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Invitation, Come Join Me At The Beach!
Invitation, Come Join Me At The Beach!
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Challenge: Greeting Cards (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 8800
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Date: Sep 25, 2005
Galleries: Landscape, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Sep 25, 2005

Dawn on the beach at Hilton Head Island.

Statistics
Place: 45 out of 211
Avg (all users): 5.9954
Avg (commenters): 7.4667
Avg (participants): 5.6429
Avg (non-participants): 6.2810
Views since voting: 981
Views during voting: 320
Votes: 219
Comments: 18
Favorites: 2 (view)


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10/05/2005 08:38:38 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club
by strangeghost

COMPOSITION
There's a lot to like in this photo. The blinding orb of the sun sprays its rays downward toward the viewer. Sky, water and reflections are a wonderful feast for the eye. Tones are rich and deep. The bike is a touch of genius - it adds that element of interest and surprise. I'm a little disappointed that the bike is not more prominently placed though. It's SO interesting, I want to see more of it. I want to see it dominate the foreground shot a bit more. I visualize it closer, perhaps right in the large puddle front right, so the bike and it's reflection command the full third square at that bottom right side? As it is, the bike spans the sand, sea, and sky, and seems a little lost in the mix. All my preferences of course. I can see why this shot caught your attention and bravo for having your camera ready!

TECHNIQUE
Good job capturing a scene that spans the entire range from blinding sun to darkest shadows and silhouettes. Too bad you didn't include the technical details of your shot though. Perhaps that means you used full auto mode? My experience with my own Coolpix is that you rarely go wrong using auto, or perhaps the sunset "scene" mode for a shot like this. Works well and paid off in this case. You also give no hint of any post-processing you did, so can't comment on that. Final result is a fine looking pic though.

OVERALL IMPACT
Pretty nice shot and has nice visual impact. Everybody loves a good sunset (or sunrise, in this case) shot and yours is pleasing to the eye. It might have done better in the voting (though a near 6.0 score is quite respectable) if you had stretched more color range out of the sky and maybe toyed with the prominence of the bike a bit.
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10/03/2005 12:36:38 AM
Hehe, by Thomas's bike, I was referring to all of this:
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Congrats on the solid finish, I loved this shot, btw. :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/02/2005 07:15:30 PM
Magnificent panorama. 8
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09/30/2005 07:10:30 PM
Nice image!
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09/30/2005 09:39:40 AM
beautiful, 8
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09/29/2005 09:14:16 PM
The only thing I really don't care for is the placement of the bicycle. I would love to see it more to the right of the frame.
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09/29/2005 01:32:43 PM
Gasp. THAT is just downright GORGEOUS!!!!! 10
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09/29/2005 11:49:04 AM
It's Thomas's bike! :)
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09/28/2005 11:05:30 PM
Beautiful. Excellent copmosition.
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09/28/2005 11:04:56 AM
What a great picture! Love the beach, clouds, reflection! Very subtle with the bike too. Nice
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09/27/2005 04:28:17 PM
I'm not normally a stickler for titles but IMO this challenge had very defined rules about the title and you seem to have stretched them to breaking point. Great photograph however.
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09/26/2005 08:13:22 PM
Gorgeous. Nice composition and colors. Great Salt Lake?
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09/26/2005 07:59:00 PM
great concept and i can actually imagine this being a greeting card. great job!
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09/26/2005 12:29:47 PM
It took me a second to find the ocean. Are the pools in the foreground tidepools? A tandem bike would have been great. Still, a pretty picture.
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09/26/2005 12:00:51 PM
Beautiful! I like the sun rays and how they light the water and beach. Beautiful clouds and reflection in the water.
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09/26/2005 10:54:32 AM
Very nice shot! Beautiful.
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09/26/2005 10:46:35 AM
I just love bicycles in a shot. Perfect here and it's subtle with the dim light and the great reflection. Nice one.
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09/26/2005 01:05:30 AM
Beautiful sunset & reflections...
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