California Dreamin'

© Donna La Mattino Pagakis

California Dreamin

Michael Umbreit November 09, 2009

Donna - Nice work! - Mike #1203018

Anita J. Luellen level-classic November 09, 2009

Beautiful colors...nice composition. #8118239

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna November 09, 2009

Gorgeous in every way, Donna!!! :-) k #8118246

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic November 09, 2009

Beautiful light, color, and comp!
Wonderful, Donna!
~♥~Lisa #8118275

Daniella Puente November 09, 2009

Fabulous view, tones and composition Donna, love this! #8118301

Clyde P. Smith November 09, 2009

Beautiful definition, clarity, POV, comp, tones and light. It's all there Donna! Great HDR work without being over done. #8118334

Sherran Andersen level-classic November 09, 2009

Beautiful Donna... looks so peaceful. Sherran #8118377

Melinda F. Schneider level-classic November 10, 2009

Gorgeous!! I love the pinkish purply tones!!! #8118718

Tess L. Yee November 10, 2009

Fabulous color and light, and awesome (natural-looking!) HDR work, Donna! #8118918

Jane Holestine November 10, 2009

Amazing colors and comp, Donna. The way the glistening beach directs the viewers eye is perfect. We should see this one again. #8119183

Monnie Ryan November 10, 2009

Just gorgeous, Donna -- love the colors and lighting! #8119442

Amy M. Wilson November 10, 2009

Gorgeous colors and light, Donna! #8119594

Julianne Bradford November 10, 2009

Just fabulous Donna! Terrific HDR work with outstanding color! A very lovely dedication to Amanda. She's an amazingly generous sharing photographer and my guru. Her dedication to the art of photography is so inspiring. The HDR adds sparkle to your wonderful work! Way to go girlfriend! #8119794

Datha Y. Thompson November 10, 2009

Gorgeous!!! Excellent!!! Winner!!! ;) #8119852

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe November 10, 2009

Thank you for all of your inspirational comments. I truly appreciate them VERY much. HDR photography is new to me!!! I am enjoying the adventure!!!

Take care!

Donna #8120326

Michelle L. Frick November 10, 2009

Oh, WOW! Purple is my favorite color and the beach is my favorite thing to look at (aside my my kid's cute little faces!). This is GORGEOUS Donna!! #8120501

John Connolly November 10, 2009

A great title for this superb seaside sunset, Donna! Amazing color and detail, well done! #8120589

JO ANN CLEVELAND November 10, 2009

Wow, stunning capture,Donna. Beautiful image!!!!

jo ann c. #8120683

Leslie McLain level-deluxe November 11, 2009

Stunning image, colors, sky, and reflections, Donna. #8123713

Katherine Kuhn level-classic November 13, 2009

Gorgeous image -- love the soft sunset colors & reflections! #8128775

Daniel Ruf November 15, 2009

A really fine photograph. Great depth and color. #8134162

Amanda Haddox November 15, 2009

Thank you for your kinds words and for your friendship, I don’t know that deserve a tribute as remarkably beautiful as this image is…The blues and purples of this scene give this such a tranquil soothing feel, while the darkened clouds that mask the setting sun add an almost ominous tension or quality to the sky. The line of the silhouetted pier in opposition to the direction of in-coming surf as it rushes in-land, the wet glistening shoreline reflecting the soft lavender color of the sky above. It is exceptionally captured photos such as this that leave me California Dreamin’ and longing to be home again… this post so very much appreciated, Donna! #8134265

Steve M. Harrington November 17, 2009

What a fine image! To me, this is what refined HDR is all about: full, rich tones that work together. Nice work, Donna.
Steve #8139307

Susan M. Campbell November 17, 2009

So beautiful and dramatic. The purple hues really make this pop. Well done Donna. #8139311

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe November 17, 2009

Thanks again to each of you!!! Your comments are amazing and I appreciate each and every one!!!

Donna #8140655

Tammy Espino May 24, 2010

Congrats on an awesome finalist!! :) #8632957

Laura E. Swan level-classic May 24, 2010



-Laura #8633211

Nancy (Peaches) Harker May 24, 2010

HUGE CONGRATS on your AWSOME finalist,
Best of luck in the next round!!! #8634234

Deborah C. Lewinson level-addict May 24, 2010

Congratulations, Donna, on another gorgeous finalist!

