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muskrat love

muskrat love
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Copyright: philip steen (neetsfil) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 39 W: 0 N: 65] (1013)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-03-28
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D 40, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 DC EX HSM, 77 mm HOYA circular Polarizer
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/13 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-07-29 20:11
Viewed: 1352
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A pond near Wall, South Dakota in early spring. The kind of place a muskrat family might love to make home.
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Perfect pic and with lots of details especially I like the contrast details of the grass and reflection of the tree.


Hi Phil, I wish there was somewhere close to home to get a shot like that.. I like the pov with the silhouette of the barren tree and its reflection on the water, a nice contrast to the colours around it. Fiona

Bom dia Philip,
I see from your score that after my score you have exceeded your first 1000 pts. Very good shot to capture this fantastic landscape.

Hi Phillip

A beautiful shot that has superb (that word gets used a lot on this site, but this shot warrants it) detail and colours. I can find nothing but good to say about it. The exposure is spot on, did you bracket and merge more than one photos?

Maybe you should share your knowledge and talent a little more.

I'm lost for words.

It's been months since I actually saw a photograph that has all the things we want to see in a photograph.
We see colour, depth, focus, lead in, mid-ground and background interest and a subject matter that portrays the true beauty of what it is you've photographed.

Although the horizon is perhaps a tad too central, it's an absolute pleasure to look at.
Cloud definition is ideal, and the graduated light and warm glow of setting(?) rising(?) sun is stunning.

I'm guessing a little ND Grad or even full ND was also used here along with the CPL filter looking at the shutter/aperture combination.

Nice work, Philip, really nice work.

  • Great 
  • jackal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 790 W: 26 N: 808] (9654)
  • [2015-07-30 19:51]

Hi Philip, beautiful colours in this shot, I particularly like how the foreground is well lit (often dark in these shots) I presume that's the CPL at work
Well done

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  • knle Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 31 W: 8 N: 2] (2)
  • [2015-07-31 8:27]

Hi Philip

Excellent composed photo with beautiful colours. Great light and details in the fg. Nice reflection in the pond, and some very very nice clouds in the sky. Well done!

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 121 W: 44 N: 32] (2229)
  • [2015-08-01 12:00]

I like the golden tones seen in the distance and the tree's reflection. The grass in the foreground is well lit by the flash, I think.
Outstanding photo.


Ciao Philip, fascinating sunset, magic atmosphere, splendid light and wonderful warm colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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