Lonely Bench

© Laurence Saliba

Lonely Bench

Su Sana E. P level-classic 12/10/2006 12:11:51 AM

Wow!! This great image absolutely leave me breathlessn, Laurence!! Great elements for a perfect image here. Winner in my book!!! #569930

Darryl Wilkinson 12/10/2006 12:28:04 AM

Outstanding capture of this beautiful landscape, Laurence. I love your point of view and the depth you've applied. Very nice!! #3686096

Stanley J. Contrades 12/10/2006 12:59:17 AM

Very dramatic clouds and wonderful tree and landscape imagery, Laurence! The colors are fabulous!!
Much Aloha,
Stan #3686110

Karen Engelbreth 12/10/2006 1:10:45 AM

Wonderful, dramatic image, Laurence! #3686123

Tamara Sovilj 12/10/2006 1:53:38 AM

Great image! #3686151

Colette M. Metcalf 12/10/2006 2:38:37 AM

GORGEOUS capture, Laurence!!! #3686235

Colleen Braun 12/10/2006 3:27:16 AM

amazing... #3686338

Aimee S. McMaster 12/10/2006 3:57:06 AM

...stunning image with great clarity and color Laurence...Aimee #3686393

Linda D. Lester level-classic 12/10/2006 5:43:28 AM

Excellent shot...love everything about it! #3686733

Glenn E. Urquhart level-classic 12/10/2006 5:46:03 AM

Absolutely Stunning, Laurence!!! The sharpness, shape and color of the tree contrasted against that beautiful sky is Extrodanary!!! Outstanding color, lighting, contrast, VERY WELL COMPOSED and quite beautiful!!! Looks like a winner in my opinion!! Well Done! Cheers, Glenn. #3686746

Karen E. Michaels level-classic 12/10/2006 6:43:28 AM

Stunning is the word of the day. Thee is such an intensity to this shot. Kudo's, karen #3686989

Jessica Jenney level-classic 12/10/2006 6:43:35 AM

Gorgeous lighting, colors and detail, Laurence! Wonderful drama! #3686991

Jeff Robinson level-classic 12/10/2006 9:53:46 AM

Excellent composition, light and capture! Jeff #3687538

Ronald F. Fischer level-classic 12/10/2006 11:08:51 AM

Laurence, this is my new favorite image in your inpressive gallery! #3687712

Nadya Johnson level-classic 12/10/2006 11:29:18 AM

WOW! This one is a STUNNER, Laurence!! I have never seen a sky like that! It looks almost surreal. The lighting is MAGNIFICENT! What an awesome landscape! #3687779

Cyn Valentine level-classic 12/10/2006 11:32:58 AM

Beautiful awesome image...love the light and comp!! #3687794

Cathy Stancil 12/10/2006 11:36:35 AM

Such a beautiful and dramatic image, Laurence !! Fantastic image !! #3687814

Shirley L. Carpenter 12/10/2006 12:43:53 PM

WOW!! Beautiful image Laurence!! Excellent composition!! #3688031

Laurence Saliba level-classic 12/10/2006 1:31:19 PM

Thanks so much for the positive comments!!! I am overwhelmed!!! #3688089

Kara L. Hendricks level-classic 12/11/2006 6:06:04 AM

Ohhh, I hope to see GOLD under this VERY SOON!!! #3690540

Amalia Sylvia Arriaga Salinas level-classic 12/11/2006 2:11:31 PM

WOW Laurence, What a beautiful image and composition!,
Amalia #3692092

Silvia Nunes 12/12/2006 1:27:08 PM

WOW!! Beautiful image Laurence!Wonderful. #3695778

Sylvia Rossler 12/12/2006 2:49:32 PM

One word ! WOW ! #3696014

Tarun Bose 12/15/2006 11:55:42 AM

Outstanding capture of this beautiful view. Fantastic composition and lovely lighting. Well done Laurence. #3705839

