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Falc


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Challenge: Free Study XVI (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Location: Kerala, South India
Date: Dec 21, 2006
Aperture: f11
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/800
Date Uploaded: Dec 21, 2006

Taken on the canals and backwaters at Kumarkarom in Kerala, South India just after dawn.

Thanks for all the kind comments.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 488
Avg (all users): 7.3880
Avg (commenters): 8.6400
Avg (participants): 7.4242
Avg (non-participants): 7.2941
Views since voting: 14609
Views during voting: 326
Votes: 183
Comments: 95
Favorites: 112 (view)


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12/17/2011 10:24:00 AM
Was reading Cindi Penrod's interview and saw that she selected this as a favorite.

This is worthy of merit on a global scale. An amazing shot.
08/05/2010 06:02:00 AM
This should be made into a print. Would be nice in a house somewhere. well done!!!
05/26/2008 09:32:56 PM
I found this shot while searching info on lenses. It quickly found a home in my favorites! It is so easy to suspend my reality and believe that I'm looking back in time...glimpsing another world. Wonderful shot!! Well deserved Blue!!!!! Awesome!!!!
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01/13/2007 07:20:52 PM
Wonderful image, congrats on your ribbon!
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01/12/2007 01:32:01 PM
Wow! Amazing! Congrats!
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01/11/2007 06:44:17 PM
I'm shocked that this scored so low. It's perfection really - very atmospheric and certainly very apt in National Geographic or other prestigious publications.
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01/11/2007 05:35:27 PM
an amazing shot that really conveys the sense of mystery and serenity ... I find myself drawn to this shot again and again ... well done
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01/11/2007 08:55:54 AM
it looks beautiful.. and theres such a lovely contrast with human and nature that you catch this photo with such authenticity and beauty.
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01/10/2007 03:13:29 PM
Well deserved! CHEERS to your BLUE!
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01/10/2007 01:38:35 PM
Stunning shot. So beautiful and natural. Not overworked at all - just outstanding photography. Congratulations.
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01/10/2007 03:25:00 AM
nice shot
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01/09/2007 11:19:25 PM
Superb! Very captivating image!
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01/09/2007 05:51:55 PM
Nice to see a photo taken in my place winning a blue ribbon. Kerala is called God's own Country.
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01/09/2007 03:21:02 PM
Congrats on your Blue. It looks great, hard to pinpoint what's great it's just really different light and reflections in this one. No doubt the subject and where you've placed them is spot on. Also the monotone throughout even though it's a colour photo looks great. The more you look at this picture the better it gets. Well done.
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01/09/2007 12:36:23 PM
That... is beautiful; I love every bit of it!
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01/09/2007 08:25:32 AM
man its reaaly nice :o, keep the good working...
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01/09/2007 08:24:59 AM
This is really nice! I love the atmosphere here so much. Congratulations!
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01/09/2007 05:03:53 AM
Congratulations. It is an excellent photo. When could I take one like this?
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01/09/2007 03:01:03 AM
this is an fantastic photo ...
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01/08/2007 10:58:01 PM
Magic.
Congrats on the Blue Ribbon, but moreso for capturing such a superb moment!
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01/08/2007 09:10:13 PM
congrats on the blue, your journey through India looks amazing.
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01/08/2007 08:53:40 PM
The best landscape shots IMO are those that make you want to walk into the photo to explore the location yourself. They convey mystery and excitement - as if maybe, just out of sight somewhere, something beautiful and amazing awaits you. This grabbed me immediately as one of those photos. I look at it and I feel an anticipation, a desire to discover what lies behind the trees or down the river. Absolutely beautiful - one of my favorite shots on DPC.
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01/08/2007 06:03:40 PM
India would be one heck of a place to spend some quality photographic time...
Sidenote: Falc, you are a great photographer...been meaning to tell you that for awhile.
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01/08/2007 05:32:17 PM
great photo!
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01/08/2007 04:44:13 PM
wonderful!!
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01/08/2007 04:43:54 PM
Congratulations on your Blue with this spectacular image!
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01/08/2007 04:18:40 PM
Wow...this is a beautiful shot and a well-deserved win! Congratulations to you!
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01/08/2007 03:58:49 PM
Thrilling shot, very atmospheric, well-deserved ribbon :-)
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01/08/2007 02:02:26 PM
perfection! Congrats!!
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01/08/2007 01:51:02 PM
All around brilliant shot!!
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01/08/2007 01:39:44 PM
Awesome lines cutting horizontally accross the water, contrasting the palm diagonals. Congrats!
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01/08/2007 01:34:03 PM
I was one of the 16 who gave you a 10. This is simply stunning! Congrats on your well deserved blue!
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01/08/2007 12:35:54 PM
Really amazing photo. Congrats and well done!
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01/08/2007 09:23:54 AM
Great job on handling that light, and congratulations on winning the blue ribbon!
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01/08/2007 09:04:15 AM
Beautiful light and reflections. I'm sorry I didn't get further in my voting -- I would have given this a high mark. Congratulations on your No. 1.
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01/08/2007 08:47:05 AM
Congratulations on another beautiful photo. Looks like your "tool" of getting up early is benefiting you all over the world. Wonderful shot.
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01/08/2007 08:31:20 AM
Absolutly deserved ribon
Felicitations
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01/08/2007 08:09:46 AM
This is one of the most spectacular images I've ever seen. Absolutely stunning.
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01/08/2007 07:55:37 AM
I love this shot! It's just beautiful.
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01/08/2007 07:38:30 AM
Great light. I like some of the other shots of this series better, though. Here the bright spot of the sky in the top right is a bit distracting: I'd compose to exclude it.
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01/08/2007 07:25:03 AM
As soon as I saw this I had a feeling this one would get top honors. Congratulations!!! I still this is aMAZING!

