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2nd PlaceSand and Sea
charmayne


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Challenge: Wind II (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED
Location: Coney Island NY
Date: Oct 29, 2006
Aperture: f10.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/400
Galleries: Sky, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Oct 29, 2006

Cropped contrast levels had to clean camera afterwards...
Very windy day on Coney Island!

Post Challenge: I love Coney Island in the "off Season" and had seen the effects of the wind on the sand before so when I heard there would be wind gusts up to 45 mph I had to give it a try! Took alot of shots I liked but when my husband John saw this one he said if the sand was real enter it! It was so I did. I didn't dodge anything, but used contrast.
Alot of ribbon worthy shots in this challenge so I am honored to have placed and thankful that it was a windy weekend!
Thanks for all the votes and wonderful and constructive comments! Feeling very lucky!

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 159
Avg (all users): 7.3984
Avg (commenters): 8.2292
Avg (participants): 7.2921
Avg (non-participants): 7.4586
Views since voting: 17442
Views during voting: 498
Votes: 246
Comments: 105
Favorites: 48 (view)


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11/04/2007 09:27:39 PM
This is absolutely incredible, love the capturing of the wind on the beach, and in the water as well, great composition, definitely adding to faves
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07/13/2007 07:45:41 PM
Wow,This is so beautiful! I love,love,love it.
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02/04/2007 12:07:08 PM
wow
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02/04/2007 11:08:01 AM
Absolutely fantastic; This has such a non-contrived shot; its got great blue green tones. So nice, so realxing, so ethereal. great job.
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11/12/2006 04:50:48 AM
woow,

nice
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11/09/2006 02:21:54 PM
A very surreal scene, quite stunning. Congrats on the red ribbon!
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11/08/2006 09:27:40 PM
Absolultely incredible shot. Amazing depth and tones. Beautiful. Congratulations.
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11/08/2006 09:50:26 AM
Congrats on the red! Great picture!
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11/08/2006 06:10:13 AM
wow, this looks like cartoon ... excellent, congratulation on your red ribbon !!
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11/08/2006 05:02:20 AM
Excellent shot, love the feeling it shows :o) Congrats on your ribbon.
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11/07/2006 11:40:07 PM
i absolutly love this...im from a little place called iowa...soo i dont really see things like this often only on the internet but this makes you feel like ur accually there i love it!
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11/07/2006 11:29:19 PM
Awesome shot!!! I LOVE it!!! Coney Island huh? the sky is awesome in this also! Very good job!!! thanks for sharing.

Jack
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11/07/2006 11:47:33 AM
Congrats on your ribbon and great capture!
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11/07/2006 09:04:31 AM
this is one of greatest image i saw..congratulation
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11/06/2006 10:59:48 PM
Congratulations on an absolutely stunning and well deserved ribbon (top pick IMO). Just gorgeous!
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11/06/2006 08:27:01 PM
No offense to the blue ribbon entry but this was the best shot in the challenge as far as I am concerned, love that texture of the sand, nice work, glad it ended up above me.
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11/06/2006 05:32:21 PM
WOW!! Thanks to everyone for the votes, comments and favorites! I am thrilled and honored to have ribboned amongst such wonderful entries!
11/06/2006 04:34:20 PM
WoW!!!!! great shot. amazing. congrats.
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11/06/2006 04:30:51 PM
great image.
brilliantly captured.
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11/06/2006 04:29:36 PM
I have tried to capture this type of sand blowing a couple of times and it is tougher than people think. I say great job.
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11/06/2006 11:32:53 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon with this beautiful shot!
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11/06/2006 11:25:14 AM
Stunning shot, congrats!
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11/06/2006 11:00:50 AM
Congrats!
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11/06/2006 10:38:30 AM
Well done, again. Both an excellent day to expose a Nikon to such elemental forces and a great capture.
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11/06/2006 10:28:11 AM
Charmayne! Wow! Normally I just hate wind -- but if I could photograph a scene like this, it would fast become one of my favorites! Congratulations on this great photography! It is awesome!

