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Challenge: Landscape VI (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Dream Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park
Date: May 3, 2012
Aperture: f/16
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/25 1/40 1/60
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: May 3, 2012

Dream Lake Spring. Glorious at the alpine lake on May 3, 2012. This image captured at 11:26 AM. Pretty rare to have becalmed winds at Dream Lake.

3 images blended in HDR Efex. Also, use of 0.6 and 0.9 soft grad ND filters.

The 800 pixel constraint is a big disadvantage for a detailed landscape image. In my pre-vote opinion, this will not do well because it looks "cluttered" at the postage stamp size.

Better size here.

[May. 9th, 2012 08:48:29 PM]

Pleasant experience to watch the votes on this one. So far, a high of 7.1500 on the first day of voting. There are some dandy other landscape images in this challenge and a host of dreadful images. I think the ribboning images will need to be above 7. But, there will be some very low scores on the low end.

[May. 10th, 2012 07:42:04 AM]

In response to the fair criticism about the rocks cluttering the foreground and obscuring the reflection in the water. I've done this shot with just mirror lake and no rocks. Sometimes, a mirror reflection can become a distraction. I've found it more effective to use those foreground rocks to "ground" the scene and provide a 3 dimensional illusion. I also think the rocks and shorelines lead the viewer into the scene and help focus the viewer's attention on the peaks and sky.

Also, this is an HDR blend of images. I wanted to show an image which looks just like what I saw with my eyes. This is very natural looking in my opinion. HDR can look natural.

[May. 10th, 2012 03:17:01 PM]

High water mark on 05/10 was 7.3205.

[May. 10th, 2012 09:31:43 PM]

Front page of the Estes Park News on May 11, 2012.

[May. 12th, 2012 10:24:41 AM]

High water mark on 05/11 was 7.3600 at vote 100.

[May. 13th, 2012 04:01:46 AM]

High water mark on 05/12 was 7.3846 at vote 117.

Thanks, everyone, for the great votes and kind comments. Much appreciated.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 134
Avg (all users): 7.2914
Avg (commenters): 8.8333
Avg (participants): 7.1692
Avg (non-participants): 7.3636
Views since voting: 4000
Views during voting: 328
Votes: 175
Comments: 54
Favorites: 7 (view)


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05/17/2012 09:47:35 AM
AWESOME AND WOULD MAKE A FANTASTIC JIGSAW PUZZLE... FROM SHEZ
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05/17/2012 12:23:30 AM
Very much your style... Well done and congrats one the blue my friend.
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05/16/2012 10:46:28 PM
Beautiful
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05/16/2012 08:26:00 PM
Way to go, Richard!!! Couldn't beat this landscape in my heart that's for sure!!
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05/16/2012 07:37:21 PM
Congratulations Richard. This is a wonderful landscape and you captured it very well. I like the large size with the dark background. The beauty of the image is more easy to appreciate in that context. Also congrats on the front page of the Estes Park News.
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05/16/2012 06:56:51 PM
an image that makes me say "WOW", congrats on the ribbon
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05/16/2012 05:37:09 PM
"Serenity now! Serenity now!"
"What is that?"
"The doctor gave me a relaxation cassette. When my blood pressure gets too high, the man on the tape tells me to say 'serenity now!'"
"Are you supposed to yell it?"
"The man on the tape wasn't specific."

