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Zoomdak


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Challenge: Masters' Free Study (Advanced Editing II*)
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Location: Cannon Beach, OR
Date: Sep 19, 2004
Aperture: F4
ISO: 100
Shutter: 5 seconds
Galleries: Landscape, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Sep 30, 2004

Solitude, Reflection, Contemplation, Thought, Past, Peace, Meditation, Ponderous, Solitary.

Took this after a brilliant sunset had passed. I was actually down at Haystack durning the sunset, but now I wish I was right here during it. On the way back home I glanced back and saw this scene. It was to beutiful to pass by, even though the sunset was over, but I'm glad I did. I ended up liking this shot better than any of the sunset shots at the rock, and better than any others this month.

Editing: minor rotation, levels, dodging/burning, resize, slight usm.

Statistics
Place: 9 out of 69
Avg (all users): 7.5915
Avg (commenters): 8.0889
Avg (participants): 7.2069
Avg (non-participants): 7.6569
Views since voting: 7706
Views during voting: 970
Votes: 399
Comments: 108
Favorites: 61 (view)


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01/02/2005 03:29:13 PM
Great picture! I really like the blue tones, it really creates a mood for the photo...you may have missed the sunset but you did get the moon!
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10/13/2004 10:20:18 AM
This is a beautiful picture!
I really like how this is not a sunset shot. One of my faves!
Just spectacular...
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10/12/2004 02:39:40 AM
Thank you everybody for your votes and comments. I am very happy with the placing and score (my top, by far), but also getting the 2nd best image for my camera!
10/09/2004 12:06:08 AM
Thomas: you have hit the ball out of the park with this image and if the challenge had been "Moods" this would be a blue. Your work and quality is just great.
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10/08/2004 04:16:51 AM
One of my top pictures...wonder why it didnt got higher. Well at least top 10 :).
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10/08/2004 03:13:17 AM
Thomas... Another gorgeous, gorgeous shot of Haystack Rock. You do Oregon proud! Great job!
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10/08/2004 02:10:16 AM
Congratulation on the top-ten finish Thomas. I'm really surprised that this didn't get a ribbon. It is such a fantastic photo!

As I’m sure you know, the coastline of Oregon has an abundance of dramatically beautiful scenery—some of the most picturesque locations on the planet actually. You should get out and take a shot at capturing more of it. I feel quite sure that you have the talent to do it justice.

Good luck in your future challenges!

