I was standing on a high point above the Tel Aviv beach, around the boardwalk leading to Jaffa.
This girl was sitting in the wet sand, getting her self wet every time the water progreesed.
I wated for just the right moment that the sand was wet enough to reflect the clouds, and that created this effect.
I hope you like it
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yaronda (38) 2005-05-27 14:00
Both girl and picture are beutiful.
azadys (717) 2005-05-27 14:05
Great shot gilad.
i like the compo and the nice reflection.
mitternacht (1839) 2005-05-27 14:07
Wow it's an amazing effect. The brown sand makes it look like the reflections are drawn on a piece of paper. Very surreal. Well seen, captured and composed.
Have a nice WE,
miguel (1912) 2005-05-27 14:13
Wow!...Stunning shot. At the right moment!...you said it...
When I saw the thumbnail I thought it was an effect made with PP.
Very well done.
KevRyan (22956) 2005-05-27 14:17
A very nice work of waiting and composing for this moment Gilad - it has such a puzzling challenge for the viewer although I was able to work it out before reading your note. The woman has almost a feral intensity in one way of looking at this picture and on the other she is a sophisticated modern woman!
Albrecht (11281) 2005-05-27 14:20
A very goo capture, almoslooks like a combination of two pictures. Strong compo and a very good job,
Fixfocus (9385) 2005-05-27 14:26
Before reading your note I thought that this was just pp-work!
What a great effect!The central compo fits it perfect.Very well spotted and captured!
lcask (591) 2005-05-27 14:32
Nice composition and great reflection. But also without it would be magic.
softflower (0) 2005-05-27 14:35
Superbe photo Gilad, effet miroir des nuages très réussi.
shangri-la (353) 2005-05-27 14:40
wahow! very special picture... beautiful!
Damberio (241) 2005-05-27 14:54
Great subject and intelligent shot...you studied very well the POV and obtained an incredibly touching effect...very well done, thanks!
mrlittle (586) 2005-05-27 14:57
WOW.The photograph told everything. i are quietly of it
shanbo16 (6) 2005-05-27 15:44
That is absolutely amazing....congrats on capturing such a beautiful moment.
ishai (4097) 2005-05-27 15:48
It has been a long time since I saw such a clever ,goods and well composed shot like this
It looks almost unreal
And it looks like she is floating too
10 point for this one
matikrimerman (919) 2005-05-27 17:51
אין מילים ! שוב הדהמת אותי. הייתי בטוח שזה עיבוד מחשב - כל הכבוד.
cam (9043) 2005-05-27 19:14
faraujo (1707) 2005-05-27 19:54
Flying in the clouds, like Aladino!!!
Great shot, nice POF.
jinju (14265) 2005-05-27 22:23
Oh my god. Thats brilliant photographty. Without the note, I would never have figured it out that they were clouds reflecting in water. The girls too, well, she is beautiful.
Clochette (8076) 2005-05-28 14:35
My God, that's really gorgeous... You can be proud of having been so patient, Gilad. Very artistic, it's nice to see this kind of realisation on TE, thank you.
zamsh (445) 2005-05-29 4:49
this is ...
just great! wonderful!
itamaratiya (539) 2005-05-29 12:13
PERFECT!!!!!! Amazing picture just perfect.
Nothing more to say but thanks for sharing
don_narayan (2014) 2005-05-29 19:15
ballyna (1689) 2005-06-02 14:23
this is more than my imagination; I have never seen such a beautiful picture I think.the sky and the ground together,it is horizon :-)
orica77 (149) 2005-06-16 3:56
Great pic. I was sure it is a work with PS. couldn't believe it is only wet sand!!!
Damn what a good picture.
Way to go my friend...
fiedziu (1764) 2005-06-16 9:35
Prisley (1485) 2005-07-04 14:01
AMAZING ! hard to believe it's real ! Maybe it's an illusion created by that beautiful angel you shot. You had the eye, for sure. Just GRRRREAT !! ;o)
natc (315) 2005-07-18 6:02
i'm impressed, the reflect seems unreal
gezgin37 (3766) 2005-07-21 5:23
"impossible is nothing" and this photo is a proof of it. Amazing idea and composition, perfectly captured...
alekpet (4663) 2005-07-28 3:55
Such a good photo, one of my favorites!
Realy nice contrast between the beautiful girl and the perfect sky. Thank you, Gilad, for sharing the photo with us.
sayzey (2358) 2005-07-31 10:01
WOW Gilad! This photo is PERFECT! I thouhght it was a mock up with post processing but when i erad your story of how you mad eit i am very impressed! The effect is amazing and the fact that the girl is posing perfectly is just amazing!
