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Challenge: Light (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Location: Cannon Beach, Oregon, USA. The Needles
Date: Jan 24, 2005
Aperture: F8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/640th
Galleries: Candid, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Jan 30, 2005

aperture
1. An opening, such as a hole, gap, or slit.
2. A usually adjustable opening in an optical instrument, such as a camera or telescope, that limits the amount of light passing through a lens or onto a mirror.
3. The diameter of such an opening, often expressed as an f-number.

This was taken on a run I took on the beach January 24. I had no idea I would get such an image, but I had my camera along, just in case. I actaully didn't consider this image for the challenge until about a day before challenge (being that I took it the day after the challenge opened).

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Editing: Lot of spot editing for foot steps in the sand, little bit of color adjustment (little magenta and red, and blue shadow), b&c, image size, usm, lil bump in saturation.

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Statistics
Place: 1 out of 266
Avg (all users): 7.7639
Avg (commenters): 9.0625
Avg (participants): 7.6822
Avg (non-participants): 7.8654
Views since voting: 23552
Views during voting: 488
Votes: 233
Comments: 121
Favorites: 179 (view)


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11/14/2006 05:09:49 PM
how I wish I could some day learn to edit like this! what a perfect work
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05/11/2005 03:13:06 PM
Exquisite work.
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04/09/2005 01:39:07 PM
<sound of jaw hitting ground> Wow! This photo is amazing and you are obviously an amazing photographer!
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02/19/2005 11:50:17 PM
Just added this one to my favorites. Wow. Awesome color, composition, and mood to this beautiful shot. You have nailed the sunlight and brought out all the reflections and beach interest as well. I agree with someone below who said this needs to be on a magazine cover. You really should be entering this everyplace you can!

Congratulations for being the one God chose to click the shutter on this one :o)
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02/13/2005 01:43:40 PM
Incredible. Thanks for taking me there for a moment. I loved the trip. (new to this site -- I'm gonna love it here aren't I?)
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02/13/2005 01:16:34 AM
Very nice, good work! \m/
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02/11/2005 08:42:38 PM
God! I hate you!!! You're so good! seriously mate, awsome pic, love it!
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02/11/2005 05:31:55 PM
I love this picture. I went and looked at your website and you have some awesome pictures! I'm from Oregon (moved to Florida in 98) and I used to go to Bandon all the time.... your photos make me terribly homesick :)

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02/10/2005 05:16:44 PM
You have to be very proud of this image, I would like to see this on a cover of a photo magazine, I suggest you submit to Outdoor Photographer and others, I'm sure they would love it as well. Now I want to head down to the Oregon coast for a few days. Thanks for sharing.

Frank

Message edited by author 2005-02-11 06:23:49.
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02/10/2005 09:53:32 AM
This is a breath-taking image. Congratulations!
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02/10/2005 09:36:49 AM
Mucho congrats from me too.
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02/10/2005 09:10:36 AM
Congratulations...An excellent shot. One of the best I've seen here in dpchallenge. A definite favorite.

Manny
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02/09/2005 10:08:39 AM
Hey Thomas: This image is one of the most complete ones I have seen of a sunset. The quality of the radiance is very captivating and the silhoutte figure helps depict the magic of these warm tones. This capture has power and most important untold beauty. Congratulations on this exceptional effort.
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02/08/2005 11:43:52 PM
The use of the sunset's orange hues were well thoughout. This is why I love landscape photos!
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02/08/2005 10:34:20 PM
Awsome! Don't we all wish we could of been there.
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02/08/2005 03:12:40 PM
Bravo. I'd say this is the photo of the year (including 2004)!!
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02/08/2005 12:24:08 PM
I love the color and crazy about the light!
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02/08/2005 08:58:04 AM
Very very nice! congratulations on your ribbon!
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02/08/2005 07:14:51 AM
Congrats on ur blue!!!
Just loved it!
Added to favorites!
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02/08/2005 04:52:24 AM
Wow! A well deserved win... daylight second!
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02/08/2005 03:31:36 AM
So entranced with image I forgot to add "9"

Last Deacon
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02/08/2005 03:28:21 AM
GREAT WORK, LOVE THE LIGHT/SUN INTERPLAY WITH "NEEDLES"

Last Deacon
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02/08/2005 12:52:27 AM
Mr. Zoomdak,
WOW ! ! ! ! Am I alone or do I see a bright future for you. Maybe a gallery showing ?
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02/08/2005 12:05:03 AM
What? No zeros & ones? (Just kidding!)
Congrats on yet another Blue Ribbon with this masterpiece!
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02/07/2005 11:16:23 PM
Originally posted by Imagineer:

Well done on snatching the F717 top spot too. What a fluke.
; )

