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A Tranquil Reflection
1st PlaceA Tranquil Reflection
Jean


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study IX (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Mahebourg Mauritius
Date: Nov 19, 2005
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/1000
Galleries: Landscape, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Nov 30, 2005

Wow! Thanks to everyone for the votes and comments. A real surprise to win against such tough competition.

As some dpc'ers noticed I have been spending time on boat subjects recently. This entailed being ready to shoot at 5 in the morning when the sea inside the reef was still mirror smooth and the sun was just starting to colour the horizon.

I took this photograph close to the village of Mahebourg on east coast of Mauritius, close to where I live.

I had two photographs which I had to choose from and was encouraged by family and friends to submit this one.

Post Processing:

* I levelled the horizon.
* Used saturation to boost the purple and pink hues a little.
* Adjusted curves and levels.
* Applied dodging and burning to the clouds, rocks and boat; just enough to enhance the different tones.
* I had to apply a little neat image because I shot at the wrong iso!


Statistics
Place: 1 out of 519
Avg (all users): 7.8311
Avg (commenters): 8.6038
Avg (participants): 7.7880
Avg (non-participants): 7.9494
Views since voting: 20927
Views during voting: 574
Votes: 296
Comments: 123
Favorites: 160 (view)


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10/30/2010 08:53:53 AM
Blissful :)
06/24/2008 06:38:13 PM
amazingly beautiful..
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09/17/2006 06:19:56 PM
where is the horizon?
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07/25/2006 01:25:59 AM
Amazing man... I registered just to say that (although now that I have found this website I am sure I will say soo much more!)
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05/02/2006 12:37:29 PM
Beautiful image, Mystical.
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01/30/2006 10:35:37 PM
What a gorgeous picture. I only wish I had seen this one in the challenge to vote on it. It would have surely been a 9 or 10.
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01/20/2006 10:55:38 AM
speechless; just a great and interesting shot!
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12/29/2005 02:13:38 PM
I love this photo. Excellent in every way. I would love to visit Mauritius one day.
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12/14/2005 08:38:33 PM
My dream is to be able to take photographs like this one some day..!
BEAUTIFUL!!
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12/13/2005 11:38:42 AM
Congrats on your blue ribbon, great shot!
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12/10/2005 04:09:20 AM
Very Nice! I don't think I've seen anything quite as striking as the mystique this picture allures! Great job!
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12/10/2005 01:47:33 AM
This is an amazing image. I love the way the sky merges almost seamlessly with the water.
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12/09/2005 07:16:16 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon! It is a fantastic shot - I wish I had something like it near home. Great work!!!
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12/09/2005 06:36:16 AM
"A Tranquil Reflection" and your other image "A Perfect Day" are my two favorites images I have seen for a long time. I love the the way you use the camera. You have a true gift, and you must be very proud. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photography to the world. YOU ARE NOW MY FAVOURITE PHOTOGRAPHER.
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12/09/2005 03:26:32 AM
Congratulations!!!! Well deserved!
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12/09/2005 01:48:26 AM
Incredible job Jean! What's even better is I know exactly where this is, lovely memories.
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12/08/2005 11:19:30 PM
Really super work! Congratulations!
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12/08/2005 09:30:07 PM
Great job! well deserved blue!

-lev
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12/08/2005 09:25:56 PM
Deserving winner. Well done !

