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Beach Boys - Surfin' USA
1st PlaceBeach Boys - Surfin' USA
byetko


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Challenge: Song Titles (Classic Editing)
Camera: Sony DSC-F707
Location: Huntington Beach, Ca
Date: Jan 4, 2003
Aperture: F/8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/25 Sec
Galleries: Sky, Travel
Date Uploaded: Jan 4, 2003

I know, I know Cliche sunset but this was more of a Wow what a great sunset shot. Now I gotta find a song that fits.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 188
Avg (all users): 7.2844
Avg (commenters): 8.4651
Avg (participants): 7.2966
Avg (non-participants): 7.2688
Views since voting: 5621
Votes: 211
Comments: 61
Favorites: 28 (view)


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03/09/2007 02:52:29 PM
Originally posted by Fibre Optix:

Colors are off...............if it was a black an white. Great Shot.

Totally disagree. I converted this to black and white just to see... just looks like an overcast day; becomes very forgettable in B&W.

I do have to agree with others on the surfer though, I wish he (she?) wasn't centered under the building. I don't know if positioning him/her left or right would have been better; maybe even all the way to the left of the picture? But of course it's not a model at a photoshoot, so I have to say you did an amazing job of capturing the moment!
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09/28/2003 02:15:21 AM
that is a great foto, you even got catalina in there. Nice clear evening
06/10/2003 09:48:19 PM
What a beautiful photograph! I love sunset pictures. Great job! Congrats on your 1st place in the challenge.
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01/18/2003 10:57:35 AM
Terrific photograph Brian! This captures the very essence of the end of a great day of surfin'.
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01/15/2003 10:30:28 PM
In addition to what's been mentioned, your choice of cropping and framing also contribute to the overall quality. And I think you've made it so if it's printed out at 24" x 12" it will wrap perfectly around an album cover. I'll be happy to make a mock-up for you if you want, or if you don't have page-layout software.
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01/15/2003 09:26:54 PM
I like a lot the different colors produced and the blue of the water. Congratulations.
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01/15/2003 03:55:52 AM
You've just taken first place and I'm suppose to critique this picture...One of the things I tell my class is, " If everyone was to take a picture of sunsets, or hands or what ever, only one or two would reach out and grab you as an outstanding picture." Yet everyone had the same topic to shoot, so why are some pictures just better than others? Composition, how the image fits on your paper, that's the key. Take away the person with the board in the foreground and your picture is not as good. Take away the pier and your picture would have been in the middle of the pack. What I'm saying is, Yes! you saw a beautiful sunset, but you also did a great job of composing your picture. Great job! You deserved the Blue Ribbon. In your photograph information you put down you shot the picture at 1/25th of a second, was that a typo? Should it have been 1/125? Just wondering.
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01/14/2003 01:05:26 PM
Congratulations! Lovely Sunset.
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01/13/2003 02:15:07 PM
This is a beautiful, beautiful sunset. Perfect shot!!!!
You deserve the blue ribbon for this.
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01/13/2003 01:33:18 AM
Congratulations-Well Done
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01/13/2003 01:18:01 AM
Brian,

My favorite of the week. Conrats on the win and good luck with school.

