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Gaggiano, the banks
Gaggiano, the banks

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Challenge: Point of View (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Location: Gaggiano, Lombardy, Italy
Date: Jan 10, 2004
Aperture: f/16
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/1000
Galleries: Landscape, Water
Date Uploaded: Jan 13, 2004

The picture is exactly like it came out from my camera. I think the "point of view" was particularly fascinating here.

Place: 71 out of 286
Avg (all users): 5.7585
Avg (commenters): 6.8571
Avg (participants): 5.3364
Avg (non-participants): 6.1085
Views since voting: 936
Votes: 236
Comments: 17
Favorites: 6 (view)

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01/21/2004 04:44:11 AM
I wish to thank all those who voted for this photograph and commented on it.
Thank you Zeuszen for your deep comment: I immediately went to see your portfolio and I can actually see there are many similarities in our way of photographing.
For those who thought this was the moon: actually it was the sun behind a quite thick gaze.
To those who scored this picture with a "1": it would be nice to know the reasons why, I never get offended for a 1 :-)
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/20/2004 11:58:47 PM
Sheer delight.
The black and white gives much emphasis to the markedly strong compositional aspect, while, at the same time, providing a good range of tonal gradation. This is especially enjoyable in the layers of haze filtering the sunlight.

The close and progressive association of pronounced contrast (the water's edge) with such light and subtle finery as evident in the line of trees is very well rendered and, as such, a rare thing indeed.

Due to the moment (! - and the timeliness of the shot), everything is in flux, except the pin point sun. Despite its minute size, it provides a pronounced anchor to a style of composition, many viewers may not be prepared to embrace without it.

-On a personal note, it is precisely the compositional vision illustrated here, I recognize as something I have come to consider as an integral part of my own work. I say this, because I feel as if I am approaching this image with an odd sense of familiarity and a kindred bias.

Because of this, I want to add a few negatives ;-)

The lower part (body of water) could, IMO, loose a few mm to soften the format and suggest the sun's position lower than it is in the current crop.
The horizon, if the fields are the measure, has a slight clockwise tilt.

Message edited by author 2004-01-21 00:10:11.
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01/20/2004 03:55:01 PM
nice point of view.....different
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01/20/2004 04:24:56 AM
I like the soft appearance of the horizon. Compositionally very interesting.
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01/19/2004 07:21:42 PM
this is a pretty shot
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01/18/2004 12:14:24 PM
Wonderful lines and contrast.from the feathery tree line to the horizon to the water line with the reflected sky. Love it.
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01/17/2004 07:39:41 PM
Very nice lines and symmetry make a really good composition in this photo. Black and White was a good choice too.
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01/16/2004 11:30:28 PM
Great photo, but it's the POV from what.
01/16/2004 10:47:42 PM
Nice take on the challenge nice image love how the water gets blacker in the foreground
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01/15/2004 09:50:42 AM
This is an incredible photo--should be in a textbook of "How to Do it Right". I hope you enter this in other contests. Good luck and congratulations.
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01/15/2004 09:44:50 AM
Pretty picture, I like the reflection of the moon on the lake, but you need to crop out some of the lake for better balance.
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01/15/2004 02:11:31 AM
nice! love the quiet sereneness of this shot. feel a horizontal crop would have been stronger.
01/14/2004 08:58:27 PM
beautiful scene. I always have problems taking pictures of the moon.
01/14/2004 11:29:26 AM
very pretty.
01/14/2004 06:20:02 AM
This is really pretty- a little creepy and Halloweeny but at the same time very serene and calming. Excellent
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01/14/2004 05:00:25 AM
Very original and in-topic. The idea of considering the reflection of the elements in the water as a point of view is remarkably smart.
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01/14/2004 01:45:13 AM
Awesome scene yet erie. Well composed. Not sure what is to the left and right of the frame constraints but I think this would have looked better in a landscape arrangement vs portrait. 9
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