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Sunset through the reeds

Posted by
Doug (Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom) on 28 November 2012 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

I had another image planned for today but it was our camera clubs competition last night with the title of Reflections. I was pleasantly surprised when this image I took last March on the moors won first prize, the first time I've succeeded like this

Canon EOS 500D 1/500 second F/5.6 ISO 400 444 mm (35mm equiv.)


Making an effort to return to AM3 after a bit of an absence, it's really nice to see photo's from all contributors and I will try to comment when I can. If I offer criticism I do so only to help and I do not wish to cause offence. My photography tends to be from my travels, as well as my passion which is wildlife and landscape. I hope you enjoy what you see.
Thanks for your comments I'm really grateful for them and welcome constructive feedback.

Jerry from Aberdeen, United States

You caught an interesting effect, it almost looks like the reeds are on fire but of course they are not. Congratulations.

28 Nov 2012 5:22am

Mooie from Vancouver, Canada

It's a beautiful photo.. I'm not at all surprised it's a contest winner! and I agree, the reflective sunset looks like a flame with a life of it's own... sizzling away :-)

28 Nov 2012 5:28am

Luke from Spokane Washington, United States

You captured a very peaceful moment on this pond!

28 Nov 2012 5:33am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Wow - well deserved first place, Doug. A very special capture you get here - love it!

28 Nov 2012 6:21am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

It is difficult to improve. Great vibe. Glow of light on the surface might as well be a flame.

28 Nov 2012 6:25am

Lydia.Dd from Paris, France

I'm not surprised you got the first prize , this picture is wonderful ! *****

28 Nov 2012 7:07am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle trace luminuese et effet fantastique reflet et vue.

28 Nov 2012 7:34am

k@ from Paris, France

Fire & water, great couple in superb light.

28 Nov 2012 7:44am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Completely justified -I fully endorse the judge's decision (for a change) - I can feel a Spotlight moment coming too .....:-)

28 Nov 2012 7:52am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice!
so beautiful lights!

28 Nov 2012 7:59am

tataray from france, France

Sympa, belle composition)

28 Nov 2012 8:53am

Basile Pesso from Paris, France

Very beautiful.

28 Nov 2012 9:08am

Martine from bousval, Belgium

Superbe photo! j'adore+++++

28 Nov 2012 9:19am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Congratulations!! A beautiful sunset :)

28 Nov 2012 9:22am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Well done on first prize - it is a beauty.

28 Nov 2012 9:46am

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

Sehr schönes Siegerfoto.

28 Nov 2012 10:42am

Oiva from Turku, Finland

A beautiful sunset! Good luck with receiving the prize, be happy for you, a nice thing when you get appreciation for the competition:-))hALEJA.


28 Nov 2012 10:48am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

I can see why it's a prize winner. Lovely Doug. The drinks are on you :)

28 Nov 2012 10:50am

Emma G from Canberra, Australia

a very original sunset shot - looks just like a flame....well done on your first place :)

28 Nov 2012 10:58am

Kate from EXETER, United Kingdom

Congratulations Doug, it was well deserved!! Its a beautiful image.

28 Nov 2012 11:16am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

j'adore la teinte et ce cygne qui se cache parmi ces roseaux

28 Nov 2012 11:31am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

What a beautiful photo !!!

28 Nov 2012 11:45am

gerard1948 from Santiago de Compostela, Spain

A fantastic effect, it seems supernatural. A very nice picture, I like a lot. Great shot.
Have a nice day.

28 Nov 2012 1:04pm

B.Sully from Surf City, United States

Congrats on getting first place, it is very well deserved! What a beautifully composed sunset shot. The blazing reflection seems to cut right through those reeds, and all is so peaceful and calm. Great shot!

28 Nov 2012 1:07pm

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

congrats and I can see why this won, love the details of the reeds and the tranquillity of the sunset and the lone swan - well done

28 Nov 2012 1:18pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Beautifully framed and composed Doug! I can see why it won first prize! ;-)

28 Nov 2012 1:50pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

It is a beautiful shot and very worthy of that prize, Doug. I love the delicate focus of the foreground and that sweet splash of sunlight.

28 Nov 2012 2:04pm

my-ky from Ontario, Canada

This is spectacular, Doug. So artistic and well composed. Congratulations...I can see why you won first prize!

28 Nov 2012 2:46pm

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Beautiful composition, superb lighting!

28 Nov 2012 3:21pm

Denise from granby, québec, Canada

Great image!

28 Nov 2012 3:27pm

Lena from San Francisco, United States

Nice catch a great moment...amazing !...:-)

28 Nov 2012 3:56pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Awesome dear Doug... Beautifully framed!!! A hug, Adela

28 Nov 2012 3:57pm

Don from Spokane, United States

It is a fine shot with the sun blazing through the grass. Very well done.

28 Nov 2012 3:58pm

Ann from Nelson, New Zealand

Ooooooo, lovely

28 Nov 2012 4:57pm

Francisco from Miami, United States


28 Nov 2012 5:30pm

Carol from Leamington, Canada

It almost looks like a fiery apparition Doug.... nature sure provides us with great photo opportunities... this is awesome! Congrats on the win!

