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Lake Mendota Dawn

Lake Mendota Dawn
Copyright ©2006, Elisabeth Spector HoF Win ¤ $

Lake Mendota in southern Wisconsin. This shot was taken a few minutes before "Fire and Brimstone," looking to the southeast.

Photographer: Elisabeth Spector HoF Win ¤ $
Folder: ES Miscellaneous
Uploaded: 2006-Oct-14 20:28 EDT
Current Rating: 9.63/8 (Weighted rating: 9.08)
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Camera: Olympus E-1
Lens: Olympus 14-54mm f2.8/3.5
Lens Adapter: None
ISO: 100
Aperture: f/2.8
Shutter Speed: 1/60
Focal Length: 14 mm
Flash: No
Tripod/Monopod: No
Critique Level: Dead Honest Critique

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very luscious colors...w a minimalist twist ;-))

dee vee HoF Win ¤ $1 at 00:35 EDT on 2006-Oct-15 [Reply]


An amazing shot for f2.8. The partial inclusion, placement and dimensions of the jetty raises this to another level. Wonderful.

Eugene Donohoe HoF Win ¤1 $ at 03:36 EDT on 2006-Oct-15 [Reply]

Absolutely ....

beautiful, Elisabeth. And Im completely with Eugene about the jetty.

Best wishes,

Horst Schmier HoF Win ¤ $1 at 04:56 EDT on 2006-Oct-15 [Reply]


oh my that's a beauty!

love the colours and the 'cleanliness', i'm sure you know what i mean:) however - fantastic!

it's all there, nothing to complain about.

good work!


Sven Hamberg ¤1 at 06:02 EDT on 2006-Oct-15 [Reply]


This is simply an absolutely stunning image. Wow!!

Frederick P Kapp ¤1 at 06:42 EDT on 2006-Oct-15 [Reply]


Beautiful, like it a lot!

Jan Pliva HoF ¤ $1 at 08:10 EDT on 2006-Oct-15 [Reply]


Thank you so much, dee vee, David, Eugene, Horst, Sven, Frederick and Jan, for your very nice comments and ratings.

I was happy to get at least a few shots I liked that morning as a reward for getting up in the cold at the crack of dawn. I'm NOT a morning person (or a cold-weather person), but I was visiting this location from 1200 miles away and thought I should at least make some effort to take advantage of the situation. Glad you like it.

Elisabeth Spector HoF Win ¤1 $ at 16:06 EDT on 2006-Oct-15 [Reply]


i like it...maybe not sure in the magenta (this usually disturb me on my color pictures...) but it produce a nice feel looking at this...

denis grzetic HoF Win ¤1 at 16:32 EDT on 2006-Oct-15 [Reply]

Challenging compo that works well

Well seen, Elisabeth. I saw this last night but held off commenting. Now I come back and see that Denis touched on my only concern. I have an anti magenta-blue streak in me! It goes way back to my film days when I couldn't control it as I wished I could. But I love the light on the jetty. It looks metallic...machinery-like. This one would probably work much better for me in B&W.

Rob Smith HoF Win ¤ $1 at 16:59 EDT on 2006-Oct-15 [Reply]


Denis and Rob thanks very much for your comments, especially your candor about the color. I'm trying to make sure I understand about the magenta-blue. On my monitor, I see only a faint hint of magenta, more of a pale bubble-gum pink in the sky, with just a hint of magenta towards the right hand side. The blue looks indigo at the bottom and more like periwinkle in the lighter parts. Just clonk me on the head if I'm missing your point entirely. Ugh...I wish I understood better, but I appreciate the comments from both of you nonetheless. I have this on my list of images to try to work up in black and white, so maybe I'll come back with another version. Thanks again!

Elisabeth Spector HoF Win ¤1 $ at 19:59 EDT on 2006-Oct-15 [Reply]

Sometimes there is nothing to say

E. Edwin Ennor ~ (E) HoF Win ¤ $1 at 21:58 EDT on 2006-Oct-15 [Reply]


The exclamation point did not make it...

E. Edwin Ennor ~ (E) HoF Win ¤ $1 at 21:59 EDT on 2006-Oct-15 [Reply]

Please, Elisabeth...!

My comments simply expressed a personal colour taste. I'm not saying there is anything flawed in the way you've executed this image. I'm just not a fan of images that are predominantly in the magenta-blue sector of the colour wheel. There's no strong magenta here other than a cast. It comes down to personal preference on white balance. Best wishes.

Rob Smith HoF Win ¤ $1 at 00:17 EDT on 2006-Oct-16 [Reply]


Love the sharpness combined with the 'water color painting horizon.'

vaggelis fragiadakis HoF Win ¤ $1 $ at 03:27 EDT on 2006-Oct-16 [Reply]


Rob just made my he said-nothing wrong here...

denis grzetic HoF Win ¤1 at 05:42 EDT on 2006-Oct-16 [Reply]


Thanks for the explanation, Rob. (And thanks, too, Denis.) That makes perfect sense. Just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something, as I'm apt to do sometimes! The honest feedback here is one of the very best things about MFT and I'm glad you and Denis said something. You've made me think a bit more about my own color preferences and choices and I'll probably be more inclined in the future to explore different avenues in post-processing, just for fun/curiosity if for no other reason.

And thanks, too, EEE and Vaggelis, for taking the time to comment.

Elisabeth Spector HoF Win ¤1 $ at 08:57 EDT on 2006-Oct-16 [Reply]


yes prefer the new one much...funny what a little color change can do...

ok back to work!!

JonPaul Douglass ¤1 $ at 17:37 EDT on 2006-Oct-18 [Reply]


One of my favorite kinds of shots, which includes silky water and dreamy tones. I like the composition that is kind of combination of minimalism and natural scape. Well done

Michel Khoury ¤1 at 04:12 EST on 2007-Jan-31 [Reply]