Shimmer

A swan glided by.

The sun kissed the water with

Its diamond lips.

My heart was full of light.

In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.  ~Aaron Rose

For more shimmer, please visit: Camera Critters.

I’m off to enjoy some sun-dazzled times of my own with the family this week — in Disneyland, Paris. Oscar will be with friends, and my blog and I will be taking a rest. See you on Friday!

62 responses

  1. i usually read your posts in my rss feed, glad i clicked over here today ~ i love the slideshow at the top 🙂 and this shimmering swan makes me swoon ♥

    enjoy your family ~ get lots of r & r

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    July 2, 2011 at 16:43

  2. Riet

    Have a wonderful time with your family. I will be in England for a while.

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    July 2, 2011 at 16:51

  3. great!

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    July 2, 2011 at 17:40

  4. Delicious and poetic. Excellent backlight with beautiful reflections. Greetings.

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    July 2, 2011 at 18:50

  5. Love the sun on the water, nice composition:)

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    July 2, 2011 at 18:58

  6. Just like a dream… a beautiful capture.

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    July 2, 2011 at 19:20

  7. Breathtaking, a glorious silvery glow. Enjoy Disneyland!

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    July 2, 2011 at 20:16

  8. What a beauty.

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    July 2, 2011 at 20:54

  9. I like shooting into the sun one reflective surfaces like lakes, but it is tricky because the lighting is tough to catch without being overexposed.

    Three ways to capture the detail in the reflections off the water come to mind:
    1-Circular polarizer filter
    You have some angle on the sun and you can use the polarizer to tone down the reflections to bring out detail

    2-Neutral densiity filter(s)
    That will flatten the image to briong out more details in the highlights

    3-HDR
    Take multiple exposures at +-1 , 0 and +-2 f/stops and use software like Photomatix to build a flattened image and/or hand merge the multi-exposed images to make one final image with toned down highlights. That is tougher given the water and swan movement, but doable.

    Or you an do combinations of the above. It can be a lot of work but the final product can be spectacular.

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    July 2, 2011 at 21:24

  10. ds

    Perfect description. Enjoy your trip!!

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    July 2, 2011 at 22:13

  11. Wooow! The shimmer IS incredible! Have fun in Disneyland–Paris!

    Living So Abundantly: New meme coming this Thursday, July 7, 2011, Give Back Thursday–come join the fun!

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    July 2, 2011 at 22:57

  12. you know, it isn’t a bad thing to have a wish now and then. well mine for today is that I would have been there, with you, at this particular moment.
    this is the next-best thing.

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    July 2, 2011 at 23:28

  13. So beautiful!
    Have a wonderful trip! 🙂

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    July 3, 2011 at 03:33

  14. Woohoo! Have a lovely time.

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    July 3, 2011 at 03:39

  15. Poetic shot, the sparkle on the water is brilliant!

    TQ for visiting n commenting on my blog post
    Enchanting Peacocks.

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    July 3, 2011 at 03:40

  16. Jim

    Have a great time Fiona!
    Love how you described the sun’s glitter……..had a very similar experience this evening.

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    July 3, 2011 at 03:47

  17. Absolutely beautiful. I love your graphic description. Without the photograph, I saw it.

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    July 3, 2011 at 04:42

  18. Ooooh. You take some of the best water/light photos I have ever seen. Thank you. Mega heaps.

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    July 3, 2011 at 05:01

  19. The dazzling evening sunlight sparkling on water really cannot even be completely captured by a camera can it? This is lovely! Have a wonderful time with your children!

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    July 3, 2011 at 05:13

  20. Lovely photo, Fiona. You would happen to have the instructions for finding the right light, would you? Not the ones with camera, the ones for the rest of our lives. Such true statement …

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    July 3, 2011 at 05:28

  21. wow. gorgeous shot. swans always make me think of my wife dancing…

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    July 3, 2011 at 05:40

  22. that is stunning! thanks for dropping by…:)

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    July 3, 2011 at 07:24

  23. I’m waving goodbye to you, Fi! Have a lovely time and an adventure or two.

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    July 3, 2011 at 07:29

  24. beautifully captured!

    have fun!!

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    July 3, 2011 at 07:58

  25. We have swans all over Denmark, but I have never seen one silhouetted quite the way you have captured this one! Fantastic!

    Enjoy Paris!

