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Lion rock

Lion rock
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Copyright: Tim Gordon (timtim) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 934 W: 105 N: 608] (10187)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-28
Categories: Nature
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/480 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My favorite Beaches images, 150 points or more!!!, Century Club (more than 100 points), 90-99 points, 5 or more favorites, TEXAS EXCELLENCE AWARD I [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-19 13:44
Viewed: 7359
Favorites: 11 [view]
Points: 139
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
lion rock Piha beach.

For those who asked about PP
sky replaced with more interesting, more contrast and darkend, noise removel.
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  • BLR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 90 W: 1 N: 143] (601)
  • [2007-08-19 13:48]

Hi Tim,

I really like the long shadow rock in the forefront created. But what looks totally amazing here is the sky, did you do any post-processing on it? The image is really interesting and has lots of points of interest.

Nicely done.


for a few secs I thought this was two pics in one, but looking at the full size..... WOW!
This is one I'd hang on my walls... definately!

Great, really great colors and light and a really excellent view!


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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 114 N: 2985] (16653)
  • [2007-08-19 13:49]

Hi Tim,

What a great shot, never thought Lion rock can be so awesome, with those sky and pov, you have created something superb!!!! Well done my friend, thanks for sharing


wow . I love that view.such beautiful colours and light.
great work.

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  • lele Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 796 W: 48 N: 1708] (11179)
  • [2007-08-19 14:00]

sbalorditiva questa tua foto da rimanere incantati....
great great great

Hi Tim,
Is it really?
Amazing landscape and very impressive shot with fantastic colors.
Perfect work.

Best Regards,

  • Great 
  • limba3 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1035 W: 476 N: 576] (16751)
  • [2007-08-19 14:04]

Uncanny landscape. The beautiful light and the composition. Is it HDR?

Hi Tim!
Very impressive picture... your POV gives a clear view of why this rock is called "lion rock". Also, you have captured great shadows!



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  • mansua Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 613 W: 31 N: 23] (2117)
  • [2007-08-19 14:17]

Excellent work in the digital lab.
Very good control of light and technique.
Great pov and dof.
Well done
Congratulations, Greet

Hi Tim, very dramatic location, i'd be in photographers heaven on this beach. Great foreground, middle-ground and back-drop, very sharp and very well exposed. If you live near this beach is it possible for you to get there at sunrise/sunset, nothing wrong with the lighting here but i'd love to see a sunset from here. Excellent work mate!

A beautiful shot Tim, I feel as if I am there!The atmosphere is conveyed so well.
An unusual POV,the light is fantastic creating some high spots and shadows.
Lovely textures too.
TFS, regards Jean.

Hello Tim!
Wonderful composition and fantastic atmosphere!
Great colours and point of view!
Excellent done!
Best regards!

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  • glint Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 593 W: 3 N: 545] (3785)
  • [2007-08-19 14:51]

hello Tim,
this is otherworldly. So strange and transfixing.Of light and shadows.
well done

hey Tim
a great idea in the PP on that beautiful photo but something don't works IMO
the sky looks great, very dramatic, then you see the land under it, nice too, and it seems to belong to the same photo, then the foreground, yes, good transition, BUT between the sky and the big rock on the right with too much satured grass, there is a big difference and it looks like a stitch of two pics that don't suit together well (sorry if my english is a bit weird)

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  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2007-08-19 15:11]

Genial trabajo Tim,
precioso pov y detalles,
sensacional trabajo,

  • stery Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 268 W: 20 N: 71] (2050)
  • [2007-08-19 15:25]

Hy Tim!
Very beautifull picture
Great work


Hi Tim
This is captivating! It has a mystical feel to it, almost as if a dragon could fly by any second. The clarity in the foreground contrasts with the haze/mist in the background along with the amazing sky. I can see why the rock has it's name

Absolutely superb!!!
Thank you for this earthly vision.


Hello Tim,

Excllent shot with great colors bg POv well done on the composure with great coloprs Bg POv DOF excllent work

TFS Kyle

Excellent, wonderful, super shot.

