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larena sunrise
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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: 2009-03-23
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma 10-20mm / F 4-5,6 DC EX HSM, 0.6 ND grad
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Poetry insight, TEXAS EXCELLENCE AWARD V [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-05 3:39
Viewed: 3097
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 110
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A sunrise scene from Siquijor Island. Siquijor, located between the large Visayan Islands of Negros and Mindanao in the Philippines, has a population of about 100,000 and a circumference road of about 75 kilometers. National newspapers arrive daily from Dumaguete City on Negros Island, 21 nautical miles to the west. People on Siquijor use cars, buses, motorized “tricycles” and motorcycles for transportation. Fishing, farming (coconuts, root crops, rice and corn) and cottage industries are the predominant sources of income.

The clouds appear on the verge of overexposure but I like the wide range of exposure spectrum. The green stuff on the f/g are sea weeds, much more visible on a morning low tide. The dots on the horizon are tourists enjoying the early morning scene. The ND filter helped temper exposure from the rising sun and provided some vignetting.

Processed as HDR in Photomatix using a single image. Photoshop was used to reduce noise in the sky, decrease contrast and saturation. (Yes that is my personal preference to minimize the HDR look). No sharpening was used as I was afraid of overpixelation (I made this mistake in my previous posting).

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 897 W: 0 N: 1845] (8705)
  • [2010-01-05 3:45]

Hola Danilo,
Splendid image. A beautiful landscape especially by that reflection in water. Superb colors and details.
I wish you a nice day,

Hello Danilo,

Great perspective and reflections!
Wonderful colors and very good light!
Congratulations and TFS

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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2010-01-05 3:46]

Hi Danilo,

Those colors (sky) are so fleeting, if only they could stay with us all day. I like the lead-in provided by the fg grasses, which appear to run parallel to the beach. The subtle HDR application wors nicely on the clouds and their reflections. TFS and have a nice day.


Very beautiful scene.
Great warm colours and the reflection in wonderful. Great POV

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2953 W: 139 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2010-01-05 3:49]

Hi Danilo,
A marvelous sunrise shot with the delicate colors of the early morning.
A fabulous reflection of the multi colored clouds in shallow calm waters.
A nice POV with this extra wide angle zoom lens.
I like it, very artistic and nicely composed.
Very neatly presented.
Thanks for sharing such a masterpiece.
Best regards,

Francis Xavier

Danilo, Ayos!

Beautifull shot, great details and lovelly reflections. was there any PP work done on the clouds? Cheers.

Bonjour Danilo
Les couleurs,les reflets,les contrastes,la lumière...

Hi Danilo,
What a poetic photo vith superb colours and an impressive reflection.TFS.

Hello Danilo,



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  • rlrad Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 142 W: 8 N: 375] (1374)
  • [2010-01-05 4:41]

Hi Danilo,

This one grabbed me from the gallery - great use of vignetting with a real nice composition. The mirror image of the sky is beautiful and I agree 100% with your fondness for the wide spectrum of exposure - it makes this shot very appealing. Terrific technique with HDR - I wouldn't have known if you hadn't stated that.

Have a great day!


  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2010-01-05 4:42]

OMG, what a colours and what a feeling !

Great perspective with clouds like explosions in the sky. Very nice colours and great light !
Best regards

Hello Danilo,
Excellent mirrorlike reflection, contrast of green with orange tones of clouds
Selahattin E

Hi Danilo,

This is a beautiful looking point, lovely colors, reflection on water and super use of diagnol lines and rule of thirds.

Abid Changazi

Hello Danilo,

Fantastique perspective de réflexions.
Merveilleuses couleurs jusqu'au bout de l'horizon!!!
La nature, à chaque saison, nous dévoile ses secrets d'artiste. C'est beau.
Belle journée


what can i say that has not been said my friend once again you have uploaded a excellent image for wich i ty
regards bryan

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2010-01-05 7:45]

Hello Danilo

I just got back from the Philippines, & wasn't disappointed. Good symmetrical reflections & superb sunset colors. Tfs!

Hi Danilo,

Great applause for such a wonderful work, my friend!

You have managed the light wonderfully and the beautiful sky even looks more attractive as you have handled this shot!

I like the natural colors here and the POV which is making wonders by showing the perfect mirror reflections so beautifully. The sharpness and clarity throughout the work, are very well done.

kind regards,

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  • ved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 102 W: 16 N: 12] (662)
  • [2010-01-05 8:04]

Hi Danilo,
amazing capture of reflections in your shot. great details and very effective pov.

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  • psyce Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 265 W: 25 N: 207] (2856)
  • [2010-01-05 8:18]

I never get tired looking at your photos... I learn many things, from the composition and the pp work! always fantastic master! Ingats

WoW fantastic colors details and reflection.
Great photos.I like this.
Regards Zoran

Hi Danilo,

Your Note is very complete and useful. It helps understanding the image characteristics and we all can learn by reading.

The seaweeds colour versus the sunlighted orange of the cloud give the richness to this image IMO.

Good work ;)


Hello Danilo,

Another beautiful landscape photo.
Very good POV to capture this beauty.
Great sharpness and amazing light and colors tones.

Best regards,

Hi Danilo ,

Amazing.....Wonderful.......A Stunning wide angle shot,my favorite lens and wish to have one in future,since I have the same body and I see no distortion here,the POV is very impressive,the DOF is fantastic with great tonal effect,the reflection and composition with the subtle colors are beyond my critiques and comments,a very impressive presentation my friend,very well job done with this beautiful sun rise shot with wide angle lens.

