Thanks for your comments, I did see several low votes ( ranking 1.5 to .5) and with an image this good, that signals people purposely voting low on other images to bring down the average. This happens frequently on DPR challenges. Very difficult to police that type of activity. While I agree it should have scored higher, I am okay with a 4th place finish.
Kevin Coppalotti: wow, great shot!
thank you very much for the comment !
This image won 1st Place in the something beautiful (no portrait ) challenge !
bosco1955: Beautiful shot, Do you know what lens this was taken with?
This was taken with a canon 16 to 35 mm zoom lens with it set at 22 mm. Thanks for your question and comments !
SRT201: Excellent image. Really nice.
I notice that you need to clean your imager though. You can easily remove dust spots like those in the upper right using Lightroom.
Thanks, this was a field processing of this image and I did not notice the dust spots on the image. I will clean those up right away !
There was a large group of photographers at this workshop (11) and we watched the waves for quite a while to get the feeling of the large and small sets and overall sea condition. I was standing in about 2 feet of water and I felt very comfortable with the risk. Sorry your experience was not as uneventful !
This contest should be shut down because of the ugly and hurtful comments given in the instructions. This is sexism at its worst and it does not belong here. Shame on digital photography for allowing these trolls space to spread their message of discrimination.
Theft of photos from these challenges is a very big issue and any contest where I can not watermark my photos is a risk I am unwilling to take. If you want more photographers entering your contests you should consider amending this rule. It should be possible to allow watermarking by limiting it's size and position.
It is NOT an HDR image, and thank you for the comment.
Dad, you still like me don't you ? I promise I will be good !
Never More !
Now just follow me and do exactly as I do !
Oh, Oh this water is cold !
You don't say !!
If you keep sitting here in the middle of street you are going to get flattened ! These cars don't watch for us cats !
Nothing like a day of body surfing to make you smile !
This is the perfect hiding place, if we don't move we will blend right in. That way we can watch these other creatures and see if there is any intelligent life on this planet !
Does that phone taste like fish ?
Did you hear that Sally is dating that wild McCaw Parrott, she was seen with him the other day !
Hey, I think I have someting stuck in my bill, can you see anything ?