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Natural blue
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Copyright: Horia Bogdan (horia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-24
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC, 52mm HOYA Circular Polarizer
Exposure: f/22, 3 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-31 23:23
Viewed: 4040
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi friends

I've been away this weekend, again, to a nice place in the mountains and with this failed to catch-up with some of my critiques. Unfortunately, i have to leave town tomorrow again but i hope everything will get back on track from Thursday.

Anyway, i thought i'd post another shot from my latest trip to Croatia and tell you a bit more about how things went.

So this is a shot i took on my last night there. A very calm warm breeze was blowing from the west and i took another walk to the natural or rugged part of the beach which is where this was taken. To be honest, i was mostly looking towards the sunset, in hope of capturing more and more colors in the sky. As i was hopping from rock to rock there, trying to get a better POV, i suddenly turned my back to the sunset and realized that some of the beautiful colors i was searching for were right near me :) This shot now faces the south-east and right outside the frame here, to the right, on that big hill in the BG, there's the border between Croatia and Bosnia Herzegovina (a very small and simple one we passed a few times in our travels).

I promise to present you something else, too, beside seascapes, but for now this was my favorite part of the trip. Unfortunately, i had to stay about 3 days inside out apartment there due to a minor food poisoning :(( So i missed out on a lot of good photo occasions. Even so, i'm happy with what i came back.

Tech talk:
Even though some of you might suspect that i oversaturated the blues, i didn't. The effect here is created solely by the polarizer. The sky was an intense blue over me, too and therefore the reflected light was also gorgeous, i guess. In fact, i increased the saturation of the plants and algae on the side a bit, to try and make the difference between the two smaller.

I hope you'll like it.

EXIF data :
Camera: Canon 400D
Lens: Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro
Filter: Hoya 72mm HMC Circ. Pol. + Cokin P121M
Focal Length: 17mm
Shutter Speed: 2.5 sec.
Metering Mode: Evaluative metering
Exposure Bias: +1
F-Stop: f/22
ISO: 100
Flash: No
Support: tripod
TOD: about 8 PM
Weather conditions: clear

Jamesp, pablominto, haraprasan, mala-zaba, eqshannon, uleko, JoseMiguel, red45, angela926, thor68 has marked this note useful
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To igabrielle: Don't agree herehoria 1 11-10 22:46
To gondox: little worldhoria 2 09-05 05:46
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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-08-31 23:25]

Hi Horia

An excellent composition - great mediterranean blues and greens - so much more intense than northern colours (struck me on my recent visit to Italy). Great use of sight-lines to create an excellent shot.


Hi Horia,

This image was very well done. I love what you did with the slow shutter speed. Fantastic composition. Well done.


Hello Horia,

The lovely blues were attracting my eyes!
I like the point of view looking along the shore, adding fine lines to the composition...
I notice the rocky shore that makes me wonder if this is a part of a reservoir?

Pablo -

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-09-01 0:27]

Hello Horia,
Wonderful scenery , with beautiful lightand colors and good composition , very good capture.

Hi Horia,
What about the odonate olympics between you and greg? A nice capture of this beautiful and colorful landscape. Very well composed. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi dear Horia ,
Nice scenery.
It is silentand has nice composition.

Kind regards

Hello Horia,
Nice landscape of this place. The sky is ok for me, my polarizer make strong blue hue. The composition follows the rule of 1 / 3 and I like the diagonal rocks. I like the effect of the slow shutter speed on the sea.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-09-01 8:11]

Hi Horia,
very nice work my friend, i see you have been experimenting with long exposure seascapes! Personaly i like the strength of the blue hues here, they contrast very nicely against the pale rocks. Great POV giving you huge depth too. Some people will say they don't like the effect of the long exposure, but i'm sure you can guess my thoughts on the matter :o)

Your name just came up by me in a critique and it involved water images....what a coincidence...water seems to be the theme..I wonder if this is the hundredth monkey effect? I have not really read the book but I think I understand the principles behind it...A super shot and keep on coming back with more sir Horia! I miss your pics and visits!

Hi Horia,
The effect of the shutter speed with the CP filter created a very interesting and almost sureal effect. The fact that you can see through the water and do not see a distinct line from the water give the rock shoreline a sort of floating effect.
The composition is wonderful where the diagonal line of the shore guide the eye perfectly.

Very good contrast. The composition and the colours are excellent and very interesting.
Best wishes,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-02 3:52]

Hello Horia,
A beautiful view of this rocky coastline with the sky reflected in the water. A fine composition from a nice POV and in lovely colours. I'd love to see the archipelago of Croatia!
TFS and regards,Ulla

Hi Horia,
You're traveling a lot, so we are expecting plenty of new material soon.
I like a lot the composition you present us today, built from the greens up at the mountain to the algae into the water.
I like also the effect and intensity got with the polarizer.
Great work and thanks for share it.
Best regards,

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-09-03 0:39]

Hello Horia!

This is very blue blue :-) Last day of holidays? I hate it :-) Leaving some beautifull place and returning to work and grey, cold days of winter... Fortunatelly we can plan next holidays!

Blue is great on your photo. Fascinating thing is that sky has got exactly the same colour as water. Great composition and fantastic place.

Watch out! My no.20 arrived :-)

Hello Horia,
very nice shot, beautiful vivid colors, the blues are amazing, good sharpness and depth of field, excellent composition and good low point of view, nice textures in the rocks.

I do like the colors and the composition and the calm, peaceful feeling of the evening. The polarizer really added to that feeling. I see you have caught the slow shutter speed bug. I am not overly fond of the effect in most cases and am not sure about it here. I am glad you had a nice trip (except for the food poisoning part... yuck!.

Evelynn : )

Hi Horia!

These reflections with the slow expo turned out very very wonderful! Light and dark parts are very balanced in the picture. I traveled through that area and passed that border too near Neum some years ago. (If you have a chance it's much worth planning your route through Bosnia-Herzegovina along the Neretva river, that's a photo paradise!)
So to get to the end of the story these shores are where we ended up in Croatia and were left with our mouths open when we saw the huge mountain cliffs with these amazing blue tones, so I know it's no photo manipulation! Nice to see it again so well presented. TFS!

Best regards,

The exposure is not balanced well...you overexposed the rocks to sort of obtain the blurred water movement, while the green of the trees is too dark...just looks very unnatural.
I can't really tell where exactly you made the focus, due to the size, but it should have been on the rocks close to the water...if it was there...well you have some camera shake...you should try using a remote.


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