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Into the blue - part 9

Posted by
Stephen (Canberra, Australia) on 21 July 2011 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

A water feature in John Knight Park. This pond is part of a cascading stream that runs into Canberra's Lake Ginninderra.

I shot this scene late on a cold winter’s day. To get the long exposure, I used a neutral density filter – ND 10 grade. I then processed the image in Color Efex Pro.

I have been chasing hues of blue from dawn to dusk; and over the next two days I will finish the series in the twilight zone!

NIKON D5000 25 seconds F/5.0 ISO 100 11 mm

10Fraction from France

deep inside the blues, congratulation for your professionnal processing in long exposure+processing in that magical plugin from Nik software

21 Jul 2011 5:32am

kitty from Seoul, South Korea

Ooo ... I like the two halves, soft and clarity ^^

21 Jul 2011 5:57am

Anina Botes from Auckland, New Zealand

I like this one a lot. I agree with kitty about the two halves - very clever

21 Jul 2011 6:01am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Ce bleu ... hum ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

21 Jul 2011 6:08am

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

Well, now I've got the hang of it.....It's blue everyday. It is my pleasure to see how you interpret that rich color each day. This blue is sublime !!

21 Jul 2011 6:23am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Wonderful this ble , nice place for having a drink ! Phil

21 Jul 2011 6:27am

Chris Pereira from San Jose, CA, United States

wow this is simply beautiful, love the fog in the background

21 Jul 2011 6:31am

BBM from United Kingdom

Nice colors and capture ! :)

21 Jul 2011 6:57am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Nice place, like the angle of view. But the contrasts are strong and the light is difficult to catch and the top of the shot is a little bit over-exposed don't you think ? I think it's possible to correct with Ps or other software... :-)

21 Jul 2011 7:10am

@Evelyne Dubos: Thanks, Evelyne. Yes, good point, I could also have cropped a little more of the brightness from the top of the image.

Z from Shanghai, China

Amazing long exposure and again the beautiful blue!

21 Jul 2011 7:18am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Excellent long exposure shot.. a magical place...

21 Jul 2011 8:14am

Mhelene from Paris, France

A superb photo ! Excellent composition !

21 Jul 2011 8:21am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

a picture of two halves. Nice treatment and vibrant foreground colour that, to my mind, is enhanced by cropping off about half of the top background. Any thoughts on this?

21 Jul 2011 9:16am

@grouser: Thanks - yes good point - a little more cropping would be the way to go.

janina from Melbourne, Australia

Yes, I really like this...for a number of reasons. Composition -- having seen the potential, the lighting effect and the rich blue, even the girl waving at you, there in the background! stars. ^_^

21 Jul 2011 9:53am

@janina: Thanks, Janina. One of the kids was hopping from stone to stone – but hardly even a blur in the shots I took with the long exposure!

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Great shot! Love the reflections in the pool!

21 Jul 2011 11:08am

Elaine- from Vancouver, Canada

oh yes, BLUE!!! i love the deep blue in the water!!!

21 Jul 2011 11:29am

Sam from Chennai, India

Fantastic long exposure shot. So magical Blue here. Love the reflections on the Blue water. Wonderful processing.
Great series, Stephen. Love it :)

21 Jul 2011 11:38am

k@ from Paris, France

There is a surreal touch here, both the colors and angle enhance it ! Original.

21 Jul 2011 11:44am

@k@: Thanks, Karine. Yes, with the high level of processing to the shot I was seeking this surreal look to make it worthwhile.

Don from Spokane, United States

This is an impressive shot for its excellent colors and nice composition. The processing has produced some spectacular blues in the water. Very well done.

21 Jul 2011 12:02pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Super . Very professional processing !

21 Jul 2011 12:26pm

myky from Ontario, Canada

What a fantastic water feature..you have captured it perfectly here!

21 Jul 2011 12:45pm

tataray from france, France

Superbe. j'aime ce bleu et les reflets )
Belle composition.

21 Jul 2011 1:04pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

The wonderful hazy background really makes the shot Stephen! Excellent pp treatment here! ;-)

21 Jul 2011 1:05pm

Williams from East LaHave, Nova Scotia, Canada

Beautiful ink blue in the foreground, wonderful reflections & misty trees. Superb.

21 Jul 2011 1:09pm

Manuel Hompanera from La Robla, Spain

Una compo muy bien realizada.Saludos.

21 Jul 2011 1:26pm

peter.K from blue mountains, Australia

the richness of the blue is magical, well done...

21 Jul 2011 1:33pm

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Well done, Stephen - the contrast between the upper and lower parts of the frame provides a lot of drama. Excellent work!

21 Jul 2011 1:37pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Must have been really strong light that day, there's nothing to suggest that it was a 25 second exposure.

