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Sammie


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Lighting II (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Location: Sand Dunes National Park near Alamosa, Colorado
Date: May 22, 2005
Aperture: F5/6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: May 22, 2005

Editing: Crop, levels, select background - more levels on background, gausian blur 5.6, less contrast, noise removal, invert selection to dunes - contrast, saturation, noise removal - Deselect, resize, usm, save for web.

Taken today at the Sand Dunes.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 239
Avg (all users): 7.2254
Avg (commenters): 7.7000
Avg (participants): 7.0280
Avg (non-participants): 7.4245
Views since voting: 8925
Views during voting: 359
Votes: 213
Comments: 55
Favorites: 29 (view)


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04/09/2009 01:06:05 PM
Hi
I just can not say how great of a photo this is. Never seen your work before, you have some great stuff.
Tareq
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08/28/2005 12:01:03 AM
I just found this on your website and in a huge "fill the screen" size, it is simply more amazing than here. Just wonderful. I wasn't a member when this challenge was going on, but I'd have said 10 without a doubt. The light and shadow is just killer. Such a simple subject, yet the texture and movement is outstanding@!

I loved the bales of hay and the old buckboard on your website as well. You're one talented gal!!!
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06/03/2005 11:37:37 AM
I went down there last month to get photos, and it snowed! With gloomy windy weather, we came home. You got the perfect low-sun shot! Congratulations!
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06/01/2005 08:02:54 PM
i really loved this photo...a well deserved win...ROCK ON!!!
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05/31/2005 08:18:15 AM
Definitely a shot your Dad would have been proud of - and in my view is one position too low.

Granted, you can't go wrong with this kind of scene, but you've observed & composed it well. The lighting here is key - without the sensation being added later in PP. Lovely.
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05/30/2005 06:50:47 PM
This was one of my favorite shots..great lighting and composition.
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05/30/2005 12:43:45 PM
You're on a roill, Sammie! Very nicely done!
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05/30/2005 11:34:11 AM
Very unusual shot..almost surreal.
The dunes make an excellent subject for this particular challenge.
Congratulations on your ribbon.
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05/30/2005 09:04:07 AM
Wonderful shot of the dunes, My top pick of the challenge. Great shot Sammie.
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05/30/2005 07:44:06 AM
Hey Sammie! This is a really amazing, lovely photo! Wow!
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05/30/2005 06:31:03 AM
One of the few 10's I gave. Love the colors and sharpness.
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05/30/2005 04:19:57 AM
Great work Sammie! You now have one of each. It won't be long before you'll need a wheel barrow to carry all your ribbons home in!! :)
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05/30/2005 03:04:27 AM
good job!
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05/30/2005 12:57:26 AM
Congrats!!! A beautiful shot of our new National Monument. Cheers....Martin
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05/30/2005 12:32:11 AM
Congratulations Sammie on another ribbon. Great Photograph!
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05/30/2005 12:22:41 AM
Congratulations Sammie!! Just walked in the door and went right here to see how you did.
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05/30/2005 12:21:41 AM
Is this awesome or what? Congratulations on your red.
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05/30/2005 12:11:18 AM
Congratulations Sammie on Ribbon #3 - one of every color! Great shot, with really nice shadow detail.
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05/30/2005 12:08:05 AM
Sammie!!!! Congratulations!!!! This is one of the most amazing pictures I've ever seen! You are TOTALLY awesome!!!!!
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05/30/2005 12:07:54 AM
Beautifully captured and well worth the placing! Congratulations.
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05/30/2005 12:06:23 AM
Well done on this shot, congratulations.
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05/30/2005 12:01:56 AM
Congrats! I thought this might be a ribbon winner!
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05/30/2005 12:01:50 AM
Congrats Sammie!!!! Way to go!!! :o)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/29/2005 11:12:52 PM
I meed a drink! Very nice. 8
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05/29/2005 10:44:42 PM
great light structures
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05/29/2005 10:28:25 PM
Great landscape!
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05/29/2005 08:01:45 PM
Makes me think of White Sands, NM where I used to live. Wonderfully captured light and shadow, and love the nice, rich warm tones, but the very indistinct, hazy background of the mountains detracts somewhat from the overall feel for me.
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05/29/2005 07:39:05 AM
This is one of my favorites in the pack. I'm guessing a Top 3 Finish. 10
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05/28/2005 09:08:57 PM
beautifully captured!!
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05/27/2005 10:33:55 PM
Great shadows and texture,10
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05/27/2005 02:13:08 PM
Stunning, my choice for a ribbon.
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05/27/2005 10:00:48 AM
nice light/dark, good flow. just the background, well cropping would be nice, as the background isn't in focus anyway.
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05/26/2005 05:20:15 PM
this is gorgeous....you obviously live somewhere way more exotic than me
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05/25/2005 09:14:41 AM
Lovely capture here the low side lighting used to good effect.
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05/24/2005 11:05:08 PM
I love the foreground, but I would have cropped out the mountains in the background. They're too distracting.
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05/24/2005 02:10:38 PM
"And the Granular winner is ... " Oh, no, wait, this is Lighting. "And the Lighting winner is ..." 9.
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05/24/2005 09:26:30 AM
Very nice shadows off the dunes. I could have done with less of the back ground but that is just me. Good Shot
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05/24/2005 07:02:08 AM
Really nice shot. The wind swept dunes witht the contrasting light are an excellent combination in the photo.
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05/24/2005 06:56:58 AM
great lines and textures and shadows.
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05/24/2005 04:20:58 AM
top work here, great image, top 5
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05/24/2005 12:40:09 AM
great pic, but light still doesn't seem to be the focus, the dunes do.
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05/23/2005 09:34:45 PM
Beautiful place. Good capture. the exposure is perfect. (8)
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05/23/2005 08:39:00 PM
nice image ... in my humble opinion, it would have benefitted from slightly darker shadows and tighter cropping on top
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05/23/2005 07:49:28 PM
I like the light effects and the wind streaked look of these dunes.
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05/23/2005 06:42:35 PM
Super shot but a darker background may have helped.
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05/23/2005 06:18:40 PM
I love the lighting here. It looks like you caught it at just the perfect moment for the interesting shadows.
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05/23/2005 03:05:21 PM
So incredibly beautiful. You were at the dunes at exactly the right moment to catch them at their most beautiful. Elegant. And the light truly is the subject of the photograph. Well done. A 10 from me.
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05/23/2005 01:29:04 PM
Stunning!
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05/23/2005 11:27:24 AM
Outstanding use of natural light. Wonderful capture!
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05/23/2005 09:28:39 AM
Ah Sammie! Another ribbon for sure.
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05/23/2005 08:25:27 AM
10 Clearly the best of the pack! The light and shadow is fantastic.
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05/23/2005 02:40:14 AM
reminds me of shot Bradp did...gj
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05/23/2005 02:15:05 AM
Perhaps the strongest of the landscape shots. Feels like you could have gotten more out of it in terms of sharpness and color balance; it feels too cyan for what it is. But a beautifully-seen shot.
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05/23/2005 01:42:48 AM
Wow, great shadows!
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05/23/2005 01:05:27 AM
Awesome!
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