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01/08/2007 06:16:48 AM
KILLER freaking photo! You must have known that it had BLUE RIBBON written all over it when you saw the result!
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01/08/2007 04:46:01 AM
Well deserved. Congrats on your blue.
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01/08/2007 04:23:12 AM
Congrats man! Like your Pink Floyd shot better but this is certainly worthy :)
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01/08/2007 03:39:17 AM
The sense of scale and composition really makes the shot for me. The lighting isn't too shabby either. Congrats.
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01/08/2007 03:04:47 AM
Congratulations: this is supremely beautiful.
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01/08/2007 02:41:48 AM
striking photo - made me click!
Love the palm-like trees and the lights.
highly... unique.

Congrats on the ribbon.
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01/08/2007 02:07:05 AM
Sensational! Congratulations!
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01/08/2007 01:59:12 AM
Yeah, that is a really good "wow" shot. I did not get to vote on it. Well done on your ribbon.
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01/08/2007 01:36:58 AM
Many congratulations, perfect light!
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01/08/2007 01:29:22 AM
WOW
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01/08/2007 01:13:59 AM
awesome image man.
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01/08/2007 12:57:08 AM
Congratulations on your BLUE!!! Simply STUNNING photo!
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01/08/2007 12:56:39 AM
WOW! I'm speechless at the beauty of this. Congratulations on your win.
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01/08/2007 12:47:15 AM
beautiful, congrats.
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01/08/2007 12:45:11 AM
I called it. Super cool winner. This is great!
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01/08/2007 12:40:47 AM
Wow...
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01/08/2007 12:36:49 AM
Congratulations! This should be on the cover of a travel book. It's a beautiful shot and first place is exactly where this should be.
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01/08/2007 12:32:51 AM
congrats on your ribbon, excellent shot!
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01/08/2007 12:28:16 AM
Dang, you get around. <wee bit o' envy> Stunning shot, congrats!
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01/08/2007 12:17:01 AM
Congratulations,on your ribbon.
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01/08/2007 12:14:31 AM
Congrat's on your blue with this stunning image!
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01/08/2007 12:13:52 AM
Amazing Picture!!
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01/08/2007 12:11:42 AM
Congrats on ribbon

