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Sunrise Waves
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Triptych II (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX APO IF HSM for Nikon
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Date: Apr 27, 2007
Aperture: F4.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/750
Galleries: Landscape, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Apr 29, 2007

Used the 70-200 2.8 with a 1.4X teleconverter. Just basic editing with some dodge and burn. I have a similar one with surfers but decided this was the one I would enter. I also have a colour version, but like the drama in this.

This was shot around sunrise on the Gold Coast in Queensland.

PREDICTION: There are a ton of entries and I expect lots of competition. It should be a high scoring challenge. I reckon about a 6.2XXX

POST: WOO HOO I beat Achoo!!! my first blue! I can't believe it! It was really great competing with the master himself. Thanks Doc!

I was really pleased on all fronts: A blue, a personal best and a much higher score than I ever dreamed of! Thanks everyone for the great comments and votes!

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a colour version...good thing I went for the duotone :-)

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 244
Avg (all users): 7.6061
Avg (commenters): 9.1250
Avg (participants): 7.5253
Avg (non-participants): 7.6667
Views since voting: 12882
Views during voting: 556
Votes: 231
Comments: 128
Favorites: 83 (view)


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03/02/2013 07:26:18 PM
The way you have captured the light in these is excellent.
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09/30/2012 06:25:28 AM
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05/09/2008 10:41:37 AM
This triptych is unreal...great captures.
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12/26/2007 09:44:34 PM
Very very strong image. I adore back lighting.
Would love to see this printed very large in a gallery.
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05/23/2007 04:52:48 PM
WOW!

I must be doing something wrong! - (sobs into teacup)Maybe I should emigrate somewhere more picturesque. Sooo GOOD pastor! Keep clickin'
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05/12/2007 08:26:28 PM
Very long overdue Enzo. Congratulations on your first of many blue ribbons. Well done!
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05/12/2007 05:59:45 PM
Congratulations on the Blue with this Awesome trio!! Fantastic work!!!
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05/10/2007 07:39:53 AM
Wow Enzo - what a stunning image dude. Magnificent. I think the color version is excellent as well. Congrats on the blue!
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05/09/2007 10:21:08 AM
stunning action and drama, an awesome job. congrats on your blue!!! and what a way to get it. such a cool shot! just wonderful. i really really like the duotone one too, should be the cover shot for sufer magazine photo annual. is this anyone you know? i'm sure they would want a great big print of it as do i.
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05/09/2007 06:10:36 AM
speechless...great job
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05/09/2007 01:54:33 AM
My kind of shots...congratulations.
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05/08/2007 04:16:39 PM
Kudos Enzo! This is amazing work and sets you well apart. A masterpiece that goes directly into my favs!!! The duotone was definitely a great choice as it focuses in on the drama of the surfer and the waves. I'm still staring in awe ...
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05/08/2007 02:51:15 PM
Many congratulations, Enzo, on your first blue, with this beautiful composition. I really like the way the light shines through the wave/spray, especially in the left image.
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05/07/2007 10:31:50 PM
Congrats. great job!!
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05/07/2007 09:32:34 PM
THe essence of light, man and sport. Congrats on the well-deserved blue.
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05/07/2007 08:31:25 PM
Awesome job Enzo! A blue ribbon WAY OVERDUE!! Awesome shot...I really like this b/w...much better than the color version! Congratulations my friend!

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05/07/2007 07:50:41 PM
love the colour version but you're right, the duotone really does have an extra punch
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05/07/2007 06:55:02 PM
Fine work Enzo. Very cool to see you catch the blue and a PB!
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05/07/2007 06:00:27 PM
What to say? Congratulations, even if I liked more another shot in this challenge, the blue ribbon is good to balance the one that you deserved SO MUCH and didn't get... I still love your hair entry very very very much! Hope you will not think I am unpolite not paying to you the compliments you deserve on this image and focusing my attention on another one ;)
Anyway, you really are a great photographer, I look forward to see more of your work! Continua così!
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05/07/2007 05:17:47 PM
Truly inpressive work from shots to B&W (duotone) conversion. very well-done. Congrats!
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05/07/2007 04:45:03 PM
The light here is simply precious. Congratulations on a very well deserved blue, a stratospheric score, a personal best, and of course for beating Achoo. :-)
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05/07/2007 04:29:16 PM
Long overdue blue dude well done man
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05/07/2007 02:12:46 PM
Very nice triptych Pasta and congratulations on winning the blue ribbon. It was quite nice to see one of my favorites for a challenge win...also good to see I didn't give your photo the kiss of death by liking it. ;-)
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05/07/2007 01:14:47 PM
Congrats on the ribbon. I knew this was it
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05/07/2007 12:55:23 PM
love the way the light catches the water, and the silhouetted surfers, all good :)
congrats too on your blue ribbon! :) nicely done
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05/07/2007 12:14:15 PM
This is too damn cool. Instant favorite! Truely amazing!
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05/07/2007 11:48:53 AM
Three excellent shots. Well done and congrats on the ribbon. I agree with ChikaZAWa, having them in black and white adds drama to the piece.
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05/07/2007 11:40:12 AM
Black and White was a good choice. In the color version the color in the big one doesnt really go as well with the other two. Here they are all harmonious. All 3 shots are excellent.
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05/07/2007 11:00:32 AM
Congratulations on winning with this finely crafted design and set of images. You deserve it after making all those comments and voting so many times. Enjoy the day!
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05/07/2007 10:55:43 AM
Congratulations Enzo! :)
This is one of my top5 faves from the challenge. Not easy deciding between the color and b/w version, but I easily say the top right frame in color is my fave.