Awesome capture, fantastic colours and PP here, but most of all the light - great timing, and the sea-spray rising around the base of Lion Rock is breathtaking.
Really nice work!

Hi Tim,
Wow!!! Fantastic picture. Strong composition, you also got caught a nice surnatural eerie feeling. Love it. I also appreciate the clouds very much too. Keep it like this mate!!

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  • carmia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 264 W: 6 N: 149] (3722)
  • [2007-08-19 17:13]

A picture very nice. Good composition and dof, excellent colours. TFS. Carme.

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  • c_rapp Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 933 W: 14 N: 1331] (7535)
  • [2007-08-19 17:27]

Absolutely incredible view! Gorgeously captured. WOW! TFS

I really like this picture. The detail, contrast and colors of the foreground are incredible, but the background is magical. Every detail of light, shadow, clouds and fog are exactly where it should be.

No,no,no.....It is not possible to find some wonderful place like it.....
Yes you did it......
One of my favourite,from your wonderful porte-folio,......
Thank you very much to share it with us....

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  • Danert Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 453 W: 53 N: 924] (4587)
  • [2007-08-19 19:03]

Hi Tim,
Very impressive picture . The image looks like coming from another world . Great and well done PP work . Congratulations and thanks for sharing .

Hi Tim,a nice shot looks great,colors great it's well done.


Never seen it from this angle Tim, with the cloud and wild weather it is very effective, top marks.

Stunning shot Tim. The pp on this is great, I'd certainly be interested in knowing what was done. Great perspective and wonderfully exposed. Great job!

Hi Tim:
Very mysterious....
It almost looks like merging with a paiting of a sky:)
Very well captured!

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  • dbp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 9 N: 92] (4132)
  • [2007-08-19 21:59]

hi Tim
what a great shot
excellent pov,fov and composition
beautiful view
great camera
1111111111111 points

Hi Tim
You do the most amazing beach landscapes. The sky looks awesome , it looks kind of like an upsidedown sea. Very sharp, neat lights..
Just is amazing


Hi Tim..this is a beautiful shot...it has so much movement and life in it for a scenery shot....good work.


Great light, amazing sky and perfect fog.

Hi Tim,
Wow the lighting in this scene is amazing! You've really captured it well. Great tones and composition. An awesome shot all around!


Unbelievably romantic and beautiful! If this were painted, the artist would be accused of having too much of a vivid phantasy! What I like particularly is the shape of the rocks in the fg echo the large subject at center, leading the eye.
Excellent work!

Exceptionally beautiful Tim.....bevellee

  • Great 
  • eosnut Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 647 W: 285 N: 2085] (13374)
  • [2007-08-21 0:27]

Hi Tim,
This is the best view of Lion Rock I've seen.
Very well done indeed,

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  • ralph Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 13 N: 255] (3807)
  • [2007-08-21 5:38]

Wonderful composition,colours and mood created by the mist Tim but the clouds don't quite seem to fit.Even less dramatic it would be a great photo.

Hi Tim

Great image again, lovely shots

Amri HMS

Wicked Tim!
Your landscapes are awesome.
I've just been browsing some of your pics and I'm totally blown away.
I've never seen Piha look so good.
Your photography has come a long way.
What kind of camera are you using now?
I'm gonna have to check out more of your stuff. Looks waaaay cool!

Great clairfication! Beautiful scene. The clouds are amazing and the mist just adds to it
well done,

Hello Tim superb work fine details great contrasty light/shadows looks surreal out of this world, tfs rgds Necip.

hi tim,

this is enormous!!!!
did you change anything in postwork????
GREAT!got to go to my favorites!

  • pdp Gold Star Critiquer [C: 110 W: 39 N: 123] (538)
  • [2007-08-21 14:50]

Hello Tim, very nice image! may I ask what PP you've carried out here? The misty spray and the sky give a fantastic mood. My only suggestions would be to get rid of the footprints in the foreground and a slightly higher POV would have given more separation between the left foreground rock and the outcrop in the sea. Lovley image.