I'd been watching my score all week according to that 7.69, I was on the border for most of the week: Low point - 173 votes: 7.6416. High point - 23 votes: 8.3478. I was at a 7.69 for most of the final day, but the last 10 votes/bumps realed me into a ending score of 7.7459 (244 votes), adjusted to a 7.764 final score.
02/07/2005 06:36:25 PM
Well done on snatching the F717 top spot too. What a fluke.
; )
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02/07/2005 04:48:10 PM
Haven't seen so many 10's yet! And no ogres with the one's and two's either...great picture well deserved blue ribbon. Congratulations!
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02/07/2005 04:45:25 PM
Congratulations on your Blue with this absolutly amazing shot!
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02/07/2005 04:23:19 PM
You seem like a nice kid, BUT, your starting to get on my nerves. Congrats.
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02/07/2005 03:51:42 PM
Beautiful image! Wonderful colours and stunning foreground and background silhouette subjects. Great composition too. Also really like the alternative with the byciclist - that's a winner too.
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02/07/2005 03:17:11 PM
Powerful, ingenious. Love this. :-)
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02/07/2005 03:15:40 PM
Great image and worthy winner.
Well done.
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02/07/2005 12:46:02 PM
woOt--blue #3--you are on a roll! such a beautiful image. i love the setting--it reminds me of barbados--and i love the 'photographer being photographed' concept. awesome. :)
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02/07/2005 12:31:37 PM
By far the best picture in the challenge. Well deserved blue ribbon. Congrats!
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02/07/2005 11:09:04 AM
A spectacular shot, Thomas. I feel honored to have come in 2nd to this. Well done and congratulations :)
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02/07/2005 10:39:32 AM
Great choice for the challenge... wow ... this is fantastic! Going in my favorites for sure. Congrats on the blue!
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02/07/2005 10:25:42 AM
Congratulations! I knew this would be a winner.
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02/07/2005 10:15:33 AM
Very pretty! Congrats!
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02/07/2005 10:07:15 AM
Great shot Thomas, a worthy win.
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02/07/2005 08:51:08 AM
I have nothing to add - just an echo of what everyone else here said: Fantastic image!!! Congratulations!
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02/07/2005 08:13:12 AM
Amazing Capture. Congratulations
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02/07/2005 07:25:14 AM
stunning shot
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02/07/2005 07:05:38 AM
Congratulations. 3rd Blue and you deserver it. Well done.
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02/07/2005 04:36:15 AM
fantastic image that was a well deserved winner.
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02/07/2005 04:08:47 AM
Once again this is gorgeous. Though at this point I'll have to admit I can't wait for the time when we get to see you put your excellent skills to work on another landscape :P. I guess that's the curse of still being in school eh :). Good luck with your track season, and congrats on another beautiful image...not to mention the blue ribbon that goes with it.
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02/07/2005 04:01:55 AM
Originally posted by goodman:

now i wanna know how you could run with camera and tripod?
are you sure you weren't walking? ;)
brilliant shot of course!
Altough I have run with camera and tripod before (my Solitude shot was taken on a run back from being dropped off at Haystack), I didn't have a tripod this time, just my f717 in the camera bag clutched in an arm (alternated from time to time), and a slow-moderate pace. It does turn into a walk when I am shooting though =). I am training for Track season, but my passion for photography and love of running conflict. So this was is my temporary solution (in the future, I'd like to get a small camera that I could run more easily with though).
02/07/2005 03:59:04 AM
Congrats. This is excellent...
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02/07/2005 03:56:30 AM
Thank you all for your votes and wonderful comments, I was not expecting to have this photo do so highly. This is simply the a view of the glory of creation.

Ansel Adams once said Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter. I believe that I'm here to capture God's glory and share it with others. So I hope you enjoy =)
02/07/2005 03:32:00 AM
now i wanna know how you could run with camera and tripod?
are you sure you weren't walking? ;)
brilliant shot of course!
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02/07/2005 02:39:21 AM
Great work Thomas - now and then there's an obvious winner in a challenge. You nailed it.
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02/07/2005 01:53:32 AM
Congratulations Zoom. I'm equally impressed with your other captures!
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02/07/2005 01:37:21 AM
Congratulations on a stunning photo and well deserved ribbon.
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02/07/2005 01:05:27 AM
Congratulations Zoomdak, Great shot!
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02/07/2005 12:57:37 AM
Wow! Quintessential "light" photo. Congrats on the blue. Our household was cheering for Zoomers tonight.
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02/07/2005 12:39:30 AM
Never seen so many 10's in my life. Helluva job. I had it picked for 1st from the get-go.

