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Lake Merritt at Dusk

Lake Merritt at Dusk
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Copyright: Vic Zikoor (VicZik) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 528 W: 82 N: 950] (4812)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-11-22
Categories: Nature, Architecture
Camera: EOS 5d Mark II, EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, Digital 77 PL
Exposure: f/13.0
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-11-23 6:24
Viewed: 1754
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Close to my work, Lake Merritt is a large tidal lagoon that lies just east of downtown Oakland, California. The Kaiser Building is on the left next to the Oakland Cathedral (I will post two shots of the Cathedral soon). The lake is surrounded by parkland and city neighborhoods. Sometimes I walk at the 3.1 mile (5 km) walking and jogging path that runs along its perimeter. It is historically significant as the United States' first official wildlife refuge, designated in 1870.

PP work included crop and some rotation to correct some of the wide angle lens distortion.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To ele_eng: Hi Alireza...VicZik 1 11-23 23:31
To teamill: Thank you TrudyVicZik 1 11-23 18:15
To Teresat: HI TeresaVicZik 1 11-23 17:57
To jimmyjimmy: Thank you for the comment and workshopVicZik 1 11-23 17:51
To rminkow: Hi RogerVicZik 1 11-23 06:41
To chrisJ: Hi ChrisVicZik 1 11-23 06:32
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Hi Vic

Good sharpness & wonderful reflections of the blue skylight contrasting with the yellow & red illumination. Excellent framing & color saturation. Love the stars at left! Tfs!

HI Vic...nice shot...perfect focus and sharpness on the lights and reflections. The small aperture worked well here as did the 24mm aperture. Beautiful tones..nice work.


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  • inaam Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1816 W: 39 N: 465] (4859)
  • [2011-11-23 7:00]

Hello Vic,
That's a fabulous composition of the twilight. Blue shades of sky and reflection on water is looking beautiful along with lights emitting from the bulbs. A wonderful presentation my friend, well done. Thanks for sharing.
Best Wishes,

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 736 W: 13 N: 634] (21244)
  • [2011-11-23 7:07]

Beautiful night photo, very nice colours and reflections, well done

Hello Vic

I really like yourpost here. the reflection, the curve of the lake, and the great capture of light. I did do a small workshop to get a different POV. Hope you don't mind. Have a nice day


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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2011-11-23 8:01]


Un vrai miroir cette image superbe compo avec les belle lunières que se reflètent à la surface de l'eau, ce calme cette tranquilité et cet édiffice moderne, super.

bravo et maitié


Awesome capture of the blue hour! Love the colors of the sky and the water. Good details. Well done, tfs.

Hi Vic
Lovely blue shot captured with wonderful blue tones both on sky and its deeper reflection on the lake while the illumination on the round building makes it more interesting,a neat work indeed.
Best Wishes

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  • I-Bar Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 81 W: 17 N: 167] (556)
  • [2011-11-23 9:32]

Hello Vic-

Very nice post. The hue of the water is very soothing and the minute ripples on the water add texture to the image. Well done and TFS


I like the colors of this view at dusk ... love the stark blue of the sky and the water. Also the curve of the little bay, and the sparkle of the lights. A few little dust spots in the sky (top right) that could have been cloned out :)

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2011-11-23 12:39]

Hi Vic,

Superb capture of blue hour on this lake!
Even if F16 and longer exposure would have terrifically worked with more sparkles, I like the clarity of colors and light. Fine composition with a nice use of curves.


Hello Vic,a good time of day to take this shot,with the lights switched on and creating some lovely reflections.My eye follows the line of lights right around the edge of the water.The deep blue colour of the water is beautiful.
The little stars add to your scene.
Tfs, regards Jean.

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  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1797 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2011-11-23 13:19]

Hi Vic,
A really nice blue hour shot. Nice capture of the reflections.

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2011-11-23 13:56]

HI Vic,
A vivid blue hour presentation of this lovely cityscape. Nice artificial lighting reflecting in the mirror-like water. I like the curve in the left which is doing the composition.
Well done.

Francis Xavier


Good pov for the curve of the lake, the reflections are superbs and this is a beautiful nocturnal photo.
Excellent colors and lighting with iso 3200.
The blue hour is so magic.

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  • jackal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 790 W: 26 N: 808] (9654)
  • [2011-11-23 14:17]

Hi Vic,
lovely shades of blue in the sky and reflection - the curved lights make it an attractive image

Olá Vic
Good cuve and good reflections. Good sharpness and happy blue hour wel ctch.
Um abraço

Hi Vic
Excellent image quality and details!
A great blue hour shot!
The deep blue of lakes and the reflections are just beautiful!
Well done

Attractive blue hour shot with nice reflections and lights. The centre tower block seems to be on a crazy angle. TFS

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  • brech Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 135 N: 1111] (3045)
  • [2011-11-24 23:59]

The curved lines of the lagoon and the vertical lines of the building reflected in the water work together to create a stunning image.
Nicely Done

hi Vic,

wow, what can i say? I love the "blueness" of the sky and its darker reflection on the lake. nice one!

This is one of my favorite hours to photograph outside. Closer to water is better yet, because, as you did very nicely here, the reflections are like art work framed by the intense blue from the sky.

Hi Vic,
A beautiful point of view and tone of blue colors and light.
nice reflection on a calm water,
good perpective and modern architecture of the building.
very well done.

Hi Vic
great “blue hour” shot. perfect capture of lighted reflections. nice colors and clear details.
a splendid wide mirror image. good PP work on sharpness and straitening.

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