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Challenge: Free Study 2012-01 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, CO
Date: Jan 5, 2012
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 100
Shutter: 0.5s 0.2s 0.3s
Galleries: Sky, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Jan 5, 2012

The enigmatic Altocumulus Lenticularis. A monstrous mountain wave cloud tonight. 01/05/2012 at 5:02 PM. As seen from the pullout on Trail Ridge Road, near Deer Ridge, on the south side of Deer Mountain, RMNP, Estes Park, CO.

Bigger version here.

Has been published at these places, so far:

Earth Science Picture of the Day for January 30, 2012.

Estes Park News front page, above the fold, on 01/13/2012

Our Amazing Planet on January 30, 2012

Wordlesstech.com on January 31, 2012

Yahoo News on 01/31/2012

MotherNatureNetwork on 01/31/2012

Daily Eye Wonder, ABC/Ch7 01/31/12

Well, that is a lot of publication of an image of mine which has not yet been in the DPChallenge competition.

Below is my answer to an inquiry from MSNBC.com:
Canon 5D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L, f/11, ISO 100, three bracketed images (0.5s, 0.2s, 0.3s). Tripod mount. The three images were blended in NikSoftware's HDR Efex Pro. The goal/objective of my photography was to produce an image that closely matched what I saw with my eyes.

The three bracketed images were captured "straight through the lens". No one image retained all the detail in the shadows AND the highlights. But, the blended HDR image generated a satisfactory histogram. My estimate is the dynamic range of the scene between blackest shadows and brightest highlights was about 8 stops of light, hence the need for the HDR process. I did have soft grad ND filters with me, but did not have time (or rather, I didn't risk the extra time) to use the ND filters. Mostly, I exposed for the highlights and prayed for the shadows.

[Feb. 2nd, 2012 03:22:52 PM]

Discovery News 02/02/12

[Feb. 4th, 2012 01:53:02 PM]

Best Earth Images of the Week - Feb. 3, 2012

[Feb. 4th, 2012 05:19:43 PM]

The Best Science Photos of the Week - Feb. 4, 2012

[Feb. 7th, 2012 11:17:08 PM]

Thanks for the generous votes and the comments. I presented the image just like I saw it with my own eyes.

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Most popular in January as Viewer's Choice

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 287
Avg (all users): 7.2208
Avg (commenters): 7.7500
Avg (participants): 7.0811
Avg (non-participants): 7.5814
Views since voting: 4786
Views during voting: 297
Votes: 154
Comments: 72
Favorites: 20 (view)


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12/11/2012 07:03:08 AM
That is quite a shot and congrats on the publicity
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12/02/2012 01:41:58 PM
He he, it's going to look kind of funny with all these belated comments brought on by the "Look Back" side challenge ;)
I remember this one well Richard, such a special beauty and one to be very proud of :)
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12/02/2012 04:51:54 AM
Wonderful image Richard.
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12/02/2012 03:33:22 AM
all about being in the right time and teh right place with your camera ready to go well done on a great capture, natures beauty is truly awe inspiring
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12/02/2012 12:40:12 AM
No one captures clouds like you Richard and this is one of your best!
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12/01/2012 11:44:42 PM
An already famous shot. Such a fantastic find, and done well.
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12/01/2012 10:40:40 PM
I remember this image. Absolutely splendid in every way.
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12/01/2012 03:59:43 PM
Very impressive. Wonderful processed!
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12/01/2012 03:16:08 PM
Hey, it didn't even do too badly on DPC. Every now and then the voters appreciate something as much as the rest of the world. Or almost as much, anyway.
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12/01/2012 12:53:21 PM
Wow, what a cloud! Incredible color, light and especially shape and flowing lines.
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12/01/2012 12:13:19 PM
The title seems so appropriate for a challenge in December. Let's hope you are not a good prognosticator :) I know you went through a lot this year so I hope that 2012 ends on a positive note for you and your family.

Beautiful scene - that cloud is so fascinating. I've never seen anything like it.
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12/01/2012 09:32:57 AM
Fantastic shoot. Easy to see why it has been published so broadly.
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12/01/2012 09:26:47 AM
WOW this is absolutely beautiful. You did an awesome job.
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12/01/2012 09:20:53 AM
This is so surreal! Loved it then (gave it a 10), still love it now!
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12/01/2012 08:56:44 AM
A gorgeous image. I remember this one well.
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02/13/2012 06:08:31 AM
Congratulations, Richard for the yellow ribbon, but even more so for the widespread publication it has had. It's a brilliant shot.
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02/10/2012 11:07:47 AM
Excellent reward for this stunner, Richard! Congratulations!!!
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02/09/2012 05:38:07 AM
congrats on the yellow ribbon .. it really is the most amazing image .. and congrats also on all the publications .. you must be very proud of this photograph .. :) ..
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02/08/2012 09:35:38 PM
Richard, congrats on both a beautiful capture and your ribbon!

