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5 minutes from home

5 minutes from home
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Copyright: Annie Belanger (Beger) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-11
Categories: Daily Life, Nature
Camera: Canon Rebel XTi 400D, Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, 67 mm B+W käsemann Circpol
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Friday Theme 2008/09/12 "5 Minutes From Home", Seasons at Grande-Vallee [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-11 21:31
Viewed: 3471
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 154
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello dear friends,

5 minutes from my home!
What I see?
Mountains and sea
River and lakes
Covered bridge
Quiet cove
No red light
Nor big buildings
Or line up at store
Always fresh air
Colors and odors
Help and smiles

5 minutes from my home!
Just one view towards horizon
Small is beautiful…

This photo was taken at 5 minutes from my home.
3 minutes by car until the entry of the beach and 2 minutes walking on the sand until this point of view!

Technically, I converted the Raw photo in Jpeg.
Light crop, adjustment of levels and contrast!

Have a great weekend!

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Hello Annie,

I would love to have this view five minutes from my home instead of a ten hours drive....

I testify, It can not be better than this . Well captured from the edge of the foamy waters, creating a dynamic perspective. The curved beached leading our eye to the conspicious church spire. Well seen and post processed.

Well done,

Bonsoir Annie,
Quel beauté ce paysage!! Superbe composition et décors, Excellent POV. et détails. C'est magnifique.
belle perpective des vagues et couleurs superbes,
Tous mes compliments Annie..

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  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1995 W: 141 N: 3390] (13665)
  • [2008-09-11 22:17]
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bonjour Annie

You do live in a wonderful area with this kind of view of the sea. Is that a church spire on the top of cliff?

From map of Quebec, I can see the Grande-Vallee is north of Bathurst.

tfs, bill

Beautiful well composed seascape Annie.... great shot.

Regards Mark :)

Hi Annie
wonderful view.
excellent pov for painters and photographers.
beautiful colors of the ocean.

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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2008-09-12 0:25]

Hi Annie...
Beautiful shot...
Nice colors and composition...
:-) soon

Hello Annie,

I am tempted to dip my toes in this, it is so close and so inviting.

Superb, sharp exposure, wonderful colours.
The eye follows the curve of the foaming wave, diagonally across the frame to appreciate and enjoy the buildings.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

hello Annie,

5 mins from home? wow.. if im in your place i would come here everyday.. so lovely to see sea view.. i envy you.. :) excellent shot with fine detail.. tfs..

regards, terry

Beautiful view - very well photographed. Great colour, good exposure.

Hi Annie,

Lovely scene, you are very lucky with this on your doorstep, I can smell that sea air.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2008-09-12 2:48]

Hello Annie, it is lovely living by the sea, isn't it? Always changing scenery. never the same.
Beautifully captured by you. I love the church up on the hill - has Robert posted an image of it - or maybe you have?
Super colours - well done

is it a paradise on earth, Annie...?
it's splendidly sssooo beautiful, ssooo impressive a capture!
and ssooo inviting too.
well done!



A friend of ours will visit Ste-Anne and therefor I have been researching the area. I then came upon the photogallerie of the tourism board, but I think they have to buy yours - contact them at:
[email protected] ^-^.

Hi Annie,

Not only do you present us with a very attractive view, great light, deep colours, a place where you can breath but to make us/me really envious you also paint a very attractive picture in your note.
A great place to live and a great picture to prove it.


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  • lavan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 710 W: 2 N: 153] (4208)
  • [2008-09-12 3:42]

nice shot
good sharpness
great details
well done

I would KILL to have a place like this 5 minutes from my house! Oh how incredibly beautiful Annie! I love how you did this, nice off center post on the church! Perfect exposure, love those waves! Just the best!!

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  • soda Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 173 W: 65 N: 149] (2634)
  • [2008-09-12 5:17]

Salut Annie,
Tu es super chanceuse d'avoir un si bel endroit près de chez-toi.
Cette photo est superbe, excellentes couleurs et belle prise de vue.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2008-09-12 5:25]

What a lucky lady you are to have this wonder just five minutes from home!
Stunning colours here and perfect composition with your church almost perfectly placed on the "hitpoint"

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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2008-09-12 6:00]

Well aren't you the lucky one!! Beautiful surroundings! I like this scene and the colors and detail. The architecture also looks very interesting. TFS and have a happy day!

