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Copyright: Carol Dorion (CAROL50) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 853 W: 113 N: 2287] (8960)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-08
Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Mood
Camera: Sony DSC-H50
Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-06-05 9:20
Viewed: 2792
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
There is a path with stone steps leading to a viewpoint over the sea at Nahr Al-Kalb a place steeped in history (ancient incrptions are carved in the rock nearby), the mouth of the river ( Dog river ) is on the coast road heading north between Beirut and Jounieh this is where it exits into the Mediterannean Sea ,right there is a beach stretching for a short distance north towards Jounieh , from this vantage point i was able to see the mouth of the river , the whole stretch of beach and the four lane highway connecting the towns and villages along the coastline north and south of the capital Beirut.
Some twigs with tiny yellow petals were clinging precariously to the side of the cliffs surviving in the very dry vegetation , i had this view of the beach below ( not the nicest ) , to give some mood to the scene i cloned a swimmer's head seemingly floating on the water to the left to keep only the fisherman about to cast his line ,i had this impression that the man too was doing his best to bring bread ( or fish ) onto his table , striving /struggling to survive , i attempted to make a connection between the hardy twigs and the fisherman in rags .
Iso 80, f/8., 1/320 , PP involved little adjustments --highlights and contrast increased , sharpened and a thin black frame,
Thanks for looking,

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2010-06-05 9:25]

Hi Carol,
What a delicate shot of these wild plants against a dual colored BG depicting a beach with the fisherman in the appropriate position to create an artistic composition.
Excellent shallow focusing on the difficult focal point which is the plant.
Nice warm ambient.
Well done,

Francis Xavier

Hi Carol ,
A beautiful composition with amazing focus on the tiny and delicate branches of of this plant with its beautiful flowers which gives a warm color tones against a very lovely BG,the itself is a wonderful place to shoot and with the FG flowers and nice DOF makes almost both them in good visibility as to enjoy seeing such a scenic presentation.

Thank you for sharing
Have a nice weekend

Hi,I think the colors are very harmonious and the composition is original.Best regards Otto.

Well you certainly do have a great eye my friend .. what a great observation. The colors here are really what grab my attention - soft, pastel, muted! Those few sparse twigs against the sea, and the lone fisherman really portray a great mood here. Very well done Carol. Great note again too.
Hope you've had a good day with family :)
Cheers my friend

Olá Carol
A fantastic use of the thirdies rules. Great simplicity and a very special POV.
It's a great work to me.

Hi Carol.
I always enjoyed the simplicity of shots like this. The shallow focus works well and keeping the flower sharp in the frame. the blurry and yet well defined background creates dreamy mood of the open beach and the person is well anchored in the frame. Since I shoot 90% film and this is the type of shots that I often use with my smelly plastic.
Excellent shot and thanks for sharing.
Kind regards,

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