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Challenge: Best of 2007 (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM for Nikon
Location: Lizard Head Rock, Rye Backbeach, Australia
Date: Dec 28, 2007
Aperture: F16
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/8th second
Galleries: Panoramic, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Jan 15, 2008

THE IMAGE: I might kick myself for entering this as I had an image I had saved from April that I really liked. But on looking at it, I just didn't think it would do as well as this. This is an outtake from my Lizard Head Rock image that won me a BLUE ribbon. I love the rays and the dramatic sky. It was dark and light at the same time.

Took this on a tripod and used a slow shutter speed to get the movement in the water.

EDIT: Converted to Grayscale, Duotone, RGB, Levels Adjustment layer, some dodging and burning, some USM. Some Noise Ninja masked to smoothe the sky out.

PREDICTION: Hoping for high 6's...6.9??? It could totally bomb out of course because people might have already seen a similar edit in my portfolio.

Is it the best image I shot in 2007? Probably not...but I do like the image and hope it will do OK in the challenge. I won't ribbon, but if I can do better than 32 out of 705 from last year, I will be very pleased.

POST: Wow! 8th overall...really happy!

Statistics
Place: 8 out of 484
Avg (all users): 7.0541
Avg (commenters): 8.0833
Avg (participants): 6.9548
Avg (non-participants): 7.2836
Views since voting: 4084
Views during voting: 435
Votes: 222
Comments: 38
Favorites: 11 (view)


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02/25/2008 05:05:42 PM
Congrats on the top 10. this is an awesome conversion!
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01/31/2008 04:20:33 PM
Add me as a fan of this shot! The juxtaposition of the different geometric shapes is perfect. The lines of the rays against the shape of the rock, surrounded by the circles of the waves. Absolutely perfect!
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01/29/2008 11:49:14 AM
My prediction was just a little bit off. :)
I still like this more than the other Lizard Head.
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01/29/2008 06:53:29 AM
Marvelous in B&W - wouldn't have it any other way. Which duotone did you use for this? 'Grats on doing so well with it both for your blue earlier and placement in the Best of!
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01/29/2008 03:26:18 AM
Love your B&W work mate............This is a gem. Nice one.
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01/28/2008 03:38:10 PM
Yeahhh... one of the best BW i've ever seen. Great work again Enzo. ;)
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01/28/2008 02:00:43 PM
Great shot. I remember commenting on its sibling photo. :p
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01/28/2008 11:58:10 AM
Great shot. I should have recognized the subject from your earlier blue ribbon photo. What really grabs me on seeing this again is how the wave makes a circle around the rock. Terrific light rays, too. Congrats!
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01/28/2008 11:18:14 AM
Figured you'd top last years! The blurred water going in two different directions really makes it for me.
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01/28/2008 09:45:43 AM
WOW - nice finish, Enzo.
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01/28/2008 12:22:30 AM
I'd say you did better this year. :) Congrats, Enzo!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/27/2008 07:52:06 PM
The black and white is very dramatic in this photo. I like the jagged details of the rock too. -BB

P.S. Is this ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' hotpasta?
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01/27/2008 05:27:25 PM
This rocks! Stunning image. 9.
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01/27/2008 03:49:28 PM
Very nice in an abstract kind of way. The b&w treatment is perfect for it, and I do love all the lines and angles.
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01/27/2008 02:04:32 PM
Very nice shot. I wonder whose it could be?? :)
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01/26/2008 06:01:19 PM
Encore! Good luck.
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01/26/2008 03:18:56 PM
Nice image Enzo. I like the B&W conversion and how you used right shutter speed on the incoming wave to give it a sense of movement without being to blurry.
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01/26/2008 02:56:42 AM
Compelling composition and toning, but the horizon tilt sorta knocks down your score a little from me.
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01/25/2008 01:36:13 PM
excellent timing with the crossing waves - 8
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01/24/2008 09:53:12 PM
What can I say? The rays from the left to right. Leading to the matching lines of clouds which carry you into the swirls of water below. All surrounding the unusual, wicked looking rock, present a frame that leaves no way out. It carries the eye around the frame and satisfies the mind. Maybe just a touch dark but I think this will ribbon. Maybe tie for blue. Congrats.
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01/24/2008 08:30:17 PM
Hotpasta?? I really dig your surf shots, but this is up there. Lots of mystery and history it seems in this rock, I really like the water pattern and the composition you chose. Nice work.
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01/24/2008 03:11:58 PM
Congratulations on your ribbon!! :)
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01/24/2008 11:36:28 AM
hmmmmm....hotpasta?? Just a guess :)

Love it.
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01/24/2008 06:10:06 AM
Yes, I like this one also:) Great B&W
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01/23/2008 09:04:14 PM
really lovely shot, my only sort of critique would be I wish the horizon was not so in the middle.
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01/23/2008 11:51:22 AM
Excellent compostion, light and textures. Great work.
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01/23/2008 05:47:53 AM
I love your B/W conversions
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01/22/2008 10:59:35 PM
I am so in LOVE with this awesome shot..... PERFCT.....
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01/22/2008 03:32:50 PM
good timing for the wave to build a circle around the rock. great b/w conversion
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01/22/2008 09:54:12 AM
Well I didn't enter my previously posted images because I thought they might be recognized... but that does not prevent me appreciating yours! 7.
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01/22/2008 01:42:14 AM
I absolutely love this shot.
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01/21/2008 11:20:02 PM
Great job on the execution and focus. B&W definately works, however would have loved to have seen the colour result. Excellent lighting. Good Luck. 9.
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01/21/2008 03:19:19 PM
Lizard head from the other side?? Lovely spot, shadows and highlights
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01/21/2008 01:41:06 PM
WOW, beautiful
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01/21/2008 12:59:35 PM
so is this ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' hotpasta or has the Hotpasta School already developed? Nothing succeeds like success!
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01/21/2008 02:10:49 AM
Nice choice, Enzo! Love this shot.
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01/21/2008 01:30:51 AM
Dang, this looks familiar :-)
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01/21/2008 12:20:48 AM
hey Enzo :)
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