The Lookout

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    This is Kennedy Point Reserve, Waiheke Island.

    I went to this small reserve shortly after arriving on the island, scouting for potential sunset locations. I came away a bit disappointed due to the lack of rocks or anything else interesting on the beach.

    As I walked back up the hill to my car, I sat down on the grass next to this bench to have a bit of a rest (hey it was a hot day and the hill is steeper than it looks!). As I looked out towards the sea I realised what an amazing view it was right there and then! I unpacked my gear and took a few snaps while still sitting on the grass. I'm glad I did because this turned out to be one of my favourite shots.

    I decided to make this an HDR (3 exposures; -2, 0, +2) to really bring out the green and blue. Hope you like it.

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    1. tiggerlover169 60 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Flickr Photographer Profiles Blog, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    2. lariherself 58 months ago | reply

      such a quiet place... amazing! =D

    3. Buttons77 58 months ago | reply

      A stunning shot of a spectacular view...the HDR has worked perfectly in my opinion, great image!

    4. FraserElliot 58 months ago | reply

      Congrats on making Lifehacker. I knew I'd seen that image before

    5. DWN|Fred [deleted] 56 months ago | reply

      One of the best picture ever.

    6. JoeyChow 56 months ago | reply

      Great composition! love the colour :) Nice one!!!!

    7. Lucid Dreamer ♥ 55 months ago | reply

      Omg. It's actually ridiculous how good your photographs are. This one just takes the cake.

    8. Muhammad Ramzan 55 months ago | reply

      Beautiful,Very Nice.

    9. Audrey! 53 months ago | reply

      wow! absolutely impressive picture!

    10. QuietStorm... 51 months ago | reply

      I want to sit right there and chillaxe, no talking aloud! Nice work.

    11. Lena|aneL♡ 44 months ago | reply

      beautiful HDR..

    12. DigitalFormula 42 months ago | reply

      Hey Chris - are you and the Flickr user 'jewelosman' the same person? If not, someone's claiming credit for the other person's shot ...

    13. Chris Gin 42 months ago | reply

      No that's not me. Thanks for the heads up - I'll send him a note...

    14. Navel's Contemplation 39 months ago | reply

      What HDR software do you use - Photomatix?

    15. Chris Gin 39 months ago | reply

      For the few HDR's I've done, yes I used Photomatix.

    16. Tommaso Petruzzi 25 months ago | reply

      beautiful colors, perfect composition!!

    17. Feralirishman 19 months ago | reply

      Good morning Chris, I just wanted to say that I recently came upon this photo from a wallpaper sharing site and had a reader of my blog ask where it came from.

      Here is the post, I though you might be interested in how I tracked it down. I am located in New England US.

      My blog is a bit "not safe for work" I hope that doesn't offend.

      All the best,

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