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Corniche Sunset

Corniche Sunset
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Copyright: David Jessop (WhiteKnight) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1199 W: 130 N: 2138] (12018)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-02-11
Categories: Mood
Camera: Nikon D200 Digital SLR, Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 DC EX HSM, 77 mm circular Polarizer
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): PLAGES ET COTES DU MONDE [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-02-14 1:54
Viewed: 3618
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A day trip to Beirut with my wife - she had laser surgery on her eyes there 3 months ago so she had to go back for a check-up.
An excuse to spend the day in a great city (if you get the chance do visit Lebanon), and time for a few pics in the evening before heading to the airport and Dubai.

It was COLD, but great for pics. No tripod so balanced the cam on a post and took 9 bracketed images, all RAW - blended as HDR. The man by the rail moved away whilst I was shooting, so have a ghostly blur but I don't mind that!

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Bom dia David,
I hope your wife is well after eye surgery.
The image: an excellent POV with warm colors and beautiful. Very good lightness and focus.
A beautiful place and very good work.

Is your mrs still with you after the eye surgery..? ;-)

Lovely lead-in from the railing and great touch with the sun flare. Reminds me a bit of Abu Dhabi corniche as well. Prob prefer no man-blur, but barely noticable and impressive pp work. Nice shot!

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2011-02-14 3:24]

Wonderful curve, wonderful PP !
Love the tones.
Hope you are (both) in a much better health condition now.

have a great day,

Hello David

Nice capture of this shoreline. Could be Miami or anytown in Florida. Very sharp and clear image. I like the blurred people in the image, makes for a great study.


yeah David, we both shot the same sun and posted it next door.
I love its flare between buildings here, and the orange hue over the skyline is just unbeatable, and perfectly accomplished by the blending of the RAWs.
In terms of composition, just perfect, textbook.
About the ghost, I agree with Richard js.
PS. A few years ago I had a gf whose grandparents were from Lebanon, it is a country I want to visit some day, it must be wonderful.
Looking forward to see your next shot, love these wide angle HDRs you take.

  • Teresat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3410 W: 96 N: 3821] (15934)
  • [2011-02-14 6:24]

Boa tard david
As usual a superb pesrpective. Wonderful curve with stromg colors and fine sharpness...I must say this is a new face of Beirut for me.
Hope all you are all right.
um abraço

Hello David,

great capture of this sunset against the cityscape. Fantastic point of view with the railing and stair case leading in around the photo. Lovely exposure creating the smooth appearance of the sea.

- Jan

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2011-02-14 8:07]

Hi David,
A splendid POV to capture this waterfront with that star-shaped glare from behind these tall buildings.
A very sharp and neat image!
Great light management and perfect exposure. I like the red cast in the horizon.
Hope your wife is well!
Have a Happy Holiday.

Francis Xavier

Nice view of Beirut corniche. Trust me at a first glance I thought it was a picture of Abu Dhabi Corniche. Both look similar. The sun piercing through the bldg. gives this shot a special appeal. Regards.

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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2011-02-14 11:16]

Hi David,
Beautiful image. The starlight you've captured with the sun is very effective in this. The rail really leads the viewer thru the entire photo and down the coastline. NICE job with this. TFS Julie

A beautiful shot from the skyline of Beirut, DAvid!

I love the way you maintained a great POV and showed such an effective DOF for this site.
The sharpness and colors are well done.
The twinkling effect of the Sun is simply wonderful and adds bonus to the overall beauty of the picture.
Well done!


Hi David,
Great perpective and wanderful caught of view,
Excellent POV. and details,
Nice effect of the sun and beautiful sunset in HDR,
Great architecture of these building too,

  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2011-02-14 16:49]
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Hi David,I'm still learning & reading up on HDR techniques
& wondered why you chose 9 bracketed images,was there that much seperation between the dark & light that would have detail in them to require this many? Actually you have another group of three people also as a ghostly group just to the viewing left.
I like how you chose to have the railing,the sea wall & the path below it,leed the eye into the scene.I like how your HDR
effect & colors,but not to sure about your ghosts.

Powerful dynamics in the composition and wonderful tones in the water and sky.Great shot,best regards Otto.

Hi David..nicely composed shot..great tones and light...well done.


  • loribird Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 920 W: 109 N: 1182] (5561)
  • [2011-02-14 19:54]

I think this is beautiful David. Great dof and POV. Lighting is spectacular. Just an overall wonderful composition. Love it. TFS, Lori

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 47 N: 1333] (7051)
  • [2011-02-15 0:40]

Hi David!
Wonderful view. Perfectly composed, with great perspective. Splendid vivid colours.
The sun, captured with its rays forming a star, adds beauty to the scene.
Ciao! Vanda
I hope it's all right, now. My best wishes to you and your wife.

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2011-02-15 3:45]


fantastique compo, avec ce soleil qui brille comme une étoile et qui donne un charme fou à l'image, la perspective sur la barrière, quel cadrage.

bravo et amitié


.. and the movement in the palm trees is cool too. The colors are fantastic, perspective great, with the railing and the curve taking our eye into the shot. and of course the placement of the sun. Very well done David

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2011-02-15 15:05]

Hi David,
By surfing on your intro page, I jam ust knowing the news about your health! Considering what you have written, I think you are lucky in your misfortune...I hope you are well now...
Your photos have always an excellent POV. Here, I like much the perspective using the rail for leading us towards buildings and warm lighting on the horizon. The wide angle played nicely too. Amazing to have just this ghostly blur with 9 brakeded images.
Very good work,as usual!

Hey David , so you were in Beirut just days ago , man can't believe it was that quiet on the Corniche that day ,anyway pretty cool to watch the sun setting between the buildings ,there was plenty of space for it to come down to the right of the promenade , ha ha ,at least you got it on lens somehow ! I like the treatment too , the clarity is first-class as usual . For God's sake they are still working on that building with the green protective sheet , gee it'll be a year in May since i saw it , boy it is nowhere close to be completed anytime soon !
Glad to see such an eye-catching photo from that gorgeous city my friend , wishing you both well ,

Wonderful light. The atmosphere is so alive.

Hi David!! I really love your strong wide angle shots! LOVE the "ghosts" in the shot too! The process makes the metal railing look SO cool! I love what HDR does to metal! Nice colors and what a dramatic moment!

Hi David,
A really great capture. The position of the sun inbetween the buildings realy makes this a special one.
Although I am not a huge fan of the blended and HDR photos, there are many things in this photo I do like. I really like the composition and your POV. The ghost like figures are a great feature too and fill up the blanks nicely.

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  • bupga Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 323 W: 6 N: 406] (2982)
  • [2011-02-20 9:34]

Excellent composition here David. Nice used of railings as lead-in. Tack sharp, really an effective used of UWA. Well done.



I like your pov on this very much with the sun sneaking in between buildings, nice capture. Very good dof with sharp details. Good colors. Well done, tfs.

Hi David.
Creative POV with beautiful wide angle composition getting the sun star effect through the sky scrappers looks amazing,beautiful details and a wonderful presentation indeed.
My Best Regards

Hi David
for me it's a wonderful postcard from Lebanon. TFS.
perfect capture of a beautiful water-front with the sun leaving for the day in style. the sea, promenade and buildings created a splendid composition. nice curved line leading onto the horizon.

Ghosts are just visible, and the image is so beautiful. If you don't like ghosts in HDR, you can shot in RAW and make copies (ever RAW) and change exposition on each one, and doing the HDR on the converted JPEGs. No alignement is needed and no ghosts at all.....

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