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Sunset in Roatan

Sunset in Roatan
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Copyright: Gilbert Isaacs (gcifromsocal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 361 W: 0 N: 661] (2406)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-01
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon PowerShot A80
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/50 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-11-19 5:17
Viewed: 3851
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is one of my few sunset shots. I once failed to get hired by a newspaper's press photo dept. because my portfolio had too many sunsets! This was shot from the beach in Roatan. Roatan, an island off the coast of Honduras, is one of the few undiscovered wonders of the Caribbean. It is still largely undeveloped and relatively inexpensive. Its main attraction is to divers - it has a huge coral reef. We stayed in Half Moon Bay where the main street was still unpaved. Restaurants sit on their own little piers out on the water. The population of Roatan consists of English-speaking 'islanders' who are descendants of Africans who were brought to work the plantations. Hispanic mainlanders from Honduras call them 'caracoles' - meaning snails.
It was still pretty rustic when we went. My wife had the hardest time there. She went on a horseback ride on the beach, but was almost thrown off when her horse went under a low-hanging branch. Then we all rented motor scooters - my daughter and I on one, and my wife on the other. She was run off the road by a local who didn't like tourists. We took her to a resort dive clinic where they X-rayed her and found out nothing was broken - just a lot of gravel rash. Needless to say, she has no desire to go back to Roatan.
This was shot with my trusty Canon A80. Saturation and sharpness brought up just a little. Notice the depth of field at f2.8 with this short focal length lens.

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2009-11-19 7:04]

Hi Gilbert

A wonderful tropical sunset with good graphism & silhouettes of the palm fronds. I like the deep blue colour contrasting against the small areas of oarange sky. Superb sharpness. Tfs!

beautiful composition and handling of light
excellent details too

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2009-11-19 9:10]


Fantastiqeu cadrage, ce branche de pallmier avec le bâteau en fond, ce fantastiqeu ciel, grandise ensemble.

Bravo et amitié


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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2009-11-19 9:44]

Quality could be improved Gilbert,but the composition and settings are top!


Olá Gilbert,
Awesome capture and presentation. Excellent POV/DOF, great colors and details.

Hi Gilbert!

Great note! I don't understand why places that survive on money from tourist don't seem to like them much.

Gilbert, I would appreciate it if you'd help me understand something. I don't know what an A80 is, but should I expect to capture a DOF like this photo with a short lens? I have just purchase a 105mm Nikon micro lens, which has a f2.8 setting. Will this lens take sunset photos? I've never taken a sunset photo, but will have an opportunity in Sturgeon Bay next week. I truly appreciate any advice you can give me.

Oh, awesome photo! I think I should ask you if there's a place that you haven't visited?


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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2009-11-19 17:01]

Hi Gilbert,

The palms in the fg add an interesting perspective to the shot and frame the boat well. The colors are gorgeous, but don't make me feel blue at all. It is amazing what that lens delivers. TFS

Best regards,

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  • AKITA Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1523 W: 73 N: 86] (20294)
  • [2009-11-19 17:24]

dear Gilbert,
beautiful and peaceful picture of the wonderful sunset scene,
silhouettes of leaves and boat are well contrasted with clear shining sky and sea,
splendid atmosphere is well expressed,
thank you,

Ciao Gilbert

Beautiful angle and as art
the leaves of palm trees decorating the whole
the landscape in the background,
and with a beautiful
horizon that I love!
Great depth and color,
nice light management,
nice composition too.

Have a nice day


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  • tafa Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 182 W: 13 N: 181] (1818)
  • [2009-11-26 11:17]

hi Gilbert

I like the image light,and quality here ... Well creative and composed. Well done! tfs

its a beautiful sunset Gilbert
good work.. great POV

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