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Challenge: Free Study 2014-10 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Sony Alpha A580
Lens: Sony DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 Aspherical ED Zoom Lens for Sony Alpha
Date: Oct 11, 2014
Aperture: 8.0
ISO: 100, 100
Shutter: 1/500
Date Uploaded: Oct 29, 2014

Oh my, oh my. I've been watching my score sink, slowly but surely, all day - right up to the last vote with very few exceptions. From 7.2051 at 78 votes to 7.1161 at 112 votes. Haven't even looked at the final score. I was hoping for a ribbon, maybe even a red since I don't have one, but I never expected the blue. Thank you all.

This was a magic evening - a magic weekend, for that matter - and I'm thrilled to have this photo please so many. I took this when I was on vacation at White Sands, New Mexico. I was looking southwest. You're supposed to be out of the park at sunset and my husband and I had hiked back in quite a way for us, trying to get away from all the messy footprints and sled tracks; and I was afraid they were going to tow our car and leave us stranded plus give us a ticket or something. But I couldn't quit taking pictures. I had my husband go on ahead to the car - figured maybe he could talk them out of the tow or the ticket - and I shot and ran, shot and ran. This was actually relatively early and I was still on a tripod; at the end, it was all handheld. The sky was just glorious.

Thank you all for the comments and the votes. I'm thrilled.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 159
Avg (all users): 7.1171
Avg (commenters): 8.8889
Avg (participants): 7.0488
Avg (non-participants): 7.3103
Views since voting: 1446
Views during voting: 204
Votes: 111
Comments: 38
Favorites: 8 (view)


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11/12/2014 03:18:19 PM
Congratulations Nikki on the Blue ribbon! The light, the colors, the scenery is just magical.
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11/09/2014 07:41:29 PM
This is beautiful beyond words!! Congrats!
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11/09/2014 06:01:54 PM
congrats on winning the FS - the one they all want!
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11/09/2014 04:46:38 PM
One of the most beautiful shots I've ever seen of White Sands. I used to live quite near and spent a lot of time there. Congratulations...well done!
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11/09/2014 11:49:10 AM
Lovely image...congrats on the blue!
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11/09/2014 12:22:20 AM
Congrats!
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11/08/2014 07:25:42 PM
What a beautiful photograph! I've been to White Sands a few times, and is of my favorite places on earth. This is one of the best photos I've seen taken there. Congratulations on the blue.
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11/08/2014 06:53:28 PM
This place is in my list to visit soon! Congrats on the Blue, good for you for working this till the very end.
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11/08/2014 02:35:15 PM
Fantastic shot, Nikki. Such beautiful gradations. Huge congrats on a FS blue!
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11/08/2014 02:10:26 PM
Beautifully done. Congrats on a free study blue!
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11/08/2014 01:31:41 PM
Super super light! Congrats on your great blue.
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11/08/2014 11:53:56 AM
One of the most magical places in the US. Cory also won a blue for a shot he took here :) Congrats on YOUR blue!
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11/08/2014 11:03:23 AM
Congratulations on the blue!
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11/08/2014 10:46:44 AM
Way to go, Nikki!!!! Blue in a free study!! Huge congrats. :)
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11/08/2014 10:28:07 AM
So wish I could vote on this. But congratulations on a super shot. So glad it ribboned.
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11/08/2014 09:31:23 AM
Well deserved! So beautiful!
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11/08/2014 08:30:48 AM
Gorgeous!
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11/08/2014 07:25:58 AM
Congrats. Well deserved.
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11/08/2014 07:25:53 AM
Congratulations on the blue, Nikki. Gorgeous shot.
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11/08/2014 06:47:40 AM
Congrats for the well deserved blue!!!!

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11/08/2014 06:19:00 AM
Well done on a great finish and a beautiful photo.
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11/08/2014 05:55:42 AM
Well well well look at you, a blue in FS, WTG!!

Gorgeous image!
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11/08/2014 05:44:52 AM
breathtakingly beautiful. Congrats on your blue, Nikki.
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11/08/2014 03:38:05 AM
I'm also thrilled this won Nikki. Hill gradations are one of my favourite genres as shown with my 10. There's hope yet for simple and elegant scapes here.
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11/08/2014 03:02:05 AM
Nikki this is sublime! I am so happy for you, it is a work of art. Congratulations!
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11/08/2014 12:51:09 AM
Great job Nikki! Congrats on taking the blue!
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11/08/2014 12:05:17 AM
A blue in the free study. How awesome is that? Congrats!!!
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11/08/2014 12:02:30 AM
Well done Nikki! Beautiful image
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/07/2014 10:26:39 PM
This one is a wall hanger. Nicely captured. Love the layers.
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11/07/2014 10:11:14 PM
Beautiful, simple layers. Nice job.
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11/07/2014 07:58:24 PM
Beautiful! Top 4.
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11/06/2014 05:44:22 PM
Beautiful - It ties for first place for me with one other. Good luck!!
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11/06/2014 12:33:27 PM
sky echos land
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11/05/2014 07:11:12 PM
Beautiful light here, looks like a dream. I like it a lot.
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11/04/2014 11:53:49 AM
Wow, that is stunning.
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11/03/2014 06:19:30 PM
Sublime scape with stunning shadows and gradations.
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11/02/2014 06:35:54 PM
Crisp and lovely.
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11/02/2014 08:17:15 AM
So for me here is the blunt of my critique. Prepare...LOL. How the hell are we supposed to compete with this. LOL. Great image, and one I can seriously not find anything to critique. The image is beautiful, and the light is magical. I would of loved to have been there, I hope you took time to absorb the moment, and appreciate gods good grace. Good luck. One of my top choices.
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