Saturday, 23 July 2016 11:14

And the Leaves That Are Green Turn to Brown

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Trustom Pond is fairly small as national wildlife refuges go, but then the beauty of Rhode Island doesn't accommodate oversized displays, but rather exceptional ones. And Trustom Pond is, indeed, exceptional. It is, by Rhode Island accounts, a "salt pond," but in technical terms it is an enclosed lagoon separated from the sea by the narrow spit of Trustom Beach. The much smaller, slightly more inland Farm Pond collects the drainage from the surrounding woodlands and old, fallow fields, and feeds Trustom to the delight of migrating waterfowl. Surrounding Farm Pond are beautiful red maples and other hardwoods, and spread across its waters is typically found in late-summer a carpet of water lilies that will turn golden brown as autumn approaches. I felt somewhat on the intimate landscape side of abstract as I watched this cluster of pads lying above the maple-reflected colors in the water. Since I wanted to isolate the cluster fairly tightly, I chose a focal length of 292mm. As there was some slight wind moving across the surface, I chose an aperture of f/7.1 as a setting and an ISO of 200 to achieve a shutter speed of 1/15th second. The depth-of-field reduction was a compromise, and I focused in the middle of the scene to maximize what depth there was, depending, as in last week's Image, on the eye's willingness to forgive some loss of detail in the presence of sharpness close by. It occurred to me that Paul Simon might have been stirred to visit Trustom once on a song-writing adventure.

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  • Comment Link Donald McGowan Friday, 29 July 2016 09:09 posted by Donald McGowan

    Good morning Everyone. Thank you all very much for joining me for this conversation. Bonnie and I and our friend Bill O'Connell enjoyed some wonderful oldtime Bluegrass music last night up in Madison County, North Carolina, and this morning my heart soars with those sounds. I wish you all could have been with us.
    Hey Nancy T., I am always interested to see what you have to share about any Image, and i am especially appreciative of your comments for this one. Trustom Pond is, indeed, the picture of tranquility; and even with all of the waterfowl activity, it is still an oasis of serenity. The upper pond is so tucked away from everything that it is its own little world of life and color, and I can certainly agree with you that Kodachrome would have gotten off to a great start here. As always, thanks for you kind and thoughtful comments.
    Hi Chuck, it's always good to have you with us, my friend. I agree with you completely on all counts: there is great beauty that surrounds this place and much tranquility as well. And as much as this might tend toward abstraction, it is definitely intimate landscape. As I played with these waters, I went back and forth from one to the other and completely enjoyed my time with each.
    Hey Joani. It's good to have you with us. I hope you've been having some excellent adventures in our beautiful world. I'm glad to hear that my technical effort accomplished its goal and that the result was a pleasing one. I'm with you about living in the moment, and yet sometimes some small visual cue will capture our attention, and we off into a different time, past or future. Hopefully we can briefly enjoy them before bringing ourselves back to now. And, yes, fall's beauty will be with us before we know it.
    Karen, thank you so much for your kind words. On the shameless commerce side of things, you know everything I create is available as a print; and I'll leave it at that. On the artistic side, I am very appreciative that you have responded so positively with this Image. I truly had a lot of fun creating it. And just as an aside, we are down to one space for the Upper Peninsula workshop. I think you have a wonderful time with this group, just saying. Thanks again.
    And thank you, again, Everyone, for all of your delightful observations. Enjoy your summer, and remember Joani's words: "...fall's beauty is not far away."

  • Comment Link Karen Geiken Sunday, 24 July 2016 13:05 posted by Karen Geiken

    My lake where I am sitting right now has more activity than beauty! I want your gorgeous capture in my "great room."⯑ Karen

  • Comment Link Joani Sunday, 24 July 2016 11:41 posted by Joani

    Beautiful colors, Don! My eye is drawn to the center as you intended, and is quite happy there. I try to live in the moment, but this makes me long for fall. It reminds me that fall's beauty is not far away.

  • Comment Link Chuck Coburn Sunday, 24 July 2016 09:30 posted by Chuck Coburn

    The first thing that entered my mind was what great beauty must surround this water, and a quiet place to sit and meditate. I feel it more as intimate landscape that abstract. Wonderful capture!

  • Comment Link Nancy Tripp Sunday, 24 July 2016 09:14 posted by Nancy Tripp

    Is it possible for an image to scream tranquility? This one does:-) The saturated colors in the water stopped me in my tracks and the repeated green circles pattern in the water lilies made me want to stay a while and listen to the music. This must be the very spot that "Kodachrome" was conceived!

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