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Organic Skyscraping
Organic Skyscraping

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Challenge: Free Study 2012-06 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Leica M9
Lens: Leica 21mm f/1.4 Summilux-M
Location: Mt Goliath nature area, Mt Evans wilderness
Date: Jun 22, 2012
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 160
Shutter: 1/180
Date Uploaded: Jun 24, 2012

After shooting for the Nature Abstract challenge, I kept walking on the trail and found this scene. I had to wait for the sun to get into position, and then the clouds were extremely cooperative! After another minute or two, the clouds had moved on. This elevation is around 12,000 feet above sea level and the clouds do not stay stable for long around these high mountains. I used a flash to fill in light for the tree, that's how I was able to get so much detail on the trunk.

Leica M9
Leica 21mm f/1.4 Summilux-M lens
Metz 58 AF-2 flash
LR4.1 and CS5 along with SEP2 for B&W conversion and CEP4 to add detail and contrast. Most of the detail work was in LR4.1.

Place: 11 out of 243
Avg (all users): 6.7477
Avg (commenters): 9.0000
Avg (participants): 6.6479
Avg (non-participants): 6.9250
Views since voting: 818
Views during voting: 208
Votes: 111
Comments: 14
Favorites: 2 (view)

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07/10/2012 12:27:19 PM
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07/08/2012 07:50:06 AM
Congrats on the top 20 Dennis! This is soooo good!
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07/08/2012 01:42:53 AM
Superb on all counts!!!
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07/08/2012 12:14:58 AM
Congrats Dennis! Image deserves more recognition and pure, realistic landscape work and love the B&w for this. Caba is right. Should have been top 3

Message edited by author 2012-07-08 00:16:18.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/07/2012 04:32:14 PM
Great exposure, love the textures and the sunburst.
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07/06/2012 06:52:48 PM
Starkly beautiful and that sunburst is wonderful. Lots of interest in this one for me. Voted earlier.
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07/04/2012 08:59:24 AM
The tones are awesome. Love the flare from the sun! 8
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07/03/2012 11:49:50 AM
Top 3
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07/02/2012 05:32:31 PM
My kind of landscape, although the distortion on the far left does detract for me
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07/02/2012 06:00:29 AM
Only looked through the thumbnails so far and this one caught my eye - I like landscapes so its not surprising but there is something special about this shot.
The composition is really nice and the blending of shots to increase the dynamic range has been expertly done. I doubt Photomatix was used - hope I'm not wrong, it looks more "natural" although it obviously is not. I can see a small halo along the top of the horison where land meets sky but its really insignificant compared to the beauty you have captured here.
Overall a superb job and I hope to see it on the front page!
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07/01/2012 01:24:07 PM
Superb image
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07/01/2012 11:33:20 AM
Really nice black and white. Great sky. I love the star behind the tree.
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07/01/2012 08:44:52 AM
Amaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing!! 10!!
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07/01/2012 12:31:31 AM
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