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"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds you forever in its net of wonder."
"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds you forever in its net of wonder."
DrAchoo


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study IX (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF 80-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II
Location: Near Seal Rock, Ecola State Park, Oregon
Date: Nov 8, 2005
Aperture: f/8.0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/640th
Galleries: Landscape, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Nov 25, 2005

An outtake from the Landscape II challenge. I was originally going to enter this for that one, but my wife talked me out of it. Luckily, we know that turned out all good. Had a new entry for Free Study IX, but too many people thought this was too strong to leave out. Perhaps there will be a Best of 2005 for my other entry...

This is also from Ecola State Park overlooking Haystack Rock on Cannon Beach. The natural framing of the tree seemed to take the picture to the next level.

The quote is from Jacques Cousteau although I took the liberty of slightly restating it. Those French say things all funny don't they? The original quote is "The sea, once it casts its spell, holds on in its net of wonder forever." I wonder if I'll catch grief from the short title crowd. Never thought of using a quote before, but I liked this one and couldn't come up with a title for this after some thought.

The center brightness is not dodging, but rather mist and sand blowing from the beach. This was taken about 30 minutes after sunrise. There is little altered in the picture except basic editing stuff. I cloned out a chunk of sensor dust in the center and cloned some buildings on the darkest hill by the beach. (manmade stuff? not in my landscapes...)

Statistics
Place: 10 out of 519
Avg (all users): 6.9549
Avg (commenters): 8.0345
Avg (participants): 6.8756
Avg (non-participants): 7.1646
Views since voting: 6353
Views during voting: 513
Votes: 288
Comments: 54
Favorites: 32 (view)


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01/25/2007 05:55:33 AM
Very powerful visually and in thought, I like the title (no matter how long it is). Very nice :)
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01/25/2007 05:02:39 AM
Really nice shot
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01/24/2007 05:15:56 PM
how cool, very very beautiful! and so dramatic, there's always drama in the sea
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11/12/2006 03:36:58 PM
I gotta start using this lens more for challenges to see if I can kick your top score off :-) LOL
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11/08/2006 09:08:59 PM
Wow, looks a painting from the group of seven!
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09/10/2006 11:33:08 PM
Beautiful!!
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05/25/2006 08:45:18 AM
really very nice compliments!
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01/10/2006 11:43:38 PM
lovely scene, as from a dream.

Message edited by author 2006-01-10 23:57:39.
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12/29/2005 04:17:25 PM
Amazing compose and contrast.. well done.. i always like the game of black&white...

