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author Darwin
title Land of Lingering Light
date2/17/2002 2:49:34 PM
detailsIn the Yukon, as in all the north, the sunrise and sunset skies linger and last so much longer than in more southerly locales... the only problem is that sunrise and sunset are only separated by a couple of hours! Makes for long shooting days.

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1 Alliv   (2/17/2002 3:01:56 PM)
Too good to be true... Darwin, would you please allow some, even very small, unperfection in your photos, so I would not feel so overwhelmed? :)
2 Jeanne Miller   (2/17/2002 3:06:48 PM)
Wow! Isn't that what we say when a photo hits near perfection?
3 mbighin (Mauro Bighin)   (2/17/2002 4:08:03 PM)
Well, this is Darwin, but I dare to say that I'd like to see this in a landscape crop. I don't know, but I'm not so conviced of this very long portrait crop (and I make 80% of my shots in portrait mode...).
Have I dared too much? Saying to Great Darwin that we'd change something in one fo his shots?
I think on PB everything is possible if it's sincerely expressed. Isn'it, Darwin?
4 Darwin   (2/17/2002 4:38:36 PM)
The reason I am here is to get critical feedback, so I am open to suggestions on how any of my shots can be improved. Whoever thinks my shots are delivered 'perfectly' is sorely mistaken. There is lots of room for improvement in all my work. I have learned alot from you folks on different ways of doing things. Here, Mauro might be right, that a horizontal format might have worked better. At the time of shooting, the lines in the sky screamed to me a vertical format. I couldn't get as stong lines shooting horizontally. Maybe the slight cropping to a vertical panoramic format is too much?? I thought that this pan treatment would further enhance the lines in the clouds? Let me know your thoughts.
5 MJFerron   (2/17/2002 4:42:11 PM)
I have to politely disagree with Mauro here and say it looks great in portrait mode. I'm sure it would be fabulous horizontal as well. It just too damn nice Darwin. Congratulations on landing this one.
6 JM FERRER   (2/17/2002 4:48:40 PM)
7 mbighin (Mauro Bighin)   (2/17/2002 4:58:15 PM)
I see your point Darwin, and you don't need explainations about your choices. The difference between me and you is simple: you make this sort of masterworks, I just imagine them... I think you're right, that maybe it was enough a wider side crop to give a better balance to the image, instead of a landscape crop. But I see that your choice is anyway the winner, since it is YOUR choice and it is YOUR photo. And a above-avarage-shot... ;-)
8 Lagernet (Lyle Gellner)   (2/17/2002 5:01:45 PM)
Just incredible Darwin. The color and quality are as good as it gets. I like the portrait crop on this however I do find it a tad bit to long as well however it would be a tuff decision to crop this. The placement of the boat and the backdrop mountain, sky and reflections make up a brilliant composition.(9.2)
9 Adam B   (2/17/2002 5:39:45 PM)
This is a truly remarkable shot, maybee would like to see a little less height especially in the sky above the mountain. 9.6
10 archera (Roland DiSabatino)   (2/17/2002 5:55:10 PM)
Darwin ... I've often imagined that I would like to see these sky/reflection photos with a bit less sky and more reflection. My reasoning is that the reflection can let the viewer "see" the sky, and at the same time make him wonder just a tad what the "real" sky looked like. It's sort of having a little bit of mystery added into the photo. Regardless though, this photo "as-is" is drop-dead gorgeous and the canoe with its "just right" amount of detail makes a perfect foreground element. (9.33)
11 aocole (Art Cole)   (2/17/2002 5:57:28 PM)
The verticle or slightly diagonal lines of the sky and reflections reiterate the verticle format nicely. The placement of the cannoe on a slight diagonal is a nice human element that adds scale. Excellent shot!
12 Claudia F.   (2/17/2002 6:22:21 PM)
wow! 10!
13 Bill_D (William Donnelly)   (2/17/2002 6:27:06 PM)
Great shot but i think the frame is all wrong,not sure what it should be it just takes away from the great shot.
