I had big problems to took that image.
It was noon and the sun, at that time at the Equator on the white sand of the Maldives is as a great bad dog. It can assalut you and burn your white (or grey-city one as the mine) skin in few minutes. The reflection on the white sand was so strong to have an effect similar to capture directly the sun in the sky.
The colours of the laguna, so pale, were fantastic with all the tones of green and blue.
The totally absence of wind, so rare on a Maldives' atoll, have a dead calm effect on the sea surface.
Dead Calm is also the title of 1963 novel by Charles F. Williams, which was the basis for the 1989 movie, directed by Phillip Noyce with Nicole Kidman, Sam Neill and Billy Zane.
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Furachan (0) 2006-06-06 4:12
A perfect image, Paolo, divided so neatly in 3 parts. Maybe not the sharpest but scans...On the other hand due to its painterly nature, it doesnt NEED to be that sharp.
Fantastic colors and compo.
bantonbuju (51815) 2006-06-06 4:14
oh man, with this one you spoil us (let us forget about that overexposure which in fact works well here, imo): three different layers, three different colours, plus the graphism made by the egdes;
stands out, definitely;
fabio_ts (13696) 2006-06-06 4:18
Proprio la foto che volevo oggi.. stiamo progettando le vacanze e vista la meta (Sri Lanka) pensavamo se aggiungere al tour 3/4 giorni alle Maldive.. quindi questa tua cade a fagiolo per spostare l'ago della bilancia.. :o)
stupendo scenario per una foto dai sapori "minimal-relax" ..(non so se regge il termine).. i colori ed il taglio esaltano anche l'aspetto grafico.. ottimo lavoro.. e..che voglia di partire.. :o)
imrek (4) 2006-06-06 4:32
a pleasant shot with superb colours and good composition...i like it!!!
marianita (3455) 2006-06-06 4:39
excellent! not bac for a scan! great colours. nice 3 layers.excellent composition!
dragonslayero (3116) 2006-06-06 4:57
Dead calm indeed.
The mixing and layering of the different colours here is just amazing. They all look so clear, almost unnatural.
Composition is very simple, yet very beautiful. The boat in the boat in the photo is perfectly just off center and easily captures the eye as a testemony of how calm it is here.
The sand is a bit "shocking" if you know what I mean, a bit bright, but considering the note I can imagine it was hard getting it better than this.
Thanks for sharing.
sebinho342 (19317) 2006-06-06 5:00
Hi Paolo, THIS IS EDEN :) You've found it, without wind at this time, so much heat and sun, pure white sand, perfect cristal water, yes this is perhaps not paradise but that looks like so much ;)
A great one, with your blue / green touch this time ;)
Zepi (22848) 2006-06-06 5:05
Et bien !
Si ça c’est pas le paradis !
Les couleurs turquoises sont somptueuses !
Merci pour le partage
veronika (6058) 2006-06-06 5:15
you are born to make paradise pictures :)
Though you had problems with this one, its great! I like a lot :)
Floydian (30970) 2006-06-06 5:15
I understand your problem, scanning old films is difficult and you need an state of the art scanner to make the best of it.
And although there is much about this image what could be better, i still like the overall mood, because it's a place where we all want to be. so calm, so peaceful.
Great moment of capture, very good..!!!
Gerrit (51935) 2006-06-06 6:00
strong emptiness. The colours and sparse lines give way to the calmness of the place.
Thanks and regards, Gerrit
jrj (34843) 2006-06-06 6:02
A simple tropical dream paolo, masterful in the simple setting with the good use of the lines and diagonals provided by the nature. The little boat a 'must' for the total impression. Nice work
Graal (102752) 2006-06-06 6:10
great view, beautiful minimalism from the paradise. I like this view a lot. Well done photo.
jemaflor (96849) 2006-06-06 6:22
Simple shot but great effect, well seen the idea of this framing.
jinju (14265) 2006-06-06 6:49
This is an example where scanning impoved the shot I think. It created these flat bands of uniform color which has given this shot a really nice graphic feel. The boat is a great addition, but the photo would be strong without it.
Jribeirosantos (1916) 2006-06-06 7:20
I'm glad you managed to brig us this beautiful photo ... it's really good!
Title is super :)
Haymotion (2753) 2006-06-06 7:29
C'est exactement ce qu'il me fallait aujourd'hui..
Un bon ciel bleu... une belle mer... et vives les vacances...
Bien composé couleurs superbe
emrah0147 (611) 2006-06-06 7:35
good job and nice view
andante (7092) 2006-06-06 7:36
Love this three planes composition. It goeas straight to the point. Would love to see the original to enjoy the real colors ** sigh ** Great capture, Paolo.