Message edited by author 2007-05-07 10:56:02.
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05/07/2007 10:22:57 AM
dude,sweet...lol,i mean seriously sweet dude!
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05/07/2007 09:43:12 AM
The color version is great but the B&W is beautiful...well done...just fantastic
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05/07/2007 09:22:06 AM
Congrats on the ribbon. Beautifully done.
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05/07/2007 09:12:24 AM
I'm making this one of my favorites!!
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05/07/2007 09:08:34 AM
Very nicely done Enzo, congrats on the Blue.
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05/07/2007 09:07:16 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club -

Wow - what were you thinking submitting this image? Did you think you would ribbon with this or something? Oh - wait a minute - you did ribbon? What was I thinking. Oh yeah - I was thinking this was the best shot in the challenge, thats what I was thinking.

What else can I say Enzo. Great work. All three are great images that fit perfectly together. The b&w was a great choice over the color - though the color has its own special charm I dont think it would have scored as well. I have absolutely nothing to suggest to make this better. This shot cuaght me at first glance and I felt bad for every image that came after it in voting cause this was my benchmark. High benchmark to reach thats for sure.

Keep up the great work and congrats once again!

Tim
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05/07/2007 08:52:24 AM
awesome! congrats!!!
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05/07/2007 08:11:41 AM
Congrats on the blue!!
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05/07/2007 07:55:32 AM
Wow Enzo!!! What can you say. This is fabulous. It is such a unique wonderful idea for a triptych! Mega Congratulatiosn!

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05/07/2007 07:55:32 AM
The best of a good bunch.
Well done.
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05/07/2007 07:49:02 AM
spotted this as winner fist view. Awesome shot!!!!
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05/07/2007 07:30:16 AM
Hey, no fair! You've got insider info with the man up stairs.

Absolutely nice imagery, no matter if God did give you the perfect day.
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05/07/2007 07:24:22 AM
Congrats my man!!!!!
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05/07/2007 06:45:51 AM
great composition congratz for the ribbon!
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05/07/2007 06:00:45 AM
Amazing in every way. Congrats on the blue.
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05/07/2007 05:58:26 AM
Congratulations on a fantastic set of images and on your blue, definately deserved.

Jack
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05/07/2007 05:51:49 AM
Incredible captures - the sun off the spray just sets these images apart. Congrats on the Blue
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05/07/2007 05:46:55 AM
Great work Enzo - this was my fave right of fthe bat. Congrats on the new monster PB and first blue. Reall well done!

PS - I was using Aimees DPC window when I first commented - so now she has to come back and leave you a comment to clean up that empty space below. ;)
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05/07/2007 05:44:05 AM
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Message edited by author 2007-05-07 05:45:26.
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05/07/2007 05:22:34 AM
got to admit, it was my favorite.
classic silouette and B&W which is becoming one of my favourite mediums.
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05/07/2007 03:53:57 AM
Enzo, CONGRATULATIONS on your first blue with such an impressing score from all users and particularly from commenters!!. I am glad you used the 70-200 to manage DOF so well in this set of stunning images. I love that lense.
Too bad I did not have a chance to vote. I would have given you the 46th 10 and a comment to rise your Avg commenter's score even more. I bet that 9.1250 for 77 comments is a dpc record or at least close to it.

