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Norfolk Sunrise

Norfolk Sunrise
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Copyright: Andy Cole (flagman) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 351 W: 44 N: 607] (2408)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-07
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon 17-40mm f/4 L USM, Cokin Gradual Grey G2 ND8 P121
Exposure: f/22, 4 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-08 11:08
Viewed: 5025
Points: 29
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dawn at Winterton on sea, Norfolk coast.

Used a 2-stop ND grad filter and a long shutter speed to smooth the water. Less saturation than I normally use because I liked the cool colours.

Very little PP, just RAW conversion, removal of a few spots - dust on the sensor :(

I hope you like it.


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To Shoot_Score: Out of focus....no :)flagman 2 01-04 08:36
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Hi Andy,
I like the cool colors as well. The clouds gave this photo a really great sence of depth. Love the smooth effect in the water and the beautiful orange color near the horizon. It might need a tad of USM.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-08 11:30]

Hi Andy

This is a splendid horizon look!
The shape of the clouds here is impressive and very well captured. Also all the tones and colors are lovely and well saturated thanks to the great exposure.
The usage of the filter is also exceptional - it gave youthet extra something that was necessary in this case of a simple yet beautiful composition.
Bravo and TFS

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-12-08 12:36]
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Hi Andy

The ND filter or straight forward time exposures on any water surface normally gives one that something extra which turns an everyday photo into something special. This posting of yours sure stress that point. In one word it is “Fantabulous”.

This early morning sunrise scene was brilliantly captured with excellent sharpness through the entire DOF range brought about by the F/22 aperture. The colours are definitely ‘cool’ as you state it, but not just in the temperature range, also in appearance. The exposure was brilliantly manipulated and controlled to capture this awesome play of lighting effects between the darkish clouds, the dowdy and drab-blue sky, and the highlights of orange sunlight streaming through the clouds.

Excellent work and TFS.

Hi Andy ,
very nice .
good colors and composition.

Nice dramatic sky and a minimal foreground. Striking image.


I like this,
great clouds,

Hello Andy,
A pleasant composition!
The skyscape is impressive, as the clouds form those beautiful patterns...
Good light and fine textures!
Pablo -

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-12-09 3:27]

Hello Andy,
Very nice capture with perfect POV. Everything is perfect here. TFS

What a wonderful sunrise. I often think that there should be a category/theme just for sunrises and not sunsets and your picture is the reason why.

As loot says the 4 second exposure is great and there is little else that needs to be said. You have made what ccould have been a really boring picture into a stunning sunrise.

Well done and TFS


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-09 7:23]

Hi Andy,
A beautiful sunrise. Colors and and clouds form a very serene and aesthetic image. Useful tech. notes too.
TFS, José M.

Hello Andy
I like this shot very much because it shows the very soft part of a morning sunrise when the light is staring to show and grow in intensity.
Great capture with good color and excellent detail.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-10 5:57]

Un bello amanecer Andy con gran efecto lumínico y sentido estético, por su composición, por el punto de vista y encuadres elegidos, por los suaves tonos y el apropiado nivel del horizonte ligeramente descentrado.
Gracias y saludos... Ricardo

A beautiful dawn Andy with great light effect and aesthetic sense, for their composition, for the point of view and elected framing, for the soft tones and the appropriate level of the horizon lightly uncentered.
Thank you and greetings... Ricardo

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-12-14 2:25]
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Hehehe, a "few" dust spots?? ;) I know better as I've seen the original. :) I like the cool colors aswell and the smoothened sea. I've seen another sunrise from this beach (with grass on the foreground) and I liked that one slightly better. This is a very nice photo though.


Happy New Year,
Let me start with frankness:

I like the comp. I am uncomfortable with the out-of-focus effect of the ripple clouds in the sky. Must be my old eyes that send distress signals to my slow brain, what!

I struggle with the same problem in my own "sky shots" when the DoF is so long that it is hard to get all of it in focus... What say you?

Cheers, ;j.

PS I am looking at this on a laptop with "ultrabright" screen; which I have found at times "plays tricks"... Will check desktop with conventional monitor, time permitting. Again TFS.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-01-01 21:53]

Hello Andy,
What a lovely sunset seascape. I like very much this satin-like water surface and the overall colour cast. Perfect simple composition!
Best greetings for 2007!!!

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