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Dawn's Mirror

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 9 August 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Gary Hart's book, "The Undiscovered Country" contains beautiful displays of his exquisite photography, accompanied by inspirational poems from fabulous authors. I took this image on Saturday morning and I was all alone as if I were, indeed in an "undiscovered" land, and after working on this image later that day, I was somehow reminded me of Gary's beautiful book.

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** Staples Singers - "Respect Yourself"

- " We do not move forward from a middle opinion, which is undemocratic but mediocratic.
We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)

- "To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.

::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues.
- The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
; Earth Wind and Fire

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

Wild color and pattern. Those three vertical limbs provide the perfect offset.

9 Aug 2010 5:03am

@Stephen Phillips: HI Stephen - Thanks very much, I do appreciate it. I love your Ferry Bldg and waterfront image today

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Gorgeous, delicate light fills this undiscovered land. Love this photo.

9 Aug 2010 6:03am

@Steve Rice: Hi Steve - Thank you very much. I really appreciate your comment. Your wind carved rock is superb by the way. Thanks again!

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Great shot - the three pieces of wood in the foreground add interest.

9 Aug 2010 7:28am

@Nigel: Good day, Nigel and thank you very much. There wasn't much to "add to the scene" at this angle but I think it was enough...I really enjoyed getting these shots. Have a good afternoon and evening sir!

Suzanne from Melbourne, Australia

your treatment of light in this and some of your other photos is exquisite as is your composition.
Thankyou for such beautiful images

9 Aug 2010 8:06am

@Suzanne: Hello Suzanne and thank you so very much for your kind remarks. I really enjoyed looking through your images, as well - very very unique one and all. I shall return! Thanks again...Denny

k@ from Paris, France

Nice subtle tones in your mirror, Denny.

9 Aug 2010 9:21am

@k@: Hi K@ - In only wish that I looked as smooth in the mirror!

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

what a beautiful shot - so peaceful and calm - lovely

9 Aug 2010 11:31am

@Scene by Sharon Photography: Hi Sharon - thank you very much. Indeed it was VERY peacefull at that time. I kept hearing "thumps and bumps" behind me in the bears, though.

Sunder from Chennai, India

Wow..Great shot...Love the lighting and colour of the sky and the mirror image in the water below..

9 Aug 2010 12:45pm

@Sunder: Hi Sunder - Thank you very much sir.

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

beautiful capture and nice reflection :)

9 Aug 2010 2:49pm

@Shahryar: Hi Shahryar - Thank you very much for finding my blog. I appreciate your comment as well!

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

WOW! Stunning! Spectacular sky and even more spectacular reflections. Gary would be proud of you.

9 Aug 2010 3:02pm

@john4jack: Whoa, thanks Jack! I was excited to be there.... and Gary, Don, you, (yes YOU) and Scott are a very large part of my learning process and inspiration. This is just a way to give some thanks ....I REALLY like your image for today and again I am inspired by it - you have been a great help, Jack - more than you will know!

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

wonderful colors and reflection ;)

9 Aug 2010 3:53pm

@MARIANA: Hi Mariana and thank you very much The beauty of this peaceful place was wonderful at "5 whatever" in the morning :-)

Julie from Easton, United States

Ahh, to have been sitting there, soaking up that view! Nicely taken for sure Denny! The colors, calmness of the water and the stumps are stunning!

9 Aug 2010 5:19pm

@Julie: Hi Julie and Thank you - I'm sure you can relate - since sunrises are so dynamic I enjoyed it but was sort of "busy" at the same time trying to get everything right as the lighting progressed - I hope all is going well.

Becky from los angeles, United States

love this amazing reflection - it really DOES look like a mirror - I don't believe I have ever seen something like this so clear before - Great image! It's so Big and open - I just love it.

9 Aug 2010 5:53pm

@Becky: Hi Becky and thanks very much - it was great to be sure!

Phil David Alexander Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

Have to hold on to the posts sticking out, the photo
gets me confused with all the zigging and zagging.
Great work.

9 Aug 2010 5:59pm

@Phil David Alexander Morris: Thanks Phil (I thinkl?) Hold on, don't get dizzy on me....Cheers!

LauraS from Chico, United States

So beautiful. I want to jump right into that water.

9 Aug 2010 6:11pm

@LauraS: Hi Laura - Thanks very much for your comment. Bring a portable shower to wash off AFTER jumping in the lake - the water is refreshing but who knows what creatures lurk inside - but it is great to look at - lots of fish I am told.

