#516 Back at the Beach
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relms
Registered: Jan 28, 2005
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Fortunately, Hurricane Isaac barely brushed the Florida Panhandle, but we are experiencing some pretty awesome surf conditions, which I went to photograph early this morning. As I was about to leave, I spotted this shovel in the surf left behind, no doubt, by one of the many kids who was on the beach before the storm hit.



carolyn farley
Registered: Jun 14, 2012
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I love the serenity this represents -- with the colors and the scene as well as the fact that you have blurred the lines between sand, water and horizon.



Travis Rhoads
Registered: Apr 28, 2009
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Very creative and nicely done as usual Robert.



Bill Adam
Registered: May 26, 2007
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Lovely shot. Great find.



Howeird
Registered: Nov 04, 2008
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Awesome.. great shot



Mairi
Registered: Mar 24, 2008
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Fantastic shot!

If I was being really picky the only thing I would say is that I'd prefer to see a little breathing space below the shadow of the spade and I'd lose the frame. (but that's just personal taste) That said, I'm sure you have the winning shot here. Well done! :-)



relms
Registered: Jan 28, 2005
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carolyn farley wrote:
I love the serenity this represents -- with the colors and the scene as well as the fact that you have blurred the lines between sand, water and horizon.


Thank you, Lindy, for picking up on the transitions between sand, sea and sky. That is what I had hoped to accomplish.



relms
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Travis Rhoads wrote:
Very creative and nicely done as usual Robert.


Travis, you are too kind. Thank you!



relms
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Bill Adam wrote:
Lovely shot. Great find.


Thank you, Bill.



relms
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Howeird wrote:
Awesome.. great shot


Thank you.



relms
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Mairi wrote:
Fantastic shot!

If I was being really picky the only thing I would say is that I'd prefer to see a little breathing space below the shadow of the spade and I'd lose the frame. (but that's just personal taste) That said, I'm sure you have the winning shot here. Well done! :-)



Mairi,

Your comments are well taken, and I agree with you regarding the breathing space. Given time, I would have composed it slightly differently. I had waded out into the surf to get this shot as the surf was retreating, and I had only about 10 seconds to stick the shovel in the sand and set up before the surf came roaring back in; therefore, I lowered the camera to just above the water level, took the shot, took a quick look at the LCD, then made a run for dry land before my camera and shirt pockets got filled with salt water. When I looked back, the shovel was washing back out to sea.

There really is a limit to just how far one is willing to go to "get the shot."

Thank you for your insight.

Robert



Mairi
Registered: Mar 24, 2008
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Robert, I'm even more impressed that you waded out into the surf to get this shot. It truly is a wonderful capture. I appreciate how difficult it is to get the perfect shot with such time constraints. Glad you didn't get washed away with the shovel! ;-) This is certainly my favourite entry this week. Good luck!

Mairi



rjs14
Registered: May 21, 2008
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Wonderful entry! Love the tones and everything else about it! Well done.



ts232
Registered: Aug 31, 2009
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Really cool shot. Simple, nice colors and composition.



relms
Registered: Jan 28, 2005
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rjs14 wrote:
Wonderful entry! Love the tones and everything else about it! Well done.


Thank you.



relms
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ts232 wrote:
Really cool shot. Simple, nice colors and composition.


Thanks!



skibum5
Registered: Jan 21, 2005
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great shot!