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  • k-2 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 605 W: 26 N: 503] (3638)
  • [2007-08-21 18:19]
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Great work Tim. May I ask how much PP time it takes an expert to make this photo. I recognize that the original shot was there but I am wondering about how much you invest in your work. Thank you. K2

You have done wonders with this landscape picture, Tim.
The effects are stratlingly beautiful!!

Hie Tim,

Very interesting effect here, with the lion rock and the pp sky, they certainly looks like a fantasy world out there.


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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 579 W: 70 N: 644] (4308)
  • [2007-08-27 23:19]

Hi Tim!
An exceptional pp! Very good HDR effect.

Hi Tim: Magnificent seascape, beautiful work with PP .... thanks for showing......Roman:0)

Great landscape picture with so many impressive elements - details in the foreground, interesting sky, strong details throughout and rich colours. What more could a photo provide? Bravo!
Thanks for sharing

THe textures and content are amazing.

your decor don t seem real... Colours and pov are great and the feeling of movement is very well done here.

Hello Tim!

Missed this wonderful one. But your beach scenes are all spectacular ! In fact I would qualify you , my favorite beach bum (^_^). You have a wonderful area, and you certainly make us all envious to visit this gorgeous place.

Effective PP job , replacing the sky. I am not surprised 5 members already chose this one as a favorite.

Just spotted the beach on my Kiwi guide. This one is really close to Auckland !

Lovely work!

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 178 W: 7 N: 28] (1328)
  • [2007-10-15 0:32]

intresting result. good pp work. great visual impact. tfs

The substitute sky works wonders. It's wind-torn look matches nicely with the spume thrown up by the sea's action against the rock. The patch of sun hitting the rock is a real bonus. Maybe the foreground is slightly oversharp? Then again it may be my (laptop) screen.

Hi Tim;
What a nice place.
I never went to the lion rock.
But now ı want to go there.

Thanks for sharing.

Hi Tim,

This is just perfect, very well captured. TFS




I love this one, it is so great in its light balance, colours and very nice landscape subject.

Excellent job!

wow what a lovely image!!! I just love it!!!!


Hi Tim,
This is pretty darn fantastic and sublime, a "rara avis" on any photography website.
The post processing is amazing and the final result is mesmerizing.
Thank you,

Hi Tim,

great, stunning nature! Excellent quality, perfect DOF and details.

Well done!


Hi Tim :)
Perfect ...Real paradise for my eyes:)
warm regards

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  • jim-g Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 10 W: 0 N: 32] (2751)
  • [2008-04-14 14:31]

Hi Tim , what more can be said about this shot but fantastic, excellent work my friend.

Hi, Tim,
I have seen shots of this place on Trekearth and oh my, is it beautiful. This has a wonderful mysterious quality to it with the mist in the distance. Fabulous light, awesome detail and a great view. Thanks,

Hi Tim!
Unbelievably beautiful! Just anather World! Incredibile Photo, that such wonder are on this World and you can show us. Thanks for sharing. And your work ist great too. Regards Clanyi

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  • Mitra Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1153 W: 70 N: 1116] (16)
  • [2008-07-21 10:33]

Great landscape picture with so many impressive elements, details in the foreground, interesting sky, strong details throughout and rich colours. Well done.

This is special, I wish I had have know about this place when we were there two years ago....next visit it will be on the must see list. Technically brilliant and excellent PP .... seamless

Well chosen sky.
It certainly adds interest and balance.
I like the POV and the placement of major rocks.

Hi Tim
Spectacular landscape, presented just superb by you. It looks like sf graphic :)

Thank you!
You have made also great pictures!!
Well done!
Love your work.

I think this is a perfect photo.


Somehow I missed this shot in your gallery! It's pretty incredible, excellent details, wonderful processing! The mist on the water is outstanding! A personal favorite for me!

Very nice compos.


Is this one place only? Looks like two to me.

Now I should try to be in New Zealand and get this shot again. I wish I was there.

What an amazing image, hard to believe place like that exist when you live in the UK ;)
Extremely well shot, lovely composition and it has almost a painted feeling to it.

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