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Challenge: Best of 2005 (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Location: Shore of Manzanita, OR
Date: Mar 6, 2005
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/125th
Galleries: Black and White, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Jan 1, 2006

This is taken along the shore below these cliffs. Just much further down the rocks though. I was sitting on a large rock, contemplating the majesty of these huge waves that kept pounding the rocks. These waves that thunder to the glory of God. Then I saw this seagull (Larus argentatus) fly by and circle around these rocks. It landed down on the far side of one of them. I was incredulous, huge waves were smashing into these rocks; what was it doing? I had my camera at ready, and when it took off, I captured this.

The seas have lifted up, O Lord,
..... the seas have lifted up their voice;
..... the seas have lifted up their pounding waves.
Mightier than the thunder of the great waters,
..... mightier than the breakers of the seaŚ
..... the Lord on high is mighty.

Psalm 93:3-4

Soli Deo Gloria - only to the glory of God

Statistics
Place: 24 out of 833
Avg (all users): 6.8973
Avg (commenters): 8.3818
Avg (participants): 6.7762
Avg (non-participants): 7.4000
Views since voting: 2547
Views during voting: 720
Votes: 438
Comments: 65
Favorites: 14 (view)


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02/06/2006 07:56:26 PM
this is so great picture, the movement and the gray tones are stunning
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02/01/2006 12:04:00 PM
Lovely to see this Seabird wing her way into the top 25! #1 Black & White in the Best of 2005 also. Congrats Thomas!
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02/01/2006 08:24:19 AM
This was a great shot, glad to see it did so well.
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02/01/2006 04:44:57 AM
Zoomer... congrats on a fine image and placement in this challenge. Yours is the highest placing black and white in this challenge. Great to see an Oregonian image do well! I might be up that way in May and try to catch up with you either in Oregon or in Spokane. That would be fun!

Message edited by author 2006-02-01 04:48:52.
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02/01/2006 02:19:38 AM
haha. what a shot. well done freind...
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/30/2006 04:00:27 PM
Amazing! This is one of my favorites so far.
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01/30/2006 02:53:20 PM
Good luck trying to find a safe place to land. Those look like crazy waters. Nice job capturing it. I wonder how something like this would look with a long exposure.
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01/30/2006 11:30:59 AM
good capture, blacks need a small tweek, whites ok, great dof, nice texture, great light, great comp, overall a great attempt
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01/27/2006 09:36:14 PM
seems like i saw this in a thread... :) zoomdak? its lovely whomever it belongs to, you should be proud.
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01/27/2006 07:07:44 PM
very powerful image, well done!
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01/27/2006 09:36:36 AM
Great catch! Love the action!
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01/26/2006 11:01:56 PM
So angry and violet well captured.
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01/26/2006 08:25:32 PM
Excellent capture. Could have used just a tad more contrast.
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01/26/2006 03:30:31 PM
Absolutely amazing.
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01/26/2006 07:47:14 AM
Quite an amazing shot and so well taken, that for sure.....I love the light behind the bird.
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01/26/2006 01:50:01 AM
wow
01/25/2006 07:18:26 AM
Wow - awesome capture. The darker midtones could be pumped up a tad and perhaps sharpened just to bring them out a little efrom the waves (I'm just saying this because i think it is exquisite and worthy of a poster so you should definitely put it up for sale). Nice work 8
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01/24/2006 10:45:55 PM
Beautiful image. I just wish the bird hadn't been quite so centred in the frame.
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01/24/2006 02:07:23 PM
Great shot, did the bird make it? :)
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01/23/2006 08:30:15 AM
Great capture love it
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01/22/2006 05:19:09 PM
Excellent contrast. Love the B&W.
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01/22/2006 01:36:19 PM
Great photo but needs lots more contrast.
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01/22/2006 12:37:27 PM
nice feel to this - I can almost hear the waves crashing the rocks, the bird is the icing on the cake in the composition
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01/22/2006 10:48:46 AM
Think i've seen this in a portfolio before. Doesn't matter to me. A well deserved 10. Good luck.

Kev

Returning to update comment as i never really commented on the image before.
Good range of tones in this BW. The sense of action is aazing and it is this that should see this place near the top.

Good luck again.