-Lisa
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12/08/2005 07:34:50 PM
Absolutely STUNNING photo! Congratulations on your win :)
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12/08/2005 07:03:36 PM
I can see why this placed #1. Excellent job. And I like the title.
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12/08/2005 06:19:49 PM
This is an awesome photo. Congratulations on your ribbon!
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12/08/2005 05:25:23 PM
Wow, congrats! Absolutely stunning.
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12/08/2005 04:26:11 PM
I am really surprised by the votes below 5. This is no less than a 9 or 10...
Congrats.
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12/08/2005 04:23:01 PM
A beautiful composition...Great Job!!
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12/08/2005 02:04:54 PM
This is an amazing shot! Love the calm feel I get when viewing it. Congrats on a well deserved 1st place ribbon!
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12/08/2005 01:49:41 PM
Congrats jean :)
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12/08/2005 01:24:55 PM
Happy Happy! Wonderful image, my highest pick in this challenge. Congrats!
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12/08/2005 12:39:34 PM
All I can say is wow. Excellent Work. Well derserved first place.
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12/08/2005 12:27:43 PM
Congratulations Jean! Beautiful shot!
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12/08/2005 12:15:43 PM
this deserved it! Congratulations!!
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12/08/2005 12:07:54 PM
Way to go, Jean! Congratulations!
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12/08/2005 11:56:56 AM
Jean, many, many congratulations! You rock!!!!
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12/08/2005 11:41:31 AM
beautiful. Congrats on your blue ribbon
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12/08/2005 11:37:19 AM
Awesome job..!! Congrats..!!
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12/08/2005 11:30:52 AM
Congratulations on your blue! VERY well done - especially in such an incredibly tough challenge.
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12/08/2005 11:13:56 AM
Amazing tranquility, well done! Congratulations..
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12/08/2005 11:13:02 AM
Highly impressive floating like study. Congratulations on your blue.
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12/08/2005 11:12:54 AM
Mmmm, Free Study Blue, it's a thing to be coveted. Congrats!
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12/08/2005 10:54:22 AM
Congratulations Jean.
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12/08/2005 10:09:37 AM
beautiful! congratulations
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12/08/2005 10:08:33 AM
lovely! great work and congrats on the ribbon.
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12/08/2005 09:40:51 AM
Beautiful shot. Congratulations on top spot in this challenge with so many great shots. Your work is outstanding.
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12/08/2005 09:22:20 AM
You should feel on top of the world today! Wow. What an achievement. Congrats on the work of art.

Anyone who gets up at 4 to get a 5am photo should win something!

Enjoy Jean.
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12/08/2005 09:04:26 AM
Congrats on this beauty!
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12/08/2005 08:58:26 AM
Well-deserved. You're great! A big congratulations for this graphic representation of such a lovely scene.

Manny
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12/08/2005 08:49:30 AM
congrats!!!
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12/08/2005 08:40:02 AM
Beautifully done Jean - congratulations!!
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12/08/2005 08:30:38 AM
Congrats Jean. This one has your signature on it.
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12/08/2005 08:25:51 AM
Outstanding!
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12/08/2005 08:22:24 AM
Stunning, this image could have easily won many challenges; water, reflections, dreams, boats, sky, etc
congratulations !
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12/08/2005 07:58:18 AM
Congratulations ! Excellent shot !
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12/08/2005 07:57:47 AM
Congrats! This is paradise! :)
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12/08/2005 07:42:41 AM
WTG Jean.
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12/08/2005 07:38:23 AM
You can't have a picture like this without describing where it was, the time of day, what post production effects you used, or changes to original. It's like giving someone a thousand dollar bill that has been bronzed, laminated, and put into one of those clear boxes that are solid.
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12/08/2005 07:26:07 AM
Extremely beautiful, well deserving of winning this challenge, I especially like the purple colour cast, very fitting for the shot. Going to my faves.
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12/08/2005 07:25:13 AM
Congrats!!! I knew this was yours!!! And your Best score ever!

