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Alexkc


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Challenge: Solstice (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D600
Lens: Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD for Nikon
Location: Madonna di Pietracquaria - Avezzano - Italy
Date: Dec 23, 2013
Date Uploaded: Dec 26, 2013

[Dec. 27th, 2013 06:22:34 PM]

Pretty cool!

Votes: 21
Views: 59
Avg Vote: 8.2857
Comments: 4
Favorites: 1

[Dec. 29th, 2013 08:13:11 AM]

Votes: 39
Views: 104
Avg Vote: 8.1282
Comments: 8
Favorites: 3

I could say that's it's holding. It won't get an 8+ score, but hopefully it will be my PB :)

[Jan. 2nd, 2014 04:57:18 AM]

Less than 20 hours:

Votes: 78
Views: 184
Avg Vote: 8.0256
Comments: 17
Favorites: 3

It never went below this score but it will be a 8- score. Still it can be my PB :)


[Jan. 2nd, 2014 07:35:04 PM]

Votes: 87
Views: 209
Avg Vote: 8.1264
Comments: 22
Favorites: 3

Can I believe it, can I believe it?!

Even before the end I can explain how this shot was born: I was at my wife's family place. There was thick fog, so after feeding my little boy I went out to reach the mountain pass in search of the sea of fog covering the plateau. Yes. The sea of fog was there.

So I started shooting some images. All of them pretty good but none of them 'special'. I was going back to my car when I saw this man walking, so I followed him and have been able to take 3 shots, this one was the last.

When he was away I tried to re-create the scene with my body in the frame, but the original one was better especially for the cloud/sun shape - you have to be lucky sometimes :)

[Jan. 2nd, 2014 09:08:50 PM]

Last but not least I have to say that I showed the image to a couple of friends - 21_N.gif tanguera and 21_F.gif pamb - those smart women had some important advice for me :)

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OMG - no votes below 6 - I love you guys! Best week ever here on DPC and best month by far :)

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 37
Avg (all users): 8.0968
Avg (commenters): 9.3182
Avg (participants): 8.0526
Avg (non-participants): 8.1081
Views since voting: 2378
Views during voting: 226
Votes: 93
Comments: 62
Favorites: 11 (view)


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02/01/2014 05:10:33 PM
Wow, just realized you got 8+ here! And no vote lower than 6! Congrats!
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01/07/2014 07:48:24 PM
Well deserved. This is a spectacular shot.
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01/06/2014 01:57:51 PM
whoa!!! No votes below 6?? That's so awesome!!!!

And look at the average of the commenters!

Huge congrats on your 8!
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01/05/2014 11:54:58 PM
Gorgeous image! Even the trolls took a break.... that must be some sort of record in itself... 'Grats on the blue!
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01/04/2014 05:56:39 PM
WOW! Look at those votes!!!! Well worth it brother! Such a great image!!! congrats on the very well deserved blue!
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01/04/2014 01:21:51 PM
I'm not sure which is more impressive... The image or the votes. Fantastic image, and it really rocked the vote. Congratulations one the Blue, the PB, and banishing all the trolls for a day.
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01/04/2014 11:05:50 AM
very cool image, My favorite.
Congrats
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01/04/2014 05:38:30 AM
Of course this had to win. Wonderful shot Alessandro and worthy of the blue. Congrats
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01/03/2014 04:17:38 PM
Congrats with this exceptional score. And the blue ribbon of course!
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01/03/2014 03:48:39 PM
What a fantastic image! Congratulations.
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01/03/2014 02:25:46 PM
Happy New Year Alessandro! It's so odd to see no votes from 1-5 on any image. A very rare occurrence for sure. Congratulations on this amazing photo and your new PB! I really like the way the sun actually looks like a real flare being shot off.
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01/03/2014 12:30:48 PM
Very special photograph. I was one of the (20) people that gave you a (9). (20)nines and (17)tens. That's a crazy good score!
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01/03/2014 12:15:06 PM
WTG Allesandro!
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01/03/2014 12:04:04 PM
congrats on another absolutely amazing photo!
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01/03/2014 10:20:32 AM
Congratulations Alex, it had to be, superb image.
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01/03/2014 09:51:11 AM
Congratulations on a fantastic image. You can cross off one of your 2013 goals.
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01/03/2014 09:24:48 AM
You are hogging all the blue ribbons lately! HUGE congrats on the amazing PB. Well-deserved .:-)
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01/03/2014 09:18:01 AM
Congrats; perfect shot.
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01/03/2014 08:43:50 AM
INCREDIBLE photo!!! Score well deserved; congratulations on the blue!
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01/03/2014 05:32:44 AM
Hugely deserved for a beautiful picture...congrats!
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01/03/2014 04:53:42 AM
Huge congrats man!!!!!!
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01/03/2014 04:01:56 AM
Originally posted by mitalapo:

p.s. Now you just need to win "Trees V" for complete domination.


