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Sunrise in Hauraki Gulf

Sunrise in Hauraki Gulf
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-04
Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Artwork
Camera: Canon EOS 30D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-25 19:22
Viewed: 2571
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Sunrise in the Hauraki Gulf

This is an old photo I found while looking through in my folders.

I remember I was awake early that morning and decided to go and watch the sun rise. And I wasn’t disappointed.

The keeler you can see in the photo had been moored overnight in the bay off the pier / wharf at Murrays Bay, and I thought it was positioned perfectly for the composition.

I'm only sorry I don't get up more often to catch the early sunrises...

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Oh Jannie...why can't I be there with you, shooting this lovely scene! Excellent work, superb sharpness and I love the rippling waves. Well done, even in low light, it's sharp as it can be. The sailboat really makes this work well!

Hi Janice...wonderful shot...great scene, perfect light and tones...nicely balanced composition...


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  • Jan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 451 W: 139 N: 813] (5358)
  • [2010-07-25 22:21]

Indeed, the early sunrise is wonderfull!! It gives me a calm feeling!
The keeler is a big extra. Your composition is perfect!

Well done, Janice!


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  • timtim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 934 W: 105 N: 608] (10187)
  • [2010-07-25 23:23]

Nice comp
Great lighting bringing out the silhouettes nicely
perfect placement of boat

Hi Janice,

You captured the real charm and mood from this peaceful moment, and how you caught the colorful reflections on the surface of the waters, is amazing!

The placement of boat within a natural frame, is doing wonders here. The colors are original and clarity is amazing. The tree and the bridge working as an "extending arm" also enhance the overall beauty of the work.
Great job!

Have a nice start in the week!


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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2010-07-25 23:32]

Hi Janice...
Nice scene with so nice light...
Nicely balanced composition...

Good Morning Janice,

It is a lovely time of the day to capture, as the sun opens its eyes, casting amber on the sky, as it awakes, and there is no noise in this low light.
You have produced a shot of amazing calmness; the warm light, the gentle ripples, the stationary boat, all contribute. I might have cropped the gentle wave in the f/g, just to emphasise the stilness.
Whatever, the sharpness and the mood are excellent.

My warmest regards,
Bev :-)

hi janice
beautiful shot of this sunrise,lovely colours and nice reflections in the water,good pov and nice silhouttes.

  • Teresat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3410 W: 96 N: 3821] (15934)
  • [2010-07-26 5:08]

bom dia Janice
This place is very magical and you frame very well this photo with the beautiful details...after there is a specuial light and a good sharpness.
Um abraço

mmm, what a wonderful mood !

Hi Janice:
A fantastic capture...and I like your notes that explain all about it...
Super composition and the lighting gives an early morning perspective to image that is attractive...
Super work!

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  • jackal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 793 W: 26 N: 808] (9649)
  • [2010-07-26 14:01]

Hi Janice,
Its a bit cold for sunrise shots these days - its amazing how the same view can look so different, I like the blue tones of this shot which give it a chilly morning look and the composition is spot-on

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2010-07-26 19:56]

Hi Janice,
Peaceful view on this sunrise.
You captured nicely the quiet mood of the scene. I especially like the bluish tones, the shivering of the wavelets, the effective perspective beginning with the small warf, crossing the boat and leading the glance towards the far mountains. Superb image! Annie

Hello Janice,

So glad you found this in your archive. I probably wouold wake up early too if I have this scene where I live. Thanks for sharing this is a beauty. Wonderful lights and colors. Rgeards


c'est vrai que la balade a sûrement été plaisante
et le petit bateau est un petit plus qui agrémente bien la photo!
(je ne le trouve qu'à 80% à la place idéale... je tâcherais de faire un WS pour expliquer visuellement mon idée)

j'ai vu sur TE une photo me semble-t-il du même jour, prise un peu plus tard et donc plus lumineuse, mais là avec très peu de soleil j'aime vraiment l'ambiance globale de la photo - on ne sait d'ailleurs si nous sommes le soir ou le matin!

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  • Saba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1474 W: 0 N: 4177] (21534)
  • [2010-07-27 8:32]

Hello Janice :)

Miraculous morning...water and lighted up through the rising sun sky.
Beautiful colours and they create beautiful light fantastic effect.
It pleases me very...I congratulate splendid formulation and realization.

With best wishes.

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  • Dawn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 98 N: 3374] (17650)
  • [2010-08-05 1:35]
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Janice this is lovely dont think I have seen this photo before. What I like the most is the capture of the morning glow and its reflection on the water, and also the ripples on the water and the movement of the water in the foreground.

BUT so unusual for you to get up so early my friend!

LUV from yr friend

Hey Janice this shot is absolutly brill! it includes fantastic colours and the deatil such as the riples in the sea just add to the lovely romantic feeling in this photo! well done :D
from Emma

Janice, Gorgeous sunrise! I really like the ripples in the water. They sort of hypnotize me... and I could watch it all day. It's fortunate that the boat was there too.

I can't think of anything that I could possible change in your shot!


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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 47 N: 1333] (7051)
  • [2010-08-13 1:05]

Hi Janice!
Excellent sharp picture with beautiful, strong colours.
Very good POV and composition too.
Splendid light and reflections.
Ciao! Vanda

Lovely scene and so peaceful, I want to live there. Great pov and dof with sharp details. Beautiful colors. Well done, tfs.

Bonjour Janice,
Quelle chance que nous avons de pouvoir partager vos archives, surtout comme celle-ci. La composition est excellente avec un magnifique ciel orangé.
Merci et bonne journée.

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