Laurence Saliba level-classic 12/15/2006 10:11:17 PM

Thanks Kara, Amalia, Silvia, Sylvia and Tarun!! #3707295

Sharon Day level-classic 1/24/2007 1:12:49 PM

Gorgeous image, Laurence!!! Simply beautiful! #3860123

Sylvia Rossler 1/24/2007 2:06:55 PM

Big congrats on your finalist Laurence :O) #3860352

Cyn Valentine level-classic 1/24/2007 2:57:44 PM

WTG Laurence!! Big congratulations!!! #3861031

Bill Wyatt 1/24/2007 3:05:55 PM

Congratulations on your wonderful Finalist, Laurence! #3861149

Colette M. Metcalf 1/24/2007 3:40:35 PM

Congrats once again!! #3861654

Karen L. Sorbello 1/24/2007 4:44:09 PM

Congrats! Simply stunning!
-Karen #3862547

Megan p 1/24/2007 6:20:48 PM

Goodness this is Magnificent!!! Congratulations! #3863619

Debra Booth 1/24/2007 6:51:50 PM

Awesome, Laurence!! Congrats on your December finalists!! #3863986

Terry L. Ellis level-classic 1/24/2007 6:52:07 PM

Congratulations again Laurence! This is a splendid finalist! #3863990

Cathy Stancil 1/24/2007 9:40:43 PM

Such gorgeous finalists you have here Laurence !! Huge congratulations t you my friend and good luck on the next round !!:O) #3864995

Christine Czernin level-classic 1/25/2007 12:21:33 AM

Another beautiful finalist. I really must visit your country soon. Such stunning views. #3865434

Laurence Saliba level-classic 1/25/2007 1:46:31 AM

Thanks so much my dear friends!!! #3865614

Tom Andersen 1/25/2007 3:06:35 AM

What a gorgeous vista, Laurence. Congratulations on your finalist! #3865762

Su Sana E. P level-classic 1/25/2007 4:57:46 AM

I knew it!! Congratulations on this beautiful Winner, Laurence!! #3866334

Peter Mantione 1/25/2007 5:36:33 AM

A masterpiece!!!! Bravo Laurence. #3866675

Paula Dwyer 1/25/2007 6:04:53 AM

Outstanding!! Congratulations Laurence!!! :) #3866895

Kay E. Mahoney level-classic 1/25/2007 6:36:19 AM

Congratulations on your beautiful finalist. Good luck in the next round. #3867172

Holly Shao 1/25/2007 6:41:20 AM

This is simply beautiful and breathtaking! Love that tree and the lighting is perfect. Congratulations, Laurence!!!

Holly #3867228

Stephanie Laird level-classic 1/25/2007 9:50:59 AM

Lovely Laurence! Congrats! #3868766

Susan Fox 1/25/2007 9:53:35 AM

Wow! Wonderful and beautiful photo! Love the composition, the lighting, the clarity and the colors. Great job! #3868785

Jeff Robinson level-classic 1/25/2007 11:10:46 AM

Beautifully captured; Congrats Laurence on your Finalist! Jeff #3869265

Carla Metzler level-classic 1/25/2007 12:30:20 PM

Congratulations on this beautiful finalist, Laurence! #3869813

John V. Roscich level-classic 1/25/2007 4:14:41 PM

JOHN #3871343

Gail Vitikacs level-classic 1/25/2007 4:26:48 PM

Keeping 'em coming! They are all super! #3871383

Laurence Saliba level-classic 1/25/2007 9:53:01 PM

Thanks so very much my friends!!! #3873022

RC Fritz 1/26/2007 1:13:21 AM

Very dramatic clouds. Wonderful scene, Laurence. Congrats on your Finalist! #3873430

Mick Burkey level-classic 1/31/2007 10:48:25 AM

Great image, Laurence. As said, very dramatic and the coloring/lighting really adds to the feel of this shot. Belated congrats on the finals. #3896555

Paul Giorgio 1/31/2007 12:08:09 PM

Now this image (like many in your library) is impressive...

