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A Day at the Beach
A Day at the Beach

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Challenge: Best of 2010 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Places
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
Location: Half Moon Bay, CA
Date: May 15, 2010
Aperture: f/14
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Feb 9, 2011

Probably my favorite shot from last year. There is just so much to see here, all the little vignettes playing out on the beach, and the gull and the wildflowers and the shoreline way in the background. A gray, cool day and yet there's bright color. It doesn't have spectacular light or movement ... but this is the image that speaks to me.

PP - tonemapped in qtpfsgui (pregamma 0.697, mantiuk method, contrast mapping 0.1, saturation factor 1.029, detail factor 1), merged with original in luminousity mode at 20% transparency, straightened, cropped, levels, white balance, increased saturation and contrast, dodged gull and parts of background, cloned out one weird spot in the sky, burnt parts of background, resized, sharpened, cloned out jaggies around gull, added border.

Place: 340 out of 429
Avg (all users): 5.2210
Avg (commenters): 5.2500
Avg (participants): 5.2313
Avg (non-participants): 5.1765
Views since voting: 522
Views during voting: 300
Votes: 181
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/20/2011 01:29:24 PM
I like the inclusion of the greenery in the beech foreground.
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02/20/2011 01:21:06 PM
Wonderfully balanced with the bird in the upper left.
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02/20/2011 03:47:04 AM
Very nice
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02/20/2011 01:01:13 AM
Nice. Lovely to wander through!
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02/18/2011 08:01:48 PM
I love it when a landscape has people in it. And a bird. This is really making me think of a jigsaw puzzle at the beach house. Wish I was there. Good work!
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02/16/2011 07:39:06 PM
it looks so very gray and ominous...it looks to have been a very fun day
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02/15/2011 08:22:02 PM
Great beach shot, however I think the beach goers do it a disservice. Love the colors, bad contrast hard with the people.
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02/14/2011 08:05:24 AM
lacks creativity...
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