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Brinn MacDougall 5/25/2004 10:22:32 AM

This is very striking..love the colors..well done, Bob! #131558

Marie Fields 5/25/2004 10:30:28 AM

Gorgeous image, Bob! #559849

Marja H. Konimäki 5/25/2004 10:38:35 AM

Wonderful image!!! #559859

Lori Ditlefsen 5/25/2004 11:02:30 AM

Very nicely done Bob! #559877

Kelly Abernathy 5/25/2004 11:29:56 AM

Beautiful! -K
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Casey A. Hanson 5/25/2004 11:47:02 AM

This is awesome Bob! The colors are stunning, very nice. #559964

Theresa McCloskey 5/25/2004 11:55:11 AM

terrific shot Bob - wonderful colors :-) #559971

Alisha May Furbish 5/25/2004 12:27:39 PM

Holy cow- spectacular!!!! A winner in my book! #559988

Kristen McKain 6/15/2004 12:49:33 PM

Wow.. I must have missed this one.. I dont know how, though! Congrats!! #595540

Kelly Abernathy 6/15/2004 12:55:59 PM

Congratulations! -K #595575

Donna LaMattino Pagakis 6/15/2004 2:22:42 PM

This is so beautiful, a well deserved win!!!! Love the colors!!!! #596055

Cathy Barrows 6/15/2004 2:37:50 PM

Congrats!...beautiful #596194

Thomasa 6/15/2004 3:37:58 PM

WOW! The sea foam makes it look like you could walk on clouds. Great colors and I love how the foam leads your eye to the sunset/sunrise. Nicely done! #596388

Dan J. Holm 6/15/2004 5:00:26 PM

Absolutely stunning shot! Congratulations, Bob! #596796

Diane Dupuis-Kallos 6/15/2004 5:30:35 PM

Stupendous Bob! Congrats on your 7 finalists and good luck!! #596944

Jim Kinnunen 6/15/2004 6:31:00 PM

Wonderful image and great exposure!!! #597218

Jennifer Rennison 6/15/2004 8:09:59 PM

This is absolutely beautiful, stunning! Congratulations! #597595

Evy Johansen 6/15/2004 10:06:02 PM

Wow - this is beautiful! As always... Many congratulations Bob! #597756

Kasia Elser 6/16/2004 6:14:48 AM

CONGRATS! #598305

Kasia Elser 6/16/2004 6:14:49 AM

CONGRATS! #598306

Peggy Wolff 6/16/2004 7:06:22 AM

Wow is right! What kind of work was done on this? #598523

Karen Engelbreth 6/16/2004 7:19:34 AM

Many congratulations, Bob! #598587

Doug Gould 6/16/2004 10:23:19 AM

This image is so beautiful and unique, Bob. You must be proud of it! Congrats. #599095

Gianna Stadelmyer 6/16/2004 11:44:59 AM

Congratulations, Bob! This is fabulous:-) #599210

Alisha May Furbish 6/16/2004 12:12:42 PM

Well deserved congrats!! #599294

Kelly Abernathy 6/16/2004 6:30:03 PM

A well deserved win! Congratulations - I just love this shot - so beautiful! -K #600102

Patrick Campbell 6/16/2004 6:38:32 PM

I love the spectacular color and the intentional blur of the sea foam. Congrats Bob! #600120

Evy Johansen 6/17/2004 12:13:42 AM

I'm so glad to see this beauty as a winner!! Congratulations on your second place win, Bob! Very well deserved! #600505

Mette Vendelboe Allison 6/17/2004 12:44:45 AM

Congrats! Great photo! #600518

Donna W. Neal 6/17/2004 3:33:07 AM

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR WIN Bob! #600662

Paul C. Gazzanigo 6/17/2004 3:33:46 AM

Congratulations, Bob! #600665

Donna J. Eaton 6/17/2004 5:14:32 AM

A big congratulations Bob! Stunning work as always! ;-) #600904

Deborah Sandidge 6/17/2004 6:19:20 AM

Congratulations, just beautiful! #601111

Lori Ditlefsen 6/17/2004 6:36:37 AM

Congrats on the win Bob! Well done! #601154

Jennifer Rennison 6/17/2004 7:25:12 AM

Congratulations on your win, a beautiful image! #601269

Susana Matos 6/17/2004 12:25:15 PM

amazing!!!!!!!! as usual! Congratulations on your win!
Cheers from Portugal, Su #601951

Mary K. Robison 6/17/2004 1:59:13 PM

Superb, as always. Congratulations! #602097

Robin L. Wehrman 6/17/2004 2:35:52 PM

WOW this is outstanding , beautiful colors, Congratulations on your well deserved win !! #602178

Anton Falcon 6/18/2004 7:43:35 AM

just amazing! many congrats to you, Bob!! #603582

Dolores Neilson 6/20/2004 7:44:49 AM

Bob ...your photography just keeps getting better and better! Congrats to you my WElsh friend! You're one of the best! #606515

Carol Brill 6/20/2004 9:50:38 PM

Congratulations, Bob, what impressive colors, composition, and exposure in this amazing image!! #607499

Jim Collier 6/22/2004 8:40:27 AM

With all due respect to Bob, this shot is way, WAY too color saturated. Actually it's not the shot--which is technically sound and artistically pleasing, saturation aside--it's obviously the digital post-processing.

As a general observation and not a criticism, I simply do not understand why grossly oversaturated sunset shots like this are SO popular (even with a photo-savvy audience), and win so many amateur contests! For example, this shot is so unnatural-looking, it's distracting. And for purely "artistic" value, the artifacting caused by too much saturation is glaring. (Notice the uneven tone, bleeding, uneven color shifting, etc.) If I were judging, I would severely penalize this, and shots like it, on over-saturation alone.

