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The Christmas Card
The Christmas Card
SandyP


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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Best of 2005 (Advanced Editing IV*)
Collection: Estes Park, Colorado
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Location: Estes Park, Colorado
Date: Jan 1, 2006
Aperture: F9
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Cityscape
Date Uploaded: Jan 1, 2006

I took this in Estes Park, Colorado right after a snow blanketed the town. It was so cold, no self-respecting soul (except a determined photographer) would be out. That's the only way I was able to capture this normally hustling & bustling street without people on it. Just taking my mitten off long enough to snap the shutter made my hands feel like there was no skin on them. But I love the shot, and I think it was more than worth it :)

I had this picture posted on BetterPhoto, and the owner of The Cary's Candy Company in Oregon saw it and asked for permission to use it as the cover of their Christmas catalogue. :)

Statistics
Place: 85 out of 833
Avg (all users): 6.5329
Avg (commenters): 8.2439
Avg (participants): 6.4067
Avg (non-participants): 7.0854
Views since voting: 9043
Views during voting: 641
Votes: 441
Comments: 74
Favorites: 34 (view)


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02/16/2013 02:39:38 PM
jeez, i'm shivering just looking at this...haha.
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08/01/2007 10:38:20 AM
One of the most picturesque winter season town photos I've ever seen. Beautiful. Fast fowarding from it being a hot Summer now to Winter, I can get sense of the cold whiff in the air.
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07/18/2007 09:23:40 PM
So many months have past and here I am looking at it again. :)
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03/08/2007 01:19:12 PM
Sandy, I always keep coming back to look at this photo. I can never get tired of it. Very peaceful. Outstanding job.
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02/27/2007 01:09:42 PM
This is spectacular.
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02/07/2007 03:47:21 PM
Super angle and lighting captured. I'm in Estes Park about once every two years (biennial conference w/work) but it's always in the summer. I know what you mean about the cold--I'm in Buffalo right now where there have been very low temps...
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01/18/2007 02:54:21 AM
Love the muted colours combined with the Xmas lights, a rare time of day into night.
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12/31/2006 06:44:16 PM
This certainly has a very "Christmasy" atmosphere to it - it would make a good Christmas card indeed! Excellent shot.
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09/15/2006 05:09:15 PM
Very nice, You really captured the mood and feeling of the town and getting the shot when the town was empty would have taken a lot of cold... My grandparents had a cabin just above Estes Park so I grew up going to Estes Park quite a bit so I still love to go there now and then.
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08/19/2006 05:51:15 PM
This could deffo make a xmas card. Stunningly beautiful
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07/22/2006 11:53:27 AM
How did I miss this shot?? I love everything about it! This instantly transfers the mood from the photo to the viewer. The christmas feel is unmistakable. The desolate feel of no one about, cold breeze. Definately one of my favorites.
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07/13/2006 10:24:33 AM
I remember voting on this image. It struck me as post-card perfect. After I finished enjoying it, I set about trying to find something wrong. I failed and decided that it was perfect. Gave it a 10 and expected it to ribbon. Absolutely incredible.
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06/24/2006 09:05:06 AM
Not sure what I like about this one I think it must be the lines and repitition. The overall composition is good and I think snow and mist always look good too.
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03/08/2006 11:16:24 PM
I apologize. I originally posted this when my son was logged on the computer, and I didn't realize it.

I just added this to my favorites (and if you check, I have relatively few faworites). Viewing this picture simply makes me feel good inside. I think that says it all and says enough. But, here's more. I really, really like this and I'm envious enough to fly northwest to try to find my own. Nice job.
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03/08/2006 11:09:01 PM
My dad messed up. See yakatme above.

Message edited by author 2006-03-08 23:15:01.
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02/28/2006 03:42:19 AM
Great job Sandy, right place right time.
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02/28/2006 01:37:53 AM
I remember this from Best of. What a great picture with the cold of winter snow offset by the warm toned street lights. Perfect framing and even a hint of the mountains top RH BG???? Great all the way around.
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02/10/2006 03:35:41 PM
WOW!! This is beautifull to say the least...

