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On a sea of gold by Iancaus2001 On a sea of gold by Iancaus2001
Maintenance boats in the seaweed farms at Xiapu, China.
The morning sun and lifting mist combined to create a golden sea.
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Given 2010-04-13
Suggester says, "This photo shows what they call "a magic of light", if this was taken any moment earlier or later, the effect wouldn't be as dramatic as you can see now. Moreover, from the angle and composition he chose, we could know that ~Iancaus2001 is the right man for this job." On a sea of gold by ~Iancaus2001

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( Suggested by the-arkz and Featured by evanhwong )
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alomhordozo57 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015
Nice shot!
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:iconandreareno:
andreareno Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
very nice:)
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:icondaphneh:
DaphneH Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
Amazing...Perfect!!! Awesome...Beautiful...Love it..
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:iconaire73:
aire73 Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Hobbyist
That's so pretty. ♥ I thought it was some painting at first; very cool picture!
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:iconyorge:
Yorge Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
AMAZING
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:iconkorrigan:
Korrigan Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
Just fabulous...
:):):)
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:iconnikkhidragonfly:
nikkhidragonfly Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
very moving!
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:iconiancaus2001:
Iancaus2001 Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
Hello, Thank you very much for the fave! :hug:
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:iconjusap:
jusap Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
This is such an amazing photo. :)

I like how the third boatman doesn't have a sail but it does add a bit of dynamics to the subjects of your photo. The color of the silhouettes isn't really that black and works perfectly with the color of the entire photo. And the composition, WOW! But enough of the technicalities, this is just marvelous.

congrats on a well deserved DD!
a definite fav for me :)
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:iconseriantslyjarr:
SeriantSlyjarr Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Student Photographer
Hello, your picture figures in my "The day of the water" journal. Very good work, congratulate!:bow:[link]
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Dieffi Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I have featured this beautyful picture in my YELLOW - collection![link]
I hope you will agree and enjoy!:iconteheplz::onfire::iconvictorydanceplz:
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:iconiancaus2001:
Iancaus2001 Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
Thank you, I do and I did. :rose:
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Dieffi Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconrbyw:
My pleasure and thanks!
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:iconpete4:
pete4 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow love what the morning sun has done to this shot.
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:iconiancaus2001:
Iancaus2001 Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
Thanks Pete, I like your gallery. You get some great winter shots there, certainly more atmosphere (frozen) than I can get in Canberra, but I don't think I'd survive that sort of cold for long, eh! A suggestion; camera body or lense. Keep with the D80 till it can't do what you want anymore. Look at the D7000 if you're into bird and low-light photography. Fantastic high-ISO performance allows you to shoot at higher shutter speeds for handheld tele-shots.
If you have too much money, spend on lenses. They last for many camera upgrades and don't become "old technology" as fast as camera bodies. The lense makes the image. :highfive:
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:iconmiqua:
Miqua Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing
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:iconiancaus2001:
Iancaus2001 Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
Thank you. :rose:
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:iconxtbushido:
xtbushido Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Fabulous
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:iconiancaus2001:
Iancaus2001 Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
Thank you.
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:iconxtbushido:
xtbushido Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome
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:iconeexzit:
eexzit Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010
Wonderful photo ! good job !
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Iancaus2001 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
Thank you, it was one of those particularly satisfying images; one where you did extraordinary things to be there and when you think about it all later, realise that you can safely give yourself a pat on the back because you did everything right, so when luck looked your way, you were ready. :shakehands:
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:icondimensionseven:
DimensionSeven Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
Grats on the shortlist! [link]
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:iconiancaus2001:
Iancaus2001 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
Thank you. :handshake:
It's a great honour to have made it so far.
There are fabulous photos there!
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:iconcsm2mk:
csm2mk Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
brilliant! well done ;)
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:iconiancaus2001:
Iancaus2001 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010
:handshake: Thank you, the gods smiled on me that day.
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:iconcsm2mk:
csm2mk Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
aye... it seems so ;) keep it up!
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:iconericseye:
Ericseye Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
good shot great location!
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:iconiancaus2001:
Iancaus2001 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010
Yes, it was a long trip to get there, but well worth it.
Early rising and climbing mountains is the route to exciting images.
:handshake:
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:iconmiyop:
miyop Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
an amazing pattern blessed by the light :)
congrats for the nice work.