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11/06/2006 09:40:40 AM
I wish I'd thought of this. Congratulations. Way to go.
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11/06/2006 09:26:53 AM
I've been on Coney Island lots of times and never seen that much sand blowing. Congratulations!!!
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11/06/2006 08:16:55 AM
simply stunning. i know EXACTLY how you felt while you were out there. awesome shot, bet it looks even better very large.
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11/06/2006 05:47:45 AM
You have the whole ribbon set now Charmayne! Well done and congratulations
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11/06/2006 05:19:41 AM
Excellent shot. Congrats on your RED.
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11/06/2006 03:40:44 AM
Very impressive shot, congratulations!
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11/06/2006 03:08:09 AM
Wow that certainly is an amazing image - those clouds look 3d - and the movement on the sand is AWESOME! Well done and congratulations.
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11/06/2006 02:52:41 AM
congrats to another well deserved ribbon. this really says "wind".
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11/06/2006 01:20:20 AM
Wow...fantastic image.
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11/06/2006 01:12:31 AM
Nice to see this one do well. You don't see that entered every day. Congrats!
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11/06/2006 01:08:21 AM
now that is different, a sandstorm ! Congratulations on a great surreal image.
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11/06/2006 01:08:19 AM
Congratulations on another well deserved ribbon. This image is just a gem!
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11/06/2006 01:05:54 AM
COngratulations!
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11/06/2006 12:55:45 AM
This shot deserves to be up here despite what looks like some sloppy burning. Go NY! I've got to get back out to Coney Island. Good stuff to take photos of there.
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11/06/2006 12:36:45 AM
WTG, Charmayne!!!! Congrats! Great shot!!!
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11/06/2006 12:36:15 AM
Congratulations on your red! Now you have one of each colour.
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11/06/2006 12:28:27 AM
I am elated that this image did so well. It was just wonderful to see the first time, and now I get to look at it for a week.

Good One.
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11/06/2006 12:26:39 AM
Congrats. The other two tens I gave didn't do as well. Beautiful shot!!
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11/06/2006 12:26:18 AM
Beautifully done. Congratulations... :)
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11/06/2006 12:20:20 AM
way to complete the trifecta :) i see you now have 1 blue, 1 yellow, and 1 red. that's awesome!!
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11/06/2006 12:08:38 AM
Excellent. CONGRATS!!!!!
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11/06/2006 12:07:18 AM
Just beautiful well done on the placing :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/05/2006 11:48:15 PM
One of only three tens in this challenge from me. Excellent job
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11/05/2006 10:31:32 PM
Wow....cool shot!
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11/05/2006 09:23:56 PM
This one definitely converys the feeling of being there with wind blwing sand in your face
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11/05/2006 07:57:56 PM
Very clever, you can fell the wind here.
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11/05/2006 07:43:00 PM
Win.
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11/05/2006 01:47:57 PM
ground blizzard
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11/04/2006 11:53:46 PM
Return for comment. Great scene and great long exposure to show wind. To me, the sand is the highlight, and the strong contrast of the clouds weakens that a bit. In fact, the sky/clouds is so contrasty, it looks a bit unnatural. Had you burned it it more, darker blue, it would have competed less with the sand. Constructive criticism aside, it's a strong photo, worthy of an 8.
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11/04/2006 02:43:53 PM
nice shot, could be durban.
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11/04/2006 08:03:53 AM
Love this photo!! I really shows that stinging sand blown by the wind!!
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11/04/2006 04:52:23 AM
Great capture of the sand being whipped by the wind, while the other details of waves, clouds, and buildings are clear. Interesting and effective.
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11/04/2006 12:11:57 AM
What a beautifully surreal image. Looks very futuristic to me and I think this works on many levels. Good luck!
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11/03/2006 11:35:40 PM
Awesome shot mate.
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11/03/2006 07:03:51 PM
Love the composition here, great tones as well, good luck, 8.
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11/03/2006 01:27:20 AM
Woah! super cool image! Minor issues for me are the color of the sky and a bit over sharpened spots in the clouds and waves. 9
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11/03/2006 12:07:21 AM
Beautiful!! 10
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11/02/2006 10:53:07 PM
nice feeling 8
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11/02/2006 06:12:13 PM
Definitely a good shot for a Wind challenge! Nicely seen - great capture.
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11/02/2006 05:14:30 PM
Interesting process - 6
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11/02/2006 03:08:40 PM
the best "WIND" so far. good luck
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11/02/2006 08:35:38 AM
Bautiful...nice harmonic colors and motion.
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11/01/2006 10:07:11 PM
Wow - this is awesome! Certainly in my top 3!!! Great capture!
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11/01/2006 09:16:13 PM
the buildings look so temporary
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11/01/2006 08:30:23 PM
cool !!
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11/01/2006 07:43:54 PM
This really shows the wind and meets the challenge very well. That sand blowing around must have been hard on you and your equipment!!