To my eyes it would have been a GREAT shot if it wasn't so severely oversaturated. I looked at Bob's gallery and he is very talented and has some great shots, and obviously doesn't need any suggestions on HOW to not over-saturate it. (I really love his wide-angle shot of the sheep in the green valley.) Although, there are a small handful of other oversaturated shots--but not as bad as this one.

A small gripe I have with this site, related to this, is a total lack of constructive criticism. We NEED constructive critiques to collectively grow as artists and technicians. Instead, it seems to be all sunshine and glowing superlatives, even for really horrible submissions--whose creator could really benefit from constructive pointers from the more experienced members. It's obvious some people feel compelled to encourage newbies to keep at it, but heaping praise on shoddy work doesn't work for toddlers, much less mature adults who would really appreciate specific pointers targeted specifically to their submission, and from which they could truly benefit from! (I will say though that the total lack of UNCONSTRUCTIVE flames is very nice, and a nice change of pace from most places on the internet in general.) I would suggest a change to the site: instead of just a "comments" field, call it, "What I like about this shot". Then add another field called, "What could be better"--which would encourage everyone to offer constructive criticism for every comment, rather than just blowing sunshine up you-know-where!

So, departing from high-concept discussion, here's my constructive criticism specific to this submission: Bob, nice shot. You are obviously a skilled artist. But I wouldn't have used nearly so much color saturation! Perhaps try not using the Hue/Saturation dialog, or if the over-saturation was a side-effect of increasing the contrast, use Hue/Saturation to back it off, back to natural levels. I know amateur contests seem to favor grossly oversaturated sunset shots regardless of the presence of over-saturation artifacts, but buck the norm!

With sincerity,
Jim #610284

Jim Collier 6/22/2004 8:44:13 AM

Also, one reader commented "nice selective blur on the foam". It looks to me that it is "UN-selective", natural blur, induced by motion and a slow shutter speed, rather than in digital post-processing as apparently suggested. That's a second [very small] gripe I have with this site (although overall I love it)--the comments are mostly stand-alone, not interactive and feeding off one another. No one else corrected, countered, corroborated, or even mentioned that comment about the foam. I'm not sure how to encourage that better though! Ideas? ;-) #610292

Bob Jones 6/22/2004 10:46:21 AM

Jim ... e-mail me I would really like to discuss this with you ...

Bob
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Sharon McClung 7/4/2004 12:45:30 PM

This is terrific! Congratulations! #630976

Joy Rector 7/7/2004 6:38:49 AM

I was reading jim collier's comments and along those lines I would like to see along with the winning photos the reasons why each winner was chosen...what about the photo/art piece was singled out as a winner. I think this would help the rest of us develop our skills and continue to learn. I also like the idea of ""What I like about this shot". Then add another field called, "What could be better"--which would encourage everyone to offer constructive criticism for every comment" that Jim mentioned.

This is a wonderful site. I have taken over a thousand dollars worth of classes and visit it every day to try to learn more to improve my own work.

And Bob I like the photo. I live in an area where our sunsets/sunrises and not nearly this colorful but I am sure there are such in other parts of the world. #635476

Katleen R. Struckle 7/14/2004 8:51:16 PM

Congrat"s on your win Bob! Wonderful image!! #648071

Dolores Neilson 9/11/2004 5:48:52 AM

Who says colors have to look "natural"??

While I can respect photographers who don't care for lots of bold color, it is important to keep in mind that we can manipulate our photography for the effect we like just like painters do and it is still an acceptable art form. Painters overexaggerate strokes, colors aand reality all the time, and no one complains about that. The only time I feel it is not acceptable is with photojournalism...as that is the art of capturing reality. Ansel Adams was the father of manipulation though many may not realize it. What came out of his darkroom was not what he really saw....dodging and burning to his heart's desire to achieve the effect he felt would have greatest dramatic impact...and people loved his work! Sure color wasn't overexaggerated (how can it be with B&W?)...but his skies were! Composites sell...yet they're hardly real. And who cares?? It's how it makes you feel that matters. If the photo is visually appealing, then the photographer has done his job.

Joy...to request that the professionals who have to judge thousands of images every month spend extra time writing why EACH winner was selected is unreasonable. In fact, we don't pay to enter here....it's free for everyone. To ask them to do more is not really fair. Our photos are judged by professionals and we don't have to pay a thing. They're already giving alot I think. I see your point..but from a site that's free, it's way too much to ask. Imagine how much more time that would take! Just my thoughts.

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Joy Rector 9/11/2004 8:18:58 AM

you're rigtht Dolores there are thousands of entries in the contest each month. But only a few of those are selected. I was talking about the first and/OR second place winners and there are not that many. I was only trying to participate in the discussion and offer ideas. #769433

Dolores Neilson 9/11/2004 8:32:51 AM

Hi Joy..I wasnt' criticizing you. I understand you meant the winners only. But you're incorrect in that there's "only a few". There are a total of 111 first and second place winners...and a grand prize. That's 111 commentaries on each winner...that's what I was talking about. And that's not counting the finalists! Judges have difficulty going through the selection process as it is...without 111 commentaries to post in addition to that. It's still an unreasonable request IMHO. Considering what they have to do. #769476

Joy Rector 9/11/2004 9:05:27 AM

Point taken. #769529

Fawn M. Schutt 9/2/2007 8:37:51 PM

Amazing! I love the colors! #4738254

Pamela Oms 9/11/2007 3:58:15 PM

wonderful colors #4778814

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