An excellent shot from the shore Annie.
The colors are just fabulous, as is the focus.
I like where you caught the wave here.
Great composition.
Well done.
- Vincent

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  • glint Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 593 W: 3 N: 545] (3785)
  • [2008-09-12 7:26]

hello Anne,
what a beautiful view so close to your home. Lovely composition with the church spire in just the right place within the frame.I love the blue of sea and sky. A 90 degree turn from my tractor picture and I could have recorded a view of the Solway Firth. But there was a grey sky and an iron sea and so I envy you this.

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  • jentt Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 180 W: 71 N: 433] (4022)
  • [2008-09-12 7:57]
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Bonjour Annie
Ca c'est une vue que j'aimerais bien avoir a 5 minutes de chez moi! La photo est parfaitement composée et le polarisant accentue magnifiquement l'intensité des couleurs, notamment au niveau du ciel. Superbe.

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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2008-09-12 8:23]

Hi Annie,
great picture with much good details and colors. A marvelous illustration of the Chrch with beautiful perspective on sea, it is wonderful done with very good success. Thanks for divide of picture and information.

Hello Annie!
Very beautiful seascape you have 5 minutes from your house!
Wonderful colours and really lovely atmosphere!
Best regards!

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  • nova Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2441 W: 250 N: 873] (8693)
  • [2008-09-12 8:56]

Très belle image à nouveau.J'aimerais bien voir toutes tes images agrandies 20"X24" ou plus sur les murs.As-tu déjà pensé à faire une exposition de tes oeuvres? Je pense qu'elles auraient un bon succès auprès du public.J'admire ici le découpages créé par les vagues,comme une dentelle.Les couleurs sont splendides et la composition impeccable.Merci pour le partage,

Hello Annie,
A picturesque scene like a post card.
Perfect blue tones and bubbles...
My compliments
Selahattin E

Annie you make us all jealous. What a stunning image with the village on the horizon line. The water couldn't be captured any better - colors/saturation, composition all perfect.


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  • WTS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 231 W: 52 N: 275] (1434)
  • [2008-09-12 11:29]

Annie, this is post card perfect ... I agree with Robert(perryhooter) re this view.
well done - POV, colors and looks like some blending on the right side with the blue, like the effect.


Lovely colours in a well composed image Annie. Superb all over detail and well presented,

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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2008-09-12 13:27]

A lucky woman to live here,no wonder you are a good photographer.

another wonderful place and scenery you captured Annie,sharp and detailed all around, perfect exposure as well.you are very lucky that you live in such a beautiful place.TFS.

Hello Annie, you have captured a beautiful light which brings out the lovely blues of the sky and the sea.
I like your POV,so the waves come in on the diagonal.The buildings on the top of the cliff are a good feature,especially the church.
A lovely place to be close to,tfs.
Regards Jean.

Hello Annie,

What a great view of beach, I love that vivid blue and the fantastic composition where the wave line guide the view over the whole landscape. Perfect exposure, focus and DOF.


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  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1797 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2008-09-12 18:59]

Hi Annie,
What a view to have - five minutes from home. I am so envious of you! Lovely capture, looks like a postcard.

Wow, Annie, you make me homesick. Once upon a time, growing up in Maine, I lived five minutes from the beach. Wisconsin's a lovely place, but shots like this stir the old, sweet call of the ocean. Lovely capture here of the waves' frothy march toward shore. Lovely light, too, and good POV for the background. That promontory with the steeple jutting heavenward offers a pleasing, striking backdrop.

ciao Annie
what a beauty.. what a wonderful places.. intensity of this sight takes me a lot!.. excellent for composition, colours.. atmosfere!! many thanks
ciao Marco

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2008-09-13 0:27]

Bonjour Annie

I like the diagonal lead in line of the surf, which guides the eye to the headland at right. Good colour, sharpness & perspective. Tfs!

Bonjour Annie,
Je ne cesse de rêver en voyant tes photos... Toujours aussi magnifique cet endroit.
La clarté et les couleurs sont sublîmes!
Tu habite un vrai paradis et on peut voir que tu l'apprécie par l'honneur que tu lui fais en nous offrant ces images pleines d'émotions et de vie.
Je pars pour Mont-Saint-Pierre la nuit prochaine, j'espère avoir une température aussi clémente.
Merci pour partage,

Bonjour Annie,
Je sais que vous connaissez la chance d'habiter un endroit aussi paradisiaque, vos photos en témoignent ! Mais ça donne envie...

