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a balcony with a view

a balcony with a view
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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: 2009-02-27
Categories: Nature
Exposure: f/4, 1/30 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-02-08 3:00
Viewed: 2380
Points: 94
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
As Wash D.C is still trying to dig from a massive snow storm (nearly two feet), my back is sore from shoveling. And so - I relish an exotic tropical scene to warm my spirit and improve my mood.

A view from my hotel balcony in El Nido, Palawan. A fine day to wake up. So glad that I was able to change my pre-booked hotel in El Nido. This hotel is much better and quieter.

Thanks for viewing. PP work included noise reduction, tweaking of colors/exposure, then resizing.

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Hi Danilo,

Ohh, this is simply a wonderful work, defining Nature at its best!

A series of silhouettes of these hills, and sky reflecting back in the waters, add great dynamism into the shot. The colors of the sky, a beautiful panoramic view of this wonderful landscape and overall used POV, make this an exceptional composition.

Great job, my friend!

best greetings,

Hello Danilo,

Wonderful reflection, great contrast between lights and shadows, excellent work!
Congratulations and TFS

Bonjour Danilo.
Une définition parfaite pour animer cette superbe image maritime.
Le contraste est aussi parfait et les couleurs sublimes.
Le bon angle de prise de vue contribue aussi à la réussite de cette fantastique photo.
Bonne journée.

Hello, Danilo -
Wow - this is a special image! Beautiful light and color. The mountain silhouettes are sharply outlined against the warm and inviting sky; the glass-like water provides a wonderful reflection. Great mood, nicely captured. I think DC got even more snow than we did - hope your back feels better.

Hello Danilo

we have same bad weather here..so good luck with shoveling :)
about the picture is a blessing to see this in middle of winter and is more impressive to read that you had this view from your hotel room
beautiful color tones and silhouettes with marvelous depth and sharpness
i love the sky reflected in the water
Amazing atmosphere .
Have great time my friend!
Oana :)

Hello Danilo

A room with a view it's better than a room without view...HAHA !
And this is THE VIEW !
Simply fantastic !
striking composition with strong colors, perfect 1/3 composition.
Excellent sharpness as always.

My compliments

Hello Danilo

This is a spectacular image. The POV with use of the mountains is awesome. I like what you have done here. Nice work


Wow, fantastic view indeed Danilo!
I love the sharp contrast in this shot, and the fact that the distant mountains are all deeply silhouetted. That little bit of soft color in the sky, and its reflection is very beautiful. VEry nicely composed shot.
I hope you get your shoveling done. Wow, two feet of snow ... that's a LOT!!! Be safe my friend.

Hello Danilo,

A morning wake up to this scenery couldnt get much better! Excellent job capturing this amazing POV.

Well done!


hi danilo! nice silhouettes and very good reflections! very still waters. nice landscape view. one thing i noticed is the vignetting on the upper right corner. maybe because it was on the wide end of the lens or you used a UV filter. i tried one UV filter, when i go to the widest end of the 18200 it tends to vignet. anyways, so much for that. this is a great landscape silhouette!


Hi Danilo ,
WOW...wonderful wide angle shot with beautiful 50/50 framing,if you could go for may be 1/3 or 2/3 framing would have given more interesting look,very well captured with amazing tonal effect,the contrast color in this beautiful tropical shot looks so fabulous,this shot really has a good effect of spirit,very well done.
Have A good week
Mushtaq Hussain

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 897 W: 0 N: 1845] (8705)
  • [2010-02-08 6:55]

Hello Danilo,
again a beautiful landscape. Beautiful details and colors.
Nice POV all, congratulations.
Have a pleasant day,

one word my friend awesome well captured and presented
tfs bryan

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2953 W: 139 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2010-02-08 7:18]

Hi Danilo,
This is a wonderful piece of art! It looks like an oil painting!
An artistic contre-jour capture with nice silhouettes and beautiful pastel sky with a mirror-like reflection on the water.
Great post, my friend, with fabulous photographic abilities.
My best regards,

Francis Xavier

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  • psyce Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 265 W: 25 N: 207] (2856)
  • [2010-02-08 8:19]

the composition is perfect Dan! the exposure is key to the photos mood... love the calmness of the water... your pp work is just enough to bring out the best of the photo! TFS

Hello Danilo,



Ciao Danilo, fantastic landscape with wonderful sunset colors, splendid reflections, beautful composition, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2010-02-08 10:15]

Hi Danilo,

This is a beautiful sunrise, and I agree, the tropical warmth this imparts is welcome. Beautiful colors, reflections and silhouettes. Good choice of framing along the foreground reflection. I just finished the last of my shovelling, just in time for tomorrow's onslaught.

Hope you're not too sore my friend!


Wonderful composition full of mood and details, Danilo.
Well composed, great colors and silhouettes.
Lovely reflection. Congratulations and TFS!

Best regards,
Bruno Santana

Merhaba Danilo,
Wooowwww!!Very impressive atmospheric shot.Great POV, colours and superb reflection.TFS.


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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2010-02-08 16:21]
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Hi Danilo

This has piqued my interest even more, in visiting El Nido next Xmas, if I'm still in Korea then. Superb graphism & symmetrical reflections, with good sharpness. Tfs! What's the name of this hotel?

