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Challenge: Afterlife (Basic Editing III)
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Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Location: East Beach
Date: Mar 4, 2006
Aperture: f8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Sky, Emotive
Date Uploaded: Mar 7, 2006

Thanks to everyone for the great constructive criticism and encouragement.

I almost didn't enter this challenge, because I couldn't come up with a way to easily stage The Pearly Gates. Originally, this was my entry for the Square Crop Challenge. It wasn't until I had it entered in the Square Crop Challenge, and I saw the thumbnail, it dawned on me (I saw the light!) that this was my Afterlife entry. It was shot about ten minutes later and twenty feet from my Square Crop entry.

This was shot right after one of our late winter storms, and there was a lot of kelp washed up on the beach. Since this was Basic Editing, I couldn't do much about it. I wanted to get across the feeling you get in some Oriental paintings of a man depicted in a rather stark and hard environment, and I think the rocks and the seaweed do that.

Thanks to everyone for my second highest finish!

Place: 8 out of 178
Avg (all users): 6.3016
Avg (commenters): 8.1250
Avg (participants): 5.7162
Avg (non-participants): 6.4813
Views since voting: 2161
Views during voting: 432
Votes: 315
Comments: 24
Favorites: 3 (view)

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08/16/2014 02:17:26 PM
Beautiful image! Love the color combinations provided by nature. Very serene
11/30/2010 10:51:55 PM
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01/27/2009 10:21:46 AM
strange but beautiful light here... the sense of tranquillity is very high, i think that your title is correct... compliments.
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07/13/2007 03:12:47 PM
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07/13/2007 02:56:25 PM
Wow, beautiful colours!
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06/22/2006 11:44:07 AM
What a nice image this is. Voted a long time back but just appeared out of the blue to say something. It certainly does have the feeling you mentioned above. The figure is a perfectly suited silhouette.
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05/09/2006 03:16:46 PM
Stunning. I love the rocks, the sea - that's where I would be. The light mist really adds a strong sense of atmosphere. That is a really unexpected crop, yet the stasis it evokes is perfectly suited to both the mood and the title.
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03/16/2006 04:01:41 PM
I think this definitely has a "ribbon" look to it. Congratulations on such a stunning photo. And top 10 isn't bad either :)
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03/15/2006 12:03:42 PM
I expected this to grab a ribbon. Very good work! Congratulations on your top ten finish.
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03/15/2006 12:43:03 AM
This was one of my top picks for this challenge. Very nice.
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03/15/2006 12:10:26 AM
Nicely done, Germaine, and East Beach is indeed a slice of "heaven".
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/14/2006 07:33:01 PM
What a beautiful scene and you've captured it in such wonderful light- that mist on the water is beautiful. I love the silhouette of the seated man though he's rather too centred for the composition to be as strong as it might for me. I like the large area of negative space provided by the sky. Dark foreground is a bit messy... Great pic overall.
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03/14/2006 08:30:36 AM
Great image. I love it.
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03/14/2006 01:19:42 AM
The colours are amazing. This seems like a sad afterlife.
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03/13/2006 01:21:32 PM
Very good! I do like the concept and the picture is done fantastically (8)
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03/12/2006 09:42:03 AM
Beautiful. Very peaceful, I can see why someone would want to spend their time there.
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03/11/2006 08:51:31 AM
Really nice capture and a great concept.
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03/09/2006 12:43:09 PM
Nice, almost whimsical
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03/09/2006 01:54:46 AM
That is a beautiful picture.
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03/08/2006 05:46:44 PM
Not too scabby... unlike my foot
03/08/2006 03:40:12 PM
i like the layered feel of this picture, nice
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03/08/2006 07:37:29 AM
Magical, just perfect, "WOW" factor here .....Would have to be in the top ten.....
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03/08/2006 05:14:03 AM
love it,,,,,
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03/08/2006 12:28:09 AM
The orange hues....the neat image....could this be rikki?

If not...then good work imitating him, lol.

I love the photo...wonderful composition and it really relates to the challenge as well, at least to me.

Good work. 9
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