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10/08/2004 12:50:35 AM
Do I see a series starting here? ;) Congrats on a job well done once again!!
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10/08/2004 12:37:03 AM
Congratulations on your 9th finish. This is one of those strong images that will be appreciated by many. A very strong contender in this challenge.
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10/08/2004 12:21:37 AM
Good Googly Moogly, zoomers!!! This is incredible for you!!! Congrats!!!!!!!! :o)
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10/08/2004 12:09:56 AM
wow, congrats on 9th place zoomy :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/07/2004 11:36:24 PM
Great photo! The unity of composition, color, mood and title make this a sure 10! If only I could vote. Thanks for a great capture of that beautiful rock in one of its many moods. I also love the surprise of the moon's solitude, looking down upon the rock's solitude, both observing the photographer's solitude. Very peaceful and a likely ribbon.
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10/07/2004 11:20:47 PM
Canon Beach au bleu...very nice. like the textures and the great blue tones and sky. Very nicely composed as well.
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10/07/2004 11:15:38 PM
I like the sandy texture on the beach here. Nice, cold feel to it.
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10/07/2004 10:23:20 PM
Looks pretty cold there too.
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10/07/2004 09:34:15 PM
so pretty...so blue...so nice... one of the good entries.
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10/07/2004 08:02:03 PM
One of the many 10s for this challenge. Perfect balance of color, texture and composition. I love the hint of mist near the rocks. Thank you for sharing. 10
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10/07/2004 06:34:15 PM
Excellent shot. Love the reflection.
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10/07/2004 05:58:04 PM
The ripples in the water add a nice texture to this shot. There are three elements that draw my attention: the sky, the rock, and the water. As the water is the most unique element in the shot, I'd like to see a crop wherein the water occupies the bottom 2/3 of the shot, or a horizon more biased to either the top or bottom of the frame. If the rock was dead center, it would play well with the vertical symmetry. That said, this is a lovely subject. The moon and its reflection are nice touches as well.
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10/07/2004 05:56:42 PM
i love the foreground. that rock formation seems so familiar but i just cant place it. i know i've seen it somewhere before. great photo! 9
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10/07/2004 05:53:49 PM
I love this mix of purple and blue... even the moon is reflected on the beach! It really is a shot I have not seen before (in terms of colors and waterscapes), and I gave it a 9. Good luck!
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10/07/2004 12:15:58 PM
Amazing light. Cool image. Straight horizon, perhaps a little too centered but it is difficult to say what should be cropped, sky or sand ?? 9.
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10/07/2004 08:24:40 AM
while this is an absolutely beautiful image, i think it would be much stronger without the moon and the moon's reflection. they are a distraction that forces my eye away from Haystack Rock, rather than letting my eye wander, leisurely absorbing the rich colors and textures you have captured. it's amazing how something that small can have such a strong impact on someone's viewing experience.
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10/07/2004 06:52:39 AM
The colors are spot on.
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10/07/2004 03:59:28 AM
Very cool colors, I like the composition. I would have composed it in a portrait orientation with that big rock in the top left of the frame. (9)
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10/06/2004 10:52:40 PM
Frameworthy hues and good DOF. One of the best landscapes in the group. I might have cropped with the horizon a little higher or lower for a more asymmetrical composition.
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10/06/2004 02:03:38 PM
I love it. I don't know what could be imroved. Probably the quality suffered during resizing, but I love the coulors, the composition, everything. I only wish the moon (?) wasn't so blurry - but it's probably due to resizing process, as I said earlier.
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10/06/2004 05:53:10 AM
Really like this compostion.
Good work ! - 10
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10/06/2004 01:28:51 AM
wonderful pic, i feel a need to be barefoot
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10/05/2004 09:34:59 PM
This shot is great - evokes a feeling of tranquility - well done! 10
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10/05/2004 08:44:28 PM
perfectly titled; this conveys the emotion of solitude perfectly. Technically superb; congratulations.
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10/05/2004 05:57:52 PM
Superb scenic and perfect timing when the moon broke through the clouds. The moon's reflection in the forground is the prefect counter point. All the techie stuff (exposure, composition, DoF) is excellent. You are the proudreceiver of my 3,000th comment - which will win you absolutely nothing!
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10/05/2004 01:29:05 PM
Terrific job. Clear, statement.
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10/05/2004 01:08:31 PM
Love the colors of this!
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10/05/2004 01:06:38 AM
A beauty!
10/04/2004 11:30:47 PM
I like the colour and light
nice composition
9
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10/04/2004 10:54:06 PM
Excellent! Beautiful colors. Not crazy about the horizon line directly in the center of the photo but it seems to work.
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10/04/2004 07:18:28 PM
I love the sharpness in this image. Also, the centered horizon is interesting. I wonder if you'll get lots of negative comments saying "learn the rule of thirds" but I think it works fantastically here.

