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© Bob Douglas
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Photo Info
UploadedJanuary 20, 2009
TakenJanuary 11, 2009
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D200
Exposure6 sec at f/22
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length70 mm
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Lava rock beach at Laupahoehoe, HI. I am looking for feedback so please send any feedback. One question I have is it too dark too light or just right.

I just wanted to thank everyone this picture made jpgs front page. I am so jazzed.

133 responses

  • Lydia Selk

    Lydia Selk gave props (20 Jan 2009):

    Beautiful, I think you got it just right for my eye.

  • Jahanzeib Malik

    Jahanzeib Malik said (20 Jan 2009):

    i feel its right :) from pure black to pure white. Just right to B&W my vote ;)

  • meg mac

    meg mac gave props (21 Jan 2009):

    gorgeous shot. the essence of zen!

  • pablo mondal

    pablo mondal said (21 Jan 2009):

    wonderful how you made the water like a fog over the rocks. to answer your question, i think it's just right.

  • Alexandru Iedu

    Alexandru Iedu said (22 Jan 2009):

    Greetings from Romania,

  • Nicole DeVita

    Nicole DeVita gave props (22 Jan 2009):

    Beautiful!! Love the coloring, think you got it just right!!

  • Kreddible Trout

    Kreddible Trout said (22 Jan 2009):

    just right. it's beautiful.
    though the motion in the photo takes me away from 'zen' a little. just a little. but that's just me.

  • Sadie Routzahn

    Sadie Routzahn gave props (23 Jan 2009):

    I want to go right now!!!

  • Mary Ann Reilly

    Mary Ann Reilly gave props (24 Jan 2009):

    very much the essence of zen. my vote.

  • herman vandecauter

    herman vandecauter (Deleted) gave props (24 Jan 2009):

    Great Job!

  • Merlin Peck

    Merlin Peck (Deleted) gave props (24 Jan 2009):

    Superior. Everything I like in a B&W. Hats off...

  • Pongsatorn Sukhum

    Pongsatorn Sukhum gave props (26 Jan 2009):

    Very good. I can hear them rolling back and forth.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (26 Jan 2009):

    Zenfully good...Yeah! It rocks!

  • Sharma Podila

    Sharma Podila said (26 Jan 2009):

    Love the feel. Nicely done.

  • Sarah Rudy

    Sarah Rudy gave props (26 Jan 2009):

    almost like a transformation, nice shot!

  • Laurent Chantegros

    Laurent Chantegros gave props (26 Jan 2009):

    amazing shot, you have my vote

  • Robert Roney

    Robert Roney said (27 Jan 2009):

    Absolutely beautiful. I love it when I find another b&w fan. Great work!

  • Joel MacPherson

    Joel MacPherson said (27 Jan 2009):


  • Natalia Presztolanszky

    Natalia Presztolanszky gave props (28 Jan 2009):


  • Shakir Sabir

    Shakir Sabir gave props (28 Jan 2009):

    what an amazing shot, first i thought that was steam coming out from between rocks , love it !

  • Rob Roy

    Rob Roy (Deleted) gave props (28 Jan 2009):


  • Detlef Rimkus

    Detlef Rimkus gave props (30 Jan 2009):

    fantastic picture - voted!!!

  • Mark Rosenbaum

    Mark Rosenbaum   gave props (31 Jan 2009):

    This truly captures the shot. Got my vote.

  • emma marshall

    emma marshall gave props (31 Jan 2009):

    A fantastic image.

  • stuart s

    stuart s gave props (3 Feb 2009):

    It's just right and there's nothing wrong with our eye! I'd vote if I could so I'l make it a favourite!

  • Todd Edson

    Todd Edson gave props (4 Feb 2009):

    Nicely done shot!

  • Anthony Neste

    Anthony Neste (Deleted) said (5 Feb 2009):

    great shot Bob...yes

  • Jacqueline Olszewski

    Jacqueline Olszewski gave props (6 Feb 2009):


  • Kathleen Battan

    Kathleen Battan gave props (6 Feb 2009):

    Excellent photo!

  • Carolyn W

    Carolyn W gave props (6 Feb 2009):

    Cool~! Softness meets hardness. I see Harmony.

