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Challenge: Free Study 2010-12 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2010
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor -S DX 18-105 f3.5-5.6
Location: Santa Monica, CA
Date: Dec 18, 2010
Galleries: Portraiture, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Dec 19, 2010

Model: Heidi Grant

Originally shot for the Portrait from Behind challenge, but I went with another image from the same session which was more of a portrait than this.

When the challenge was announced, an image immediately popped into my mind: a beautiful woman faces the ocean as the sun sets on her right, warming the tips of the waves and the folds of her flowing dress with tinges of gold and pink and brightness. Between her and the water on her left, a full-length mirror, reflecting her pretty face. I’d be using an off-camera flash to fill in the left side. There would be mist coming off the curling waves. I’d win the blue.

The model was called, the time was set, the location determined. And then… the rain moved in. The shoot vacillated between on, and off, and rescheduling. I was game if the model was. She was. Then she wasn’t. Then I wasn’t. Then she was. It wouldn’t be any better the next day, she said, and she wasn’t afraid of a little rain. Fine. Shoot was back on. I loaded up the car with my tripod, a light stand, a bag full of wardrobe, my camera bag, my camera, the mirror, and a broom to lean it on if need be.

On the drive to the beach, I heard that this storm system was the biggest one of the year. Great. Just great. I vaguely worried about my equipment. But I knew what I was going for so it would be a quick and dirty (and wet) job. I got there a bit early, intending to park on the pier and scope out the right spot on the sand; the pier parking was full, however, and I ended up having to park under and to the left of the pier. This would prove to be a pivotal development. But it was a very gray and dull day - I worried that the images would be useless.

I got out of the car and miraculously, the rain had all but stopped. Very minor and timid sprinkling. I tucked my camera under my rainbreaker and headed out. I walked on the sand along the left side of the pier, instead of the right, which is what I had originally envisioned. I explored the nether regions of the pylons which was moody and mysterious. I’ll definitely return here for other shoots.

Then I turned towards the water and noticed a man putting the finishing touches on his meditation maze. And I knew that this would be the location of my shoot. Had I gotten everything my way, I would have missed this treasure.

When Heidi arrived, she brought this umbrella with her. More serendipity. She changed and we schlepped down to the beach, lugging all my equipment (none of which I used except for my camera). The rain picked up again – not torrential, but significantly. My baby was getting wet and now I got anxious. But we were here, and the longer I took, the wetter it would get, so I started shooting. And had the most productive shoot EVER. In the end, my image looked NOTHING like I had imagined (except that it was at the beach). I don’t know if it will do well, but I love it.

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[Jan. 1st, 2011 11:31:53 PM]

Votes: 76
Views: 134
Avg Vote: 6.7632
Comments: 6
Favorites: 1

So pretty.

How awesome - top 20 in a FS. Thank you EVERYONE for such amazing feedback and all those votes. This was a fun week. Wait till I tell Heidi!!

Statistics
Place: 12 out of 275
Avg (all users): 6.8118
Avg (commenters): 7.6667
Avg (participants): 6.8983
Avg (non-participants): 6.6154
Views since voting: 2716
Views during voting: 338
Votes: 170
Comments: 47
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AuthorThread
02/23/2019 01:44:19 PM
So here's another uncommented photo that was among my picks in the "Pick your fav image from the person above you" side challenge several years back. This week I had the realization that "picking a favorite" should include a comment about why. So I'm back over the last 1600+ posts to make amends for my omission. Here's my belated comment:

I grew up at the beach near San Clemente and will always be drawn to the ocean, the shore, and the sea. This photo (and the story you posted about it) is wonderful. Full of spirit and whimsy. And as with your others, it holds up well to time.
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02/19/2014 05:13:38 PM
Love this.
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03/21/2011 10:37:40 PM
Awesome photograph! I love that you've left so much sky there.
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02/25/2011 01:29:54 PM
here's a comment. Do I get a response? (now that PMs are working?) :)

