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Gift from the Sea
Gift from the Sea
charliebaker


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Challenge: Glass II (with a twist) (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Location: Cannon Beach
Date: Jun 24, 2006
Aperture: f4
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/160
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Jun 25, 2006

Living at the beach, I love beachcombing. I often look for floating glass balls after big storms. I have found one such Japanese floating hand-blown glass ball in Cannon Beach after a severe winter storm. The ball in the photo (size of a basketball) was given to me by a friend who found it on the beach of southern Washington. The rocks in the background framing the sunset are "Bird Rocks" or Chapman Point on the north end of Cannon Beach, home to one of the largest colonies of Common Murres on the west coast.

Post-processing: levels, color-balance adjustments, curves, bit of a saturation bump, neat image, rotate to level horizon, crop, resize.

Statistics
Place: 5 out of 258
Avg (all users): 6.8591
Avg (commenters): 8.1786
Avg (participants): 6.7327
Avg (non-participants): 6.9263
Views since voting: 5286
Views during voting: 606
Votes: 291
Comments: 44
Favorites: 22 (view)


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03/10/2008 06:36:32 AM
a shot that shows that 'eye candy' doesn't have to be shallow. a visually stunning, beautiful and pretty image, that is more than just pretty. frankly, stunning and lovely.
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03/08/2008 09:05:29 PM
I absolutely loved taking photos when we visited Cannon Beach. This is a gem, Charlie.
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01/28/2008 11:10:39 AM
Just ran across this gem. How cool looking!
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11/06/2007 01:15:08 AM
What an amazing shot!
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08/23/2007 08:48:55 PM
This could be a great painting! As for an photograph- I give it a 2. lol
Just found out who you where- I've been curious who the crazy person was entering all those 2 shots. Now I know you are a photographer with talent that likes piss people off. Keep it up! it is funny.
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04/08/2007 08:42:23 PM
WOW!
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07/05/2006 10:48:32 PM
I love this shot. The warm color of the sun showing through the ball like moving fire does it for me. Feels alive! It actually reminds me of the palantir from LOTR movie, same effect!

Definately should've been on the front page. :)
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07/05/2006 04:23:16 PM
Funny. I had this rated higher than Zoomdak's. Both are excellent pictures, however.
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07/05/2006 04:22:55 PM
Congratulations on the 5th place! great shot!
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07/05/2006 01:54:12 PM
Just terrific! Pity you let Thomas come home for the summer, though :-)
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07/05/2006 12:44:56 PM
Great shot Charlie. I'm glad you are still entering now and then. I still mean to meet you guys sometime in the near future!
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07/05/2006 11:40:33 AM
Many congratulations! I'd never heard of these glass balls in the ocean.

Aren't kids a pain in the posterior?
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07/05/2006 03:49:00 AM
Blimey! Another 5th place, eh? Fun photoshoot, glad to see ya in the top 5 rather than the bottom 5. Congrats on getting your #2 PR. Sorry about robbing ya =)
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07/05/2006 12:10:57 AM
I loved this one so much better. You were robbed!!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/04/2006 11:56:58 PM
Composition and colors... Beautiful! The color saturation looks just right. The glass ball looks like planet. One of my faves. Good luck!
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07/04/2006 08:40:18 PM
Beautiful colours!
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07/04/2006 11:37:21 AM
This is great shot. It would be totally awesome with a slightly different crop (only the smallest sliver of sun showing) DOF and colors are superb.
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07/03/2006 04:55:07 PM
Serene. Well done. (on my short list at the top!)
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07/03/2006 04:11:24 PM
Very unique.
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07/02/2006 03:11:54 PM
nice shot!
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07/01/2006 05:40:08 PM
Great setting and composition. Love the colors. The sun is a little blown out (but isn't the sun always blown out?) Overall outstanding photo.
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07/01/2006 03:30:19 PM
Lovely colors and refraction/reflection in the ball. Works with it centered.
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06/30/2006 10:58:23 PM
This is absolutely stunning. Great composition, and lighting. I rate this #10
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06/30/2006 08:42:18 PM
The balance of light from the sun in the glass and on the horizon make this an excellent composition. I want one of these in my back yard.
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06/30/2006 08:04:33 PM
Have not rated many images, but this is a beauty.
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06/30/2006 04:19:22 PM
Oh WOW. I love this!
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06/30/2006 03:24:26 PM
wow. this is hot. something about it is very sexy to me. amazing. ive predicted some ribbons already this challenges but i think this may actually be the blue!. LOVE it. into my favs.
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06/30/2006 03:06:12 PM
Excellent. Great composition and lighting. A magical image.
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06/30/2006 02:07:30 PM
Nice lighting on this one.
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06/30/2006 11:09:24 AM
This is lovely. It's sort of what I wanted to do but I couldn't get it to work out right. Beautiful colours.
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06/30/2006 09:48:04 AM
I love this photo on several different levels. First the color, it's what caught my eye when scrolling down. Second is the glass, it's very interesting to me how the color schemes are the same inside and outside the glass, yet inside seems to be more refracted and distorted, almost like a mini universe right there on the beach.
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06/29/2006 09:43:36 PM
Just WOW ! The colors...from the yellow/gold to the rich purples and blues...WOW ! 10 + + +
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06/29/2006 01:41:38 PM
The nicest of the glass float images in the challenge. 9.
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06/29/2006 11:17:22 AM
this is a good idea and I think that his only problem is that there is too much over exposure on the background. I rate the image 7 because the effect on the ball is great.
best regards
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06/29/2006 10:35:39 AM
This one is very good, I like the transparency of the glass ball and the fact that the sunset is reflected in it. I am not as fond of the sun itself and that part of the photo, the flare from the sun and the bright sky that tugs my attention from the ball and the water but nothing really that bothers me much. 8 from me, I really like this shot.
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06/29/2006 07:38:11 AM
that's amazing light and a nice study, well done
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06/29/2006 02:17:37 AM
stunning... this earns my only 10 given on this challenge...
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06/29/2006 12:52:00 AM
0-2 Meets Challenge: 2
0-3 Technical Merit: 2
0-3 Creativity: 2
0-2 The Wow Factor: 1
Total = 7
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06/28/2006 11:09:29 PM
Beautiful
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06/28/2006 08:52:02 PM
Nice picture. Good job 9
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06/28/2006 06:02:30 PM
Subject is competing with the sun. But otherwise a good shot.
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06/28/2006 05:23:54 PM
Really love the reflections in the ball. Bacckground is stunning and the colors are beautiful :)
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06/28/2006 04:38:03 PM
very cool
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06/28/2006 02:34:26 PM
This pic caught my eye from the page you see for pics in challenges. Very good colours and composition. This is definitely going to get a good position.
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