The Secret World of Water

Tour Boat, Helsinki

Tour Boat, Helsinki

When one journeys by ship the view is mostly of water, either the sea itself or the water’s edge in port.  Water reflects light and imparts its own magic because it is not smooth like a mirror and substances like oil float upon it.  Looking into water is like looking at clouds.  A different reality exists in the gaseous and liquid states.  The scene changes rapidly, and is unlike the solid reality we walk upon.

None of these images are composites.

97 responses

  1. i love water…would love to see the red boat too…lovely image.

    August 3, 2013 at 7:55 am

  2. Fantastic set of photos!

    August 3, 2013 at 7:57 am

  3. I LOVE water (outside) especially in summer! But, it is so sad when they have oil spills
    that affect wildlife….: (

    August 3, 2013 at 8:14 am

  4. RMW

    Love the reflection of the tour boat.

    August 3, 2013 at 8:19 am

    • Thank you RMW. While working on this set I developed some new techniques for bringing out the colors in these scenes.

      August 3, 2013 at 8:23 am

  5. laughingcrowknits

    You would love the books written by Masaru Emoto on the “Secret Life Of Water” and “Water Crystal Healing”…you would be amazed at what water really is!

    August 3, 2013 at 8:25 am

    • Thank you for the book recommendations. It might expand my horizon beyond the concept that a cup of coffee is 99.8% water.

      August 3, 2013 at 8:36 am

      • laughingcrowknits

        I expect it would! LOL

        August 3, 2013 at 1:01 pm

  6. These are cool shots.

    August 3, 2013 at 8:52 am

  7. Great peek into another reality!

    August 3, 2013 at 9:08 am

  8. Jackie

    Very cool captures!

    August 3, 2013 at 9:20 am

  9. I absolutely love water – and the photos here are stunning! Water is mysterious yet comforting :)

    August 3, 2013 at 9:41 am

    • Water is many things, thank you for the comment.

      August 3, 2013 at 10:18 am

  10. You hit on my weakness again! Reflections! What a cool shot Ron. Thanks for sharing.

    August 3, 2013 at 1:39 pm

  11. Thanks for the “like!” Water reflections were a big photo theme for me for a while – love the movement and colors in yours.

    August 3, 2013 at 3:27 pm

  12. The pretty pictures do make me feel better, thanks! :)

    August 3, 2013 at 3:52 pm

  13. Marvellous colours!

    August 3, 2013 at 4:48 pm

  14. As ever – epic pics m8.

    August 3, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    • Thank you. I hope your car project is going well.

      August 3, 2013 at 9:16 pm

  15. Absolutely gorgeous captures!

    August 3, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    • Saw your posts on FB, looks like things are going well.

      August 3, 2013 at 9:15 pm

  16. Wow. Just beautiful! And thank you for visiting my Garden Reverie blog! I am looking forward to seeing what else you are up to. I hope you will visit again soon. Best, Cackie

    August 3, 2013 at 8:54 pm

  17. Wow, Ron! These are stunning… truly breath-taking!

    August 4, 2013 at 12:15 am

  18. Great theme and photos!

    August 4, 2013 at 1:21 am

  19. Exquisite.

    August 4, 2013 at 4:41 am

    • Thank you, how is life over there?

      August 4, 2013 at 7:08 am

      • We are seeing the first signs of spring so that makes everyone feel more cheerful.

        August 4, 2013 at 8:22 am

        • It is smack in the middle of our insanely hot and humid summer here with no relief until late October. Without air conditioning this place would be a ghost town.

          August 4, 2013 at 8:26 am

        • Sounds like it would be a good idea to take another cruise.

          August 4, 2013 at 8:39 am

  20. fantastic water images :)

    August 4, 2013 at 7:55 am

  21. Very artistic! Nice idea and really well done. I like it.

    August 4, 2013 at 8:11 am

  22. lisatenzindolma

    Fabulous photos!

