Surfer's Silhouette at Sunset

© Donna La Mattino Pagakis

Surfer's Silhouette at Sunset

Lynne Morris 2/21/2009 1:02:27 PM

Beautiful capture Donna, love the colours and silhouette. #1087354

Donna La Mattino Pagakis 2/21/2009 1:10:13 PM

Monnie S. Ryan

It's beautiful, no doubt -- as your photo clearly shows. But I'll be happy to sit on that beach or stand on the pier and watch the youngsters have a go at the surfing thing!

2/21/2009 1:02:08 PM

Thank you Lynne and Monnie for your great comments!!! #7191242

Michelle L. Frick 2/21/2009 1:29:10 PM

WTG Donna! I'm so happy he's wanting to purchase it from you! Kudos to you Donna! Beautiful sunset and silhouette! #7191286

Ron McEwan 2/21/2009 2:25:52 PM

Outstanding Donna, I like the way you used the lighting to your advantage for this great image, well done for sure. #7191348

Lisa J. Boulden 2/21/2009 2:36:38 PM

Gorgeous scene!
What a lucky dude, to be surfing on a beautiful night like this!
~♥~ #7191368

Michael G. Marshall 2/21/2009 2:52:41 PM

Wonderful image, Donna! Terrific light, color and comp! Love the silhouette of the surfer against that beautiful background! Michael #7191413

William C. Raco 2/21/2009 4:39:21 PM

The colors, exposure, scene and composition are all excellent, Donna! #7191673

Arlene Krassner 2/21/2009 5:40:44 PM

What a beauty of a shot Donna. #7191772

Denny E. Barnes 2/21/2009 11:37:31 PM

Outstanding, Donna!! The capture of the light, color and silhouette are excellent as well as your POV and composition!! Very beautiful image, very beautifully done!! #7192276

Teresa A. Burnett 2/22/2009 12:45:57 AM

Gorgeous scene, Donna!! Wonderful colors, reflections and silhouettes, and beautifully composed!! #7192426

Nancy (Peaches) Harker 2/22/2009 12:46:56 AM

AWSOME lighting color and capture Donna! #7192429

Leslie McLain 2/22/2009 4:28:22 AM

Amazing colors and silhouette. Terrific image. #7192659

Susan M. Hembree 2/22/2009 9:20:13 AM

Fantastic, Donna! #7193665

Donna La Mattino Pagakis 2/22/2009 10:16:51 AM

Thank you everyone! I appreciate your kind comments!!

Best wishes,

Donna #7193816

Marilyn K. Lincecum 2/22/2009 11:27:38 AM

Beautiful comp and colors. #7194018

Melinda B. Shiflet 2/22/2009 1:42:14 PM

Hi Donna!

Wow, nice composition, here! Your colors are gorgeous, too! Great job, girlfriend! #7194515

A P 2/22/2009 7:13:36 PM

boy you have pretty sunsets in the OC. this is just stunning Donna and natural....WOW #7195426

Gena L. Talbot 2/22/2009 8:20:47 PM

Very pretty Donna, such wonderful colors and clarity... Makes you feel like your right there :) Great work :) #7195603

Remi Trepanier 2/23/2009 1:43:36 PM

Nice capture. #7200655

A P 2/26/2009 11:11:55 PM

Congratz on the EfP Donna I'm so very much looking forward to finally meeting you on Saturday. I know Terry is too. #7220435

Vicki L. Filippin 2/27/2009 12:07:33 AM

Beautiful image, Donna....and had I not seen sunset surfing for myself, I would not have believed it, either. Yours is a stunning capture! #7220576

Stefania Barbier 3/25/2009 10:20:09 AM

another huge congrats Donna! #7327564

Mukesh Srivastava 3/25/2009 10:22:28 AM

Congrats for Terrific Finalist and wish good luck for next round.... #7327597

Courtenay Vanderbilt 3/25/2009 10:42:04 AM

CONGRATULATIONS, Donna! #7327836

A P 3/25/2009 10:54:12 AM

Congratulations on your outstanding Finalist Donna!!


Michelle L. Frick 3/25/2009 11:19:06 AM

Oh, look at you go - another one!! Congratulations Donna! #7328298

Tiia Vissak 3/25/2009 11:20:36 AM

Congratulations! #7328314

Laurence Saliba 3/25/2009 11:38:18 AM

Congratulations on this wonderful finalist Donna!!! #7328491

Nancy (Peaches) Harker 3/25/2009 12:40:55 PM


HUGE CONGRATS on ALL your finalist!
Best of luck in the next round!


