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Vasquez Rocks
2nd PlaceVasquez Rocks
Telehubbie


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Ansel Adams (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 28-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Location: Vasquez Rocks, Agua Dulce CA
Date: Mar 5, 2005
Aperture: 6.3
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Landscape, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Mar 6, 2005

This rock has been used in TONS of movies, tv shows and videos, but mostly on the other side of it. I wanted to do a different angle than what everybody else has seen. It's my first time attempting Ansel-style b/w photos. I almost took off work and drove 6 hours up to Yosemite to try to recreate one of Ansel's photos, but my wife talked some sense into me. "How much do you win in this contest again?" So I picked a local landmark.

Let's see if I can remember the steps:
Selected the sky and darkened it a bit (used a polarizer on the lens, but wasn't enough)
Shadows/highlights adjustment
Cloned out two small distracting bright rocks in a shadow.
Brightness/contrast adjustment
Desaturate
Cropped a tiny bit off the left
Added border
Neat Image
Save for web

Lens used: Canon 28-135 IS

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 292
Avg (all users): 7.1641
Avg (commenters): 8.7931
Avg (participants): 7.1074
Avg (non-participants): 7.2430
Views since voting: 10366
Votes: 256
Comments: 64
Favorites: 18 (view)


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06/21/2005 02:55:07 PM
Great photo, didn't they shoot a Star Trek episode here? We are headed out there next spring- (cross fingers) to do some shooting. Love the clouds. And remember....Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, creation is the greatest sense of accomplishment. Or something like that, great job in creating a unique image.
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03/16/2005 12:50:56 PM
beautiful pic
nice sky and contrast
congrat
jack
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03/16/2005 11:54:35 AM
it's more than amazing shot, i loved it so much.
thanx to you for making my eyes enjoing such a scene..
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03/15/2005 09:18:47 PM
OMG! I see those rocks every day from my window. You did an absolutly amazing job capturing them. Keep up the great work ;-)
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03/15/2005 06:31:21 PM
I have photographed Vasquez Rocks a few times and I must say this is an outstanding Photograph!

Excellent work and a well deserved ribbon.
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03/14/2005 10:38:47 PM
Congrats on your first ribbon. Very impressive.
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03/14/2005 09:00:02 PM
Congratulations on your first ribbon with this well captured image beautifully presented!
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03/14/2005 01:39:01 PM
Mrs. hubbie was right! Beautiful job, congrats on the Red.
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03/14/2005 12:31:00 PM
A well deserved ribbon. Congratulations.
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03/14/2005 12:27:27 PM
Congrats on this beautiful photo! You really captured the heart of Vasquez in this one... excellent job!
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03/14/2005 09:16:14 AM
Congrats on the ribbon in a tough challenge. Awesome photo!! I want to go there! :-)
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03/14/2005 07:24:09 AM
Congrats on the ribbon, just an awesome pic.
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03/14/2005 05:58:04 AM
congrats on the ribbon, well done it's a nice shot.

debbie
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03/14/2005 05:40:14 AM
well done, a quality shot !
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03/14/2005 02:12:36 AM
This is exceptionally rich and strong. beautiful conversion. Congratulations!
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03/14/2005 02:04:34 AM
Great submission!
Tones and levels on this are first rate!
Congrats on the Red!
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03/14/2005 01:49:01 AM
I am so glad this one ribboned. Congratulations !
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03/14/2005 01:35:58 AM
Congrats, well deserved ribbon :)
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03/14/2005 01:14:45 AM
Congratulation Marc! Well done!
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03/14/2005 01:03:46 AM
very nice! well done!
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03/14/2005 12:36:55 AM
Thank you everybody who voted, and for all of the great comments I received. What an honor to score 2nd in an Ansel Adams contest and amongst such incredible entries! This is too "surreal."

Message edited by author 2005-03-14 00:41:49.
03/14/2005 12:31:41 AM
You did it!!! You got your ribbon !!! :)
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03/14/2005 12:31:39 AM
Congrats Marc.
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03/14/2005 12:29:20 AM
I was your first 10, maybe ...I knew this would ribbon, Even in this great challenge with so many contenders.
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03/14/2005 12:23:16 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon for a great and wel deserved shot.

This was one of my personal top three picks for this challenge.