  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio gave props (7 Feb 2009):

    fantastic shot!!!!

  • John Dorosiewicz

    John Dorosiewicz said (9 Feb 2009):

    Water motion shots are getting pretty common but not in B&W and not so surreal! Great shot.

  • Tabitha Liles

    Tabitha Liles said (12 Feb 2009):


  • Cammie Hodges

    Cammie Hodges said (12 Feb 2009):

    this is a beautiful shot!

  • Nicole DeVita

    Nicole DeVita gave props (15 Feb 2009):

    Know I voted before but I had to come back and vote again!! Stunning image!

  • Brenda Burk

    Brenda Burk gave props (19 Feb 2009):

    cool Idea

  • William Bullimore

    William Bullimore gave props (19 Feb 2009):

    What else can be said that already hasn't been? This is amazing. Got my vote.

  • Oscar Auneau

    Oscar Auneau (Deleted) gave props (20 Feb 2009):

    amazing.. such a wonderful shot

  • Jacob Potkin

    Jacob Potkin gave props (20 Feb 2009):

    awesome photo

  • Mohsen Bayramnejad

    Mohsen Bayramnejad gave props (23 Feb 2009):

    Creative! not sure what to say, just superb! my vote!

  • Stephen Fulghum

    Stephen Fulghum said (2 Mar 2009):

    I like it. feedback: all positive.
    I think you chose well to keep the upper right corner deep black without much detail. You know they are rocks so there is no need to show them. It adds a certain mystery. The lower left is slightly gray... again a good idea to leave the rocks under the surf just slightly visible.... and it keeps the brightest pixels in the glistening rock reflections. I would love to see this in a large B&W print on glossy paper.
    finally: I have a soft spot for these beaches from a hike along the Na Pali coast as a young man way too many decades ago

  • Ana Magalhaes

    Ana Magalhaes (Deleted) said (14 Apr 2009):

    Zen it is!!

  • ScottinTO

    ScottinTO (Deleted) said (23 Apr 2009):

    Nice shot. I'm just experimenting with B&W.

  • * Tabitha Payne

    * Tabitha Payne gave props (4 May 2009):

    Wow!!! Love it, voted for sure!!

  • Diane Bartlett

    Diane Bartlett gave props (4 May 2009):

    Fantastic shot

  • Ognjen Karabegović

    Ognjen Karabegović gave props (4 May 2009):

    Exelent work like all Your gallery.

  • Robert Carey

    Robert Carey   gave props (5 May 2009):

    Wow. Beautiful Zen shot.

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (5 May 2009):

    Fabulous capture of water motion. So simple and beautifully zen. You have my vote.

  • Margherita Bettinelli

    Margherita Bettinelli said (5 May 2009):


  • Amber Gregory

    Amber Gregory gave props (7 May 2009):


  • Mayukh Goswami

    Mayukh Goswami gave props (7 May 2009):

    excellent shot !!!

  • Jessica Hardin

    Jessica Hardin gave props (8 May 2009):

    This is awesome, my vote!

  • serg berrie

    serg berrie gave props (8 May 2009):

    Great Shot

  • Meghan O'Connell

    Meghan O'Connell said (12 May 2009):

    Hot in Zen**
    Love it!

  • oliver echevarria

    oliver echevarria gave props (14 May 2009):

    very nice b&w, great capture

  • Khoa D Nguyen

    Khoa D Nguyen said (15 May 2009):

    so so mysterious...

  • Jonathan Munshi

    Jonathan Munshi gave props (15 May 2009):

    damn! just right!

  • Abdullah Alateeq

    Abdullah Alateeq gave props (15 May 2009):

    love it

  • Austin Wondo

    Austin Wondo said (17 May 2009):

    Zen is right. You can almost hear the peaceful.

  • Sherrie Steele

    Sherrie Steele (Deleted) said (17 May 2009):

    I love the movement across the rocks. It makes me want to dip my toes in.

  • Gilbert Rondilla

    Gilbert Rondilla gave props (17 May 2009):

    my vote :D fave!

  • david ong

    david ong gave props (17 May 2009):

    beautifully done! my vote!

