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The Upper Meadow in early May
2nd PlaceThe Upper Meadow in early May
hahn23


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Spring (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Upper Beaver Meadows, Rocky Mountain National Park
Date: May 10, 2012
Aperture: f/16
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/60s
Galleries: Landscape, Animals
Date Uploaded: May 11, 2012

Upper Beaver Meadows. The elk herd grazing the new grass.

[May. 16th, 2012 07:55:48 PM]

Yes, I liked this, too. I'm just really surprised that others found it worth viewing. A better size here.

[May. 16th, 2012 07:57:06 PM]

OH, the elk cow in the foreground left was VERY pregnant. She was really "moody". I'm sure a delivery of one or two elk calves was imminent.

[May. 16th, 2012 08:22:00 PM]

Also, the 7.31 score on this image in day 1 is a total surprise. I did not have much confidence in this image before the voting. I nearly replaced this image with a flower or bird image. At this moment, I'm happy I went with the landscape with animals.

[May. 22nd, 2012 09:48:33 AM]

While this slipped under 7 for most of the voting phase, it has regained the 7.08 level on the morning of the last day of voting.

[May. 22nd, 2012 09:17:29 PM]

With three hours to go, 7.1217, which I expect will not hold.

Thanks everyone for the great comments and strong votes. I'm honored by your generosity.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 131
Avg (all users): 7.1311
Avg (commenters): 8.5000
Avg (participants): 7.0000
Avg (non-participants): 7.2222
Views since voting: 3078
Views during voting: 235
Votes: 122
Comments: 48
Favorites: 7 (view)


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05/29/2012 06:17:28 PM
I'm way behind on my congrats -- so I'm playing catch up. (ketchup?)

Absolutely stunning, Richard! Congrats on the red.
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05/26/2012 09:53:55 AM
Nice one,Congrats.
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05/24/2012 03:37:30 PM
Congrats, a beautiful scene. The mountain light and the mama elk tie it together.
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05/24/2012 11:21:53 AM
Wonderful picture, Richard! Truly excellent!

Message edited by author 2012-05-24 11:22:01.
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05/24/2012 09:16:06 AM
The foreground elk, who is NOT pleased with you, makes the shot for me. Well, that and the lovely light. Nicely done!
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05/24/2012 06:08:58 AM
A beautiful scene with immense depth and so rich in detail! Again, I admire your approach in presenting the real light and color. Congrats on another ribbon!
I keep coming back to see more details - just noticed the strange cloud formation to the right, they look like Mammatus clouds.
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05/23/2012 11:52:33 PM
Congrats and well done!
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05/23/2012 06:51:04 PM
A very engaging landscape. Well done.
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05/23/2012 04:57:56 PM
Landscapes can only do good here. This especially beautiful and it looks so peaceful and serene. Well done on a great shot and congrats with the red.
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05/23/2012 01:29:49 PM
Congrats Richard! An outstanding image.
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05/23/2012 01:26:53 PM
Long's Peak & elk, can't get any better. Another great shot and placing.
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05/23/2012 01:23:02 PM
Congrats on your ribbon Richard, this is beautiful.
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05/23/2012 12:44:46 PM
Great shot! The cow in the foreground makes it for me.
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05/23/2012 10:48:44 AM
Congratulations again Richard! The light is perfect for the timing of this scene. I bet the light on the mountain faded quickly and the elk changed positions as well right after the shot. Good for you on capturing this great moment.
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05/23/2012 10:06:38 AM
Really terrific. Such a nice switch up from all of the flower macros. Congrats.
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05/23/2012 10:02:08 AM
Congratulations on the ribbon. A well deserved result for this capture of life on the upper meadows at this time of year. I second what 21_N.gif Tanguera says about the light on the mountain.
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05/23/2012 09:52:40 AM
A typical calendar type shot. Very beautiful landscape. Congrats on the ribbon!
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05/23/2012 09:33:50 AM
You are SO owning the joint these days, Richard. Congrats! It's the light on the mountain that clinched the deal for me.
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05/23/2012 08:58:42 AM
Beautiful capture
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05/23/2012 08:42:38 AM
Beautiful landscape! Congrats!
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05/23/2012 08:35:14 AM
congrats.. this is really an amazing shot...
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05/23/2012 07:39:01 AM
Congrats on this beautiful Image and the ribbon. Well done!
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05/23/2012 06:16:01 AM
Stunning shot, Richard. Congrats on the beautiful landscape and ribbon.
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05/23/2012 03:52:26 AM
Originally posted by Art Roflmao:

Congratulations once again, Richard! This inspires me to download an elk brush for photoshop. ;-)

Hi Art, I confess I am not aware of anyone who brushes these wapiti. They shed their winter coats naturally. No ps needed.
05/23/2012 03:43:11 AM
Congratulations once again, Richard! This inspires me to download an elk brush for photoshop. ;-)
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05/23/2012 03:42:41 AM
Wow Richard, this shot is amazing. I didn't vote in this one but if I had, I probably would've given it a 9 or 10.
Congrats on the red!
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05/23/2012 03:40:09 AM
Love this
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05/23/2012 02:24:12 AM
I gave you a 9, a real marvel of a pic, Congrats on the ribbon.
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05/23/2012 02:09:20 AM
Congratulations, Richard. This shot is just beautiful.
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05/23/2012 01:48:33 AM
Fantastic image. Truly majestic.

My only complaint would be the bush on the left. Because it is similarly colored to the elk my eyes want to see what that elk is doing, but are let down when they find just a fuzzy bush.
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05/23/2012 01:46:07 AM
Gorgeous shot! congrats on the ribbon.
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05/23/2012 12:43:11 AM
This is one of my favorites of yours, Richard. It's sweet and real and immediate. Congrats!
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05/23/2012 12:33:10 AM
Originally posted by jagar:

Wonderful Hahn, I might come over and pester you for a walk one day.

That would be my honor. You'd enjoy my mountains of Colorado.
05/23/2012 12:31:43 AM
Wonderful Hahn, I might come over and pester you for a walk one day.
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05/23/2012 12:09:04 AM
Congrats Richard! Lovely image and my pick for blue. Thanks for the thumbs up on my image; much appreciated.
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05/23/2012 12:07:49 AM
You're killing it lately!

Great shot- really like the variety of the landscape between the elk, meadow, and Longs.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/22/2012 10:50:06 PM
wow.. I love this...
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05/22/2012 10:16:18 PM
Excellent!!
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05/22/2012 08:32:58 PM
wowza, one of my top picks
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05/22/2012 08:30:52 PM
Wonderful dof and natural color and beauty. (voted earlier, bumping up)
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05/22/2012 09:37:46 AM
An instant favorite in this challenge. The composition is sublime, the colors are spot on, and there is interest in every pixel.
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05/20/2012 08:31:05 AM
Very nice. Lovely use of thirds
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05/17/2012 12:46:33 PM
Stands out as a quality image.
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05/16/2012 06:55:44 PM
Wow. The use of mainly cool colors and the clarity combine to create a beautiful image. Good job.
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05/16/2012 10:26:15 AM
Great capture.
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05/16/2012 09:21:08 AM
This made me smile. I love the guy in the lower left like "HUH?" A nice change from all the flowers. 8
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05/16/2012 08:43:26 AM
Pretty incredible!
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05/16/2012 07:31:59 AM
WOW - amazing DOF! The deer looking at you really drew me into the scene.
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