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To The Caves
1st PlaceTo The Caves

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Challenge: Make it Square (Minimal Editing*)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark III
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Date: Jan 1, 2017
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 6400
Shutter: 1/40
Date Uploaded: Jan 1, 2017

Well holy cow! After a hiatus from DPC, I come back to enter a shot I took on a little field trip I took with my son during his winter break, and it gets blue?!? My first blue! Wow!

This is at Cave of the Mounds state park in Blue Mounds, WI. They don't allow tripods (unless you setup a shoot and pay a good amount of money), so I cranked the ISO up to 6400 and shot handheld. Thank goodness for image stabilization!

I also got lucky because my battery injector was flashing during the entire 50 minute walk through the caves. I figured at any moment it would die, and I would be left with only the iPhone. Glad it lasted!

Place: 1 out of 57
Avg (all users): 6.9388
Avg (commenters): 8.4000
Avg (participants): 6.8000
Avg (non-participants): 7.1579
Views since voting: 857
Views during voting: 105
Votes: 49
Comments: 14
Favorites: 1 (view)

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01/11/2017 07:02:25 AM
Wowza! Beautiful image! Congrats on your first blue!
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01/10/2017 03:54:30 PM
Amazing photography and a nice welcome back. I am sure there are more blues to follow.
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01/09/2017 10:27:00 PM
For some reason, I had just noticed the day before this challenge ended that you had not received a Blue ribbon yet. And then the very next day, you got a Blue ribbon! Made me smile big. Congrats on your first Blue and hope you stick around. I've been to the Cave of the Mounds when I was a kid growing up in northern IL. Don't really remember it, but congrats on creating a great image from there.
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01/09/2017 10:50:46 AM
Fantastic image. I am surprised that you have not scored a blue yet. Congrats on the ribbon.
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01/09/2017 07:50:43 AM
Woohoo Mike, what a way to welcome you back eh! Great image, hard to believe it's handheld. Well done and congrats :-)
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01/09/2017 07:30:23 AM
this got an 8 from me, one of my favorites in this challenge because you need to look twice in order to get was it is going on. congratulations on the blue
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01/09/2017 06:25:34 AM
Congrats on the blue, Mike. That is a wowsome view! I love the ripples.
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01/09/2017 12:34:06 AM
Disappointed in your score but it's BLUE! Big congratulations Mike! The reflections made this shot.

Message edited by author 2017-01-09 00:36:01.
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01/09/2017 12:20:35 AM
My top pick and thought the score would have been higher, congratulations.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/08/2017 10:22:00 PM
I love this I gave this a 10. Beautiful
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01/08/2017 05:26:53 PM
wonderful light, composition and color!
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01/07/2017 04:39:55 PM
the reflection tricked me. Wonderful shot.
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01/05/2017 05:28:19 AM
really nice! top 10 for me
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01/03/2017 09:00:27 AM
Looking like an orchid. Very beautiful
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