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Challenge: March Free Study (Advanced Editing I)
Collection: Landscapes
Camera: Sony DSC-F707
Location: Wellsville, UT USA
Date: Mar 15, 2004
Aperture: f 8.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/1000
Galleries: Landscape, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Mar 13, 2004

These are the Wellsville Mountains, the steepest mountains in the world. To clarify: the angle from the ridge to the base is the smallest of any other mountain range. There were enough clouds, and the light was interesting enough, that I decided to shoot right into the sun.

Processing (Photoshop): I used autocolor, and added a bit more contrast, then converted to black and white using the channel mixer. I then cloned out some weird stuff on the bottom: fence posts were only half there, etc. I dodged the light cloud tips and burned the cloud shadows. I also dodged the mountain snow just a bit, perhaps too much--but I like it so nyah! I used the smudge tool at 30% and stroked inward around the sun to reduce its brightness width. I used ISOX-Pro for noise. Cropped, sharpened, added a border, and viola! I hope it does well. I like it a lot.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 310
Avg (all users): 7.6984
Avg (commenters): 8.6757
Avg (participants): 7.5344
Avg (non-participants): 8.0690
Views since voting: 10307
Votes: 189
Comments: 83
Favorites: 80 (view)


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06/25/2006 04:54:50 PM
Great shot. I like how you captured the sun in this image with the clouds
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11/14/2005 07:58:04 PM
this is a gorgeous scene. just breath-taking. wonderful image and PS work.
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04/01/2005 12:03:32 PM
What a shot, I am just learning PS and it would be nice to see what you started with. Awsome photo!
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05/11/2004 05:46:17 PM
I was just bored and browsing through some of the challenges and came across this photo and noticed that you got some 4's 3's and a 2 for it and it blew my mind. My only guess is that these people are extremely jealous that they couldn't have done this themselves. Anyway, just wanted to say what a great photo it is. I would like to see the color version though, I am not the biggest fan of black and white.
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04/14/2004 04:55:18 AM
Way to go David!!! Awesome shot....
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04/13/2004 12:35:03 PM
You have much talent! I love the highlighted tips on the clouds. What fun you must have had with this.
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04/12/2004 02:49:30 PM
David,

Sorry I didn't get around to commenting on this during the challenge. It was one of quite a few tens I gave. Stunning work as usual :)
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04/10/2004 08:45:54 PM
What, I haven't commented yet? Many congratulations on (yet) another ribbon David. Worthy of Brian Kossof, if it weren't for the aspect ratio: obviously your studying has paid off :-)
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04/10/2004 12:21:21 AM
This is a very realistic reproduction of these mountains. I live at the base of them. Well done David.
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04/09/2004 07:54:59 PM
Somehow unrealistic the white spots in the mountains, throws me back to Ansels moonrize! Most importantly though a pleasure for my eyes and mind.

Message edited by author 2004-04-10 11:05:13.
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04/09/2004 07:45:24 PM
David... Congratulations on another ribbon. Once again your terrific landscape sits near top of my favorites for a challenge. We have GOT to get together for that Northern AZ photo safari. It will be a blast. If you haven't already taken Antelope Canyon it is a possibility.
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04/09/2004 06:39:04 PM
Great image! Reminds me of something Galen Rowell would have done.

Galen was IMHO the best at mountain photography.
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04/09/2004 10:59:49 AM
No surprise winner! Congrats!!! Well, you must be pretty used to this already! I still have ALOT to learn!! Well done to you!
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04/08/2004 11:05:36 PM
Congrats. This was my favorite image in this contest.
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04/08/2004 02:19:46 PM
I'm sorry I didn't come upon this as I was entering my votes. I can't believe I missed it!! Beautiful photo. I would have scored it 10!!
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04/08/2004 12:40:32 PM
I Knew this would win, and its well deserved. Beautiful image! Congrats!
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04/08/2004 11:39:18 AM
Congratulations, David, beautiful work!!! This is a classic (and classy) picture.