Message edited by author 2007-01-08 00:11:56.
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01/08/2007 12:09:43 AM
Again, congrats. I knew this would ribbon.
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01/08/2007 12:07:48 AM
wow, do you have a high resolution of this picture? i'd love to use it as my wallpaper :D
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01/08/2007 12:07:19 AM
WOW! Very well executed! You just follow the lead into the photograph!
Congrats - well deserved!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/07/2007 11:39:26 PM
Beautiful.
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01/07/2007 07:23:35 PM
You did well capturing this lone boatman. The composition is lovely and the muted colours very pleasant. 9.
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01/07/2007 05:24:53 PM
Lovely!!
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01/07/2007 03:31:28 PM
one of the standouts in the challenge for me. i dont really have much to say other than congratulations!
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01/07/2007 01:56:57 PM
you have captured the moment. wish i was in the canoe 9
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01/06/2007 03:43:37 PM
8 - Nice unique image. Looks like it needs a nudge up on the left to get it 'straight' - but could just be a perspective thing and/or - you prefer it like this.
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01/06/2007 09:40:33 AM
Absolutely gorgeous shot. The colors and the lighting are supurb. 9
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01/06/2007 08:50:55 AM
Simply beautiful.
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01/05/2007 09:51:41 PM
great mood
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01/05/2007 09:09:57 PM
This might be a ribbon! This is an amazing shot..good composition. I'd like to see the levels adjusted a little bit more...a little bit crisper near the water, and the boat.
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01/05/2007 08:15:04 PM
straight to my faves ... 10!!
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01/04/2007 11:16:48 PM
Great feel to this one! Nice composition.
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01/04/2007 08:24:56 PM
Very pretty. Back to bump you up to 8.
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01/04/2007 10:22:34 AM
Wow. Awesome shot. I love the tones and the framing is spot on. Well done!
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01/04/2007 12:07:52 AM
Great shot and great exposure - Sure you will have many comments! 9
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01/03/2007 10:49:52 PM
I just love this! The colors and the lighting and the mist and the overhanging trees all give the picture a warm, languid feeling. I like the trees dwarfing the "commuter," too; the picture would not feel the same if you had cropped it tighter. Very nice job :-)
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01/03/2007 10:07:26 PM
Amazing the stillness of the water and the shadows by the palms on it...
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01/03/2007 01:07:04 PM
Great warm, serene feeling. Lighting is surperb. One of my favorites for the challenge, and highly rated.
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01/02/2007 11:59:56 PM
This is a beautiful work of art, perfectly composed with stunning and subtle colours! A perfect 10.
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01/02/2007 06:06:38 AM
Stunning! Perfect 10.
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01/02/2007 12:46:00 AM
A very gripping photo...
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01/01/2007 11:16:04 PM
For your sake I do hope most of the voters have properly calibrated monitors. This is indeed a stunning image, but having viewed it on three different monitors I fear that some voters may not appreciate the more subtle colours of the image.

Beautiful image that so far is the best I have seen. The reflections, shadows, hues and sunlight all combine to produce a captivating vista. Very well done indeed, and good luck in the challenge.
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01/01/2007 10:52:17 AM
How dramatic! The immediate impact of this photo when it popped up on my screen was amazing! Very nice!
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01/01/2007 10:01:25 AM
I love the harmony in this shot.
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01/01/2007 03:00:26 AM
Winner. Dang that is good. After seeing this I am thinking about selling my camera and buying an xbox, leaving the picture taking to you. Dang.
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01/01/2007 02:47:24 AM
This is great...the colors,shadows, and feel to the photo...9
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01/01/2007 01:03:30 AM
stunning!
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01/01/2007 01:02:46 AM
Wow, you take us right into the picture, don't you. Beautifully done.
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