Kathy Cline 3/25/2009 12:41:46 PM

Well deserved!
Blessings Kathy #7329041

Tammy Espino 3/25/2009 12:58:12 PM

Congrats :) #7329213

Tammy Espino 3/25/2009 12:58:26 PM

Congrats :) #7329217

Marcel J. Fernandez 3/25/2009 1:56:22 PM

Double congratulations Donna. #7329629

Elida Gutierrez 3/25/2009 2:02:57 PM


Vicki Hunt 3/25/2009 2:03:22 PM

This is beautiful! Congratulations! #7329682

Colleen Farrell 3/25/2009 3:32:16 PM

Woohoo, this is awesome, Donna! Makes me wish I lived in the southland. Big congrats again! #7330321

Leland N. Saunders 3/25/2009 4:25:16 PM

Donna, this is a fabulous photo ... Great Work ... !! Congrats, again.

Lee #7330712

Debra R. Harder 3/25/2009 5:26:29 PM

Another GREAT image, Donna! The silhouettes, colors and lighting are sensational. Congratulations on your gorgeous finalist! Deb #7331164

Terry L. Ellis 3/25/2009 6:04:20 PM

Another outstanding finalist, Donna! So happy for you! So deserved! Congratulations! #7331389

Susan M. Campbell 3/25/2009 7:20:28 PM

Another fabulous shot...congrats!! #7331947

Patrick Rouzes 3/25/2009 7:43:35 PM

CONGRATULATIONS once again on an incredible finalist, Donna!!! #7332086

Sherran Andersen 3/25/2009 8:05:07 PM

Congrats Donna. Sherran #7332211

Graeme yew Chow 3/25/2009 8:33:30 PM

Donna, very well done and you getting better for the beach shots. #7332307

Laurie Daily 3/26/2009 4:10:06 AM

Another beautiful beach image, Donna!!!Congratulations on this great finalist! #7333417

Anita Hogue 3/26/2009 4:16:57 AM

WOW, another gorgeous finalist! Congratulations, Donna! #7333454

Katarina Mansson 3/26/2009 6:30:12 AM

Love to see this here. Congratulations on your finalist Donna and looking forward to seeing this again soon... #7334021

Cheryl E. Molennor 3/26/2009 7:30:15 AM

WOW! Congratulations on this awesome finalist! #7334364

Susie Peek-Swint 3/26/2009 7:45:00 AM

Many congrats Donna ~ terrific finalist! #7334436

Gary Lange 3/26/2009 8:45:27 AM

Many congrats!! #7334684

Sharon F. Morris 3/26/2009 9:29:10 AM

Beautiful image Donna!! Congrats on your finalist. #7334889

Jeana Clark 3/26/2009 10:05:55 AM

Outstaning Finalist!!!!


~J~ #7335050

Donna La Mattino Pagakis 3/26/2009 2:45:02 PM

Thank you everyone for your supportive comments and congratulatory wishes.

A special thanks to Jim W~ he was kind enough to stop and let me take his photograph!!!

Best wishes,

Donna #7336014

Sharon Sawyer 3/26/2009 4:26:00 PM

Donna, congratulations again... this time on your win!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #7336483

Jill Odice 3/26/2009 4:32:47 PM

Looks like we both are winners this time around :-) Can't wait to finally get to meet you...Sounds like we are going to start a san Diego branch of so Cal photo Chicks :-)
Great shot BTW! CONGRATS! #7336526

A P 3/26/2009 4:41:42 PM




Gina M. Savage 3/26/2009 4:53:39 PM

So happy for you, Donna. This is a fantastic capture...beautiful. Congrats!! #7336717

Colleen Farrell 3/26/2009 4:59:20 PM

WTG, Donna! Congrats on your win! #7336759

Kristi A. Howson 3/26/2009 5:25:53 PM

Congratulations Donna on this wonderful winner. I just love the atmosphere you have captured here. #7336958

ROLAN NARMAN 3/26/2009 5:34:25 PM

Huge congrats Donna on your superb winner! #7337027

Michelle L. Frick 3/26/2009 6:01:04 PM

Congratulations Donna! #7337155

Sabrina Ryan 3/26/2009 6:11:18 PM

Congratultions Donna!!! #7337209

Agnes Fegan 3/26/2009 6:13:18 PM

Congratulations Donna :) #7337220

Tammy Espino 3/26/2009 6:29:54 PM

Congrats on your beautiful win :) #7337366

Teresa A. Burnett 3/26/2009 6:58:46 PM

Huge congratulations on this magnificent winner, Donna!!! #7337512

Courtenay Vanderbilt 3/26/2009 7:00:58 PM

YEAAAA, Donna! Congratulations! #7337523

Terry L. Ellis 3/26/2009 8:23:27 PM

I'm very proud of this win, Donna! And you! Congratulations on a well deserved and gorgeous win! See you tomorrow! #7337736

