Monday, June 19, 2017

Nice Dam Reflections

I took my dog for a walk at Colliery Dam Park this afternoon and was pleasantly surprised at the beautiful reflections mid-day. Although it was cloudy, the sky was quite bright, making for good contrast. While editing in LR, I kept the dark shadows.

I walked further along the path, and took several shots through the trees, bracketing. I like this one, I  think it looks "painterly," I like the contrast, and the angle of the tree branches.

I walked to the end of the lake and got wet feet trying to jump out to the gravel bar. Again, I like the reflections and the strong lines. 

I walked around the other side of the lake, and once again admired the reflections. 

However, I thought the foreground needed a feature. Since there weren't any ducks about to swim into the frame, I threw a rock into the lake. 

I never was much of a ball player, and I shanked the rock off to the left. But then from behind me a chocolate lab swam out after the rock. 

And now I had my foreground feature!

Where did it go? I know it's here somewhere!

For this last shot I got lower, closer to the water, and positioned the deadhead log at one of the "rule-of-thirds" intersections. 

I might not make any money at it, but it sure is fun!


  1. It's the fun part that keeps me hooked, as well. Thanks, John.

  2. John you are extremely creative. I love all the thought that you put into your work. The textures and the compositions are really detailed and exquisite. I am very impressed with your ingenuity, I.e. throwing the rock to create the ripple effect and obviously the universe likes you to since it sent a chocolate lab, just for your photo shoot!