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  Mini#33 Best of 2016, So Far
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Pt. Reyes Run Aground       ©2016 Edward
NIKON D810       2nd place, 217 points
1/50s, f11, ISO 100, 24mm, Manual, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: Added ND filter for sky; increased vibrancy; dodging and burning in select places; sharpened.       Extra Info: My timing couldn't have been more perfect. A storm was moving through the area and started to clear just around sunset, which produced these beautiful clouds and colored sky.
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Jul 15, 2016
    I've surmised that downsizing images for these challenges degrades sharpness - but I'm also wondering if some people view these entries on less than HD monitors. Also, what do you mean by "soft"? Do things look out of focus or fuzzy? Can you not clearly read the name of the boat and see the sharpness of the pilings of the closer pier and building?
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Jul 15, 2016
    Ed congratulations on well deserved 2nd place.. love the colors.. in regards to the softness mentioned by more than one.. my monitor shows the boat and the whole image as a bit soft... is it possible resizing for the challenge reduced the sharpness you see on your monitor before the down sizing for the challenge?

Jul 13, 2016
    Congratulations - great composition, and the clouds are phenomenal.

Jade O.
Jul 12, 2016
    Great! Congrats!

Jul 12, 2016
    Congrats on 2nd. Beautiful image - my number 1.

Jul 11, 2016
    Congrats on a high finish and a beautiful entry!

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Jade O.
Jul 11, 2016
    Normally I'm not impressed with pp effects which alter rather than enhance (a subjective view of course) but this one works rather well. My no. 1. Excellent composition, framing, and use of light.

Jul 11, 2016
    Lovely sky and well composed scene.

Jul 10, 2016
    Beautiful shot, colors & composition.

Jul 10, 2016
    Well, I know this exact spot and have my own version. However, mine does not have this wonderful sky, blend of colors and composition that this one has. Very nicely done! TT.

Jul 10, 2016
    I am predicting this entry will win, or come in at top 3 at least. My top pick!

Jul 10, 2016
    yes right time and place and the equipment three out of three
nice pp work

Jul 10, 2016
    Great composition. The sky is marvelously captured and the colors vibrant. Congratulations - high in my TT.

Jul 10, 2016
    aoc46: thank you for your comments, and the reference to the news item about the boat. The article seems to pin down the destruction by fire around February, 2016, but I took this shot on April 22, 2016. I did not notice any fire damage at the time, but only the stern had apparently been affected. The boat was still there to photograph in April, but it is possible the authorities may have remove it since then, so having a recent photograph makes this image the more memorable.

NEAT and aKilter: I am puzzled by comments regarding the sharpness of the boat. On my monitor, and even at 100% view of the actual JPG picture file - the boat, and the rest of the image, is very sharp: the painted name on the boat is clear and distinct, there are broken pieces of glass at the top that are detailed enough where I can see cracks in the glass; there are even broken pieces of wood and a cable of some kind peeking out from the sides of the boat that stand out clearly. At magnification, I can clearly count the number of pilings supporting the second pier left of the boat that's barely visible in the background. These comments about lack of "sharpness" are frustratingly confusing for me.
Edited on Jul 11, 2016

Jul 10, 2016
    Lovely scene, gorgeous tones in the sky and great comp overall, maybe could be a little sharper, still in my faves!

Jul 10, 2016
    Great color, great shot - I like the way you've included the view of the pier and Tomales Bay. I tried photographing this a few years ago, but it was high tide, so I couldn't get close enough for a decent shot - and I didn't have your great light and clouds.

Perhaps you're aware of the unfortunate backstory here. This often-photographed boat was set afire and destroyed a few months ago, apparently by a careless photographer trying to do some sort light painting. So you're doubly lucky to have gotten this when you did. (See http://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/iconic-inverness-boat-burns.)
Edited on Jul 10, 2016

Jul 10, 2016
    Great colors and nice composition of this oft photographed subject. However, the boat itself is not very sharp. Still made my top ten.

Jul 10, 2016
    Gorgeous light, beautifully composed and plenty of interest. I love that old boat. Top few.

Jul 9, 2016
    What a brilliant sky, really nice processing!

Old Finn
Jul 9, 2016
    Beautiful colors, like an old oil painting. In my favorites.

Jul 9, 2016
    your correct about the timing! A very well composed and telling shot. Way too much color sat increase (vibrancy) for my taste though.

Jul 8, 2016
    Without the wreck, this is just another pretty beach shot. With it, a totally different image. One of my top picks.

Jul 8, 2016
    Steve: could you elaborate on what you meant by " . . . the whole image is soft front to back"? There are several parts of the image that I wanted to sharpen a bit - not that they were out of focus, but to heighten definition: the grass blades, the ship's structure and even the lettering of its name, the definition of the trees in the background, the pier and the building on the left. To me - everything is detailed and in focus, so I don't quite understand your comment. By the way - the boat WAS lightened, but this shot was taken after sunset and was considerably darker overall. I lightened the shadows to a point (incl. the boat), but not to the point of making it look unrealistic - at least in my mind.
Edited on Jul 11, 2016

Jul 8, 2016
    Like this photo... lots of beautiful colors.. very soft almost like a painting.. well done ..my #5

Jul 8, 2016
    What I like most: Overall impression -- painterly, soft image, beautiful light, interesting subject, composition. Point Reyes is a beautiful area.

What I like less: Amount of vibrancy added, the boat could be lightened.

Not sure what was accomplished with the sharpening noted in the PP as the whole image is soft front to back.
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