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Copyright: Kyle Shelton (wkshelton) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1287 W: 0 N: 659] (8594)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-16
Categories: Daily Life
Camera: Canon 20 D, 24-105 4L IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Benches, 100 points or more!!! [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-09-23 5:15
Viewed: 2804
Points: 148
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The view on Venice beach, Simple and I'll let you be the judge, effective. Hope you like and Have a great Sunday
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Simple but effective Kyle. Great composition and a lovely colour in the water.

Regards Mark :)

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  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2007-09-23 5:24]

Hola Kyle,
composición simple pero efectiva...
color natural y bello pov,
saludos amiga.

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  • acukur (199)
  • [2007-09-23 5:34]

Excellent minimalist composition!
Sharpness,colors and ratios are also perfect.
Very well done...

Simple, but lovely!


Hello Kyle - How simple and wonderful. The different blues of the sea are phantastic, while bench and sand seem to have similar brown tones. The cloudy sky adds 'opens the scene up'. I like the POV you chose with the top of the bench just below the edge of the water. Very well done and TFS! Cordelia :)))
PS: Thank you for your critique on my glass photo!

Yes, very simple...but would kill to be here...HAHAHA! No not reallly! But a lovely shot, nice color of the water! Amazing!

Hi Kyle

I like simple images. The colours and textures are wonderful and the bench gives the needed focal point. It looks like a nice lace to stop and watch the sea



the lonely bench makes an excellent subject kyle :)
i like how the frame is neatly parted by the colors of the sand sea and sky :)
very cool composition


you re right:
Very simple but effective effect with this contrasting and beautiful gradient of blue and grey!

Hi Kyle,

Yes, it's a simple object, but lots of meaning . . Great idea, and you did very well presenting it . .
It must be very nice place to enjoy . .


Many thanks for your kind words on Which one comes first . .

Simple but effective. Well done on an excellent bit of minimalism.
Greetings from Greece

Simplicity as it's best.I like the leisurely and carefree mood you created here!

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2007-09-23 8:47]

Merhaba myfriend Kyle...
verynice composition and shot..super pov..selamlar

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  • Tomek Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1264 W: 44 N: 3160] (18766)
  • [2007-09-23 9:30]

Hello Kyle:)))
May be simple but so nice with this three aspects of sky, water and beach. Bench makes here special mood - very nice shot.

Simple yes... butso very beautiful. Oh for blue skies and sunshine I think I blinked and missed summer this year.

A lovely posting with superb colour and such a delightful POV

TFS regards Helen

Simplew, great, Beautiful, espectacullar view. Bravo. TFS


Hi Kyle,
Excellent, simplism in the best form! Superb colours an attractive posting unless the slight barrel distarion of the horizon. Nevertheless due the perfect balance a very attractive photo!

Bonjour Kyle,
Simple but so rich in range of colors. It's a true invitation to settle to admire this changing painting that is the sea and not to hear but the wavelets more coming to die in these feet.
Heartily, Corinne

Hi Kyle, simple and beautiful composition with wonderful light and colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2007-09-23 11:35]

Simple ,minimalist composition Kyle. I like the sharpnes,colours and details. What a beautiful view.
Well done.

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  • Emma Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 6 N: 1920] (10153)
  • [2007-09-23 12:02]

I like the composition Kyle,
Picture is distinguished, with first-class colours,
Well done.

Good composition kyle, although i prefer that the bench overlaps a little on the green sea... to add more depth, i suppose, but that's just me... nevertheless, the slight curvature on the horizon(or it's just my eyes?), and the curvature on the seas as well on the shores of the beach creates an interesting illusion.. it appears heavy on the left portion of the image. tfs


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  • cinca Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 323 W: 2 N: 143] (4456)
  • [2007-09-23 14:14]

Hi Kyle, simply beautiful! Excellent coulors, sharpness and light. Well done!
Ciao, Cinzia

ciao Kyle..
really beautyful.. simple but with a composition so intense..
great colors of the sea.. u have to be proud.. it's so full of mood.. great POV.. it's fabolous shot!!
ciao Marco

Hi Kyle,
beautiful picture, nicely composed with great colors and sharpness, Excellent point of View, the banch is nicely composed with the view on the ocean, very well done..

