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Perfect Sky

Perfect Sky
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Copyright: David Jessop (WhiteKnight) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1199 W: 130 N: 2138] (12018)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-02-25
Categories: Daily Life
Camera: Nikon D200 Digital SLR, Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 DC EX HSM, 77 mm circular Polarizer
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): My favorite Beaches images, I could live here!, PLAGES ET COTES DU MONDE [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-03-04 19:25
Viewed: 8131
Favorites: 5 [view]
Points: 98
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Well, what can I say about this scene... Absolutely beautiful place!! Incredibly high contrast between sunlit areas and shadows with the intensity of the light.

RAW, some distractions cloned out, jpegged and resized..

EXIF - 1/90 sec,f8, ISO100, +0.7EV, 10mm focal length

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  • timtim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 934 W: 105 N: 608] (10187)
  • [2009-03-04 19:27]

WOW postcard perfect

Wonderful clarity and light here, David - and great use of the wide angle again. Couldn't have been done any better in my opinion.

Hi David,
Amazing dreaming place!! , all is PERFECT, Colours, composition , presentation and light,
Wanderful sky and lovely details,
all my compliments.

hi david,
nice scenic shot. cpl works well which made the clouds stand out.

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  • KBE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 571 W: 132 N: 805] (3839)
  • [2009-03-04 22:24]

Hi David
Absolutely beautiful place no doubt!
Very well captured and presented.
Wonderfull beach, fantastic clearity and excellent sharpness!

Very well done!


  • Janone Gold Star Critiquer [C: 3409 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2009-03-04 23:02]
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Good Morning David.
Well, Here it is only 7.55
After opening this eyecather I start looking fo my sunglasses, haha
Reall Bounty Picture.!
The bright light and clouds are stunning aswell the shadow of the palmtrees.
You said you cloned out something, hope not that you cloned out the beautiful lady who was sunbathing there, did you ?
Thanks for showing, David.

It's perfect...absolutely perfect in every way. Not even a tilted horizon this time hehe =P



my kind of place! I like my beaches empty :)

great lens ;)

very beautiful photo...

beautiful colors
beautiful composition
and the clarity and detail are obiously seen...

excellent work again..


  • Tomek Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1264 W: 44 N: 3160] (18766)
  • [2009-03-04 23:44]

It is perfect David!!!
Again a superb shot, love it!
no more pt.... sorry

Wow!! Never seen a place like this. Amazing shot. Thanks for sharing!

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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2009-03-05 0:12]

Hi David...
Nice shot...
Nice colors, composition...
Nice place for visit :-)))

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2009-03-05 0:14]
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You are killing my with this gorgeous photos !


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  • Jan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 451 W: 139 N: 813] (5358)
  • [2009-03-05 0:50]

Wooooooooooooooow!!! What a place and what a great photographer!!!!I love the colours, especcially the colours and the sharpness of the palmtrees!! You have to do something with these photo's, it's a crime to do nothing....:)


ciao David..
a beauty!! a dream!!.. it's a paradise!
wonderful large pov.. composition and sky are superb!! you strongly taken the own atmosfere of that place!! excellent, bravo!
ciao Marco

Hi David,
You are right here, the sky is really perfect, awsome blue tones, as well as the tones of the palm tree and the sea. It was useful to use a circular polarizer, I experienced that while taking shots at Hawaiian beaches.
Fantastic sumer scene, TFS!

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2009-03-05 1:03]

Hi David

This beach looks less crowded than mine. I like it already! Good exposure on the dazzling white sand. This is a marvellous tropical beach-scape from Zanzibar. Looks similar to southern Thai beaches, too. Tfs!

hello David
how are you doing?
beautiful place
great colours
nice light and fine view,
this is sure a calender shot or you must frame it bigger for your living room.
a great treat to eyes.

Manuj MEhta

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2009-03-05 2:38]


Quel beaux palmier, c'est un ręve, la chaleur, la merc, ce merveilleux ciel ces ombre sur le sable blanc, la pureté de l'eau, grandiose.

Braov et maitié


Hi David,
Very very beautiful photo and place,very good composed.Thanks.
Best regards,

Composition is excellent, and it's a great scene. I can definitely see the effects of the polarizer at the the upper right corner. It isn't black but it doesn't quite match up with the rest of the sky. Granted, you're always going to get that effect to some extent with such a wide angle, and here it's certainly not as pronounced as it could be. I don't know that my attention would have been called to it as much if you hadn't titled this "Perfect Sky."

Hello David!
Another great picture from Zanzibar!
Fantastic sky, lovely clear water!
Nice point of view!
Best regrads!

Well it's all been said here already David! It looks like about the most idyllic, exotic place in the world. Simply a beautiful shot.