21 Jul 2011 1:44pm

Suzanne from Naperville, United States

I love this Stephen....the clarity in the foreground with the reflections of the clouds and then the way it fades into the fog in the distance. Well done!!

21 Jul 2011 1:59pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Superbe effet et compo mangigique ensemble et iamge

21 Jul 2011 2:21pm

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

It must have been a really calm day. The trees are rock solid, and I can't see the "Misty waves" that you get with a long exposure of water. Cool shot, however you look at it!

21 Jul 2011 2:28pm

Irene from San Francisco, United States

I love the blue water in the foreground with the clouds reflection and the fog effect in the background. Well done.

21 Jul 2011 2:51pm

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Quite a haunting composition in a friendly way . . theme-chasing can be surprisingly productive.

21 Jul 2011 2:55pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A very interesting composition Stephen ... I like the distribution of elements in the image and the intense blue which is reflected in the water. Something surreal is! Very good! A hug, Adela

21 Jul 2011 3:19pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

This is really superb, Stephen! The exposure time is amazing and I really love the mixed effect with the clarity in the pool and the hazy feel in the upper half - The round stones in the pool seem to be like giant pieces of cork floating there..and the slight curvature at the bottom half of the frame lends even more wonder and amazement to this magnificent scene. This is truly a masterful job here...I love this one Stephen!!

21 Jul 2011 3:51pm

Steve from Sonoma, United States

Great colors.. The blue is startling

21 Jul 2011 3:54pm


The twenty five second exposure and ND filter combine beautifully here along with the ultra wide 16mm focal length to gives us a magnificent angle and frame with a wonderful ambiance and capture of detail. Nice technical skills with this shot, Stephen. Texural bliss.

21 Jul 2011 4:04pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

I like this zen garden a lot. Cheers for the processing

21 Jul 2011 4:19pm

Stefanie from Paris, France

Nice composition, seams like a relaxing place!

21 Jul 2011 4:34pm

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Very nice blue and reflections

21 Jul 2011 4:48pm

Priscilla from Amsterdam, Netherlands

That's a pretty part of Canberra. Lovely photo!

21 Jul 2011 4:59pm

Reflecteur from Gothenburg, Sweden

Great shot! The blue water is superb! Nicely framed composition!

21 Jul 2011 5:03pm

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

eine gute Verarbeitung.

21 Jul 2011 5:15pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Wow! Eye-catching composition with such a stark contrast between the upper and lower half. I love the great reflections and the deep blue captured here.

21 Jul 2011 5:36pm

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Very interesting series with some great photography work!
I admire your skills on this one, but here's going on a little too much to my taste....
Curious for the next post;-)

21 Jul 2011 7:08pm

Thami from Morocco

C'est un véritable passage à gué pour éléphants! J'aime le bleu et les réflexions dans l'eau!

21 Jul 2011 7:12pm

Phil David Morris 2011 from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

That gorgeous cobalt blue looks like it can make these stones float like angels on this
water !! Superbly beautiful photo, as the background in relation looks most ominous,
and dangerous, where the only safe place is to be found perched on these cold stone
islands. Magnifique !!~

21 Jul 2011 7:19pm

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

Blue is my favorite color, the deeper the better. Another gorgeous shot here, well done.

21 Jul 2011 7:40pm

Kat from Lorraine, France

Tout ce bleu, quelle merveilleuse ambiance !

21 Jul 2011 7:45pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

very nice

21 Jul 2011 7:57pm

franz from Baden, Austria

i love what you did with colour here, stephen! from mellow to intense - very clever!

21 Jul 2011 8:03pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Super mood, I love the rich blue in the water with the clouds...beautiful!

21 Jul 2011 8:04pm

Dokmateo from Spain

Beautiful angle! Great perspective! I like the color of the water!

21 Jul 2011 10:42pm

Behnam from Esfahan, Iran

Wonderful blue !

21 Jul 2011 11:18pm

London Caller from London, United Kingdom

Looks very Japanese to me~ ;)

21 Jul 2011 11:19pm

vaFA from tehran, Iran

A very good shot!nice..blue nice.well done

21 Jul 2011 11:48pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Nice pov and dof....and the touch of puffy clouds reflected in the water is fabulous.

22 Jul 2011 12:30am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

The wide angle works extremely well for this shot! Great colors and light.

22 Jul 2011 3:11am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Super shot with that beautiful mist.

22 Jul 2011 3:29am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A lovely shot of these stepping stones in the deep blue pond. I like this a lot.

22 Jul 2011 4:45am

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

gorgeous color, and your composition is wonderful.

22 Jul 2011 1:06pm

25 seconds
ISO 100
11 mm