28 Nov 2012 6:03pm

Patrick M. from Lille, France

j love this light, this framing shifted! and shadows! a nice picture

28 Nov 2012 6:25pm

Jeff from Pembroke Dock, United Kingdom

Congratulations !!, definitely a line of fire.

28 Nov 2012 6:44pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Very unusual capture of the fiery light in the one spot. COngrats.

28 Nov 2012 6:53pm

franz from Baden, Austria

brilliant take! love the light, colours and mood ...

28 Nov 2012 8:16pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Well done on your success, always nice to do well in comps. Very nice image. I do lots of club comps, and I have just started to do externals, the are a group of comps called BPE'S , look them up and give them a go, ask around in your club, there maybe someone who's doing them already. I just got the results back from Frome Wessex camera club and got two accepted, I was over the moon, give them a go, there addictive.

28 Nov 2012 9:07pm

@Alun: Thanks Alun, I'll take a look and congratulations to you too

RBL from Oxford, United States

Very beautiful and inspirational ~ love the colors and warmth! Congratulations too!

28 Nov 2012 9:39pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

This is just beautiful! The subdued tones with that striking sun is just gorgeous. I love the swan! Congratulations!

28 Nov 2012 9:52pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Congratulations! A pretty image.

28 Nov 2012 9:55pm

Richard from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Masterpiece! I love this!

28 Nov 2012 10:01pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

very cool

28 Nov 2012 11:45pm

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

Congrats, it is a beautiful captured moment.

29 Nov 2012 1:03am

Devi from Chennai, India

Congrats Doug
It's a beautiful shot !! May more laurels come in your way... :-))))

29 Nov 2012 7:08am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Congratulations Doug, it really is a good image.

29 Nov 2012 8:16am

Basile Pesso from Paris, France

Yes, congrats for this swanny spot !

29 Nov 2012 7:21pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

COngratulations on your well deserved SPOTLIGHT

29 Nov 2012 7:23pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

Congratulations! :)

29 Nov 2012 7:38pm

Denise from granby, québec, Canada

Congratulations! You won a first price and now, this Spotlight! Great achievement!

29 Nov 2012 7:55pm

farideh from rasht, Iran

Nice .Congrats.

29 Nov 2012 8:46pm

Mariana Maoduš from Waterloo, Canada

Beautiful image and well deserved recognition both in your club and here as a Spotlight :)

Congratulation Doug !

29 Nov 2012 10:29pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Congratulations, Doug !

29 Nov 2012 11:43pm

Baldwin Vandewalle from Bejuma, Venezuela

A really well deserved Spotlight ... Congratulations Doug !!!

30 Nov 2012 12:27am

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Congratulations on the Spotlight Doug! Well deserved!

30 Nov 2012 1:08am

Carol from Leamington, Canada

Congratulations Doug!!

30 Nov 2012 3:00am

my-ky from Ontario, Canada

Another congratulations is in order!!!

30 Nov 2012 3:19am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

...and congratulations on the spotlight !

30 Nov 2012 5:18am

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

ps - congratulations

30 Nov 2012 6:14am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Congratulations on the spotlight

30 Nov 2012 7:03am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

WELL DONE DOUGIE.........................

30 Nov 2012 7:23am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Congratulations Doug, well deserved.

30 Nov 2012 8:05am

maurizio jaya costantino from Trieste, Italy

...and a beautiful surprise for us all :-) !

30 Nov 2012 8:05am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Congrats on your Spotlight, Doug!

30 Nov 2012 8:07am

franz from Baden, Austria

two prizes then ... well deserved, too! congrats ... ;-)

30 Nov 2012 8:22am

montazer from urmia, Iran

so lovely ...
real meaning of beauty!!!

30 Nov 2012 8:35am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

... and Congratulations on your Spotlight

30 Nov 2012 8:42am

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

mmm nice one

30 Nov 2012 8:47am

Lewis from Ljouwert, Netherlands

Congratulations, twice :)

30 Nov 2012 9:13am

Joëlle from France

Une lumière parfaitement dosée compliments !

30 Nov 2012 11:20am

Martine from bousval, Belgium

Yesssssssssss félicitation pour ton spotlight!!!!!

30 Nov 2012 12:30pm

ellebasi from Belgium


30 Nov 2012 1:17pm

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

This is fabulous, congratulations on a well deserved spotlight

30 Nov 2012 1:58pm

Joyce from Montana, United States

congrats Doug! Well deserved. This is very unusual. I like the soft blue tints of the swan just barely visable, and the sharp detail in the reeds and reflection.

30 Nov 2012 2:35pm

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

Doug, Herzlichen Glückwunsch.

30 Nov 2012 5:01pm

eligreg from Madrid, Spain

not surprise at all,stunning catch of the sun`s reflection just like one fire strike

30 Nov 2012 5:18pm

Mehdi Monadi from Tehran, Iran

Congratulations on the spotlight :)

1 Dec 2012 2:34pm

Eric C. from Ivry sur Seine, France

great shot !

1 Dec 2012 3:21pm

Sue-Ann from Quebec, Canada

looks like a ghost, great picture, congrats...

1 Dec 2012 11:48pm

Richard from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Doug, I missed this amid all of Christine's celebrating. Many congratulations, well deserved spotlight. I love this

2 Dec 2012 6:36pm

Canon EOS 500D
1/500 second
ISO 400
444 mm (35mm equiv.)