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Low Tide
2nd PlaceLow Tide
charliebaker


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Challenge: On the Beach (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Location: Cannon Beach, Oregon
Date: Jul 14, 2006
Aperture: f2
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Jul 15, 2006

Taken at the north end of Cannon Beach, Oregon, five minute walk from our home, at sunset(about 9PM), at low tide. The reflective surface is an inch of water across 50 yards of beach. The person in the photo is my son, Thomas, AKA Zoomdak. Thanks Thomas for another delightful beach photo-shoot at sunset!

Post Processing: levels, color balance, neat image, USM, rotated to level horizon, crop, resize, add border.

DPC confession: the original was pretty ordinary, with just a thin band of pink/lavender above the crack in the clouds reflected onto the beach. I pushed the levels and color balance to the place where I've witnessed sunsets at low tide, when the sun reflects off the ceiling of the clouds onto the reflective surface of low tide standing waters, and everything silently shouts "Beauty!" Coastal colors sometimes jump off the color saturation map, though on July 14th when the photo was taken, the sun faded into the cloud bank evident on the horizon and thus, never had the chance to paint the ceiling of clouds and the floor of low tide. Our black lab dog was present on this photo-shoot and kept wandering into the standing water, sending ripples and chewed up pieces of driftwood into the frame, messing up the effect I was hoping for, that of serenity at sunset. Post-processing for this photo is more the photographer's fantasy. Yet, the photographer's reality in nature photography is an encounter with the design and colors of nature which at times overwhelm my senses with the sheer extravagance of beauty!

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 326
Avg (all users): 7.3077
Avg (commenters): 8.3913
Avg (participants): 7.1727
Avg (non-participants): 7.3767
Views since voting: 11222
Views during voting: 631
Votes: 325
Comments: 76
Favorites: 35 (view)


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08/01/2006 12:22:19 AM
Thanks for all your vote and comments! I've been away hiking this past week, and came home to find "Low Tide" among the DPC ribbons! A delight to place among the ribbon winners, especially on my 50th entry.
07/31/2006 08:11:45 AM
the pic was very exceptional and lovely,am also tryin something similar with the coastline in my area.
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07/30/2006 06:31:47 PM
What a stunning image that creates that walking on water illusion with so much beauty. Congratulations on your RED.
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07/28/2006 04:25:08 PM
congrats on the red! beautiful colors :)
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07/28/2006 01:31:25 PM
Great shot, David. I am amused to read your notes, which discuss how ordinary the scene was in the original and the lengths you went to to pep it up. Compare with my bottom-of-the-heap entry jejeje... Congrats on the ribbon!
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07/28/2006 10:06:29 AM
This is simply beautiful.
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07/28/2006 12:09:12 AM
So you are saying... this image, the way God created it... was not good enough and you mucked about with a dozen different software editing options and created something that never did, nor ever will exist? So this is not really a photograph... it is graphic art... a representation of what you wish were true, not a true depiction of what was. Congrats on your ribbon....
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07/27/2006 09:03:50 PM
Boo for exploiting what has to be the most ribbon-yielding beach in the world. You should be ashamed of yourself for using the secret weapon that is Cannon Beach, OR.

*Ahem*

By which I meant "Yay for your ribbon, nice shot!" Actually, I think the subject of the photo has to be the ugliest person I have ever seen. Shoulda found someone better.
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07/27/2006 09:38:02 AM
Wonderful shot. Congratulations!
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07/26/2006 04:45:34 PM
Good ole Canon Beach....lovely work and congrats!
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07/26/2006 02:02:16 PM
Yay for Mr. Robinson! I've heard that you say that you're not really a photographer? You're crazy.
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07/26/2006 02:00:34 PM
Congratulations on your first ribbon, Great shot!
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07/26/2006 07:49:40 AM
I had you pegged for the red ribbon - great job.
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07/26/2006 05:33:56 AM
I had this as my winner Charlie. Congrats on the ribbon, this is a sensational shot and worthy ribbon winner. Well done.
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07/26/2006 03:34:08 AM
Beautiful colours! Congratulations on the red ribbon!
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07/26/2006 01:20:15 AM
Congrats! Nice work...very well done.
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07/26/2006 12:44:51 AM
Beatiful and stunning. Love that purple. Congrats on your RED.
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07/26/2006 12:37:00 AM
Awesome job! Congratulations on your first ribbon David.
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07/26/2006 12:22:59 AM
This is a great shot! This almost rivals your cathedral shot David :) Great job! Hehehehehe. I find it funny how only a challenge ago, you got the brown and now this :)

Message edited by author 2006-07-26 00:24:27.
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07/26/2006 12:17:40 AM
Big congrats on your first ribbon, David! Now send Tommy back to school and catch up to him! :)
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07/26/2006 12:17:06 AM
congrats, mr. robinson! this is awesome!
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07/26/2006 12:15:22 AM
great picture and processing, and the explanation was a pleasure to read. congratulations on your ribbon!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/25/2006 10:29:40 PM
Gorgeous colors. I like how the small human silhouette adds a sense of scale.
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07/25/2006 04:08:55 PM
great colors! -9
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07/25/2006 01:11:45 PM
Meets Challenge 1/1
Technical 3/3
Aesthetics 1/1
Composition 3/3
Creativeness/Wow factor 2/2