Message edited by author 2011-02-25 13:30:12.
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02/06/2011 03:52:00 AM
Hadn't seen this before - AWESOME!
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01/23/2011 10:15:23 PM
Congratulations on your image. Really beautiful. Talk about timing. How lucky can you be that there was someone actully creating a detailed maze like that. Pretty A-Mazing. :)
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01/12/2011 10:34:34 AM
Great work! Do you have other photos of the labyrinth?
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01/12/2011 12:25:35 AM
Wonderful! Well done and congrat's on your great placement!
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01/11/2011 06:31:21 PM
wow
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01/09/2011 11:27:26 AM
Lovely shot.
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01/09/2011 10:51:38 AM
Wonderful story of of how you found this amazing recreation of the Chartres Cathedral meditation labyrinth! Isn't it great when everything comes together for a shot? :-)
Congratulations on 12th place and a nice score for your lovely image!
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01/08/2011 10:00:57 AM
Serendipity at it's best. This is awesome Johanna. Love it! Congrats on a great finish in the FS!
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01/08/2011 09:02:03 AM
Johanna, congrats on being in the right place to find this treasure! Don't you just love it when the Muse comes along to show you another vision:-) Serendipity at it's best; loved the backstory as how this was achieved. Congrats on such a great image - love the way the woman holds her shelter (love umbrellas) as she faces the great unknown. The maze and the waves of the ocean make me think of life and time. Of course, it would still be interesting to see if you can capture your original vision;-)
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01/08/2011 08:51:08 AM
A fantastic shot and awesome backstory. One of my two favorites of the challenge. Congratulations on the top 20.
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01/08/2011 08:41:21 AM
Well done sweetheart!! Fabulous indeed
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01/08/2011 08:25:00 AM
Cracking shot - thanks for the talk-through ...
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01/08/2011 06:40:08 AM
Well done, !2th in a F/S and a PB. Woot woot.
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01/08/2011 04:27:24 AM
Congratulations Johanna on an excellent placing. This truely is a wonderful image.
Ps. Just read the story behind it. Wonderful.

Message edited by author 2011-01-08 04:28:21.
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01/08/2011 12:56:20 AM
oh .. when i wrote my comment i hadnt read yours .. how wonderful that everything turned out to be absolutely perfect .. and the design in the sand .. someone up there really likes you .. !!!..:)
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01/08/2011 12:54:59 AM
What can I say except that your skill and good fortune with several factors paid off nicely! It's a very special shot, and so unique. Some days, no matter how it looks going in, life is good.
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01/08/2011 12:54:16 AM
johanna .. i'm so excited for you .. CONGRATULATIONS on such an awesome place in the free study and a PB .. FAR OUT .. !!!..:) .. would love to give you a big congratulatory hug .. :)x
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01/08/2011 12:41:58 AM
YeeeeHAW!!! Yippeeee on your score in a FS!
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01/08/2011 12:36:04 AM
Wow, so many fantastic images from one shoot! Thanks for explaining the story. It reflects many of my own, where I start out with one thing in mind and then life twists, and I end up with something magical. :)

Congrats on your image and your ranking, and your new personal best!
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01/08/2011 12:34:26 AM
OOOH lookit you.. I was in awe of this couldn't wait to see who did it! AND how did you keep your (for lack of a better word) crop circles so perfect! Congratulations Well done!
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01/08/2011 12:25:10 AM
Great story, meant 2B. Congratulations on a well deserved placing.
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01/08/2011 12:20:00 AM
Beautiful shot !!!!! Congrats on a wonderful finish !
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01/08/2011 12:05:34 AM
Killer placement in a freestudy! I am in awe!
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01/08/2011 12:04:03 AM
Congratulations! What a lovely serendipitous shot with a wonderful score and placing in a free study to go with it. Thanks to the gentleman who made the maze, too - perfect!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/07/2011 09:56:24 PM
So you got the other one in too (!). So good...
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01/07/2011 02:50:42 PM
Wow! Wonderful patterns on the sand, great diffused lighting, nice composition and pleasing tones. Very nicely done.
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01/06/2011 02:00:15 AM
i came to bump this up just for the work that must have on into this
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01/05/2011 09:21:46 PM
first crop circles now beach mazes. damned alliens.
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01/05/2011 10:10:51 AM
that took sometime to put together...great job
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01/04/2011 06:31:45 PM
Very interesting setup.
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01/03/2011 10:09:37 AM
Now we know where all those crop circles come from...... ;)
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01/02/2011 08:27:51 PM
This is neat. The lines in the sand add a lot of competing yet complimentary dynamics.
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01/02/2011 06:58:35 PM
Just amazing! I love the bizarreness in this photograph, everything is interesting. I can not think of a single thing that I do not like about this photograph. It just all works for me. 9
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01/02/2011 01:43:01 PM
Great choice. So did you do the sand carving? Beautiful
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01/02/2011 12:27:42 PM
How long did that take to design? Great contrast between the sandy design and the smooth beach where the water rises
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01/02/2011 10:47:21 AM
this is just lovely! the dress color against the natural hues, the tilt of the umbrella, the diagonal shoreline, the layers of muted blues, and that insteresting sanskrit-like writing in the sand... all pull this together into a peaceful, wonderful, and elegantly composed photograph!
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01/02/2011 01:22:26 AM
wow...great markings on the sand
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01/01/2011 10:46:36 PM
Ahhh, i found your photo, tanguera, really great, did you do all those patterns, well done.
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01/01/2011 04:02:17 PM
wow. talk about setting up a shot... you should get a ribbon just for the work on this one. Great job.
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01/01/2011 11:38:44 AM
this is probably my fave of the bunch 9
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01/01/2011 04:27:02 AM
A fine photo, I'm digging the neutral tones and the general atmosphere of the shot.
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01/01/2011 02:48:05 AM
That looks like it took a very long time.
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01/01/2011 02:12:55 AM
I'm totally sure that this image is amazing.
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