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Solstice Stream
2nd PlaceSolstice Stream
giantmike


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Solstice (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark III
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Date: Dec 23, 2013
Aperture: 11
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/8000 - 1/800
Date Uploaded: Dec 23, 2013

What an amazing morning for shooting. I noticed the sky losing cloud cover the night before, so I crossed my fingers that the sun would shine brightly in the morning. It did :)

I drove around (it was -15F, before the windchill, so hell if I was going to walk) some rural areas in search of early morning light scenes. I found so many great scenes, I want there to be a dozen challenges right now to fit them all in.

This one was one of my absolute favorites. This creek was wide open, and at this spot, fog/steam was pouring off of it. The interesting thing is that along the rest of the stream, that wasn't the case. The sun was in the perfect position to be somewhat blocked, which means it's easier to get a wider range of light. Still, I employed exposure bracketing to combine in HDR later.

As I said, I really love this shot. It's very likely to be printed on metal and hung on my wall.

[Dec. 27th, 2013 01:34:01 PM]

Wow, gonna keep track of some milestones here. At 15 votes, I had an 8.07!! I have never seen a score this high with that many votes. I'm sure it will drop, but it sure is fun.

[Dec. 28th, 2013 12:33:10 PM]

30 Vote check in. Now it's at a 7.70. Still a great score! Hopefully it can stay up in that range for another ~70 votes.

[Dec. 29th, 2013 01:10:37 PM]

45 Vote check in. A little more of a drop. at 7.57. Votes 36-40 were particularly lower, bringing me down into this range. Obviously I'm still very happy. This is likely approximately the half way point for vote totals with recent voting trends. Let's see what the last half brings us.

[Dec. 31st, 2013 09:52:10 AM]

60 Vote check in. now at 7.51. Pretty steady for 15 votes. Would have been more steady if voter number 59 didn't give me a 4 :(

[Jan. 1st, 2014 08:56:34 PM]

75 Vote check in. What a sad set of voters :(.
Down to 7.40. I really hope the last 27 hours has a little happiness to bring this to be my highest ever scored image.


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Well, here we have it! My highest scoring image ever! Still cannot achieve that blue ribbon for some reason. Oh well, I'm happy :)

Thank you all for the comments and votes.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 37
Avg (all users): 7.4176
Avg (commenters): 8.1818
Avg (participants): 7.0000
Avg (non-participants): 7.5205
Views since voting: 1418
Views during voting: 200
Votes: 91
Comments: 27
Favorites: 1 (view)


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01/06/2014 04:05:15 PM
Beautiful shot. Congratulations on the ribbon and new personal best. Given recent temps in the area this stream has got to be frozen thick by now.
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01/04/2014 05:06:46 PM
An image from a beautiful dream. Wonderful
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01/04/2014 05:40:35 AM
Congratulations. Beautiful
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01/03/2014 04:02:09 PM
Your effort was so richly rewarded. Beautiful, and congratulations.
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01/03/2014 12:31:38 PM
Beautiful image Giant!
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01/03/2014 10:42:30 AM
Congratulations all round.
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01/03/2014 09:15:59 AM
Congrats on the ribbon; one of my top picks.
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01/03/2014 08:14:36 AM
Enjoy this near Madison, Wisconsin view..
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01/03/2014 02:45:16 AM
Congrats on the red. This is just gorgeous.
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01/03/2014 12:07:56 AM
Beautiful capture! Congrats on your red!
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01/03/2014 12:07:42 AM
And the blue still alludes you!
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01/03/2014 12:06:21 AM
Gorgeous. Congratulations!
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01/03/2014 12:03:46 AM
Well yay for your highest scoring image ever and an excellent image - it was my top scorer and I was rooting for even more but ya done good :)
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01/03/2014 12:02:10 AM
Wonderful hazy foggy morning feel to this. Congrats!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/02/2014 09:02:11 PM
If it wasn't for the challenge theme I would say too much sun. ;) But for this it works. Great composition and love the reflection.
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01/02/2014 04:32:27 PM
At what lattitude is this place? Lovely detail and coldly beautiful mood. 6
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01/02/2014 01:34:44 PM
very delicate and nice pastel color
bump
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01/02/2014 11:18:56 AM
Wow this is definitely one of the best
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01/02/2014 10:29:53 AM
lovely hallmark 8
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01/01/2014 04:28:41 PM
Beautiful! One of my ribbon choices.
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01/01/2014 10:53:34 AM
Looks familiar, a nice shot.8.
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12/29/2013 11:25:49 PM
Beautiful image. The sun, low in the sky, could easily be the solstice sun. The setting is sublime
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12/29/2013 02:59:13 PM
this sets me a-tingle.
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12/29/2013 12:47:46 PM
serene. very nice
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12/28/2013 12:29:47 AM
Wonderful atmospheric photograph. I'm less sure of the outer peripheries.
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12/27/2013 12:45:50 PM
Lovely.
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12/27/2013 02:10:13 AM
That really is the most beautiful editing 10
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