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A Perfect Day
sherpet


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Challenge: Bicycles (Basic Editing)
Collection: Challengers
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 28-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Location: Brisbane Waters Koolewong, Central Coast NSW Aust.
Date: Apr 8, 2007
Aperture: 13.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/400
Galleries: Seascapes, Transportation
Date Uploaded: Apr 9, 2007

This is one very special place to rest and enjoy. It is my sisters jetty just outside her cottage home, on the Brisbane Waters.
She parked her bicycle on the edge of the jetty, with this beautiful reflection of the clouds in the waters. I just caught the moment when a seagull came by, and made a perfect landing. Enjoy.....

post comment; I entered this image the day before my accident, where I fell backwards, and landed on my tailbone.

I injured my spine severely, with a two crack fractures in my 12th. Vertebra.

I had a 8 day stay in hospital, and now recovering at the apartment in Sydney, before Peter and I fly home to Queensland.

We returned home to Queensland, on the 20th April 2007.

I am so very pleased with this result. Thank you for all those comments and votes.....

Processing steps.....Very simple, as it was a 'BASIC' challenge.....

I used the weather conditions of that day, and the early morning shoot to achieve this effect.

The clouds were building up, and it looked like a storm was approaching in the distance, so the cloud formation was just right.

It was also a very calm day, and the water was perfectly still, so that is why the reflection is so good.

The tide was either going out, or coming in, so not very deep water but enough to get this effect.

Basic rule for this one but the only thing I did was saturate the colors to achieve this blue/lavender look, as I like this effect. Some say it was to blue, but it was this shade, and I just strengthened it.

I hope this helps, as a few people have asked how I did this with the 'Basic' rules.

Statistics
Place: 8 out of 174
Avg (all users): 6.6941
Avg (commenters): 7.4348
Avg (participants): 6.2381
Avg (non-participants): 6.8782
Views since voting: 3370
Views during voting: 392
Votes: 219
Comments: 67
Favorites: 7 (view)


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12/08/2012 09:12:58 PM
Gorgeous clear scene, and the bike adds to it.
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12/08/2012 12:11:20 PM
WHAT A GREAT IMAGE!! THE LIGHT IS LOVELY, AND THE REFLECTIONS MIRRORLIKE! SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR ACCIDENT AFTERWARDS
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12/08/2012 12:02:56 PM
There is something special about this photo, it has a magnificence far beyond the subject matter, which was perfectly proportioned in the shot. BTW. : )
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12/08/2012 07:37:16 AM
NICE SHOT, LOVE THE BIRD TOO
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10/25/2008 12:31:55 AM
I love this shot - its kind of "Brisbane meets Paris"
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09/29/2008 03:49:52 PM
3rd time commenting: still a masterwork.
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08/29/2008 08:46:10 AM
This is a really pretty shot- its a got good balnce and very interesting light. The clouds are great- but the viewers eye cannot rest there in this shot- it is forced to look first at the bicycle, then at the at the path; but the eye gets waylayed on the bird; which is nice and leads to a total lack of rest and peace.
So -you describe the place as peaceful and restful and it looks just that way- the morning adventure on the waterway- the stop at the water froma bikeride- but the viewer- or the traveller- can't really rest. and ther eis the irony- that makes it interesting.
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07/11/2008 01:17:33 PM
Love the sense of depth to this Shez, and the way the jetty seems to point straight across to the dip in the hills.
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06/25/2008 06:21:08 PM
what an excellent photo, the perspective is just great.
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06/20/2008 11:09:01 PM
Love the line of the pier leading out to the water. The bike is the subject, but the setting is a perfect location for it.
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03/01/2008 09:00:14 PM
This is terrific. Hard to believe you milked this out of Basic Editing. It looks like a painting. I'd be curious to know your post-processing steps.
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09/01/2007 08:21:15 AM
What really makes this shot is the mood captured. The lone bike on the dock that spans toward the horizon just sits there patiently waiting for us to hop on and take a ride. The beautiful lakeside/oceanside, the boats passing by and the clouds lazily sailing past are just some of the things we are promised on this bike ride. The dock draws our eye to the horizon and thereby we notice the lake, the clouds and the boats. Not sure why but the 'pose' of the bike (mayhap because of the off balance lean) projects a relaxed, easygoing attitude - perfect for a relaxed easy breezy day to just cycle and see the scenery.
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08/20/2007 11:32:45 AM
What a wonderful shot, I love the gull, didn't notice it on the thumbnail, a nice surprise. A great perspective as well - you have a wonderful eye.
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08/03/2007 11:44:40 PM
peers are one of my favourite things to shoot, add to it a great view, a strong subject and you get a perfect image.
honestly this scored higher, and in my opinion should have scored higher, the top 3 were good shots, but this is a great shot!
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07/19/2007 11:26:59 PM
What an awesome composition and lovely capture
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06/30/2007 04:39:50 AM
A perfect shot of a perfect day!! Great perspective and dof, placement of the bike is excellent ..... to top all that off, the bird! Wonderful shot Shez!!!
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06/30/2007 04:33:51 AM
Thank you so much, and you arre now my friend to.....