- Frank and George, in "The Serenity Now"
05/16/2012 04:47:11 PM
Gorgeousness again!
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05/16/2012 02:13:20 PM
Congrats on the blue! Beautiful landscape indeed.
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05/16/2012 12:59:35 PM
Congratulations on a wonderful image & a blue ribbon!
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05/16/2012 12:57:18 PM
Congrats.
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05/16/2012 12:48:28 PM
A classy landscape shot, Richard. I've always admired your goal of presenting the scene as you see it, through subtle HDR work. Congrats on the deserved blue!
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05/16/2012 11:39:09 AM
wow.. so beautiful
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05/16/2012 11:30:23 AM
I need to add Rocky Mountain National Park on my must-see list. Congratulations, Richard. Beautiful image!
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05/16/2012 11:16:22 AM
Huge congrats Richard! Well done with editing as you remember seeing the scene. Very accomplished image.
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05/16/2012 11:03:57 AM
Halett's Peak at its finest. Great capture and deserved 1st place ribbon.
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05/16/2012 10:27:08 AM
Well done, Richard!
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05/16/2012 08:54:05 AM
Stunning image, Richard. Thanks for the link to the larger image. Much to learn from. Congratulations on the well deserved ribbon and the front page.
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05/16/2012 08:48:16 AM
Love your work. Congrats on the blue Well deserved
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05/16/2012 08:41:12 AM
Winning with what you do best, congrats!!
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05/16/2012 08:28:15 AM
Congratulations Richard, this is breathtaking. Well deserved.
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05/16/2012 07:49:18 AM
Congrats on the blue Richard! You live in a very beautiful area!
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05/16/2012 06:20:48 AM
Beautiful shot, very well done.
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05/16/2012 06:05:32 AM
Congrats on your blue and wonderful score Richard!
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05/16/2012 04:03:55 AM
Congratulations on the Blue. A stunning and beautiful landscape to your usual high standard.
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05/16/2012 03:46:07 AM
Good to see you back on top Richard, congrats.
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05/16/2012 02:06:54 AM
Wonderful to see that you took the blue with this stunning image.
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05/16/2012 01:06:48 AM
Congrats Richard!

A well deserved win with this one.

ETA: I rather enjoy the rocks up front.

Message edited by author 2012-05-16 01:07:37.
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05/16/2012 01:02:55 AM
Outstanding use of HDR. Perfect title also. Congrats on a beautiful image and the blue!
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05/16/2012 12:42:47 AM
Lovely - very well deserved. And nicely done "natural" HDR!
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05/16/2012 12:37:28 AM
Ha! You nailed it! Congrats, Richard - very well deserved!
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05/16/2012 12:27:58 AM
I wanna rock hop
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05/16/2012 12:20:33 AM
I was pretty sure this was yours. Good to see you topped this challenge. Shouldn't be any other way!
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05/16/2012 12:20:03 AM
Congrats on the Blue...stunning capture :)
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05/16/2012 12:15:05 AM
Congratulations Richard, gorgeous!
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05/16/2012 12:09:24 AM
Great job! Mine looks almost exactly like yours!!! :)
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05/16/2012 12:07:35 AM
I'm really pleased you got the Blue here Richard, I would love roam that land.
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05/16/2012 12:05:40 AM
Awesome Richard! I had a feeling this was yours.
A big congrats on the blue.
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05/16/2012 12:05:30 AM
Congrats!
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05/16/2012 12:04:16 AM
Congratulations, Richard. Sorry I didn't leave a comment earlier but this stunner was my only 10.
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05/16/2012 12:03:33 AM
I thought this would do well when I saw it on facebook. Congrats.
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05/16/2012 12:01:48 AM
Woo Hoo! A blue for landscape! How fitting!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/15/2012 11:27:01 PM
Dream lake? or Nymph? Beautiful and well done - 10
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05/15/2012 09:54:57 PM
Please win the blue ribbon, please win the blue ribbon!!!!!!
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05/15/2012 08:29:12 PM
Beautiful color and detail; beautiful scene too. (voted earlier)
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05/14/2012 04:24:45 PM
yea... where was the ansel adams challenge when you took this one, right? AWESOME!
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05/13/2012 07:40:09 PM
This is amazing! It is my favorite. It doesn't seem to be a standard reflection photo, but the reflection off the water really is doing a lot to pull everything together. I like the steely colors that seem so appropriate to the snowy scene. Great job!
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05/12/2012 10:38:17 PM
Classic and well rendered.
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05/11/2012 03:35:46 AM
Beautiful, almost like a painting. 8
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05/10/2012 10:23:38 AM
Awesome shot. Serene not so much. It makes me think of majestic, wild, wonderful, awe inspiring.
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05/09/2012 10:40:41 AM
Very well done! The light is awesome. Everything is exposed just right for this scene. Wish I could remember the name of that mountain. 9
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05/09/2012 09:05:12 AM
Very nice work - I always love hiking up to see Hallet's Peak from here. I bet this looks awesome at full res.
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05/09/2012 08:46:11 AM
I think I know who's this is... very nice shot. I only wish there were less rocks in the foreground, personally. They muddy what would be a great reflection and get a bit lost in the snow's reflection. That's my only criticism. Otherwise quite nice.
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05/09/2012 02:21:47 AM
Best of the challenge so far. Nicely done!
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