  • Donna Weston

    Donna Weston gave props (18 May 2009):

    This is beautiful perfert light! voted

  • Ted Opderbeck

    Ted Opderbeck gave props (18 May 2009):

    Great job - nice balance and contrast

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (18 May 2009):

    Wonderful shot! My vote

  • Andi Harman

    Andi Harman (Deleted) said (18 May 2009):

    so so beautifully flawless. taking it to b&w makes it so much more mysterious.

  • Nelson Campbell

    Nelson Campbell (Deleted) gave props (19 May 2009):

    Great entry!

  • Lynda Jeffers

    Lynda Jeffers (Deleted) gave props (19 May 2009):

    I personally think that this is perfect!

  • Paul Monday

    Paul Monday said (19 May 2009):

    Bob, beautiful picture, light and heavy and balanced, fleeting and solid.

  • ThePhotoBoy

    ThePhotoBoy gave props (19 May 2009):

    wow - this is great, gets my vote!

  • Aaron Mythen

    Aaron Mythen gave props (19 May 2009):

    Wow! Great shot :))

  • Benjamin Carron

    Benjamin Carron gave props (19 May 2009):

    Very nice, Bob!

  • Joyce D.Z.

    Joyce D.Z. gave props (20 May 2009):

    I love your entry! Voted YEAH!

  • Amanda Inez

    Amanda Inez said (20 May 2009):

    Really nice, I really like the contrast
    my vote!

  • Michael Moody

    Michael Moody said (20 May 2009):

    Stunning b&w, love the simple composition and smoothness of the whole image is really pleasing

  • Joe Borja

    Joe Borja (Deleted) gave props (20 May 2009):

    very awesome and mesmerizing, you got my vote

  • Lauren Miller

    Lauren Miller said (22 May 2009):

    oh wow!!!! goosebumps :) very Zen and oh so Hawaii :)

  • Benjamin Arthur

    Benjamin Arthur gave props (23 May 2009):


  • mark yugawa

    mark yugawa   said (24 May 2009):

    wow, great shot. the balance of light to dark is perfect

  • Richard Seah

    Richard Seah gave props (25 May 2009):

    Well deserved front page. Fantastic image!

  • Catherine Hadler

    Catherine Hadler gave props (26 May 2009):

    I really like this one, it reminds me a lot of Thomas Joshua Cooper

  • Christina Atik

    Christina Atik gave props (28 May 2009):

    i think its just right. the darkness makes it look creepy. well done!

  • Lizz Clark-Klein

    Lizz Clark-Klein gave props (28 May 2009):

    sinfully beautiful and tranquil

  • Coreesi

    Coreesi gave props (1 Jun 2009):

    Just right

  • Thomas Brandenburg

    Thomas Brandenburg gave props (2 Jun 2009):

    words escape me on this one, well done

  • Sheila Broderick

    Sheila Broderick said (2 Jun 2009):

    Stunning work!

  • Angela King-Jones

    Angela King-Jones said (3 Jun 2009):

    perfect amount of light, exposure, comp is dead on.. brilliant photo

  • Leandro M. Benítez

    Leandro M. Benítez said (4 Jun 2009):


  • Sherry Sturgis

    Sherry Sturgis gave props (4 Jun 2009):


  • Richard Vantielcke

    Richard Vantielcke said (4 Jun 2009):

    yeah, that's "rock" :)

  • andré paiva

    andré paiva gave props (5 Jun 2009):


  • Peter Markus

    Peter Markus gave props (8 Jun 2009):

    Fantastic in B/W!Congrat!

  • Steve Bernacki

    Steve Bernacki said (10 Jun 2009):

    I really enjoy this one... nice tones.

  • Danny Monster

    Danny Monster gave props (10 Jun 2009):

    your photograpghy is amazing

  • Lori D'Ambrosio

    Lori D'Ambrosio gave props (14 Jun 2009):

    love the foggy feeling

  • Stéphane Heinz

    Stéphane Heinz gave props (15 Jun 2009):

    Fantastic shot!!! Love it!

  • Budi Hartono

    Budi Hartono gave props (15 Jun 2009):

    Great Slow Speed Shot !!!

  • Stella Sidiropoulou

    Stella Sidiropoulou (Deleted) said (15 Jun 2009):

    WOW! Really great!

