Where’s Waldo?

Where’s Waldo? Please comment if you think you know my location.

The "Mystery Pool" spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

ISO 100 | 4.5mm (25mm) | -3ev | f/4 | 1/2000s

The Backstory

While photowalking unexplored trails at Huntley Meadows Park on 14 January 2016, I discovered a place that I nicknamed the “Mystery Pool.”

Tech Tips: I used my Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS150 superzoom camera (superseded by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 superzoom camera) to shoot the preceding photo. The camera was set for manual focus and aperture priority; the lens was focused at the hyperfocal distance for an aperture of f/4, based upon the instructions provided in the excellent video tutorial by Graham Houghton, “Panasonic Lumix FZ camera easier manual focus method — super point-and-shoot tip.” Focusing at the hyperfocal distance is a technique used in landscape photography that maximizes depth-of-field. For example, when my camera is set for maximum wide angle (4.5mm) at an aperture of f/4, everything is in focus from approximately three feet to infinity — that’s DEEP depth-of-field!

Look closely at the full-size version of the photo. Notice the purple fringing that appears along the edges of some tree limbs (especially near the Sun) and along the ice (near the center of the foreground). Chromatic aberration is the technical name for color fringing that occurs sometimes in photographs of high contrast subjects such as the dark tree limbs against a bright sky. Adobe Lightroom features several photo editing tools that work well for removing chromatic aberration. If the image featured in this post were a fine-art landscape photo, then I would edit the image to remove the chromatic aberration. In this case, the photo is intended to show the view from one edge of the “Mystery Pool,” and it is good enough for that purpose, warts and all.

Related Resource: The “Mystery Pool” during Winter 2016.

Editor’s Notes: The location of the “Mystery Pool” will be revealed in a follow-up postMike Powell is not eligible to enter the contest since I told him where this photo was taken.

Copyright © 2016 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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