Message edited by author 2005-12-08 07:45:34.
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12/08/2005 07:19:53 AM
Congratulations on your well deserved blue:)
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12/08/2005 07:16:28 AM
Really beautyfull, well deserved blue ribbon Jean!!
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12/08/2005 07:14:32 AM
Gorgeous, Jean! Big congrats on your win!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2005 09:50:30 PM
I keep coming back to this image. the water is so eerily smooth. the reflections are top notch and i've bumped up your score from an 8 to a 10.
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12/07/2005 09:49:57 PM
I like that it's hard to tell where the sea ends and the sky begins. Did you have to edit it to suppress the horizon somehow?
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12/07/2005 07:48:49 PM
This has a nice abstract feel. I love it.
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12/07/2005 07:42:58 PM
Wonderful work...the horizon just disappears. Lighting is great. Looked at this one again. Bumped up.
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12/07/2005 06:53:29 PM
wow, if this doesn't rank right up there at the very top I'll be surprised.
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12/07/2005 06:33:50 PM
I love the way the reflection of the clouds makes it seem as it the boats are flying. Has a surrealistic element to it. Very nicely done.
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12/07/2005 05:54:20 PM
Excellent photo. I love the colors of the sky and the clouds, and the rocks in the foreground, but especially the textures of the boats and their reflections. I hope this one gets a ribbon - 10
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12/07/2005 01:20:47 PM
Ok, that's pretty amazing. So far, my pick for a ribbon. One small nit, the sky, at the upper left top, "looks" dodged and burned. I don't mind dodge and burn, but you shouldn't be able to tell. I tried looking hard to see if it's somehow natural, but I can't find the matchup in the reflection. One thing I would have considered if I were lucky enough for this capture to be mine: the foremost center rock to me is unharmonious with the other rocks. It's lighter, and smoother, and more of an attention stealer. I think a crop at the bottom to eliminate it, while losing a bit of lovely foreground, would have been better.
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12/07/2005 08:46:59 AM
I could look at this for hours.
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12/07/2005 02:44:21 AM
What a great illusion! That boat looks as if it is floating in mid-air. I love the way you blended the sky and the water - the way you eliminated the horizon line. Bumping up - to top 15 in my choice.
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12/06/2005 04:43:48 PM
I like this a lot although I'm not sure if this would have been the best composition. No doubt you tried from all angles though! Cloucds look great.
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12/06/2005 03:08:40 PM
Very well framed and cropped. Nice and calm.
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12/06/2005 09:16:07 AM
lovely, I personally would have cropped out the stones. IMHO. good luck! (7)
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12/06/2005 08:36:16 AM
A fine composition. Great reflections and subtle colors.
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12/06/2005 12:20:25 AM
This lovely images gives the illusion that the boats are floating in mid air. What quiet waters and what a superb reflection like no other i have seen. The light above sinks gently to the rocks in the foreground wherein we do a double take to ground our senses. Speak of an image that moves and then add this low key coloration! Wow! Bumping up.
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12/05/2005 09:32:20 PM
One of my favorites of all time. A 10!
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12/05/2005 08:25:48 PM
Stunning!
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12/05/2005 01:46:21 PM
Outstanding shot!!
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12/05/2005 12:36:14 PM
Great shot Jean? Love the colors and reflections. Good luck -10-
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12/05/2005 12:07:17 PM
It`s really nice when you get still conditions that allow perfect reflections...gives a kind of "floaty" feel to the image.
I`ve had a go at this kind of shot myself with some success.
Nicely done.
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12/05/2005 11:32:19 AM
your title says it all. Beautiful colors. Excellent composition. Good Luck
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12/05/2005 10:44:17 AM
BINGO! you got my 10.....
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12/05/2005 07:24:50 AM
tranquil reflection to perfection
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12/04/2005 10:20:48 PM
I really like the way the water merges with the clouds, really beautiful ... would love to see how what editing was involved.
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12/04/2005 10:18:02 PM
Thought I had already commented on this....
Colors are gorgous, I love how your boats look like they are floating in the clouds, there isnt a real line between the two. I would maybe like to see some more of the character of the boat come out. Very incredible picture 10
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12/04/2005 10:08:35 PM
So peaceful and still. Really like this one.
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12/04/2005 04:21:28 PM
Gorgeous, dare I say Heavenly. I wouldn't change a thing. I really like that the horizon line dissappears leaving a seemless transition into the sky creating a wonderful mood to the scene. And the darkeness on the boat and the rocks adds some nice contrasts to the delicates lights. Perfect in everyway. Bumping to a 10
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12/04/2005 12:11:59 PM
So dreamy ! Very delicate , one of my favs !
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12/04/2005 12:05:20 PM