Kev
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01/21/2006 11:53:26 PM
Magical shot. B&W definely enhances it. Like the centering of the bird.
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01/21/2006 09:54:19 PM
stunning..great stop action on the breaking waves..the bird just rounds it off...well done...good luck
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01/21/2006 05:02:54 PM
great capture, but the bird is in the wrong place, composition wise...
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01/21/2006 02:13:27 PM
fantastic shot...i wouldnt want to be that bird! 8
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01/21/2006 07:55:42 AM
I'd love more contrast:)) A very evocative scene.
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01/20/2006 06:47:44 PM
Possibly my favorite image of the challenge. It has great drama. It's a right-place-right-time photo. Very nice light levels. Good composition although the bird didn't fully understand the rule of thirds. I am not generally a fan of B&W (If God had intended us to shoot B&W, He wouldn't have invented Kodachrome!) but it works very well here. Well done!
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01/20/2006 02:52:24 PM
what an amazing shot!
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01/20/2006 01:19:46 PM
Very dynamic capture. The main subject is too small though. Good luck
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01/20/2006 01:10:53 PM
The grandness of it all...the light is just so beautiful, and the bird, talk about being in the right place at the right time...you must have been so thrilled when you captured this shot..it is truly a sight to behold...so well done.
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01/19/2006 11:00:45 PM
awesome shot. ansel adams would be proud - 10
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01/19/2006 09:23:14 PM
This is awesome. 9
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01/19/2006 09:19:11 PM
Great timing! Wow. Photo is excellent. Very Nice.
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01/19/2006 07:59:44 PM
bumped this up ... i love the originalty and feel of the composition
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01/19/2006 07:39:51 PM
This shot is just great. I think a slight move towards the dark side in levels would improve it even more but still a 10 from me.
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01/19/2006 05:26:28 PM
wow
01/19/2006 05:15:36 PM
the seagule makes this shot. Had he/she/it not been there, it would have make the shot borring. Another nitpick, the dodging above it is too obvious...or maybe you didn't even dodge and now i look like a fool for thinking that i know what i'm talking about hehehe. 7
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01/19/2006 03:16:20 PM
Stunning image. I'm sure i've seen it (or a similar shot) before, but maybe not as a compo entry :-)
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01/19/2006 11:41:38 AM
This is the second time I'm loving this one..
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01/19/2006 09:05:01 AM
Wow. Excellent timing and excellent lighting. Bump to 9.
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01/18/2006 08:43:50 PM
I love this. The light is amazing, and b&w is a nice choice too. It would be great even without the bird, but the bird really does add to it. Great shot. One of my favourites in the challenge.
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01/18/2006 06:47:10 PM
lovely photo. I just wish the subject was off center.......still, a strong entry.
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01/18/2006 05:26:52 PM
Very good light, love it.
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01/18/2006 02:53:44 PM
The best photo in the challenge! Perfect caught, perfect landscape an the bird...
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01/18/2006 07:25:58 AM
powerful! I want to see this one in top 20! (top ten if it werent so many good one in the computition ) ;)
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01/18/2006 04:06:24 AM
Excellent capture!! Great work! 10
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01/18/2006 01:49:50 AM
10 from me...good luck!
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01/17/2006 04:43:47 PM
I recognize this Mr Zoomdak, I had this as a favourite, I wondered where it went! I'll need to re-favourite it again I suppose coz it's that good. Keep up the good work in 2006.
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01/17/2006 03:23:42 PM
The energy in this shot is incredible. I feel like I'm hitting the rocks myself. 10.
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01/17/2006 02:57:41 PM
I remember loving this photo the first time I saw it :) 10
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01/17/2006 01:27:18 PM
WOW!!!!!! Magnificent scene here! I just love everything about it. the misty look, the powerful waves, and thelittle bird. Amazing photo. One of my favorites in this challenge.
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01/17/2006 09:27:11 AM
Wow! This is beautiful! 10
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01/17/2006 06:47:05 AM
very nice indeed!
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01/17/2006 03:26:35 AM
The action of the water being frozen in time is excellent. Now if the exposure was corrected this would be even better. Seems to be a bit over-exposed.
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01/17/2006 01:49:02 AM
Very different capture. Nice b/w with good highlights.
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01/16/2006 05:26:42 PM
Wow! Amazing b/w with beautiful composition. well captured fantastic image
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01/16/2006 01:55:45 PM
It almost looks too dangerous for him to land anywhere. To catch not only the waves crashing upwards but to also get his wings at the top like that is phenomenal. Great shot.
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01/16/2006 12:03:08 PM
Dynamic photo! Full range of B/W tonal zones; with a lovely chiastic pattern (an X pattern) of upper left (white) to lower right (black) and upper right (dark) to lower left (light), with the seabird (black) upon the white breakers...genius! Clarity of focus, great aperture setting, and such wonderful movement. The energy is felt rather than seen. A sheer delight! 10
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01/16/2006 11:42:08 AM
Nice capture - interesting light, nice frozen water motion and just the right amount of blur in the bird's wings.
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01/16/2006 11:02:52 AM
Love the bird seen in the midst of chaotic waters. (9)
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01/16/2006 03:32:09 AM
Oh great capture! Love how the waves are crashing on the rocks as this single lone seabird searches for a safe perch. Either that or it has taken flight from the rocks to avoid the crashing waves. I like the B&W presentation of this action shot for I feel that the power of the waves and the action going on would have been diminished had this been in color. Color could sometimes call attention away from the main subject. It is strongly possible that the white/grey hues on the seabird would have been lost in the white foam of the crashing waves. Here the action/scenery is dramatic with the two tones bringing out and hightlighting the scene for the viewer to enjoy.
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01/16/2006 12:57:04 AM
this is already in my favorites i believe. :)
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