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Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach
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Copyright: Ian Barredo (tracer) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 748 W: 45 N: 1650] (8284)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-18
Categories: Action, Mood
Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 DG EX Macro APO USM, Sigma UV 77mm
Exposure: f/9.5, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-09-12 4:47
Viewed: 2862
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi TL Folks!

Sunset Beach at The Cove Rotana Resort, my last tribute to the summer here in the U.A.E.

This kind of shot has been made so much times already that it's been almost a cliche. But of course when we have our own opportunity we try to make our own version, so here's mine.

We purposely waited for sunset and when the light is almost golden, i asked my wife to make some splashing action. The shot was metered for the background, set to underexpose for the silhouette effect.
This was quite difficult since i used a low pov, i have to kneel and the high waves soaked my gear, but survived. =)
AF set to continuous tracking and burst shot. Picture settings set to vivid +++. I just chose which ones suited me from the series of shots .

PP: levels, resize and sharpening on CS4.

thanks for the peek!

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  • bupga Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 323 W: 6 N: 406] (2982)
  • [2009-09-12 4:53]

Oi kakaiba to ah, nice composition Bro, dramatic action hehe.


Hindi nga original ang idea, but this is supremely executed. Congrats Ian. Wala akong complain...just admiration.

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2009-09-12 5:02]

Hi Ian

A fantastic decisive moment with good sharpness & a marvelous sunset backdrop. Wonderful reflections & good repetition of the frozen water droplets on the bather. Tfs!

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  • tafal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 78] (1052)
  • [2009-09-12 5:17]

Hi Ian
amazing picture.
excellent idea and result.

Olá Ian,
A very beautiful BG, marvelous colors and the climax, fantastic droplets.
That's a terrific presentation.
Love it,

This is the decisive moment.
Perfect.. PERFECT capture !
The sharpness and clearness are so Fantastic.
Amazing sunset.
Excellent water drops mouvement, so esthetic composition.

My compliments !

bonjour Ian
Very successful shot.Perfect timing and moment with a great bg

You're right Ian, we all want to try our hand at even the most cliche shot :)
This is really good .. I love the golden light, and the way the water droplets are perfectly frozen in air. Great shot.

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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2009-09-12 5:40]

Hi Ian,

This is fine work, with excellent metering. The water droplets are perfectly frozen and I really like the placement of the sun. You were brave to take your equipment out into the waves, glad nothing bad happened.


Hi Ian,

superb capture and perfect timing here. good sunset at the b/g and good reflections.


Ciao Ian

What a beautiful mermaid, you have here!
fabulous presentation and very detailed
a great action shot of my friend ..
The photography is wonderful!
I like the light in the sky.
I can enjoy for very look at.
Very well done,

Have a nice weekend,


Beautiful capture!! Love it.. nice done.

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  • przem Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 68 W: 0 N: 6] (719)
  • [2009-09-12 6:16]

hello Ian,
wow, what the moment, what a shot! magic into beautiful colours, the unusual photo, sensationally stopped in mid air of the drop of water. Congratulation!

Bonjour IAN,
WoW! this is a great composition,
nice sunset beach, warm colors and details,
beautiful action silhouettes and light,
good presentation and very well done..
all my compliments, Bravo...

Ian -
Wow! Incredible result from you great preparation and persistence. Fantastic silhouette with such energy from the hair flip - razor sharp details of the water and her hair. Perfect lighting and warm sunset tones. Great!

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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2009-09-12 7:38]

Hi Ian...

What a beautiful Sunset, great action shot and fabulous presentation..!
The photography is wonderful - Nice not, I like it.
Nice sunset beach with warm colors, details and beautiful silhouettes.
Well done - Best regards,

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2009-09-12 9:55]

Hi Ian,
Your attempt is perfectly done! Timing is just right!
A gorgeous golden sunset and a very fine definition of your wife's silhouette. In life as in photography, it must to know take risks to have the best! You did!
Bravo! Annie

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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2009-09-12 11:48]

Wauw,amazing timing and composition ,it shows me total freedome in a rather conservative world..


You did a fantastic job on this! The DOF, metering, and in particular those golden droplets of water frozen in motion are just fantastic. Your wife did an excellent job too. I hope the camera is ok!

perfect timing bro, the water droplets are on the right spot adding depth in the composition of the golden hour, i wish you had a fill in flash on this one, a very dramatic scene indeed.well done..okay ba camera mo?

hello Ian pare,

how many shots you took before you got perfect one as this, Ian? excellent work.. i love it.. so sharp. fantastic focus and exposure.. i still can see clearly your wife's shoulder from the left even in silhouette.. yes i may have seen photos taken like this.. but of course you can see the different.. she reminded me of sea nymph or siren.. well done :)

regards, terry

Awesome capture bro! Love the luminous water droplets! Nice timing!
...ilang take? lol


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  • jackal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 791 W: 26 N: 808] (9623)
  • [2009-09-13 18:47]

Well done Ian,
your version of this classic shot is outstanding, one of the best I have seen

Hi Ian,
Another one from your amazing shots.
A wonderful sunset with beautiful model in golden-black colors. Wonderful reflections and amazing frozen water droplets on the bather. Background with ring of bowling sun looks fantastic.
Perfect work.

Best regards,

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  • ynkieh (34)
  • [2009-09-15 11:14]

Galing talaga Ian...

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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2009-09-16 16:08]

Hi Ian
Its deja vu as you say but definitely not as a silhouette.
Great job on the sun and reflection, and my compliments to your wife for being so cooperative.

Hi Ian ,
I came across your photo by chance, a good one indeed , i like the silhouette of your wife against the setting sun , the drops of water caught in mid-air make the shot so interesting , hum cliché it may be nevertheless you have got an excellent version of your own that you delivered very well , bravo for this one,

Wow, idol galing ah, water splash are so sharp, it's like scenes from James bond and Charles Angels, the effect is so dramatic ang galing mo talaga.



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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2009-10-01 12:57]

Hi Ian,
Another perfect photo. Excellent control of settings, excellent timing and a beautiful photo. I'm so impressed with this. Really good work here. TFS Julie

Hello Ian!
Absolutely top shot!!!
Everithing is just perfect, the timing, the light, the focus, atmosphere, point of view!
Wonderful composition!
Best regards!

Ganda nito Eng'r, ilang beses mo kinunan to? Ako ito, ang pinadalhan mo ng OOB dati , simple ka lang dyan, huwag ingay. Bat di ka na post sa kabila. Perfect timely shot!

Hi there!
I know you say this is a "cliche" shot, but I think your version is one of the best I have seen. Excellent timing, wonderful rich colours and a feeling of sensual motion all captured in a great shot.
Well done and TFS!

great sunset shot with action!

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