The Shimmering Tree by Rhoufi

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A tree shimmers in the Maribyrnong River, Moonee Ponds, Victoria, Australia.

Pentax K-7, ISO100, 70mm, f5.0, 1/125sec

Single capture; white balance and brightness adjustment; no cropping; displayed upside down (well picked, eagle-eye Angela King-Jones )


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  • Gwynne Brennan
    Gwynne Brennanabout 4 years ago

    Woohoo this is extraordinarily beautiful Rhoufi! I am speechless other than to say I adore reflections and I love the stars in this!

  • Thank you Gwynne. And especially because you think they are stars, but sorry forthe ruse. I wanted them to look like stars, but they were actually little light-coloured leaves floating on the surface of the water. I was surprised at how things were preserved in this shot and that everything looked like something else. I got a bit abstract for one – not like me, eh? I was inspired by all the good abstract work by other Bubblers and wanted to have a go. Thanks for the fav and for seeing.

    – Rhoufi

  • Angela King-Jones
    Angela King-Jonesabout 4 years ago

    did you flip it? That’s pretty cool.. I love how the reflection fades off into squiggly lines of black contrasting against that lovely blue.

  • You picked it Angela, I did flip it – not much gets passed you, eh? It was too disorienting up the other way. And yes the colours are wild, almost an oily blue – I love that this appeared in just the white balance adjustment, weird. Thank you for the fav.

    – Rhoufi

  • Joseph  Tillman
    Joseph Tillmanabout 4 years ago

    There is an organic quality. It is like the black and blue merge in such a way that both are one. Very nice.

  • Thank you Joseph. It was exactly this quality that fascinated me – the gloss of the rippling and the colour merging. I’m not sure why it did this, but I did focus on those ripples where the tree trunk is. Thank you for your visit and welcome comment.

    – Rhoufi

  • Victoria McGuire
    Victoria McGuireabout 4 years ago

    This is just beautiful! What an extraordinary capture and, yes, more impact with the image inverted. Love the dreamlike quality….the ‘stars’ and the ripples :^) V.

  • Thank you V, and so good to hear Geoff is better. I really didn’t expect it to turn out like this – it was a bit of an idle shot. But I’ve just started to learn Lightroom and so I was experimenting with the White Balance adjustment and the silky ripples just appeared, so I chose some of the presets and this emerged. Rather abstract for me, but fun just the same.

    – Rhoufi

  • Sassafras
    Sassafrasabout 4 years ago

    Love trees , in general, and am in love with this one in particular.
    Should be on the cover of a book. Very , very BEAUTIFUL!!!
    Thank you for visiting and for all the favorites. I do appreciate it.

  • You have some great images Sass. I have always wanted to visit NY and your photos take me there. There is so much heart in your photos, particularly the native American ones. I have a wonderful huge book of Edward S. Curtis sepia photos from the late 1800’s (I think) they are real favourites and so I love some of your portraits – especially Red Head~Indian Brave. Thanks for wandering in my gallery and commenting.

    – Rhoufi

  • mcduff
    mcduffabout 4 years ago

    Gosh! I am enthralled with it. A marvellous shot. The leaves certainly do look like stars. Wondeful shot. I can’t find the words to descibe it as it should be.

  • Thanks McDuff. I was a bit lost for words too when this emerged with nothing more than an alternative white balance. It’s the like the beauty was hidden by the ‘Cloudy’ camera setting and only revealed itself by the subtle adjustments. I’ve learned something from this and that’s the best thing.

    – Rhoufi

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