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Dogwood along the Merced River

Posted by
Scott F. Schilling (San Martin, United States) on 4 June 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Don Smith, Mike Hall, and myself were searching for some Dogwood along the Merced River to photograph while the water was running high. Most of the flowers had disappeared but we did locate one promising location the night before. I returned with Mike and we attempted to photograph this dogwood tree in the early morning - I like the feel of the water running by and the wonderful tones in these flowers. These are a bit difficult to shoot due to the constant motion of the air as the river is flowing beneath the flowers - you have to wait and be patient for a moment of stillness - then shoot fast!

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Really beautiful. Great detail et composition. The combination of sharp flowers and silk waters is fantastic and also gives a good impression of movement.

4 Jun 2009 5:27am

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

A brilliant composition, great color and wonderful light in this stunning image Scott! I love the motion blur in the water and the branches of flowers seem to be reaching out to wet themselves in the river...An instant favorite with me:)

4 Jun 2009 6:25am

ishm from dubai, United Arab Emirates

incredible shot! the flowers are sharp in contrast to the river in the background..your patient is well rewarded indeed.

4 Jun 2009 6:36am

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Just beautiful!

4 Jun 2009 7:55am

zOOm from Paris, France

A brilliant composition and a brilliant DOF. This is so enjoyable to look at, fresh and lively. I like this kind of shot.

4 Jun 2009 7:57am

Arantza from Menorca, Spain

Great detail , composition and DOF, nice capture!!!

4 Jun 2009 8:08am

xavier cardell from menorca-barcelona, Spain

Really impressing. Excellent excecution and composition

4 Jun 2009 9:51am

Ken from United States


4 Jun 2009 11:51am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Your patience was well rewarded Scott! This is a definite 5 out of 5! ;-)

4 Jun 2009 12:07pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Your patience really paid off here, Scott- this is just beautiful!

4 Jun 2009 12:41pm

Don Smith from California, United States

What Scott failed to tell all of you was he really never slept the night before making this image. We had been shooting star trails atop Sentinel Dome the night before (see Scott's previous post) and did not return to our hotel room until almost 1 am. The group was leaving for a moonrise shoot at 4 am. After Scott captured this image, he had a short break for breakfast then embarked on an 8-hour (and a 2,400 ft. vertical) hike to Yosemite's back country to shoot waterfalls and rainbows. My point in relaying this story is that great photographs are made with lots of hard work and dedication to craft. We all get lucky and nail an occasional "keeper" from time to time, but consistency in art is a by-product of effort. Scott has developed into an excellent photographer (and his following here on Aminus3 confirms that), but his images are the result of the effort he applies - he is an excellent example of someone willing to put forth the effort in order to succeed. Great job Scott!

4 Jun 2009 1:44pm

Christopher from Atlanta, United States

Love the water movement!

4 Jun 2009 1:45pm

Bethany from Michigan, United States

Very nice photo and perspective.

4 Jun 2009 2:03pm

MARIANA from waterloo, Canada

LOVE IT !!!!!!! What a gorgeous composition !

4 Jun 2009 2:38pm

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Very beautiful photograph - beautiful colors and beautiful composition

4 Jun 2009 2:59pm

Jason Kravitz from Brussels, Belgium

wow - Don's story provides a lot of background!
I'd say the lack of sleep was worth the trip and effort - your shot yesterday is outstanding and this one is pretty nice as well - great work Scott

4 Jun 2009 3:22pm

Elora from Genoa, Italy

Wow! Wonderful shot!

4 Jun 2009 5:15pm

Giovanni from Milan, Italy

great photo! Love the contrast between the sharp flowers and the blurred water in the background. Great work!

4 Jun 2009 7:00pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Another fabulous photograph. This just exquisite, Scott. Superb composition. Perfect selective focus.

4 Jun 2009 7:36pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Your sleepless night and hard work really paid off, Scott. This is gorgeous!!

4 Jun 2009 8:41pm

dkc from Xanthi, Greece

I will agree with Don Smith's comment above that hard effort will award you with great photographs! This one is just the confirmation of that statement...You need to be very patient to capture these little flowers still and look so good at the same time...

4 Jun 2009 9:48pm

Lesley from Lincoln, United States

This is definitely a "keeper" as Don mentioned. Truly one of the best photos I've seen in a long while. Those blossoms look amazing against that water. Great work, Scott!!

4 Jun 2009 10:53pm

Daniel from Kenmare, United States

classic image

5 Jun 2009 9:47am

Betsy Barron from Chester Springs, PA, United States

great compo - pleasing to the eye and keeps me looking around and around

5 Jun 2009 10:57am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

wow ! I love it ! so exquisite ! japanese mood ! I love the motion of water running by and the elegant composition of the branches of flower ! all is excellent : DOF, light, contrast, colours ! a great one indeed !

5 Jun 2009 11:12am

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

This is stunning....a superb shot!

5 Jun 2009 12:58pm

peter from new york, United States

some great motion you've captured here. awesome!

5 Jun 2009 1:44pm

ZoomLNZ from Los Angeles Area, United States

Beautiful contrast of focus and soft blur. The blue tones of the water really complement the white flowers and their green leaves.

5 Jun 2009 8:40pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Comments? This image speaks for itself.

5 Jun 2009 9:15pm

Sarah from Switzerland

This is such a beautiful photograph - bravo.

6 Jun 2009 3:27pm

Rand from Orem, United States

I really like the decision to make this shot vertical.

8 Jun 2009 12:51am

Miguel Almeida from Lisboa, Portugal

Love the combination, a wonderful picture

8 Jun 2009 11:45am

Mozhde from mashhad, Iran

anoder wonderful shot !!bravo

9 Jun 2009 12:06pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada


24 Jul 2009 3:01am