Cricri (118917) 2006-06-06 7:58
Le sable blanc, la mer couleur turquoise, un beau ciel bleu, un endroît de rêve, belle composition et couleurs
kiara (410) 2006-06-06 8:04
molto molto comunicativa!
I miei complimenti
designsoul (21492) 2006-06-06 9:21
Paolo, don't do this to me... it's too much beauty to take! ;-)
fantastic image, such a lovely partitioning withn sky, land, and of course the incredible emerald green of the ocean with the boat... fantastic work!
gracie, amice, ciao
leoserp (434) 2006-06-06 10:43
I like your photos because you have color of the sea as I'm coloring it in my sea dreams.
And, you are OK, I think: because you have t-shirt of Einsturzende Neubauten (my favourite band in 80's), like Peter Sellers, born in June, like me... :-)))
Una faca-una raca!
atus (15856) 2006-06-06 11:09
piú che una foto sembra un aquarello dai colori sgargianti e ben composta con la barca un po' decentrata. Grazie e buona serata!
feather (51130) 2006-06-06 12:11
Whatever you did to counteract the bright sand worked well. This looks so idyllic; the position of the boat is just right.
delkoo (68) 2006-06-06 12:58
fantastic colors it seems unreal, it looks like modern painting with large flat tint of colors.
donluicu (24724) 2006-06-06 17:23
here the compo is great, very well balanced..
but the colors are strange, they look a bit yellow..i don't know why..
anyway, this is a good picture, and a good effort of scanning.
clarita (654) 2006-06-06 18:30
wow, "dead calm" is right.
the three layers of colours in your pic is beautiful.
simple and nice.
thx for sharing.
Quentin (5280) 2006-06-07 1:10
Very beautiful bicolored and minimaliste shot. It looks like
a painting. Which camera did you use to take this photo ? I
really appriciate the quality. Ciao
eza1701 (3345) 2006-06-07 5:38
Thanks for the note Paolo, I can almost feel the heat! I like the transition in this photo from the white sand to the green sea and onto the blue sky. The boat provides a good focal point in the middle.
tcht (7565) 2006-06-07 10:45
That's amazing. pure calmness and 'Maldives' atmosphere. I'd expect to see this in a Maldives tourism brochure! Really lovely work. Well done.
AiresSantos (56155) 2006-06-08 6:50
Magnificent landscape, great capture !
I love the different colors levels. I also like the graphism and your note.
elmec (12210) 2006-06-08 17:21
Lovely view! Just like paradise!
Great colours and composition!
I'm dreaming .......
Mistral (15402) 2006-06-09 12:22
Il titolo è adeguato. La qualità dell'immagine un po' meno ma poco significativa in quanto ciò che più importa qui è l'atmosfera che viene trasmessa. E questo non è affatto compromesso, anzi!
Non sono mai stato alle Maldive ma credo che sia ora di trovare l'isola più selvaggia e provare a perdermi anch'io in una calma piatta.
Hai per caso dei consigli?
Buon WE anche a te, Paolo
david (3992) 2006-06-14 6:03
this is a beautiful photo and i like your title (i'm an australian and we love that movie).
i have to say, though, that i'm not taken with the green tinge to the shot. i've done a simple curves workshop to correct the colour. not much can be done about that blown sand though! :)
however you're a man i envy ... i dream of travelling to maldives but i fear i'll never have that kind of money to throw away! haha!
olirey (193) 2006-06-20 21:48
Very effective composition. Strange light in fact, with colors dissolved like a pastel. The top of the sky could also have been croped to give three perfect slices of colors : blue, green and white
sergio1 (12152) 2006-06-29 7:19
This is the PARADISE.
I like very the colours and compo. Excellent shot.
managua (902) 2006-06-29 11:35
calma.. ma con dei colori vivacissimi!
Sono stupendi! I colori trasmettono sensazioni ed emozioni, non c'è bisogno di dirti cosa dicano quelli di questa foto..
Il mondo è bellissimo e la sua bellezza sta pure nella varietà delle sue forme e colori, qui tu mostri una delle sue stupende facce!
Complimenti e saluti
Agniusha (30) 2006-07-08 8:07
Hitoo much "chemical" but composition is good
lucasdasilva (557) 2006-07-10 10:18
wat a place, graet beach. veri good colours.
alan1 (10) 2006-08-21 9:59
le mer est fluo et le sable bizarre
moi aussi je suis allé aux maldives , et de la mer verte fluo de cette couleur ca n'existe pas domage d'avoir trop travaillé la photo.
on dirait preque une peinture
voyagenation (1180) 2006-08-25 21:22
Hello Paolo, lovely composition. mabuhay!
