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Clouds on the Beach


 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner    Copyright  Bob Jones @ ImagineWales.com
Copyright Bob Jones @ ImagineWales.com

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Brinn MacDougall
 

This is very striking..love the colors..well done, Bob!


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May 25, 2004

 
- Marie Fields

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  Gorgeous image, Bob!


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May 25, 2004

 

Marja H. Konimäki
  Wonderful image!!!


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May 25, 2004

 

Lori Ditlefsen
  Very nicely done Bob!


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May 25, 2004

 

Kelly Abernathy
  Beautiful! -K


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May 25, 2004

 

Casey A. Hanson
  This is awesome Bob! The colors are stunning, very nice.


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May 25, 2004

 

Theresa McCloskey
  terrific shot Bob - wonderful colors :-)


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May 25, 2004

 

Alisha May Furbish
  Holy cow- spectacular!!!! A winner in my book!


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May 25, 2004

 

Kristen McKain
  Wow.. I must have missed this one.. I dont know how, though! Congrats!!


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June 15, 2004

 

Kelly Abernathy
  Congratulations! -K


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June 15, 2004

 
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  This is so beautiful, a well deserved win!!!! Love the colors!!!!


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June 15, 2004

 

Cathy Barrows
  Congrats!...beautiful


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June 15, 2004

 

Thomasa
  WOW! The sea foam makes it look like you could walk on clouds. Great colors and I love how the foam leads your eye to the sunset/sunrise. Nicely done!


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June 15, 2004

 
- Dan Holm

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  Absolutely stunning shot! Congratulations, Bob!


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June 15, 2004

 

Diane Dupuis
  Stupendous Bob! Congrats on your 7 finalists and good luck!!


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June 15, 2004

 
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  Wonderful image and great exposure!!!


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June 15, 2004

 

Jennifer Rennison
  This is absolutely beautiful, stunning! Congratulations!


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June 15, 2004

 
- Evy Johansen

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  Wow - this is beautiful! As always... Many congratulations Bob!


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June 15, 2004

 

Kasia Elser
  CONGRATS!


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June 16, 2004

 

Kasia Elser
  CONGRATS!


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June 16, 2004

 

Peggy Wolff
  Wow is right! What kind of work was done on this?


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June 16, 2004

 

Karen Engelbreth
  Many congratulations, Bob!


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June 16, 2004

 

Doug Gould
  This image is so beautiful and unique, Bob. You must be proud of it! Congrats.


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June 16, 2004

 

Gianna Stadelmyer
  Congratulations, Bob! This is fabulous:-)


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June 16, 2004

 

Alisha May Furbish
  Well deserved congrats!!


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June 16, 2004

 

Kelly Abernathy
  A well deserved win! Congratulations - I just love this shot - so beautiful! -K


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June 16, 2004

 

Patrick Campbell
  I love the spectacular color and the intentional blur of the sea foam. Congrats Bob!


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June 16, 2004

 
- Evy Johansen

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  I'm so glad to see this beauty as a winner!! Congratulations on your second place win, Bob! Very well deserved!


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June 17, 2004

 
- Mette Vendelboe Allison

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  Congrats! Great photo!


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June 17, 2004

 

Donna W. Neal
  CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR WIN Bob!


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June 17, 2004

 

Paul C. Gazzanigo
  Congratulations, Bob!


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June 17, 2004

 

Donna J. Eaton
  A big congratulations Bob! Stunning work as always! ;-)


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June 17, 2004

 

Deborah Sandidge
  Congratulations, just beautiful!


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June 17, 2004

 

Lori Ditlefsen
  Congrats on the win Bob! Well done!


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June 17, 2004

 

Jennifer Rennison
  Congratulations on your win, a beautiful image!


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June 17, 2004

 

Susana Matos
  amazing!!!!!!!! as usual! Congratulations on your win!
Cheers from Portugal, Su


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June 17, 2004

 

Mary K. Robison
  Superb, as always. Congratulations!


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June 17, 2004

 

Robin L. Wehrman
  WOW this is outstanding , beautiful colors, Congratulations on your well deserved win !!


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June 17, 2004

 

Anton Falcon
  just amazing! many congrats to you, Bob!!


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June 18, 2004

 

Dolores Neilson
  Bob ...your photography just keeps getting better and better! Congrats to you my WElsh friend! You're one of the best!


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June 20, 2004

 

Carol Brill
  Congratulations, Bob, what impressive colors, composition, and exposure in this amazing image!!


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June 20, 2004

 

Jim Collier
  With all due respect to Bob, this shot is way, WAY too color saturated. Actually it's not the shot--which is technically sound and artistically pleasing, saturation aside--it's obviously the digital post-processing.

As a general observation and not a criticism, I simply do not understand why grossly oversaturated sunset shots like this are SO popular (even with a photo-savvy audience), and win so many amateur contests! For example, this shot is so unnatural-looking, it's distracting. And for purely "artistic" value, the artifacting caused by too much saturation is glaring. (Notice the uneven tone, bleeding, uneven color shifting, etc.) If I were judging, I would severely penalize this, and shots like it, on over-saturation alone.