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    July 3, 2011 at 08:08

  26. Its all very Poetic – great stuff

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    July 3, 2011 at 08:08

  27. Nydelig bilde og ord. Flotte stjerne på vannet. God søndag til deg:-)

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    July 3, 2011 at 10:23

  28. That’s beautiful! Little sparkling stars on the surface of the water. I can’t swim but I feel like I want to dive in!

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    July 3, 2011 at 12:13

  29. wonderful backlight photo looks the water is silver!

    have a nice day

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    July 3, 2011 at 12:43

  30. Simply glorious!!! Lights from the heavens shining down on such a perfect bird…the swan!!

    It’s always a pleasure for me that you take time to stop by and leave your wonderful comments!!

    Holiday Weekend Shadows is my link. Hope your day is treating you well!!!!

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    July 3, 2011 at 14:05

  31. Your post shimmers with poetry :^)

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    July 3, 2011 at 18:22

  32. JM

    Very cool image!

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    July 3, 2011 at 19:28

  33. wonderful words to accompany your magical photograph

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    July 3, 2011 at 21:39

  34. Wow!

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    July 3, 2011 at 22:53

  35. Oh have a wonderful time!!!!
    A beautiful capture and quote!!

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    July 3, 2011 at 23:49

  36. The sun kissed

    the water withIts diamond lips.

    I love that soooooooooooo much!!!!

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    July 4, 2011 at 03:42

  37. Stunning light in this image.

    Have a lovely holiday!

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    July 4, 2011 at 10:13

  38. Dedy Iswanto a.k.a Didex

    Great Light…. nice

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    July 4, 2011 at 11:24

  39. That swan shot is magical Fi – Dave

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    July 4, 2011 at 11:28

  40. Ah… magical moment!
    The time is NOW. 🙂

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    July 4, 2011 at 13:16

  41. Aww…so glittering…
    Have a wonderful times with your family 🙂

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    July 4, 2011 at 14:17

  42. Lovely photo.
    Have a wonderful holiday with your family in Paris.

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    July 4, 2011 at 14:22

  43. Enjoy your break I will look forward to viewing more of your stunning photography on your return. Thankyou for your recent comment on News From Italy, It is a pleasure to share my garden photos and I am happy you enjoyed them.

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    July 4, 2011 at 15:40

  44. Beautiful image of the shimmering water and swan. I hope you have a wonderful trip!

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    July 4, 2011 at 16:17

  45. enjoy your trip…safe travels. what a beautiful capture.

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    July 4, 2011 at 17:09

  46. This is exquisite. Sigh…

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    July 4, 2011 at 17:43

  47. Enjoy your time away LadyFi.

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    July 5, 2011 at 07:04

  48. Gorgeous!

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    July 5, 2011 at 13:27

  49. Paris. Did I hear Paris? Look forward to seeing your photography from there.

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    July 5, 2011 at 16:12

  50. Oh lovely! Have a wonderful trip. Be safe!

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    July 5, 2011 at 19:46

  51. Truly shimmering diamonds in that last one. Both are gorgeous! Have fun on your trip!! It’ll give me a chance to catch up on what I’ve missed lately!!

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    July 5, 2011 at 23:21

  52. I love your outlook!

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    July 6, 2011 at 00:47

  53. Ooooh, that is so very dazzling! Have a wonderful vacation!

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    July 6, 2011 at 02:06

  54. Gorgeous! Enjoy your time, and be back soon 🙂

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    July 6, 2011 at 09:31

  55. Does Disneyland Paris have a castle?

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    July 6, 2011 at 13:16

  56. Oh my have a grand time..and I hope you get lots of great photos to share! Lovely swan ..the photo is almost abstract..very cool:)

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    July 6, 2011 at 15:46

  57. SandySays1

    Hi Lady Fi – Fantastic as usual. Each time I think I’ve think I’ve seen the best you show us something better! Sandy
    http://www.sandysays1.wordpress.com

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    July 6, 2011 at 23:42

  58. Enjoy your “rest” — though I don’t think anything involving Disneyland will be restful!

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    July 7, 2011 at 02:52

  59. AH! What a beautiful moment! The light you capture always fascinates me… I don’t know how you do it.
    Have a great time at DIsney with the kids!! Can’t wait to see THOSE photos!!!

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    July 7, 2011 at 15:28

  60. Enjoy those simulacra swans at Disneyland!

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    July 8, 2011 at 00:41

  61. Through your eyes, the world is extraordinary–and extraordinarily beautiful.

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    July 8, 2011 at 04:13

  62. dreamy photography! i adore this one!

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    July 8, 2011 at 16:04

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