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Love At First Sight

Love At First Sight
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Copyright: Scott Thomas (Sharpshooter) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 551 W: 73 N: 1658] (7016)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-13
Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Decisive Moment, Mood
Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Rebel XSi), - Canon EF-S 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS, 58mm Marumi UV, 58mm Hoya Polarizing Filter
Exposure: f/16
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-10-19 1:08
Viewed: 3836
Points: 100
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is another shot from my trip to Raglan last week – This time looking over Manu Bay from one of the roadside lookouts. The tide was out at this time, so the waves were quite small. At high tide, the beach is full of surfers looking for a killer wave.

Manu Bay's famous surf break, also known as ‘The Point’, is said to have the longest left hand ride in the world. With its laid-back atmosphere, casual cafes and great accommodation, whatever your budget, Raglan is the perfect play to learn to surf or just enjoy the phenomenal surfing conditions.

The tide has been out for some time as the rocks along the coastline at Manu Bay have dried in the heat of the sun, some which are blanketed by the drying seaweed. This is a great place to turn over the rocks and seek out sea creatures that hide beneath them out of the sun until the tide moves in again.

As soon as I first went to Raglan a few years ago, I fell in love with the place – Hence the title for today’s photo. I decided to keep this shot quite bright, to depict the weather conditions on this day. All comments and criticism are welcome.

EXIF Data:
Image Quality: 3x RAW converted to HDR
Device: Canon EOS 450D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS
Focal Length: 21mm
Aperture: F/16
Shutter Speeds: 1/13s, 1/30s, 1/5s
Exposure Mode: Manual Control
Metering: Multi-segment
ISO Sensitivity: ISO 100
Date Taken: 13th October 2009, 11:43am

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Hi Scott,
Anawesome view well captured with perfect brightness and contrast. Here is the clarity striking such crisp clear greens and blues. An attractive promotion of your wonderful country!

Hi Scott,

Another great capture with superb moment! Ohh, indeed when I saw this picture in thumbnail format, I was in love with the landscape and the beautiful cloud formation :)

The colors are rich as usual in your pictures, and the sharpness and POV are perfect.
The varying tones of the colors of seawater play a great role in beautifying your work.

Very well done, my friend!

best regards,

amazing pov here Scott realy nice details grt use of thirds and nice natural colours
tfs bryan

hello Scott
hope you are doing great
this is another wonderful shot my friend!
you post production always facinates me
the light management is excellent and the shadows and highlights are pretty wel here
how have you done that?

Joli contraste.

hi scott
great peaceful looking scenic shot,excellent detail in the foliage beautiful sky and colours.

Hello Scott,

This is extremely good landscape shot.
Excellent POV, light tones, sharpness and colors.

Best regards,

Great view - the sky looks better on this one compared to your last upload! Nice sharp shot, everything in the right place! The cloudscape looks great..


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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2009-10-19 2:09]

Hi Scott...
Beautiful view...
Beautiful shot with so nice composition, colors...

Bonjour Scott.
J’ai plaisir à retrouver ces beaux paysages maritimes que tu nous présentes.
Le ciel entrecoupé de nuages donne une bonne perspective à cette superbe photo.
Bonne journée.

Salam Scott

A little bit looks like the previous shot I've seen of you
Great image details and quality in addition to dreamy soft colors and lighting, the comopsition is fantastic and well managed

Best wishes, Alireza

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2009-10-19 2:27]


mangiigque iamge, quelle vue, le cadrage est parfait avec la végétation dans l'angle, la belle mer et ces tons gris bleu, une merveille, grandiose compo.

Bravo et maitié


hi scott
very beautiful shot. i am wonderful about how it could be so sharp waves and clouds when you had 3 shots with deferents time shutting!!
excelent lighting and dof. well done.

Hi Scott,
Amazing sky combining beautifully with the green water!
Beautiful colors and scenery.

Good image of a beautiful landscape full of texture, excellent framing and depth, congratulations, hugs

Hi Scott
Impressive capture and place
Wonderful depth, colors and contrast
Have a nice days

Hi Scott,

What a stunning vieuw. Nice and sharp. Everything seems to fitt well with eachother. Amazing sky too. You were lucky that day.

regards, willie

Really nice shot Scott. The colors are what really grab my attention ... the aqua green of the water, the sky, and the lush (spring) green on the shore - beautiful. Those people (in the white house) have some pretty spectacular real estate!!!
Great shot

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2009-10-19 6:56]

Hi Scott,
This photo is still better that your previous! The composition with this undulating shore make a very good entry in the image!
F16 was a perfect exposure for this scene,increasing the blue sky and the aqua colors of sea!
Your POV enhances the vastness of this place. Excellent clarity! A delight for my eyes! Annie

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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2009-10-19 7:43]

Hi Scott,

Yeah, I'd be in love with this too. A superb capture of the beach and coastline taken from a nice, high POV. The cloud cover throws some nice patterns on the water. Your HDR treatment is nice and subtle, creating a fine seascape. TFS

Best regards,

superbe paysage marin
j'aime l'action ds vagues qui vienent mourir sur la plage, on sent la force de l'océan aisi que l'iode qui s'en dégage
belle lumière, on pov......


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  • solrac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1103 W: 26 N: 1025] (9012)
  • [2009-10-19 10:37]

Precioso paisaje con un color y luz excelentes captados en un buen encuadre
Buen trabajo
un saludo

Hi Scott,
Very fine seascape vith excellent atmosphere and colours.TFS.


