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Challenge: Free Study 2012-04 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2012
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Location: Kahalu'u, Hawaii
Date: Apr 14, 2012
Date Uploaded: Apr 13, 2012

Wow! Thanks everyone for the great comments and votes.

I'm really glad this did so well. I've been trying to get this shot for well over a year. This place is very fickle when it comes to shooting conditions; it's notoriously windy making the water constantly choppy.

For me, all the conditions need to be right to be able to get a good shot here. It has to be a very low tide at sunrise (which only happens a few times a year), the winds need to be extremely still (which also happens just a few times a year), and if these 2 things happen together, then it has to be on the weekend when I'm not working. I really lucked out that it all came together in April.

I took well over 300 shots that morning but went with this one because I liked the space around the boats. I know it was a risk to go with the centered composition but I wanted the scene to look vast. I liked the symmetry between the sky and sea which leads the eye straight to the boats. I did have a few other shots that I was debating on entering and was really flip-flopping between them. A friend, who has always been a good judge on which pictures would do well, said I'd be crazy if I didn't go with this one. He was definitely right...hehe.

Early in the month, I also tried shooting here when it was windy with a higher tide, but didn't get anything good. There was another photographer there and he ended up taking some shots of me walking around in the water shooting the boats. He was kind enough to email me one of the shots.

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Thanks again everybody.
:)

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 274
Avg (all users): 7.2656
Avg (commenters): 8.8125
Avg (participants): 7.1979
Avg (non-participants): 7.4688
Views since voting: 3434
Views during voting: 240
Votes: 128
Comments: 43
Favorites: 15 (view)


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09/03/2012 07:16:49 AM
I keep coming back to this so I might as well comment. Love the minimalism captured yet with angry skies repeated by the natural mirror only possible in the morning. Hawaii is on my bucket list.
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05/12/2012 01:07:25 PM
Incredible, deserves the blue ribbon!
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05/09/2012 09:43:28 PM
Wow, gorgeous. Congrats on the Red ribbon!
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05/09/2012 11:33:49 AM
Absolutely beautiful.
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05/09/2012 09:22:20 AM
Oops, I said sunset in my comments while voting. Still, I love the centre composition and the gorgeous light. Congratulations!
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05/08/2012 10:50:10 PM
Grats on the ribbon.
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05/08/2012 08:27:01 PM
Congrats on the ribbon. It's a beautiful shot, I'm glad all the conditions you needed came at the right time.
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05/08/2012 04:29:56 PM
This was my favorite in the challenge, beautifully shot! Congrats on the red!
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05/08/2012 03:37:28 PM
Really wonderful Mark! Congratulations on another ribbon!
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05/08/2012 03:05:10 PM
congrats Mark, beautiful shot
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05/08/2012 02:53:21 PM
I like every thing about this.

So... peaceful.

Kudos to you, and congrats on your ribbon.
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05/08/2012 01:32:53 PM
congrats! Well deserved for a beautiful image.
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05/08/2012 11:38:27 AM
Gorgeous
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05/08/2012 09:46:52 AM
Great!!!
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05/08/2012 09:29:34 AM
Your patience paid off - and that is its own reward! Congratulations on a gorgeous photograph!
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05/08/2012 08:30:33 AM
Bravo!!!!
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05/08/2012 08:14:42 AM
this is beautiful..it has a surreal, almost Joseph Turner look to it..I love the light
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05/08/2012 08:06:42 AM
There is music for this. Congrats!
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05/08/2012 06:51:30 AM
Simply incredible!! Huge congrats on the red!
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05/08/2012 06:01:16 AM
Congratulations.
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05/08/2012 05:26:03 AM
Beautiful work here.
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05/08/2012 03:16:42 AM
Way to go, Mark! Congrats.
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05/08/2012 01:03:39 AM
Hey awesome Mark, hehe makes my comment look lame, still I did bump you up in the last minutes.

2nd in a F/S awesome.
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05/08/2012 12:18:58 AM
Fabulous shot. Love it.
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05/08/2012 12:14:17 AM
Excellent!!!! Congrats!!
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05/08/2012 12:02:31 AM
GREAT JOB my friend... very good picture, well deserved ;)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/07/2012 11:39:07 PM
Gorgeous shot, but not sure why you centred the boats, would of looked better off centre, still good job with the PP. Bumping up.
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05/07/2012 10:50:35 PM
Beautifully framed by the clouds and their reflections. Dreamlike image.
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05/07/2012 08:37:52 PM
Very nice wide angle image. I love what the wide angle does to the sky.
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05/07/2012 06:48:34 PM
Bold composition, fantastic colours and symmetry. Got to be top 3. 10
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05/07/2012 06:41:04 PM
That sky is amazing. I love that you broke the rules (centred horizon & subjects dead centre) and made an exceptional image! Also love the way the clouds in the sky & in the reflection lead my eye to the boats. I just want to relax with a good book in one!
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05/07/2012 01:53:17 PM
Beautiful! Great luminous glow and spectacular sky. I might have moved the wonderful boats off of dead center, but that's just a minor nitpick. 10
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05/05/2012 11:01:32 PM
Beautiful composition, I love the dramatic clouds and that gorgeous sunset.
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05/05/2012 02:25:26 PM
Beautiful sky and reflections.
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05/05/2012 02:14:18 PM
Perfect time of day.
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05/05/2012 12:38:07 PM
I never get my water that clear or dept that sexy n sharp. sigh, i've got plenty to learn.

Nicely done.
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05/04/2012 03:46:39 PM
Great reflection shot!
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05/03/2012 11:53:11 PM
Beautiful shot. I just keep looking at it. Serene ! Very well done - 10
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05/03/2012 08:11:24 PM
Nice work. Looks like a painting
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05/03/2012 11:37:53 AM
Magnificent!
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05/01/2012 08:59:39 AM
Stunning. I love the smallness of the boats.
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05/01/2012 01:46:54 AM
I love the centered composition... the dramatic sky, colors, reflection... all beautiful! 9
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05/01/2012 12:49:40 AM
Oh.

Lovely.

Well done.


It's like the water isn't there... yet still is... endless.



Wonderful.


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