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Palaepliou by foukou Palaepliou by foukou
While I don't believe Palaepliou is an actual word, nor is it derived from any combination of words, it could possibly be a place. Perhaps not a place in this world, but perhaps in another. Perhaps Palaepliou is the sacred land of a society we know nothing about.

I find the rings around the grass in the foreground in this photograph interesting. Though I'm not entirely sure what has formed these rings, I would speculate that wind blowing the grass blades around form circular trails as the blade's ends touch the sand, carving a little sand away. As this is repeated over and over, the circles are formed around the grass.

The major changes or enhancement made to this photo are relatively evident. A increase in saturation and the blue hue, a common change for photo's reflecting scenes interpreting actual locations in my fantasy world. Additionally, a small plastic bag was removed from the dune.

The photo was taken on the island of Sylt, near the town of Westerland. Sylt is an island in northern Germany right by Denmark in the North Sea. The island is covered with sand dunes, which make up more or less most of the island. To my understanding, the branches in the sand act to hold the sand in place.

I hope that I can share a piece of the world's sight's and my own fantasy world with you with this piece.
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ShiverNamelessone Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2004
tranquil.

i love the footsteps without a soul in sight.
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Rhavethstine Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2004
That's a beautiful composition, what with the deep blue sky, the puffy clouds, the serene beach with its captivating foreground. You mentioned that you had increased the saturation, but the colors look fairly true-to-life. To me, there's no color that screams out, "I've been manipulated!" ;) As far as a critique goes, I'd probably have tried one or two things differently. One would be to tilt the camera upwards a tad so your horizon line doesn't sit at the dead middle of the photograph. There is a lot of dead space at the bottom of the photograph, which of it own isn't a bad thing, but you could probably leave that out of the frame, while at the same time capturing more sky and increasing the appeal of your composition... all without changing your original vision too much. ;p Also, this probably would have been a perfect occasion for a wider-angled lens, if your camera setup allows for such an option. The wide-angle would allow you to stretch out the foreground and capture more of the sky, so you could preserve more of your original composition. Anyway, hope this helps out for ideas in future photo sessions. Keep up the good work.
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foukou Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow! Thanks for the critique!
Its funny that you mention a wider-angled shot. I did take some similar shots in this located with a 14mm lens, but most of these shots turned out poorly because of the intense lighting the landscape recieved. I was constantly faced with lens flares depending on which angle i was positioned in. I do definately agree with you that the photograph might be more asthetically pleasing if the horizon was not so dead smack in the midle of the piece. I was faced between compromising the bottom with a centred horizon.. I decided that I could deal with the horizon being in the middle of the piece and allow for some more of the bottom "dead space" as you called it. When i viewed the photo myself, i found that i really liked the texture of the sand in the bottom foreground, that it sort of lead me out of the picture after seeing the horizon, a sort of closing to the viewing of the piece.. Though, i understand completely what you mean, and i even agree with you.. I always find the editing process the most difficult because i have to make so many decisions.. :) Ill keep what you've said in mind for future pieces.
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Rhavethstine Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2004
Ah yes, sunflare problems. That's the one thing that nature photographers have to worry about - we have little control over our lighting. :D We have to sit and wait if it's not right, and that's not always an option. You've done well, considering the conditions. :)
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foukou Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
Yea.. why cant i control the sun?
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arphire Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2004
Great composition, I can see why you edited the sky slightly, it looks really intense - although it's odd how the darker patch is in a circle in the sky. But I'm guessing that's just the way it was rather than anything you've done :).

The texture on the sand is cool - a agree about the circles, some of them seem to be more like spirals. To me, they sort of partly contrast and partly complement the shapes of the grass itself... very interesting indeed.
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ragusprime Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2004   Photographer
beautifully composed and just wonderful :D great job
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foukou Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! :)
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antiemo Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2004
wonderful texture. :clap:
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foukou Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :)
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beefpepsi Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2004   Photographer
lovely tones!
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scouros Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2004
Sieht wundervoll aus... Ich würde gerne einen etwas gescheiteren comment geben aber irgendwie kann man da gar nicht mehr sagen als, dass es einfach schön aussieht. Die gräser im hintergrund wirken sehr speziell... wie gebürstet :)
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foukou Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
Na ja, comment's mussen doch nicht immer lang sein. :) merci!
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taramara Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2004
Very nice setting :nod:
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samuraid Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2004
Very nice capturing of textures and detail.
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sotoxic Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2004
amazing shot, very good work!
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clelba Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2004   Photographer
the circles are really cool!
someone made a comment on coulnia (sp?) about the sky being dark...i didn't think it was there, but it is here, especially in the middle...
but i do like the circley bits...
^. .^
= ' =
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KingKRool Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2004   Writer
Wow...this is a great, clean, and beautiful picutre.
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foukou Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! I'm glad you think so! :)
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TheInvisible Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2004   Photographer
nice and clean image :D
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foukou Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :)
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