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A Bench With a View
3rd PlaceA Bench With a View
bobonacus


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Benches (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
Location: Tennyson Down, Isle of Wight
Date: Nov 22, 2008
Aperture: f/5
ISO: 100
Shutter: various
Galleries: Landscape, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Nov 23, 2008

Shot at Tennyson Down, on the Isle of Wight.

The sun just popped out of the clouds for a few minutes, I was hoping for a better sunset as the sun dropped below the sea but one minute after this shot the sun went behind the clouds and didn't re-appear!

3 RAW exposures 2 stops apart, merged in photomatix. Tone mapped and converted to tiff. Opened in CS3, applied a weak warming filter, cropped slightly as it wasn't well balanced, I'm not sure it's still quite right but I wanted to keep a lot of the shadow, keeping it all really didn't look right!

Cloned out a couple of sun flare spots, levels, selected the sea and sky and applied a curves adjustment, resize, convert to 8 bit, usm, save.

Prediction, 5.5.
Dream score, anything over 6 as I seem to be struggling recently to get over 6!

Post Challenge
Wohoo, my second ribbon :D Glad to see my prediction was way off!! Thanks for all the great comments and votes :)

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 126
Avg (all users): 7.0968
Avg (commenters): 8.3333
Avg (participants): 6.9825
Avg (non-participants): 7.1633
Views since voting: 6545
Views during voting: 353
Votes: 155
Comments: 47
Favorites: 16 (view)


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01/29/2009 04:20:38 AM
beautifil photograph and lovely place... good composition and colors, i like the light color here... congrats.
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12/17/2008 07:22:13 AM
Meant to compliment you before this on a terrific finish and a truly lovely scene. Nicely done, sir!
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12/05/2008 10:07:26 AM
Lovely! Congratulations on your yellow.
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12/04/2008 01:15:21 PM
What a beautiful view, you caught the sun rays just right. Congrats on the ribbon!
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12/03/2008 01:09:10 PM
Beautiful - congratulations on the well deserved ribbon.
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12/03/2008 02:52:14 AM
That's just amazing.
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12/01/2008 09:05:58 PM
Great photo and finish, I like how the sun instantly draws your eye and then leads you to the bench. Awesome work here!!
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12/01/2008 08:14:15 PM
Congratulations on the yellow ribbon, what a beautiful view very well captured. :)
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12/01/2008 08:02:13 PM
Congrats on the yellow ribbon. Well deserved.
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12/01/2008 05:01:19 PM
WONDERFUL ambiance! Congratulations!

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12/01/2008 04:36:22 PM
Originally posted by Jedusi:

Top result !

Presumably Tennyson Down is on the far side of the Island as I can't see any mainland in the picture ?


This is the bottom of Tennyson Down, the needles are to the right of the photo
12/01/2008 03:21:52 PM
Top result !

Presumably Tennyson Down is on the far side of the Island as I can't see any mainland in the picture ?
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12/01/2008 12:47:37 PM
Really liked this one, glad to see it took third place!
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12/01/2008 12:01:55 PM
BIG Congrats on your ribbon & this lovely image-well deserved :)
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12/01/2008 10:15:24 AM
Big congratulations on your ribbon. The light and simple composition are lovely.
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12/01/2008 09:57:54 AM
Beautifully done. Congrats on your RIBBON!
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12/01/2008 08:32:52 AM
Awesome shot. Congrats!
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12/01/2008 08:25:31 AM
Congrats on making it over that 6 hump and making it to 7 for good measure, tack on the ribbon and well done all around.
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12/01/2008 04:03:41 AM
Congrats Bob!!
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12/01/2008 02:06:37 AM
Congratulations. Well deserved for a fantastic shot.
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12/01/2008 12:53:37 AM
Beautiful image and composition. You certainly caught a magic moment. Huge congrats on the ribbon, Robert.
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12/01/2008 12:04:02 AM
Magic Image Congrats on your ribbon
I was born on the Isle of Wight and moved to New Zealand in 1977
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12/01/2008 12:01:31 AM
Congrats on the ribbon - this is a cool shot.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/30/2008 05:04:09 PM
I like the mood in this picture, but I find the sun to be too bright. It's the first thing your eye goes to.
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11/30/2008 03:21:22 PM
Wow. this is really peaceful and serene. Great work! :)
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11/29/2008 01:02:41 AM
Very pretty. A bit more mid tone contrast might help the eye to scan the entire image without getting sucked into the sun so quickly.
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11/28/2008 08:24:35 PM
Splendid setting. Superb composition and capture. Well edited. Neat sky texture. What's not to like about this?
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11/28/2008 04:46:06 PM
Lovely moment - and a great sky. The boat does not look like one at this size though - more like a spec of dust. Great shadow of the bench.
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11/28/2008 02:41:08 PM
Ocean view seating! You caught this with the light just right.
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11/28/2008 01:46:15 PM
A very bright view! Is there a tiny little boat by the suns reflection?
Sky is very moody looking, really like it
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11/28/2008 11:58:45 AM
You know, I would probably put a bench there too. Excellent timing for best light, composed well. bumped to 8 after viewing all others.
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11/28/2008 12:52:15 AM
Glorious in both light and composition - how very nice to have such a blissful place to park a bench!
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11/27/2008 12:15:39 PM
Spectacular. 9
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11/27/2008 09:28:48 AM
It's all about the feeling. Sunrise is my favorite time of day, so I'm biased, yet this is a lovely composition with perfect placement of the bench and the sun.
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11/27/2008 09:15:47 AM
Lighting is so dramatic and well balance. love it.
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11/26/2008 12:10:10 PM
and what a veiw
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11/25/2008 10:58:49 PM
Very nice! One of my two top favs for this challenge! 9
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11/25/2008 09:23:26 PM
Beautuful warm inviting, great composition.
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11/25/2008 05:37:31 PM
Winner 10
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11/25/2008 07:37:57 AM
Great view and lovely long shadow behind the bench. If the sun were a little less bright it would be absolutely perfect, but it's darned close!
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11/25/2008 06:37:36 AM
What a view!
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11/24/2008 09:24:48 PM
A WOW shot! Nothing to add, but admiration!
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11/24/2008 09:17:03 PM
if the bird or boat werent in the sunset on the ocean it'dbe perfect.. beautiful composition though..
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11/24/2008 06:33:44 PM
Gorgeous shot.
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11/24/2008 06:00:03 PM
Nicely processed. One of the better ones
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11/24/2008 01:25:35 PM
great image.
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11/24/2008 01:08:11 AM
and that my friend is worth a 10 :)

excellent shot - composition is right on and the sun perfect!
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