:+fav:
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Iancaus2001 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
I was on the mountain-side to capture a sunrise. I got images, but they were less than I'd hoped for; no piled up clouds on the horizon, just a rising sea-haze that became a huge translucent filter, rendering the sea flat and lifeless like lead.
Others left, but experience has taught me to never give up on Mother Nature, she's full of surprises.
The magic light that made this image only lasted about 30 seconds as the sun flashed through a break in the cloud, lighting the haze layer with a yellow glow.
I’d just swapped from a 600mm mirror-lens to a 75 ~300 zoom and framed where I saw a couple of boats were going; as the first one entered the frame the sea turned from lead to gold.
I nearly fell off the mountain!
Luckily I remembered to press the button.
In post-processing I knew I had a good picture.
I tweaked the saturation to compensate for slight over-exposure applied to retain some shadow detail in the silhouetted boats. Digital’s great; on film, I’d have to expose precisely for the primary element and accept whatever I got elsewhere.

Read more: [link]
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FrenetikFred Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Great work, I love the work on exposure since you get a very bright image but still have a silhouette feeling very present. This is some sort of Eldorado for fishermen then :D

:thumbsup: for this and sharing such a view
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:iconiancaus2001:
Iancaus2001 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010
I had actually gone to this cliff-side to capture a sunrise. I got images, but they were not as I'd hoped; there were no piled up clouds on the horizon, just a rising sea-haze that became a huge translucent filter, rendering the sea flat and lifeless like lead. Experience has taught me, never give up on Mother Nature, she's full of surprises.
OK, I’ll tell you a secret. I nearly wet my pants when I saw this picture evolve in my viewfinder; yes, it is a great shot, but a force greater than me put all the elements there for me to capture.
The magic light that made it possible only lasted about 30 seconds as the rising sun flashed through a break and reflected off the sea, lighting the haze layer from below.
It all happened just after I’d swapped the 600mm mirror-lens for a 70 ~300 zoom and framed where I knew the boats were going to be. As the first one entered the frame the sea turned from lead to gold.
Nearly fell off the mountain!
Luckily I remembered to press the button.
I had to boost the saturation from the original to get it as I saw it, because I deliberately over-expose sunrises/sunsets a little to retain some detail in the silhouetted subjects, so the colour washes out. Digital is great; in the film days I would have had to expose precisely and take what I got.
I see pictures like this all over China; it really is a magic kingdom.
Yesterday I was watching a thunder and lightning show over the mountains behind the university where I teach English. There were multiple strikes on the peaks every minute. The black cloud above the mountains made it look almost like night, but the white wisps of cloud wrapping around and through the peaks lifted them out beautifully as the lightning flashed.
I knew I needed the tripod for this. The 85mm lens would be perfect. I would fire a remote flash from off-axis to capture the rain-drops in the foreground for a couple of shots. I calculated exposures for straight shots and I knew I’d have to use neutral density filters and shoot at 100 ISO to extend the exposure-time to catch the lightning bolts; then I’d have to combine the two differently exposed shots to get the scene as I was seeing it. All these calculations told me I’d have a winner,...perfect! .....if only I hadn’t left my camera at home because of the heavy rain!!!
I could have cried, but it was such a joy to see the expressions on the faces of my students who I’d invited to join me on the roof to see the show.
Ian ~ 延安
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:iconfrenetikfred:
FrenetikFred Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Well, first thing, this is the longest answer I've ever get and I believed I'll ever get, ever. Then thank you a lot for paying the time to write all this.

Obviously it was a great moment for you to catch this image and you keep a "gold-worth" memory in you mind and heart :)

It sounds like you're having a great time in China too with your students. You must have so unbelievable moments that anybody could envy you I guess :)

