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Sunrising: Der Ith

Sunrising: Der Ith

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  • Jewlya
  • United States
  • 27 Jan 2008, 01:02
Stunning, Kathryn. I really like the intense white of the light on the water (is that what it is?) and the even lines of the trees. What a wonderful framing of a visually interesting setting.
Kathryn: Jewlya, I really can't take credit for much more than pointing the camera. Although I frequently bemoan the gray, rainy, winters in Germany, when the sun shines, it certainly is beautiful.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 27 Jan 2008, 01:12
Pools of water, like mirrors, set in the wine-dark pastures.
Severe trees, set like battalions of mindless soldiers on the battlefield.
Even so...a work of great beauty, to my eye, Kathryn.
Kathryn: Oh yes, those are little mirrors with the dark soldiers trees as ghosts of battles past.

Ray, this is just about 15-20 minutes from my home. I have another image of the farmer's field right below my house, that I'll post soon. Beautiful geography here.
  • Helen
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
  • 27 Jan 2008, 03:04
This is stunning!
Kathryn: Have you ever been to Germany, Helen? There are places here that will bring tears to your eyes, make you set down your camera, just drink it all in, and capture the beauty with only your mind and heart.
  • Dave
  • Pennsylvania
  • 27 Jan 2008, 03:16
Wonderful composition. The line of evenly spaced trees in the center (poplars?) makes the shot.
Kathryn: Thank you so much, David. I think they are poplars. I've noted that there are many used here to create noise borders, as Germans are into the more natural ways of dealing with those things. I was actually stand on a state highway when I took it yesterday. The Ith is a beautiful region of Germany that bridges the lowlands with the mountains, extending into both. This just as we were reaching the mountains.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 27 Jan 2008, 03:18
Yes the water dose look like mirrors against the dark earth. great photo Kathryn
Kathryn: Thank you much.
  • makoto
  • Sapporo, Japan
  • 27 Jan 2008, 05:53
Brilliant scenery. I love this tones. Really beautiful.
Kathryn: Makoto, well I was reluctant to take the photograph because there are times when I think I should not spoil the moment by sticking a camera between myself and the experience. And to be honest, most of the times when I try, I can't capture the beauty I see anyway. I got a little lucky this time. Mother Nature was generous.
I can't believe this ... I have just such an image that is due for posting.
Kathryn: Overwateredland to be more specific smile
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 27 Jan 2008, 06:59
Beautiful composition Kathryn, lovely shot.
Kathryn: Thanks so much, Aussie. i am working on composition and still have a issues with more minimalist type images. Glad to know I hit it on the mark here though.
  • urban8
  • Stoke-lying-somewhere-over-the-River-Trent
  • 27 Jan 2008, 07:29
This is excellent, Kathryn!
I don't know why, but I've totally missed your blog before today, so have been scanning through your archive & could have left loads of comments on so many great images!
I'll promise to keep my eye open for your work in the future.
Kathryn: Thanks so much, John! And thanks for finding me and taking time to look through my achieve and leave messages. Good to know you like some of what you found.
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 27 Jan 2008, 08:00
Totally awesome, Kathryn!
Kathryn: Totally thank you, Ginnie!
Fabulous capture of light from these floods, Kathryn. I really like the composition.
Kathryn: Chad, thanks so much. The rain here has been so consistent. As much as I am a sunlover, the overfilled fields are so beautiful!
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 27 Jan 2008, 08:35
Phenomenal Kathryn, love the panoramic view, there have been heavy rainfall but it adds to the picture, this is a joy for the eye.
Kathryn: Thanks much, Astrid--yes on the heavy rainfall, but yesterday it held off until late afternoon, luckily.

Phenomenal Kathryn, I like the way that sounds smile
If I were a cat I would be purring. I love the light, the overall feel, but the clincher for me is the way the pattern of the trees repeats diagonally into the distance
Kathryn: Purr away, Mr. Cat. As I said, I sort of lucked into this shot, being in the right place at the right time.

