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Challenge: Postcard III (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX 18-105 f/3.5-5.6 ED VR
Location: Strand, Western Cape, South Africa
Date: Apr 3, 2009
Aperture: f/13
ISO: 200
Shutter: 30 seconds
Galleries: Landscape, Advertisement
Date Uploaded: Apr 4, 2009

Self timer used in order for me to run and get in the picture. The broken fence represents the fall of apartheid. And then there's me, looking past it. Deep, I know. Ok, I did not think of that when taking the shot, but it could work, couldn't it?

Processing:
- Noise reduction
- Cloned out small lights in the distance and tiny unsightly pebbles
- Levels
- Curves
- Contrast
- Resize
- Sharpen a little bit
- Add border
- Add text
- Save for web

Post Challenge:

Wow! Thank you everyone for your kind comments and votes.

We don't have that many famous landmarks, so I tried to shoot Table Mountain, but conditions weren't that great. Then a few days later we had this gorgeous light, so I just had to go for the dramatic silhouette/reflection shot.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 163
Avg (all users): 7.9143
Avg (commenters): 8.9091
Avg (participants): 7.6984
Avg (non-participants): 8.0357
Views since voting: 10294
Views during voting: 416
Votes: 175
Comments: 97
Favorites: 39 (view)


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04/23/2009 02:40:53 PM
Originally posted by akshut:

No doubt!! incredible picture. Perfect timing, exposure, composition everything is just amazing in this picture. Just wanted to ask due to curiosity, since you have mentioned that you kept the camera on self timer so that you could have reached to take the position but there the surface was muddy and wet, so how did you manage to get rid off the foot marks that you made while reaching there.

akshat!!


I didn't do anything to get rid of prints, they just did not appear on the photo. I guess it's probably a combination of the angle, the reflection and the wet sand.
04/23/2009 06:19:16 AM
No doubt!! incredible picture. Perfect timing, exposure, composition everything is just amazing in this picture. Just wanted to ask due to curiosity, since you have mentioned that you kept the camera on self timer so that you could have reached to take the position but there the surface was muddy and wet, so how did you manage to get rid off the foot marks that you made while reaching there.

akshat!!
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04/19/2009 01:02:10 PM
beautiful! !
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04/18/2009 12:50:26 PM
I was so happy to see this on the front page as I was born in Zimbabwe and lived a large part of my life in South Africa. If this is taken from Bloubos strand across the bay from Table Mountain it is where my father's ashes were scattered when he passed away in September last year. It is truly a beautiful area and he loved to sit on a bench with the view every Sunday and read the newspaper.

This is truly a beautiful photo well done.
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04/17/2009 07:45:38 PM
I've come back to this many times... and I still sit in awe. It's perfect and appealing.
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04/16/2009 03:18:07 PM
I saw your all blue post on 1x
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04/16/2009 12:29:58 AM
congrats on your ribbon!

on post processing i think it would look more realistic if you could have aligned the shadow of the man to the source of light (i am comparing this on the shadows casted by the fishing pens).

