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Fall reflections are always high on my agenda for subject matter. This image was captured in Yosemite Valley along the Merced River. I was actually shooting a pretty scene upriver when I noticed this potential image to my left. I loved the golden color that the late light on the nearby aspens was reflecting into the Merced. I just felt the frame needed a visual anchor, a place for the eye to rest, so I simply moved my position until I found this rock and placed it in a strong compositional space utilizing the Rule-of-Thirds. I used a telephoto lens to help compress and illiminate a busy background. A slow shutter also allowed for a sense of silkiness with the water helping to create the illusion of "liquid gold." To see more of my images, preview the first 15 pages of my book On the Edge, learn about my upcoming 2009 Workshops, or to read my monthly instructional articles, please visit my website at http://www.donsmithphotography.com.
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