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Pathway to Pikes Peak
Pathway to Pikes Peak

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Challenge: Ansel Adams (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Location: Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, CO
Date: Mar 3, 2005
Aperture: 20
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Landscape, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Mar 3, 2005

Ansel Adams Style
I took this shot during my lunch break (Intel is just over the hill from this location). I had some other shots that are better of Pikes Peak, but I wanted to have a strong foreground element to really mimic Ansel Adams. Hope you like it.
Canon EOS 20D, Sigma 20mm lens

Place: 9 out of 292
Avg (all users): 6.6911
Avg (commenters): 7.5600
Avg (participants): 6.4467
Avg (non-participants): 7.0275
Views since voting: 3760
Votes: 259
Comments: 37
Favorites: 10 (view)

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02/18/2007 12:57:31 AM
An unusually stirring photo. I don't know why, but when I first saw it, the woods scene from Wizard of Oz popped into my head. Good drugs in the 60s and 70s I guess.

Anyway...you have captured Mr. Adams style indeed. The main thing that he caught on film was an overall idea and complete feeling. In all of his pictures, even his earlier ones, there is a central object (yours I would think is the road) that first captures the essence of the print. But if you look at, or isolate, sections of the prints there is another story to be told. You have done that quite well.

I met Mr. Adams when he gave a "special" class in Glenwood Springs, CO back in the early 80s. He asked us to bring some of our favorite work and he would critique them. Some he obviously didn't like and he nicely told you how you could improve on them. Some he liked and he would tell you so. But for a very, very few he would tell you that he liked your photos... and give you a pat on the back. You would know you did extremely well. Myself... didn't get a back pat. With this photo... you would have!

03/15/2005 12:03:33 PM
Like it?...I love it! This one was my favorite of the challenge. Great work and congratulations on a top ten finish. I wish it would have finished higher for you.
03/15/2005 10:15:54 AM
A very nice shot, indeed!
03/14/2005 03:36:52 PM
Well done. This is a beautiful photo.
03/14/2005 02:12:15 AM
Congrats on your 10th place finish on this tough challenge!
03/14/2005 01:09:47 AM
bold light and strong tones and a good DOF range. Congrats on a top ten finish! maybe you deserved a higher placing in my mind
03/14/2005 12:42:18 AM
This is post processed perfect in AA's style. Perfect!
03/14/2005 12:21:24 AM
Congratulations on your top ten finish. Way to go.
03/14/2005 12:18:23 AM
Very dramatic and stark and quite beautiful. Congratulations on finishing in the top 10 in a very tough challenge.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/13/2005 11:19:33 PM
I love the tone of this picture. And greetings from a fellow Springs resident.
03/13/2005 11:13:14 PM
Really nice .. 10
03/13/2005 10:19:10 PM
Extraordinary. AA would be proud. 9
03/13/2005 09:24:57 PM
Perhaps a tad stark in contrast but attractive all the same. bumping up.
03/13/2005 02:04:01 PM
you've capture the dramatic lighting and sky, well composed, interesting subject... one of my favorites this challenge
03/13/2005 10:13:56 AM
03/12/2005 06:12:15 PM
Too much contrast imo. The title and AA appropriateness are on the numbers.
03/10/2005 07:55:20 PM
I love the bridge in this photo, works great with the background and makes it stand out from some of the mountain only photos.
03/10/2005 05:52:37 PM
Very good exposure!
03/10/2005 03:43:00 PM
Great feel here.
03/10/2005 12:50:24 PM
wish the bottom had more space. Otherwise awesome pic!
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03/10/2005 06:32:27 AM
I like this very much. good tones, sharp, just would have liked the tops of the trees in the shot. 8
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03/09/2005 08:43:41 AM
Nice compozition and good contrast.
03/08/2005 10:41:30 PM
Great tension in the foreground-all the elements are clear and dramatic. 9
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03/08/2005 06:24:00 PM
nice job of creating that moody atmosphere
03/08/2005 11:13:20 AM
lovely tones
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03/08/2005 08:45:54 AM
Very nice. The eye following over the bridge is a great vantage point!! Really an excellent photo.
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03/08/2005 07:52:23 AM
Very nice - top 10 I think
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03/08/2005 07:00:08 AM
I think you hit the contrast and style just right. The two trees on the right just overpower the image and make it seem cluttered instead of clean. Maybe just one of them forming the right border and a square crop would make it seem better.
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03/08/2005 02:34:11 AM
Nice composition , maybe the trees a bit sharped , anyway a very good photo !!!
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03/07/2005 09:57:47 PM
I like the way you create the Ansel path to follow and give depth to the image. Great job!
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03/07/2005 09:04:12 PM
Something about this shot I don't like. Oh ya, it's that I didn't take it. Very nice shadows and high lights
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03/07/2005 05:43:56 PM
Absolutely beautiful. Definitely has the look and feel of AA. Superb job on composition and processing.
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03/07/2005 01:22:35 PM
Excellent in all ways. Bear Creek area?
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03/07/2005 10:57:35 AM
Nice capture. Lotes of tonal ranges/ Like the steps from sky,peak, slope, trail, love the shadow of the rialinh and that craggy tipped tree. Good luck with this well composed representation.
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03/07/2005 10:29:22 AM
Great contrast anmd composition.
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03/07/2005 10:06:59 AM
Wow Beautiful one of my favorites
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03/07/2005 05:49:24 AM
Composition very good. Also like the editing.
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