Debby #8635276

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic May 24, 2010

on your very deserving FINALIST! 8o) #8635952

Julianne Bradford May 24, 2010

Congratulations on this wonderful finalist Donna. Amanda and you are so much alike, such great photographers! It will be fun to visit with her when she comes down next time. #8636133

Patti Coblentz May 24, 2010

I have never seen such beatiful lighting as this, Donna!! Congratulations on this stunning finalist!

Patti #8636489

Carol L. Fowler May 24, 2010

Gorgeous- Congrats! #8636871

Anne McKinnell May 24, 2010

Congratulations on your finalist Donna! #8637251

Graham Robards level-classic May 24, 2010

Congratulations on your finalist Donna. Otstanding, best of luck in the next round! ~Pat #8637294

Kelly S. Cavanaugh May 24, 2010

Wonderful, Donna! Congratulations! #8637393

Stefania Barbier level-addict May 25, 2010

gorgeous..... congratulations!!! #8638381

Naomi Weiser May 25, 2010

the coloring here is great, congrats! #8638457

Anita Hogue May 25, 2010

Congratulations for your stunning finalist! #8639487

Courtenay Vanderbilt May 25, 2010

Congrats, Donna! #8639571

Nadia Paul May 25, 2010

Congrats on your beautiful finalist Donna! #8639767

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic May 25, 2010

This has Winner written all over it, Donna. Good luck!

UB. #8639938

Amy M. Wilson May 25, 2010

Beautiful... big congrats, Donna!! #8640173

Elida Gutierrez May 25, 2010


The best luck for your FINALIST!!!

Daniella Puente May 25, 2010

Congrats on this great finalist Donna, love it!!! #8641165

Renee Doyle level-classic May 25, 2010

Excellent HDR work Donna!! Congratulations!! #8641868

Sherran Andersen level-classic May 25, 2010

Congrats Donna. #8642096

Sam Britt May 25, 2010

Congratulations on this finalist, Donna! #8642346

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe May 25, 2010

Thank you for your very kind comments and congratulatory wishes. I appreciate each and every one!!!

Take care,

Donna #8642664

Kathy Cline level-classic May 25, 2010

I know this place.
See you there next year.

Renee Doyle level-classic May 25, 2010

Congratulations on this wonderful winner Donna!! #8642925

Bojan Bencic level-classic May 25, 2010

Congratulations on your win, Donna. #8642943

Patti Coblentz May 25, 2010

So happy for you, Donna..such a beautiful image! Big congratulations on your win!!

Patti #8642944

Stefania Barbier level-addict May 25, 2010

gorgeous win, congratulations!!! #8643009

Corinne M. Thompson May 25, 2010

Fabulous capture Donna, congrats on your win! #8643091

Katarina Mansson May 25, 2010

Congratulations on another beautiful winner Donna! #8643123

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic May 26, 2010

I thought so. Huge CONGRATZ on landing GOLD, Donna!

UB. #8643287

Tiia Vissak May 26, 2010

Congratulations! #8643312

Anita Hogue May 26, 2010

Congratulations Donna! This is absolutely gorgeous! #8643795

Amy M. Wilson May 26, 2010

Big congratulations on your outstanding Second Place win, Donna!!! #8643822

Courtenay Vanderbilt May 26, 2010

Big Congrats on your win, Donna! #8643946

Kathy L. Clark May 26, 2010

What a beauty Donna. Congrats, and well deserved. #8644103

May 26, 2010

A big congratulations on your Gold Award Donna. A very well deserving win for a really great photo and a great friend.

Thank you for all of your inspiration Donna.

Brian #8644133

Renata Gusciora May 26, 2010

Big congratulations on your wonderful winner,Donna!!!:-) #8644192

Graham Robards level-classic May 26, 2010

Congratulations Donna. Pat #8644248

Kara L. Hendricks May 26, 2010

Well this sure isn't the one I expected to win... But no matter... It's ONE stellar image Donna... You are in the zone!!!

