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Sea of tranquillity
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geewhy


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: The Four Elements (Advanced Editing I)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S602Z
Location: River Forth, Scotland
Date: Feb 12, 2004
Aperture: f4
ISO: 160
Shutter: 1/256
Galleries: Black and White, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Feb 12, 2004

Fishing smack anchored on the River Forth.

Adjustments to Contrast(Highlights, midtones & shadows).
Desaturated & sharpened.
Noise reduced using "Neat Image".

Image cropped & resized & border added.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 139
Avg (all users): 8.0000
Avg (commenters): 9.0000
Avg (participants): 7.7667
Avg (non-participants): 8.2800
Views since voting: 11735
Votes: 165
Comments: 72
Favorites: 107 (view)


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09/07/2007 07:03:41 AM
This is so good!
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06/09/2006 07:48:56 PM
fantastic like floating on a cloud
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01/07/2006 05:45:03 PM
Great shot. I think this would make a great poster. I'd like to have a big copy of this for my office.
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01/06/2006 02:59:11 PM
super friggin coool! dang!
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10/27/2005 06:20:45 PM
wow vey nice!
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09/06/2005 12:33:45 PM
lovely-love the reflection and all the space
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01/04/2005 06:57:34 AM
This is an incredible shot!!! WOW
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08/31/2004 07:16:16 PM
Gordon, this was one of the first challenges I saw when I joined as a full member and it almost made me ask for my money back! Its been in my favourites for a while, I must have forgotten to comment.

Rather than being daunted by it, I now aspire to similar greatness but not sure I'll live long enough. Whilst I doubt getting the image like this was simple, thats what it conveys and makes it a stronger image.
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07/26/2004 12:45:00 PM
Is there something more magical than this on this site? A true charm !
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02/26/2004 10:08:34 PM
Congratulations on a very beautiful photo! (I guess I've lived a hopelessly sheltered life. I had to look up smack in the dictionary.)
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02/24/2004 01:25:11 AM
congrats on this, it almost looks unreal
Well done to achieve such a beautiful picture
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02/23/2004 03:33:11 PM
I love this picture, one of the best I've seen here.
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02/23/2004 11:52:53 AM
A beautiful capture Geewhy!
Congratulations on first place!
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02/23/2004 11:38:29 AM
Well Done Gordon - should have guess it's was scottish weather
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02/23/2004 10:26:18 AM
Yes! My only 10 in this challenge. It's heavenly.
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02/23/2004 10:20:25 AM
dude this is a sweet picture. you should make a print available of it, i like it!
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02/23/2004 09:46:23 AM
Congratulations on the win, nice photo!
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02/23/2004 09:16:12 AM
Awesome picture its like its floating in the air! Congratulations!
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02/23/2004 08:46:02 AM
Now this is an absolutely incredible image. This would make an excellent print. Great job and congrats on the blue ribbon! :-)
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02/23/2004 08:32:28 AM
Good image, well done.

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02/23/2004 07:13:10 AM
Gordon! Brilliant - I had hoped this would do well. I knew it was a good shot when my Wife whent 'wow'when she looked at it !!

Mike

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02/23/2004 07:04:47 AM
Congratulations on winning with this stunning photo! Hope you plan to make it available for prints - I want one!
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02/23/2004 06:12:47 AM
Congratulations on your blue ribbon. Your in the "8" club.
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02/23/2004 06:02:35 AM
A big thank you to everyone who voted and commented.

Quite surprised (but delighted)by the level of success..especially as I was in two minds about submitting this image.
I will post a message later today which will show the original image and the two alternatives that I pondered over.
There have been some enquiries as to how much manipulation went into the shot and my post should confirm that there was very little work needed. I was helped by the perfect conditions and the vantage point which allowed me to crop out the horizon..thus helping create the effect.
Believe me ..it would have to be simple..my prowess at post processing is extremely limited. In fact it would not surprise me if I have done something while downloading this image from my camera which has upset the EXIF....wouldn`t be the first time :-)
Fingers crossed and thanks again to all.

