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Incredible sunset seen above the Pontet lake few weeks ago in the French Alps.
Lac du Pontet, Hautes-Alpes, France.

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Thanks to Anoya and Timberclipse for the DD. What a great surprise !! :D
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Drake1132's avatar
:star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Impact

Photos of landscapes, waterscapes, skyscapes, sunrises, and sunsets are all a dime a dozen, but *great* photos of such subject matter are much harder to come across. This piece is certainly a great photo. I love the way that you have incorporated all three elements of land, water, and sky. That combination in this particular piece really plays well with the variation in colors.

The one thing I'm not particularly fond of is the general composition. To an extent, it may have been necessary in order to get the desired angle for the reflections in the water. But on the whole, since almost everything is centered in the view, and because of that large boulder in the foreground, it all draws the eyes to the center only, and downward. This makes the whole piece come across to me as a bit heavy overall, instead of fully balanced. That may have been your intention, but I personally prefer pieces that encourage the eyes to naturally and instinctively travel over the whole piece.

Not having ever been to this place, I can't speak to the limitations of the terrain. But I wonder if the piece might not have been better (at least for my personal aesthetic) if you had positioned the camera so that the boulder was offset further to the left or right, and rotated the camera so that the mountain peak and the cloud colors were offset the other direction.

All-in-all, though, an excellent photo, and I'm glad you've shared it with all of us.
TheFairyTale13's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

Oh my god! I cannot even know where to begin! This vision and insight of this! This is visually stunning and, is something for the senses to really sink there teeth in and absorb! I particularly liked the clean, sleek and shine of the water! This is the kind of stuff that inspires me to get into photography! (I am going into HS photography this fall!) I have to give you five stars on everything! The vision and insight to spot beauty such as this is phenomenal! Technique to make it truly what it is is proof on the page! Impact? I give that five because of this next request. Would you mind if I use this as inspiration for a story? I would give you credit and everything! 10/10 GL and GJ!
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I certainly agree with your critique. The only comment I would make is that you don't say how the image is visually stunning, apart from the water. Mention could be made of the colors, lighting and contrast, the reflection in the water, etc.
To GOD be the glory... $EverythingOsGonneBeBeautiful
Je suis allé deux fois, si mes souvenirs ne me trahissent pas, au lac du Pontet mais je ne l'ai JAMAIS vu aussi beau et là je suis certain de mes souvenirs.
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Love Superb colors !!!
Laikian's avatar
Il y a un côté presque volcanique dans ces couleurs :)

Le titre est bien trouvé ^^
matthieu-parmentier's avatar
Merci ;-) Le genre de moment rare qu'on est bien content d'observer une fois de temps en temps !
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It was so breathtaking, so I had to add it to my favorites ... so keep up the epic work and stuff.Head-nod*icon*  
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C'est vraiment splendide !
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Congratulations on your DD! Gorgeous colors!
hobbitshire's avatar
Can be summarized by saying spectacular.
Lormet-Images's avatar
Spectacular photo, you so deserve a Daily Deviation for this photo! :)
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Hi! This photograph was chosen to be featured in the monthly news article by our group #Passion-for-Photos and it’ll be also moved to our “Feature” folder! Your art is awesome!

Here is the link: passion-for-photos.deviantart.…

Please :+favlove: it to spread the love! :love:

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