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Sunset at Anna Maria Island
Sunset at Anna Maria Island

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Challenge: Free Study 2011-01 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2011 - Challenges
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED
Location: Anna Maria Island, Florida
Date: Jan 7, 2011
Aperture: f/5.3
ISO: 1000
Shutter: 1/200 sec.
Galleries: Travel, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Jan 22, 2011

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We had gone camping to Lake Manatee State Park for a weekend getaway, if you drive down the road heading due West (Hwy 64) you come to this park on the Gulf. It was a very beautiful sunset, not sure if this does it justice...it just glowed.

If I lived near here I think I would have to make nightly trips to watch the sunsets...they bring such a peace to me...

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02/17/2011 01:39:51 AM
absolutely stunning scene janine .. it transports me .. :)
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02/14/2011 03:42:15 AM
Hello and greetings from the Critique Club-
Since I voted on this challenge, I will provide my vote and an explanation for it.
I gave your entry a 5. While you no doubt stumbled upon a gorgeous scene, it is quite another thing entirely to have a composition with a sunset that strengthens it (itís quite difficult, in my opinion). It seems as though you wanted to convey the greater scene and context a bit here, but it is somewhat incomplete because the water is so dark and the beach is non-existent. Surely, itís there, but it is completely obscured. The tree also does not feel particularly relevant to the shot, it not having a conceptual connection to the ocean nor the sky, which is compounded by the fact that it is a very strong element in the scene. It is so strong as to dominate and subvert the sunset, which is what you wanted your subject to be. A focus on the sunset itself as the subject would benefit things, in my opinion. It is also, of course, notoriously difficult to enter sunset photos here at DPC, owing to the laurelled history of the subject matter, so thereís that too. Not a bad shot by any means, but lacking something to set it apart from the others.
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02/08/2011 02:42:58 PM
beautiful image, colors are amazing
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/07/2011 02:12:27 PM
A gorgeous sunset, lovely rich colour.
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02/01/2011 04:54:03 PM
Breathtaking... Just beautiful.
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