Robyn A. Terrell 3/26/2009 8:28:32 PM

Congrats on this stunning winner, Donna! A truly amazing capture! #7337750

Carol L. Fowler 3/26/2009 8:33:56 PM

Congrats on your win #7337769

Marilyn K. Lincecum 3/26/2009 8:45:20 PM

Congratulations Donna on a beautiful Second place win. #7337799

Pat Gamwell 3/26/2009 8:58:33 PM

Beautiful winner, girl! WTG! #7337845

frank w. degenhardt 3/26/2009 9:16:30 PM

A beautiiful picture that brought home the gold. Congratulations. #7337921

Brett Dolsen 3/26/2009 11:29:38 PM

Congratulations on your beautifull winner Donna!!Brett #7338206

Mary K. Robison 3/26/2009 11:34:34 PM

Such a gorgeous sunset/silhouette capture, Donna!
Congratulations on your well-deserved win!

Bojan Bencic 3/26/2009 11:57:34 PM

Congratulations, Donna! #7338317

Alex T. Mizuno 3/27/2009 12:11:48 AM

Congratulations on your win Donna!!! Beautiful work!!! #7338348

Tommy E. Burgess 3/27/2009 12:24:39 AM

Congratulations on this gorgeous win Donna!! #7338392

Stefania Barbier 3/27/2009 12:31:27 AM

superb winner Donna, congrats! #7338420

Tiia Vissak 3/27/2009 2:27:17 AM

Congratulations! #7338606

Vicki Hunt 3/27/2009 2:48:47 AM

Congrats on your awesome winner! #7338665

Deborah C. Lewinson 3/27/2009 4:35:09 AM

What a beauty, Donna!!!

Hardy congrats on your win!
Debby #7339033

Nadya Johnson 3/27/2009 5:28:18 AM

Congratulations on your fabulous winner, Donna! #7339228

Guy D. Biechele 3/27/2009 5:33:34 AM

Beautifully captured image, Donna. Congratulations on your win! #7339263

Laurence Saliba 3/27/2009 6:27:49 AM

A BIG Congratulations!!!! #7339527

David Phalen 3/27/2009 7:52:32 AM

BIG Congrats on a spectacular Winner!! #7339815

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna 3/27/2009 8:40:40 AM

FANTASTIC WINNER!!!!!!! WTG, Donna!!!!! :-) k #7340061

Kelly S. Cavanaugh 3/27/2009 8:48:48 AM

Beautiful, Donna! Congratulations! #7340096

Dale Hardin 3/27/2009 8:59:18 AM

Congratulations on this beautiful rendition Donna. You've captured the essence of the dedicated surfer so well. #7340137

Jean E. Hildebrant 3/27/2009 9:29:56 AM

YEAH!!! WTG Donna! What a gorgeous winner! I'm sorry I missed this before. Love it! #7340271

JO ANN CLEVELAND 3/27/2009 9:33:38 AM

Congratulations on this awesome gold winner Donna! Totally gorgeous...

jo ann c. #7340296

Erin Appelbaum 3/27/2009 9:39:43 AM

Congrats on this awesome winner Donna. Peter #7340333

Rhonda Burger 3/27/2009 11:12:39 AM

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S !!!
Rhonda #7340638

Erica Murphy 3/27/2009 11:25:12 AM

AWESOME Donna!!! Congratulations! #7340683

Mitch Spence 3/27/2009 11:48:32 AM

Congratulations to you, Donna! #7340812

Mary Beth Aiello 3/27/2009 1:35:16 PM

Just outstanding, Donna. Huge congrats on this beautiful win. #7341252

Anita Hogue 3/27/2009 1:36:06 PM

Awesome win, my friend! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! #7341255

Lisa J. Boulden 3/27/2009 2:01:15 PM

WTG, Donna!
Congratulations on an awesome winner!
~♥~ #7341369

Marcel J. Fernandez 3/27/2009 2:30:45 PM

Congratulations Donna on your beautiful winner. #7341430

Sam Britt 3/27/2009 3:10:39 PM

Big congratulations on your winner, Donna! #7341563

Glenn E. Traver 3/27/2009 3:32:21 PM

Congratulations Donna on this Beautiful Winner ~ GT #7341620

Linda Blair 3/27/2009 3:33:24 PM

Congratulations on this great winner!!!! #7341622

Cheryl E. Molennor 3/27/2009 3:56:37 PM

Gorgeous all over! Congratulations on this great winner!


Donna La Mattino Pagakis 3/27/2009 8:57:52 PM

Thank you everyone, your comments are amazing. I really appreciate them and your congratulatory wishes!!!