Originally posted by suiteness:

i love a pic of a bike with no rider... it resting after helping a friend travel to their destination... and is left alone to enjoy and reflect on its service. a meditation if you will. you have a great eye for composition! (i know you are a friend of 21_F.gif sandyp ... she is very nearly my sister, as we have known each other probably 35 years!)
06/29/2007 10:43:05 PM
i love a pic of a bike with no rider... it resting after helping a friend travel to their destination... and is left alone to enjoy and reflect on its service. a meditation if you will. you have a great eye for composition! (i know you are a friend of 21_F.gif sandyp ... she is very nearly my sister, as we have known each other probably 35 years!)
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06/25/2007 06:53:24 PM
a lovely spot and a very nice image...
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06/24/2007 10:53:41 AM
This is just beautiful!
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06/24/2007 07:31:59 AM
V nice. There's something about this that feels wonderfully light.
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05/23/2007 09:27:11 AM
This is gorgeous! You have so many wonderful elements in this pic. I love the placement of the bicycle. The bird dipping in the water! The walkway leading the viewer to the middle. The boats. The reflections in the water. And the gorgeous sky. Just wonderful. Congrats on your 8th place!
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05/12/2007 09:20:05 PM
Such a beautiful shot. Excellent PP here.
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04/28/2007 09:45:09 AM
Congrats on your top ten ! i hope you are feeling so much better...carry on , you are a "trooper" !
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04/28/2007 04:48:25 AM
the bird taking off is the kicker! very nice image and congrats on the top ten!
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04/21/2007 11:05:17 AM
Wonderful image, Shez! Congratulations on your high placement! Glad to hear that you're back home and on the mend...hope that you're feeling 100% soon!
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04/21/2007 10:14:22 AM
Originally posted by SaraR:

A well deserved top 10 finish - hope this signals better fortune for you!


Totally agree..superb Sherryl. GET WELL SOON, WE MISS YOU LOVE
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04/20/2007 03:26:59 PM
A well deserved top 10 finish - hope this signals better fortune for you!
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04/20/2007 08:24:02 AM
Thanks everyone, and we are now back home in Queensland, after 10 weeks away.....
04/19/2007 08:26:16 AM
Shez, Congrats on your top ten.
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04/18/2007 06:13:51 PM
Top 10 WOO HOO for you!
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04/18/2007 05:46:13 PM
Thank you so much for your comments and support re this image.....

I entered this image the day before my accident, where I fell backwards, and landed on my tailbone.

I injured my spine severely, with a two crack fractures in my 12th. vertarbre.

I had a 8 day stay in hospital, and now recovering at the appartment in Sydney, before Peter and I back fly home to Queensland very soon.

