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Unexpected Invitation
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Challenge: Serendipity (Basic Editing I)
Camera: Sony Mavica FD-95
Location: Cannon Beach, OR: Ecola State Park
Date: Apr 17, 2004
Aperture: F4
ISO: 80
Shutter: 1/138 sec
Galleries: Landscape, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Apr 18, 2004

Title Ideas:
Unexpected Invitation, A Seat for Two: A Bench with a View, Seat with a View, Waiting for Discovery

I actually did discover this bench but the serendipity in this picture is that someone would find a bench like this with such a beautiful view. It invites to viewer to discover this place, take a seat, relax, and enjoy the view.
I found this on my own little adventure at Ecola Bluffs. I was hiking along with camera and tripod to photograph from this view. I found a little side trail and decided to follow it. This is where it led me. The trail once was a trail to Cresent Beach, but is now washed out. I photographed from that point (without bench) and then was about to leave when I thought that I could give a try to having the bench in it. It was a good choice.

crop, contrast, curves, sharpen, dust and scratches, resize, border

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 215
Avg (all users): 6.7158
Avg (commenters): 8.2000
Avg (participants): 6.6200
Avg (non-participants): 6.7697
Views since voting: 9938
Votes: 278
Comments: 55
Favorites: 32 (view)


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04/14/2005 07:31:50 PM
This photo is amazing, I must say i've been browsing through your work and it blows my mind. Keep it up kiddo.
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11/18/2004 09:43:11 PM
Unexpected Invitation is the better choice for title imo.
Even before I read the description of how you found the view and eventually decided to include the bench - I could "feel" the invitation in the title.

It's an outstanding shot. I wonder if levelling the horrizon line would improve it even more? Or is that intended or an optical illusion in this case? Well done!
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09/14/2004 02:29:57 AM
This is the first photo I looked at on this site. I am coming back to add it as a favourite.
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09/04/2004 01:09:11 AM
Fantastic color and clarity. I like this a lot.
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05/01/2004 02:24:52 PM
How inviting! I just love this photo! What a wonderful shot and congratulations to you!
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04/29/2004 10:39:08 PM
This is such an amazing shot. In fact, it's one of my favorties on the dpchallenge.
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04/29/2004 01:10:21 PM
Way to go! This really is a stunning shot.
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04/29/2004 08:36:16 AM
Is this one of the best results for a 2MP camera? This is quite some feat, and is surely testament to the fact that what we have here is a very gifted and skilled photographer, who also has an eye for great scenery. well done on the ribbon, and very well deserved too!

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04/28/2004 11:32:49 PM
What a great photograph! I like all of the foreground, mid, and background.
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04/28/2004 10:33:08 PM
Another favorite from zoomdak!!! Ima keep an eye on you, I love your shots ;)
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04/28/2004 09:57:53 PM
Thank you everyone. As I said before I really wasn't expecting to take first. But perseverance pays off, and after 30 challenges, I actually ribboned and won. I hope to do this highly in the future, but I with my camera broken right now I have to wait before submitting to future challenges. I thank all of you who voted me this high and left nice comments on a picture that shines God's glory in beautiful place.
04/28/2004 04:37:25 PM
Congrats Thomas :)
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04/28/2004 12:48:24 PM
Congrats on a spectacular shot! The perfect moment.
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04/28/2004 11:18:25 AM
Its nice to see someone winning their first ribbon :) Congrats.

Keep it up...
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04/28/2004 07:33:21 AM
Congratulations on a lovely image and the blue.
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04/28/2004 05:36:55 AM
Well deserved blue ribbon!! Congratulations! Well done!
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04/28/2004 04:21:52 AM
Congrats, a perfect capture. You truly deserved a blue ribbon.
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04/28/2004 02:47:13 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon! I hope it inspires you towards many more wonderful pictures.
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04/28/2004 02:22:09 AM
Congratulations on a well deserved blue ribbon

