Pierre Williot  

Pre dawn at Lake Flavia by Pierre Williot

September 2020 - Pre dawn at Lake Flavia

About the Image(s)

Equipment: Panasonic Lumix DC-G9, Olympus M. Zuiko 7-14mm f/2.8, Tripod

Setup: High resolution mode (single image), ISO 200, 14mm, f/10, 1.0 sec, Slight adjustments in LightRoom

This was approximately 40 min before the sunrise by Lake Flavia (South Dayton - Western New York) in Mid August 2020.

9 comments posted

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
I love the balance you have in this photo with the trees on both the right and the left. But perhaps what is even better is the use of space. The image has the feel of minimalism, something rarely done. You also included a gentle "S" curve that adds serenity to the image.

You really nailed this one.   Posted: 09/07/2020 17:07:40
Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Thanks Larry! I love to catch this pre-dawn blue hour, even if I needs to get up really early to catch it (this lake is approximately 1.5 hours away from my place!)   Posted: 09/17/2020 14:38:58

San Yuan   San Yuan
Hi, Pierre:

I would agree with Larry's comment on the overall balance of the image. Very well composed. It gave me a sense of calm and peace during this crazy period of riots, social isolation and political upheaval.   Posted: 09/07/2020 18:23:59
Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Thanks San. I totally agree with you - the world is in turmoil. At that time of the day, the only other people that might be around would be the avid fishermen!   Posted: 09/17/2020 14:41:30

Lamar Nix   Lamar Nix
Forty minutes before sunrise is a very serene time of the day and you have captured a perfect image to convey serenity. The echoed tree clusters line up along the diagonal but do not disturb the harmony and balance intrinsic to the scene. Exposure is just right.   Posted: 09/17/2020 13:15:11
Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Thanks for your very kind comments Lamar - appreciated. As you know, some of the advantages of getting to the scene early is that there is no rush to get it right (as long as one has appropriate clothing for this time of the day, and tricks to keep the bugs away). Furthermore, no crowds that gets in the way.
Interestingly enough, during the day, this scene is not as serene as there is a quarry accross this little lake (not seen here partly due to the darkness. P.S.: I did not cheat by removing it! - just hid it behing the trees in the middle...)   Posted: 09/17/2020 15:00:06

Todd Paige   Todd Paige
Hi Pierre,

This is a very nice composition, I like the arrangement of the groups of trees and the way the water and fog lead the eye through the image. The colors are also very pleasing.
Great job,
  Posted: 09/17/2020 18:46:31

Judy Murphy   Judy Murphy
The pair of tree silhouettes is well seen and placed in the composition making the secondary element trio of trees a nice reinforcing anchor that the S curve sets off so effectively. The light, lovely color pallet and blush of color behind them set them off nicely. As said, a great use of space.   Posted: 09/18/2020 19:39:44

Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
Hi Pierre, I just love your original shot with calm and soothing purple blue sky color and fog. To me, it's all perfectly done. My only suggestion is to darken the foreground grass. One third of the image. The bright color on this side keep pulling my attention when I enjoyed viewing the two third of the image. Nice shot Pierre!   Posted: 09/21/2020 01:42:13


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