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Ponta do Sol Bay

May 26th, 2010

Another shot from this beautiful place, this time on the morning.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Carl Zeiss Distagon 21mm f/2.8.


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Posted By: Chris Gin
about 14 years ago
That is a mega-sharp photo! Looks like a nice place too, shame about the bulldozers etc.
Posted By: Krystina
about 14 years ago
Absolutely love this.
Posted By: Beginning
about 14 years ago
Very Nice... Thanks for sharing.
Posted By: Jordan M.
about 14 years ago
Wow, that's a SHAPR lens (as i've read). Great colors too... seems like SUBTLE HDR techniques... looks exactly like I'd imagine if I was there... really makes me feel like I'm standing there. Right on man!
Posted By: LowRhine
about 14 years ago
Simply amazing!
Posted By: Referix
about 14 years ago
They have build a winmill ^^

Stunning shot !
Though i like your shot at night better, it feels " warmer "
Posted By: Thomatis
about 14 years ago
What a pity the concrete agitator and the two excavators were working at the time.
Posted By: rafik87
about 14 years ago
it is a great photo taken in a beautiful place, but i think it's too sharp for me, too over-processed; i like more soften images
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Posted By: FotoFelix
about 14 years ago
I am definitely not looking for a fly in the ointment but I have to agree with rafik.

This is a nice example of "oversharping" an already sharp image. A topic you have to be careful about in your workflow (e.g. Double Sharpening!). Especially with such a lens!

I don't know about your monitors but on my HP LP2475w (24") (Excellent WCG-Display btw.) there is a lot of aliasing going on! All diagonals like the house's edges and the cliffs are jagged.
The water doesn't look natural, too.

It is still a great composition though!
Thanks for sharing!
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Posted By: acidphosphatase
about 14 years ago
Agree with Gentleman - its sharpness stabs you in the eyes, makes it rather difficult to look at for long.
Posted By: bmndibbd
about 14 years ago
Great scene and great execution. Sharp, no banding in the sky, not over-HDR'd into another cookie-cutter purplish/pinkish oceanside scene, etc. No aliasing here.
about 14 years ago
Fantastic image obviously and undeniably. I do remember voting for this a while back. However I do agree that MasterChief got carried away a bit with bringing out the details in everything. There is definitely some sort of detail enhancing going on here. I am surprised to see anyone sharpen an image taken with a Carl Zeiss lens. Everyone is aware of those lenses being tack sharp.

I think this should not be too difficult to fix in Photoshop by applying "subtle" Orton effect. I believe it should do the trick and still manage to look great. As far as excavators are concerned they could be history in a matter of seconds with the magic content aware brush! Ahh... that thing is so freaking handy. Last but not least HDR technique is very effective here and looks realistic unlike some we have been seeing. Nice work buddy and this will be in my wallpaper folder but I do agree with previous poster that personally I like the night version more too.
Posted By: MasterChief
about 14 years ago
The bulldozers were there to clean the beach, because on February 20, the island suffer a lot, from a huge flood ( around 50 people died), well the bulldozers are every where.
In this day the sky was very cloudy so i used the local tone mapping to give an HDR look. Regarding the sharp, it was a mistake in resizing the photo, not in applying it. This lens is razor sharp, but the 100MP is much more. eheheh
Next week i will do some levada walk, so expect some nature wallpaper!

Posted By: knaim2
about 14 years ago

To be honest, I don't care if this photo is as sharp as it looks. You did an amazing job taking this picture; it just came out looking great. You have submitted a lot of amazing work on this site, so I trust that you know what you're doing; and I wouldn't doubt any of your work for a slight second. You are truly an artist with your DSLR.

Good job and I can't wait to see your nature wallpaper!
Posted By: Dhaman
about 14 years ago
I actually like the sharpness of the image. Looks great! Hope to see more.
about 14 years ago
Well... I got home and briefly played with this image by applying light Orton effect and it transformed this wallpaper to a totally new level and it looks extremely realistic. Now in comparison to my edited version this looks definitely over-processed. I really love it a lot now. Keep up good work buddy! Cheers.
Posted By: SteveV
about 14 years ago
I'm probably alone here and by no means any sort of expert on photography but I sat here looking at this picture and actually thought the buildings had been digitally created and put there by you. What that means I don't know. Could be to do with the sharpness I suppose?
Posted By: pjh4265
about 14 years ago
Posted By: MvK
about 13 years, 10 months ago
Where exactly is this place its stunning!!

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