CONGRATS!!! #8644275

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic May 26, 2010

on your 2nd Place Winner
for this outstanding image! 8o) #8644537

David Phalen May 26, 2010

BIG Congrats on a spectacular Winner!! #8644653

Christine Czernin level-classic May 26, 2010

Many congrats on this spectacular win, Donna. Beautiful light. #8644706

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna May 26, 2010

WTG on this magnificent win! :-)♫♪ k #8644791

Daniel Ruf May 26, 2010

This has to be one of my favorites. I love the mood, color and comp. Congrats on the medal. #8644815


Congrats on this awesome Winner Donna!

jo ann c. #8644896

Debra R. Harder May 26, 2010

WTG, Donna!! Huge congratulations on your BEAUTIFUL GOLD WINNER!! Deb (in Ireland right now) #8644972

Mitch Spence level-classic May 26, 2010

Congratulations, Donna, on your gorgeous seaside gold. #8645168

Ken Smith level-classic May 26, 2010

Beautiful scene, Donna. Congrats to you!! #8645243

Yulianto Soeroso May 26, 2010

Congratulation #8645338

Linda D. Lester level-deluxe May 26, 2010

Awesome....Congratulations! #8645673

Randy D. Dinkins level-deluxe May 26, 2010

Beautiful capture; Big congrats on your well deserved win. WTG!! #8645701

Mary Beth Aiello level-classic May 26, 2010

Absolutely gorgeous, Donna. Huge congrats on this beautiful winner. #8645754

Karen Celella level-deluxe May 26, 2010

Huge congratulations on your exceptional winner, Donna! #8645942

Maria Morrow May 26, 2010

Congratulations on a stunning winner, Donna ! #8646017

Claudia Kuhn level-classic May 26, 2010

So beautiful, congratulations! #8646062

Sharon Sawyer May 26, 2010

WTG, Donna! HUGE congratulations on your outstanding and well deserved Second Place Win!!! #8646079

Chris Budny level-deluxe May 26, 2010

I'm trying to resist a pun about how you have no peers when it comes to your favorite subjects... ;) Fantastic winner here; congratulations! #8646130

Phyllis H. Burchett May 26, 2010

Congratulations Donna on this beautiful winner! #8646224

Sam Britt May 26, 2010

Big congrats on this 2nd place win, Donna! #8646340

Carol L. Fowler May 26, 2010

Congrats on the Win! #8646523

Jennifer L. Alder May 26, 2010

Yay, Donna! Big congrats to you and this beautiful winning image :) #8646733

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe May 26, 2010

I'm truly honored. Thank you so much for your constant inspiration and congratulatory wishes.

How very cool!!!

Take care,

Donna #8646779

Cindy Bendush level-classic May 27, 2010

Beautiful as always Donna! Big congrats on your win! #8646864

Graeme yew Chow May 27, 2010

Big congrats on this wonderful light landscape, Donna. #8646879

Datha Y. Thompson May 27, 2010

Absolutely GORGEOUS!!!

Julianne Bradford May 27, 2010

Congratulations on a well deserved Gold Donna!WTG! Fabulous capture! #8648409

Maria Coulson May 27, 2010

Donna, congratulations -- beautiful colors. #8648507

Nadia Paul May 27, 2010

Congrats on your beautiful winner Donna! #8648657

Dominick M. Dimacale level-addict May 28, 2010

Congratulations Donna on your Win!!!!

Dominick #8649262

Gail Vitikacs level-classic May 29, 2010

Indeed beautifiul Donna! Congratulations! #8651136

Dr Silly level-classic May 29, 2010

Congratulations Donna On your Gold win. :O) #8651560

Jayne Martin May 30, 2010

Congratulations on this superb win!! Love it! #8652379

Robert K. Bemus level-classic May 31, 2010

Congratulations on your Win, Donna!! #8654146

Erica Murphy level-deluxe June 01, 2010

Congratulations on your beautiful winner Donna!!! I love the colors! #8658628

Dianna Murphy June 04, 2010

You are so expert at these beach scenes,congratulations on your outstanding Winner!!!! #8665930

Kelly S. Cavanaugh June 05, 2010

Congratulations, Donna!! Absolutely gorgeous! #8667274

Lorri Shank November 25, 2010

Congrats on this winner, Donna! The blues just make me want to crawl right into this beautiful scene. Soooo soothing to me. #9063578

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe November 25, 2010

Thank you for all of your kind comments and congratulatory wishes!!!!

Donna #9063587

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HDR Photograph

This image is dedicated to Amanda Haddox~ a wonderful photographer and friend. Thanks so much sharing!!

Oceanside Beach, Southern California
September 4, 2009

*Digital Darkroom*

Exif: F Number: 6.3, ISO: 100, FocalLength: 18.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 450D

Uploaded on November 09, 2009 Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner

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