Beautiful view. A simple but effective capture.
Good sharpness and details.

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  • rater Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 196 W: 52 N: 111] (957)
  • [2007-09-23 17:29]

Nice composition. As you say, simple and effective. Colors look great, not over saturated but natural. The clouds are not overexposed yet you get nice colors, well done!


Hi Kyle,
Yep, a simple composition, and it works perfectly here. Nice soft light and a spot on exposure. Colors look excellent. On my way to Clearwater Beach FL. for some R&R.

Okay, I am judging - yes it is absolutely perfect, because this way I can picture myself sitting here and enjoying this wonderful view!
Kyle, TFS,

Hello Kyle,

It seems to be a paceful place. Very nice colors and a wonderful job!

:) later

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2007-09-24 3:42]

simple and eloquent: a fabulous posting with delightful colours, details and composition

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  • Jan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 451 W: 139 N: 813] (5358)
  • [2007-09-24 5:14]

Real simple, but very good! I wonder how it would be if your POV was from the ground....


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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2007-09-24 8:42]

Hi Kyle

I like the composition into equal horizontal thirds. Wonderful colour with the fg bench providing extra depth . Well done!

Hello Kyle
Wonderful seascape and Simple shot.
Great angle of shot and perspective ahead. Well done my friend.TFS.

Hi Kyle
Your lonely bench made great compo
with blue sky and water

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  • NecipP Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 669 W: 16 N: 404] (4722)
  • [2007-09-24 10:49]

Hello Kylwe lovely composition with good sharpness and fine colour adjustments tfs rgds necip

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  • harpya Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6058 W: 174 N: 1935] (7534)
  • [2007-09-24 10:53]

Hi Kyle

Beautiful visual, amazed with the beauty, simplicity and quality of the pic.
I can see in the horizon the curvature of the earth.
Great capture and beautiful compo!


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  • Dany44 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 221 W: 25 N: 162] (2370)
  • [2007-09-24 12:37]

Hi Kyle. What a beauty. A wonderful view of the ocean. Great colors ! Wish I was there :-) TFS. Cheers. Dany :-)

I see 4 element... Sand, water, sky and bench. Sorry if you imagined the real 4 elements ;)
Those 4 elements have in they're respective tones excellent texture! It's cool!
Yes even the clouds have great texture!
You show it in pleasant colors and light!

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  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1797 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2007-09-24 19:19]

Hi Kyle,
I like this simple image. It gives me a rather melancholy feeling looking at the deserted beach. I think this images complements the one I posted few days back titled "End of Summer". I have a feeling that this would have made a very effective B&W photo.

Hello Kyle,
A simple image, breathing from loneliness!
The scenery is attrctive, not the least because of the great colours...
That wooden bench is a nice invitation to come and enjoy the sea view!
Pablo -

Hello Kyle :o)
Simple but wonderful ! Nice colours on the sea and great mood ... a lovely and quiet place to dream ... TFS
:) later

Simple but very effective Kyle. I see that lens curvature again. Fine colour and lovely detail. TFS,

Many thanks for your comment on ‘Tamar Travel’

Kyle this posting is very well composed - elements are simple and uncluttered. Well done.


Hi Kyle,
Yes, very effective. That sea-green color is amazing, and I wouldn't have believed it without seeing the true sky blue. Nice focus on the bench and foreground.
All the best,

Hi Kyle,
I like it very much, good placement of the bench, great textures in the sand , and beautiful color...TFS I wish I was sitting on that bench...


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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 238 W: 150 N: 413] (2882)
  • [2007-09-25 17:44]

The colors and elements here are superb. Yes it's very inviting. Good job with the exposure and details. One suggestion -- I wish there was more separation between the top of the bench and the edge of the beach -- I don't like it when lines like that run together. But that's just a small suggestion on a wonderful shot.

