An overcast day looking out onto Lake Te Anau, Fiordland, New Zealand. One of about six thousand digital images taken during two weeks in February on the South Island...
The only rainy day in our trip was this one, where it bucketed down on our way from Dunedin to Te Anau. The clouds were lifting early in the afternoon, when this photo was taken, giving quite a magical effect out over the lake.
These gulls, perched on disused mooring posts, caught my eye.
"Te Anau is a town in the South Island of New Zealand. It is on the eastern shore of Lake Te Anau in Fiordland. Lake Te Anau is the largest lake in the South Island and second only within New Zealand to Lake Taupo. The 2001 census recorded the town's population as 1,857. The town has a wide range of accommodation, with over 3000 beds available in summer. Tourism and farming are the predominant economic activities in the area. Lying as it does at the borders of Fiordland National Park, it is the gateway to a wilderness area famed for tramping and spectacular scenery. Many species of bird life are also found locally, notably the endangered Takahe which can be found at the Fiordland Wildlife Park. Te Anau is connected by highway with Invercargill and Gore to the southeast and east, and Manapouri to the south. Te Anau is the last town passed through when travelling to Milford Sound, which lies 120 kilometres to the north."
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dsidwell (9783) 2006-05-20 0:51
This is a very minimal effective image, Simon. I love the stark graphism involved and the way the various lines interplay with each other.
pastadog (13111) 2006-05-20 3:25
A pretty graphical shot, Simon, with interesting lines and angles, and a mystery mood well achieved. Good symmetry of the gulls, with one nicely missing in the middle. Regards, Daniel
xavshot (69835) 2006-05-20 3:48
très bien vu cette succession de bandes horizontales coupées par la verticalité des perchoirs des mouettes . Très belles teintes également
vichka_sun (445) 2006-05-20 4:24
I like your photo. It is very soft and nice. Good composition with lines of water, forest, mist and postes.
Gari (251) 2006-05-20 21:04
Hola Simon.Que bonita sensacion al ver esta imagen tan delicada y sencilla.Felicidades.Hasta pronto.
robiuk (10807) 2006-05-22 15:32
Beautiful graphic impact in this one, Simon!
I love it - good work!
gp_pl (1394) 2006-05-24 8:58
great subject and great treatment. Excellent composition and colours, good focus. I like motives like this - you showed this wonderful. Congratulation
leiju (1697) 2006-05-24 10:01
Perfect! Beautiful! Brilliant!
I Love the simplicity in this picture and the quiet smoothness of the water. The shoreline almost looks like from a different picture altogether as it is so perfect and straight!
Congrats for a perfect picture taken at the perfect moment!
TeresaT (10806) 2006-05-24 19:01
Simple but very beautiful composition.
Perfect graphical effect created by the vertical lines you capture here.
Good contrast and colours.
russte (0) 2006-05-25 10:22
Hi Simon, I haven't written it for about three days so I'll write it again now - the best monochromatic photos comprise just a few simple elements. Here is an example - great composition, great exposure, great result. Stephen
yanseiler (20) 2006-05-26 7:49
Hi Simon, nice compo, too bad that only one stick is not occupied by a gull...
capthaddock (28790) 2006-05-26 9:48
Hi Simon - this is brilliant, very artistic and creative, I like the white layers above and below, all you need is a bird on the 3rd one.
droop13400 (113) 2006-05-26 16:15
Je viens de decouvrir tes photos suite à une note que tu viens de me mettre ... elles sont magnifiques !!!
Tres belle technique de cadrage, super sites, tout est bon
A+ & bon shoot
andrewgg (0) 2006-05-27 19:35
What a great shot, Simon.
I love your use of form and space here. I'm going to call this a "zen photograph", as it reminds me of the techniques used by the japanese zen caligraphers.
I have nothing but praise for this fine image.
mjdundee (4663) 2006-06-01 10:11
Every time I look at this post I feel unsave what I see and have to look again - for hours now ;-)) - Very well seen and done. TFS
alvaraalto (6177) 2006-06-05 17:14
I like the beautiful graphical idea of this picture. This kind of pictures often inspires me for paintings or even stronger graphical composition. You can see an example of that in the WS.
daddo (25569) 2006-06-07 5:46
Hi Simon. Don't know how I missed this one. Glorious in its purity/simplicity. The principle of lines both vertical, horizontal and diagonal produces a most pleasing and mood filled composition. Congratulations. Regards, Klaudio
king (2905) 2006-06-07 13:17
A good picture tells a story. What happenend before this shot and what's gonna happen after?
The big question is the pile right in the middle. Why oh why is only that one empty???
Romantic and graphical picture in one: an unusual combination.
Thanks for sharing.
Huub de K.
Tracker (1942) 2006-06-17 7:23
Nice, well composed picture which makes mood. Great choice of sepia. Thanks.
picardo (2459) 2006-07-29 14:09
Wow... lovely picture with some kind of minimalistic touch!. Sepia colors are wonderfull. Excelent work. TFS
P.S.: Thanks for your comments
anaines (827) 2006-08-04 11:04
Excellent composition. Good symmetry among the five logs with 4 gulls. Very nice tones, almost B&W. TFS
Anna-- (7791) 2006-08-21 15:00
Very beautiful this composition both for the linearity and for the tonality.
vthomas (441) 2006-10-11 11:57
Everything has been said already, I just back-up all the compliments as all of them are well diserved. Lots of sensitivity and poetry here.
But just one thing, why did u have to shoot the 5th bird? ;-)
ozpaul (288) 2006-10-30 8:11
David and Vincent, The 5th bird was "the bird in the hand". Your know the ancient proverb "a bird in the hand is worth 5 on the post"? or like the chinese vase, a slight imperfection is required for perfection - which is pretty close here. Regards Paul.
xeexo (244) 2007-01-13 18:14
I love this photo. Unfortunately I am not able to say why. Perhaps, because it's like life. Perfectly imperfect or maybe imperfectly perfect. If there were the 5-th bird it would lose its charm. Thanks.
sennaista (50) 2007-01-15 5:53
POV is very fitting. Composition leaves a nice impression by cleverly manipulating the subject shadows. Exposure, well it's just great.
Keep up the good work.
- Copyright: Simon Bolch (Propofol) (1790)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-02-14
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS350D/Digital Rebel XT, Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, Digital ISO 100, Hoya 67mm UV
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2006-05-20 0:50
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