The sky seems a bit on green side, but I like the photo a lot because of all the puffy white clouds in the sky. The buildings add interest as does the bridge in the distance. Good work!
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11/01/2006 06:47:25 PM
Very nice.
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11/01/2006 01:35:50 PM
The post-processing gives this a menacing quality.
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11/01/2006 01:00:47 AM
This was my favorite of all of the wind shots. Thank you for sharing.
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11/01/2006 01:00:41 AM
just a magical scene, so beautiful and great for the challenge!
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10/31/2006 10:59:46 PM
Eerie rendition. Bump.
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10/31/2006 10:56:58 PM
very nice
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10/31/2006 10:55:17 PM
BEAUTIFULLY done. Yes, I just shouted (and I'm glad). This is a perfect example of the Challenge. And I'm so pleased you entered it. Hope it makes the front page. I'll do my part. 10
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10/31/2006 10:07:47 PM
wow ......... =8
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10/31/2006 09:05:41 PM
I can feel the wind in this shot...can't saty that about most! 9.
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10/31/2006 08:57:04 PM
I predict a ribbon for this, but I like it anyway. Excellent fulfillment of the challenge. Wind in land, sea and sky. 8
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10/31/2006 03:36:59 PM
The sky is a bit too much burnt but overall I like the shot, specially the sand blowing like that, great view
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10/31/2006 03:21:23 PM
I love this photo. It looks like the wind is sweeping the sand toward the shoreline.
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10/31/2006 01:17:15 PM
Very cool shot! The sky is such a strange color it looks over processed. Personally I'd crop off the top few inches.
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10/31/2006 12:14:17 PM
yes, obviously windy! very well exposed and post-processed
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10/31/2006 10:26:44 AM
Yours is a grand view of a genuinely windy day at the beach. The colours and contrast make this outstanding, IMO. 9.
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10/31/2006 10:17:04 AM
This has HDR written all over it. The clouds look 3D and overexposed in a few spots. Cool capturing the blowing sand and whitecap waves. The sand is the coolest part of this photo for me. Good luck in the challenge.
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10/31/2006 10:09:26 AM
this is cool if that is really sand blowing
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10/31/2006 07:20:39 AM
Ouch, nice sand blown calves you had after this?
Very nice coloring and the sand effect is gr8!
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10/31/2006 05:29:45 AM
Top 3 finish. Just beautiful.
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10/31/2006 01:38:45 AM
Looks a bit too overprocessed for my tastes but I like the image overall.
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10/31/2006 12:12:58 AM
Sand devils are fantastic, aren't they? Really like the comp and tones, even if they look a tad unnatural (maybe that's why I like it?) :)
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10/30/2006 10:13:44 PM
Ooo this will do well ^_^ 10
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10/30/2006 04:24:31 PM
Great job capturing the sand in motion. Looks like the winds where around ~25-30mph. Only nitpick is the editing, the unevening burning of the clouds kind of spoils the shot. I do like the rest of the tone of the image.
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10/30/2006 02:56:50 PM
love the sand blowing, and the waves! The buildings kind of take away from the shot; another perspective would have made it a 10 for me.
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10/30/2006 11:09:07 AM
Great capture. The image of the shifting sands really meets the challenge. 10
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10/30/2006 10:59:58 AM
I think this is a very strong image and the blowing sand is reminiscent of drifting snow. My only grief is the harsh burning within the clouds as it seems too bright to cast such harsh shadows. Had that been a bit more subtle, I would have surely expected to see this in the top ten. Good luck!
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10/30/2006 10:33:03 AM
The composition is good, but this image is just comes off as too overly processed for my taste.

Score: 6.
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10/30/2006 09:30:36 AM
very nice.I like it!
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10/30/2006 09:24:29 AM
I have never been to the beach,but what a great picture. Good Luck.
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10/30/2006 07:59:43 AM
I love the perspective and the brown/aqua theme of the shot.
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10/30/2006 06:47:58 AM
The movement of the sand and the clouds, gives me the feeling of the movement of the wind.....
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10/30/2006 02:25:53 AM
awesome wind conveyed in this...good luck 9
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10/30/2006 02:14:03 AM
Nice shot sharp shooting 9
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10/30/2006 01:28:56 AM
omg! my jaw just dropped, this is fantastic! The contrast and tones and everything is just amazing! It does seem slightly odd to me that those are nimbus clouds when they are usually sirus (wispy) on windy day. wow...just wow. 10+fav
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