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2010-02-08 16:55]

Hi Danilo,
Hope your back is well after the shoveling you did! I have seen this big snow storm in Washington D.C! It seems the winds have blowed the snow in my region, now (about two feet and half since yesterday)!
This really a wonderful sunrise you captured. I like the POV from your balcony. The direction of light on the low tide and on the clouds in the sky creates a superb perspective. Excellent definition of colors and contrast. Bravo! Annie

Hi Danilo,
Beautiful view from your balcony hotel in El Nido,
Excellent sunrise and great reflection on water,
Nice POV. and lovely details.
I like it..
My compliments

Boa noite dear Danilo
Open the window and see this ...must be fantastic. Great colors and light...very , very beautiful your composition and has fabulous title to dream about.
Um abraço

Hello dear Danilo!

Very beautiful moment captured here and the view is so splendid. Very nice tones in the sky and the reflecting water. Nice silhouettes that make the shot dramatic.

TFS, indeed a lovely POV.

Best Regards,

Hi Danilo,
Eye catching silhouettes of rocks and mountain. I loved, stunning reflection s and color trasitions from gray to orange.
Selahattin E

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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2010-02-09 3:46]

Hi Danilo,
This is fantastic. Beautiful subject and lighting. Great color tones and very pleasing. Nice job with this. TFS Julie

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2010-02-09 6:09]

Hello Danilo! What can I say that haven't been said? Nothing! Great post my friend I like everything in it. Fantastic! Thanks!


  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2010-02-09 6:31]

well, you know I understand how you feel ...
Superb view !


Hello Danilo,

Extremely good landscape photo.
Light and colors tones are fantastic.

Best regards,

Very good colors and light.
Beautiful photos I like it.
Regards Zoran


As photographers we all want to achieve a "wow" effect with our photos, and this has it. It's just an excellent capture and composition! ...so beautiful and interesting!

Yep, it sure beats the snow. :)


Hi Danilo,
Superb low light, black silhouettes and reflections under the pink, gold and violet sky. A perfect moment.

Good morning Danilo,

I'd love to have awakened to such a spectacular view! A great shot with a wonderful range of textures, colors and richness.

Keep shootin'


Hola Danilo
Buena imagen con un acertado encuadre y una maravillosa luz y un color suave del cielo que realza el color oscuro de las rocas , buen reflejo , una composicion muy lograda , felicidades
Buen trabajo
un saludo

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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2010-02-10 15:11]

HI Danilo
So very peaceful looking, the colors go so well with those silhouettes.
Its so unusual,you are getting so much snow and here the lawn is green, we that usually manufacture snow. Mind you its a relief for us old folks but march has not gone by yet.

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  • subs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 0 N: 296] (2670)
  • [2010-02-11 5:55]

Hi Danilo,
What a view to have by simply stepping onto your balcony! I like how the silhouettes of the rocks break the reflection right across, and that subtle spot of colouring where the sun is rising.

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2010-02-11 6:19]


Merveilleuse iamge, uqel reflet, quelle douce, avec ce rocher qui ressortent dans cett ambiance, fantastique compo.

Bravo et amitié

Hi Danilo - This is a great view to relieve you of the 'winter blues'! Beautiful perspective and extraordinary lighting.

Great POV, Danilo. Lighting is so beautiful. The silhouette of hills are great as well as the reflection. TFS

ps: Are you still off work due to the snow ?
Please keep warm

Olá Danilo

Uma foto impressionante pela beleza da paisagem,
pelas cores fascinantes e pela linda composição.

Hi, Danilo. Excellent capture of this beautiful scene with reflection from a good POV with good perspective, silhouetted rocks of different shapes and sizes giving a very well balanced composition, contrast, colors and sharpness. Cheers and TFS.

Hello Danilo,

This is certainly a strong contrast from the massive snow drifts!
A most pleasing, tranquil picture of rocky silhouettes set amidst warm, sunlit skies and mirrorlike reflections. I like how the sky seems to be radiating from the b/g island.
Maybe a would have cropped just a little from the sky to make the l/h silhouette emerge from the t/l/h corner emphasising its appearance as a bird's head and also giving a little better thirds composition.
Still, a fine shot!

Have a good w/e,
Bev :-)

Hello Danilo! Wonderful seascape. Amazing rocks. Excellent sunset. Superb light and shadow. Good exposure. Very good contrast. Sophisticated effect. Well done!

Hola Danilo.
Precioso paisaje con un colorido fabuloso.
Estupendo encuadre.
Un cordial saludo, Jl.

Hi Danilo...excellent shot...great tones and colors...nice work.


Ciao Danilo

What a beautiful spectacle of nature here!
What a nice contrast with the picture rocks
against the pink colors to the sky.
Perhaps classic but attractive.
Excellent detailed, and good presentation.
Very well done,

Best regards,


Hello Danilo!
Spectacular image,Beautiful compo!
Amazing reflections and sharp colours!
Perfect lighting,depth and silhouettes!
Regards and tfs

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2010-03-03 18:23]

Hello Danilo,

I think it was a bad idea to look at this warm,relaxing image, when you still have all that snow around you,you should be buying a plane ticket & enjoying this scenery:)Those silhouettes are so black, against the blues & pinks ,they just jump out at you,vibrant, moody image.Magical location to wake up & view from the balcony. Hope your snow vanishes soon.

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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2010-03-12 11:21]

Hello Danilo,
I like the wonderful reflection and dark colours.Very beautiful panorame this landscape.Amanzing tonal colours. Very ,very good work.
Best regards.

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