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  • lucbus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1809 W: 92 N: 1864] (10358)
  • [2008-09-13 5:05]

Salut Annie,

Que de beau souvenir cette photo me rappelle. Des vacances que nous n'oublierons jamais. J'aime comment la mousse de l'eau nous dirige directement vers l'église et une partie du village.

Alors vous aussi vous avez bénificié du superbe environnement et service du Princesa del mar.



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  • mbrito Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
  • [2008-09-13 5:25]

Hello Annie,
Has I see your home has a wonderful location too.
Fantastic colours and sharpness, and an excelent depht with the horizon line, the mountain and the constructions up there with a fantastic detail.
Excelent POV and compo with the waves dying soft down in the frame. A master work, or, as italiens say «a capolavoro». Bravo.
Congrats, mb

Bom dia Annie
Very beautiful place. Your capture is superb. Wondeful angle. It´s a candy to the eye.
Have a good WE
my regards


reminded of a line, 'on a clear day you can see forever'!!

fabulous compo, pov and clarity.

make a poster and hang it on the wall!


Hello Annie

That beautiful postal!
What can speak, just to be hours and hours here
appreciating this wonderful landscape that the Nature created!
Excellent visual and that wonderful world!


Bonjour Annie,
Une jolie perspective de profondeur créée par les vagues se laissant mourir sur le sable!!!
(Mon petit dernier trouve que c'est aussi joli qu'une carte postale)!
Il a du goût, tu ne trouves pas!!!!
Bon revenons à nos moutons, la falaise habitée par quelques maisons ressort superbement sur ce joli ciel d'un bleu profond!!!
Amitiés et toutes mes félicitations!!!
Odile :)

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  • k-2 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 605 W: 26 N: 503] (3638)
  • [2008-09-13 14:15]

Your photos are very distinctive and recognizable. The composition with the curved waves leading to the church and the rich blue sky and water are the mark of Annie. TFS. Karin

Hello Annie

WOw what a deligthful view this is, your so lucky to have this so close to home to view and to photograph. A very pretty image here a nicely balanced capture with superb sharp detail and excellent colour saturation.

TFS and for joining in the theme

kind regards Helen

Bonsoir Annie
Quelle belle perspective et quell grande netteté dans cette photo. De la mousse qui s'attarde un moment sur l plage jusqu'au clocher de l'église, tout est clair. Le point de vue et le moment du déclenchement sont parfaits. Une composition qui insiste sur la présence de la mer qui fait ton quotidien.
Bravo et merci

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2008-09-13 19:05]

Encore une fois la composition est superbe, bravo Annie tu nous montres le chemin à suivre, c'est tout simplement...beau!


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  • Niva Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1121 W: 2 N: 877] (11866)
  • [2008-09-13 19:07]

Hello Annie, Salut !
Lucky you, my TL friend!
A beautiful scenery indeed!
Kind regards, Merci Beaucoup!
De Recife-Bresil,
Nivaldo :-)

Hi dear friend,
... I am speachless in front of this beauty
... and it's only 5 minutes from your home...
you must be really really lucky :)
Amazing view!
Have a lovely WE.

Good morning Annie,
This is fantastic. Superb capture of the waves, the blue sky is dramatic, and the church and homes atop the hill make a pleasant viewing. Another awesome work, have a good Sunday. Danilo

Bonsoir Annie,
Your style is instantly recognizable with rich blue skies and seas, and the eye always being led in a delightful way to the subject matter: in this instance the church.
Another winner.
Have a good weekend,
I have thought again about the hydrangeas--I think it is too cold in Quebec. I am even surprised that they are not frost killed.

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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2008-09-14 7:26]
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HI Annie
I have just come back from your corner of the world and I miss all the beautiful sceneries that it offers, but it will unfortunately be my last trip as I am now too old to travel.
The white surf is so lovely against all that blue, and the little village adds charm and beauty.
Superb post. A quel endroit est ce charmant village?

Hello Annie,
This is excellent seascape of this beautiful
view.Excellent post for the theme.TFs

Excellente capture.
Excellente netteté et détails.
Les couleurs sont tout simplement superbes.

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2008-09-15 4:59]

wow, what a neighbourhood !
Please let me know if one of your neighbours is crazy and selling his house !


