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"There's Gold Up in Dem Hills"
"There's Gold Up in Dem Hills"
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Challenge: Superstitions & Urban Legends II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM for Nikon
Location: Colorado Rockies
Date: Jun 24, 2006
Galleries: Nature, Water
Date Uploaded: Jun 24, 2006

Who knows how this will be accepted? I sure don't. I wanted to go with something original. Across the whole world the pursuit of gold in the mountains is universal. So I wanted to capture that. I went into the Rockies as the sun fell and it was late. I wanted to get the rapids below barreling by and had a flashlight that gives off a yellow glow. I thought, "hmm, that could make it look like golden rocks". So i tried it. Long exposure like 30 secs or something. Believe it or not, those rapids are massive. They are actually Class VI and running them is perilous and rare. The water was at peak last week. The size of these boulders were maybe 20 ft by 20 ft by 10 ft or something. The drop off in the rapids in the upper left was maybe a 12 foot drop in reality. So... yeah. I used a wide angle, so you can't even begin to understand the power here. I was all alone and I really tried to take my time climbing down into the gulch. One poor step and maybe no more me. Enjoy.

Statistics
Place: 5 out of 97
Avg (all users): 6.5783
Avg (commenters): 7.7097
Avg (participants): 6.1333
Avg (non-participants): 6.6438
Views since voting: 5145
Views during voting: 545
Votes: 351
Comments: 36
Favorites: 4 (view)


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07/08/2006 02:02:29 PM
Beautiful! Congratulations on a great finish. And thanks for reminding us of 'painting with light.'
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07/07/2006 11:37:38 AM
Congrats on 5th Beau :)
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07/05/2006 04:02:43 PM
Congratulations on the 6th place! Excellent shot!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/04/2006 11:34:09 PM
wow, great shot!
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07/04/2006 08:48:09 PM
awesome
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07/04/2006 01:57:52 PM
Oooohhh... great silky water.
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07/04/2006 03:39:29 AM
Beautiful shot.
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07/03/2006 06:11:57 PM
Nice effect. Good picture.
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07/02/2006 09:50:10 PM
Beautiful work, the lighting is fantastic. One of my favourites.
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07/02/2006 08:40:39 PM
realy nice, real good picture!!!
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07/02/2006 07:09:57 PM
nice one lets get digging
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07/02/2006 02:49:14 AM
Great colours in this image.
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07/01/2006 12:14:56 PM
This a super running stream shot. Very nice silky effect, good deep colors. Not a strong fit to the challenge or your caption.
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06/30/2006 02:03:13 PM
The silky smooth river looks great, the exposure is dead on. The path of the river as composed, seems to divide the photo and make it rather static.
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06/30/2006 12:02:01 PM
Beautiful picture not quite sure about it meeting the challenge though..cos There's Gold Up in Dem Hills isnt really either Superstitions & Urban Legends..
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06/29/2006 10:41:00 PM
nice image
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06/29/2006 07:10:58 PM
OoOOoooh, nice! Gotta love the long-exposure-river-water shots ;) I'm just not so sure about that golden light cast on the foreground rocks. It seems to stand out too much from the overall cool, blueish tones of the stream. It keeps pulling my eyes toward it, instead of the river. 8
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06/29/2006 03:05:53 PM
Beautiful shot! :) The gold tone on the rock contrasts very well with the blue tones in the rest of the image.
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06/29/2006 01:39:41 PM
Nice vivid colors and effect on the water. Very good. 8
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06/29/2006 07:15:22 AM
stunning shot...hope this does well for you...the clarity is amazing
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06/28/2006 10:57:02 PM
great textures and lighting.
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06/28/2006 10:28:30 PM
I like this, though I think the water looks a little too much like cloud or mist - perhaps a slightly shorter exposure would have worked better? Nice colour on the rocks in the foreground though - would love to know how you achieved this
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06/28/2006 08:21:33 PM
Beautiful. Just beautiful.
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06/28/2006 07:12:35 PM
Perfect capture. I like the light, the water and the tone of this pic.
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06/28/2006 06:49:09 PM
There's an upcoming UN conference on worldwide ban on water blur, you know? :)
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06/28/2006 06:42:40 PM
pretty shot! I like the contrast of the gold rock and the soft water.
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06/28/2006 06:18:45 PM
Back to bump. Very pretty. Lovely composition. Nice job.
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06/28/2006 05:10:54 PM
Nice composition and I like the lighting of the lower rocks which really does make them look golden. The water may be a touch too blurred. 7
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06/28/2006 02:59:11 PM
Lovely textures in the water and rocks. Nice gold.
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06/28/2006 02:48:46 PM
this is absolutely lovely. amazing for basic editing.
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06/28/2006 02:38:41 PM
Mostly wonderful. To MY liking, the exposure was a bit too long, I would have liked to see a touch more detail in the water. However, the lighting on the "gold" rock is superb!
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06/28/2006 12:04:27 PM
I like the angle, the colors and the mood - great shot
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06/28/2006 10:30:19 AM
I LOVE how the shot is divided in 3 parts: the glowing gold in the lower part, the soft water in the middle and the chiseled stones in the upper part. The water even looks like mist or something. Great colours! 10p!
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06/28/2006 09:31:52 AM
Personaly, I don't care for these type of shots. with the water looking like foam or smoke or cloud or whathave you. It is not an image I really care for, looking at the other elements as well. For soem reason it really doesn't hold my attention. and the 'gold' looks added on in pp. Doesn't sell the image for me.
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06/28/2006 01:43:44 AM
Beautiful shot... Love it..
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06/28/2006 12:56:48 AM
Got to be a winner!!!
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