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Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2011 8:36PM
really attractive shot, nice work


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Perry_95 7 59 1 Wales
5 Feb 2011 9:15PM
I really like how so much is captured in one shot, there are silhouettes of the trees, sombody walking their dog i think, the foamy waves, and the wonderful sunset casting wonderful colours onto the sand.
leman 7 5 United States
5 Feb 2011 11:07PM
Great view of beach & sunset, sky reflection on wet sand, the dark silluet of trees all superbe but the Man and his dog really make this picture add human element.
5 Feb 2011 11:57PM
One of the best sunsets here. Youve got it all perfect composition colour view, everything just right. Jamm
6 Feb 2011 1:13AM
Oh, The Beautiful Pacific Coast. Dylan, you captured the essence of this magnificient coastline, the jewel of North America, with all its "faults". The compostion is superbe, easy strokes of gold over peach on "periwinkle" sky, the beautiful rugged coastline with pockets of sandy beach, the relentless tides, now dressed in purple robes, and the silouette of the bay with trees and a lone man walking his faithful dog. What a beautiful setting, what a peaceful and joyous moment. This is no doubt one of your best as you step out of your comfort zone of dynamic exciting sport action shots. Fantastic work Dylan, a touch of romanticism for a man who loves hard facts Wink I love this. Krystal
Krystal: jamm easily recognizes that I am fundamentally a "romantic," at heart; how is it that you would not see that as easily as he does, Krystal (no offence intended, but he has no problem at all grasping that aspect of my personality, and my photography)? All the surfing shots are "portraits;" they have nothing (ever) to do with the "masculine" perception of the pursuit of "sport." They are all "studies," of subjects who are engaged in a relentless "struggle" with the sea. What I seek to capture has nothing at all to do with "sport," or "action." I am looking only at what the human being is feeling, and experiencing. I want what it is that they are "experiencing," at the moment. This is incredibly hard work (at times I actually despise myself for doing it). It drains my energy reserves right down to the inmost marrow of my bones. Two days ago I took more than 650 shots, in roughly three hours. Locked in one place, the entire time; with a camera so heavy that my back muscles ached -- and were racked with spasms -- when the lack of light finally forced me to cease taking images (my camera's auto-focus could no longer lock-in on an image). I was there to capture that which is simply a very clear reflection of just how these people perceive "themselves." Their dedication to what it is that they are "seeking" is absolutely astonishing! I truly appreciate your comments on this image. I loved it the moment that I saw it. I genuinely try to avoid settling into any "comfort zone," of any sort. It's just that the "portrait" images are the most common; and lend themselves to the skill set that I most naturally possess. I would go much deeper, into the "altered," deeply realized, and "impressionistic" perspective of the world, as I see it (in my photographs); but I harbor a genuine concern that it might either offend, or "frighten" some people. I've sent you a couple of those shots, Krystal. They are what I saw. And they are "real." And if they are not fundamentally "unsettling," then I would have to assume that you are simply not paying attention. That this might be the case with you, would never even cross my mind, Krystal. Some things that I "see," I reserve only for certain people. As I mentioned to you once before...once viewed, the images can never be "retracted." The imprint is necessarily "permanent." And this is not simply a form of personal arrogance, on my part (although I possess much more than an adequate amount of that particular "character flaw," as I see it). I "look;" and I never turn away. Not ever. To me, that is how you truly "see" this place. It doesn't hide anything from you...if you are willing to look at it. Why should it? Or "how," exactly, should it? I -- like everyone else -- "struggle" to "hide" certain things from myself...but they always find a way to reach the "surface." Very disconcerting, at times; but also unavoidable. And I would not have it any other way...whether I like it, or not. That is just how it is.

6 Feb 2011 2:37PM
I'm sorry Dylan, I do not find sport shots "romantic" Smile I'm not that involved with sport, and I won't be watching the hyped-up money grabbing superbowl - its obscene how they milk that cash cow. (people will hate me for this).

I absolutely get the "feel of the adrenalin rush" in your superior surf shots. The twirl-and-twist, the crashing of the waves is more like the throws of esctasy. Its hard and fast.

Romanticism has softness like this gorgerous sunset image. It has soft hues, and gentle tones, feathery touch and soft kisses along the shore. The sport action shots don't have that. This image does. Best wishes, Krystal
I didn't mean to offer any offense, Krystal. I view surfing strictly as a form of "drama," mixed with the portrait of the surfer; I may have mentioned before that I see it as a genuine example of "kinetic art," captured right at the very moment of the activity itself. I despise professional sports (I can appreciate the various displays of individual talent...but that is as far as it goes); the steroid-drenched "athletes" who participate in what passes for sport these days, are the worst possible model of what any human being ought to aspire to. The whole enterprise is absolutely disgusting. As far as I -- at least -- am concerned, they could bring out gigantic bulldozers, today, and plow both teams competing in "The Stupid Bowl" completely under the field. That, I might consider tuning in for; nothing else. The sports that I have participated in (and continue to participate in, in some cases...although entirely alone), have always been oriented towards the individual. Even my photography has a strong undercurrent of "competition" in it; I'm competing with myself. Invariably. I look at the images that others' produce to "analyze" them for elements of their content that might help to improve my own images. I've looked at the portfolios of every person who has ever left a remark about anything that I have ever posted here. I'm (like most here, I suspect) very strongly internally driven. And I am least inclined to put the most effort into those areas where my various "talents," -- such as they are -- most easily reside. "Easy" just does not get it, for me. I already know that I can do those things. It's doing what doesn't come easy, that always provides the greatest degree of satisfaction. If I don't have to "work" for it, then I cannot possibly derive from it what I need most. And the idea of ever allowing for the acceptance of "mediocre," is never an option. I could not become an "artist," for example, because of the lack of fine dexterity in both of my hands (and the fact that the damage that resulted in my retirement left permanent impressions on the nerves of my left hand). And I am not at all deluded about the nature of what I either can or cannot do; all I ever have to do to grasp that completely, is simply to look around me. Again, Krystal, I did not mean to offer any offense. I like you; I also appreciate your artistry, and I would not want to offend you. If I did that, then you might decide to stop "talking" to me, and I wouldn't want that. Lately, I have had more "conversations" with you than with almost anyone else whom I know. And I enjoy that.

6 Feb 2011 6:36PM
No offence taken Dylan, in fact we find much common groundGrin I have never participated in group sport unless they forced me to. I dont do group things well, I am never part of a crowd, I am not clannish and I will forever be an individual, strive for my own personal best, not trying to take credit for other peoples efforts. So there we are on par Smile I am sorry about your injury and partial loss of the dexterity of your left hand, but that does not stop you from doing what you love, the passion of superbe photography. I am not going anywhere, I enjoy sharing on EPZ.
Thank all of you for your comments. Unfortunately, I only managed to get seven shots in, during this particular set; a sudden (but not entirely uncommon) attack of "stupidity" seized me, and resulted in my forgetting to load a card into my camera (I only use the Panasonic FZ40 for these shots, because I don't have a lens for my Canon 7D with a wide enough angle to do these); that meant that I had to depend on the camera's internal memory, which is miniscule.

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