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Gold Lake Christmas Card by greglief Gold Lake Christmas Card by greglief
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This is somewhat old (five years ago this month), but I think it works well for the holiday season. This is from a snowshoeing trip at Gold Lake, located near the Willamette Pass in central Oregon. I could not feel my fingers when I took the shot, and my tripod kept sliding around on the frozen snow, so my expectations were nil. When I returned home and looked at my shots, I was very surprised to discover that this one was actually worth keeping!

(The sections of the lake where the reflections were obscured were covered with ice.)

NOTE: When displayed at its default size, the photo may appear a bit "soft". FULL VIEW is highly recommended for better appreciation of detail.

(Nikon D70, Nikon 12-24 lens, circular polarizer, f/22, 1/3 second, Bogen/Manfrotto tripod)
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:iconviceberly:
VicEberly Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
Featured: [link] :sun:
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photographsoflife Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
i absolutely LOVE how the scenery is reflecting in the crystal clear water!!! this shot is absolutely breathtaking :heart:
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:icongreglief:
greglief Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for your kind words!
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:iconphotographsoflife:
photographsoflife Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome :aww:
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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
Brilliant reflection! :clap:
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:icongreglief:
greglief Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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:iconhatchetgabby:
Hatchetgabby Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So beautiful,a black mirror.
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:icongreglief:
greglief Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for your kind words!
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:iconhatchetgabby:
Hatchetgabby Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no problem ^^
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gee231205 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Looks wonderful, the reflection seems so perfect even in the areas where the ice obscures it. :)
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greglief Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! I wish that there had been no ice on the lake, but it was unavoidable given the temperature. :)
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coby01 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
wonderful :clap:
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:icongreglief:
greglief Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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TheBigTVDFan Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
OMG
I've seen some great photographer in my life (and by that I mean they were as good so that I almost fainted sometimes) but this... :faint: :faint: :faint: :faint: This is just awesome over the top!! :abduction:
Just gonna go and watch ya! OwO
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greglief Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for your very kind words!
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:iconthebigtvdfan:
TheBigTVDFan Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
^^ your welcome!
And I wasn't just complementing, all those words are true :love:
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:icongreglief:
greglief Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I know... I believe you. :D
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TheBigTVDFan Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
^^
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:iconorganblower:
organblower Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
sometimes it's worth having your fingers turn black and smell bad to get a shot like thislol
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greglief Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Agreed! But fortunately for me, I did not contract frostbite during the making of this one. That would have been tragic, because it would have made playing the piano difficult (if not completely impossible)!
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organblower Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I didn't know you played. I used to play organ but never learned piano.
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:icongreglief:
greglief Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely... I have played since I was 4 (much longer than I have been doing photography). :D
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organblower Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I think of Erik Satie's Gymnopédie No 1 when I look at this. [link]
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greglief Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
(Digressing a bit...) Thank you very much for bringing this to my attention. I have heard "Gymnopédie No 1" many times, but before seeing your message I did not know the title nor composer. I shall get the sheet music for his three Gymnopédies and add them to my classical repertoire! :D
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organblower Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I think you will be glad you did. #1 is pretty easy but highly emotional. It's a piece that takes me back to the place I first heard it, and it was perfect for that moment in time.
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greglief Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm sure that I will be glad too. All three of them sound technically easy, but the key will be to imbue them with sufficient emotional resonance. Thanks again!
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xxxYue110xxx Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconiloveyouplz: WOW~! So CLEAR~! So beautiful~! The way the water reflects the unseen trees makes it awesome~! :D
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greglief Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much!
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xxxYue110xxx Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Your Welcome~! :D
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FaerieBert Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is gorgeous! :D
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:icongreglief:
greglief Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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Erikku-Kun Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful
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greglief Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Professional Photographer
absolutely stunning Greg.
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greglief Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you, Dennis!
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Professional Photographer
you're welcome :)
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desmo100 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011
This is like a magic mirror through which one can find the meaning of life on earth. I love the depth of color sparkling with natural light, all nicely reflected. Nature never fails to astound me.
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greglief Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much for the "magic mirror" metaphor. The bits of sunlight were the main reason that I took this shot (though as I said in my description I wasn't expecting anything to come of it given the frigid afternoon). I was very fortunate!
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desmo100 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011
Luck seems always to come into play with great photos. Capturing nature's best moments is such a wonderful surprise!
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:iconavtechnician:
AVtechnician Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Student General Artist
Amazing Shot!
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:icongreglief:
greglief Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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Mitch-el Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011
Worth keeping, indeed. This is a beautiful shot. :)

-- Mitch
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greglief Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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Mitch-el Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011
You're welcome!

-- Mitch
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greglief Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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HeavyMetalWaterfall Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011
Very Christmas-y. :D beautiful shot, glad you got one out of all that pain and suffering to get it.
Do you like your NIKON? May I ask how much you paid for it and if you have several you use for different occasions?
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greglief Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, I like my Nikon D90. I think I paid $800 US for it, several years ago. It is undoubtedly less expensive now, because that is always how it goes with digital cameras. At the moment I only have one camera.
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HeavyMetalWaterfall Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011
I don't know about that price being lower. I was browsing EBay and discouraging myself more and more as time went on. Decent cameras with no lenses, case, or anything seem to be going for no less than $500 or more, and the one set that I saw that included some lenses and an ok looking case was $1000+ -_-
*weary sigh*
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Good-e-nuf Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011
Incredible!

Walt
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greglief Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much!
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