You look at it...and you look at it again and you know its real yet there is a surreal feeling about it...I just like it! #3896858

Brian Cassar 2/10/2007 11:46:54 AM

Beautiful drama Laurence. That three is at Hagar qim Temples, am I right? Wonderful sunset shot. #3933199

Brian Cassar 2/19/2007 4:18:58 PM

What kind of people are commenting on this picture? Do you really not see that halo around the tree? That's some pretty sloppy Photoshop work, and very distracting. I don't mean to rain on the parade, but come on... The tree and sky are great, the rest of the foreground is fairly uninspiring. #3965864

Laurence Saliba level-classic 2/19/2007 8:02:53 PM

Couldn't help not respond to this!!! Dan you must have some blurry monitor! What halo are you seeing? Do you mean to say this image is superimposed on another? All that was done here was a slight adjustment in levels, a minor crop and sharpened. LOL sloppy PS work!!! Mur sib grieg bahnan!!! #3966461

Laurence Saliba 2/20/2007 1:06:23 PM

Laurence, I'm looking at this on another monitor and see the same thing. Look at the top of the tree where it meets the sky, it is much lighter than the sky above and around it. I'm not suggesting that there was any superimposing. What it looks like to me is that you tried to lighten the tree (or darken the sky?), and just weren't all that accurate.

If I am wrong then I apologize, just trying to give an honest critique so that you might be able to improve the picture with some minor post-processing adjustments. If anybody else sees what I'm talking about, please confirm because Laurence thinks I am "Mur sib grieg bahnan"... #3969105

Paul Giorgio 2/20/2007 1:18:19 PM

Just wanted to point out that sometimes it can turn out to be a natural phenomon...there was a photo uploaded some time ago of a giraffe that had a similar effect...such as a 'halo' glow...this can at times be achieved with a photoshop colour curve tweak but at times its a natural effect....now there is one way to give a critic on a photo and there are others...Dan C you mentioned the foreground being uninspiring - right? So what is one to do? crop it? and have a floating tree? In your response you should be fair...if you dont like it...just say why but do say what you would have done or give advice..and not just act aggressive...cause your statement as read by me...not the author of the photo was agressive.. #3969146

Laurence Saliba level-classic 2/20/2007 9:22:09 PM

Thanks Paul!! No more comment. #3970320

Lani J 2/23/2007 1:00:18 AM

Laurence, I looooove the depth in this image. It's like you're looking through a window.

Beautifully done ;) #3977567

Lori Carlson 3/31/2007 5:36:18 PM

Amazing exposure Laurence friend!! Congrats on this!!! :0) #4117029

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic 5/28/2007 8:58:28 PM

Dramatic and wonderful!!!
An amazing image in a fan-tabulous gallery--- a field of visual treats!!! --Lisa #4340887

Iris Greenwell 1/12/2008 6:10:50 PM

Wow, great image. Beautiful colors and great composition. Iris #5330965

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic 7/27/2008 4:32:15 AM

Superb composition and great colors, Laurence. I must see Malta someday. #6235441

Renata Gusciora 9/24/2008 11:23:17 AM

This is amazing,Laurence!I love the feel,sky,tones and composition are perfect! #6506305

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-classic 10/22/2008 9:59:18 PM

Congratulations!!! Stunning light and beautiful scene Laurence! #6641271

Teresa A. Burnett level-classic 10/22/2008 11:16:54 PM

And another huge congratulations Laurence!! Best of luck in the next round!! #6641771

Stefania Barbier level-classic 10/22/2008 11:52:34 PM

a stunner.... congratulations again Laurence!!!! #6641970

Barbara Waldoch 10/23/2008 1:50:36 AM

Congratulations on all your finaliasts, Laurence! #6642542

Erin Appelbaum level-classic 10/23/2008 3:26:15 AM

Gorgeous finalist Laurence. Congrats. Peter #6642822

Ujjwal Mukherjee level-classic 10/23/2008 3:30:33 AM

Wonderful finalist,Laurence! Congrats!! #6642857

Max Aureli 10/23/2008 3:45:16 AM

I can't resist to respond to Dan! You should calibrate your monitors or get good ones and I suggest to get the best on the market for video cards 3DLabs... it's what I using to see this great and fabulous image!!!