I wish you'll have plenty more in the future ;)
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:iconiancaus2001:
Iancaus2001 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
Thank you Fred,
Actually, I wrote those words in my journal to answer questions about the "Sea of Gold" image and I couldn't make a link, but wanted to reply, so I cut and pasted the story from my journal. I'm now back in Australia and far busier than I want to be, so don't get much time to spend online.
Thanks for your good wishes; I think I'm going to miss 'my kids' in China.
:highfive:
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:iconfrenetikfred:
FrenetikFred Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Doesn't matter much that you pasted it or not, the most important thing is that you explained your shot and the emotions coming along :)
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GeraldWinslow Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010
Simply amazing.
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:iconiancaus2001:
Iancaus2001 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010
I had actually gone to this cliff-side to capture a sunrise. I got images, but they were not as I'd hoped; there were no piled up clouds on the horizon, just a rising sea-haze that became a huge translucent filter, rendering the sea flat and lifeless like lead. Experience has taught me, never give up on Mother Nature, she's full of surprises.
OK, I’ll tell you a secret. I nearly wet my pants when I saw this picture evolve in my viewfinder; yes, it is a great shot, but a force greater than me put all the elements there for me to capture.
The magic light that made it possible only lasted about 30 seconds as the rising sun flashed through a break and reflected off the sea, lighting the haze layer from below.
It all happened just after I’d swapped the 600mm mirror-lens for a 70 ~300 zoom and framed where I knew the boats were going to be. As the first one entered the frame the sea turned from lead to gold.
Nearly fell off the mountain!
Luckily I remembered to press the button.
I had to boost the saturation from the original to get it as I saw it, because I deliberately over-expose sunrises/sunsets a little to retain some detail in the silhouetted subjects, so the colour washes out. Digital is great; in the film days I would have had to expose precisely and take what I got.
I see pictures like this all over China; it really is a magic kingdom.
Yesterday I was watching a thunder and lightning show over the mountains behind the university where I teach English. There were multiple strikes on the peaks every minute. The black cloud above the mountains made it look almost like night, but the white wisps of cloud wrapping around and through the peaks lifted them out beautifully as the lightning flashed.
I knew I needed the tripod for this. The 85mm lens would be perfect. I would fire a remote flash from off-axis to capture the rain-drops in the foreground for a couple of shots. I calculated exposures for straight shots and I knew I’d have to use neutral density filters and shoot at 100 ISO to extend the exposure-time to catch the lightning bolts; then I’d have to combine the two differently exposed shots to get the scene as I was seeing it. All these calculations told me I’d have a winner,...perfect! .....if only I hadn’t left my camera at home because of the heavy rain!!!
I could have cried, but it was such a joy to see the expressions on the faces of my students who I’d invited to join me on the roof to see the show.
Ian ~ 延安
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LaLindush Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010
great work
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconiancaus2001:
Iancaus2001 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010
Thank you. It is one of those shots that was part of a planned outing and just happened to evolve like a dream. I had to hold my excitement till I saw it on the laptop and processed the RAW image to be sure I'd caught what I'd seen in the viewfinder. I'm happy! 8)
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LaLindush Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010
you should be definitely proud about this piece, it is amazing piece of art! I have added it to my favorite! :hug:
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Zakily Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Student Writer
too bad about the watermark...this is wonderful photo!:)
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Iancaus2001 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
Sorry about that; I downloaded it when I joined DA and wasn't sure how to do anything much and didn't know exactly what effect the watermark would have on viewers. I have now removed it. Thank you for bringing it to my attention.

Thanks for the kind comments. :excited:
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:iconzakily:
Zakily Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Student Writer
thank you for this "golden" pleasure...stunning piece!:clap:
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010  Professional Photographer
A perfect capture and a very well deserved DD! Congratulations!
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Iancaus2001 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010
Thanks Justeline. :hug:

As you reminded us, few can read Greek, so we (well I) are wondering how you fared in the Greek competition. Were our votes enough?

Good luck in POTY, I'd be really happy to see you take second prize.

:fingerscrossed:

BTW, I cannot believe that I have not seen Dark Traveler DD'd.
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justeline Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010  Professional Photographer
Hehe, there were many people that realized where the saying "it's all Greek to me" comes from!
Your votes were more than enough to ensure that the images went to the second round and now the judges are deciding on the winners of each category. The results are supposed to be announced tomorrow but this is Greece and I wouldn't be surprised if they take a week more :shrug:

Thank you so much for your wishes and your help!
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Iancaus2001 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010
I say it as I see it. :highfive:
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bazaaa Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Professional Artist
that's amazing! one of those classic shots that will always stay interesting
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:iconiancaus2001:
Iancaus2001 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
Thank you, yes it was definitely one of those shots that make you hold your breath till you see the captured image on the LCD.
It's now advancing in the competition on :[link]

Ian ~ 延安
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