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MichaelC


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Challenge: Free Study 2009-11 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Location: New Plymouth, New Zealand
Date: Nov 8, 2009
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Landscape
Date Uploaded: Nov 8, 2009

Mt Taranaki, NZ
Driving all day across the country, we spotted this as we were about 10km out of town. It was late and we wanted to make our hotel before dark. I wanted to shoot it there & then but there was too many buildings in the foreground, so I kept heading toward town hoping there would be a clearing, but their wasn't. For a moment we were so tired I thought "nevermind I'll shoot it tomorrow" but then I decided to have one last chance and took a side street just before the main street but it seemed to go on forever (just like this description). Eventually we came over the top of a crest & found this view.

With the last few rays of sunlight hitting the top I managed to get off about 3 sets of bracketed shots. For the rest of our stay in the area the sky was completely overcast and we were told by the locals that it is very rare to see the summit at all, let alone this clear.

I guess the lesson is never let a chance go by!

7 images combined in Photomatix
Then in PS a touch of Topaz adjust, levels, curves and NI
Cloned some small telephone lines & poles.

Read in the forums about the Adamus sharpening, so tried that.
Loved the border on Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_832080.jpg so tried that too.

Woohoo - long time between drinks....thnx everyone.

here is the first of the 7 captures (no +- exposure stops) converted to jpg & resized.
Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_838232.jpg

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 366
Avg (all users): 6.9379
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.8814
Avg (non-participants): 7.0930
Views since voting: 5280
Views during voting: 3641
Votes: 161
Comments: 30
Favorites: 25 (view)


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07/02/2015 08:20:04 PM
While you've ribboned in a free study, you know I haven't done that yet! This is stunning you sure do get around also!
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12/10/2009 05:36:54 PM
Congratulations on your red ribbon. The shot is just awesome. I'm glad your persistence paid off so well.
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12/10/2009 05:10:25 AM
Represent! NZ! Good job mate :D
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12/09/2009 03:07:16 PM
Wonderfully postprocessed, and a great shot to start with, of course. Making that background purplish was a good idea.
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12/08/2009 08:22:22 PM
Originally posted by Nuzzer:

Great work - nice to NZ on the front page!


I completely agree, Congratulations on the ribbon. I have been down there a few times & I don't think I have ever seen the mountain that clear.
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12/08/2009 04:57:35 PM
oooh, I want to go there!

awesome photo!
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12/08/2009 12:29:00 PM
Excellent post processing! You really created a magical scene. Brought me right back to the book.
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12/08/2009 11:44:00 AM
Congratulations. Funny story, I was actually looking at this one last night, before the voting ended, while listening to a brass choir playing Gabriel's Oboe. It was a perfect scene for the piece and I thought, this should be on the front page. I was right. :)
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12/08/2009 08:46:10 AM
Gorgeous! Congratulations!
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12/08/2009 06:57:40 AM
Beautiful, congratulations on the ribbon.
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12/08/2009 03:06:33 AM
SO glad you found a way to get this view! It's stunning.
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12/08/2009 02:35:58 AM
Wow! I gave it a 9 during voting. Your PP is awesome, such a dramatic change.
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12/08/2009 01:57:19 AM
This was my favorite in the challenge. Unusual color combinations for the landscape.
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12/08/2009 12:50:34 AM
Magnificent! Breathtaking, actually. Congratulations, Mike. You did a great job here and your effort was definitely worth it ((Hugs)).
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12/08/2009 12:37:59 AM
Well done and congratulations. Certianly a deserving ribbon-winner.
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12/08/2009 12:34:47 AM
Congrats....great landscape
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12/08/2009 12:10:56 AM
Great work - nice to NZ on the front page!
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12/08/2009 12:09:25 AM
Beyond amazing. Bravo!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2009 09:58:45 PM
Lovely shades of green and blue, one of the best in the challenge. 9
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12/07/2009 03:49:43 PM
Stunning view. Foreground feels too bright to me, and a little washed out. Overall the whole scene is a tad muddy in the way it's rendered. I'd love to see the original.
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12/07/2009 03:36:12 AM
Mt Egmont? Nicely captured.
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12/05/2009 05:09:36 PM
Incredible capture, this is simply beautiful.
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12/05/2009 01:29:39 PM
Great lanscape. Unusual colors. One of my top score. Good luck.
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12/04/2009 09:49:57 PM
Splendid photo! Wonderful mountain and a juxtaposed foreground. Great color and clarity. Top 10 in this challenge for sure!
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12/03/2009 03:33:26 PM
ooh!! I want to go there!! 9
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12/03/2009 01:56:01 PM
oh, my....stunning...wonderful lighting and processing
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12/02/2009 09:30:24 PM
Almost fits the title, but you are missing the dinosaurs. That would really be cool if you had some dinosaurs in this scene. Hey! I know! You could do it with PhotoShop! Oh, yeah... Darn editing rules.
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12/02/2009 08:58:10 PM
Great processing.
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12/01/2009 11:43:35 PM
I like this ...................
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12/01/2009 03:35:32 PM
Great landscape - excellent contrasting top and bottom of image.
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