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Ansel of Arabia
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Ansel Adams III (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D300s
Lens: Nikon AF Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G IF-ED DX
Location: Liwa, UAE
Date: May 14, 2012
Aperture: 8.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/320
Date Uploaded: May 14, 2012

I got this shot near the Liwa Oasis, which is in the UAE near the border of Saudi Arabia. It was 118 degrees that day, and it's about a 3 hour drive into the middle of nowhere, but they're the most beautiful dunes in the country. I had about a 30 minute window with the light to get the really nice shadows on the ripples, and luckily I arrived just in time to get some good shots.

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Holy cow... I would have never guessed that this would have done so well! I also never even thought about getting a score of 8+!! I'm guessing this is going to be my high score pretty much forever...

Thanks so much to everyone for the comments and votes, it's been an awesome week!

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Statistics
Place: 1 out of 97
Avg (all users): 8.2411
Avg (commenters): 9.2000
Avg (participants): 7.8043
Avg (non-participants): 8.5455
Views since voting: 3664
Views during voting: 328
Votes: 112
Comments: 47
Favorites: 17 (view)


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09/21/2012 06:10:38 AM
Pure awesomeness!
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05/30/2012 11:42:32 AM
This is absolutely gorgeous! Congrats!!
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05/29/2012 06:15:31 PM
Beautiful, congratulations
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05/29/2012 12:34:12 PM
Awesome!
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05/29/2012 12:43:22 AM
Gorgeous image!!!!!
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05/28/2012 11:05:42 PM
A wonderful image to be proud of, congrats!
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05/28/2012 04:02:09 PM
Amaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing! Congratulationssssss!!!!!!!
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05/28/2012 03:37:12 PM
Gorgeous, it reminded me of the White Sands National Monument in New Mexico
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05/28/2012 01:29:21 PM
A breathtaking image!
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05/28/2012 11:34:47 AM
Just wonderful. I love sand and shadow images and Cape Cod can be a pretty cool place to take them at certain times of year, but the sheer scale of this and the sweeping wind swept lines is in another class altogether. Congrats on the wonderful score and the well deserved blue ribbon.
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05/28/2012 10:55:07 AM
I also thought this would be the winner What a great shot and a great score. Congrats! Must feel strange to get an 8 vote and have your score drop!
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05/28/2012 10:37:32 AM
Hypnotic. Congrats on the monster score and the blue.
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05/28/2012 10:27:14 AM
Congrats to you.
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05/28/2012 09:29:03 AM
This one really belongs in a galley, or at least in DPC Prints.

It would be a shame, if it was only ever an 800 pixel screen image. I enjoy just sitting and looking at this.
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05/28/2012 08:29:07 AM
Congratulations! This is my pick for blue and my fav.
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05/28/2012 05:50:04 AM
Grandiose!
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05/28/2012 02:58:27 AM
Congrats, this was a worthy winner.
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05/28/2012 02:56:50 AM
really nice.. i missed the voting.. congrats..!
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05/28/2012 12:34:24 AM
Heck of a score (and rightfully so)! Congrats on your blue. This image is beautiful.
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05/28/2012 12:22:55 AM
Wow...great score. Nicely done! :)
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05/28/2012 12:12:54 AM
This is a beautiful image. Congratulations on the Blue Ribbon.
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05/28/2012 12:11:41 AM
Congratulations on your well deserved blue ribbon. I can't do more than give my competition a "10" vote and a strong supportive comment. This really looks like an AA. Well done!
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05/28/2012 12:10:55 AM
Not a vote under 5! VERY impressive! Congrats!
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05/28/2012 12:08:39 AM
Not a surprise, right place at the right time, how can we compete. Congrats.
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05/28/2012 12:06:20 AM
I kinda figured this would win, or hoped anyway. It's nice to see a lower-key Ansel getting its time in the sun :-)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/27/2012 07:28:52 PM
My pick for the blue. 10!
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05/27/2012 07:04:22 PM
When I think of Ansel I think of localized high contrast, crispness, and an extensive tonal range, and this nails it on all fronts. It's a stunning photo in its own right, and ideal for this challenge. Well done.
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05/27/2012 02:55:05 PM
Calming
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05/27/2012 02:23:57 PM
spectacular. 10
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05/27/2012 12:18:32 PM
A classic beauty - hard to beat the great lines and shadow play of dunes like these. Maybe a bit over-sharpened for my taste but terrific anyway. One of my top 10.
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05/27/2012 04:40:16 AM
Super mono conversion - a strong, bold image that invites the viewer to stay and explore.
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05/26/2012 02:07:51 PM
This is a beautiful image regardless of the challenge. The tones and dof are spot on. Voted earlier - bumping up.
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05/26/2012 12:24:25 PM
Love it. Very nice.
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05/25/2012 11:40:50 PM
Lovely range of tones, beautifully processed. One of the best in this challenge.
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05/25/2012 08:02:01 PM
Beautiful!
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05/23/2012 12:00:48 PM
Taking the zone system into account here, I miss true black, something you could have had. Sorry, 8.
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05/23/2012 09:54:53 AM
Perfect light for this shot to really show off the curves and details.
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05/23/2012 02:01:21 AM
Top 3
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05/23/2012 01:56:05 AM
Pristine. This is a great image, it made me stop and check out the details. Good luck in the challenge.
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05/22/2012 02:02:35 PM
There's just some Photographs that deserve a 10 because they're great.
Yours happens to one of them.
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05/22/2012 08:08:43 AM
This really looks like an AA. Very interesting detail and wonderful tones. Good job on the sky, too. Some of the shadow detail in the deepest part of the dune shadow is lost, but it adds to the mood and interest. Well done! Should be a ribbon contender. 10
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05/22/2012 02:59:15 AM
Aha we have a winner, most likely.
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05/21/2012 02:47:06 PM
Very well done. One of my favorites.
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05/21/2012 01:25:32 PM
Perfect! I absolutely love this - 10
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05/21/2012 08:02:36 AM
I am mad for this. Perfect wide angle focus and depth of shadows and light. ( I would have cropped that that wisp of a cloud, but it's hardly worth mentioning. )
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05/21/2012 03:08:32 AM
What a beautiful image!
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05/21/2012 12:47:54 AM
10 and my top for the challenge
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