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Challenge: Sand (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Olympus C-8080
Location: At the Beach
Date: Dec 30, 2008
Aperture: 8.0
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/90
Galleries: Emotive, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Dec 31, 2008

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Once I saw the sand challenge I knew what I was going to do. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN!!!!! And yes, the title is a quote from the movie;-) Thanks to my husband for suggesting it.

My eldest found this broken shell when we were on vacation in Venice, FL. I asked her for her Pirate's of the Caribbean Coin Amulet. The last thing I needed to borrow was my youngest Pirateology ship which is 3.5 inches in height Pirateology Toy Ship. I had to drill a small hole at the bottom of the ship so I could stick a wire in it so that I could then stick it in the sand. I also took some golden sand bought some time ago from a craft store as that I knew the beaches here do not have that rich gold tone color I wanted.

The kids and I then trotted down to the beach...boy was it packed! We picked a relatively less busy spot, but even then I sometimes had to wait for people to move out of the shot and make sure that kids playing football did not stomp on the ship.

I placed the ship 2 feet away from the shell checking every so often in my viewfinder that it was carefully positioned such that you can see it through the shell. I spread out the sand I then placed the aztec pirate coin in the sand. I then focused on coin knowing that the ship and the ocean would be blurred - gotta love bokeh effect.

Statistics
Place: 21 out of 124
Avg (all users): 6.2195
Avg (commenters): 6.9286
Avg (participants): 5.8776
Avg (non-participants): 6.3652
Views since voting: 1577
Views during voting: 376
Votes: 164
Comments: 23
Favorites: 3 (view)


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04/22/2011 07:32:06 AM
This is a remarkable setup, I love the whole feel to the shot. I love the visual interest throughout.Possibly would be a bit more captivating if there was a bit more detail of the shell perhaps? I am still amazed at the amount of creativity that you put into all of your shots, Great job with the setup and the concept overall.
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01/29/2010 05:05:10 AM
This one. Pure genius!
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01/29/2010 05:05:10 AM
This one. Pure genius!
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11/07/2009 01:24:51 PM
Well thought out, and nicely done shot. Thumbs up !
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02/18/2009 10:43:20 PM
awesome idea! Love this shot!
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01/16/2009 09:00:39 PM
Amazing idea and completion. Congrats!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/11/2009 09:21:49 PM
great idea and set up!
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01/11/2009 07:24:16 PM
Nice concept shot. I think the technicals could have been better, but the focus on the "doubloon" is fabulous. 7
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01/11/2009 06:05:10 PM
Clever setup.
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01/11/2009 07:47:42 AM
I like the creative approach!! What is the ship??
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01/11/2009 07:41:58 AM
Very nicely composed. You certainly gave thought to this shot and I like the story it tells.
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01/10/2009 04:08:29 PM
Love this photo, very creative.
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01/09/2009 05:54:28 PM
well done! arrrrrr!
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01/09/2009 10:09:04 AM
Great, great composition !
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01/08/2009 10:42:54 AM
I like the idea and composition, but the lighting doesn't fit with the background which kinda spoils the illusion...
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01/06/2009 07:22:07 PM
I'm a POTC luver so this picture is awesome
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01/06/2009 10:35:03 AM
This is my favorite out of the whole competition! I love the concept, and it was very well executed!
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01/05/2009 10:24:16 PM
Hmmm. Overall I like it. I wonder what it would look like with no medallian and the shell having the focus point. Three subjects in a scene may be one too many (four if you count the sand).
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01/05/2009 05:28:46 PM
as my personal opinion the medal is unhelpful, a most centered boat should be better.
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01/05/2009 03:48:27 PM
interesting concept, would have liked the sea shell to have sharper focus I think though. Little more DOF, otherwise great!
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01/05/2009 01:19:13 PM
Great set up. Is that Johnny Depp on the bow??
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01/05/2009 08:54:42 AM
This I think is brilliant. Either you have incredible resources to have the ship harbored in the bay, or you have a great background and DOF that makes it believable. Either way, fantastic job.
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01/05/2009 04:22:53 AM
difficult to get the balance right - eyes keep jumping from one element to another (certainly interesting though)
Was it taken at home in front of a b.g. picture?
good luck
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