14 Maria A. Herkenhoff   (2/17/2002 6:27:38 PM)
This is just incredible and fantastic!!!!!!!
I love it:)))))
15 Keith Tate   (2/17/2002 6:47:44 PM)
Another fantastic shot Darwin !!!
16 SharonS   (2/17/2002 6:51:58 PM)
I love it just as it is! I can see why the vertical lines of the clouds led you to a vertical format.
17 Tracy Ferrero   (2/17/2002 6:56:04 PM)
Well... ya know... if it had've been me, I'd probably have shot both ways... and still not come up with something half as good as this. I think the vertical perspective really helps to draw one into the image. I like Roland's suggestion too.
18 Danielle   (2/17/2002 7:05:29 PM)
Excellent shot. This is absolutely beautiful. I would have like to see it also in an landscape crop but either way I think it would look good.
19 Christina Bowker   (2/17/2002 7:49:45 PM)
I agree with the first comment. LOL This is so beautiful. It really touches my soul...
20 Greg (Greg Governale)   (2/17/2002 8:00:35 PM)
this is another one of your very fine images that I am sure I will return back to many times. beautifully done, I would like to hear how the canoe managed to get into the scene without any ripples. Was the person someone you knew who helped with the composition? I like the composition as it is, I also would like to see a horizontal that was shot just prior to or just after this frame. I voted 9.0
sincerely, Greg Governale
21 Joan Kunter   (2/17/2002 8:01:00 PM)
Wow...Darwin..all I can say is 'spectacular'!
22 Birdman (Dan Marquis)   (2/17/2002 8:39:04 PM)
I knew this was your work before I even saw the name. You seem to have a knack for being in the right place at the right time... and knowing just how to capture it. (10)
23 don8371   (2/17/2002 8:57:24 PM)
Another Great shot. congrads
24 GuLacerda   (2/17/2002 9:01:52 PM)
25 Betty Frazier   (2/17/2002 9:29:59 PM)
Darwin, I've looked at this several times trying to decide whether or not I like the elongated format. Maybe some of us are just too stuck in our 2 to 3 ratio rut. All that aside, this is excellent throughout.
26 Berenice Kauffmann Abud (AFIAP /2004)   (2/17/2002 9:39:59 PM)
Darwin, congratulations!
27 Meinhardt, L.   (2/17/2002 9:47:15 PM)
Excellent photo!! The format chosen is perfect!! Very good exposure and composition!! Congratulations!!
28 StudRider   (2/17/2002 9:50:49 PM)
Great Moment Darwin. A on all aspects! ~Dave
29 ram617 (ralph mosley)   (2/17/2002 10:02:53 PM)
8-} a real eye popper.(9.5)
30 Freya   (2/17/2002 10:48:15 PM)
WOW, I want to be in this boat... Excellent!
31 Stephen E. Lasko   (2/17/2002 11:03:18 PM)
Wonderful shot....again. I don't know how you do it. Lots of good comments. Being in the right place at the right time is your doing, I think. One must make the effort. Some of us manipulate the subject to make it work. You go to the subject and make the best of it. Horizontal, vertical; I think either would have the impact. And I must agree that the frame is lacking. Don't know if it's the color of the borderline or what, but I'd take another look at it. Congrat's! -Steve
32 photoservicemgr (Dan Hutchinson)   (2/17/2002 11:07:28 PM)
Having canoe'd down the Yukon River from Carmacks to Dawson City, I know what you mean about the daylight. Never really gets dark in the summer. This is a fantastic capture of a fantastic territory!
33 LindaY (Linda Y)   (2/17/2002 11:08:48 PM)
I happen to like the format that you have used here, Darwin. To me, it makes the gorgeous sky look "larger than life". I think that the difference of opinion has more to do with the fact that it is not what we are accustomed to seeing. To me, it is nice to see someone do something a little different, particularly when that someone always does things so well. In addition, your reflections and colors are marvelous!
34 Wrensroost   (2/17/2002 11:35:26 PM)
You always have the most incredible looking photos. Are you a professional? How do you get such vivid color in your shots? How are you scanning your photos?
