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the Crown Jewel of the National Park System
the Crown Jewel of the National Park System

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Challenge: National Parks (Standard Editing*)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark III
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Rocky Mountain National Park
Date: Aug 28, 2016
Aperture: 8.0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/500
Date Uploaded: Aug 29, 2016

It was a serendipitous morning. I was looking for moose, but found an elk harem at Sprague Lake, RMNP, instead. The rut has begun. Sprague Lake was an exciting visit for many tourists today. I can't think of a more beautiful spot for wildlife sightings, landscape scenes and lake reflections. Canon EOS 5Dmkiii, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, 1/500s@f/8.0, ISO 400, lens focal length 70mm. 8/28/16 8:55am.

[Aug. 30th, 2016 12:37:04 AM]

One person commented about cloning out the people. That reflects a misunderstanding of who owns the national parks. Must be from a different country.

[Aug. 30th, 2016 04:35:26 AM]

This image was captured on 08-28-16, after the speed challenge was announced. I hope DPC doesn't open up submissions to the "mining of archives" in the future. The motivation to pick up the camera and engage in fresh photography is an important element to the significance of this photography contest.

[Sep. 1st, 2016 02:44:54 PM]

The interface of the people and the wildlife/scenery is an essential part of the national park system. It would have been foolish and unethical and a misrepresentation to clone out the people and cars. The people are an important part of the story.

Place: 81 out of 131
Avg (all users): 5.7079
Avg (commenters): 5.6000
Avg (participants): 5.7759
Avg (non-participants): 5.5806
Views since voting: 132
Views during voting: 152
Votes: 89
Comments: 6
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/03/2016 08:13:42 PM
Somebody should call the Sierra Club, alert them to all the wonderful photos in this challenge. It's truly amazing. What a beautiful planet we have to live on. Thanks for posting this shot
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09/03/2016 12:39:49 PM
what a great shot. It looks like you had to battle very harsh light but it is still a good capture!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/02/2016 02:05:35 PM
So the Elk are back at RMNP (or do they ever leave???) Good capture, nice color tones
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/31/2016 09:42:43 PM
nice buck right in the middle of the photo. Good use of the rule of thirds. The people and cars are distracting
08/30/2016 11:21:46 AM
Such a lovely place as this can only be in Hahn territory :)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/30/2016 12:29:21 AM
Nice picture. You could have cloned out the cars and the people, they are really disturbing in this picture. Some PP to make it pop. A 7 from me

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