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Challenge: In The Style Of: bspurgeon (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D3s
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED
Location: Juno Beach, Florida
Date: Jul 9, 2011
Aperture: 6.3
ISO: 640
Shutter: 1.3 sec
Galleries: Emotive, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Jul 14, 2011


Place: 10 out of 156
Avg (all users): 6.5225
Avg (commenters): 7.8000
Avg (participants): 6.5769
Avg (non-participants): 6.3939
Views since voting: 1184
Views during voting: 246
Votes: 111
Comments: 18
Favorites: 0

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07/22/2011 12:57:37 AM
I really enjoyed this image, well, I still do! I was reading ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' mitalapo's comment, which is actually quite accurate depending on perspective...it got me thinking...yes, the interpretation is not a story, but, for me, more of an emotional response to a seascape...if a viewer sticks around long enough to feel that emotion, eventually a story well develop even if it has nothing to do with the beach/ocean/etc. Likely more to do with something in their immediate life experience, yeah? I think you mostly hit that mark, which, I hope, is why it did so well...specifically it surrounds the shell. My initial response...why is that there? Does it belong? Ultimately it made me feel a bit lonely and out of place...maybe left behind. If you can evoke a response like that, then I personally feel the photograph is a success. I was too tired to write this out when I commented originally, so you got my clinical comment. :)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/21/2011 11:52:58 PM
Awesome in its simplicity and execution. Very nice tones.
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07/21/2011 10:20:52 PM
Love seeing the motion of water around the shell. Very pretty.
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07/21/2011 06:07:21 PM
Beautiful photo and I love the hint of the sail on the horizon.
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07/21/2011 08:47:45 AM
I am not voting, so you can just ignore my comment. I think this is a great photo (toning is marvelous) and a complete miss of the bspurgeon style, as it doesn't leave a lot of room to the viewer own interpretation. This continues with the title, which tries to dictate even the order of looking at things.

Coming back after I noticed Ben's "wave..shell......gull"
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I'm still leaving the comment above with the caveat that it (the comment) only reflects my own subjective interpretation of Ben's style, and to show how pigheaded I can be. Hope you can forgive me.
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07/20/2011 12:06:18 PM
I could definitely see this as a Ben image, although the shell seems a bit over lightened, to the point where it does not seem to be native to the scene.
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07/19/2011 08:29:10 PM
A lesson in perspective and texture. Very nice.
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07/19/2011 07:39:34 PM
Beautiful. Enjoyable tones, particularly in the water.
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07/19/2011 02:13:02 PM
Like this a lot.
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07/19/2011 10:34:16 AM
Not sure why, but I definitely connect with this one! Beautiful... 10
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07/19/2011 07:15:03 AM
Wow, really good and very Ben I think.
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07/17/2011 10:58:37 PM
Yes, you've captured him well.
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07/17/2011 08:47:25 PM
An interesting composition. Lovely exposure, overall softness, and light on the damp sand. The type of shell and its position feels slightly contrived, and for me that is the antithesis of most of Ben's images. But overall a pleasing image.
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07/17/2011 02:51:57 PM
Clean perfection.
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07/17/2011 01:28:06 AM
excellent work! Just one thing, I think Ben might crop it differently, with less sky and more foreground sand
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07/15/2011 10:58:43 PM
You've captured some of Ben's sense of gravity here.
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07/15/2011 03:10:15 PM
This is one of my two favorites of this challenge - Very serene - 9
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07/15/2011 02:37:49 PM
A single shell amidst a softly blurred tide. Yep - that's Ben's style. :) 7
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