I did take some of just the background and well, I need to look at them. Maybe I have one that will make you purr more.
This is absolutely lovely Kathrn: very powerful
Kathryn: We are in agreement, Chris. Seeing it was a very moving experience.
Just wonderful Kathryn!
Kathryn: Thanks, Richard. How is the rain in France? It seems those of us who live in Germany and the UK are going to need boats to get around instead of cars.
This is wonderful Kathryn.
A fantastic capture.
Kathryn: Thanks, Bernie.

I was scrolling your archive the other day and just realized that you and Urban8 are married and that Abbie is your daughter. I love her photographic colleague (and many of yours and John's photographs too).
  • blackdog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 27 Jan 2008, 10:21
Good high viewpoint makes the most of the sunlight on the flooding and gives you a stunning panorama. Excellent control of the depth (even if you did just "point and shoot")

Interesting that the reflected light is stronger than the sky, makes the whole very uplifting, a regeneration...
Kathryn: I wondered if anyone would pick up on that and leave it to you to be the eagle-eye who did. That is not actually the sky, Mike. that is the mountains in the distance. The sky was a bit washed out and distracting, but it sure did its job making those lakes shine!
  • PhotoSam
  • London, U.K
  • 27 Jan 2008, 10:49
liking rh shadow/highlight play...
Kathryn: Playing with shadows and light...a carry over from when I was a child I used a flashlight to make shadows on the wall smile

Thanks for your comment.
  • terry
  • Nepal
  • 27 Jan 2008, 14:51
even mother nature has a salon somewhere. the trimmed tree-tops complement the fluid mirrors. likeyed smile
Kathryn: Welcome home, Terry. Mother Nature has mirrors and little brushes with which to apply her colors.

Nice to know you likeyed it.
This is stunning, Kathryn! It looks perfect with this letterbox crop, too. (:o)
Kathryn: Thanks, Roz. Nice to know you like it.
  • tim
  • United Kindom
  • 27 Jan 2008, 16:53
it never ceases to amaze me how nature and adverse weather conditions seem to join forces to give us the opportunity's to produce stunning shots like this Katharyn, shall we put summer on holdsmile, well maybe not, superb image smile
Kathryn: Oh Tim, you and me too. I was stunned looking at this and the levels of the other rives that are creeping over their edges. If we have a few sunny days, I will be a happy camper.

Thanks on your compliment.
  • Tracy
  • Stoke on Trent UK
  • 27 Jan 2008, 17:40
Wicked Kathryn love the lighting in this
Kathryn: Thanks so much, Tracy.
  • monika
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 27 Jan 2008, 18:53
Very interesting effect, great capture of reflections on water.
Kathryn: Thanks, Monica. I noticed you've spent time in Germany. Did you happen to visit Der Ith?
  • Pops
  • United Kingdom
  • 27 Jan 2008, 19:45
Just tree's and water but you have captured an amazing panorama with them
Kathryn: Thanks, Pops...trees, water, nature--they are my leiblings.
SC's new format makes the most of this crop. A truly beautiful scene, Kathryn.

On the bright side, if you get more rain, there may be lots of ducks to take photos of. LOL
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 27 Jan 2008, 21:35
The rain does have its benefits when it is responsible for pictures like this. The luminous pools of water lead the eye in. Great composition.
  • VZ
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • 27 Jan 2008, 22:52
…the empty mirrors of empty lakes
are empty eyes of birds with broken wings
that wait for spring…
  • Ron S
  • Worcester UK
  • 30 Jan 2008, 08:22
So different to most of your other current postings but so satisfying and uplifting to look at.
  • pixelpixie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 14 Feb 2008, 11:56
Magnificent landscape Kathryn; the mirrored light, the shapes it makes, the tonal range of silhouetted frames of trees, the greys to green and such wonderful depth.

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