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  • jackal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 790 W: 26 N: 808] (9654)
  • [2009-10-19 12:33]

Hi Scott,
this one is even better that yesterdays, great contrasts of colour and excellent clarity

Bonjour Scott
The landscape is as many others, but your ppworks makes it wonderful;an amazing result


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  • AKITA Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1523 W: 73 N: 86] (20294)
  • [2009-10-19 14:59]

hi Scott,
a very settled and stable feeling is nice.
the capturing looks natural to be seen this whole view very well,
and the contrast among three(sky, sea and forest) makes original artistic atmosphere in it.
white cloud and waves are so refreshing for my eyes,
thank you,

Bonsoir Scott,
WoW!! Amazing capture of this beautiful seascape!!
Wanderful COLORS and excellent POINT OF VIEW,
Excellent contrast and light,
A great composition Scott,

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  • karith Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1037 W: 55 N: 1262] (7891)
  • [2009-10-19 17:25]

Ah, this one is SO inviting:) The HDR intensifies the mood but is not overdone or overdark. Good detail throughout. The sky is a perfect accent to the beautiful scene below. Very appealing, and well handled!

Excellent advert for hdr even for people like me who prefers natural looking colours The key is that you made it look natural and yet have enhanced the shot at the same time Too many beautiful details to mention but excellent work Its good to have you posting again
warm regards

The high point of veiw looking down on the bay works well.

The different layers of colour in the sea is really nice.

Subtle HDR works well with this shot.

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  • Fons Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1165 W: 2 N: 215] (16615)
  • [2009-10-20 1:16]

beautiful visibility the sea with a splendid cloud sky

Hello Scott,

Another wonderful seascape from your beautiful island.
Excellent exposure and wonderful clarity.

I used to enjoy superb shots from N.Z. by a photographer called Tony Ho. Sadly, he seems to have stopped posting but you are feeling his shoes nicely!

Have a good day,
Bev :-)

I am thoroughly impressed with the classic coastline composition Scott. I am even more impressed with your pp work as it looks flawless. Smooth and beautiful...Regards

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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2009-10-20 9:31]

Hi Scott...

What a beautiful landscape with nice POV and perspective...
Excellent shot - Nice postcard, indeed.
Excellently done - nice details and colors.
With my compliment,

Hello Scott,
outstanding landscape here. sharp with good details.Very nice array of clouds adding to the image. Good POV and DOF here.
Best regards Siegfried

Olá Scott

Uma paisagem encantadora, um belo
ponto de vista. O céu está maravilhoso
e a água neste tom de verde cria um
lindo contraste. Bela composição.

Hello Scott,
Incredible shot and perfect eye opener.
Loved diagonal main line, how did you use light
and texture of flora
Selahattin E

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2009-10-21 8:07]

Hi Scott

Magical. This looks more like Tahiti or Hawaii, than NZ. Superb colours & lighting, in this incredible seascape. Tfs!

A perfect title for a wonderful landscape captured with great precision and clarity.Name any dimension of photographic technique and you will find that in this shot to the perfection.TFS

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2009-10-21 9:57]
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Hi Scott,
nice to view your images again,you handle the HDR effect so well.I'm still confused re shooting three images containing a sky like this,that there has to be movement in the clouds between each capture,how do you get it to show like yours, everthing so well aligned?First rate work.May I ask what your focal length was of the lens used?

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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2009-10-21 13:15]

Superbe vieuw of the coastlin,I haent see you for a while ,as I see you are still in exelent form!.


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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2009-10-22 2:42]

Hi Scott,
beautiful compo again.Perfet clarity.Beautiful naturel colours.TFS.Necla.

Bonjour Scott,

Un endroit paradisiaque, quel superbe paysage aux couleurs exceptionnelles!!!
Le travail est très recherché et d'une grande finesse!!!

Hi Scott, Good to see another view of Raglan, one of the best surf spots when it is running. Some of those cottages have a wonderful view of the point, what a great spot to have as a weekender. The blues and greens have come up well. Thanks for the memories, as they say in the classics. Murray.

Hello Scott,

The colors and sharpness are superbly returned, on this composition, to present such a landscape to us.
Thanks for sharing

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  • jone Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2365 W: 178 N: 0] (32781)
  • [2009-10-26 1:22]

Greetings Scott ;)
Impressive sky, composition, atmosphere...TFS
J ;)

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  • harpya Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6058 W: 174 N: 1935] (7534)
  • [2009-10-28 18:08]

Ciao Scott

I have to agree with you,
on beauty, there is no paradise
more beautiful than this place!
Fabulous view, the point that you look!
Excellent captured, good composed lovely presentation.
Very well done,

Best regards,


Another GRAND shot. Are you using a high pass sharpening on these shots?? The details kill me! ...(rolling on the floor).... Dang I would kill to make shots like this! What program are you processing these with? Gotta get me some!

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  • BenF Gold Star Critiquer [C: 261 W: 0 N: 352] (3060)
  • [2009-10-31 8:03]

Hi Scott,
Beautiful scenery with great colors and beautiful
Well done and thanks for sharing.

Re Re bonjour Scott

Ta galerie est un vrai bijou!!!
Les couleurs ,la lumière et surtout la netteté sont incroyablement belles!!
Bravo !!!

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