Donna #7342333

Cora Miller 3/27/2009 10:17:34 PM

Absolutely gorgeous, Donna. Congratulations on your win. #7342500

Barbara Waldoch 3/28/2009 12:05:26 AM

Congratulations Donna on all your last month's achievemnts! #7342678

Max Aureli 3/28/2009 8:57:00 AM

Congratulations Donna on Win!!! :-))) #7344168

Linda L. Ruiz 3/28/2009 1:18:38 PM

This is so amazing. Is this Santa Monica? Perfect timing. Is this your son? Congrats #7345032

Donna La Mattino Pagakis 3/28/2009 1:26:46 PM

Thanks again to each of you.

Linda~ this was captured at the Oceanside Pier, California. I met this surfer as he was exiting the water. He was nice enough to stop so that I could take his portrait. I gave Jim my website address. He later contacted me to ask about this image. Thanks to him, I entered it in the contest.

I appreciate all of your congratulatory wishes!!!


Donna #7345062

Gail Vitikacs 3/28/2009 2:05:00 PM

This is definitely a favorite Donna...brillant! Congratulations! #7345207

Salwa Afef 3/28/2009 3:16:14 PM

Congratulations Donna :)
very beautiful Silhouette
Salwa #7345480

Patricia Ronan 3/28/2009 3:59:35 PM

Congratulations on your win with this beautiful image Donna:)
Congrats on all your finalist too:) #7345643

Renee Doyle 3/28/2009 5:24:39 PM

Beautiful!! Congratulations Donna on this wonderful winner!! #7345904

Michael Umbreit 3/28/2009 5:43:29 PM

Donna - Congratulations on your win! Great shot! - Mike #7345964

Cindy Bendush 3/28/2009 8:41:49 PM

Awesome image Donna! Big congrats on your win!!! #7346462

Ken Smith 3/28/2009 9:29:12 PM

I'm glad to see this one...perfectly done, Donna and congrats to you! #7346563

Robert K. Bemus 3/28/2009 11:28:37 PM

Congratulations on your win, Donna!! #7346695

Graeme yew Chow 3/29/2009 10:57:21 PM

I know this one will come in. Congrats Donna . #7350721

Katarina Mansson 3/31/2009 4:04:22 AM

...and there it is LOL!!! Congratulations Donna...again! #7355487

Datha Y. Thompson 3/31/2009 8:05:47 AM

CONGRATULATIONS Donna!!!! Excellent!!!! #7356152

Mick Burkey 3/31/2009 1:23:12 PM

Very cool, Donna. Congratulations on your win. Wonderful image! #7357084

Usman M. Bajwa 3/31/2009 11:27:46 PM

CONGRATS. on getting Golden

Usman. #7358333

Elida Gutierrez 4/1/2009 2:21:05 PM


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Dominick M. Dimacale 4/2/2009 2:08:57 AM

Congratulations Donna on your Win!!!

Dominick #7362742

Donna La Mattino Pagakis 4/2/2009 8:28:07 AM

Thank you for all of your congratulatory wishes!!! I really appreciate them and your great comments too!



Susan Jane Allen 4/4/2009 11:25:48 PM

Big congrats, Donna! #7372706

Donna La Mattino Pagakis 4/8/2009 9:52:17 PM

Thank you Susan! #7387056

Robert S. Grauer 5/23/2009 6:31:20 PM

Belated congrats Donna I missed this one somehow. Great composition and light. Beautiful sunset the surfer completes the image, very well done! As far as surfing at sunset not a good idea unless you don't mind becoming dinner for a shark! They are very hungry at dusk its the beginning of their feeding time. #7551622

Rod Partington 8/18/2009 1:30:07 PM

I know you have like 8 million comments here,but I just had to say what an Awesome image this is! In fact your entire gallery is Awesome!
Congrats on the win!(personally I'm surprised it didn't get first!)
Cheers! #7863810

Richard D. Love 8/31/2009 10:36:36 AM

Absolutely gorgeous, Donna. Outstanding composition and color.

Rick #7904040

Donna La Mattino Pagakis 8/31/2009 10:40:25 AM

Thank you Robert, Rod and Rick! I appreciate all of your very kind comments and congratulatory wishes!!! #7904050

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You would be surprised at how many people surf at sunset. It's a beautiful time of night!

The colors in this image are completely natural!!

Captured January 13, 2009
Raw / Tripod / Aperture Priority / 24 mm
F4 @ 1/3 sec ISO 100

*Monthly Theme- Belonging*

Exif: F Number: 4, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 3/10 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 100, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 24.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XSi

Uploaded on 2/21/2009 11:42:15 AM All Time Best Photo Contest Editor's Pick Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner

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