PD from Overland Park, Kansas, United States

Beautiful! have you taken any of Gary's photo workshops? I attended one with Gary and Don Smith in June - it was great

9 Aug 2010 6:34pm

@PD: Hi Paul Thanks very much for stoppping by and lending the very nice comment, I appreciate it for sure. Unfortunately I have not yet had the honor of participating in one of Gary or Don's workshops, but I would surely love to!! Hopefully one day I can teather myself with 2 knee braces, 1 ankle brace, and a ton of Excedrin Back and Body and head out with them - it would truly be an honor to attend one given by those two great gentlemen.

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Like the softness and the harmony of colors and the symetrie of the scene just broken by the dead trunks on the right. Very nice.

9 Aug 2010 6:52pm

@Evelyne Dubos: Hi Evelyne - What a very nice comment - I really appreciate your very kind words :-) Thank you.

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

A fantastic exposure, the colours are just fine.

9 Aug 2010 7:05pm

@Curly: Greetings Curly, and thank you very much - speaking of colors, I quite like your tall ships today with all the colored flags - A wonderful image! Thanks again...Denny

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

This is just beautiful! I love the mirroring you captured. That this is dawn makes it all the more impressive. The colors are fantastic. What a peaceful, beautiful morning!

9 Aug 2010 8:19pm

@Bettina: Hi Bettina - Peaceful it was indeed - Thank you so much for your comment :-) Denny

oriol from Sant Cugat del Vallès, Catalonia, Spain

Lovely image, Denny. La simmetry of the forest, in the background, is perfectly compensated by the emerging trunks near the right corner, in the foreground, in my opinion. And what to say about the colour and the light? It talks to me about the cold cold mornings in the mountains...

9 Aug 2010 8:37pm

@oriol: Hi Oriol - Thank you very much - The scene was a pleasure to behold;

The MaJor from TM HooD, Iran

very beautifully done!!!

9 Aug 2010 9:18pm

@The MaJor: Hello Sir and thank you very much for your comment!

Cruz from exurbia, United States

WHOA! It does not get much better than this!

9 Aug 2010 9:59pm

@Cruz: Hi Cruz and welcome home (I think)- Thank you very much for your remarks here :-)

Céline from New York City, United States

Lovely with wonderful colors !

9 Aug 2010 10:03pm

@Céline: Hi Celine - Thank you very much :-)

Formerly Known as MontereyJohn from Waterbury, Connecticut, United States

First class, Denny. Bravo.

10 Aug 2010 12:13am

@Formerly Known as MontereyJohn: Thanks John :-)

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

I can see how you were reminded! A gorgeous photo that you captured. It looks like it was a very peaceful and serene place to be. Great reflections with the subtle ripples in the water.

10 Aug 2010 12:37am

@Steven: It certainly was, Steven, and I thank you so much. I continue to be inspired by so many great talents here on Aminus3.

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Great job on this Denny! It is the color of the sky that is reminiscent of the cover image of Gary's book. Nice composition and beautiful reflection.

10 Aug 2010 2:26am

@Julie Brown: Hi Julie - Yes, I think the color and perhaps even the mix of cloud and light reflecting on the water - the scene itself just struck me. Of course I was panicking at the time because the shape, color and lighting kept changing and I wanted to capture every second of it if I could. Thank you very much Julie. I really appreciate your remarks and comment here. All the Best!

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

excellent composition - there are good balance and symmetry about this shot! the light is very pleasing and so are the colour tones!

10 Aug 2010 3:40am

@DarkElf: Hi and thank you very much DarkElf :-) I also really enjoyed your posting from the park in Perth today - that is beautiful!

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

A very interesting symetry here

10 Aug 2010 4:42am

@Calusarus: Thank you very much for your comment and thank you for finding my blog as well. I was quite taken byt your most recent photo very good :-) Thank you.

Bill Brown from California, United States

This is a gorgeous image Denny. I have Gary's book and it does bring to mind some of the work featured in his book.

11 Aug 2010 12:14am

@Bill Brown: Thank you Bill. Yes for some reason it sure did. Thanks again. Denny

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

The trunks on the right side really make this photo work, beyond another pretty sunrise shot. Well composed!

11 Aug 2010 1:26pm

@B. Thomas: Hi Barbara - Thanks very much :-)

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