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April 1, 2009
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Make
Canon
Model
Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XSi
Shutter Speed
2/1 second
Aperture
F/22.0
Focal Length
17 mm
ISO Speed
100
Date Taken
Mar 27, 2009, 11:14:55 AM
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Tangled Surf by Matthew-T Tangled Surf by Matthew-T
Near Devil's Punchbowl, Oregon.

Canon 450D XTi + several Neutral and Graduated Neutral Density filters (created the purple sky).

The only editing was some slight levels adjustment to remove a redd-ish tint that came from the off-white balance of the camera when shot and also sharpening. The vignette came from the stacked filters.

-Matthew Tauzer
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Hi Matthew. I like your image a lot. The shutter speed and use of the filter has thrown the attention square on the twisted root and the colour gradient is pleasing.If I was to improve the image I would look at two things. The island out to sea is a secondary element which could be better included by selecting and lightening a path across the water for the eye to follow. I would also try and adjust the photo so the top of the tree root was not so buried in the gradation of the filter. Excellent and well composed work though.
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Awkward disclaimer: I have absolutely no clue what I'm talking about.

Now that that's out of the way, I'll dive into my impressions of the image and go from there. My first thought upon seeing this was that I very much liked the effect of smoothness of the waves-on-sand contrasted by the scraggliness (apparently not a word, but it should be) of the branch. The soft and eternal worked very nicely with the not-so-eternal and broken. The color scene was wonderfully smooth and relaxing without being boring. Pastel but working with the overall feel of the image rather than against it.

Two things jumped out at me, though. One is that - for me - having a darkened border-ish effect very rarely works. Perhaps it's dramatic the first time I saw it, but in this image, it just seems contrived for me. Yes, it narrows the focus onto the front of the branch, but it also swallows up the sky, and I almost wonder if the image was darkened round the corners to hid over-smoothing on the farther branch. I'll freely admit that I'm biased by my own perception of art and photography, but what opinion isn't?

Me, I'd almost consider undoing the vignette effect or making it even more subtle. Like in make-up, the best result will be when the viewer can't see what was done, but only sees the beauty. Instead of a guy seeing a girl and thinking "Oh, under all that eyeliner, her eyes are beautiful" he should just think "Oh wow, I can't stop looking at her eyes."

By the way, I'm very glad this image has no border. That would have killed it.

So, my other thought: Have you played around with the idea of sharpening the branch/root? A full sharpen on the image would just kill it, but a few, light applications of a sharpen brush in a few places might make the image even more stunning by bringing in the details as further contrast to the smoothness. I tend to like shots crisp and clean, so that preference shows, heh.

Finally, winding down, I wanna say that I very much like the placement and composition of the image. The colors work fantastically together and I'm glad I had a chance to look over this image. Thank you for sharing and good luck with your art!
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teragram98 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Student General Artist
Cool
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RyuuOrion Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011
Simplicity is impressive.
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chemicalkidd Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
Featured here: [link]
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elsweetdude Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010
featured [link] and [link]
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dresdenblue Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
Hmm. I feel like the vignette is a bit too oppressive on this, particularly along the top - you have all these wonderful elements, but they don't really get to shine here. The lines out to sea feel a bit stilted, and you lose some of the lovely detail in the end of the tree in the upper right. Beautiful color tones, though.
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Dweezal Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
Featured! [link]
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Matthew-T Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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PierreRodriguez Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Professional Photographer
Very beautiful, i love the graphism and the light

Pierre
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Matthew-T Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks, I appreciate it :)
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dl-p Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010
:w00t!: Congratulations! Your deviation has been featured by :iconskyandnatureclub: under the category of Waterscapes for 'The best of March 2010' :la:

You can view the news article here: > [link] <

Keep up the good work! :icontardbounceplz:
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Matthew-T Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :aww:
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dl-p Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010
no probs :)
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DrDom Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
ND Grad for the win!
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Matthew-T Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
For sure, thanks :)
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Chezza932 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thats amazing!!! :D
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Matthew-T Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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yulii Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010
wow I don't think I've ever heard of devil's punchbowl in :)Oregon and I live here over 20 yrs :P. I love the shot. would love to go see that part of the Oregon coast. that is a fantastic subject to capture. :)
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Matthew-T Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
It's just south of Lincoln City :) It's beautiful, especially during low tide when you can venture into the actual punchbowl :) Thank you.
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yulii Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010
o0oo ok thank you. :) we're planning to go to the coast during spring break so maybe we'll go check it out :)
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Matthew-T Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Definitely :) Have fun.
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010   General Artist
beautiful shot..

What neutral density filters do you use? They're not very neutral if they give a purple tone!
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Matthew-T Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! Before going on this trip, my good ND filters were someone destroyed. I just dropped by my local photo supply shop and purchased the only ones they had available, which were fairly cheap Cokin ones. I'm planning on purchasing some nice Singh-Rays soon, though.
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010   General Artist
Welcome mate..

I see, I've heard about Cokin ones adding purple.
My Lee ones got scratched to hell on my last trip, still work fine though thankfully, no marks show up :D
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Matthew-T Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Lucky :D I'm excited to order some quality filters.
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010   General Artist
:nod: Have fun :D
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pwlldu Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
beautiful driftroots (look like roots, don't they ?) I like this impression of immensity. beautiful rendering.
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Matthew-T Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! The driftwood was truly beautiful.
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EmmaLoffler Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Featured here! [link] :heart:
Keep up the good work! :star:
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Matthew-T Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :)
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OibyrdsDDs Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2009
Hi There! :wave:
I have included this image in my recent journal dedicated to photography in 2009. You can view it at this link:

[link]

I thank you for sharing your talent with us - hope to see more from you in 2010!
Warm Regards
Sandi aka `oibyrd
**as always - please excuse the cut and paste message - all a part of time management ;) **
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Matthew-T Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks mate! I appreciate it.
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JoyfulColor Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
You may be tired of hearing this, but I saw a discussion you were having with *La-Vita-a-Bella and she mentioned your age. Please, take a break if you need to, but don't give up photography! You are just too good.

About this photo, I just love it!!
The driftwood is just gorgeous and the contrast with the sand/sea and the deep colors of the sky are beautiful. Nice work!
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JoyfulColor Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010
np
and you are most welcome!
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Matthew-T Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! I really appreciate it! Sorry for getting back so late :)
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Shep-herd Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009
This shot is incredible! :O
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Matthew-T Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :)
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callmejett Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009
Spectacular - actaully it is a true MASTERPIECE - no flaws - perfect in every way - LU YOUR MOON & QF :heart: :)
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Matthew-T Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :heart: Thank you :) :heart: LU MM & QF
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callmejett Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
You are more than welcome :) :heart: LU YM & QF
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spooooonge Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009   Photographer
Wow, amazing job!! :wow:
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Matthew-T Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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spooooonge Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010   Photographer
No problem~ ;P
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RemiGarciaPhoto Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009  Professional Photographer
great image and composition :clap:
:+favlove: congratulations for this work !!
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Matthew-T Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :)
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BelcyrPiotr Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
nice
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Matthew-T Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks.
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Sortvind Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009
Featured this piece here: [link] :heart:
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Matthew-T Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you.
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Perilous-Nation Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009
wow
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Matthew-T Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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