A definate favorite!! Ill have to check your gallery!
wck (26) 2005-08-06 1:00
dimachertnik (15) 2005-08-09 17:42
bliard (1116) 2005-08-11 23:41
This is just incredible. How come you get this angle of sand with the girl just straight? Have you had some cloud?
rajhema (1873) 2005-08-13 7:27
Very well Timed and what a fabulous capture. She literally looks like floating Gilad. Good one
rafelito (3648) 2005-08-27 0:20
Una toma muy creativa, es ilusionismo y realismo al mismo tiempo.
lollie (0) 2005-09-03 12:29
I can't believe it........great great great photo? Congratulations
fkk (2037) 2005-09-05 10:05
wow harika bir görüntü bu, cözülmesi oldukca zor fotografmis, hatunda oldukca hos bir parca k?sacasi enfes, brawo.
Bien (4745) 2005-09-09 12:32
WOW! WOW! WOW! We have a real artist here! How incredibly creative to bring earth, sea and sky into one image. Simply excellent! You have created a stunning interpretation of how it must be to fly high in the sky and drift away on clouds; my dream! Impressive work! Sabine
pascalbene (1717) 2005-09-12 17:21
Waow ! all your work is really powerfull. A deep sensibility. A perfect work. Congrat.
fahrik (173) 2005-09-26 0:39
It is an incredible photo! You must have sold it to an Airline for using it in advertisement. And I really can not understand how come you managed to get this excellent combination.
markpanos (1977) 2005-09-27 21:34
I can´t say more
Xalkida (11744) 2005-10-05 4:58
Fantastic shot! Very creative! Your idea to wait until the sand to be wet was excellent! It's like a cinema effect! Great job! Well done!
Elric (560) 2005-10-09 20:14
Divine photo! The perfect timing combined with the perfect technique. Breathtaking photo with a very good, "working" title! TFS!
Timmok (802) 2005-11-24 14:35
Nice idea. The reflections are very sharp and at the beginning, I thought it was a montage. Great colours too !
Thanks for sharing
quelquepart (810) 2005-12-13 4:43
And the sky meets the earth...
H2OKOT (180) 2005-12-25 11:23
Excelent picture, the girl is lovely as they come and the whole atmosphare is one of a kind. Rearly do I see a picture as great as this. Thanks
riodda (617) 2005-12-25 11:27
The cloud's refactions is so special and the absence for a clear border between the sand the the reflection it's really goregous.
It's incredible how the eye it's cought by the clouds refelcts insted of the girl.
Thanks, for sharing i just wish to give you more than 2 points.
VinceM (11) 2005-12-25 11:41
When I first watched this picture, I couldn't believe it wasn't "photoshopped" !!!
The reflected colors are so vivid, the clouds are so sharp, and best of all : the sand, the water and the skies seem to merge together, creating an effect as if the girl was sitting in front of a painted wall or something...
... very confusing image, strange perspective (again : it looks as if she was sitting in front of a wall !), you have to watch it for a long time to fully appreciate it...
... doens't bother me ;-)
MLINES (12516) 2006-01-04 23:52
Very yunusual picture. Your title and description are just right for this. TFS.
Traveller (672) 2006-01-05 0:02
Incredible effect! Very good observation!
vagabondtravels (6511) 2006-02-16 18:23
Great idea. Nice capture. The reflection is amazing.
elBud (2237) 2006-02-16 18:39
this is magic!
this is terrific!
this one is just a great photo.
hope u like it? of course everyone like it, it´s a wonderfull image, great composition, great colors....
don´t know what else to say, but this is one of the best pictures i´ve have seen here.
pgoldstein (62) 2006-03-06 18:18
really impressing. it's hard to believe that the reflection is natural. mazol tov Gilad!
vts_ch (2624) 2006-03-07 7:26
Hi Gilad,Amaising shot indeed, and nicely composed. the effect is brilliant.
Bravo, well done
Slana (393) 2006-03-07 15:08
I am lost for words! This is just amazing! Thanks.
jafadabret (56501) 2006-03-12 5:13
Une photo d'une beauté à couper le souffle. Je suis très heureux de voir le reflet du ciel dans la mer qui vient auréoler cette naïade.
Newair (323) 2006-03-24 12:18
wow this is fantastic
thanks for sharing
kajspice (4542) 2006-04-06 7:56
Raunchy, clever, classy and verrrry cool!
They say that god is in the details...and the details are spot on...
I wonder if the picture would have a different effect if her posture was different.
iGirl (1223) 2006-04-07 10:08
Wow, I couldn't believe that reflection is real! Great capture!
blue-velvet30 (6524) 2006-04-07 10:12
Wonderful! Fantastic POV, colors and composition, great work! Brawo!
GSHodg (104) 2006-04-10 7:24
Such an amazing shot that makes you look again and again to work it out. I'm glad you explined in your note.
Perfect composition for this, and you did well to keep detail in the shadow areas.