great poster.
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04/15/2009 07:59:56 PM
Big congrats on your ribbon!
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04/15/2009 05:47:53 AM
This is so beautiful! Congrats!
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04/15/2009 04:39:49 AM
As 'n mede-inwoner van die Strand ('n absolute paradys op windstildae), veels geluk! Ek het ook al vele foto's op ons mooi strand geneem, maar nog nie iets soos hierdie nie.
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04/14/2009 11:50:32 PM
Fantastic Image! Congrats on your blue!
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04/14/2009 03:57:35 PM
Simply put...this photo PLEASES me....great shot...Kevin
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04/14/2009 03:55:14 PM
Pretty cool--Congrats on your ribbon for this fine shot!
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04/14/2009 05:08:03 AM
Fantastic shot Philip and I find this version even better than the one on 1X. Congrats on a well deserved blue ribbon and PB!
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04/14/2009 04:30:38 AM
Just fantastic!
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04/14/2009 04:20:58 AM
excellent image, innovative, wonderful colors - congrats on the blue ribbon!
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04/14/2009 02:19:33 AM
Superb. Fantastic. You did our country proud!
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04/14/2009 01:32:32 AM
Wicked shot man, well done! Local is lekker! Eks nie so seker oor die apartheid comment nie - voel bietjie forced, but well done nonetheless.
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04/14/2009 12:53:52 AM
Superb postcard. Congratulations.
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04/13/2009 06:32:34 PM
You are going to have many ribbons. :)
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04/13/2009 06:22:05 PM
Love it. Beautiful Picture, perfectly composed.
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04/13/2009 05:03:59 PM
South Africa...Don't feed the baboons.
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04/13/2009 03:58:50 PM
Congratulations on a well-deserved blue.
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04/13/2009 02:59:26 PM
The water is friggin amazing!! You really know how to use your camera. The font I'm not so wild about, but this is ultra awesome.
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04/13/2009 02:46:24 PM
Congratulations on your ribbon and great score. This is really beautiful love the colors, composition and the lighting.
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04/13/2009 02:44:47 PM
Simple and utterly effective. Beautiful composition, great colors! Also love the tagline. Congrats on the ribbon and PB!
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04/13/2009 02:05:02 PM
WOW! Just the right superlative escapes me right now, but WOW! And 7.9! My how you are off to a raging start your first few months on dpChallenge! Congratulations! This is amazing!
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04/13/2009 01:44:09 PM
This was one of my favorites. Congrats on the ribbon.
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04/13/2009 11:55:53 AM
I love this picture. Very nice work.
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04/13/2009 10:55:36 AM
one of my only 10s...excellent image!
congrats to you!!
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04/13/2009 09:15:31 AM
Lovely shot! Saw this over at 1x - congrats on that, too!
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04/13/2009 09:12:58 AM
Great image, Philip. Really wonderful... so emotive and well done. Congrats on such a high score and on your ribbon!
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04/13/2009 08:14:18 AM
Awesome image. Congrats on your first ribbon!
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04/13/2009 08:04:10 AM
I love the thought you put into this pic.... a deserving winner, congratulations!
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04/13/2009 07:26:24 AM
Ah very beautiful. Congratulations! Everything just comes together so well!!
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04/13/2009 06:47:06 AM
Great image. Congrats on the blue.
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04/13/2009 06:33:41 AM
Gorgeous mood and color - congratulations on your deserved win!!
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04/13/2009 06:20:24 AM
Excellent shot and a fantastic score too.
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04/13/2009 06:02:29 AM
Great!
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04/13/2009 05:55:24 AM
Fantasties en heeltemaal tereg dat jy die blou met hierdie prag foto gewen het.
Ns. Ek hoop jy verstaan Afrikaans.

Message edited by author 2009-04-13 07:37:43.
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04/13/2009 03:32:25 AM
Awesome shot Philip. Way to go on the ribbon. This is a unique and original South African postcard. Well done.
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04/13/2009 02:39:29 AM
beautiful congrats on your ribbon
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04/13/2009 02:02:51 AM
Awesome, awesome image, and WHAT a whopper of a score you have there. Very nicely done, congrats.
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04/13/2009 01:59:48 AM
Congrats on the blue.... great job
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04/13/2009 01:51:25 AM
Excellent image, so glad it did well for you. Huge congrats on winning, Philip. Also congrats on your first ribbon and PB.
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04/13/2009 01:48:16 AM
Fabulous Pic.....

Congrats.....
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04/13/2009 01:09:44 AM
Congrats , this is brilliant with a great score !!!
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04/13/2009 12:56:40 AM
Wow! Congrats on your first ribbon, and it's the blue. Well done.... Amazing image, with a lovely message.
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04/13/2009 12:56:06 AM
You stood still pretty well for 30 seconds! I actually thought it was going to get the red - I thought Hotpasta might be right in front of you. Just goes to show that unique places are a welcome sight here.
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04/13/2009 12:50:50 AM
How fantastic to win a first blue ribbon with such a high score...well done...I love the tagline...
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04/13/2009 12:45:29 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon!!
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04/13/2009 12:29:43 AM
Congratulations, this is absolutely stunning. Look at that score!
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04/13/2009 12:27:48 AM
Outstanding job. Congratulations on the blue.
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04/13/2009 12:23:33 AM
I predicted this will ribbon. Truly amazing shot, congrats.
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04/13/2009 12:17:25 AM
AMAZING!!!! How could something like this get a vote anything lower than a 6...just nuts!
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04/13/2009 12:11:17 AM
Beautiful. Congrats on the well deserved ribbon.
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04/13/2009 12:10:33 AM
Congratulations! I was guessing this to be in top 3!
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04/13/2009 12:04:47 AM
Congratz on the Blue.
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04/13/2009 12:02:09 AM
Congrats on the blue. Excellent shot.
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04/13/2009 12:01:31 AM
Wow. Gorgeous. Congratulations!!!!

