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Sanctuary by Moonbeam13 Sanctuary by Moonbeam13
To me this has a lot of personal meaning to it. To you, it's pretty. If you can see past the beautiful surface and get something else, great, if it's just pretty for you, great. If you think I've lost my mind and are concerned I'm going to get into the postcard business, I'm not, but that's fine too. If you hate it, you guessed it, I'm good with that too :)
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What a stunning piece here. Lot's to say about the beauty here.


Wow, the title and the picture mesh and create such a sense of depth and reflection. This picture is done beautifully, one of the best in its genre. This is really a sanctuary here. Wonderful job on vision for this photograph. Clear and polished in many different ways....


I've seen many a sanctuary, and this is one of the most interesting and unique ones. What a powerful view that can stir up many questions, right?
Lot's of original scenery, along with a powerful and unique view point. The reflections of the sky, also help it hold its own in the vast array of photography.

Technique (4.9 stars)

All I can say is gorgeous use of angle, zoom, and balanced composition. Composition is quite interesting, while having it balanced and well done. (I repeated myself, but it's worth saying twice xD)
The trees and islands are all in the right spot, while being clear and focused. All the softs are in the right place, to increase contrast and drama, while not looking clashy. I love the clear, detailed view here. You chose a great shot to shoot.

A TINY tiny minor detail, somehow, the reflection looks a touch pixel'y' I bet its just me, or maybe the water, but it doesn't match as well. It's onylfor the darker blue, the edges/ waves look rougher. Maybe it's just me, lol.


The combination of a great vision, creative originality beautifully polished and executed with great technique only leads us to a five star impact. I love the gorgeous scene, and really beautiful polished picture that can be percieved in a variety of ways. It's touching and it speaks for itself.

Wonderful job.

*I thought I'd write you a meaningful critique to express my gratitude for your contributions to my favorite site. Thanks!~ I hope this is a good critique that meets your stellar standards .
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DyMaxter Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can-Cat Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015  Student Digital Artist
The world needs more sanctuaries like this-
GeorgeXVII Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014   Traditional Artist
This is amazing , the colors are .. love it !
becky Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014   Digital Artist
This is a beautiful, ethereal photograph. I'm particularly attracted to the subtle nuances in detail in it. Wonderful. 
Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :)
HeidiK1 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
I like this photo.
Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :)
Ambbey Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sooooo beautiful >< 
Ludo61 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Just one word : Thanks
NINJAWERETIGER Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is so beautiful!
ks227 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Student Photographer
amazing picture. I can't imagine just standing there... It looks so magical and unreal.... It's AWESOME!
Nameda Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
you have been featured here: [link] have a look and see if you find some new faves there and if you like please fave the journal too so everyone of those featured gets more exposure :)
morningstarskid Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
kILLIN dof......the hues....:nod:.........peace in the moment.....XD-10.....

Linking..."pain lies on the Riverside" By Live.[link] :iconspotlightplz:...

Put your feet in the water......
Put your head in the water.....
Put your soul in the water......
Astrikos Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012   General Artist
Thank you for the honor of accepting my critique
Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the critique :) The honor is mine :)
Astrikos Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012   General Artist


Your contribution to deviant art is amazing. ^0^
Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
that's very sweet thank you :)
Astrikos Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012   General Artist
:heart: :la:

momenarts Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice pic :)
chochobelle Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's beautiful :love:
floriaiglenoir Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist IS beautiful,indeed:iconlovenodplz:..soft nuances of natural colours of impression of serenity,peace...
Great depth and perspective.It would actually inspire me very much to paint this:iconiloveit-plz:
BlueWolf007 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
I do find this quite lovely, but nothing intrigues me more than the stories that make places like this matter.

If you don't mind my asking, why is it that this place is important to you? ^-^
Lorenia3 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
WaooOW !!this is really :bulletyellow: amaziing:bulletpink: wonderful view..! :clap:
Aim4Beauty Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
Very serene and beautiful. Plus I love blue :llama:
CinnamonSandalwood Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Student General Artist
Reminds me of the area where I live around the beginning of fall (except the open water)
The mood is contemplative (early mornings drinking tea waiting for the rain to come in)

If I'm allowed to say so the only thing I would change is perhaps tilt the camera higher to get more of the sky and force the perspective out more (if that makes any sense... I'm not used to giving feedback ><)

wonderful piece ^_^
Vi2DoubleYu Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow very calm place. with you talent for capture it make it so AMAZING. great works...

Marylith-MoonlightD Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
Very nice.
PornuriMajid Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
TOMCAVANAUGH Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Professional Writer
Hey I want to THANK YOU for watching me so I featured this piece with a piece from each of the people that are watching me in a special Journal entry at this link [link] .

Thanks again!
Mardoqueo Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It has its magic.
CSuite Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
I've been to Georgian Bay in Canada but it was nowhere near this beautiful when I was there, of course, the bear & rattlesnake may also have distracted me... :faint:

It's a beautiful photograph, I love the reflections and the lighting so much. :+fav:
BL8antBand Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
mangalover123123 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
i dont know how anyone could hate it?
FlurryTheBear Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
Wow! The blue is so beautiful. I like all of the different tones of blue. Great photograph! :) *HUG*
BatmanWithBunnyEars Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011   General Artist
Did you edit in the lavender in the sky and the reflection, and the radiant peach in the lower left of the pic? The unexpected colors make the whole image pop!
Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I tweaked the saturation slightly but it's pretty darn close to how it was when I was standing there, that's what makes it magical :)
nightgrowler Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
DiscoDapper Featured By Owner May 18, 2011
I like the sentiment this generates. My first thought was that it needed to be cropped a little tighter from the top of the image, but ultimately it works as the open light on top beckons the eye up and down til you find the sharpness in the center.
Jacoberinmann Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Student General Artist
stunning shot! the reflection is wonderful! :D
Angelia61 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconwowplz: So beautiful place! :faint: :love:
silverXswift Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009
I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeee BLUE!
Onceuponatime13 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2008
amazing landscape:deviation:
Gigivana Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2008
Oh my goodness this is gorgeous! The colours in the sky make it seem so magical :heart:
iamdroyalboss Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2008
nice pict^^
jchanders Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008
Well done! Great shot. Fascinating scene, impressive light and composition. Just love the colour shades! Thank you for sharing. :+favlove:

:eyepopping: :worship: :clap: :nod:
QueenRachael Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008  Hobbyist Filmographer
Wow, breath taking view! It reminds me of my happy place :giggle: Amazing photograph a :+favlove: from me! ^_~
(by the way, i LOVE your username. i have a glow-in-the-dark rabbit, called MoonBeam :XD:)
Sevilai Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
looking at it gives me a feeling 2 great 2 descibe,its beatiful
giulzemo Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2007
this photo isn't good... it's simply perfect!!!! you're a very very very very good artist!!!! I LOVE YOUR PHOTO!!!!it is a pleasure 4 me to see your photo!! P.S.sorry 4 my english!!!XDXDXD
Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :)
YingFong Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2007  Student General Artist
It does look like a sanctuary indeed. :nod: The water's so calm, and the clouds so serene. Excellent shot.
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