Hi David :-)
Another beautiful beach scene here. :-) You are indeed creating an interest to visit Tanzania. The beaches are gorgeous...
I really like the offset of the wood pilings and blue lounges along with the palm shadows. Cloud formation is great too!
Excellent post. tfs

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  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 256 N: 2110] (13344)
  • [2009-03-05 8:50]

Perfect sky for sure David!
Great point of view.
Magic place presented.
Tanzania is beautiful on your shots.
Sigma 10-20 did a good work to with polarizer.
Janek Kloss

Hi David:
excellent shot.
very good DEPH.
well done

Hi David,
Indeed, a perfect sky! But also perfect shadows on the beach. Superb clear image, remembers me at the Caribbean. Superb posting!

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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2009-03-05 11:00]

Perfect place for holiday David,you took good notice o the cloudy sky wich is giving enormous
amound of depth to the picture,like you say ...great place and the Financial crisis i miles awy :]]


Wow you are one lucky dog!! Incredible scenery...I'm afraid I would go here and NOT come back!! NO WAY...once there, that's it for me! Laying on the beach! Those PERFECT fluffy clouds, LOVE these clouds, we had them last night! Moonlit! awesome! The water, the sand...oh now I am EAT UP with jealousy! I love this.... Chewing my leg off!!

Excellent landscape image. Very beautiful light and wonderful angle of the view.

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2009-03-05 20:10]

Hi David,
Sure that the Paradise must to be like this!:) Superb composition and
perfect capture of this fabulous place. The light on the beach and sea gives translucide colors. And the polarizer made a terrific job with the sky! !
A great photo you might edit in a touristic magazine! Bravo! Annie

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  • MYLZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 74 W: 7 N: 42] (622)
  • [2009-03-05 23:49]

Clear shot..
Wonderful POV captured.
Another postcard photo..again.


It makes one dream about vacation. This is a perfect beach shot.

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  • ttreen Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1317 W: 129 N: 3792] (15759)
  • [2009-03-06 7:06]

Oh yeah I totally agree.. perfect sky and also perfect shadows... The beach looks really amazing....
We go back to St. Maartin in 64 days can not WAIT!


Thank you David for this beautiful picture.
Kind greetings,

Wooow, this is definitely a beautiful place!!
What a beautiful sky, and the sharpness of the palmtrees is great!
I also love the silhouettes of the palmtrees!
Very well done and Thanks For Sharing.

Ahhhh.. summertime!!!!
Get rid of the clouds and let it begin!
Wow amazing shot, that wide angle is great for these shots.

Great work, thanks for sharing.

Greetings from Holland.


This picture is making us dream :)

Hi David,
What can i say more than you said already, he he, well it's pure delight, one of those places one wishes to travel to at the sight of the first snowflake ! Something is missing in the shot though : me lying on one of the blue beach chairs , lol,
Great view indeed and nice job with the light handling, tfs,

sure its a perfect day.. a lovely beach scene that you have capture in all, David.. there is a place in Sabah where the beach is like this also.. beautiful work.. very sharp and detail.. good one..

regards, terry

Very nice shot...Lovely colors

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  • ramon Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 294 W: 39 N: 824] (4058)
  • [2009-04-02 7:04]

Hi David,

Everything about this photo is perfect.


wonderul nature !!!
perfect postcard David

Lovely Capture.


How did I miss this one? Must have been when I had strep. Anyway, it is an AWESOME, and I mean AWESOME photo. The sun and the shadows, the blue sky, and the absence of people! That's my kind of beach! Terrific diagonal angles David.

"Postcard Perfect"! :) Lisa

Hi!! A really perfect place indeed!!! And very good shot!!! Live it! TFS, regards.

wonderful scenic place and wonderful colors and clouds.

Hello David,
WOW.. fantastic clarity and excellent sharpness!
Nice place for visit :-)

Hi David, Good place to see through your lens. It looks like paradise. Good POV with the palm tree as the left border. The clouds are most effective the way you present this place. It looks similar to Boracay, maybe even better, which is hard to believe. TFS. Murray.

Hi David,
You have a fascinating gallery. . .
There's a perfect crispness to this shot enabling the viewer to see for miles, yet not want to leave the POV.
All the best,

Yes David, you are right! It´s a wonderful view, fantastic place!
Nice shot!


Hi David,
Incredible scene, fantastic lights and colors, not to mention composition. Although... I know the deck-chairs in the front symbolize resting, but - by my view - they're disturbing compositional elements also (please have a look on my WS). Just a personal opinion, of course. Everything else on the pic is top class. Congrats and tfs.
I wish you & your family Happy Easter, best regards, László

Hi David,
this is absolutely great.
Brilliant colors, light, sharpness.
Outstanding picture.

Hi David, wonderful scene here looks like paradise. Why is there nobody on this wonderful beach ? Perhaps cause its midday and it too hot ?
Had a look at your website also , again you have wonderful photos here.

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