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/12/2009 11:19:36 PM
Great, love the walk on water trick, awesome, 10
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04/12/2009 11:04:57 PM
My absolute favorite of them all. I really hope this ribbons, it's beautiful! 10
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04/12/2009 10:59:14 PM
This is my pick for the blue ribbon. Hope to see it on the front page. I already gave you a 10 at the beginning of the week. Just coming back to comment.
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04/12/2009 03:52:04 PM
Very impressive!I hope it will be in the top 10.
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04/11/2009 08:09:36 PM
Back to bump you up to 9. One of my favorites. Great color.
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04/11/2009 10:25:50 AM
Wow. Stunning. 10.
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04/10/2009 10:57:27 PM
wish there was a little less negative space
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04/10/2009 11:10:07 AM
Very nice image, mimicing the color scheme in the type was a very good choice
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04/08/2009 08:28:16 PM
My fav in this challenge. 10
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04/08/2009 07:16:39 PM
That's a postcard I would definitely buy.
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04/08/2009 10:56:38 AM
Nicely done!
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04/07/2009 10:27:14 PM
This is really a beautiful, amazing shot! I'd definitely give you a 10 if I could vote.
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04/07/2009 04:31:18 PM
wow- now this is my favorite of the challenge
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04/07/2009 11:50:00 AM
Gorgeous!
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04/07/2009 10:38:03 AM
My favorite and predicted winner. Excellent!
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04/07/2009 05:50:38 AM
Outstanding. Should be a mural at the embassy!
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04/07/2009 12:36:40 AM
Spectacular, stunning, amazing, beautiful capture. My pick for ribbon. Good Luck.
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04/06/2009 10:06:42 PM
A very intriguing treatment of space - it's empty, yet the single character seems to fill the void remarkably well. The subtle pastel drop shadow is perfectly executed. A good image to represent a new view of South Africa. Well done.
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04/06/2009 07:05:25 PM
this should be "Best in Show" 10
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04/06/2009 04:51:32 PM
One of my top picks for this challenge. This has lovely colours, a great silhouette and the line leading my eye through the shot. Good choice of font too.
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04/06/2009 04:38:28 PM
Stunning colors -9
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04/06/2009 01:54:54 PM
Being South African myself, I am not objective...! Wonderful picture.
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04/06/2009 12:59:36 PM
nice picture. Like the use of reflection. How did you catch this image?
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04/06/2009 12:41:29 PM
Excellent
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04/06/2009 12:20:51 PM
This would make a great postcard. Great use of space!
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04/06/2009 11:29:03 AM
Well done - one of the best in this challenge!
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04/06/2009 11:26:02 AM
lovely
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04/06/2009 11:12:34 AM
Wow!!! Great mood, excellent colors, brilliant composition. This cannot get any better than this. Good luck.
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04/06/2009 09:33:31 AM
Definitely ribbon-worthy!
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04/06/2009 09:23:15 AM
Gorgeous photo!!! I think this would do well as a postcard. Love your text/font too.
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04/06/2009 09:20:32 AM
I really love the silhouette and the caption.
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04/06/2009 08:14:03 AM
Truly beautiful and my favourite so far. Hope for top 3 for you.
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04/06/2009 05:21:46 AM
Pragtige foto wat die boodskap "Infinite Possibilities" kragtig uitdra. Een van my favoriete.
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04/06/2009 01:21:21 AM
Excellent! The wooden railing really adds to the composition. Slightly saturated colors but I will go with that. Love the ripples,reflection everything..10!
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04/06/2009 01:06:35 AM
love the subtle edge coloring of the letters it really brings even more to an already phenomenal picture
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04/06/2009 12:47:22 AM
This is beautiful...the tag line really suits what is happening in the image...hope you do really well with this...9
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04/06/2009 12:18:01 AM
Stunning and truly looks just like a post card!!
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