To my eyes it would have been a GREAT shot if it wasn't so severely oversaturated. I looked at Bob's gallery and he is very talented and has some great shots, and obviously doesn't need any suggestions on HOW to not over-saturate it. (I really love his wide-angle shot of the sheep in the green valley.) Although, there are a small handful of other oversaturated shots--but not as bad as this one.

A small gripe I have with this site, related to this, is a total lack of constructive criticism. We NEED constructive critiques to collectively grow as artists and technicians. Instead, it seems to be all sunshine and glowing superlatives, even for really horrible submissions--whose creator could really benefit from constructive pointers from the more experienced members. It's obvious some people feel compelled to encourage newbies to keep at it, but heaping praise on shoddy work doesn't work for toddlers, much less mature adults who would really appreciate specific pointers targeted specifically to their submission, and from which they could truly benefit from! (I will say though that the total lack of UNCONSTRUCTIVE flames is very nice, and a nice change of pace from most places on the internet in general.) I would suggest a change to the site: instead of just a "comments" field, call it, "What I like about this shot". Then add another field called, "What could be better"--which would encourage everyone to offer constructive criticism for every comment, rather than just blowing sunshine up you-know-where!

So, departing from high-concept discussion, here's my constructive criticism specific to this submission: Bob, nice shot. You are obviously a skilled artist. But I wouldn't have used nearly so much color saturation! Perhaps try not using the Hue/Saturation dialog, or if the over-saturation was a side-effect of increasing the contrast, use Hue/Saturation to back it off, back to natural levels. I know amateur contests seem to favor grossly oversaturated sunset shots regardless of the presence of over-saturation artifacts, but buck the norm!

With sincerity,
Jim


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June 22, 2004

 

Jim Collier
  Also, one reader commented "nice selective blur on the foam". It looks to me that it is "UN-selective", natural blur, induced by motion and a slow shutter speed, rather than in digital post-processing as apparently suggested. That's a second [very small] gripe I have with this site (although overall I love it)--the comments are mostly stand-alone, not interactive and feeding off one another. No one else corrected, countered, corroborated, or even mentioned that comment about the foam. I'm not sure how to encourage that better though! Ideas? ;-)


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June 22, 2004

 

Bob Jones
  Jim ... e-mail me I would really like to discuss this with you ...

Bob


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June 22, 2004

 

Sharon McClung
  This is terrific! Congratulations!


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July 04, 2004

 

Joy Rector
  I was reading jim collier's comments and along those lines I would like to see along with the winning photos the reasons why each winner was chosen...what about the photo/art piece was singled out as a winner. I think this would help the rest of us develop our skills and continue to learn. I also like the idea of ""What I like about this shot". Then add another field called, "What could be better"--which would encourage everyone to offer constructive criticism for every comment" that Jim mentioned.

This is a wonderful site. I have taken over a thousand dollars worth of classes and visit it every day to try to learn more to improve my own work.

And Bob I like the photo. I live in an area where our sunsets/sunrises and not nearly this colorful but I am sure there are such in other parts of the world.


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July 07, 2004

 

Kathleen R. Struckle
  Congrat"s on your win Bob! Wonderful image!!


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July 14, 2004

 

Dolores Neilson
  Who says colors have to look "natural"??

While I can respect photographers who don't care for lots of bold color, it is important to keep in mind that we can manipulate our photography for the effect we like just like painters do and it is still an acceptable art form. Painters overexaggerate strokes, colors aand reality all the time, and no one complains about that. The only time I feel it is not acceptable is with photojournalism...as that is the art of capturing reality. Ansel Adams was the father of manipulation though many may not realize it. What came out of his darkroom was not what he really saw....dodging and burning to his heart's desire to achieve the effect he felt would have greatest dramatic impact...and people loved his work! Sure color wasn't overexaggerated (how can it be with B&W?)...but his skies were! Composites sell...yet they're hardly real. And who cares?? It's how it makes you feel that matters. If the photo is visually appealing, then the photographer has done his job.

Joy...to request that the professionals who have to judge thousands of images every month spend extra time writing why EACH winner was selected is unreasonable. In fact, we don't pay to enter here....it's free for everyone. To ask them to do more is not really fair. Our photos are judged by professionals and we don't have to pay a thing. They're already giving alot I think. I see your point..but from a site that's free, it's way too much to ask. Imagine how much more time that would take! Just my thoughts.


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September 11, 2004

 

Joy Rector
  you're rigtht Dolores there are thousands of entries in the contest each month. But only a few of those are selected. I was talking about the first and/OR second place winners and there are not that many. I was only trying to participate in the discussion and offer ideas.


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September 11, 2004

 

Dolores Neilson
  Hi Joy..I wasnt' criticizing you. I understand you meant the winners only. But you're incorrect in that there's "only a few". There are a total of 111 first and second place winners...and a grand prize. That's 111 commentaries on each winner...that's what I was talking about. And that's not counting the finalists! Judges have difficulty going through the selection process as it is...without 111 commentaries to post in addition to that. It's still an unreasonable request IMHO. Considering what they have to do.


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September 11, 2004

 

Joy Rector
  Point taken.


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September 11, 2004

 

Fawn M. Schutt
  Amazing! I love the colors!


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September 02, 2007

 

Pamela Oms
  wonderful colors


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September 11, 2007

 
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