  • Rob Schwander

    Rob Schwander gave props (16 Jun 2009):

    that is a masterful image

  • cosimo moccia

    cosimo moccia said (17 Jun 2009):

    very good!

  • Noah

    Noah (Deleted) gave props (17 Jun 2009):

    This is amazing!!

  • Jo Anna Pina

    Jo Anna Pina said (18 Jun 2009):

    ohmygoodness! this is amazing!

  • chare jakarta

    chare jakarta gave props (22 Jun 2009):


  • Allen Freeman

    Allen Freeman gave props (23 Jun 2009):

    Like hot lava. Love the effect.

  • Lauren Percz

    Lauren Percz gave props (26 Jun 2009):

    i wish i knew how to do that, this is gorgeous

  • Inner Peace

    Inner Peace said (27 Jun 2009):

    I like the balance very much. I can see the tension, however, in deciding whether or not to bring more of the rocks out of the fog by increasing contrast. I'd guess there are probably many fine images here along the contrast gradient.

  • Lin Rossmann

    Lin Rossmann (Deleted) gave props (28 Jun 2009):

    Values look just right to me. What really caught my eye is all the awesome textures.

  • Marek Glinka

    Marek Glinka gave props (1 Jul 2009):


  • Anton Stocker

    Anton Stocker gave props (2 Jul 2009):

    Definitely Zen! Nicely done.

  • Guna Dwi

    Guna Dwi gave props (3 Jul 2009):

    beautiful Black and White.nice shot

  • Reiss Cleal

    Reiss Cleal gave props (9 Jul 2009):

    Amazingly dreamy!

  • Bostjan Kosir

    Bostjan Kosir gave props (10 Jul 2009):

    Superb! Multiple exposures or one long exposure?

  • James Carson

    James Carson said (13 Jul 2009):

    too light - darkness would add tone.

  • Chibelle

    Chibelle said (14 Jul 2009):

    i love it. hawaii's a beautiful, my best friend's from there, but in kona.

  • Sarah Pagano

    Sarah Pagano (Deleted) gave props (14 Jul 2009):

    I'm speechless, this is amazing

  • chika aryani

    chika aryani gave props (15 Jul 2009):

    Very Great Shot..!!!

  • Sara Watson

    Sara Watson gave props (18 Jul 2009):

    beautiful image

  • Mian Sta. Cruz

    Mian Sta. Cruz said (23 Jul 2009):

    this is pretty!

  • m fontaine

    m fontaine said (4 Aug 2009):

    Great shot !

  • Cynthia Farr-Weinfeld

    Cynthia Farr-Weinfeld said (4 Aug 2009):

    Wonderful long exposure/HDR! I love the misty water look.

  • Thomas N. Cannon, Jr.

    Thomas N. Cannon, Jr. gave props (5 Aug 2009):

    Truly a Zen image !!!!

  • Alison Inconstanti

    Alison Inconstanti said (5 Aug 2009):

    beautiful and mysterious. the black / white contrast is perfect

  • Kai-Marie

    Kai-Marie (Deleted) said (5 Aug 2009):

    very beautiful

  • Bethany Helzer

    Bethany Helzer gave props (19 Aug 2009):

    amazing capture! i'm sorry i didn't get to vote on this one!

  • Kathleen Mercado

    Kathleen Mercado (Deleted) said (19 Aug 2009):

    Wow! It took a long time to get to the bottom of those comments. PHENOMENAL SHOT!:)

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (10 Sep 2009):

    The rocky shift from white to black is phenominal

  • Wallace Jones

    Wallace Jones gave props (31 Jan 2010):

    wow! wonderful! I think that the darkness is just right!!!

  • Paul Andrews

    Paul Andrews gave props (1 Sep 2010):

    Very great inage

  • Peter Meade

    Peter Meade said (6 Dec 2010):

    It does have a strong zen quality to it. Sublime!

  • Mag TY

    Mag TY gave props (13 Dec 2010):

    wish this is on my wall!

  • Lavinia Grama

    Lavinia Grama gave props (18 Dec 2010):

    amazingly beautiful, nice work!!!

  • LaToya F.

    LaToya F. gave props (13 May 2013):


  • Claudia Ballestri

    Claudia Ballestri gave props (4 Nov 2015):

    a masterpiece!!! bellissimo.... really nice

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