Message edited by author 2007-05-07 03:55:29.
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05/07/2007 03:45:11 AM
Awesome entry and very well deserved
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05/07/2007 03:44:59 AM
CONGRATZ ! awsesome trip-tych
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05/07/2007 03:35:34 AM
new this would do it. I feel like your second blue might be right around the corner. :)
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05/07/2007 03:09:39 AM
sweet shots dude
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05/07/2007 02:45:51 AM
Congrats on your first blue, extremely well deserved - WTG, Enzo!
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05/07/2007 02:08:28 AM
This was, and is a winner from the beginning, congratulations on a blue.
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05/07/2007 01:31:13 AM
enzo you did it! congrats on a great photo and score.
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05/07/2007 01:26:57 AM
Awesome shot....pleased to see you on the throne.
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05/07/2007 01:18:50 AM
Yay Enzo finally got the Blue you've deserved for so long. I prefer your colour version heaps more but then I really have a clue. Well done and congratulations.
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05/07/2007 01:18:48 AM
Very well done image! Congrats!
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05/07/2007 01:04:31 AM
Congratulations on your BLUE!!!! Maybe your first, but clearly NOT your last! I voted this photo a 10 and am absolutely thrilled for you!!!
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05/07/2007 01:01:48 AM
Yep - Masterful use of the duo-tone - well done. The colour image is pretty, but nowhere near as atmospheric. That, and the surfers don't appear as crisp - particularly the top right one.

Congrats!
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05/07/2007 12:58:01 AM
Congrats on a fantastic shot, and the first of many Blue's! Well done! For the record - i LOVE the color version!!! It still would've Blue'd. :O)

Message edited by author 2007-05-07 00:58:20.
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05/07/2007 12:57:49 AM
What a perfect study of light and shadow! Great action shots - love the crispness, and the organization of your composition. I also absolutely love the full color version, but the black and white really pulls it all together. Great job and congrats on your (overdue) blue!
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05/07/2007 12:56:21 AM
hell yeah!!!
congratulations enzo, i cant believe i predicted a ribbon winner!
awesome, nick
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05/07/2007 12:47:40 AM
The first (blue) of many to come, congrats.
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05/07/2007 12:44:17 AM
Congrats, Enzo - your first blue and a personal best to boot! You made the right choice - color isn't as dramatic, and wouldn't have gotten the 10 this did from me. :)
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05/07/2007 12:40:11 AM
Enzo
about time you got he blue you deserve
love this
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05/07/2007 12:39:38 AM
Wow, these are all incredible images. I don't think I have anything this rad in my entire portfolio. Good job mate.
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05/07/2007 12:37:20 AM
Congrats Enzo. You are on fire at the moment mate!
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05/07/2007 12:35:03 AM
Congratulations Enzo! Love the drama in this image (can't believe that this is your first blue...)
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05/07/2007 12:28:34 AM
So envious of the way you convert your tones. Magical stuff. Congrats on your first blue!! I'm very honoured to be on the front page with you!
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05/07/2007 12:27:45 AM
Congratulations. Very nice photo(s).
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05/07/2007 12:21:46 AM
DPC really got the top 3 right I think...and even in the right order! This image is truly cool.
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05/07/2007 12:18:34 AM
Congrats Enzo!
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05/07/2007 12:12:52 AM
"WOW".....Yes, you have finally got the "BLUE", that you so deserve, and it came with a truely magical image, that is breathtaking.....
So so deserved, and so wonderful, to see this happen to my "Aussie" friend..... C.O.N.G.R.A.T.U.L.A.T.I.O.N.S.