I just noticed the moon. Was this taking at night or at dusk?
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10/04/2004 06:22:39 PM
Stunning. Love the colors and the beautiful ripples you,ve captured so well in the forground. My first impression was that it might hace been better if it cropped tighter along the bottom, but those priceless ripples would have been lost. Well done!
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10/04/2004 02:11:06 PM
This is a lovely landscape. The texture on the sufrace of the shoreline is a nice point of interest as well as the rock in the discance. I think that particular element is stronger than the sky in this shot. It may have been beneficial to shoot this from a very low angle, close to the ground. You could accent that texture by doing so and include less of the sky. The centered horizon seems to work ok in this image, but it may be stronger at a higher level with more foreground included...
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10/04/2004 01:23:45 PM
awesome colors and composition, can't wait to find out where this is 8
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10/04/2004 12:55:04 PM
Beautiful! I love pictures that have a blue tone to them. The lighting and time of day this was taken make this absolutely gorgeous. An easy 10
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10/04/2004 09:42:03 AM
Very nice with the moon and all
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10/03/2004 11:25:38 PM
What a beautiful shot, so serene, so calm, so blue! This is well done and the rocks on the left offer just a bit of break in the horizon to keep it interesting. My only complaint, and believe me, I feel silly giving it, is it lacks a final POP factor, something to really make it jump off the screen at me. The over all colors are lacking just a touch, a 9
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10/03/2004 08:45:28 PM
9 The blue is so soothing in this, it just looks so cold and isolated. Excellent job in capturing this moment.
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10/03/2004 08:36:42 PM
Beautiful. Love the ripple of the sand. The tinge of pink in the sky and its reflection is nice.
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10/03/2004 04:53:33 PM
Oh joy! I love this! (Pacific Northwest US, right?) I love the blues here, the small shades of pink...really beautiful coloring...excellent composition! Striking photograph, thank you!
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10/03/2004 03:47:36 PM
Beautiful! Love it! I wish the sky and sand didnt meet exactly in half, rule of thirds would work really good here, like you have with the mountain. Maybe a lttle more dodging and burnng would be good also, just a suggestion.8
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10/03/2004 01:40:17 PM
A beautiful scene. The blue tones give your picture an added sense of serenity. The glare in the water towards the foreground is slightly distracting but otherwise a near perfect picture. Great job.
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10/03/2004 01:23:10 PM
There is an unquenchable thirst by many people to embrace blue monochromatic images. This capture will satisfy the urge in many and in myself. The touches of dusk orange, being the opposite color of blue enhance the welding of the horizon.

Bumping up.
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10/03/2004 12:08:57 PM
Great scene. Not sure about how blue this is, but, you probably captured this exactly as it appeared.
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10/03/2004 10:51:19 AM
Wonderful, Wonderful shot. If anything I would like the rock a little more into the picture and a little lower. It looks like the sun is high in the sky, but yet the horizon shows the color of either a sunset or sunrise, seems odd to me. Or is that the moon up there? 9
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10/03/2004 09:22:36 AM
Amazing colors... very peacefull looks.
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10/03/2004 06:42:10 AM
This is just beautiful, one of my favourites this challenge. The central horizon works well here. The rocks are what makes this shot work so well. The textures in the sand are breathtaking. I love the reflection of the moon in the water, but the moon itself doesn't quite work for me. Gorgeous colours. 10
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10/03/2004 04:03:31 AM
The color and the use of negative space and great.
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10/02/2004 08:06:07 PM
The texture contrast between shy and shore is great. The rock adds interest. I think the picture might become even more interesting if it were cropped just above the moon to give the interesting bottom half a larger area.
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10/02/2004 07:49:59 PM
Part of me thinks the horizon should be moved up or down, and the other part of me says the symmetry makes this great the way it is :-) Visual tension is good, though. Great shot.
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10/02/2004 07:25:25 PM
I'm a sucker for these type of shots. The blue hue works well here, and I love the texture of the sand. The hints of mist around the rocks really catch my eye.. but there's something very subtle missing. I can't really put my finger on it though.