Wow! What amazing colors!
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07/25/2006 11:50:03 AM
Great job! Great used of color, love the reflection! I'm just a bit overwhelmed by all of the blue, which kept it from getting a 10. Gave you a 9.
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07/25/2006 11:14:23 AM
Great colour and timing of shot. A wide panorama including the rock at right would have worked wonders. Easer said than done ...
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07/25/2006 11:04:01 AM
brilliant color. crisp. great reflections
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07/25/2006 10:08:24 AM
Incredible photo - Walking on water...very nice.
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07/25/2006 07:43:02 AM
This is just magical and a wonderful image. one could treasure forever and ever..... I love it, and give you a "10".....
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07/25/2006 05:35:45 AM
Very nice reflections.
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07/25/2006 02:58:49 AM
Nice framing, great composition
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07/25/2006 01:31:52 AM
Great light composition. The contrast is excellent and the smooth reflective water in the foreground give the pic a surreal feel. Color saturation is heavy but it works really well! Great shot!
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07/24/2006 10:08:20 PM
Awesome shot! Just crazy how pretty this is! 10
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07/24/2006 09:17:49 PM
Wonderful shot...the colors and composition work so well together. A 10 in my book.
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07/24/2006 04:26:50 PM
So beautyfull! Loved the colors... Wow!
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07/24/2006 01:38:07 PM
How PRETTY!!! Those colors! They really work. This is such a beautiful photo! One of my favorites in this challenge!
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07/24/2006 01:18:57 PM
nice
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07/24/2006 09:22:24 AM
the figure here in this photograph is what pushes it from a hgih score right up to a 10 IMO; it introduces and presents that sense of perspective inbetween this beautiful setting. Good job.
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07/23/2006 11:42:50 PM
Great pic...I kinda wish the guy wasn't there. 7
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07/23/2006 10:13:35 PM
Wow.... great, powerful colors! I love the reflections of the rock/mts and the person walking across the beach. Excellent!
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07/23/2006 06:58:24 AM
good reflection and colour tones
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07/23/2006 05:09:44 AM
Who was your model? Lovely photo with the rocks and capturing the person in between the rocks. The reflections really punch this photo. The colors, well, yes, they are beautiful, but they look unnatural to me.
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07/22/2006 03:26:43 PM
Great shot. The reflection and the colors makes this one powerful.
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07/22/2006 08:55:32 AM
Yummy stuff. Betchya can't wait to spot edit this thing to perfection! Sweet job.
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07/22/2006 06:17:51 AM
Love the still water.....wish the person wasn't so centered in the frame. Nice work :)
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07/21/2006 08:00:14 PM
I've rated this in the top grouping of sunset images. The colors are striking and overall picture amazing.
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07/21/2006 07:32:24 PM
Great shot, well executed. Where is this taken?
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07/21/2006 02:33:54 PM
Great image ! The line between sky and sea is a little bit to high for me , but overall it's a beautiful composition.

My ratings are:

Meeting the Challenge 0-1-2 = 2
Overall look, feel and composition 0-1-2 = 1
Creativity 0-1-2 = 1
Quality and execution 0-1-2 = 2
WOW effect and first impression 0-1-2 = 2

Final : 8
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07/20/2006 10:32:37 PM
awesome
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07/20/2006 08:48:44 PM
beautiful color. The water looks like glass.
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07/20/2006 08:14:45 PM
Lovely colours. A bit of noise in the sky is the only detraction.
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07/20/2006 07:19:35 PM
I love the framing and color
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07/20/2006 01:19:43 PM
Absolutely stunning! The colors are incredible and a perfect reflection.
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07/20/2006 12:27:38 PM
Fantastic colors!
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07/20/2006 12:25:25 PM
Very cool colors going on here, I like it!
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07/20/2006 05:18:24 AM
God DAMN!!!!!

Fantastic photo, congrats on your ribbon ;)
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07/19/2006 10:36:48 PM
Beautiful colors, tones and clean clear image ... ahould be in the top 8 ... my only critique is the desire more a slightly more interesting composition. 8
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07/19/2006 08:41:18 PM
love the colors
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07/19/2006 05:26:11 PM
Great scene. Too much PP for me.
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07/19/2006 02:52:32 PM
i like the composition, great colours.
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07/19/2006 02:08:01 PM
I don't think wow even comes close to describing this photo, but WOW! Great composition and amazing colors! Absolutely wonderful. :)
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07/19/2006 02:01:28 PM
awesome! love the perspective you gave it and the colors are great. very fantastical. only thing i would want is for the person to be a little cripser
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07/19/2006 09:55:55 AM
ribbon ribbon ribbon ribbon ribbon ribbon ribbon :)

SO BEAUTIFUL!
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07/19/2006 08:37:06 AM
Perfectly placed, perfectly exposed. 10 from me
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07/19/2006 08:29:24 AM
Wow, amazing reflections...it's hard to tell where sea ends and sky begins. Great capture, best of luck to you! 10
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07/19/2006 06:23:31 AM
beautiful1
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07/19/2006 06:16:13 AM
Stunning image, lovely colors, nice to have the person walking/running..
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07/19/2006 05:46:30 AM
pretty colours.. Oregon coast?
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07/19/2006 05:12:25 AM
could this be the winner? stunning and sensational in every way 10...good luck
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07/19/2006 02:29:25 AM
Delightful.....I like the extended foreground
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07/19/2006 02:13:51 AM
WOW!!!! STUNNING COLOUR!!!
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07/19/2006 01:45:02 AM
one of my fav.
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07/19/2006 01:18:54 AM
amazing colors
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07/19/2006 12:39:48 AM
Fantastic composition. Image seems just a touch light on my screen but not points lost for that!
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07/19/2006 12:23:07 AM
Love the color !! Nice job.
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