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The night crept on to morn with mists in phantom shapes and ghostly form
The night crept on to morn with mists in phantom shapes and ghostly form

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Literary Adventure (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: Hidden Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D1X
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED
Location: California
Date: Mar 11, 2006
Aperture: F3.8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Mar 12, 2006

Inspired by:
Charles Dickens - The Old Curiosity Shop

The night crept on apace, the moon went down, the stars grew pale and dim, and morning, cold as they, slowly approached. Then, from behind a distant hill, the noble sun rose up, driving the mists in phantom shapes before it, and clearing the earth of their ghostly forms till darkness came again.


Taking the picture was easy, I just pushed the button. Finding an appropriate title was the real challenge.

I left the house a little after 6:00 AM. I was headed up the canyon to hopefully shoot a sunrise above the clouds. I stopped along the way to capture this scene just because it was purdy.

When I arrived at my destination, I hiked several miles to the top of a peak not too far from home. It started out a crisp clear day with patches of fog in the low-lying valleys. Within 20 min the clouds were over me and it began to snow. It never snows here. By the time I hiked back to the car, I looked like a drowned rat. The sun never showed up and it rained all day.

When I got home, I made a fire, poured a cup and spent the rest of the morning with Charles Dickens.

Place: 28 out of 165
Avg (all users): 6.1895
Avg (commenters): 6.1000
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Views since voting: 1488
Views during voting: 301
Votes: 190
Comments: 14
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03/22/2006 03:46:39 PM
very majestic. i love the colors. this is a picture I wouldn't get tired of looking at.
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03/20/2006 12:30:19 AM
I like the depth and serenity of this. Very pleasant to look at.
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03/20/2006 12:29:48 AM
soooo purdy! i want to take pics from this spot, too. :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/19/2006 09:18:06 PM
Apt title for a lovely photograph.
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03/18/2006 09:25:00 PM
Since there's little color in the foreground, you may want to try this as a blue duotone.
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03/17/2006 04:07:14 PM
clouds so low yet good nd give an erry effect!
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03/16/2006 01:27:44 PM
Nice tribute to Dickens Good luck on this misty image...
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03/14/2006 10:03:03 PM
Dickens? "The night crept on apace...."?
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03/14/2006 03:31:41 PM
Beautiful capture of mist.
The early rise has paid off.
Good luck

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03/14/2006 01:45:08 AM
that mist looks amazing
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03/13/2006 06:05:23 PM
Nice moody shot in the top half and fits the title well, the foreground lets the overall image down a little imho.
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03/13/2006 12:55:48 PM
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03/13/2006 12:11:35 PM
Fantastic illustration for that quote! I love photos like this.
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03/13/2006 02:02:10 AM
More burning may have added further texture and depth to this strong composition.
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