    August 4, 2013 at 12:11 pm

  23. Incredible series of photos, just perfect and a joy to view. Thanks.

    August 4, 2013 at 5:17 pm

  24. water is one of my weaknesses…these are brilliant shots…the oil slicks have an awesome abstract feeling!

    August 4, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    • It took a while to collect a few good oil slick shots as the slicks would come and go as the ship moved.

      August 4, 2013 at 10:04 pm

  25. These are wonderful! I like how you’ve chosen to show only the reflections, and how you’ve saturated the images. A nice touch of surrealism.

    August 5, 2013 at 8:20 am

    • Thank you, I just posted 8 more on this theme. The saturation is extreme. Out of the camera these don’t look like anything.

      August 5, 2013 at 8:29 am

  26. Some of the photos have a taste of pointillism… Delightful!

    August 5, 2013 at 9:03 am

    • Thank you. I do consider many to be impressionistic.

      August 5, 2013 at 9:06 am

  27. Indeed!

    August 5, 2013 at 9:10 am

  28. Great photos and so vibrant.

    August 7, 2013 at 12:18 pm

  29. Lovely – did you know how important it is to thank water? I always thank water beit when in the shower or about to drink it, not only is it beautiful and mesmerising it is our life force :)

    August 8, 2013 at 10:01 am

  30. Thank you for these beautiful pictures. Veraiconica

    August 8, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    • You are welcome and thank you for stopping by.

      August 8, 2013 at 4:36 pm

  31. Love these photos Ron! They look like paintings!!! ;)

    August 12, 2013 at 4:15 am

  32. Love all the photos.So colorful and artistic! Looks like you have traveled everywhere :-)

    August 15, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    • Thank you Terra Marie. There are a lot of places I have not yet visited, and a long list that I visited before I had the photographic skills I have now. I guess those are on the return list.

      August 15, 2013 at 7:25 pm

      • That’s awesome! Where do you plan on going next? I think I will have to learn how to use my camera so I can capture some amazing travel experiences as well :-).

        August 15, 2013 at 8:04 pm

        • I am going somewhere soon. It will be revealed when I post the photos.

          August 15, 2013 at 10:22 pm

  33. This is brilliant.

    August 16, 2013 at 8:11 am

  34. Absolutely beautiful!


    August 16, 2013 at 9:34 am

  35. Beautiful photography ron. Thanks for stopping by my little blog, my simple little pictures pale in comparison!

    August 16, 2013 at 2:35 pm

  36. The reflections on the water are really something. They are just like clouds. You see something different everyday standing in the same spot. Thanks for the recent likes of my posts.

    August 20, 2013 at 8:54 am

  37. I love water—and I respect it too!

    August 20, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    • Peggy, it’s kind of hard to get by without it.

      August 20, 2013 at 7:54 pm

  38. Love the tricks that water plays, Ron. :) Many thanks for your visit.

    August 21, 2013 at 7:47 am

  39. Gorgeous photos! Estonia is now on my list! Thanks.

    August 22, 2013 at 11:00 am

  40. I really love what you’ve done here with the reflective water photos! The images have a character that is reminiscent of Van Gogh’s painted works. Beautiful stuff!

    August 22, 2013 at 11:16 am

  41. Beautiful work!

    August 22, 2013 at 11:27 am

  42. Love reflections on the water…nice job! Thanks for visiting my blog!

    August 22, 2013 at 9:59 pm

  43. Great images!

    August 24, 2013 at 11:02 am

  44. Fantastic photos! Thanks for visiting my blog.

    August 25, 2013 at 7:24 am

  45. Stunning photo, Ron. :)

    August 29, 2013 at 9:06 pm

  46. Hi Ron,
    Thanks for stopping by and following my blog. I’ve spent almost all my life in, on, around water. I love your photos!

    September 2, 2013 at 6:06 pm

  47. Great shots! :)

    September 10, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    • Thank you, this post has been very popular.

      September 10, 2013 at 1:48 pm

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