24 | May
"Fantasy Lake"

This reminds me of the 3D scenes I used to create in Bryce, a 3D landscape program. The water so smooth and the light almost from a different world.

Similar to yesterday's photo, but not the same. In today's shot there are more ducks and the water is not only smoother, but not as sunny. The silhouettes are darker and also smoother due to the calm waters. Also, those specs you see aren't from the lense or sensor, they're actually on the water.

Due to the smoothness of this photo, I have decided to make it avaliable as wallpaper. I haven't seen any other photobloggers who distribute wallpaper...is this just because of the stealing issue? (an image of high enough quality can be stolen much easier)

Wallpaper:

800x600 | 1024x768 | 1280x1024 | 1600x1200

Several more pond photos to come...

categories: nature sunrise/sunset

Thoughts of: btezra
May 24th, 2005 at 6:44 AM

~an xlnt catch here, well done on the silhouettes, the pastels in teh relfex off teh water!~

Thoughts of: Ed Little, Jr.
May 24th, 2005 at 8:53 AM

Yup, I like the smoothness also. I might have waited for just a brief moment until the duck on the bottom right lifted it's head...then one would tell it's more of a duck. I would've have added maybe a 2/3s to 1 stop to brighten the scene. As for the wall paper, I usually send people a copy if they request...I usually don't have much time to transfer some to wallpaper, but a good idea to make it available.

Thoughts of: yungyaw
May 24th, 2005 at 9:32 AM

Hmm... family outing? Haha! I agree with Ed Little, Jr. If the bottom right duck turns its head the same direction as others it would be nicer. Good news on the wallpapers.

Thoughts of: pilgrim
May 24th, 2005 at 10:25 AM

Beautiful picture. You have an awesome site indeed, excellent photos and layout design, congrats for both and thanks for the comments on mine.

You got a new daily visitor!

Keep the good work!

Thoughts of: Michael Czeiszperger
May 24th, 2005 at 11:22 AM

More ducks? Both of the pictures are beautiful.

Thoughts of: Nik
May 24th, 2005 at 2:02 PM

Very nice, I like the contrast to yesterdays photo... both are good photo's of ducks on water, yet both are very different in color and deffinition. I am especially fond of the reflection of the sillohette in today's photo.

Thoughts of: Leigh
May 24th, 2005 at 6:07 PM

This is just so beautiful. It's the colours on the water and the soft feel that I really like, well done :)

Thoughts of: paul
May 24th, 2005 at 8:11 PM

love the transition of the orange/yellow light from the top down to the dark blue/black at the bottom, superb ryan. A very relaxing shot.

Thoughts of: paul
May 24th, 2005 at 8:13 PM

btw looks awesome on the desktop ;) cheers mate.

Thoughts of: Mark
May 24th, 2005 at 8:34 PM

I like the blue to gold transition, and the ripples coming out from the ducks.

Nice one, Ryan :)

Thoughts of: Tim Walker
May 26th, 2005 at 4:59 PM

I love the velvet texture of this image, and the way the exposure is so perfectly balanced between warmth and detail.

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