Gary Potts, APSA, GMPSA, SPSA  

Beaver's Den by Gary Potts, APSA, GMPSA, SPSA

January 2022 - Beaver's Den

January 2022 - Gary Potts, APSA, GMPSA, SPSA


About the Image(s)

This pond in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado is indeed a favorite home for beavers. There was a lot of foliage around the water that was in bright sun. I decided in post processing I wanted to show more of the background trees reflected in the water, so this area was intentionally lightened. The natural elements in the scene seemed to me to contain the composition with an emphasis on the center. As you can see from the original, some selective cloning was done to simplify things. This was taken on my converted Nikon D70 many years ago, 18mm lens (27mm equivalent full frame); 1/60th second, f11, ISO 200.

13 comments posted

Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Hi Gary, Wow! The detail you have found really makes this one pop! The composition is so interesting. Unusual to have a diamond shape framing. It holds it all together and makes us concentrate on those wonderful reflections. Well done as always.   Posted: 01/01/2022 09:46:26
Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Thanks Melanie...amazing what one can find when rooting around the old files...this was 2009, and it had never seen the light of day!   Posted: 01/03/2022 12:17:29

Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
Hi. I agree with Melanie's comments. The image is almost an abstract of shapes, textures, and tones. The composition brings us to the beautiful patterns in the reflections. Well done.
I'm reprocessing pictures that I took years ago with my D100. It's essentially the same as the D70. Using current software tools and more advanced Photoshop techniques I can get much better results from the old files.   Posted: 01/01/2022 18:06:48
Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Thank you Arik...couldn't agree more...modern software has opened up new options for some of our older work. I've even had modest success using it on scanned slides.   Posted: 01/03/2022 12:18:34

Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Hi Gary
What a wonderful display of textures and forms, not forgetting those lovely reflections that have been introduced. The circular composition adds to the drama, leaving some breathing space in the foreground. Well done!   Posted: 01/02/2022 00:01:28
Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Thank you, Palli, for your kind comments. I just 'found' this one in the files from 2009. It pays to go back and have a look at some of the past imagery!   Posted: 01/03/2022 12:19:35

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
I just love this one, Gary, right up my ally with it's abstract and graphical qualities. Good call on leaving the base of the forest. The reflection is just beautiful, and the diagonal log is what makes the image for me. The blacks are super rich, but I think there's room on the right side of the histogram for just a bit more white.   Posted: 01/03/2022 10:40:45
Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Thanks for the compliment Jack...means a lot. I take your point on the histogram, and the attached version is punching up those whites a bit more. What do you think?   Posted: 01/03/2022 12:21:00
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Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
Yes, Gary, I think that works well.   Posted: 01/03/2022 14:23:38
Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Thanks for doing that. I does make it even more wonderful!   Posted: 01/04/2022 10:59:06

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

You got this photo right when you captured it in the field. Focus on the pond taken from a corner point with just enough background for context. Then your thoughtful processing brings out what your eye saw that day in Colorado.

It is a very memorable scene that you created no question

Great start to the New Year


Emil   Posted: 01/04/2022 12:31:01
Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Thank you Emil...very kind. May you experience a safe, healthy and image-filled 2022!
Gary   Posted: 01/04/2022 16:52:19

Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Gary, I like the backlighting effect in this image and the artsy touch add by the reflection. The strong contrast makes an already organic pond seem even more so. This is an image that invites the viewer to walk into it.   Posted: 01/11/2022 10:42:03


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