Picture This!
Water’s Edge

Our Picture This! assignment for this month was Water's Edge. Interesting photographs often result from considering the edge, whether that be the edge of an idea, a territory, light and dark, or, our assignment, where land meets water. The potential for reflection, contrast, mirroring, and interplay of weather systems all come into play. Readers sent in pictures from around the world addressing all those themes, and more.

Mirror Image

The interaction of sky, water, light, and triangular forms all made for an attractive interplay in this image by Dr. Howard M. Richard, III. He worked with a Nikon D50 and a Nikkor 12-24mm lens; exposure was f/8 at 1/400 sec with the camera atop a Manfrotto tripod and set at ISO 400.
© 2007, Dr. Howard M. Richard, III, All Rights Reserved

Costa Rica Surfing

This placid scene shows the warm glow of light on the water with little prospect of "surfable" waves, and you can almost hear the gentle lapping of waves on the shore. It was photographed by Jeffrey Botkin with a Canon EOS 20D and a Canon 28-70mm f/2.8 L lens.
© 2007, Jeffrey Botkin, All Rights Reserved

Swirling River

Mark Hopkins made this shot on the banks of the Cedar River in upstate New York. Exposure was f/4.5 at 1/200 sec with his Canon PowerShot S1 IS set at ISO 100.
© 2007, Mark Hopkins, All Rights Reserved

The Sea

This wave action was caught by Linford Richardson with an exposure of f/13 at 1/4 sec with a Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II. A polarizer was mounted on the EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM IS lens.
© 2007, Linford Richardson, All Rights Reserved

Dunvegan Head

The stripes of green intersected with silhouetted fence; deep blue water and distant hills; and clouds gathering in the sky make for a wonderful composition. Linda Clifford photographed with her Nikon S1 on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. No exposure information was provided.
© 2007, Linda Clifford, All Rights Reserved

Ship Bow

Harvey A. Morgan, II made this fascinating shot from the stern of one cruise ship at the bow of another in Ketchikan, Alaska. He photographed with a Canon EOS 20D with a Tamron 18-200mm lens; exposure at ISO 800 was f/6.3 at 1/60 sec.
© 2007, Harvey A. Morgan, II, All Rights Reserved

Bosque del Apache

The fingers of the clouds reach for the bare branches of the tree in both the sky and water's reflection. This photo was made in the wildlife refuge by Christopher Loffredo with a Canon EOS 3 and a Canon 28-135mm lens on Fujichrome Velvia slide film.
© 2007, Christopher Loffredo, All Rights Reserved

Land's End

The power of the sea and the hopes of the fisherman were caught at just the right moment by Larry Rief. He worked with a Hasselblad 500c and an 80mm lens on Kodak Ektachrome 100 film; exposure was not recorded.
© 2007, Larry Rief, All Rights Reserved

Grand Canal

Harvey Gold caught this classic scene of the Grand Canal in Venice with a Fuji FinePix S1 Pro camera with an exposure of f/17 at 1¼90 sec at ISO 320.
© 2007, Harvey Gold, All Rights Reserved

Striated Heron

Irwin H. Segel made this photo on Mahé Island, the Seychelles, with a Nikon D200 and a Nikkor 18-200mm VR lens; exposure was f/11 at 1/320 sec at ISO 400.
© 2007, Irwin H. Segel, All Rights Reserved