Have a nice day,
Mushtaq Hussain

Incredible shot Danilo! The orangy clouds are amazing! You get an award for this! The fact that you can see the plants under the water is just amazing! Well done! This is why you are one of my most favorite photographers!

Olá Danilo,
Natures composed and Danilo has well captured!
Great image and marvelous reflection.
All the best,

Bom dia Danilo
The composition is superb,,,what a wonderful place and your work sublime. You have a supreme good tate , beauty lives in you.
I love it, Thanks
Um abraço

Hello Danilo,

What a wonderful, wide panorama you have presented here! The colours are beautiful, particularly in the reflection.
Excellent viewpoint; although this is essentially a sunrise with emphasis on the horizon, you have still managed a lovely diagonal f/g from the seaweed.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hi Danilo,
Burning clouds and its lovely reflections are
very impressive. Excellent details of great dedication.tfs.
Dr.Seyfettin Güner

Ciao Danilo, fascinating composition with fantastic reflections, splendid colors, superb sky, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

What a beauty!
Great colors and light!

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 0 N: 886] (8448)
  • [2010-01-05 12:35]

Hello Danilo,

A beautiful landscape, beautiful reflection of light and magic.
I would say a splendid shots, there is a little vignetting on the left but did not bother her too much. An excellent perspective as a very complete work.
Best regards.

Hello Danilo!
Lovely image, again!
Beautiful sky, nice reflection, fantastic atmosphere and mood!
All the best!

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  • harpya Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6058 W: 174 N: 1935] (7534)
  • [2010-01-05 16:10]

Ciao Danilo

And you did it again!
I'm amazed with such beauty and
I wondered how this world is wonderful!
Lovely area with the clouds in background
Very well compostion and good presentation.
Nice photo job. I love this!
Congratulations my friend ...


Hi Danilo,
WoW! amazing sunrise with a great composition,
Excellent POV./DOF. well presented with great warm colors and light,
Wanderful reflection and details.
Beautiful seascape...
very well done.

hi danilo! what a great scenery. very beautiful skies plus the warm clouds added great effect. i love the reflection of the trees and the clouds. one thing i noticed is the vignetting on the upper left portion, i think its normal on the widest end of the wide angle lens. thanks for sharing


Hi Danilo...:)

A beautiful landscape here..excellent shot my friend..
Very nice work on HDR format,Beautiful light,color and reflection.Well done.. :)


Fantastica imagen de este idilico paisaje con un color maravilloso , un buen encuadre y una adecuada luz
buen trabajo
un saludo

Hi mate Danilo,

Wow, this is an incresible shot of the coast of Philippies at sunrise.
I love landscape and seascape photos and will definately add this as one of my favorites.
Great Shot of this sunrise and seascape, great DOF, contrast and color.
TFS and cheers,


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  • JT50 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 273 W: 6 N: 320] (1524)
  • [2010-01-06 5:16]

Hi Danilo,
An outstanding capture. A shot with
great depth and impressive reflection.
The sea weeds makes a fine BG. Distant
trees on the horizon adds a good effect.
Have a nice day.

Hola Danilo

Belleza de imagen que la hacen una tarde especial, con combinación de colores, con buena reflexion

Hi Danilo...great shot..wonderful tones and colors.


Hi, Danilo. Wow factor is here. A very elegant composition with lovely refelections, use of complementary colors and subtle tones defines this work of art photography.Cheers and TFS.

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  • ramon Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 294 W: 39 N: 824] (4058)
  • [2010-01-06 10:16]

Hi Danilo,

Top notch composition.


Hello Danilo!
Such a beautiful shot with a fabulous POV. Great tones of colors and reflection of these golden clouds are looking fantastic!
TFS, indeed its a wonderful photo!


merhaba my dear friend danilo
excellent picture and atmosphere.excellent colours and reflections.well done.
best regards.
gürkan akçakır.

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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2010-01-07 0:05]

The best possible circumstances for a perfect picture like this,brlliant sky Danilo.


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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2010-01-07 6:19]

Hi Danilo,
A mighty capture of the sunrise here. Really good and different POV. Excellent color tones and reflection. Nice job on this! TFS Julie

Hi Danilo

Splendid image
i think the words are less to express my admiration for this amazing capture
everything is great here
the reflections, the different tones for the sky and clouds
fascinating view with perfect POV and clarity!
All my best wishes my friend!
Oana :)

Great colors, great reflections, wonderful atmosphere!

Best regards,


Hello Danillo,
Breathtaking view!
Amazing color tones and beautiful reflections.

Stunning composition, Danilo.
Excellent POV and details.
I really like it! TFS :o)


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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2010-01-09 8:19]

HI Danilo
Whoever created the earth and all that goes with it was quite an engineer.
The placement of the clouds and the bit of vignetting gives your shot great beauty with the emphasis on the reflection and beach. Very professional results.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2010-01-13 7:39]

Hello Danilo, very nice shot! Very smooth aspect, I really like the pp work you did. Composition is great and the reflections are just awesome, well done!


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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2010-01-13 10:42]

Hi Danilo,
great HDR work.Beautiful colours and amazing depth.TFS.Necla.

Olá Danilo

A paisagem é belíssima duplicada pelos
reflexos na água. As cores são lindas
e gosto da composição...amei aquelas
árvores ao fundo, meus parabéns.

Hi Danilo,
A beautifull composed scene with the sea and the sky especially the reflected clouds looking good. Very easy on the eye image. TFS. Murray.

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