This is a breath-taking photo in it's simplicity. In my experience, it's the simplest photos that have the biggest impact.
The silky water contrasting with the rough tree limb and clouds is superb. Very well done. You have the limb & the sunset both within the middle 2/3 of the grid which is perfect for focusing the eye, if you use that method of composition.
I love how the tree limb combines both the hint of slate gray clouds and the purple tying it together - showing that not just water can mirror colors .
The huge *kablam!* of color that instantly demands to be seen really packs a punch and adds an interesting excitement to this seemingly quiet and subdued piece ... well played.
Overall, it's an excellent piece that would be equally beautiful on a wall in a gallery or in a home.
I like how everything in the background is so linear, but the tree is all curvy but angular and dynamic. You must've used a slow shutter-speed to get that odd blurring of the tree's reflection, because it looks great! If you had wanted to I'm sure you might have been able to get a super sharp and detailed image, but I think you made a wise choice to allow for the blurring. It makes the tree look even more dynamic as compared to the still background, because it could almost be moving.
I think you should return to that spot and take this photo again, but this time with a couple ND filters and at f/11 for more sharpness and a smoother reflection. Right now the reflection is a bit chaotic and ruins the otherwise peacful mood. Wonderful colours
Thanks. First of all this was shot at F/20 as you can see on details. It is way better than F/11 in terms of sharpness. I already had grad ND and a polariser here. Water was already calm, still i had an exposure of 121 seconds. Believe me water wouldn't look any smoother than this even if you could get an exposure of 121 hours.
From my experience I would have assumed that you would have had problems with such a small aperture in terms of sharpness (defraction), but I guess my lenses just aren't up to par with yours then
Either way I can savely say that your sunset/sunrise photos inspired me to give landscapes a shot, as I am headed for a vacation in Norway this week. Normaly my world is Macro, so forgive me if initial comment came out wrong.
Btw. Is this a fisheye crop or a wide angle shot?
I'll keep looking through your portfolio trying to learn more about the subject. It's great to see that you are so active. Most experienced photographers on dA seem to upload their photos and abandon them
Grüss dich! Actually it is small apertures where you will get better sharpness. With smallest aperture possible and right focusing you should get a decent sharp image overall. No problem, we are all learning all the time and thanks for your kind words If you are going to north of Norway, be up for the nights to see northern lights
It was wideangle lens i used here, it was not at its widest though.