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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2008-09-15 5:05]

Hi Master Annie,
perfect composition and perfect depth as always.Congratulations.Necla.

Hi Annie, great view of splendid place, you are very lucky to take this beauty five minutes from your house, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hallo Annie,
wunderschöne Landschaft...Wohnst Du wirklich nur 5 Minuten von dem Strand entfernt? Wawa.. hast Du es gut:)
Zu dem Foto, was kann ich dazu sagen...einfach Toll.


Bonsoir Annie,

Ah ! Que c'est beau la Grande Vallée. Le point de vue est très interessant. C'est très beau ce petit village. J'aime bien la danse des vagues et au loin le petit village. Bien composé et bien réalisé. Bravo. Très belle contribution pour le thème . Merci !


Be thankful that you live in a beautiful place wherein you can capture a lot of beautiful view. Like this photo, this is such a wonderful view. The water looks so cool and real and i can see a lot of good details in this photo.

Bonjour Annie!
Quel beauté tranquille dans les alentours de chez vous!
On a certainement de la chance à vivre dans un si bel endroit...
Les vagues sur le sable donne aussi un sens d'infini.
Merci de partager.
Ciao, Antonella

Hi Annie,
Great perspective view, well shown with excellent sharpness and colour contrast. Like the longitudial waves. It's a well balanced picture. Exce;llent posting!
Chapeau mon amie :-)

Hi Annie..nicely composed shot..wonderful details and colors.


Bonsoir, Annie,
Je ne puis que me joindre à tous les amis pour te féliciter pour cette magnifique composition.
La qualité photographique est remarquable. Le sujet est parfaitement traité.
Louanges largement et amplement méritées.

Hi Annie,
How did I miss this picture. I love this beautiful ocean scene. The composition is wonderful. I really like your POV looking up at the peninsula. The vivid blue colors of the ocean and sky are very nice. If this was my picture I would frame it and hang it on the wall. I love this shot.

Fantastic,wonderful place and photo.

Excellent live shot of the sea.

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  • Kli Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 15 N: 199] (2054)
  • [2008-09-18 12:05]

Bonjour Annie,
C'est bien beau à 5 mn de chez toi ... ! :)
Un endroit propice à la méditation ...
J'imagine d'ici le bruit des vagues qui te berce, les odeurs et le vent qui te font sentir bien vivant ...


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  • clic Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 728 W: 0 N: 107] (2973)
  • [2008-09-23 17:03]

Bonjour Annie
Je me souviens très bien quand vous annonciez votre déménagement et de vous avoir répondu que la nature saurait bien se faire belle devant votre appareil au nouvel endroit!
La pureté du jade à vos pieds!
C'est fabuleux!...vous avez fait une bonne affaire!
Le béret de peintre vous va bien!

Olá Annie,

You´re so privileged to have a view like that only 5 min from your home :)
Great light, sharpness and colors. Congratulations!

best regards.

Salut Annie, love the intensity, both in the comp and the colours, thanx, M, (*_*)

Bonjour Annie
Comme à l'habitude de la très bonne image et avec ce paysage marin je retrouve ma Bretagne,je respire en regardant cette image.
Bonne journée

another masterpiece Annie. i love the waves and the saturated colors.


i a n

Very nice Annie. Excellent exposure and beautiful colors. Well composed. You show a beautiful scene well.


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  • Shogun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 788 W: 52 N: 418] (10434)
  • [2008-11-20 19:26]

beautiful shot and place Annie. Nice! Tfs


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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 317 W: 286 N: 822] (4030)
  • [2008-11-23 18:02]

Bonjour Annie,

Superbe image. Du point vue technique rien à redire, exposition, netteté tout est parfait. La composition excellente avec de jolies vagues en avant plan et un bel équilibre. Du très beau travail et merci de partager tes images.


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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2009-01-25 6:57]

Hi Annie...

Lovely colorful autumn shot...
Perfect details and well composed photo...
Beautiful sharpness and colors.

Hello Annie,

Un bonheur suprême de vivre si près d'un tel paysage,
un Paradis sur terre ou rien ne dérange pas même la chanson des flots.
Sublime graphisme des vagues qui viennent mourir sur le sable ocre.
Grande beauté bleutée.
Mes compliments pour cette merveilleuse image.
Amitiés. Agréable fin de journée.

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