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Sammie


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Challenge: Perspective III (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Location: Between Chama, New Mexico & Pagosa Springs, CO
Date: Jul 10, 2006
Aperture: F6.3
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Landscape, Panoramic
Date Uploaded: Jul 9, 2006

This picture reminds me of the Road of Life - you can't see the destination - what is ahead on the road is always in shadow. At first I titled it "The Road of Life - What's Ahead is always in Shadow" - that sounded a bit preachy and explanitory so I changed it to:

Do you know where you're going to....

That's the title of the theme song from the movie Mahogony - I liked that title a lot but thought that a lot of people might not get it so I changed it again.

This is between Chama, New Mexico and Pagosa Springs, Colorado - it's only a few miles from the tiny place called Chromo, Colorado. It's a lovely vista - I've photographed it many times but this is the first time for DPC.

Editing: Adjustment layers for levels, curves & contrast; shadow/highlight tool to adjust mid-tone contrast; exposure tool - exposure & offset; noise removal; resize; smart sharpen; save for web.

I piddled with curves a lot - you can do so much with it. I just wish I knew what I was doing instead of just playing with it. I had to crop this with less sky than I wanted as there was a piece of sensor dust on my new 30D - will have to clean the sensor before the next outing.

Statistics
Place: 9 out of 379
Avg (all users): 6.6725
Avg (commenters): 7.8235
Avg (participants): 6.3298
Avg (non-participants): 6.9111
Views since voting: 1808
Views during voting: 312
Votes: 229
Comments: 21
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07/20/2006 06:19:38 PM
Congratulations on your top ten finish. Excellent shot!
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07/19/2006 03:35:20 AM
Just gorgeous, Sammie! Love that area but often hit Wolf Creek instead. Congrats on the top ten!!
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07/19/2006 12:40:59 AM
What a beauty of an image whose colors and lovely vista makes the viewer unwind at once. Congratulations on your top 10 finish.
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07/19/2006 12:16:07 AM
Congratulations , I just love this shot, I feel like I am right on the road with you

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/18/2006 10:12:56 PM
Nothing like the open road. Wish I was on it with my bike. Nice job on this shot.
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07/18/2006 12:21:17 AM
At first I didn't know that I liked this, but the more I look at it the more interesting stuff I find. I think this is a really great photo!
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07/16/2006 12:46:47 PM
One of the best shots in this challenge!
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07/16/2006 07:00:29 AM
weather unknown by the looks :)
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07/15/2006 11:53:20 PM
So much to look at! The eye is nicely led in to the image by the road, where our focus moves to those lovely mountains, and then onto that castle. The lighting is nice and subdued, and a good use of the rule of thirds.
I do though feel as if the image is falling off the the right a little..I think it needs a little rotation to straighten it a little? A great image though. 8
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07/15/2006 08:24:17 PM
very striking and colorful--strong persp'ves in many ways--i like the solitude feeling of this--the mountains and sky really adds interests.
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07/15/2006 07:49:11 PM
Beautiful. Wish I were there.
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07/14/2006 12:19:26 AM
10 :) great balance, colour, perspective
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07/13/2006 03:47:21 PM
Meets Challenge: 1/1
Lighting: 2/2
Focus: 1/2
Creativity: 2/2
Aesthetics: 2/3

Another great highway photo. I love the feeling of adventure this photo creates. The road goes down and ends going downhill with a dark green possibly forested area ahead, probably dipping into a bit of a valley. Dark, mysterious mountains in the distance, with a hint of light in the sky past them. To the left we have some rocks or maybe even ruins of some kind on the top of a hill. I can't help but wonder what it'd look like up there.

The colours in this photo work wonderfully together to create mood and ambience. Very nice shot.
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07/13/2006 02:53:08 PM
Very nice landscape...beautiful touch of the sunlight.
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07/13/2006 06:51:08 AM
Nice Perspective . 8.
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07/12/2006 11:29:31 PM
3D effect stands out in this one; you captured the light well.
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07/12/2006 08:03:10 PM
This is like looking at two periods of time at the same time. The castle could almost be a considered a distraction from the flow of the road towards forever. Instead, it is a pleasant surprise for a quick visit then the hill brings you back to forever.
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07/12/2006 05:43:34 PM
Very pretty! A 9!
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07/12/2006 05:35:08 PM
Wonderful shot. Can't see anything I'd change on it! 9
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07/12/2006 12:51:50 PM
Beautiful. Great use of perspective and wonderful light! 9
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07/12/2006 08:38:37 AM
wow! great colour saturation and comp
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