35 detlef   (2/18/2002 12:52:25 AM)
I really like this shot, but I find it too busy with all this sky ( I can already see the sky in the reflection) .Also the way it is presented right now the image is cut in half ( mountaintop down, sky up-wards) about my crop?
suggested crop >>
36 Kimberly   (2/18/2002 1:04:58 AM)
I am ALWAYS in awe of your work! Simply beautiful! K~
37 Akhtar   (2/18/2002 3:52:03 AM)
Wow...absolutely wonderful photo. I would like to know a little more about how you go about taking a picture. From looking at this (and almost all of your other work) I can see that any amount of planning goes into each shot - but would like to hear it from the horses' mouth so to speak. The difference between your pictures and all of us mere mortals seems to be that you must be putting 90% of your effort in getting all the components of a picture in place before you fire off your shutter. And, how exactly did the canoeist get into the picture without any ripples?? :) (9.9)
38 E. Amaral   (2/18/2002 7:46:43 AM)
Excellent shot.
39 E. Amaral   (2/18/2002 7:51:08 AM)
Excellent photo!!
40 MelanieK.   (2/18/2002 7:53:59 AM)
Your photographs continue to amaze me. The sky is stunning ( Yet realistic, no appearance of in-computir over-saturation). The placement of the figure in the boat is perfect. There's somehow a timeless quality to this image that really appeals to me. Keep them coming.
41 erlandpil   (2/18/2002 9:51:49 AM)
It is so beautifult,excellent pictures
42 Japper (Jasper Doest)   (2/18/2002 10:19:28 AM)
Truly awesome!!! Great photograph...just perfect. Can't rate anything else then 10!!! This is amazing....great colours...
43 Maurilio   (2/18/2002 12:37:40 PM)
Great work!
44 Betsy   (2/18/2002 12:37:45 PM)
Looks like a golden paradise!!!! Totally amazing! Congrautlations!
45 E.J. (E.J. Peiker)   (2/18/2002 1:08:53 PM)
Another GEM Darwin. I completely disagree with the alternate crop suggestions
46 ACook (Ann Cook)   (2/18/2002 6:08:41 PM)
Yikes, this is screaming at me. I vote for this comp.
47 BenjaminChase   (2/18/2002 6:21:37 PM)
Darwin, pictures like this almost make me want to give up! Where do you go to get stuff like this?
48 Shirley D. Cross   (2/18/2002 6:45:20 PM)
As always, no words left to say that haven't been said. You are one of the best photographers I've ever seen.(9.5)
49 RobertF   (2/18/2002 7:18:08 PM)
Beautiful as is. The mood is outstanding, and the unique framing is refreshing. Colors are dramatic!
50 Terry Forrest (Teresa Forrest)   (2/18/2002 7:26:13 PM)
Like E.J., I also completely disagree with the cropping suggestion. The crop takes away from everything that is in this photo: the very gorgeous and dramatic colors and appearance of the clouds, the silhouetted mountains, the superb reflections and the silhouetted canoe and canoeist --and renders it from a "WOW"-impacted photo to an "It's pretty-but-not-anywhere-near-impacted-photo"! As someone else said above, I felt sure it was yours before I even saw your name on it. I don't give very many 10's at all and only to those that I feel are so worth it that I don't see how they could be improved. I feel this is definitely one of those photos, so (10).
51 ken roberts   (2/18/2002 7:51:30 PM)
i love this photo very much..i wouldnt change a thing!(10)...darwin should have a photo travel safari..i would love to go ..i'm sure i would learn alot! :)
52 Michael de Keyser   (2/18/2002 10:29:25 PM)
Amazing! Before i read the comments by others, I'd like to congratulate you on a job well done :) What was the film and how long was the exposure? Did you know the guy in the boat? If not, he did you a great favor by being so still that i don't even see any ripples. A winner.
