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A peek in paradise

A peek in paradise
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Copyright: Hans Spruijt (GreenBaron) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3009 W: 919 N: 12213] (52777)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-20
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D70s, Sigma 18-50 3.5-5.6 DC, Hitachi4GBMicrodrive, Hama 58mm circular polarizer
Exposure: f/11, 1/350 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: New Zealand experience 2008/2009
Date Submitted: 2009-11-23 3:36
Viewed: 2578
Points: 34
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A peek in paradise

A hike through the Abel Tasman National Park in New Zealand started on the beach. Well it was like a peek in paradise, such a serene and peaceful place. Had a lovely swim here after the hike before I met the little ferry boat again.

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PP work: shot in RAW, small adjustment of levels and curves, brightness and contrast. Converted to jpeg, adjusted sharpness with unsharpen mask (175%, 0.5 pixels), resized to TL dimensions.

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Hello, Hans -
Beautiful scene from this excellent POV. The shoreline leads the eye in a curving arch around the left side of the frame. The emerald water is sharp with wonderful rippling patterns. Rich colors of the rolling hills against the blue sky. Very nicely done.

Bonjour Hans.
Magnifique image qui inspire au voyage et à la baignade.
Une bonne mise en page et un bon cadrage donné à cette photo un excellent intérêt, Félicitations.
Bonne journée.

hmmm.. when I compare the look out my window and here on my pc I'd rather be in paradise....
It's darn cold and wet out there and they have promised us yet another south-west storm! Lovely!!!

A great view here Hans... makes me long for summer again....(and we have only just had summer................
Lovely colors and atmosphere.


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  • jone Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2365 W: 178 N: 0] (32781)
  • [2009-11-23 4:13]

Greetings Hans ;)
Beautiful and very pleasent view...TFS
Best regards,
J ;)

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2009-11-23 4:19]


merveilleus image, quel mouvement de l'eau, avec ces rochers plat, la pureté de l'eau, cette courbe qu fait la plage, et la belle colline, quel ensemble.

Bravo et amitié


Oh this looks so appealing Hans, as winter starts to settle in on the Canadian prairies.
Very nicely composed shot with the sweeping, curving shoreline...very nice colors throughout. It does look like paradise! I can just feel that water on my feet :)

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2009-11-23 4:29]

Hi Hans,
A nice beachscape shot with marvelous natural colors.
Great sparkle of light in the water.
Superb greenery at the BG.
The POV is just marvelous...a posrcard shot of this splendid beach.
Good work.

Francis Xavier

Bom dia Hans,
Calm and peaceful, you are right: it is a image of Paradise. Great use of thirdies, excellent focus and lighting,
Best regards,

I could just set up a tent and live here forever! I love the water Hansie! The beach curving around is a nice lead in line!

Very nice bay with fine sand and good POV. Since the PP master or a perfect picture. Congrats Sandor

No wonder they slap images of this place in so many postcards and tourist guides, Abel Tasman on a good day is one of the most picturesque spots in the country and I think you've done it great justice here. Gorgeous colours and nice capture of the clear waters.

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2009-11-23 20:34]

Hi Hans,
Even on my bad laptop screen (my pc has been infected by a malicious threat last weekend :( and it is out of service for a while), this photo looks beautifully! Excellent rendering of the clear water. A true paradise! Hope you enjoyed it!

HI Hans..nicely composed shot...nice tones and light.


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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2009-11-23 22:33]

The aweeping curve of the beach draws you right into this image,beautiful natural colours & a strong composition Hans,looks like an ideal place to visit for some R&R

Boa noite hanhs
Very good composition with a superb curve. Perfect light and sharpness. Everything seem simples. Love it.
~My regards

Hi Hans great shot of Able Tasman I`m please you had fun shooting this area well done
, Did you like the wonderful color of the sand? amazing national park good one you

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  • Dawn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 98 N: 3374] (17650)
  • [2009-12-02 20:49]

Hi Hans... This would be one of the most beautiful places in NZ... I was here a few years ago... nothings changed!! lol..

At the time I thought to myself, why do people go to the likes of Fiji when we have this on our own doorstep...I do like your compostion here, you have captured this just as it looks, with your natural NZ colours. Oh just look at that crystal clear water... wonderful.


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