Laurence Saliba level-classic 10/23/2008 4:00:54 AM

Thanks everyone!!!! Max I can say again, there is no sort of superimposing or anything. Its as natural as can be!!! The sky is what it was when taken. #6642975

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic 10/23/2008 4:05:42 AM

Huge, wonderful congratulations, Laurence, on this beauty!
Smiles, Lisa♥
PS: I wish Dan could see this one again...wearing a big silver badge! #6643015

Renata Gusciora 10/23/2008 4:12:36 AM

Ahhhh,this is soo beautiful!!!Huge congratulations on this magical finalist,Laurence!!!:-)Good luck in the next round!!! #6643072

Max Aureli 10/23/2008 4:13:03 AM

Laurence, I can recognize when an image is superimposed and your is not superimposed and as Paul explained is a natural light effect capture by the camera that is called light radiant and sometime can be perceived by naked eyes.

It's a genuine and fantastic beautiful images and congratulations for your Finalist, Laurence!!! #6643078

Laurence Saliba level-classic 10/23/2008 6:46:55 AM

Thanks everyone!!! your comments greatly appreciated!!! #6644273

Vladan D. Djordjevic 10/23/2008 8:11:49 AM

Congratulations on this beautiful finalist, Laurence. Favorite. #6645092

Elida Gutierrez 10/23/2008 8:35:31 AM

Congratulations on your FINALIST!!! #6645338

Denny E. Barnes level-classic 10/23/2008 11:03:28 AM

Congratulations on a beautiful and well deserving finalist, Laurence!! Good luck on the GOLD! #6646733

Denny E. Barnes level-classic 10/23/2008 12:09:35 PM

OK, since I have been mentioned twice in the last few comments, I'll add my response. I never implied that the image was superimposed, or anything of the sort. To Max: my monitor is calibrated just fine! All I really wanted to point out (and admittedly, I could have done this more tactfully at the time) is that there is very distinct and obvious haloing around the top of the trees. Paul G. has suggested this is a 'natural phenomenon', which is just ridiculous, it's a very common editing mistake that even the pros make when they are processing a picture. If you don't believe me, I would invite Laurence to post the original, UNEDITED picture on this thread, in the interest of us all learning something. Laurance, my original opinion still holds - I think this is a nice shot that would be even better without that haloing, and that this is an easy fix in Photoshop. #6647135

Sirsendu Gayen level-classic 10/23/2008 12:54:44 PM

Congratulations on this beautiful finalist. #6647430

Laurence Saliba level-classic 10/23/2008 8:40:17 PM

Thanks my dear friends!!! Dan I will find the original and post as soon as possible but bear with me cos its over 2 years old now and I have many 1000's of files :) #6649778

Laurence Saliba level-classic 10/23/2008 8:58:40 PM

OK, Laurence, that would be interesting to see! Incidentally, I looked through your gallery, you have some great pictures in there! #6649832

Stanley J. Contrades level-classic 10/24/2008 1:33:47 AM

CONGRATULATIONS on your Finalist, Laurence! Well done my friend!!
Stan #6650584

Carla Metzler level-classic 10/24/2008 3:38:16 AM

Congratulations, Laurence! #6650996

Sabrina Ryan level-classic 10/24/2008 8:02:54 AM

Congratulations, on your well deserved beautiful Finalist photo. #6652313

William88 level-classic 10/24/2008 8:58:47 PM

Beautiful photo!! great lighting and color. congratulations. #6656243

Colleen Farrell level-classic 10/27/2008 12:53:15 PM

Beautiful! Congratulations again! #6668150

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