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Faria Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
Stepping Stones
Stepping Stones
PCH - Ventura County - California

If you find my creative point of view interesting please visit my collection at: Thanx for looking! Steve Sieren

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Evy Johansen
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    How very beautiful, Steve!! Awesome colors!!

7/2/2008 12:04:52 AM

Dominick M. Dimacale
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W O W !!!

7/2/2008 12:31:28 AM

Lynne Morris
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Wow Steve, this is a stunning capture, fantastic colours and great pov!

7/2/2008 12:34:25 AM

Michelle R. Kovach
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7/2/2008 9:58:22 AM

James Reininger
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Excellent image. Great composition and color.

7/2/2008 10:09:58 AM

Aleksandra Miesak
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I love how the flat rock in the foreground looks like an arrow and directs my eye into the image.

Fantastic work Steve as always!!!

7/11/2008 5:27:26 PM

Corinne M. Thompson
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Fabulous colors and capture!

7/14/2008 8:25:13 AM

Mary Alston
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Beautiful photo. It does look like you could almost follow the rocks to the sunset.

7/28/2008 8:03:45 PM

John R. Crosby
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Great shot Steve, and welcome to the FFFP Club

8/7/2008 11:02:44 AM

Dennis Gay
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G'day Steve,

Very good composition in this smooth 'n' serene seascape and a lovely depth of field.
Great use of slow shutter and processing which combine to give an image with magical light.
Definitely a wall hanger!


8/7/2008 8:52:17 PM

Dominick M. Dimacale
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Congratulations Steve on your Win.


8/25/2008 10:52:57 AM

Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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This is incredible Steve!!! A huge congratulations on your win!!!

8/25/2008 10:59:35 AM

Dennis Gay
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G'day again Steve,

SEE???!!! I told you it was good!!!!!!!!!!

Well done man and many more!


8/25/2008 11:12:55 AM

Elida Gutierrez
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 "The Fairy Trophy"

A Special Trophy for

"July Winners"

8/25/2008 1:35:34 PM

Susan M. Hembree
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Congrats on your 2nd place win, Steve! Just an awesome photo!

8/25/2008 3:54:06 PM

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8/25/2008 5:16:35 PM

Steve M. Sieren
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Thank you all for your kind words.

A fellow BetterPhoto member Ken Ferguson asked if I could explain how I created this photograph. He runs one of the photography clubs/forum here. Here is pretty much how I answered the question in the forum;

I explain this as how to make something out of nothing.

This shot above was taken at Ventura County RV Campground with numerous unwanted subjects on bothsides from people sitting to sand castles and just plain sand. By finding just a few rocks that were in the receding surf and making sure that were no unwanted objects near the edges of the frame you can portray to the viewer that you're on a secluded beach.

Ok here is the xif - 18mm D70 3secs iso 200 f22
It was bracketed and the exposure was compesated +1.33 EV
That means I guessed wrong but that's why I bracket exposures. When you're far away from home you can't just go back and retake it. It's like insurance.
A 2 stop hard edged nuetral density grad filter was placed at the horizon line to keep the sun somewhat from being too overexposed.
Here is a link to the RAW file with just a +50 contrast adjustment.
It's tilted I know. Must have been in a rush with the tide coming in. Sometimes I plant the tripod down for just a few seconds and lift it out of the water as soon as I hear the shutter finish. I've had the camera in for repairs twice from salt water damage. I place a waterproof camera jacket over the body sometimes in big surf. It doesn't keep the camera completely dry but does help out a lot.

8/25/2008 6:05:32 PM

Eugenio Diaz

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Big congratulations on this outstandng winner!

8/25/2008 9:26:23 PM

Nadya Johnson
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Congratulations on your beautiful winner, Steve!

8/25/2008 10:29:06 PM

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8/26/2008 1:17:25 AM

Jean B. Hall
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I really love the colors and, especially, the composition on this, Steve. It looks like a winding path, beckoning the viewer. Congratulations on your well deserved win!

9/7/2008 11:07:58 AM

Katleen R. Struckle
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Beautiful capture. Stunning colours. Congrats on your win.

12/13/2008 5:58:18 PM

Karen Carter
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OMG this is stunning!! Fantastic composition and wonderful colors!! Congratulations on this lovely winner!!

1/7/2009 12:32:02 PM

Jean Lechleiter
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Wow. Fantastic composition and colours. Congratulations!

2/12/2009 4:56:24 PM

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