Message edited by author 2005-03-14 00:39:44.
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03/14/2005 12:22:56 AM
This was actually my pick of the litter. Great shot. Well deserved ribbon.
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03/14/2005 12:17:41 AM
Gorgeous. Congrat's on your first ribbon. Here's to many more.
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03/14/2005 12:12:49 AM
Congratulations on an outstanding shot and finish.
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03/14/2005 12:12:41 AM
Super work! Congratulations on the ribbon!
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03/14/2005 12:12:01 AM
Congrats! I don't feel so bad about you having to envy other people's farms now. ;)
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03/14/2005 12:11:33 AM
Congratulations on your red in this hot, hot running challenge.
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03/14/2005 12:11:00 AM
Very, very happy for you and congrats on such a stunning winner!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/13/2005 08:25:40 PM
Outstanding. The sky has a strange tint to it but it doesn't take away from the overall appeal. - 10
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03/13/2005 07:57:16 PM
Nice! Love the tones here.. 9
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03/13/2005 02:14:14 PM
I would have lightened the lighter midtones just a tad more than here, but an excellent example anyway, especially the detail in the deep shadows.
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03/13/2005 10:18:29 AM
Very nice. love the angles
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03/12/2005 01:22:59 PM
One of my favourites so far.
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03/12/2005 12:49:12 PM
The tonal quality of this image gives it that Ansel Adams feel. Nicely done. <8>...Another look, and I'm boosting this to <9>.
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03/12/2005 01:03:48 AM
Burn the top corners of the sky into near black and this would be an almost perfect faux AA!
TC
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03/11/2005 06:28:54 PM
Wow, this is good!
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03/11/2005 02:12:28 PM
very nice!
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03/11/2005 01:05:14 AM
Great clarity. Love the whispy clouds.
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03/10/2005 08:30:21 PM
Good picture. May look better without shadows. 9
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03/10/2005 07:41:12 PM
Looks like a great time to take this photo, the light on the rock gives a great contrast of dark and light, Wonderful photo.
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03/10/2005 07:14:21 AM
Beautiful in all ways.
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03/10/2005 06:22:27 AM
I like this very much, nice tones.
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03/10/2005 01:41:12 AM
Great shadow detail and tonality of the sky!
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03/09/2005 05:55:11 PM
Something about this composition, I really like it. I suppose it is just its simplicity, with good lighting. Great job (10)
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03/09/2005 10:44:34 AM
Amazing sky - very good conversion to B&W
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03/08/2005 03:29:28 PM
This has Adams written all over it. You have great detail in the forground and have used the lighting to good effect. One of three tens from me.
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03/08/2005 01:01:41 PM
Sweet, lighting is great and its clear, high rated
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03/08/2005 10:07:46 AM
Wow! This is very, very good. One of my top picks. I love the subject (been there), composition, contrasts, DOF, and everything else. A 10 from me, and in my favorites it goes. Good job!
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03/08/2005 09:12:34 AM
Dramatic sky, good composition and light ... this is a beautiful picture ....
Good luck!!
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03/07/2005 10:24:30 PM
Absolutely beautiful... great contrast between the sky and rock it's almost 3-D looking. Well Done!
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03/07/2005 08:27:50 PM
Nice one, great DOP
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03/07/2005 07:14:08 PM
That is good. I seem to expect darker blacks and lighter whites in an ansel adams print...but i like your treatment better anyway. um...so how should I vote?
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03/07/2005 05:23:04 PM
Nice composition, exposure and translation to B&W. The position of the cloud over the upthrusting of rock is spot-on. Congrats!
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03/07/2005 12:38:11 PM
Awesome photograph!
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03/07/2005 08:41:46 AM
Nice
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03/07/2005 07:22:25 AM
thats cool, looks like one of those pics from iceland? :)
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03/07/2005 06:46:48 AM
What a wonderful shot! Very well done technically, incredible detail and great tones. Ansel himself would be proud of this shot. This should win a ribbon.
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03/07/2005 05:07:54 AM
Gorgeous subject and excellent processing. The rock itself seems a bit soft, but that's a minor critique of a beautiful photo.
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03/07/2005 04:20:53 AM
Strong sky. Strong light. Strong subject. All the right elements for a great Ansel Adams challenge entry. Love it. 9
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03/07/2005 02:38:31 AM
stunning ! 10
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