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almost secluded

almost secluded
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Copyright: Danilo Martinez (cunejo200) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2556 W: 83 N: 4926] (20188)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-22
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D300, Nikkor 18-200 1:3.5-5.6 ED DX, Hoya Polarizer
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-11-24 4:20
Viewed: 2303
Points: 72
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I spent a day in this almost secluded beach. The clouds adorn the scene well and the polarizer enhanced the blues. The sun was intense but metering was difficult because of the intermittent interplay of light and shadows. I had sought the refuge of the tree shade for protection. The boatman was yelling - he was ready to take us back to our hotel in El Nido.

El Nido in Palawan is a magical place. From its ageless towering marble cliffs to its white sandy beaches with crystal clear water, many refer to it as paradise or the last frontier. There are countless beaches to discover, so many in fact that sometimes you feel as if you are on your own secluded private beach. You will also find enchanting lagoons with tranquil turquoise-green water, caves that can take you to hidden beaches, and a very diverse variety of wildlife.

There are many eccentricities to El Nido, for example the electric power is 12 noon to 4pm and then 6pm to 6am. Also you will not find any banks here, although you can change foreign currency and travellers cheques at a couple of places albeit at an increased rate. There are also no telephone lines so communication is mostly via mobile phones plus there are many internet cafe's scattered around the town. But it's a wonderful place to visit.

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To jean11-3: Was this taken in the evening?cunejo200 1 11-24 15:47
To teamill: H1N1cunejo200 1 11-24 08:53
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Hi Danilo,

Wow, this is simply amazing with superb show of colors!
The dominated blue color of sky is very pleasing to the eyes and adds great mood and charm to the shot. The hsrapness and POV are perfect, keeping the tree in the FG, was a great idea. The green tones in the water, are simply wonderful to observe.

best regards,

Hi Danilo,

Vivid display of Pilipinas assest & tourist destinations, you captured the sense of tranquility and paradise at the same time, you are GOOD!


Hi Danilo
Wonderful capture and place
Depth, colors and atmosphere are amazing
Thanks for sharing

Bonjour Danilo.
Une invitation a une ballade sur cette belle plage.
La saturation du ciel est parfaite et a donné une superbe image.
Bonne journée.

Can you send me here? I would spend the rest of my life on this beach, no problem! You did a fantastic job on this Danilo! The colors in the water are wonderful! I like the leaves hanging over the scene, it makes for a nice framing effect!

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2009-11-24 6:02]

Hi Danilo,
This is a marvelous postcard of El Nido in Palawan!
It seems to be touched by oil paint!
Great light management in this difficult situation!
Nice silhouetted branches falling from the top of the presentation.
Good DOF with a nice sandy beach in the FG and the gloriously lighted hills at the BG.
Great shot, my friend!

Francis Xavier

Hello, Danilo -
I really love the intimate feel of this POV with the canopy of leaves overhead; like a child in a great hiding place where he can see but can't be seen. The view across the water is fantastic - gorgeous blues and greens, very sharp details, great sense of broad space. Really great image.

Nice Danilo - good view, well frames, good saturation from the CP and sharp throughout..

I'm a sucker for tropical beaches ;-)


Bello y veraniego paisaje de excelente color y composicion acentuado por esa maravilla de nubes
Buen trabajo
un saludo

Fantastiv wiev of this place .
Very nice colors and details.
The sky is beautiful colored.
Regards Zoran

Hi Danilo,
Beautiful seascape nicely presented and composed,
Excellent POV. and details,
great colors and light,
lovely sky and place, nice silhouettes of the branches on top.
well done.

now DANILLO this makes me jealous as we are having horrible weather over here with very bad rain causing lots of damage now we have the high winds right now i wish i lying on that beach that you have portraid very well in your shot
tfs regards bryan

nice this

ang galing nmn ng pag kakakuha...
dami mo palang napuntahan nung umuwi ka..


Lovely shot Danilo! I really love the dark silhouetted leaves at the top against that vivid blue of the sky. the subtle colors of the water, beach and green below are great, and the addition of the people is great too.
I hear you're suffering from H1N1 ... take care of yourself .. I really hope you're well soon (I was vaccinated a few weeks ago, so should be okay:)

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 0 N: 886] (8448)
  • [2009-11-24 8:08]

Hi Danilo,

Wonderfull seascape, great sharpness and DOF.
The framing is excellent , all the foliage.
Very good composition , good job.
Have a good day.