When working with water reflections, I tend to brighten up the reflection a bit.. perhaps that's what I'm looking for here? Sorry. Wish I could give a more concrete suggestion. Still, this is a solid 9.
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10/02/2004 04:35:47 PM
Brilliant DOF here, good clarity throughout the whole shot. I think it's mist in front of the rocks on the left, takes a wee bit away from the shot as I think it makes it look a little hazy. 8
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10/02/2004 04:21:58 PM
Awesome view. I find it a little too blue, for my taste. I'm not crazy about the very centerered horizon, either. Perhaps croping just above the moon, leaving more of the textured beach below could work. Just a thought.
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10/02/2004 03:56:00 PM
I have knocked other images for having the horizon so slose to the center of the image but it works very well here creating an artificial symmetry that has interesting compositional elements that balance one another in both halves of the frame. the clouds offset the water ripples and the rock provides the focal point. well exposed and great colors!
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10/02/2004 03:24:31 PM
Canon beach.........do we ever get tired of seeing pictures of this place?
Not as long as they are this good! The blue tone of this picture, the vastness of the beach, the still water, and undisturbed sand all lend to the creation of "solitude"
Excellent image.
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10/02/2004 02:26:04 PM
These rocks are a very popular subject and I can see why.
The reflections and ripples in the sand add interest in the foreground of the image making it a very satisfying picture overall.
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10/02/2004 02:08:58 PM
Moody and tranquil. I might have tried cropping off more of the foreground (lower the horizon), but I don't know what you had to work with. Very nice.
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10/02/2004 12:05:55 PM
Stunning, and I especially like the texture in the water foreground.... 10
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10/02/2004 10:46:16 AM
Simplicity at its best. Textures of beach and clouds works nicely together. Fun colors and effective radical composition. 9
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10/02/2004 10:20:15 AM
Hey zoomDAK!!. This rock reminded me the Framing challenge. Really beautiful
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10/02/2004 10:06:01 AM
Beautiful classic seascape shot. Blue color and visible moon really gives it mood. Though the horizon line is midline and gives a static feel, that's fine with this tranquil moment. Good job. 7
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10/02/2004 05:48:50 AM
lovly blues
10/02/2004 02:45:38 AM
Just beautiful simple but very effective work
Nice capture of a nice part of the day
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10/02/2004 02:30:24 AM
Wonderful shot, very nice colors and texture. Well taken time
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10/02/2004 01:45:42 AM
If this were not absolutely breathtaking, I might have lowered the score a point just because I am tired of seeing that rock but . . . . it IS absolutely breathtaking. 10.
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10/01/2004 11:43:06 PM
I wish I could give you 11 for this shot. This is one of the best photos on DPC. Love the patterns in the sands and the subtle reflections. This kind of photo I would definitely hang on my wall.
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10/01/2004 11:10:49 PM
What can I say, lovely scene -8
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10/01/2004 11:01:14 PM
I love this scene however I am not fond of the blueness...it seems unnaturally blue
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10/01/2004 10:55:26 PM
If I were there, I'd probably be so awe struck that I wouldn't know how to work the camera into auto, let alone take a great shot like this. The blue is very appealing to me and the title gives it a wonderful context. Top 5 picture in the challenge IMO. 9.
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10/01/2004 08:40:32 PM
stunning
10/01/2004 08:05:59 PM
Spellbinding shot. Reflections and textures are sublime.
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10/01/2004 08:05:43 PM
I really like the blue tones here, and the texture of the low tide beach gives a great contrast in the lower area to the cloud layer above. The silhouette of the rock helps anchor the horizon. A great landscape, which are generally pretty tough to pull off. (I know I can't do them very well). Great shot. 8
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10/01/2004 07:33:59 PM
Lovely periwinkle color.

Small critiques, because I do think it's very good but just so I can offer something constructive. I find my eye dancing about a bit between the haystack rock, the moon, the moon reflection, and the dark shadow in the lower left corner. Just a little distracting to not focus at one area/subject.
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10/01/2004 06:48:24 PM
Very peaceful. Good job.
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10/01/2004 05:56:57 PM
this would be a nice poster - appropriate tonal qualities and color - the moon is a little overexposed
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10/01/2004 04:47:36 PM
The texture on the water is really what makes this shot. 7.
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10/01/2004 03:53:12 PM
the ripples on the water are great.....love the composition too. The colors are vivid and vibrant...
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10/01/2004 03:49:26 PM
This landscape looks familiar. The blue colors certainly help give it the look of solitude. The difference in the textures on the water give it a mysterious feel. Great shot.
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10/01/2004 03:25:02 PM
This say ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh to me. :-) I think that the 50-50 split works well here and the color range is quite soothing. Th elight and dark side, even though subtle, balance out quite nicely. Good job! 9
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10/01/2004 03:23:41 PM
The pattern in the foreground, whatever it is, is really neat! The rock formations have a great symmetry, both laterally (with the two smaller formations balanced on either side) and vertically (against the reflections in the water). Moving the horizon up or down a bit (perhaps to a thirds line?) would give us even more of that foreground pattern, or more of those puffy clouds.
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10/01/2004 03:15:56 PM
Here's a great example of when the rule of thirds was meant to be broken. Beautifuuly clear and wonderful colors. I love the slight glint of the moon in the water(beach). The time of day of day couldn't have been better.
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10/01/2004 03:10:58 PM
I have seen this rock before (zoomdak ?), but never in such an atmosphere. I love the blue. I love the wide space around it this time, the low tide and the sand pattern. The image gives plenty of space to look around in, while also providing a resting point in form of the rock. The moon in between the clouds is a nice touch as well, good timing.
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10/01/2004 03:04:03 PM
This picture is breathtaking. the patterns in the bottom half and the clouds give it so much depth. the reflections are beautifull, the sky has wonderfull colours. simply a great image.
and i love the moon =)
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10/01/2004 02:59:22 PM
This is my pick for the winner - however for me it isn't all that special (I can hear the gasps now). I do like the blue that has been captured / enhanced and the cloud formation is very nice too.

