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Old Jun 23, 2012, 8:33 PM   #1
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Located on the tip of tropical Hainan Island, the Southern most island of China, hence the name.

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Old Jun 23, 2012, 9:35 PM   #2
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Very effective lighting in the foreground and framing - a very nice seascape, more like a painting than a photograph, but the horizon dipping slightly to the left is a bit distracting.
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Very nice shot, I like it, the only thing that could improve it would be if the light were off center a little more

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I agree with both Penolta and Hans but after putting those small issues aside it is a stunning photo and has great lighting and a very different texture to the water that makes it outstanding.

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Old Jun 25, 2012, 10:19 AM   #5
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Penolta, Hans and Lou - thank you for your comments !

Horizon - My brain's in-built bubble level is faulty - all my shots need levelling and sometimes I can't even see it when there are gridlines !

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I really tried to get it onto the Rule of Thirds but was stymied by the light and my perspective (I couldn't back up without introducing other elements into the shot with the lens I had on - 77mm - and the 28mm was even worse for introducing unwanted elements so that would have ended up in severe cropping). Therefore ended up with this just off-centre shot, so I'm really pleased it still works for most people !
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It's a beautiful shot, with a wonderful dreamlike quality. I didn't notice the slightly tilting horizon when I first looked at it, but after Pen pointed it out, I also see it.
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Lovely photo (and also great title!). Lighting just right, shutter speed perfect for the water movement, and also great example that rules (like rule of thirds) are made to be broken! Slightly off-center looks just right to me - just enough to avoid the static look of centered subject, but close enough to center to give peaceful feeling.

PS - It's photos like this that are making me wish for the FA 77 - will have to save up for a few years...

PPS - My wife wanted me to be sure to tell you that she enjoys all your photos very much.
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Thank you Mtnman and Mole for your comments, so pleased you both (and Mole's wife) like it !

Title : Actually this is what the Chinese call it - though even then I'm sure there are military installations on some remote islands further South.

The 77 is a wonderful, wonderful lens Mole. It has it's own permanent place in all my bags now.

Mole, please send my very best regards to your wife and thank her for me - I'm always very happy to hear of someone enjoying and appreciating my work !
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Kevin - Have passed on your kind words to "Mrs. Mole."

But you are not helping my LBA for the FA 77!
By the way, have you ever compared the FA 77 to the DA 70? Neither is within my budget now, but the DA 70 is a bit lower priced...
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Old Jun 30, 2012, 12:02 AM   #10
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A wonderful picture, in spite of the slightly tilting horizon. I'm so horrible with having things not tilted, too - everything I shoot seems to be slightly off. Doesn't matter if I turn on the level and look at it, all that does is get me closer to being plumb. Love the lighting, very dramatic.
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