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Heaven's Gate

December 21st, 2009

I took this back in November 2008 and it's still one of my favorite shots. This is a sunset at Auckland's Muriwai beach, a beautiful but rugged beach and a popular spot for local photographers.

Canon 40D, Sigma 10-20, Hitech GND filters, Adobe Photoshop CS3.

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Posted By: lerch84
about 4 years, 7 months ago
Great! but is that a river flowing in to the sea or just a sea canal?
Posted By: Beginning
about 4 years, 7 months ago
Nice shot! Would have been better without the people, but still nice.! :) Thanks for sharing.
Posted By: Euphytose
about 4 years, 7 months ago
I agree, it would have been better without the people, but it's nice.
Posted By: BIVO
about 4 years, 7 months ago
terrible
This comment is rated: immature
Posted By: BIVO
about 4 years, 7 months ago
very nice
Posted By: Mac Man
about 4 years, 7 months ago
NZ FTW ;D
Posted By: Brandon
about 4 years, 7 months ago
Very nice shot! Love it.
Posted By: GreenXVII
about 4 years, 7 months ago
@BIVO: lolwut

Lovely shot. I very much like the title you gave it. Titles sometimes really help give identity to a shot. Heaven's Gate does that in a very good way.
Posted By: stubulman
about 4 years, 7 months ago
Chris, I don't know why, but the distant people really makes this shot.
Posted By: ryan92084
about 4 years, 7 months ago
the distant people look great its the person and rocks on the upper left that look off
a great shot regardless
Posted By: Chris Gin
about 4 years, 7 months ago
Thanks guys. The person on the left is a fellow photographer. I tried cloning him out but I couldn't make it look natural so I left him in.

@lerch84, the water flowing here is just a gap between the rocks. It stops just off to the bottom right of the shot where there are more rocks.
Posted By: trout
about 4 years, 7 months ago
Usually I don't, but I kinda like the people in this one. Makes it feel real and as if I'm really there.
Posted By: acidphosphatase
about 4 years, 7 months ago
Oh Chris this didn't win the Bing "Home sweet Homepage" comp...
Not a fan of this photo, it's just too samey.
Posted By: stubulman
about 4 years, 7 months ago
"The person on the left is a fellow photographer." I didn't even notice him. HIs presence doesn't detract a bit.
Posted By: ew1029
about 4 years, 7 months ago
Perfect positioning! The sun coming down over the middle of the river, and just the position of the entire shot just goes to show (once again) how talented Chris is with photography. Bravo sir.
Posted By: ew1029
about 4 years, 7 months ago
Sorry for the double post but I just have to add; I actually think the people in the photo actually adds to the overall shot. It puts the distance of the photographer into perspective, as well as the actual terrain. Also it gives it an almost "lonesome" vibe and some other vibe I cant quite put my finger on. Again, great photo!
Posted By: littleg
about 4 years, 7 months ago
Very nice shot, but yes.. the people take away from it IMO.
I took 10 seconds to remove them all, here is a 1080P with them removed if anyone wants it.

[URL=http://img149.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=66545_heavensgate_1920x1080_122_525lo.jpg][IMG]http://img149.imagevenue.com/loc525/th_66545_heavensgate_1920x1080_122_525lo.jpg[/IMG][/URL]

I hope you don't mind Chris, you do very good work.
Posted By: littleg
about 4 years, 7 months ago
Sorry, messed that up.. here's the link
http://img149.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=66545_heavensgate_1920x1080_122_525lo.jpg#
Posted By: Chris Gin
about 4 years, 7 months ago
@trout, stubulman, ew1029, thanks, glad you like it as is, though I knew others wouldn't.

@littleg, nice clone job, I suck at cloning out anything except dust spots! Hopefully those who don't like the people in it will be satisfied with your version.
Posted By: Binaryian
about 4 years, 7 months ago
I also think that the small group of people adds to this shot. It makes it kind of interesting.
However I think that the fellow photographer, wich I didnt see at first glance, doesnt belong in this picture.

Nice work.
Posted By: TheReal7
about 4 years, 7 months ago
I voted for this....didn't see the people! Excellent as always but personally I would have cloned them out. It's all matter of personal taste :)
Posted By: TheReal7
about 4 years, 7 months ago
On a second look, something seems a little strange in the top left edge of the hill. Was this a 2 shot composite?
Posted By: lerch84
about 4 years, 7 months ago
I noted that strangeness too, but i didn't know how to explain myself :)
Posted By: Chris Gin
about 4 years, 7 months ago
Yeah the cliffs on the left were from another exposure, and I should've blended them in better.
Posted By: Yorkie X
about 4 years, 7 months ago
I like everything about it including the people normally I`m not a fan of people but in this case I can see a symbolic metaphor to them and the title name that makes the whole thing fit.
Posted By: Xinthose
about 4 years, 7 months ago
Yes.
Posted By: Stu
about 4 years, 2 months ago
littleg did a great job editing the people out, but I don't find them especially distracting. The people sillouhetted in the far distant actually add to the shot. Too bad about the fellow photographer, but with a place this beautiful and at just the right moment, you can't wait for people to move out of your way!
Posted By: Rubber Matress
about 4 years ago
Beautiful shot man. The colours on the rocks are amazing.

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