This is a very beautiful image Beautifully photographed
This almost has a 3D effect Love it well done!
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04/28/2004 02:12:54 AM
Congratulations on a well deserved win. Nice to see an Oregon boy do good with a great Oregon landscape. :)
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04/28/2004 01:08:09 AM
Congratulations on the blue ribbon Thomas! It's really a terrific photo. The composition and colors are super, and I love the shadows. Great work!
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04/28/2004 12:24:15 AM
congrats on the blue ribbon
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04/28/2004 12:04:55 AM
No way!!! Totally wasn't expecting to take first. That is awesome. Thank you for your votes and comments. WOW!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/27/2004 08:04:17 PM
Thats very cool, and a well done shot, beautiful colors and composition.
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04/27/2004 03:24:23 PM
aaaaahhhhhhhh the view I wanna be there...
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04/26/2004 04:19:52 PM
Great scene.
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04/26/2004 03:28:48 PM
On of the best in show. I'm pulling for you to win a ribbon. There is no chance that I would not stop to sit for a while on this bench. An unfortunate shaddow behind the bench. Very nice. 9
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04/25/2004 09:27:44 PM
Why can I never find places like this? Beautiful scene, nice sky, and a place to sit too. Really serendipitious. 9
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04/25/2004 04:37:44 PM
this is a lovely scenery photograph, not sure it says serendipity, its tranquil.
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04/25/2004 01:11:12 PM
Crop to a panorama. it is more effective
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04/24/2004 10:37:04 AM
There are so many nice things about this shot. The bench is a great serendipitous experience which really invites one to sit and enjoy the lush and natural beauty. A perfect spot. The light balance is good, maybe a tiny bit too much contrast, but no, out in the bright day life is quite contrasty.

I have a couple nits. The ocean appears to be draining down to the left which is quite an uncomfortable vision for humans; 2% CW rotate removes all the discomfort. Also, since we are all digital here, one wonders about the broken shadow/light shown in that crack in the lower rear of the bench.

One thing that really gripes my [whatever] is your use of the word “Unexpected” in the title, as if you have serious contempt for your audience’s capacity to understand the implication or otherwise intuit that aspect from the “Invitation” (not to mention we ALL know this is a serendipity challenge). You assault us with that word.

Still, I give a decent score which could contribute to a win.
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04/24/2004 01:39:56 AM
Beautiful, well done.
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04/23/2004 09:50:27 PM
Very good picture
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04/23/2004 09:16:52 PM
Wonderful colors. Great composition. Would give you at least another point with someone sitting on the bench.
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04/23/2004 01:41:03 PM
nice composition. pleasing to the eye.
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04/23/2004 12:48:08 AM
the only 10 I will give out in this challenge. well done. <10>
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04/22/2004 08:16:11 PM
Beautiful View...
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04/22/2004 11:14:34 AM
Excellent, makes me want to take that seat.
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04/22/2004 05:18:23 AM
this will be top of the list - 10
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04/21/2004 08:16:53 PM
Pretty spot. I think having the bench there captures the topic well.
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04/21/2004 06:59:58 PM
Wish it was level.
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04/21/2004 04:48:07 PM
What a view.
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04/21/2004 03:54:06 PM
love the picture, calling you to sit down?
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04/21/2004 03:51:20 PM
Serenity for sure, but serendipity? I don't know. But the theme is nebulous enough to say, sure, why not? In that case you get a 10 from me for this superb photo. I can't find anything that I would change. Great color and depth; composition is perfect, as is the exposure.
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04/21/2004 03:48:52 PM
Awesome. I would of liked to seen some clouds in the right corner but...of course you have no control over that. Love this shot.
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04/21/2004 03:46:23 PM
This is beautiful and funny. Amazing picture... What a perfect place for a bench - I guess people sit to behold that landscape for hours. 10!
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04/21/2004 01:47:44 PM
Excellent work here.
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04/21/2004 12:03:27 PM
A true serendipity! An unexpected invitation to sit and soak in the beauty from one of the most incredible places on earth! Congrats on a great photo. Less grass and more ocean would have made this photo even more wonderful.
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04/21/2004 11:39:49 AM
Fantastic shot. It's hard to imagine a more beautiful setting. Composition, color, DOF and lens choice all seem perfect. One of the best this week. Good luck.
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04/21/2004 07:24:22 AM
Beautiful, good job!
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04/21/2004 02:12:38 AM
Wow, amazing, I can't wait to see where this is from. Would like to see a higher angle and get more of the sea below. (7)
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04/21/2004 01:35:17 AM
A beautiful photo and on subject..9
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04/21/2004 12:53:46 AM
Very powerful scene - 9
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04/21/2004 12:33:51 AM
I know right where that bench is in the park. Ecola? Great spot. Nice dof and a good entry. Good luck.
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