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Indian Peaks Winter
Indian Peaks Winter

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Challenge: Free Study 2012-12 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-1D X
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Indian Peaks Wilderness, CO USA
Date: Dec 29, 2012
Aperture: f/13
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/15
Galleries: Nature, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Dec 24, 2012

I hiked and snowshoed over 9 miles round trip to get this image. Got up at 12:30AM, then drove to pick up my best friend Brian, then drove more than an hour to Brainard Lake, then departed the car at the parking lot at 3:15AM, got to this location around 6:45AM, spent about an hour shooting and waiting for the light to become right. Got cold, packed up, and hiked back to the car. My original intention was to hike a little further than I did, but I ran out of gas, I mean calories. I hit a wall like never before. I almost turned around before taking any photos at all. I'm glad my buddy Brian talked me through so I could go just a little further to complete my objective.

This is two images blended together. I took a five shot sequence with images 1/2 stop apart. I used the sky from one and the land from another. When I got home and loaded my images, I did not think I had captured anything worth keeping. But after about 3/4 of a day of careful editing and advice from my former Long Shots teammates, I came up with what you see.

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Another era begins at DPC. Happy New Year and may you all have a happy and healthy 2013!

Place: 20 out of 189
Avg (all users): 6.4058
Avg (commenters): 8.0833
Avg (participants): 6.4421
Avg (non-participants): 6.3256
Views since voting: 567
Views during voting: 236
Votes: 138
Comments: 13
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01/08/2013 12:10:00 AM
6.40 so surprised, little under rated.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/07/2013 11:49:36 PM
beautiful, sharp image. love the tones and contrast.
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01/07/2013 11:46:12 PM
Very imposing mountains - the square crop is a good choice to display their majesty. Top 10
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01/07/2013 11:32:50 PM
Beautiful bw tones and detail.
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01/07/2013 06:39:38 PM
WOW, I think this might just be the winner. Great light, great comp and lovely PP. 10
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01/07/2013 12:45:35 PM
Great shot Dennis. Majestic, well processed and the lines work for me furthered by the conversion here. Clouds/hint of it rounds the sky off nicely as just the sky would have been a tad bland. Love the trees breaking the ridge framing the background mountains together with the Triangular shaped "theme" complemented by the trees as seen in the mountains. Strong image compositionally. No bling needed for this to catch the eye
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01/06/2013 06:19:49 PM
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01/06/2013 05:54:12 PM
Fabulous expansive scene and excellent B&W PP.
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01/03/2013 03:52:07 AM
wonderful b and w. great image 8
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01/02/2013 02:35:09 PM
Nice Ansel Adams style of image.
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01/02/2013 01:33:38 PM
Love the pristine snow and jagged peaks. Well seen and composed. Somehow, the nearly square crops works for this scene. The foreground trees lend a "soaring to the sky" feeling. 10
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01/01/2013 08:59:55 PM
Amazing detail in the rocks. Interesting how you brought some of the dark so down that they are clipped (in the trees).
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01/01/2013 07:25:41 PM
Fantastic. Love the B&W.
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