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  Mini#20 Best of 2009
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Stormy Morning       ©2010 Franz07
Panasonic DMC-LX3       1st place, 183 points
1/1000s, f6.3, ISO 80, 72mm, Normal Program, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: cloned out a lens flare spot, very slight rotation, minor cropping and finally downsized for the upload       Extra Info: That morning it was cold and the wind strong. I arrived a little bit late at the beach, but quite in time to see the sun rising over the clouds and illuminating the spraying water, immersing the whole scenery into this beautiful light.
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Jan 14, 2010
    Many congrats Franz!!! this was my #1 from the beginning, absolutely wonderful image! Alberto said it well, "the master of illumination" :-D wunder schön!

Jan 13, 2010
    WOW!!! Amazing shot.....

Jan 12, 2010
    Congratulation Franz! This one was in my TT, well done;)

Jan 12, 2010
    My dear friends, thank you all very much for your votes and especially for all these very nice comments!
Wow, a painting... a book cover, lol... I very much hope that I did not start to become "strange" lately :-D :-D
To get such a great reward from you all is a big honor to me - especially in the "Best Of" challenge.
Thank you all very much!

And special thanks to Lee, LaRee and Rafael, who spend their free time and lots of efforts for us and keep this great site running! Thanks pals!

Jan 12, 2010
    Congratulations Franz, very well done.

Jan 12, 2010
    Many congratulations Franz!!

Jan 12, 2010
    Bravo Franz!
...The master of illumination!!! :-))

Jan 12, 2010

Cheers :-)


Jan 11, 2010
    Well done had to do well!

Jan 11, 2010
    Congratulations on a fine finish in a tough field. This was in my top five so I am gratified to see it at the top. Well deserved.

Jan 11, 2010
    Congratulations on your first place in the best of! Nice work.

Jade O.
Jan 11, 2010
    I agree with Magich. The votes tally tells the story. This is a worthy winner!

Jan 11, 2010
    Congratulations! A well deserved winner!

Jan 11, 2010
    Congratulations Franz! Well deserved! :-) A unique picture!

Jan 11, 2010
    Congratulations. I did not manage to squeeze this fine shot in my TT. That only goes to show what a tough field it was.

Jan 11, 2010
    Let me be the first to congratulate you.

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Jan 11, 2010
    I love this one... superb illumination, the waves look wonderful, and there's even that bird in the pic... terrific pic, well done!!!

Jan 11, 2010
    So beautiful!

Jan 11, 2010
    Beautiful picture, exposure etc. You could also crop out a little from the bottom just below the spraying waves and have a different view that is also great. , in my top 10.
Edited on Jan 11, 2010

Jan 10, 2010
    nice crisp capture. good luck with entry. el

Jan 10, 2010
    This is an outstanding shot in which everything works: the sun in the right place, the bird in the right place, the high shutter speed to stop the churning waves and the play of light on the water. It looks like a 19th century seascape painting. Very high on my list. Good luck.

Jan 10, 2010
    In my TT. You are lucky to live somewhere where you can make so great pics! Unique! The sun, the clouds, the storm, the reflections on the water, great!

Jan 10, 2010
    This is so real I can almost see the waves moving. The seagull just adds the final touch to a perfect shot

Jan 10, 2010
    stunning pic. great light and composition. i like it very much! excellent job!

Jan 9, 2010
    Very cool! This looks like the cover to an inspirational or religious book.

Jan 9, 2010
    Great capture of light and colour...tt, good luck.

Old Finn
Jan 9, 2010
    It is fantastic, like a painting. And the flying gull i a bonus there. My first choice. Happy New Year!

Jan 9, 2010
    I love the light on the waves and the overall mood of this shot! The blown sun disturbs me, but not enough to keep it out of my TT :)

Jan 8, 2010
    Each time I come back to this one I like it better. There is a great sense of motion in the water and the gull in the sky is a nice touch too. Good luck!

Jan 8, 2010
    Nice shoot.
In my TT.

Jan 8, 2010
    This is a photo where I say "Wish I had taken that". Wonderful capture, congratulations - probably #1 I'd say.
Edited on Jan 9, 2010

Jan 7, 2010
    Really a beautiful photo. I like the bird off in the distance. I look at this and I can hear the waves in my head

Jade O.
Jan 7, 2010
    The drama, lighting and subject matter make this a clear choice for my No. 3. The lone gull clinches it and makes the shot dynamic and brings home the magnificence of this part of the natural world.
Edited on Jan 7, 2010
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