sleeping koi

This time of year the koi glide through the water as if in a trance.

Posted by Michael Meek on Sun, 11/03/13 13:31
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Comments by Michael Meek on Sun, 11/03/13 13:32

Comments by Michael Meek on Sun, 11/03/13 13:34

#1, #2, #3, or none?

Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sun, 11/03/13 13:41

The last two images show a more detailed view of the koi but I prefer the opening image with the inclusion of the water lilies which works to create a visual balance in the picture between the koi and the lilies while at the same time the reflective quality of the water in the opening picture takes on more of a realistic sense rather than an abstractive one which is the case, for me, in the last two pictures.

Comments by Maria Salvador on Sun, 11/03/13 14:07

1, 3, 2. The OP for the same reasons of Jan, 3 because I also like the abstractive look of it...

Comments by Sandi MacDonald on Sun, 11/03/13 14:10

I prefer the last one. Nice abstract.;-)

Comments by G.B. SHETTLER on Sun, 11/03/13 14:15

Hello MIchael. Very nice capture of the reflection and nice deep tones. I am not keen on the OP as the colors and forms of the Lily pads in that TLC bother me. I like it better cropped down with out them. And the last image above I probably would be interesting extending the canvas size to the right and adding in what is viewable on that side in the OP ?

Comments by Michael Meek on Sun, 11/03/13 14:29

Thanks for the guidance, Greg. I like it.

Comments by Ernest Cadegan on Sun, 11/03/13 14:39

I'm afraid none for me. Fish is not sharp enough for me. #1 is the
strongest although I'd be tempted to crop it to square

Comments by Linda Frey on Mon, 11/04/13 07:42

I like a lot about the OP, but I think I would like it more if the koi wasn't located right at the intersection of the tree reflections. I also like the darker red shade in the OP, compared to the brighter ones in the crops. Other than that, I'm undecided as to keeping or discarding the lily pads. I think either works.

Comments by Jacky on Mon, 11/04/13 08:03

I prefer the OP. I'd keep the lily pads -- sorta balances out the darker area in the llc.

I agree that it might be more effective with a more distinct-looking koi -- but difficult with the ripply water, I'd guess.

Comments by Paul Bracey on Mon, 11/04/13 16:50

Do they really sleep? I believe sharks have to keep swimming to push water through their gills...

Comments by Michael Meek on Mon, 11/04/13 21:44

Paul, I'd say the koi are sleep-swimming. In the summer they do the serpentine thing. Now they barely waggle their tails.