Excellent reflection shot. I can barely see the horizon. The boats look so deserted, Very nice picture.
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12/04/2005 02:27:48 AM
beautiful!
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12/04/2005 02:13:16 AM
This looks like one of "Jean's" shots, very nice indeed. congrats in advance.
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12/03/2005 07:06:37 PM
8 - Very nice. I like how the horizon has almost disappeared. Criticism; difficult, either a slight tweaking to bring out a little more subtle color, or even (maybe, and depending what was there/what you had to work with) a horizontal crop, really 'using' that 'vacant horizon', may have made this even better in my opinion.
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12/03/2005 12:47:03 PM
wow..like a dream..
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12/03/2005 11:26:30 AM
very good composition.
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12/03/2005 10:50:55 AM
What you have created here is an incredible photo with beautiful lighting, excellent tonality and with a wonderful atmosphere. I love how the horizon line virtually disappears. My only critique would be that, IMO the composition would benefit from a slightly simpler elements. I would have excluded the boats in the background (although they are beautifully lit) leaving the solitary one as the principle subject. I realize that this could have been out your control. Outstanding work.
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12/03/2005 06:48:29 AM
This is just about perfect. A free study's a crapshoot, but this is a ribbon as far as I am concerned. I don't see how to improve it except possibly to burn the foreground in a tad.
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12/03/2005 05:28:27 AM
erasing the horizon (if that's what you have done) really makes this photo as there is a seamless transitin from sea to sky. The nearby stones feel a bit rescued in RAW but otherwise a fabulous shot.
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12/03/2005 02:29:01 AM
a good study image,the way the water and sky merge together as one...
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12/03/2005 01:11:23 AM
Great photo. Good luck!
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12/02/2005 10:41:20 PM
Wow! this is a remarkable shot....10
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12/02/2005 10:40:40 PM
This is Stunning! congratulations!
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12/02/2005 06:35:49 PM
Beautiful! This looks like the "twin" to the picture in "Cheater". Love the soft purple-pinks.
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12/02/2005 05:03:14 PM
Beautiful work
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12/02/2005 03:49:52 PM
Amazing amazing amazing! The tones, detal and mood in this photograph is remarkable! My favorit in this challenge.
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12/02/2005 02:41:05 PM
The reflection is so clear of the boat AND the clouds that it almost looks like the boat is floating on the clouds. Beautiful!
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12/02/2005 12:13:27 PM
Like the boats are on a giant mirros. Nice leading line. The deep rich darkness of the colors is my kind of detail!! Well done. 8
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12/02/2005 11:14:21 AM
Stunning stillness of the water. Reflections and color tones are divine. Excellent.
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12/02/2005 09:45:16 AM
Dang, this is sweet. Great smoothness and clarity. Great job.
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12/01/2005 11:26:42 PM
Hmmm...I think I have seen these floating boats quite recently. Nice capture (again).
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12/01/2005 11:22:50 PM
Wow...that is some SMOOTH water. I had to really look for a second to realize what I was seeing, the reflections are so pure. Really well done! 10
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12/01/2005 10:51:17 PM
Stunningly beautiful. This photograph excels in all categories and is a true work of art.
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12/01/2005 08:03:06 PM
WOW! WOW! WOW! Gorgeous...
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12/01/2005 06:39:51 PM
by god. Its perfect!
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12/01/2005 03:36:31 PM
I like the way you handled the horizon line, it makes the image very dreamlike. Nice use of subtle colors, one of the best.
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12/01/2005 03:01:03 PM
A ten.
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12/01/2005 12:31:59 PM
Like the composition and the reflection. Feels cold outside. Nice lighting.
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12/01/2005 10:23:07 AM
this is gorgeous, i have always wanted to find a scene like this.
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12/01/2005 08:26:46 AM
This is a beautiful shot. Great job.
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12/01/2005 04:45:17 AM
This is lovely beyond all my imagination. The words that come to mind are those of Forrest Gump: "I can't tell where the earth stops and Heaven begins." Brava and I surely expect to be seeing you finish in the top photos.
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12/01/2005 04:04:22 AM
Would love to get a shot like this. You have made it look so good.
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12/01/2005 12:46:06 AM
A very calm, serene, dreamy capture that the viewer justs gets totally lost and swept up in. One cannot tell where the sky begins and the lake ends. They blend in so seamlessly that one daydreams as one gazes upon the boats thinking, "Do they sail upon the waters or do they sail upon the clouds?" Wonderfully composed and captured.
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12/01/2005 12:28:09 AM
10 from me. Gorgeous shot.
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12/01/2005 12:06:35 AM
wow! this'll probably ribbon!! seriously, this is great!!! i love the mystical vibe it gives off! into my faves for sure. 10
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