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Challenge: Silhouettes II (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: Landscapes
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED
Location: San Diego, CA
Date: May 11, 2005
ISO: 200
Galleries: Sky, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: May 12, 2005

One of many beautiful sunsets at La Jolla Shores near the famous Scripps Pier. The surfer did not know I was shooting him, so the interesting pose (I like how his left hand echoes the board's fins) was totally unstaged.

Almost all p/p was done during conversion from RAW (viva RAW!) - increased temperature, saturaton and contrast. THen rotated, cropped, slight sharpening, cloned a couple of minor blemishes, resized.

Update:
there was a lot of coufusion during the challenge about the similarity between this shot and this.
Yes, the similarity is not accidental. We went to shoot for the challenge with my daughter Masha, and these two shots happened to be the best ones for both of us, so we entered them. Perhaps, this confusion cut into our scores a little bit (we even got requests for validation during the challenge), but what the heck. I like both of our shots, and I am very happy with my placement, even though was hoping for more during the challenge given the score :). But there was some tough competition in this challenge, so kudos to the three masters who finished above!

Finally, thanks to all voters and (especially) commenters!

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 248
Avg (all users): 7.1224
Avg (commenters): 8.3103
Avg (participants): 7.0439
Avg (non-participants): 7.1951
Views since voting: 4356
Views during voting: 429
Votes: 237
Comments: 36
Favorites: 11 (view)


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09/13/2010 09:22:22 PM
Beautiful colour. And that posture is perfect. Wonderful.
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01/23/2008 11:55:12 PM
What a great capture! I take similar photos up here in Huntington Beach. The sunsets here in So Cal are amazing.
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06/13/2005 01:10:17 PM
Didn't get to vote in this challenge, so I missed seeing this shot. I love it!
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05/23/2005 11:23:14 AM
Thanks to all commenters for noce comments!
Bear and others guessing about "the other image": yes you're right - see the updated "Details" section.
05/23/2005 02:51:01 AM
Nicely done! Recognized the pier immediately, so figured this was yours. There's another shot further down the list, apparently of the same surfer; were you folks shooting together or what?
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05/23/2005 12:34:04 AM
An impressive image from the first glance. Congratulations on your top 5.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/22/2005 08:11:53 PM
More charming than a serpent. The golden tones and setting sun can not be better. Bump.
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05/22/2005 03:16:04 PM
Very good silhouette shot, great colours.
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05/22/2005 09:39:47 AM
The sunset colours are mutes and simple, but boy do they make this an excellent image and
the ballance in composition between the rig and surfer is well developed
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05/21/2005 09:34:30 PM
The picture would have been perfect wthout the pier. Beautiful color.
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05/21/2005 05:18:50 PM
Beautiful colors and 2 very striking sillouettes.
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05/19/2005 10:06:12 AM
Better of the two images (which appear to be somewhat identical). Like the fact that the surfer is squating and the board is parrellel to the ground rather than upright with the surfer. Love the colours of the sky and refelction on the water and beach. Good Luck.
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05/18/2005 10:36:16 PM
Very nearly identical to the photo called "One more for the road?" Nice rich color in the sunset.
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05/18/2005 10:25:14 PM
Awesome shot, expecially with the reflection of the pier. 10
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05/18/2005 06:18:57 PM
Makes me want to be there.
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05/18/2005 02:31:59 PM
Same location and possibly model as another shot in this challenge, with the surfer standing and farter away from the water?
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05/18/2005 01:58:17 PM
Very nice shot! Love the colors. I have to admit that I saw this photo prior to seeing a second photo of the exact same surfer (different pose), pier, sunset, etc. This one is much better than the other (IMHO), however, I was curious - did you spouse perhaps take the other one??? :-) It was good too, but didn't have the same impact on me that this one does.
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05/18/2005 09:01:24 AM
An absolutely wonderful image in every way. The beautiful tones, detail in the ocean, the setting sun, the dock and the person with surf-board. I can't think of a single thing you could have done to make this a stronger image. Simply outstanding!
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05/17/2005 11:48:18 PM
Really nice colors. I like this image. Did you try cropping just the left have of this image. Just the surfer looks good too.
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05/17/2005 05:40:17 PM
Brilliant colour, good DOF, nice!
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05/17/2005 04:59:46 PM
This is a BEAUTIFUL, amazing photo. I love everything about it. The colors, the perfect, focused sun, the waves. The reflection of the pier on the wet sand. Great job. 10
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05/17/2005 04:25:34 PM
Very nice! Beautiful colors, great DOF, great textures. Love the composition. 10.
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05/17/2005 03:43:53 PM
Nice. There is another shot in this challenge of the same pier... (Partners??)
great scene.
05/17/2005 09:45:26 AM
I feel that this very, very good image is confused by the pier on the right. A portrait format of just the surfer and the sun would have compelled me to give a 10. Here - 7
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05/17/2005 07:57:00 AM
Bahumbug. No fair! You just knew there was a surfer on this site and that you would be able to get a good score of of him for thi wonderfull shot. (9) I would have gone higher but I cant help but wonder if this was shot at a different angle would you have captuerd more of the gold in waves. Sharp lines on the silhouettes and a wonderfull rich golden color on the sand.
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05/17/2005 05:21:06 AM
Very nicely done...good composition and warm tones which really lift the picture.
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05/17/2005 01:58:09 AM
Great photo good luck
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05/16/2005 10:22:58 PM
Love this!
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05/16/2005 04:00:19 PM
Looks like ...or should say reminds me of Long Beach or Seal Beach area. Like this, good reflection of the peir. Nice one.
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05/16/2005 02:36:20 PM
wow excellent shot!!!!!!!
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05/16/2005 11:08:45 AM
Beautifully composed image captured at the perfect moment. Technical quality is top notch. I envy this capture and your ability to frame it just right. You have done this so much better than I did when I tried to capture something similar:
http://www.pbase.com/azleader/laarea
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05/16/2005 05:44:43 AM
Is this a later take of an earlier shot?.....this one is better...8
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05/16/2005 05:28:00 AM
lots of emotion in this imasge Ireally like the hard shape of the pier and the roundness of the surfer 9
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05/16/2005 02:22:05 AM
I really like the colors in this photo quite a bit. Great shot! This photo really has a great emotive quality.
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05/16/2005 12:40:24 AM
Great capture! The sun seems to dominate the subject. Maybe if it was just a sliver of the sun showing. 9
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05/16/2005 12:20:33 AM
wow! I love the angle of his body and the tones and overall composition of the image...10
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