straight to my fav..
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12/29/2005 04:20:06 AM
Ah, You beat me at my own game! Glorious image =).
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12/09/2005 09:09:32 AM
Splendid! Wonderful atmosphere and contrast! :)
Congrats on the top 10!
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12/08/2005 09:42:01 PM
Another gorgeous shot! Congrats doc!!
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12/08/2005 01:31:46 PM
Nice work doc!
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12/08/2005 01:27:59 PM
Congrats on the top ten, I'm enjoying the range of your photography, and wondering what's next!
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12/08/2005 12:58:13 PM
WTG Dr top 10 in such a huge challenge
these are th kind of landscapes i like. Misty and moody.
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12/08/2005 12:00:11 PM
Awesome picture..Congratulations on your top 10..!!
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12/08/2005 11:26:13 AM
A rare beauty and most loving image. Congratulations on your top ten finish.
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12/08/2005 10:31:37 AM
Congratulations on top 10 and 2nd personal high. This has a good month for you.
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12/08/2005 09:50:36 AM
congrats on the top ten finish, doc! way to go!
: )
Jeannel
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12/08/2005 09:12:47 AM
Top 10 in an amazing challenge - well deserved. This is just captivating. Congrats Doc.
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12/08/2005 09:11:23 AM
Top 10 WOO HOO - that's quite a feather in your cap, considering the competition!!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2005 09:59:45 PM
I can almost feel the wind and moisture
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12/07/2005 09:05:13 PM
Though not in colour this image reminds me of the Group of Seven (Canadian painters). Well done.
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12/07/2005 06:43:37 PM
Lovely conversion here. 7
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12/07/2005 03:21:43 PM
Beautiful photograph.
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12/07/2005 09:12:53 AM
I really like what you did with this picture. I'm not usually a B&W person, but I gave this my top score. Good luck
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12/06/2005 09:53:10 AM
Oregon beach ? I would have guessed Zoomdac, but I have seen more photos by others, so not so sure
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12/06/2005 06:18:28 AM
Canon beach is looking good in B/W, well done.
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12/06/2005 12:59:08 AM
wooow... i love it so much
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12/05/2005 09:55:40 PM
That's a pretty long title, but definately a deserving photo. Very nice sillohuettes and layering. Well done!
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12/05/2005 09:30:47 PM
Gorgeous!
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12/05/2005 01:05:23 PM
excellent! 10
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12/04/2005 07:06:42 PM
wonderful image..very interesting silhouettes in foreground provide depth and dimension.
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12/04/2005 12:36:46 PM
Nice tribute to Jacques Cousteau. This wonderful b/w seascape study certainly casts a spell upon the viewer. Good luck. -9-
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12/03/2005 02:38:36 PM
I know that place. Goonies.
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12/03/2005 09:32:05 AM
Wow, very mystic indeed. Nice shot, good composition.
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12/03/2005 02:06:47 AM
beautiful work..
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12/02/2005 11:41:42 PM
This picture really captures the feeling of either a winter foggy morning or an incoming storm. I love the placement of the tree and the feeling of wind it evokes.
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12/02/2005 09:07:08 PM
Oh wow... very moody image, I can see it framed and on the wall. This is reminiscent of Ansel Adams in my opinion. Great job!
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12/02/2005 05:52:54 PM
There's obviously a truly beautiful photograph to be made at this location. However, this one is not it, I'm afraid. I think that the tree is an intruder obstructing the grander view behind it. The completely black blob at the bottom-left corner weakens the composition too. As for the exposure, and this is only a matter of personal taste, I would have tried to darken the sky a little bit while still retaining some more detail on the foreground rocks by using a soft egded gradual neutral density filter, or certain exposure blending techniques (I believe it's legal in advanced editing to get multiple frames with different exposure adjustments from a single RAW negative and blend them in editing software).
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12/02/2005 04:14:18 PM
Fantastic study in B&W. Reminds me of areas in Pacific North West. Very good job!!
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12/02/2005 02:03:29 AM
This has a nice composition but is flat as a pancake when it comes to tonal range, give it some umph, play with curves and levels, a little.
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12/01/2005 10:46:50 PM
This was very nicely done - with appropriate use of B/W. Love the tonal range on this picture, great contrast. <7>
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12/01/2005 09:29:41 PM
This is fantastic. I love the clarity of the tree with the misty mountains in the background. Good job and I wish I was there. 9
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12/01/2005 07:36:18 PM
I'm reminded of Canon Beach and coming from Astoria, this picture invokes a homesickness like no other. Many a night I've seen the storms on Haystack Rock. 10
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12/01/2005 04:19:45 PM
Stunning (10)
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12/01/2005 01:17:38 PM
amazing photo, wonderful title, LOVE the black and white. i love the stormyness. 9.... oh heck, a 10!
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12/01/2005 11:10:44 AM
Excellent image. Glad to see a B&W rather than the typical sunset. This gives so much more depth to the location. 9
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12/01/2005 09:49:39 AM
excellent shot, great silhouettes
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12/01/2005 09:43:18 AM
beautiful
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12/01/2005 05:48:02 AM
is tree coming from ocean ?
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12/01/2005 12:59:41 AM
Boy, talk about Ansel Adams-esque!!!! Love the single tree silhouette amidst the misty sky. Nice one.
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12/01/2005 12:16:02 AM
Its a work of art! 9
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12/01/2005 12:12:23 AM
Just EXCELLENT, definetely a 10
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