Bob
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01/13/2003 01:06:01 AM
Congratulations. Great image.
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01/13/2003 12:13:17 AM
Congrats!! Fantastic shot!
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01/13/2003 12:11:05 AM
Congrats. Well done, good shot, great title, good song. Hurray!!!!
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01/13/2003 12:07:24 AM
Congratulations! This is beautiful...great eye and wonderful capture.
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01/13/2003 12:04:07 AM
I knew you would get it! Great job! Congratulations!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/12/2003 08:10:31 PM
Nice shot I love the colors!!
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01/12/2003 07:42:30 PM
Very nice...great colour. I'd personally have tried to get the surfer out to the left, away from the shadow of the pilons where he seems a bit lost. Nice image though.
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01/12/2003 06:24:10 PM
the colors are amazing, this photo grabbed my attention out of all the thumbnailed pictures on the voting page...great great shot
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01/12/2003 05:36:22 PM
What a postcard shot!
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01/11/2003 10:02:45 PM
Nice colors and composition.
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01/11/2003 08:39:06 PM
Great catch. I wish I was there dude. Love the colours and the refleciton. Nice interpretation of the song. 9 Jacko.
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01/11/2003 09:32:08 AM
Great shot. Looks like a postcard.
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01/10/2003 02:43:32 PM
Awesome colors. My only nit, and I understand you probably couldn't control it is the location of the surfer. If he/she had been on the right, you would have one "kick butt" shot here. As it is, it taps butt really hard. Score bump to 10.
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01/10/2003 02:29:55 PM
The surfer is almost lost in the shadows of the pier. Wish you had caught him/her when (s)he was lined up with the bright part of the reflection of the sun. The sky around the sun is burnt out a bit, but not a fatal problem. I like the colors of the sky and they way they are mirrored on the beach and are cast over the water. 7
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01/10/2003 11:40:17 AM
phenomenal image... one of my favs this week :) = 10 - setzler
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01/10/2003 05:40:39 AM
I'll "hang 10" on this one. Ok 9 but that's my final offer. Nice pic all around. - Inspzil
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01/09/2003 11:44:07 PM
Well.... I tried, but I couldn't get anything even REMOTLY as awesome as this. Good Luck - 10
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01/09/2003 09:43:03 PM
great composition.
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01/09/2003 07:56:35 PM
Great sunset shot! Very dramatic. Love the color of this shot. Strong 8. Swash
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01/09/2003 07:47:11 PM
10 for you!! Picture perfect. Excellent job.
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01/09/2003 05:20:10 AM
Woow, unbelievable colors. While it's still "just another sunset" it's awesome, fits to the title and challenge and will end up high. Thumb up and good luck.
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01/08/2003 06:30:03 PM
I don`t need to tell you this is good. 10
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01/08/2003 02:21:33 PM
Yeah the colors are really great!!
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01/08/2003 12:18:51 PM
My parents got to see the BB when I was real little. Dad caught a frisbee. Anyway, this is an excelent photo. I've never even seen a real surf board, I don't think. The colors in this shot are simply beautiful. The angle and framing/cropping is great as well. Focus and clarity are just fine. I can even see the little surfers out in the water. The border works nicely as well. Great shot. Good luck in the challenge.
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01/07/2003 09:32:35 PM
Great Shot
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01/07/2003 08:54:29 PM
Nice colors. Too bad the sublject is a bit off.
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01/07/2003 07:31:14 PM
If I only had your talent....this is so so good. Excellent colors and use of shadows and highlights. This is my one and only 10. Good luck!
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01/07/2003 05:53:11 PM
Lovely colors, and the beach reflection is really fine. JEM
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01/07/2003 05:24:37 PM
Incredible colours. I know that it is not Canada as no one here would be so crazy to surf in the winter. So, I suppose that it is OZ, or the west coast of the USA? My pick of the week.
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01/07/2003 04:35:19 PM
i like the blue vs. red.. though i've seen the image theme before.
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01/07/2003 03:24:10 PM
Amazing color.. very nice!
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01/07/2003 04:50:40 AM
Perfect postcard picture!! 7
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01/07/2003 01:50:06 AM
Great sunset! The only reason I didn't score any higher is your attention is drawn to the sunset and not the surfers, which the title suggests. Still beatutiful shot I just love the colors.7.

Take my comments for what they are worth for I am just a novice with a new camera. Dodo
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01/07/2003 12:40:04 AM
"Wish you were here" - stunning pic!! Love the colours!!
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01/07/2003 12:14:56 AM
Excellent (especially the colors). I wish the black boarder was a little thinner, but I'm not going to mark you down for that. Would have been perfect for the landscape challenge. =-) 8
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01/06/2003 11:22:15 PM
awesome! congratulations!
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01/06/2003 09:22:56 PM
It seems we have some great scenery shots from all over the place. This must have been a peaceful morning (Or evening) The tower is just perfect.
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01/06/2003 08:45:57 PM
Colors are off...............if it was a black an white. Great Shot.
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01/06/2003 07:57:14 PM
Great silhouette, beautiful sunset.
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01/06/2003 06:13:08 PM
This photo took my breath away!!! BEAUTIFUL!! colors are incredible, silhouettes are great. Please - where is this heaven on earth? 10!!!
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01/06/2003 05:49:15 PM
Great shot
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01/06/2003 04:08:04 PM
Awesome colors!
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01/06/2003 01:12:51 PM
Wow -- that's beautiful! Certainly fits the theme, too!
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01/06/2003 12:44:54 PM
Awesome colours, Great reflection on the beach. Composition is excellent. In my top 3 this week. 10
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01/06/2003 09:54:58 AM
Beautiful picture!!! Love the colors
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01/06/2003 09:41:11 AM
I would have expected surfers for this song. This is a beautiful sunset. If there are surfers in the ocean it is too dark to see them. The one on the shore is also almost missed because of the darkness. Nice idea just needs lightened up and better execution. As is it is a 6. PTL
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01/06/2003 08:40:16 AM
Beautiful contrast ! The colors are made for each other !!!! This is superb ! = 10
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01/06/2003 02:54:10 AM
What a great image. Everything is awesome. The only constructive comment is that the right side of frame is just a little heavy, that is all, and that is 100% opinion. Good job.
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01/06/2003 01:12:09 AM
I really like this photo, but I wish the sufer was on the left side. He's kind of hard to see, and the reflection of the pilings hide him even further.
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01/06/2003 12:46:07 AM
This shot really caught my eye, gave it a 9. Good luck in the challenge.
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