Yin yang, for in itself is a Yin Yang
María José

Hi Silke,
Excellent POV. and great reflections, beautiful colors and sharp picture , nice compo and details ,
My compliments

Man I did not realize you reposted this image! I still love the Ying Yang behind it. I wonder if so many people don't see the mask! I saw it right away! Your message is a strong one!
B-) B-)

Hello Silke,
Great shot with meaningful text of Eastern origin.
A masterpiece again...
Selahattin E

Hi Silke,
Superb, superb, superb.
Great POV.
Great DOF.
Great Light.
Great reflection.
Yes,it seems a female sculpture. Very nice.

Hi Ladu Of The Lens (Silke),
As always my friend you did very well,i love it..
Fantastic find and capture!Awesome!


Thanks for your nice critique on my "EMPIRE AT NIGHT SCENE"

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2008-04-30 3:26]

Hi Silke

Wonderful symmetry with the near perfect reflection, & superb colour, sharpness & lighting. Enjoy your well earned break!

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  • WMcK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 663 W: 11 N: 1718] (6837)
  • [2008-04-30 8:01]

If this is the "one".. my two cents is that it is a work of art. Your talent is very apparent and would be a fine addition to a showing.Water mark is fine for this median.

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  • c_rapp Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 933 W: 14 N: 1331] (7535)
  • [2008-05-10 20:58]

I really lke the faded yin yang symbol in here. Made me have to look deeper after appreciating a beautiful scene Very interesting pov. TFs

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