The simple black frame sets it off perfectly.
abhishek (288) 2006-04-11 17:40
Breathless shot! Period.
daddo (26900) 2006-04-15 20:50
Magical shot Gilard. Beautiful tan too. All one needs is to add a magical flying carpet and one would truly believe that she was flying above the sky. One of the most inventive and creative photos I have seen.Terrific colours too, the subdued tones really work to give the work a sense of expectation. Shalom.
RADEEH (2802) 2006-04-15 21:20
A well conceived shot.
A magical moment from nature, you have captured it brillantly.
asanak (1972) 2006-04-17 4:06
U have made my day ,The most pictare I have seen in some time. I can't tell you how much I'm delighted.A great combination of technique and artistry is demonstrated in your photo.
Light ,color and contrast are well balanced and the only word that I could use to describe your pic is :PERFECT.
I'm looking forward to more great pix from u.
randompics (957) 2006-04-18 4:28
A very unique and beautiful shot. The sky is reflected very well in the water. I like the way you have used light here. great shot.
sven_duzont (221) 2006-04-22 16:47
Very good idea the reflection, Looks like she's sitted on the clouds
partha (14023) 2006-04-23 7:39
Nice composition of the subject. The background is very nice.It gives a sensetion that the girl is dloating into the sky.
euryan (8440) 2006-04-24 1:56
Perfect title to a perfect picture. There is no critique I can give you to improve upon this photo it is perfectly balanced. I like the half desaturated colors, it fits this photo brilliantly.
Don_Gusti (0) 2006-10-20 21:02
Very Beautiful photo, good job
Mistral (15402) 2006-10-23 13:35
nothing more to say than: beautiful!
I love your composition and timing.
Herquin (7789) 2006-10-23 13:38
Le reflet des nuages sur l'eau donne une superbe impression . Bravo !
Clairedelune (4923) 2006-12-30 8:26
You are one of my favorite photographers here on TE, and I so rarely leave a 'critique' in your so amazing photos. My apologies...
And I am, again, very impressed. 43 persons choose it as a favorite photos. This is well deserved indeed.
When the sky met the earth... Gilad was there. That gives us this baby... I can't say no more.
P.S.: I came to this photo because of a collage George (Polonaise) had done of the photos he would have wished to have made himself. It was an homage to these photos and yours was there. But, the collage was sadely deleted... :(
voightlanderfan (0) 2007-01-04 15:57
It is so unreal that shot! Almost unvelivable.
Robpulp (917) 2007-01-10 12:31
You have captured something very special here Gilad, huge compliments. Very well done
anaines (827) 2007-01-11 7:29
Incredible effect!! Beautiful composition, I love it. It is really amazing what you get! Congratulations!!
sadeik (3282) 2007-01-21 13:36
That is a master piece, patient is a virtue
rima (275) 2007-02-18 5:36
its unbeleivable that the backgroung is the reflection of sky on the sand
ManuMay (36269) 2007-02-18 5:48
No more words!!!
KostasKon (0) 2007-03-14 4:12
Amazing capture, excellent composition. Just perfect.
Talia (242) 2007-03-16 20:09
come on! this is fantastic! You just waited and got this?? amazing. I know this is from 2 years ago, but it really caught my eye.
Nice as usual! I hope to learn from your techniques!
photographer123 (6246) 2007-04-28 12:56
this is just fantastic..nothing to say,,,,........SUBIR
vincz (19113) 2007-04-29 4:21
Wow... Excellent incredible somposition. She lloks like floating in the air. Congratulations!
Bruno40 (6658) 2007-05-03 0:15
Wow, amazing compositon!
run out of smiles today...
andeweg (139) 2007-05-10 6:46
This is really really cool effect. Well done, worth the wait.
waseemkhan (1099) 2007-05-10 7:04
Hi Gilad ,
i like the compo and the nice reflection......
enedimd (1532) 2007-05-17 4:21
Excellent and attractive shot. SUPERB and GREAT composition.
Almost looks like combination of two photo.
You had got the result and present by waiting.
Have a nice day.
AnneCanon (64) 2007-05-17 14:18
Looking at your photgraphy, I was sure it was something made out of Photoshop. If it’s really not the case, this is a very impressive photo. Minimal composition but all the space belong to the effect from the sand reflection. AM
briclo (58) 2007-06-27 9:47
Absolutely astonishing....you are a master!~!!!
Great, but very great compo, expo etc......BRAVO!!!
branley (3681) 2007-07-07 9:42
I saw your shot on the home page and there's nothing more I can add to what's already been said. It's a superb capture, well done.
bhardwajkapil78 (486) 2007-08-07 11:16
no other word...
This is ZEN
sunilshukla (844) 2007-08-12 4:52
Oh what a briiliant piece of imagery. Tremendouis moment captured. Its like she is floating in the clouds.