Don't worry, unless it's a sub 6 podium, I won't win :)
01/03/2014 03:35:06 AM
You need advice, really? :-) Well done Alex! Congrats on the eight.
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01/03/2014 03:27:37 AM
Phenomenal.

p.s. Now you just need to win "Trees V" for complete domination.
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01/03/2014 03:24:45 AM
Wow, what a score! Congrats on the well deserved blue.
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01/03/2014 02:44:31 AM
Congrats on the blue Alex! Magnificent!
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01/03/2014 02:41:10 AM
Superb shot and amazing score. Well done Alex. You certainly are on a roll lately, must have been all the birthday wishes recently! Keep it up
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01/03/2014 02:07:57 AM
Wooooohooooooooo Alex!! Way-ay-aay to go! Congratulations on everything.

...and, you can stop now. I see no need for you to keep entering, what with all those 'not special shots' you're bound to capture in the future.... ha! ;D
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01/03/2014 12:44:37 AM
congrats on the new pb, Alessandro. never had any doubt.
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01/03/2014 12:14:52 AM
Congrats! Wonderful image!
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01/03/2014 12:11:41 AM
Wonderful picture!!! So what was the advice???
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01/03/2014 12:07:38 AM
Awesome! Congrats on the blue AND a PB AND an 8.0+ score! Well done!
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01/03/2014 12:04:41 AM
Congratulations on the Blue for this beautiful image, Alex.
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01/03/2014 12:04:05 AM
Always going to be the winner, congrats ALex well done, my kind of shot!
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01/03/2014 12:03:43 AM
Wonderful, wonderful image. Love it! Congratulations on the so-well-deserved Blue
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01/03/2014 12:03:25 AM
So glad this won, absolutely killer!
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01/03/2014 12:01:22 AM
And... I called it.

:) Congrats on the well deserved win Alex!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/02/2014 11:59:54 PM
This really should win... Awesome.
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01/02/2014 11:06:49 PM
I'm giving you a 7 for the very skillfully created Camp. It's quite lovely.
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01/02/2014 09:06:46 PM
Terrific leading lines with both the road and the cloud lines. Very dramatic in b/w too. Makes me want to walk along the road. :)My favorite in this challenge.
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01/02/2014 04:23:38 PM
Lovely and rare nocturnal landscape. Looks like an aerial flare - but why? 8
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01/02/2014 01:29:35 PM
Yes, filled with apprehensions. great tone and composition
bump
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01/02/2014 11:20:04 AM
What a fantastic black and white. This has so many layers. Just beautiful
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01/02/2014 10:28:33 AM
what lines 10
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01/02/2014 09:16:45 AM
beautiful
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01/01/2014 11:30:25 AM
I'm a sucker for B&W with nice velvet blacks. Everything comes together in this to tell an interesting story. 10
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01/01/2014 10:51:56 AM
I want to see this in the top ten please.9.
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12/31/2013 06:11:10 PM
I feel like I'm just about to experience something amazing, something out of this world, love this, and it's my fave for the challenge!
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12/31/2013 11:15:40 AM
Wow, this is extremely cool!
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12/30/2013 11:34:05 AM
Excellent image. This would be my pick to win.
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12/29/2013 11:46:09 PM
Alessandro, you have created an extraordinary image. The sense of scale, the perfectly placed cloud, the fog, and the lone hiker. To use one of your favorite words: EPIC
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12/29/2013 10:29:32 PM
What an amazing shot, this is stunning. It reminds me of the drive to/from Haleakala crater on Maui. Very nice. :) (haven't voted yet)
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12/29/2013 04:53:22 PM
Brilliant photo. Just gorgeous and indeed scary.
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12/29/2013 12:52:37 PM
Simply incredible. This is by far the most on topic and well composed piece in this competition; so very well done. if the scale went to 20 it would be a 20.
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12/29/2013 09:30:29 AM
This is a magnificent shot. Good luck!
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12/29/2013 07:12:53 AM
Wonderfully atmospheric. A ribbon choice from me.
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12/28/2013 09:00:49 PM
Best in show award, congrats
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12/28/2013 12:48:55 AM
A beautiful image with its undulations and fog and the man walking away from the viewer in the distance. The contrail even enhances the rayed sun. The figure-like silhouette on the hillside horizon adds a further note of mystery. One of my favorites.
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12/27/2013 07:54:20 PM
Already voted coming back to comment. Love this image. The darkness reflects the cold nature of winter, the lone person adds mystery.
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12/27/2013 12:45:20 PM
Pretty damned good, congrats.
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12/27/2013 08:54:52 AM
Oh, this is a magnificent view
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12/27/2013 02:16:43 AM
oh my, this is so amazing!! Where is this, what beautiful light! 10
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