Gordon
02/23/2004 05:09:56 AM
Profoundly good work Gordon: 12 challenges in and then the 15th hoiighest rated shot on the site - bordering on the unfair :-) Very pleased for you - was going to say keep it up, but perhaps I'd rather the rest of us were left with a chance. Intriguing that all your 'averages' are whole numbers, too.
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02/23/2004 02:10:50 AM
Congratulations on the blue for a wonderful image
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02/23/2004 12:52:42 AM
Congratulations on a marvelous shot
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02/23/2004 12:33:12 AM
Hey! Awesome shot. It was so perfect I suspected that it was a little model of a boat on a mirror. Our camera did very well this week! Congrats.
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02/23/2004 12:11:08 AM
This is marvelous stuff, Gordon! Keep it up!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/22/2004 11:55:02 PM
Wow factor in full effect-- 10
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02/22/2004 08:26:16 PM
Wonderful. Feels like the ship is in the clouds.
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02/22/2004 07:56:15 PM
This picture is amazing...it looks like the boat is floating on the clouds. I have never seen a body of water so still...truly amazing.
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02/22/2004 05:38:42 PM
The negative space works very well here. With the slight haze and the great reflections off the water, everything blends together so there is no real horizon, which is a nice effect. Nice work. - 9
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02/22/2004 01:14:22 PM
love the reflection in the "sky"
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02/22/2004 12:58:19 PM
Fantastic photo. Looks as if its in the clouds. Not sure how you got the effect, but I like it alot. 10
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02/22/2004 07:52:20 AM
I'm speechless. Can't wait to make it a favorite, and to see how it was done. A breathtaking piece of work. I love the composition. 10
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02/21/2004 06:29:21 PM
Unique look... I like it! Nice composition. Super job!
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02/21/2004 12:25:09 PM
I can find no fault here, wonderfully done!
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02/21/2004 10:51:46 AM
Your title certainly matches what the image conveys - floating peacefully on the tranquil waters... Good choice to go for black and white to really highlight the cloudy shadows in the still water.
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02/21/2004 08:19:43 AM
I'd be surprised (at this point anyway) if this photo isn't in the ribbons, or at least in the top 10. This is the most compelling photo I've seen for this challenge. This is remarkably well done. Awesome work. If it were my photo, I'd have chopped a little off the left and off the bottom to bring the boat slightly more toward the center and slightly closer. Good Luck. I think you'll do well. But I've been wrong before 9
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02/21/2004 06:56:51 AM
The smoothnes of the water makes it look like the boat is actually in the clouds and floating in the sky. The soft contrast gives a heavenly appearance. "10"
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02/20/2004 11:23:45 PM
Superb. Love the choice of composition, exposure, the choice of B+W. My firs-place choice. Good work and good luck.
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02/20/2004 05:40:26 PM
it's like the boat is in heaven! nice one
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02/20/2004 04:54:59 PM
Lovely ,10 !
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02/19/2004 06:15:50 PM
Best image so far. I really enjoy the cleanness of this image. I hope there wasn't too much photoshop involved,
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02/19/2004 04:30:34 PM
I've never seen such still water... nice!
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02/19/2004 02:46:50 AM
Like a dream.Very good.10
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02/18/2004 09:49:08 PM
Very awsome shot. Good eye, good composition. Good luck with the challenge
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02/18/2004 05:51:21 PM
Great image. I can't wait to see how you did this one. I expet you to ribbon with it. 10
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02/18/2004 02:54:12 PM
I love the way this boat seems to float in space. It's almost hard to tell if the boat is floating on air or water and it gives the photo a very etheral and surreal feel. Very well done.
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02/18/2004 09:51:37 AM
Great simple shot! The reflection and the lighting are very nice. Great job.
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02/17/2004 10:23:59 PM
Beautiful shot, love the perfect reflection, great title...one of my top picks...good luck...9
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02/17/2004 10:20:25 PM
My Favorite of the challenge. Nice work.
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02/17/2004 09:11:52 PM
The lack of horizon gives this an almost scarey look. Good b&w. 7
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02/17/2004 03:55:27 PM
Very nice 7/10
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02/17/2004 03:44:32 PM
This is totally awesome. I love how it looks like there is a boat in the clouds, awesome job! 10
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02/17/2004 01:40:50 PM
Super! Cant think of anything I would change.
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02/17/2004 12:04:56 PM
This is so beautiful. I love the tones and the serenity and your use of black and white is a perfect choice. Composition is very strong! 10
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02/17/2004 11:37:30 AM
Very nice, very nice indeed, how did you make the horizon disappear? 9
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02/17/2004 01:28:53 AM
very good. almost looks like it's riding on air.
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02/16/2004 10:54:05 PM
Nice composition, though I'd suggest playing around with levels to get a better tonal range. There's just not very much black there, but by adding a levels adjustment layer and pulling the left hand input slider toward the right you could 'introduce' some.
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02/16/2004 09:43:16 PM
Greetings... this is one of the best photos I have seen here recently. It is definitely a breath of fresh air compared to the rest of the photos in this challenge. I like the peaceful feeling... - best of show :)
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02/16/2004 08:53:06 PM
Killer shot...love this. Very wonderful.
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02/16/2004 06:47:32 PM
Nice shot... assume you made this B&W...
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02/16/2004 05:07:53 PM
Simply amazing! There is not much else that can be said here except that I'm sure this will place quite highly. Beautiful! :)
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02/16/2004 04:16:19 PM
Awesome shot. Hope it does well, so far one of my favorites
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02/16/2004 01:12:04 PM
That is perfect. I'd sure like to know how you achieved this. The sky endlessly meeting the water make them look as one element but there are two. outstanding
(10)
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02/16/2004 10:58:42 AM
I love it...the sky and ground diffusion is special
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02/16/2004 07:29:05 AM
How wonderful. 10
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02/16/2004 07:05:15 AM
This is a very nice composition and an effective use of advanced editing rules but perhapos not quite elemental enough since the water has lost its defining qualities and become a bit too abstract perhaps?
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02/16/2004 02:34:17 AM
wow..thats freakin insane...wow vote...21
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02/16/2004 12:57:15 AM
Beautiful Boat shot. Looks like it is floating in the sky.
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