Robt.
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02/07/2005 12:31:34 AM
Big congrats on another blue for this great shot!
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02/07/2005 12:14:57 AM
great shot, zoomers! congrats!
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02/07/2005 12:14:12 AM
Fantastic image! Congratulations.
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02/07/2005 12:06:51 AM
I knew it was yours, Zoomdack. Congratulations.
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02/07/2005 12:04:22 AM
Congrats on the blue. No offense or anything but you need to start taking photos of something else or start getting paid to take photos of Cannon Beach cause you are getting way to good at it. Quite an impressive collection building you must be! :)
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02/07/2005 12:03:37 AM
congrats!
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02/07/2005 12:03:23 AM
This was the comment I made during the voting: "This is a stunner and I can't give it anything other than a 10. If this doesn't ribbon there's no justice. Perfect take on the challenge."

I stand by every word. Congrats on the top spot!
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02/07/2005 12:02:49 AM
Congrats! excellent job! definantly worth the ribbon
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02/07/2005 12:01:42 AM
Congrats!!! I knew this was yours. Awesome work you do...
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02/07/2005 12:01:34 AM
Congrats zoomy... this is exquisite! :o)
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02/07/2005 12:01:22 AM
Excellent work, congrats!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/06/2005 11:49:43 PM
this is so perfect in every way.
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02/06/2005 11:40:49 PM
Awesome!
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02/06/2005 08:09:20 PM
Drop dead gorgeuos, this would be one of my ribbon picks!! 10 and a favourite.
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02/06/2005 06:10:35 PM
Superb exposure, great weather conditions and lovely composition. The feeling of depth is tangible with some lovely glistening reflections of the water.

However... this does not the meet the challenge even if I stretch my imagination to breaking point so I'm going to vote it [1] in absence of zero or minus figures. [1]
I mean where the f**k is the Light in this shot?