Ursula
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04/08/2004 11:38:00 AM
Beautiful WORK! I wish I had the time and knowlege it took to produce this! Do you give classes? You deserve the ribbon no doubt!
Cheers!
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04/08/2004 10:09:50 AM
congrats on the big blue :)
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04/08/2004 08:36:05 AM
Awesome image David. Congrats on the blue ribbon! :-)
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04/08/2004 08:16:38 AM
Congrats.
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04/08/2004 07:57:09 AM
congrats - well done
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04/08/2004 07:30:43 AM
This was one of my favorites Its so beautiful! Congratulations!
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04/08/2004 07:21:19 AM
Wow, this is one POWERFUL photograph. Congratulations on your ribbon!
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04/08/2004 07:18:03 AM
Yessssssssssir David! Woohoo! :-) Very well deerved IMHO!
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04/08/2004 05:11:22 AM
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Message edited by author 2004-04-12 08:46:11.
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04/08/2004 04:56:19 AM
Congrats on another blue David.

Well done.

Gordon
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04/08/2004 03:13:09 AM
good burning! well done
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04/08/2004 02:42:33 AM
Congratulation for another Blue Ribbon!
This is beautiful B&W, indeed! Well deserved.
This challenge is tough!! :D
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04/08/2004 02:23:51 AM
more congratulations, Sweetie.

Pedro

ps I would concur that the snow peaks (and maybe the clouds) were dodged too much - gives it a sort of cartoony look. still like it though. :)
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04/08/2004 12:58:27 AM
I have very mixed feelings on this one leaning towards the negative. However I must give you credit for making me think about it as much as you did. Somewhere between this version and the original is perfection...]

Anyways, congrats on the ribbon! Like Pits said, the majority rules.
TC

Message edited by author 2004-04-08 00:59:56.
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04/08/2004 12:46:48 AM
Thanks for all comments, positive and negative. I really like the shot, and I like so many of yours too. I'm really kind of surprised this did so well when there are so many photos in this challenge that I admire.
04/08/2004 12:44:38 AM
Well, wel...I'm sharing your joy for the top finish again! This is an awesome shot. You necer run out of good shots and creativity. You hav ethe stamp of an outstanding photographer. My congratulations!

Manny
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04/08/2004 12:41:15 AM
David,you got my 2,I bet its a nice photo without the burning,LOL!
Congrats on the first place,majority rules here! :-)
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04/08/2004 12:34:25 AM
Wow, David! What are you going to do with all those ribbons. Give some to me? hehehe...

Congrats on a fine, fine photo!
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04/08/2004 12:18:39 AM
Congratulations, amazing photography.
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04/08/2004 12:16:29 AM
I knew this was yours, reminded me of your "After Dark" photo. Congrats on another ribbon. Do you mind posting the original? We'd love to see it!

Great work, keep it up...