Dave
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02/08/2012 06:55:27 PM
Absolutely fantastic!!!
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02/08/2012 06:33:12 PM
Way to go!
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02/08/2012 04:02:54 PM
Congratulations! Stunning capture!
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02/08/2012 11:21:32 AM
Congrats on the ribbon.
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02/08/2012 09:39:04 AM
Thought this might be yours Richard! I can almost always identify the RNMP terrain. What an awesome catch! Congratulations on your ribbon and for getting published so many times!
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02/08/2012 09:15:37 AM
Stunning capture!
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02/08/2012 08:55:45 AM
one of my all time favorite pictures at DPC!
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02/08/2012 08:49:47 AM
Congrats on the ribbon! Well deserved. But, more importantly, congrats on all the press!
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02/08/2012 08:07:40 AM
My word, that is a spectacular image. Never voted on this challenge, so seeing it for the first time. Simply outstanding...and frightening!
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02/08/2012 07:46:25 AM
Congrats Richard, a stunning image. I love landscapes but never seen clouds like that!
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02/08/2012 07:29:37 AM
Richard, beautiful sweeping sky! Congrats on much deserved ribbon!
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02/08/2012 07:13:30 AM
congrats on the yellow
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02/08/2012 05:37:33 AM
Outstanding capture, congrats on the yellow!
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02/08/2012 04:46:00 AM
Fantastic. What a breathtaking, huge lenticularis!
Your stunning landscapes from the Rockies have been inspiring me for years. This one... what a gem. I'm glad it has been seen and appreciated by so many people and I'm sure it will gain even more popularity (where is National Geographic?). Congrats on the ribbon, so well deserved!
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02/08/2012 04:15:11 AM
Absolutely incredible cloud formation and color. Epic, really ... and no wonder it's been published by so many. Congrats on the Yellow.
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02/08/2012 03:48:21 AM
You just might get this published somewhere. ;-) Congrats!
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02/08/2012 03:35:07 AM
Richard, this is stunning. Congrats on the ribbon and all the well-deserved attention this image is getting.
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02/08/2012 02:57:01 AM
I'm afraid I only this a 6. I wish I had the chance to review my votes before rollover, would have bumped it up at least two points. Sorry about that.
But WOW. Incredible image! Congrats on the yellow!
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02/08/2012 01:53:54 AM
Congratulations!!!!
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02/08/2012 01:52:08 AM
Congrats on your ribbon!
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02/08/2012 01:29:58 AM
Congratulations. This would probably have been my favourite due to the cloud which you have captured probably in the best possible way.
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02/08/2012 01:21:53 AM
Wow, congrats Richard on the ribbon!
I had a feeling it was yours. Definitely my favorite in the challenge.

And congrats on all the other accolades, too. this shot really is deserving of it.
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02/08/2012 01:19:06 AM
Amazing clouds, beautifully captured. 'Grats on the yellow, and all the other recognition.
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02/08/2012 12:57:03 AM
Wd on the yellow (for Red skies). Lovely scene well captured.

Message edited by author 2012-02-08 00:57:47.
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02/08/2012 12:22:29 AM
very remarkable scene. well captured. congratulations on the yellow.
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02/08/2012 12:15:18 AM
Great image, and you knew just how to photograph it too. Well done, and congrats on the 7+ score, not to mention all the publicity with it.
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02/08/2012 12:14:54 AM
Beautiful shot Richard, guessed it might be yours. The clouds really make the shot, I'm jealous the clouds never cooperate that way for me....
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02/08/2012 12:14:38 AM
Deserved the blue in my book! Never seen clouds like that which makes this image extra special. Well done and congrats, Richard!
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02/08/2012 12:08:26 AM
Your are on a roll, didn't see this one. Well done.
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02/08/2012 12:04:55 AM
WOW... very nice :)
Congrats :)
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02/08/2012 12:03:09 AM
Whoa, this was yours... Way to go! Great FS finish.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/07/2012 10:44:08 PM
The cloud is fantastic, I've never seen one quite like it, though I am familiar with lenticular skies...

Message edited by author 2012-02-08 00:09:46.
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02/07/2012 04:00:22 PM
Surely ribbon contender. Fantastic cloud formation and superbly clear. Good luck with this one, it sure is wonderful.
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02/07/2012 08:58:49 AM
Wonderful cloud!
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02/07/2012 07:49:57 AM
One of the best....
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02/06/2012 10:36:13 PM
Wow, what a cool sight.
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02/06/2012 09:24:42 PM
Awesome
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02/06/2012 05:41:42 PM
Like a Grand Canyon in the sky.
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02/06/2012 05:31:59 PM
Amazing sky! Just beautiful.
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02/05/2012 11:20:43 AM
That sky is phenomenal, wonderful capture, a really goregeous scenery/sky shot.
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02/04/2012 09:33:53 PM
Wow. Fantastic shot. Wondering where this was shot.
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02/04/2012 06:55:19 PM
Love the cloud.. quite amazing :)
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02/04/2012 11:14:54 AM
awesome shot the clouds are great 9
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02/03/2012 12:26:53 PM
Wow, those clouds are amazing.
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02/02/2012 08:53:31 PM
A very foreboding sky. Great catch!
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02/02/2012 08:50:44 AM
Beautiful! Stunning display!
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02/02/2012 08:37:55 AM
WOW - that is awesome.
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02/02/2012 08:19:33 AM
whoa, now that is a cool cloud, what a wonderful capture, love the colors too and such nice depth here
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02/02/2012 06:54:30 AM
Amazing it is,nice capture.
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02/02/2012 05:43:05 AM
my favorite in the challenge. looks like hahn23? whether it is or not, a fantastic shot. (voted earlier)
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02/01/2012 09:53:58 PM
OMG .. this is amazing .. that cloud formation looks really scarey .. like the approach of some incredible storm .. awesome photograph ..
not voting right now .. :)
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02/01/2012 08:30:24 AM
Amazing cloud. Wondering how it was done.
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02/01/2012 01:49:06 AM
uh WOW
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