53 gdanger (George Dangerfield)   (2/18/2002 11:35:41 PM)
Just beautiful Darwin, sure makes me want to be there! (9.2)
54 Phil H   (2/19/2002 10:03:56 AM)
Hey what's the idea of posting photos of my backyard? I probably would have shot this as a horizontal just because I usually do but the vertical is a nice change. Looks like you have been busy here in the last two weeks while I was away.
55 Martin W. Quinn   (2/19/2002 6:00:20 PM)
Simply an incredible image, congratulations.
56 Zygfryd Homonto   (2/20/2002 12:31:59 AM)
is that real ? ;-) nice, very nice
57 Ben Horne   (2/21/2002 5:46:21 PM)
Nice shot. The crop seems a bit too long though. Also, I don't find the yellow border to be flattering. It draws too much attention away from the image. Maybe a duller shade of orange would be ok for the border.
58 rexnet   (2/21/2002 6:48:25 PM)
Hauntingly Beautiful
59 photoservicemgr (Dan Hutchinson)   (2/21/2002 9:10:24 PM)
Very dramatic capture. Excellent job as usual.
60 Terry Forrest (Teresa Forrest)   (2/21/2002 11:03:15 PM)
81 votes -- that has to be a new record! Continued congratulations on this gorgeous photo. LOL -- it's so good it's beaten out one of your other photos!!
61 Mordor   (2/23/2002 6:58:55 AM)
62 RosaMaria   (2/24/2002 12:59:33 AM)
WOW !!!! Great shot ! Fantastic. ( 10 )
63 Tomasz Chojnacki   (3/2/2002 10:14:09 AM)
this is perfect. one of those photos you can spend hours just looking at them.
64 Bhadresh prajapati   (3/3/2002 1:32:13 AM)
Good one Darwin.. I always enjoys your pics.. 9.5
65 Peder   (3/3/2002 11:31:42 PM)
You top the scale Darwin, I wish I could give you a 12!
Perfect shot, a well deserved 10!
66 dido   (3/5/2002 2:11:53 AM)
Without a wake this photo appears to be artificial and overprocessed. Good colors and comp though (8)
67 mortipher   (3/9/2002 6:41:07 AM)
Great photos ... what can i say more? Nothing... it's great.... for me - 10
68 sbourson (bourson stéphane)   (3/12/2002 3:43:03 AM)
what's a wonderful eyes
69 ross (........... .............)   (3/13/2002 9:47:40 AM)
DARWIN, U are a PhotoGod , and Im your humble servant !

70 Fed   (3/18/2002 9:51:11 AM)
I also like the vertical format.

I must, however, ask one question. Has the reflection been touched up. The first thing I noticed when I saw this shot was that there were no ripples at all. This takes away from the 'believability' of it. Also, in the reflection, the sky is so sharp, but the canoeist's head is not. If this is just the way the shot was taken, then a full WOW and an apology from me. Otherwise, I think that this should be made more 'realistic'. I'm not saying I disaprove of touchups (even major ones), for that is part of the creative process in my eyes.
71 Darwin   (3/18/2002 1:56:10 PM)
We used a pail full of water for an anchor, the rope is tossed over the side opposite the camera. Plus the water is not deep and the person is actually anchoring the paddle in the sand in the lake. I had the person hold statue still during exposure. Even so many images had ripples which I thought destroyed the perfect reflection and also had some blur in her body. This was the best combo of 'glass-like' water and sharp canoe person, but her reflection still has a bit of blur. I was going for the 'perfect' reflection here but maybe was too obsessed that the reality was destroyed??
72 Robert (Robert Mielczarek)   (3/23/2002 7:26:19 AM)
Excellent photo!!!
73 Jodie Coston   (3/30/2002 11:44:58 AM)
Absoultely stunning in form, format, and composition. The lines in the sky and reflection suggest that the sun is hiding behind that mountain, just about to burst, and the person in the canoe really pushes it over the top, adding to the feeling of tranquility. I think it's a stunning shot (as do many others, obviously!)
74 Neia (Alcineia Frank)   (4/25/2002 2:12:56 PM)
Fantastic Darwin!!!!,keep inspiring us!
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