- Thamer
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04/08/2004 12:13:03 AM
Very cool photo. The contrast is really nice, and it's eye-pleasing. The sun does look a bit odd, but it's the only thing that detracts, if it does.
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04/08/2004 12:10:31 AM
Congratulations sweetie!
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04/08/2004 12:07:26 AM
Amazing shot David. A well-deserved win!
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04/08/2004 12:04:22 AM
Dsidwell, you are amazing. (Your photography is not too bad either). Congratulations on another fine work of art.
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04/08/2004 12:01:41 AM
congrats on another blue david!! Very good work again!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/07/2004 10:40:35 PM
visually stunning! 9
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04/07/2004 08:56:59 PM
Excellent but almost a little fake looking - especially the mountains...
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04/07/2004 06:31:56 PM
Goodness sakes - you went all the way to paradise for this image. Lovely tones - this would be great for use in any sort of inspirational context. Heavenly.
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04/07/2004 11:28:39 AM
really beautiful image, well-composed and works really well in b/w 10
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04/07/2004 04:20:33 AM
Lovely.
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04/06/2004 11:34:56 PM
Wow... very, very nice.
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04/06/2004 01:17:23 PM
Superb! A 10.A winner.
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04/06/2004 10:52:22 AM
F*%#ing awesome. Amazing. 11.
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04/06/2004 09:03:14 AM
Exquisite! The lighting is perfect. What a great capture!
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04/06/2004 08:39:05 AM
Lovely sky.
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04/05/2004 09:19:50 AM
Amazing image, dodged and burned very efficiently!! (10).
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04/04/2004 12:36:08 PM
BEAUTIFUL. I love the style. Great tones and contrast.
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04/04/2004 09:57:10 AM
Looks almost like a painting. Nicely done.
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04/03/2004 10:15:22 PM
I love the processing you did on this. Reminds me of a graphic novel. Very surreal. 10
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04/03/2004 12:54:18 PM
I may give quite a few 9s but I always only give one 10. And you're my winner this time! Great B&W. I can see to postprocessing, lots of dodging & buring here and it all fits in nicely. It's dramatic and well balanced. This will go in my favs! Keep on inpiring!
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04/03/2004 12:42:25 PM
Stunning image! 10
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04/03/2004 10:46:54 AM
Very dramatic, though just a bit dark.
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04/03/2004 07:53:50 AM
I love it, just love it!
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04/03/2004 12:49:31 AM
My interests lay in the lower half of this image wiithe clouds skirting the finely lit mountains....the source of the lighting and the top half I am not thrilled with but It is damn fine none the less.
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04/02/2004 08:17:59 PM
Composition and light are beautiful. The flare around the sun came out particularly nice. The only thing I'm hung up on is that dodge and burn in the mountains looks a little too heavy-handed to me. (If that's not what's happening on the peaks, sorry for the interpretation.) (7)
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04/02/2004 07:55:03 PM
Great shot, although a little bit more crop of the left would have been more effective.
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04/02/2004 07:24:08 PM
I thought you were dead Ansel? awesome i liked it when i just saw the sky/sun/ then saw the mountains and lighting absolutely wonderful!!! love the frame too... what can I say 1st place bar none!!!! 11
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04/02/2004 01:31:08 PM
Too much photoshop,not enough photography! Can't tell what is the subject here! 2
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04/02/2004 12:07:43 PM
I know the dramatic lighting of the mountains is artificial and brought out by creative post processing, but the result is stunning. This has got fine art print written all over it.

Message edited by author 2004-04-09 19:39:14.
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04/02/2004 11:00:15 AM
Beautiful work!
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04/02/2004 04:19:47 AM
Toooooo small... Want it bigger.... But really nice how the light reflects of the snowy mountains... 10
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04/01/2004 11:43:10 PM
intense light! very interesting and pleasing shot. i like it.
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04/01/2004 04:33:54 PM
Almost unreal - just superb, especially that raft of light on the slopes.
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04/01/2004 03:16:08 PM
Major wow! Blue ribbon.
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04/01/2004 01:48:23 PM
Cana't help trotting out the old cliche: "Majesticly beautiful." Once in a while"magestically beautiful" fits and this is one of those times. Perfect for b&w and all the technicals work well. Congratulations on a fine image.
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04/01/2004 01:35:44 PM
Absolutely beautiful - my favorite of this challenge. 10.
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04/01/2004 11:47:02 AM
wow, dramatic!
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04/01/2004 10:47:59 AM
Nice, very nice. Sharp, yet soft, gives it a dreamy texture, almost like it'd drawn and well drawn. Different.
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04/01/2004 08:39:42 AM
Very dramatic image, probably even more so in black and white. The tones are good, composition is excellent, looks like a nice place!
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04/01/2004 08:36:00 AM
Amazing picture, but it lookes heavily edited though. The lights and shadows look incredible, but not very real. If this is unedited, then you have a beautiful shot. If it is edited, then GREAT job with the editing. - 9
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04/01/2004 06:11:02 AM
Someone is getting very good at dodging and burning. Wi sh I could say the same for myself.
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04/01/2004 05:44:56 AM
way wy way to soft for my tastes - less is more with NI
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04/01/2004 02:09:19 AM
Wow!@! This is awesome. Was there some dodging and burning? I love the lighting.
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04/01/2004 12:59:52 AM
Feels like I'm looking at an Ansel Adams photograph. Amazing.
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04/01/2004 12:19:37 AM
Absolutely stunning, B&W really enhances the atmosphere and adds more power to it. What more can I say about a perfect scene/photo? Can I give you more than a 10?

Good luck...
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04/01/2004 12:16:04 AM
Black and white do justice to this photo. Great pic!
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