but I can't help but feel if a 'better' photographer had been here they would have captured something so much more interesting.

There is no foreground interest what-so-ever and likewise no middle and apart from a small rock or two no background either.

It solely relies on blue and clouds which whilst looks nice for a few seconds - it doesn't go beyond that.

Composition is a little let down - there are some interesting patterns being made and reflections too on the flooring - and I feel perhaps giving 2/3 of the scene to this would have been better. Generally it is said not to place the horizon in the middle, and this is when that rule works.

Another area which looks interesting is the rocks - they are large and looming with some nice ocean spray coming off of them - but you have made them so small they look like small rocks and hardly figure in the photo.

I am being overly harsh here, because I feel this is good - but some scenes are so that one can't help but shoot anywhere and get a fairly decent photo. And considering where you were and at what time - a bit of a waste.
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10/01/2004 02:47:47 PM
Everytime I see this rock I can't help but think of Goonies. Everything about this photo is great (10).
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10/01/2004 02:02:56 PM
Excellent use of patterned negative space. Love the details of the fluffy clouds and the mini sand bars in the water. I'm also impressed that you were able to capture the subtle hints of fog along the rock. Now for the negative. I feel there is almost too much negative space at the bottom of the frame but I understand you wanted to show the details of the water and sand. 9
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10/01/2004 12:07:39 PM
Don't like the composition here at all.
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10/01/2004 12:00:07 PM
I can just look at this forever, I think. You were so correct in waiting for the moon to appear.
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10/01/2004 11:43:51 AM
Hmmm , what to say.... Beutiful ! Looks so quite and peaceful. Great work.
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10/01/2004 10:59:40 AM
II love the colours here, and the reflection is great. Is that the moon between the clouds? Fantastic shot. I think if you cropped in a bit closer on the rock (but not too much) it would be even better. 9
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10/01/2004 09:35:22 AM
Amazing. The texture of the water is breathtaking. The blue is truly peaceful.
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10/01/2004 07:59:51 AM
Zoomdak! This rocks! A fantastic image, you have do extremly well and good luck 9
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10/01/2004 06:48:39 AM
Hi Zoom...this is my favourite photograph of Canon Beach thus far. The textures in the sand are phenomenal and the balance is extraordinary. The reflection of Haystack Rock is what makes this for me. The moon is also a great addition to this piece. If the moon could be sharpened up a litle bit and maybe burnt in just a singe...it would be all too perfect for me. Although the skies look burnt in a little as it is, try experimenting with some more burning, maybe closer to Haystack Rock with the smaller clouds farther away. Good luck on a great image. The first 10 in the challenge from me.
Lee
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10/01/2004 02:52:16 AM
Breathtaking scene. The colours are fabulous, and I love the texture of the sand.
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10/01/2004 02:05:11 AM
Very nice. I like the blueness of this photo.
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10/01/2004 01:35:01 AM
I love the textures in the foreground and the lighting is so peaceful. And who doesn't like Haystack rock!?
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10/01/2004 01:22:26 AM
fantastic! id love to know where this is.
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10/01/2004 01:18:08 AM
I love the purples and indigos in this, very soothing and calming.
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10/01/2004 12:32:06 AM
Would this be the work of young Master Robinson? :)

It's a beautiful photo. To my eye, it looks like an early evening low tide at Cannon Beach. I think the colors are beautiful, but I wouldn't be surprised to see comments like, "Too much blue."

Congratulations on a great photo. One of my top picks so far.

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10/01/2004 12:17:17 AM
This looks REALLY familiar. :)
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10/01/2004 12:15:17 AM
Horizon is too centered.
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