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Challenge: Free Study 2009-08 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark IIn
Lens: Lensbaby Composer
Location: Happisburgh, Norfolk
Date: Aug 14, 2009
Aperture: F2.8
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/2048
Galleries: Seascapes, Lensbaby
Date Uploaded: Aug 16, 2009

I've often thought of driving to Happisburgh on the Norfolk Coast but never got round to it until a couple of weeks ago. This was shot mid afternoon and felt it looked more dramatic as an underexposed B&W then the original colour version.

I feel uneasy taking images of children so set the camera on a tripod, composed the shot and had my back to the scene talking to a fotog I met on the beach and triggered the remote a second after the crash of waves as the screaming started.

Not your normal lensbaby shot and am guessing 'oversharpened' will be the most seen comment however I like like the way it makes the 30 foot wave look like one of those old B movie scenes with a toy boat pretending to be on the high seas.

Place: 18 out of 414
Avg (all users): 6.5149
Avg (commenters): 8.7000
Avg (participants): 6.6132
Avg (non-participants): 6.1429
Views since voting: 2342
Views during voting: 276
Votes: 134
Comments: 22
Favorites: 13 (view)

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05/03/2012 11:08:55 PM
I loved this one, just forgot to tell you.
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01/31/2010 08:50:45 PM
Andi, this is truly breathtaking and worth losing my top LB seat over. ;)
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09/09/2009 12:11:23 AM
Holy cow, Andi! Congrats!!
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09/08/2009 08:08:20 PM
you are getting to be a master of the lensbaby
looked at one once but I doubt I could use it properly, You can, congrats good finish.
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09/08/2009 07:47:33 PM
Mega stunning. (Lensbaby I can see, but wasn't sure if the underexposure was in camera or pp or both; what I am studying on is that 1/2046 shutter speed, use of tripod, sound and chance).
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09/08/2009 07:33:32 PM
Beautiful, powerful, yet has a hint of innocence. Very well done. I've got to shoot more with my LB, this reminds me why I bought one in the first place.
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09/08/2009 07:13:38 PM
wasn't sure if it was lensbaby or processing. well done.
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09/08/2009 03:46:19 PM
Very nice. I remember looking at this photo during voting, but clearly didn't leave a comment. "Lensbaby" wasn't a word that even crossed my mind, though now that you've said it I can see the effect.

What I was actually thinking about was worry for the kids. I'm sure it's one of those shots that looks worse than it really was, but every summer you hear about people getting hit by sneaker waves and being pulled out to sea. Ooo, I shake my virtual fist at those parents...
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09/08/2009 09:27:38 AM
incredibly powerful!
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09/08/2009 07:51:30 AM
Ooh, look at you with your fancy score! And a LB shot to boot. Well done on the top 20.
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09/08/2009 03:45:49 AM
A Posthumous yellow and a top 20 finish, congratulations Andi!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/07/2009 11:02:16 PM
I've got two brilliant examples of high-contrast black and white with excellent rich shadows, so I give each one a yellow ribbon. Here's one for you:

Am interested to hear how you created this effect.
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09/07/2009 08:25:46 PM
A top 5 image excellent in b/w
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09/06/2009 10:26:42 PM
The kids are easy to miss. They almost blend in with the posts. When they do reveal themselves to the viewer (as kids, not posts), it's quite a nice surprise.

Great job with the composition and using the contrast and lighting to maximum effect. Just enough information is revealed. Moving from left to right, you see the children having fun, then the posts and a little more splash, then at the far right of the frame, complete shadowy, blurry chaos. Quite a range of dynamics and a nice progression.

Is this a Lensbaby?

My pick of the challenge, I think. Ten.
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09/04/2009 11:44:47 PM
Didn't see the kids right away, they really give that wave perspective. Wow!
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09/04/2009 10:52:04 AM
Stunning and dramatic shot. Very nice.
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09/04/2009 06:07:21 AM
Awesome, this is fan-bleeping-tastic.
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09/03/2009 10:25:04 AM
My first impressions: Very powerful shot. Lots of rage and action charged in the frame. Technically a beautiful photo. As I explored the rest of your image I then noticed the somewhat playful looking children on the left side which I must say I almost missed because they look like rocks or dock poles.

I guess the overall conflict I have is that the waves have this disastrous and powerful look, especially in dark B&W, while the playful children, i feel, take away from that sense of danger and seriousness. What looked like a raging storm suddenly changed into "splashy fun for the kids" situation. Still, I like this shot very much. 7 - just bumped you up to 8.
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09/03/2009 12:52:26 AM
This picture tells an interesting story. I like it!
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09/01/2009 05:56:34 PM
I like how the kids are almost like living pylons.
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09/01/2009 03:44:35 PM
OK, I'm going through the Free Study submissions, purposefully finding those images I think are shot with a less conventional eye - this is one of those images! Thanks for offering something that isn't just DPC friendly eye-candy (though of course there's nothing wrong with eye-candy):

Positives: I think the use of a Lensbaby qualifies this image for a comment in this series but I feel this marvellous image is just as likely to receive great scores from those who reject the unconventional as those who embrace it. This is just flat-out fantastic, one of those pictures I know I'm just not skilled enough to pull-off.

I'll try and explain why I like it so much - the image is dynamic but frozen, sharp but blurry, contrasty but not lacking in tones, dark and light, scary and playful. Just fabulous. I could go on some more, but I don't want to bore you. It suffices to say I've given it a 10.

Critical stuff: The border, I've tried obscuring it on my screen and I think it looks better for it, but that's just a personal thing.

Overall - I really hope this gets the score it deserves and ribbons. I'm soooo glad to have had the opportunity to view this image.
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09/01/2009 01:17:19 AM
Oh yeah, first cab off the rank and it's this beauty. Great choice. You certainly nailed the sweet spot in the right place on those crashing waves. Awesome timing and control. Plus including the kids in frame has really given it scale. How they weren't all swept away is beyond me.
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