Message edited by author 2007-05-07 00:14:49.
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05/07/2007 12:06:12 AM
Enzo congratulations in your 1st blue ribbon, you had been close lately.
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05/07/2007 12:04:41 AM
Cool stuff ... well done!
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05/07/2007 12:02:30 AM
Enzo let me be the first to congratulate you on your first blue! Well fought!
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05/07/2007 12:01:22 AM
wooohoo enzo. I love this :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/06/2007 08:43:41 PM
Very dramatic. Definitely has the WOW factor.
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05/06/2007 08:09:35 PM
Love the black and white. You've captured the moody weather so well.
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05/06/2007 04:17:48 PM
Very nicely done! Love the moodiness. Gives it a serious feeling.
TC
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05/06/2007 06:38:48 AM
I love the lighting on the left hand picture and the DOF on the top right one. In fact, they're all pretty damned good. Bravo!
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05/06/2007 04:34:59 AM
stunning back lighting and silhouettes - great use f B&W to emphasis the surfer.
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05/05/2007 08:22:55 PM
lovely tones
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05/05/2007 05:07:41 PM
nice shots, even the lighter areas seem a little dark, but I really like the sequence
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05/04/2007 09:29:37 PM
one of my favorites, should ribbon. i love the black and white.. these are just beautiful shots.. the only critique I have is the top right photo should be the largest, but the detail of the mist on the largest, the detail of that, tells me why you chose it.. 10
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05/04/2007 02:54:04 PM
my favorite so far :) 10, beautiful
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05/04/2007 11:30:45 AM
Brilliant sequence. surely a ribbon winner.
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05/03/2007 11:22:02 PM
This is one of those "WOW" shots. Just incredible, great photos.
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05/03/2007 04:46:01 PM
Good use of B&W here. The crisp detail of the waves and the burning really add to the impact of the series. One of the top entries in my book!
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05/03/2007 03:18:20 PM
Three great shots, love the sun coming though the surf in the left hand picture.
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05/03/2007 12:19:59 PM
Absolutely fantastic trio! The way the light interacts with the spray is completely mesmerizing and I love that the surfer is in silhouette...beautiful work.
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05/03/2007 11:17:21 AM
a little bit too dark at all, otherwise great!
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05/02/2007 11:47:12 AM
Three great shots, with interesting contrasts and textures, artfully put together. Well done!
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05/02/2007 02:18:26 AM
Original subject. I find the large photo a bit dark.
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05/01/2007 09:15:01 PM
Love this, wonderful action, b&w, just love it!! My pick for a blue!
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05/01/2007 07:45:12 PM
This is a bit different from the usual surf shots, I love the silhouettes and the sparkle of the surf. Very dramatic and works beautifully as a triptych.
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05/01/2007 04:55:07 PM
On first round, I give this best in show! The b&w has depth and adds to the mood (it seems like so many times it is used in an attempt to make art out of a bad photo). A strong 10 from me. Good luck!

Edit: Yup, best in show, with "he sleeps well" a close second. I'm sure you'll both do well.
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05/01/2007 01:02:53 AM
Great set - Wonderful tones and lighting - Great job.
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04/30/2007 10:08:34 PM
great execution of the challenge.....10
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04/30/2007 10:02:50 PM
All I can say is wow! 10
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04/30/2007 09:14:41 PM
I love the B&W silhouettes, and good choice of photo for the main one.

Simply amazing. Too bad I can't vote on this challenge, or you'd get a 10.
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04/30/2007 08:55:18 PM
Great visual strength with ultra high defintion to charm any viewer.
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04/30/2007 08:40:44 PM
Wonderful 10
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04/30/2007 07:21:01 PM
very nice
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04/30/2007 05:19:45 PM
OH MY GOD.. amazing, one of the best on DPC in a long time. 10 and congrats on the ribbon. adding to faves. thanks for sharing.
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04/30/2007 05:07:33 PM
simply spectactular work. that's a wall-hanger.
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04/30/2007 02:09:41 PM
Shadow, highlights, & backlighting...absolutely love the technique, the effect and the photo! Doesn't hurt either that surfing is just plain cool. Excellent!
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04/30/2007 01:32:52 PM
this is just awesome. 10 and a fav.
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04/30/2007 01:31:02 PM
Exciting silhouettes. Pretty tones. This stands out for me. 10.
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04/30/2007 01:23:35 PM
Excellent action shots! I love the BW and backlighting! 10
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04/30/2007 01:20:47 PM
Very artfully done- ten
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04/30/2007 12:29:22 PM
Great photo's, the B&W make it very dramatic. Nicely done.
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04/30/2007 12:00:26 PM
The winner all the way. Wish I could give it more than ten. Amazing set of images. Really put together well.
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04/30/2007 11:04:34 AM
Ribbon.
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04/30/2007 09:29:18 AM
Excellent light and shadow. Terrific contre jour. Well done. Voting high and no, I do NOT know who took this image.
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04/30/2007 09:00:38 AM
Really powerful shots! 10 from me.
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04/30/2007 08:55:23 AM
top draw!
The light through the waves is respendent
My fav so far
9
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04/30/2007 08:32:17 AM
This is just stunning.
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04/30/2007 04:55:15 AM
Seriously cool sequence.... Great pics and perfect stitching.
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04/30/2007 04:30:05 AM
Back to comment. Amazing silhouettes. Excellent subject matter. Surfing, wow... the dof and tones are outstanding. Love every inch of this and it's hard to stop running my eyes all over it, drinking it up. Mad. 10 and faved :)
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04/30/2007 03:58:42 AM
Oh my word!!! You really dont need me to tell you how brilliant this is do you? Surely you must already know.

Awesome and a wonderful use of triptych medium
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04/30/2007 01:12:32 AM
Absolutely stunning! I'm sure we'll see this on the front page. 10
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04/30/2007 12:20:32 AM
hell yeah, the deeper the tones the better!
stunning
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04/30/2007 12:08:16 AM
Exceptional!
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