Hello Danilo, I love the dense black foliage which makes a super frame to this beach scene.Was this taken in the evening?
A lovely view across towards the cliffs.
Good DoF.
Beautiful colours,I like the intense blue sky behind the leaves.
Tfs, Regards Jean.

Hello Danilo,

Excellent photo and beautiful composition. It's like a postcard.
Great light, colors and sharpness.

Best regards,

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  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2009-11-24 10:29]

Hola amigo,
hermoso panorama y original fg.
buen pov/dof y atractivos colores.
saludos Danilo.

Hello Danilo,
Wondewrful contrast of leaves with clouds... outstanding angle of wiew and depthness of field
Selahattin E

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  • japiey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1253 W: 75 N: 2365] (9460)
  • [2009-11-24 11:20]

Hi Danilo,

Beautiful presentation.
Excellent tones.


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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2009-11-24 11:27]

Hi Danilo,

The leaves do a nice job framing the upper portion of the shot. You've captured the seclusion well, only a few people visiting the beach that day. Good job managing the difficult light conditions. Looks like a nice place to spend some time, the colors are gorgeous.

Best regards,

Ciao Danilo, fantastic landscape, beautiful composition well framed by leaves, splendid light and colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Bonsoir Danilo,
Wouah! merveilleuses couleurs de la mer et les rochers à l'horizon.
Un bord de mer délicieux pour flaner.
Les cieux sont généreusement colorés de bleu superbes avec les feuilles. Belle image.


Hi Danilo
fabulous image. beautiful colors.
feels like fantasy land.
good pov with the branches hanging like curtains.

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  • JT50 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 273 W: 6 N: 320] (1524)
  • [2009-11-24 13:58]

Hi Danilo,
The intence blue looks lovely
in this image. The way it paints
the water is impressive. The
silhouette stands out beautifully
against the blue. Well done.
Have a nice Wednesday.

Boa noite Danilo

So beautiful composition: planet earth and human kind in perfect harmony. Wonderful light and shadows, wonderful perspective.Your camera has a special " touch" bravo
Um abraço

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  • mbrito Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
  • [2009-11-24 15:57]

Hi Danilo
Very good perspective, a great depth of field, and an excellent sharpness, light and colors.
Best regards, mb

Wow! Fabulous POV and Dof here to showcase an amazing landscape with the human figures adding point of interest to the whole composition. Wonderful work and TFS!



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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2009-11-24 23:25]

Hi Danilo

As well as framing this idyllic tropical beach, the fg vegetation adds depth, layering & graphism. Tfs!

Hi Danilo ,
Very nice frame,fantastic scenic beach with clean blue sky,very nice warm color of sand FG with the combination of cool color in BG,well captured,well done,

Hello Danillo,

My first impression is of the fine composition.
The triagle of f/g beach and m/g sea fit together perfectly. They guide towards the distant hills, whilst the overhanging branch helps to establish the f/g, to appreciate the huge depth of the shot.
From a cold, increasingly wintery, England, this surely looks like wonderful destination!!

Have a good day,
Bev :-)

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2009-11-25 6:51]


Fantastique cadrage avec la branche, ce rendu sur le sabe fin, ce marque, avec les personnages qui passent, merveilleux ensemble, superbe.

Bravo et amitié


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  • tracer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 748 W: 45 N: 1650] (8284)
  • [2009-11-25 10:02]

Hi bro Dan,

this is one place i dream to visit also one day. Funny how i sound like a foreigner in my own land. =D
jaw dropping mix of blues and greens.


i a n

Olá Danilo

O lugar é lindo e a composição
elegante, Gosto das cores e
do ponto de vista. Uma bela
paisagem muito bem registrada
num ótimo momento.

Ciao Danilo

The image here is charming and inviting
to come and stay! Do not ever go away.
I see a very nice nature area, with different colors
Also nice background with the mountains and clouds.
Composition and presentation are very nice.
Very well done,

Have a nice day,


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  • maecy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 252] (1653)
  • [2009-11-26 4:03]

Hello po...

Happy thanksgiving!...ganda po nito, well composed..next time dito nman punta namin heheheh..ganda ng pinas...



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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2009-11-30 11:34]

Great beach,this is not easy ,standing in a dark shdy place and getting good details from the light places in the distance.
well done..


Hello Danilo,

Lovely composition with excellent saturation, light and sharpness!
Congratulations and TFS

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