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  • Jens Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 555 W: 53 N: 1139] (4663)
  • [2007-09-26 0:48]

Hi Kyle
Wonderful simple shot it shows how simple the best realy can be. Great colors, a superb POV, excellent composition. Well seen, you have done very well. My biggest compliments.

Hi Kyle!
Simple but beautiful!

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Hi Kyle.
Very strong, and beautifll composition.
Simlpy the best and also the basic of good shots.
Regards Frans

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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2007-09-26 5:47]

Hi Kyle...
Interesting photo and point of view on the lonely bench...
Nice simple shot - great result!
well dan, George

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  • Shogun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 788 W: 52 N: 418] (10434)
  • [2007-09-26 9:09]

love the simplicity of the shot Kyle. great composition and tones. Tfs


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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2007-09-26 17:32]

Hi Kyle,
I missed this one when I received our friend Perryhooter! What a great view! I would like to be on this bench. Great composition by its simplicity! The colors are so relaxing and well rendered! A great photo! Congratulations! Annie

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  • dbp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 9 N: 92] (4132)
  • [2007-09-27 2:32]

hi Kyle
beautiful shot
great colours and great composition

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  • inaam Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1816 W: 39 N: 465] (4859)
  • [2007-09-27 6:25]

Hi Kyle,

I drive a lonely mood from this magnificient image where empty bench is meaningful. Excellent luminosity of this fine quality image is a valued attribute. Multiple hues of blues in the water are intersting. An fabulous shot my friend, well done.

Thanks for sharing this image.

Hi Kyle,
Very nice relaxing view. Wonderful variety of layered colors.

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  • ttreen Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1317 W: 129 N: 3792] (15759)
  • [2007-09-27 16:22]

Hi Kyle
Colors are perfect.... where the bench is .. perfect...

Very nice beach shot.. I'd love to sit for a while!


Simple y hermoso.
Horizonte espectacular.
Un estupendo trabajo.
Saludos, JL.

There's something both minimalist and meaningful about this, Kyle. Simple subject, but great color and contrast, engaging lines and texture.

Hallo Kyle..
Verry nice shot...:-)

very nice shot .....well done.... tfs

Very subtle this one Kyle, beautifully composed too.
Well taken...

hello Kyle

excellent composition, every thing is in the right place as the rules say.
the colours are stunning and the sky is not overexposed at all.




Hi Kyle,
the composition is a classic. Very good colours and sharp focus too - nice DoF.

Well done.
best regards, Daniel

Bonsoir Kyle.
Magnifiques couleurs et une composition très simple mais très belle.
Une photo splendide.
Félicitations !

Simple but much effective and beautiful! I like the way you captured this cloudy weather in natural exposure, perfect composition with great tones of colors. The water is amazing. I like the mood in this picture a lot. Well seen MF!

Hello Kyle!
Very beautiful composition with great colours and effect!
Nice perspective and good clarity!
Excellent done!
Best regards!

...I return... :)

Hello Kyle:)
Very beautiful composition and captured..bravo..super pov.Congrats!!
Best Wishes.

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  • jawa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1273 W: 0 N: 1] (12005)
  • [2007-10-08 0:30]

Hi Kyle
Simple the best.
Gr Jos

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1666 W: 136 N: 1263] (6138)
  • [2007-10-08 5:08]

Hi Kyle,
I think I sit here for a while and take a break from my busy summer ;-).
Very nice relaxing mood that you captured. Nice division of layers and the colors look wonderful.

Today I go for this simple and relaxing image Kyle
It is a nice build in colour and composition

I love this one. Simple yet very effective. Great POV! Nice framing, wonderful colors. Very moody :)

This peaceful image composed of horizontal lines is inviting to meditation...the colors and textures blend harmoniously in such way to preserve the calm of the atmosphere. Congratulations for the wonderful posting!
Best regards,

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