Tbud (25) 2007-08-12 9:19
Aboslutely stunning photo!! The reflection of the sky in the sand are alomost one. Making the women look like she is floating. Great capture. Thanks for sharing,
Lillian (0) 2007-10-03 13:07
This photo is absolutely stunning! Thanks for sharing! Lillian
Seb82 (2467) 2007-11-11 12:44
simply amazing , i ador your POV and the reflection on the beach with the lights colors , also an excellent Post traitement !
Cheers , i ador your gallery!
Wandering_Dan (3449) 2007-12-03 15:29
Unreal! I find it hard to believe that's a reflection, it's so different. Well worth the wait, and excellently captured!
aralda (1240) 2007-12-04 7:20
I agree with Kev about the feral intensity in the gaze of this woman.
Interesting idea to wait and catch the reflection of the sky in the wet sand.
wrphotos (272) 2008-01-02 5:46
Very beautiful picture. The reflection are spectacular.. Congratulations!!!
woozbman (368) 2008-01-12 13:49
Interesting... looks like she's sitting on clouds.
honeymoonstory (36) 2008-01-14 15:10
xavis (3180) 2008-02-04 7:07
I can't say nothing else more original than...amazing picture. One of the best that I have seen ever. really original.
ag1993 (634) 2008-02-05 0:35
Wonderfull photo. A pity is that all my faces are finished for today.
bubai (291) 2008-04-22 4:20
Its a Master piece
oleg (88) 2008-08-17 10:46
vmukherjee (612) 2008-09-02 20:30
Amazing shot! The tones, colours, light, all make a magical, may be unforgettable image. Thanks for sharing.
zahoor_salmi (1053) 2008-09-02 21:09
Nice composition and great reflection.
pticaruh (276) 2008-09-15 8:38
Fantastic image, Gilad! Man and Elements. Silent observation of the sky. Myriad of thoughts, ideas, memories, solutions... Somewhere high, somewhere there lurk billions of stars, vast quantity, comparable only with the grains of sand of all the beaches in the world...
walk33a (4) 2009-09-12 12:11
Absolutely amazing!!! I've never seen anything like it. Thanks for sharing.
CLODO (34720) 2009-09-29 1:18
Incredible, we feel she is in heaven
irimi (890) 2009-09-29 1:25
Loved it! It is a stunning photo. Congrats..
FreewheelerBee (263) 2009-10-04 3:58
aerial. Great comosition with the sky reflection.
gmg (4202) 2009-12-17 9:08
Very well done. If there's no PP you were able to get the precise moment when everything was at its place.
baladeva (252) 2010-02-26 20:19
well spotted, better performed. Congrats.
mattharvey1 (1044) 2010-05-11 9:00
This has a quality about of unreality - it looks like she is sitting at the edge of the world (like The Thruman Show).
When one realises what is actually going on it is even more astonishing.
seafetish (104) 2010-09-30 21:43
this photo is amazing! beautiful girl and a beautiful backdrop.
great POV. i cant get over this image.
thanks so much for sharing
AngelaIndigo (63) 2011-02-04 10:25
beautiful shot, beautiful effect
svefay (810) 2011-05-17 8:09
very nice capture, bravo...
Vague (307) 2011-05-17 8:10
An amazing photo! Perfect timing and brilliant composition. Zen indeed...
david_P (512) 2011-05-17 8:32
great photo and colors, and post production work
sittipong (251) 2011-05-17 8:39
HFASSOURAKIS (4) 2011-05-17 9:19
one of the most beautiful I ever seen inside TE.
excellent work !
bravo my dear
lilito (3534) 2011-05-20 8:54
Une image vraiment originale, bravo pour l'oeil qu'il fallait avoir et pour la bonne prise!!!
blueaquan (279) 2011-05-23 3:29
I had only one thing to say or rather ask, "How did he do it...???"
Glad you wrote the note, else this would have been my weekend puzzle... :)
bibinsr (1) 2011-07-05 3:04
wow! it seriously looks like PP work. But amazing stuff knowing it isnt PP.
Surreal is really the word to describe this.
palachandra (39) 2011-07-26 8:46
amazing shot.. love the affect.. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work
schumanng (0) 2011-10-25 9:15
ok for technics, but photography is also feeling and patience.
This one looks like a dream.
rajibsingha (296) 2012-01-09 7:01
A surreal and artistic image!
Noel_Byrne (31672) 2012-03-13 6:30
What mroe cna be said. This is an absolutely stunning picture, thank you so much for sharing.
livermore (1631) 2012-11-11 5:01
Cette image est très impressionnante,
on n'a vraiment l'impression que deux images son superposées.
Cette femme assise sur le sable à l'air d'avoir la tête dans les nuages.
- Copyright: Gilad Benari (gilad33) (14409)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-09-10
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 70-300 ll APO
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/2500 seconds
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- Date Submitted: 2005-05-27 13:48
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