Silent, and soft, and slow Desends the snow. (Longfellow)
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02/10/2006 02:52:19 PM
What a superb shot!
Yes, it WAS worth it. The subtle detail of the mountian in the background adds so much depth here.
Beautiful shot Sandy.
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02/10/2006 01:39:53 PM
Beautiful! :)
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02/05/2006 05:47:02 AM
Great shot Sandy, I wish we had more scenery shots like this one to be taken in New Zealand. Xmas lights on buildings are slowly being used more and more, but we dont get much snow at Xmas
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02/01/2006 08:37:22 AM
Sandy, this is an absolutely beautiful shot. Congratulations.
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02/01/2006 07:25:26 AM
Way to go Sandy
I also agree with aerogurl!
congrats on a top 100 finish .
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02/01/2006 05:05:27 AM
Well done my best friend.... a top 100 in this challenge makes you one of the best.. proud of you for seeing this great shot.
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02/01/2006 01:27:13 AM
Top 7% finish thats great Sandy, the Challenge has a high acheiver vote,when you see 6.5 0n page 9, well done.
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02/01/2006 01:06:36 AM
I absolutely agree with Aerogurl!! You didn't need a score card for this photograph. It is a First Place winner in my opinion!!
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02/01/2006 12:27:07 AM
Absolutely beautiful! Well done!
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02/01/2006 12:24:52 AM
85th... give me a break. U WERE ROBBBED
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/31/2006 11:45:15 PM
very thomas kincade.. love it!!! 9. bumping up to 10
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01/31/2006 11:11:03 PM
What a beautifully perfect Christmas card picture. Your white balance is right on the money to create that cold feeling. Very very nice!!!!
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01/31/2006 05:33:58 PM
GREAT TITLE, FITS IT PERFECTLY!!!
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01/31/2006 03:27:58 PM
This is breathtaking. I do hope you will write where it was taken. The pureness gave it the quality
of the fourties and fifties;
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01/31/2006 11:24:22 AM
Very moody scenario :).
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01/29/2006 02:16:55 PM
if a sleigh was on the road, this would of been a masterpiece. Great color, great dof, nice lines, color flat but because of the atmosphere, good texture, excellent comp, overall have a print available
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01/29/2006 01:28:17 AM
Yep, that is a Christmas Card! Excellent.
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01/27/2006 10:44:07 PM
This is just so lovely. It really does look like the perfect scene for a Christmas card.
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01/26/2006 10:32:48 PM
very nice picture. As you say, a perfect christmas card.
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01/26/2006 03:32:30 PM
I would definately buy this christmas card.
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01/26/2006 11:58:48 AM
The title says it all.....
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01/26/2006 12:29:20 AM
Wonderfully done, Currier and Ives for sure, where is the sleigh? :-)
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01/25/2006 09:46:18 PM
well done
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01/24/2006 03:09:08 PM
I love this!
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01/23/2006 09:45:18 AM
So beautiful. 10
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01/22/2006 11:15:04 PM
nice
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01/22/2006 12:23:13 PM
To me, the very simple line of the far kerb and the tyre marks in the road lead one in and the clarity is great. The sense of atmospheric perspective is something that I particularly like. As this picture was loading in my browser, the first part I could see was the very top, just a few branches and some sky, so I wasn't expecting much. When the whole picture had loaded, I was taken aback at the subtlety of the colours, the great capture of the lights and the sense of peacefulness. A lovely shot indeed. The only thing that I might consider changing would be the bench in the lower left. I feel that perhaps it 'chops off' the corner there by appearing as a dark patch.
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01/21/2006 08:22:32 PM
This really does look like a Hallmark! Great job!
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01/21/2006 06:37:49 PM
BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL, I'm speechless. What a perfect Christmas Card. It does'nt get any better than this- 10
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01/20/2006 11:59:07 PM
Hallmark perfect!
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01/20/2006 10:47:54 AM
Old fashioned feel to this picture, nice shot!!!!!
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01/20/2006 09:04:43 AM
Enchanting.
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01/20/2006 06:39:17 AM
Simply gorgeous!
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01/19/2006 08:44:42 PM
great look and feel ... i'd like to take a quite walk here ... how many days until next christmas?
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01/19/2006 01:35:11 PM
Is this a real town? It almost looks like Disneyland like this. :)
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01/19/2006 09:17:24 AM
what an enchanting pic...like something out of dickens..good luck!
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01/19/2006 07:41:35 AM
Magical
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01/19/2006 07:20:07 AM
Indeed a christmas card, one you should really consider to sell to the highest bidder.
Looking at the pic I am astounded by the sheer beauty you have captured. Then one looks at the technicalities.. all by the book, but secondary once an image like this has been captured. The sharpness, contrasts and light play is great. The surreal serenity is worth remembering forever. Mind you, it is that little purple that caught my eye... and kept it!10
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01/18/2006 10:46:49 PM
10 from me....good luck!
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01/18/2006 09:11:44 PM
I like the blue cast here from the evening light, it really gives the place a nice atmosphere.
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01/18/2006 09:03:19 PM
This reminds me of a Thomas Kinkade painting. Great job.
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01/18/2006 06:34:59 PM
This looks very much like a Christmas card! Wonderful job! 10
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01/18/2006 03:17:47 PM
Beautiful. I love the mood you've captured and the composition is outstanding.
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01/17/2006 04:57:59 PM
You've managed to capture the light associated with these types of days superbly. Brilliant work.
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01/17/2006 11:43:07 AM
Where is this place?? Your eye has made me want to go!
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01/17/2006 03:36:51 AM
Just so special and a lovely scene
Congratulations on achieving an image I would love to take
I hope it does really well
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01/17/2006 12:05:23 AM
how hallmark! very nice capture - 9
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01/16/2006 11:53:18 PM
That is perfect for a Christmas card....wonderful photo.
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01/16/2006 11:13:21 PM
Outstanding snow shot!! Looks just like a postcard for sure. I can almost smell the cold air from here!! WOW
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01/16/2006 06:02:47 PM
Excellent card
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01/16/2006 05:41:05 PM
What a Brilliant image of tranquility & peace if the world was an oyster this would be the pearl, a great capture, the lighting & sharpness are outstanding.....10
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01/16/2006 05:22:56 PM
It's too bad the mountain isn't a little more visible, as it certainly figures large in the identity of this place. Nice composition though.
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01/16/2006 04:31:45 PM
This is the most perfect Christmas Card photo I've seen. Just enought clouds and fog to juggest continued depth with the lights being so sharp with no blur. Well done!!!
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01/16/2006 12:17:09 PM
Brrrrr, I'm glad I don't live where you live. Nice shot, beautifully placed in the frame.
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01/16/2006 11:21:32 AM
It is a Christmas Card. Lovely. Just a tad bit more focus on the right would have given me cause to ten it, but still a (9) for me.
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01/16/2006 04:34:30 AM
christmas card it is! Superb photo. Fav. 10
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