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Sunset Stroll on a Wintry Beach
Sunset Stroll on a Wintry Beach

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Challenge: Best of 2007 (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: 2008
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 AD Aspherical IF for Minolta
Location: Silver Beach, Michigan
Date: Jan 17, 2007
Aperture: F16
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/13
Galleries: Landscape
Date Uploaded: Jan 16, 2008

RSE 2006
- create 3 exposures (-1, 0, +1) in TIFF format

- tonemap/HDR

- color balance (warm)
- clarify
- straighten horizon
- crop
- neat image
- duplicate layer
- smart photo fix (11,0,0,0,0,4,15)
- duplicate layer
- select sky & water, create mask to show selection over lightened beach and snow
- merge all
- duplicate layer
- darken brush around perimeter
- merge all
- resize
- usm (.35,100,10) +luminous
- hps (15,20,overlay)
- border
- save as JPG

Photo taken while returning home for Mom's funeral. One snow storm has recently come thru and another was on the way. Just barely reached the beach in time after driving 12 hours.

Had a couple of other shots I considered for 'Best of 2007', but this has some sentimental value for me. I spent numerous hours on this beach with my Mom and Sister as a kid in the summertime.

Place: 220 out of 484
Avg (all users): 5.8839
Avg (commenters): 6.8000
Avg (participants): 5.8176
Avg (non-participants): 6.0462
Views since voting: 1107
Views during voting: 321
Votes: 224
Comments: 8
Favorites: 2 (view)

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11/18/2008 04:39:08 PM
Barry, Stunning photograph. I have never seen snow on a beach. You had me wondering what I was looking at for a moment.
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11/18/2008 04:16:24 PM
Wow, I am really sorry I missed this in voting. Simply stunning.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/27/2008 03:37:30 PM
I'm glad I came back to look at this again - the more I look at it, the more I like it. I love the angle, but that you still kept the horizon level. Don't know what it is about snow fences, but I do love to see them. This is very nice.
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01/27/2008 12:42:52 AM
Beautiful! I like the golden cast to the water, and the ominous sky. The person adds a point of interest to the photo.
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01/25/2008 11:37:26 PM
Understand that you probably included the fence to convey the winter feel and isolation of a closed beach...unforetunately it ruins a nicely captured image IMO. As for the burning in the sky...don't mind the bottom half, but that one dark patch above the main clouds is too distracting. Great potential. Good Luck. 6.
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01/25/2008 08:56:13 PM
well. I am a sucker for lonely beach images, fences and soft pastel colors...you nailed them all here. I like the lone silhouette too at water's edge. very poignant feel, but also peaceful, and the clouds are great without being over processed
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01/22/2008 04:51:21 AM
Nice shot, my beaches are warm and sandy.
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01/21/2008 08:55:07 PM
love the warm colors of the sunset peeking over the clouds ... great job of exposing the snow
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