Leia74 (843) 2006-09-21 4:54
Wow Paolo, what a paradise! I love the colors, it must have been hard to get such a blue with that strong light. Compliments :)
Mayaya (44) 2007-01-03 8:55
Is this a photo?
I think is an water colors painting.
nastenka (56) 2007-01-07 14:53
very impressing colours..congratulations..
evanrizo (456) 2007-02-14 7:17
Unbelievable! What a great frame!
The colors are excellent.
Amphitrite (1720) 2007-02-14 7:26
Amazing shot! Congratulations ;=))
Lovely colors and composition.
DEAD can not be so nice...
Albrecht (11281) 2007-03-04 4:12
Again a beautiful compo and almost artistic colour setting only also here the DOF is a bit less.And the sand is so white that there is no detail to be seen anymore.
greetings from Holland
pally3100 (3413) 2007-03-27 15:59
a very good job a very good composition in a difficult technical position bravo. friendship of Belgium Henri
Uzi (1240) 2007-05-05 18:11
masterpice of composition but technic and a white blance for me is not good here.
eyesthetix (641) 2007-08-14 6:41
exceptional mood in this shot.
I like the graphical rendering of the three main 'bands' of colour/tone (ie the light part, the deep tourquoise and the blue sky ;-)
Nice effect !
Best regards, Daniel
kwazireal (181) 2008-01-11 2:38
Interesting image but with significant negative technical issues:
White point at 220 vs. 255...
Cyan color caste...
Color balance is off...
Please see Workshop for suggested corrective actions. Thanks for the very good Photographer's Note which helped immensely with the editing corrections.
I suspect the poor image quality may have been related to the setup of the scanning capture software.
panteliz (278) 2008-01-15 14:53
it is perfect for frontpaper of a book, but not with real colours..
jpphoto (465) 2008-01-24 15:11
Ciao Paolo, Les couleurs turquoises sont somptueuses ! excellent travail , les plages de la corse du sud ne sont pas aussi belle , les trois couleurs bien équilibrer + le petit bateau bien vue , complimenti jpphoto
carlab (2095) 2008-02-07 0:20
fantastica, colori incantevoli
smarcell (19965) 2008-02-07 0:26
vedo questa tua immagine sulla front page di TE oggi.
Bellissima. Essenziale, perfetta direi.
ayansadhu (1502) 2008-02-14 18:22
this image has got too many points I see but I think there is initially a minor defiance of the basics as this type of shots go best in a horizontal canvas which I've done in PP for your acceptance or rejection :)
Isa-M (4026) 2008-07-14 8:17
beauti world...master of photo!
mikelens (874) 2008-07-20 23:10
OMG, so pure and natural ... a dreaming place ...
blankar (807) 2008-09-07 23:20
Amazing to the point where the water meets the sands... From there, it looks flat, white like a paper not like a soft sand. Sorry, but I have no idea how this photo got such high marks??
pticaruh (276) 2008-09-08 6:45
Eerie image, with undistinguishable border between the white qnd the green-blue nuances. It really looks impressionistic.
saim123 (273) 2008-09-25 15:09
REAllly VEry NiCE sHOT...gud
dipti (114) 2008-10-17 4:03
Looks like a painting.... :D
mikele_pl (2400) 2008-12-27 8:50
exceptional colors, simple but striking composition. Well done!
Fellini (6407) 2009-01-14 1:13
Ennesimo tuo scatto in home page Paolo.....
immagine semplice ma dall'atmosfera molto rilassante, il taglio e il minimale numero di colori la rendono particolare, buona la qualità considerando la scansione.
giorgimer (34941) 2009-06-16 23:53
mi hai fatto venire la nostalgia di questo paradiso terrestre che ricordo sempre con piacere. Ottima composizione, bei colori, un vero sogno!
CLODO (34096) 2009-07-03 22:40
You are on the first page of TE today, good news!
We feel the quietness of the island. The sand is overexposed but it gives the picture a good effect.I would have taken this picture in a landscape form, but I accept as it, the sky seems very heavy.
CristianoFontes (297) 2009-11-17 4:47
it looks really nice, but the quality is really poor... a pitty.
keep them comming, because you got a good eye for it.
JFS (32459) 2010-04-24 22:32
This must be The Paradise. Thanks for sharing it with us.
Dasius (231) 2010-09-06 7:54
Burned, overly saturated, little sharpness, a lot of noise and still looks fine.
Great composition. I wish there were more details and whiter clouds.
svefay (810) 2010-09-27 23:05
beautiful colours, very good composition, well done...
- Copyright: Paolo Motta (Paolo) (41222)
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- Date Taken: 1998-03-00
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- Date Submitted: 2006-06-06 4:10
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