Message edited by author 2007-04-18 17:47:31.
04/18/2007 05:25:05 PM
Fantastic work! This is beautiful! Congrats on a top ten!!
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04/18/2007 08:05:37 AM
Yayyyyyyyy Shez!!!! A star by the picture of a real star! :) Congratulations. THIS IS AWESOME!!!

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04/18/2007 05:29:47 AM
congratulations shez ..... wonderful photograph, excellent emotive feel with that title and wow ... 8th place ...... AWESOME .......
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04/18/2007 04:23:59 AM
Beautiful shot! Congrats!!
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04/18/2007 03:36:59 AM
Very lovely, Shez. WTG, Girl!! Hope you're recovering after your fall.
Congrats on a well deserved top 10.
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04/18/2007 03:31:35 AM
good going shez, hope you're up and about now.
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04/18/2007 02:48:45 AM
Wow! What an amazing scenery! Congratulations Shez!
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04/18/2007 02:40:02 AM
Congrats on the top 10 Shez!! Loved this one!!
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04/18/2007 02:18:22 AM
Shez..Top ten, way to go girl..
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04/18/2007 01:40:58 AM
Still an amazing picture.
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04/18/2007 01:13:56 AM
Great result Shez, well taken and deserved the front page.
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04/18/2007 12:06:24 AM
Perfect, Shez! What a lovely picture - very well done and congrats on the top ten!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/17/2007 01:21:10 PM
Wow. Very lovely.
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04/17/2007 06:13:16 AM
The bird is great, although it takes some of the attention from the bicycle. The picture seems to have a somewhat unnatural blueish tint.
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04/17/2007 04:47:09 AM
Nice shot
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04/16/2007 11:20:59 PM
Beautiful. 0
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04/16/2007 12:53:01 PM
I hate your picture! It looks nice and warm while I am in Quebec freezing my butt off in a snow storm! Aaaaaaaahhhh!!!!

hehe Just kidding (not about the weather though). Your picture is really awesome!

Good luck!
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04/15/2007 02:48:36 AM
Great shot, love the bird landing, good timimg
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04/14/2007 04:23:44 PM
Very well done!
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04/14/2007 06:44:26 AM
Tones work well here. Also like the perspective of the dock and placement of the bike.
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04/14/2007 02:57:33 AM
Incredibly well composed. Light, very nice light, lines, context and just the right amount of colour.
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04/14/2007 02:13:41 AM
Beautiful image, 9.
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04/12/2007 10:52:33 PM
a perfect day and a perfect shot ..... catching that bird flying AND the excellent reflection is totally awesome ..... the perspective and colour of the wooden jetty excellent .... the bike there sorta waiting fantastic ... =10
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04/12/2007 05:15:50 PM
very nice and bright. You certainly managed to get the perfect day over to the viewer.
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04/12/2007 11:20:36 AM
wow. nice water and sky. i love the position of the bike and the angle of the boardwalk.
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04/11/2007 10:47:20 PM
Perfect days make for wonderful shots, and you have accomplished that here.

The hills, the bird and the background sailboats really make the shot.
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04/11/2007 08:34:40 PM
I like very much the composition and the bird landing on the water, which adds interest to the image, but there is something not working with the white balance, there is too much blue in the picture
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04/11/2007 05:11:33 PM
Beautiful picture!
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04/11/2007 02:01:48 PM
A nice shot but something is trying to push me out of it- not quite sure what. Maybe too grey in the sky? It does not look natural.
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04/11/2007 12:04:58 PM
This has a great nostalgic feel! Love it!
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04/11/2007 11:27:00 AM
Nice overall image, i like the lighting and colors of the sky and water.
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04/11/2007 11:04:58 AM
i like this picture overall but maybe a little less background to add to the bikes apperance
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04/11/2007 10:50:53 AM
I might have went black and white with this one or worked better on the colors.
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04/11/2007 10:45:43 AM
I would have shot from a different angle. Need some green in this shot to give "perfect day" feel for me.
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04/11/2007 05:01:48 AM
I like it 9
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