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Idyllic
Idyllic
elee3009


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Challenge: Best of 2005 (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Sony DSC-W1
Location: Martinique
Date: Dec 30, 2005
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/1000 s
Galleries: Emotive, Travel
Date Uploaded: Jan 14, 2006

Enjoying the last evening of our vacation at Le Marouba hotel, Martinique and thought I'd share its gorgeous sunset moments which seems appropriate for a a nice close to 2005. This shot happens to be the last sunset taken in 2005 before we flew back on 31 Dec.

Photographing in Martinique was also a personal study in sunsets. Found it hard to manage the levels of brightness in contrast with darkness and to get the most out of the different colours. The experience was great tho' and it allowed me to learn more about my camera (or rather its limitations). It's also the reason why I'm entering it - to get feedback. Like to thank Chris (cmeir) for his helpful comments and constructive criticism towards this entry.

Editing:
- adjustment layer for levels, curves, contrast, slight hue and saturation
- tilt by 0.5°and cropped some edges out
- cloned out a dark head in the sea and some shadow on the left
- added border

Post-Challenge: Thanks to all who left me comments and particularly for your high votes. This has been special as it was a moment captured of a wonderful romantic vacation plus, a personal best among so many excellent entries! :)

Statistics
Place: 313 out of 833
Avg (all users): 5.8714
Avg (commenters): 7.3529
Avg (participants): 5.8203
Avg (non-participants): 6.1343
Views since voting: 1022
Views during voting: 543
Votes: 412
Comments: 21
Favorites: 0


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02/26/2006 07:43:21 PM
This is gorgeous, Eileen. I gave it a 7. Love the framing, crisp silhouettes and subtle colors. Looks like paradise to me.
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02/01/2006 07:12:30 AM
Congratulations on a lovely entry and a new best for you in this very competitive challenge! Well done!

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02/01/2006 12:35:12 AM
Congratulations on a new high score and a great photo! WooHoo!!!

I should of known this was yours.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/30/2006 11:13:10 AM
idyllic, babe?? very nice sillouette, excellent comp, great color, whites a bit blown, blacks ok, nice texture, great light, nice flow, great dof, overall could be a nice print
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01/29/2006 02:32:55 AM
I agree! I wish the chaise lounges weren't there, but otherwise quite lovely
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01/27/2006 08:04:32 PM
Great framing and solhouettes, and really nice capture of the light coming down.
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01/26/2006 04:44:21 PM
Nice natural framing here added to with the one created helps to make the shot.
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01/26/2006 08:22:39 AM
I love the etched sun rays, through the clouds, in this very romantic scene.....
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01/25/2006 02:41:02 PM
The palm across the top of the frame is great and the sky is wonderful. The placement of the yacht between the deckchairs is very good, too. The only thing that I would maybe change if I were forced to would be to crop a little tighter at the bottom of the frame, as I feel that there might be just a shade too much dark foreground there.
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01/23/2006 01:57:05 PM
i like how the hanging leaves and the 2 chairs frame the boat...very nice 9
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01/20/2006 04:53:15 PM
i really like the palm at the top of the picture
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01/20/2006 10:58:09 AM
Excellent composition. So many lines for your eyes to follow.
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01/20/2006 10:44:09 AM
10 from me...good luck! love the leaves coming down!
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01/19/2006 03:36:11 PM
A gorgeous shot marred only by the lack of sharp focus in the mid-field.
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01/19/2006 03:27:31 PM
a bit too centered for my taste but very scenic overall
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01/19/2006 10:06:09 AM
This is a nice "post card" image. Good job.
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01/18/2006 03:08:58 PM
Stunning composition. Love it.
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01/17/2006 03:39:31 PM
Personally I don't mind the centering of this as the chairs frame it nicely....not so sure everyone will respond favorably to it but how you like it is of the most importance anyhow.
The sun rays beaming down really add to this and keep it from looking static. The nice warm color tones give a feeling of relaxation.
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01/17/2006 02:12:04 PM
nice framing, nice rays.. beautiful scene!
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01/16/2006 09:27:25 PM
Nice that the palm tree leaves repeat the pattern of the masts on the boat. Good seeing, and well composed.
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01/16/2006 05:09:36 AM
Well captured. Tried one kinda like this a while back and didn't get it quite right, I know how hard these are, but you've said alot with this one, and I really do get the feeling of idyllic from this one so 9/10.
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