Seriously - this has been shoe-horned into the challenge. So it's rubbish.
Nothing good about it at all. It's not even worth the pixels that have been gathered to create the perception of contiunous tones. Zeeeeero. Nil. Good luck though - I think you're going to need it with a vaguely appropriate subject such as this...
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02/06/2005 04:19:02 PM
Zoom? This is great. I love the composition, the photographers pose, the lighting. Think this will do extremely well. Good luck. 9
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02/06/2005 02:49:07 PM
Beautiful, beautiful light.
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02/06/2005 02:46:15 PM
Great capture but would prefer it without the intruder.8
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02/06/2005 11:53:42 AM
Very beautiful colors. The photographer sillouhette makes the shot even more dramatic. This must be Oregon!
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02/06/2005 10:58:27 AM
Beautiful misty light..
Including the figure works very well in my opinion as it adds another focal point and also helps in judging scale and distance.
I`m sure I`ve seen this seascape many times in past challenges..but this version is one of the best so far.
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02/05/2005 08:06:00 PM
Beautifull ligthing, excellent work, congratulations. However, I think this picture would be very much better without the photografer
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02/05/2005 06:03:18 PM
beautiful shot, wonderful lighting and composition. Ribbon for sure! 10
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02/05/2005 05:20:16 PM
This is a very good composition..love the light and silhouette of photographer.
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02/05/2005 04:09:31 PM
I'll be shocked if this isn't blue!
It would be a lovely shot as just a landscape, but the photographer adds that little extra and gives us all something we can relate to : )
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02/05/2005 02:25:06 PM
One of my favorite of the challenge, beautiful mood photograph.
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02/05/2005 10:20:19 AM
this is great. love the scenery the silhouette.
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02/05/2005 03:06:06 AM
Well done by adding the element of a silhouette in this beautiful photograph. I think it adds to the photo giving it more depth. I wonder what his picture turned out like? Great Job 10
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02/04/2005 09:41:55 PM
Simply wonderful. Hopefully a winning shot. Good Work
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02/04/2005 06:02:18 PM
excellent. one of my favorites
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02/04/2005 05:53:43 PM
This is very impressive and deceptively simple. It's a nice scene, which most of us might have dressed up with a strolling or pensive figure in silhouette. A clever few might have thought to make the figure a photographer, perhaps even with a tripod, to more fully embrace this challenge subject. But the spread (human) legs were a rare inspiration, and lift this image way above the usual sunrise/sunset shot. Great work. 9
Second opinion: My prediction for blue ribbon (could be the kiss of death; my top picks usually finish back in the pack!)
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02/04/2005 05:20:16 PM
Your photo leads us as viewers through at least five different light openings, 1) the atmospheric aperture (clouds); 2) the geological aperture (rock formations); 3) the physical aperture of the human body (man's legs); 4) the technological (tripod & camera); and 5) the optical aperture (the unseen eye of the photographer, and eye of the camera). The interplay between the disc of the sun contrasted with the diamond of light formed by the photographer's legs & tripod are brilliant. Clearly evident also is the intensity of focus in the man's stance, to get his large frame into the eye of his camera to do what every photographer attempts to do: set the aperture to capture the impossible, the speed and beauty of light! I love the overlooked shadows of resting birds resting atop the rocks, one to the left and several to the right. An extraordinary photo! 10
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02/04/2005 03:39:25 PM
perfect.
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02/03/2005 10:15:10 PM
Oh Good Grief...I was all relaxed and just casually voting when this one came up....I am now sitting straight up in my chair, lol. If this doesn't ribbon I will completely give up on trying to figure it out...Smashingly Stunning!!!!! I give it an 11.
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02/03/2005 08:31:32 AM
I'll be surprised if this doesn't win, certainly of what i've seen so far. Very good work, although personally I struggle to see much more than sheer technical excellence in it. It doesn't move me.
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02/02/2005 08:15:49 PM
I like the way you've lined up the model (photographer) right in line with the sun reflection on the sand. Vey nice job!
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02/02/2005 07:03:23 PM
Outstanding!
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02/02/2005 04:28:44 PM
With or without the photog in the foreground, this is simply magical. I would love to see the untouched original for this to see what kind of PP went into it. This should ribbon, and I would be surprised if it doesn't. 10
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02/02/2005 05:45:30 AM
Nice framing. Excellent.
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02/02/2005 05:08:07 AM
should score a top 5 finsih!
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02/01/2005 10:41:08 PM
This is beautiful. I hope to see you in the top ten.
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02/01/2005 07:00:42 PM
Gold ribbon, not just blue. A most beautiful shot, my gongratulation on the image and the impending win.
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02/01/2005 05:12:14 PM
Great title, lighting, and composition. This has the wow factor that should score very well on DPC. I expect to see in the top three.
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02/01/2005 03:35:07 PM
Excellent. This should do very well (predict top 5) IMO you got a much better photo than the guy in front. Good composition and subject
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02/01/2005 01:14:00 PM
Good composition and a well taken difficult exposure.
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02/01/2005 07:51:52 AM
I love this, the stance, the colour, the sharpness of the person against the softness of the rest - great image!
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02/01/2005 07:33:58 AM
great image...wonderfull composition
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02/01/2005 07:26:09 AM
Is that a beach in Oregon? One of the best shots in the challenge.
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02/01/2005 05:22:48 AM
:) good catch... adds interesting detail to sunset.
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01/31/2005 10:47:10 PM
This is a stunner and I can't give it anything other than a 10. If this doesn't ribbon there's no justice. Perfect take on the challenge.
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01/31/2005 07:40:00 PM
Fantastic! 10
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01/31/2005 04:14:27 PM
I don't think I can even begin to describe how beautiful this image is. What a creative, soulful, and emotive image. 10
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01/31/2005 03:12:35 PM
Superb!
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01/31/2005 01:47:23 PM
If you don't win a ribbon I'll be shocked. This is national geographic quality. Congratulations and bravo!
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01/31/2005 01:43:07 PM
and the winner is..... :-) Prefection! Big fat 10 from me!!
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01/31/2005 12:12:42 PM
This picture is excellent... Personally, I think it would have been better if there weren't a photographer standing in it, but that's my opinion...
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01/31/2005 09:37:51 AM
Good shot. I presume this is yet another one byZoomdak. I like how you included the other photographer instead of just doing another sunset/landscape shot. Great colour.
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01/31/2005 09:21:23 AM
Excellent shot. Although the digital noise in this one doesn't work I still love it!
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01/31/2005 07:02:21 AM
I love this one. Good eye!
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01/31/2005 05:38:44 AM
Interesting that you include the other photographer. Simply breath-taking.
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01/31/2005 05:34:26 AM
Good composition, good colours, good light...very good photo.
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01/31/2005 02:11:39 AM
This looks like the work of Zoomdak.
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01/31/2005 02:03:26 AM
That you, zoom? Nice capture, whoever it is. I need to find a nit, so the furthest-forward blown-out reflection would be better eliminated I believe :-)
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01/31/2005 01:55:53 AM
And the winner is . . . .
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01/31/2005 12:43:33 AM
Brilliant shot! Okay, who has a significant other sneaking up behind and shooting a picture of his/her partner trying to get this shot. Sneaky, sneaky.
Sweet Picture. Bravo! 10
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01/31/2005 12:39:38 AM
What do you say to something this magnificent?????
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01/31/2005 12:26:13 AM
I love the photograph and the concept. Well done!! I'm sure you'll be among the best ones.
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