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Big Island Sea Cliffs
Big Island Sea Cliffs

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Challenge: Best of 2007 (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Location: Big Island Hawaii
Date: Jun 27, 2007
Aperture: F8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/1000
Galleries: Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Jan 14, 2008

Shot on our vacation this summer. The location is right next to the Polol'u Valley. This is an amazing location and worth the trip from Kona or Hilo up to see this dramatic site near Kapa'au in the northern tip of the Big Island.

Image taken in RAW. Tonemapped single image using Photomatix pro - the most modest of tonemapping mind you.... Opened image in Elements 3.0. Added duplicate layer - darkened sky and smoothed using Noise Ninja and blurred sky with a blur. Sharpened water and rocks using USM. Flattened image. Adjusted levels, hue/saturation adjustments on individual colors. Cloned out dust spots and cloned edges of sky near rocks. Dodged waterfalls and burned water and rocks a bit.

Save for web. Opened and USM at small radius and large radius and save for web.

Post Challenge: All in all, of all the shots I took this past year that did not involve pictures of my kids, this is the one I am most proud of. It captures the majesty and force of the Big Island in a quiet way.

Thanks for all the great comments - I really appreciate each and every one....

Place: 207 out of 484
Avg (all users): 5.9099
Avg (commenters): 6.7000
Avg (participants): 5.7871
Avg (non-participants): 6.1940
Views since voting: 1093
Views during voting: 345
Votes: 222
Comments: 17
Favorites: 3 (view)

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01/28/2008 03:15:08 PM

Nice score on this lovely image, I love the feeling of power that is given by the mountains and the leading line made by the cliffs as they move away from you.

I love all the details an the tones throughout the image, I was positive that it would have scored higher.

Good shot,
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01/28/2008 11:43:46 AM
I'm glad you entered this one - the magnificence and scale of this is wonderful to behold. It's quietly forceful, if that makes sense.
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01/28/2008 09:50:30 AM
hey man, you bet me by .01 points in that challenge! :)
i think the cliffs look very spectecular and the composition and mood are great.
however the hdr looks a bit overdone imo, but it's still tasteful compared to most of all the other hdr shots in that challenge.
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01/28/2008 08:03:51 AM
This looks strikingly familiar! To think, your D70 had a drink of that water... :)
Nice shot!
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01/28/2008 05:56:58 AM
Good lord were you ever robbed on the voting of this image. Those cliffs are just spectaculat. I can't beleive they didn't score you higher. Still a wonderful image that I am sure would look great hanging in your office or living room.
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01/28/2008 04:28:33 AM
I thought that the composition of this shot was really impressive and created a sense of austere and dominating majesty

Super diagonal leading lines created by the cliff face and the sheer amount of rock on the right of the shot is offset nicely by the natural brdge and the the single outcrop in the centre/right of the image

Shame it could not have included the Northern Lights as well ;-)
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01/28/2008 01:38:40 AM
What a great capture of a beautiful view. Great processing, as are all your images.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/27/2008 11:50:24 PM
i like the subtlety of the colours. very beautiful
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01/27/2008 10:33:55 PM
Just a tad more saturation may have helped this.
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01/27/2008 09:17:42 PM
Very nicely done.
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01/26/2008 11:44:29 PM
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01/26/2008 02:17:05 PM
Beautiful perspective and nice overall feel in the image (great colour). Good Luck. 7.
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01/23/2008 01:45:30 AM
Very nice photograph. Great contrast between the cliffs and sky.
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01/22/2008 12:04:06 PM
I like this shot, it makes you really feel like you are there. Nice capture.
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01/22/2008 09:13:45 AM
Grand scenery. The processing feels jagged to me - as in sharpening jagged. Possibly HDR work? I reckon HDR is going to look passe quickly. 6.
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01/22/2008 01:17:41 AM
Beautiful place
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01/21/2008 01:49:34 AM
Great sky and very impressive cliffs, you have really captured a kind of strenght in this shot if you know what I mean. :) 7
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