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Yin - Yang
Yin - Yang

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Challenge: High Contrast II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Location: Great Sand Dunes Nat'l Park near Alamosa, CO
Date: Oct 1, 2006
Aperture: F5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/1250
Galleries: Landscape, Travel
Date Uploaded: Oct 2, 2006

Another picture from the Great Sand Dunes National Park near our home. It is the most photogenic place around here. I was actually trying to do the Soft Drink Advertisement Challenge (because it has so many fewer entries) by putting a can of Diet Pepsi in the sand and taking a picture of my husband crawling towards it like a man dying of thirst. It just didn't work out. First of all we couldn't figure out how to set the Pepsi somewhere without getting our footprints in the sand! It was also dreadfully windy and the sand was blowing so hard along the ground - it wouldn't have been very fun for my husband to crawl along the ground and get sand blasted at the same time.

Anyway, when I was sitting on a piece of driftwood taking a break (it's really tiring walking in the sand) I noticed this particular dune looked kind of like a Yin-Yang sign and then I got to thinking how Zen the dunes were and how this dune actually kind of illustrated the whole Yin/Yang thing. So, I took some pictures of it and here they are in the High Contrast Challenge.

Editing: Adjustment layers for Levels, Curves, Hue/Sat, Contrast & Selective Color; Flatten Image; Noise Removal with Helicon Noise Filter; Resize; Smart Sharpen; Save for Web.

Place: 59 out of 396
Avg (all users): 6.0000
Avg (commenters): 7.6250
Avg (participants): 5.5823
Avg (non-participants): 6.3511
Views since voting: 828
Views during voting: 262
Votes: 173
Comments: 10
Favorites: 2 (view)

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12/19/2007 10:29:30 PM
Lovely contrast and symbolism! Adding to my fav!
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10/11/2006 09:14:44 AM
YES! I was right. It's a really cool shot, I love the desert.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/10/2006 07:01:10 PM
Very abstract. What is it?
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10/09/2006 05:05:04 PM
Neat! Are those footprints in the desert?
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10/09/2006 09:20:48 AM
Great use of light and dark. Was going to say "very yin yang" until I noticed that was your title.
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10/07/2006 04:18:36 PM
Is this an aerial photograph? Just beautiful...love the title too.
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10/04/2006 09:03:09 PM
nice title, but the black is too black ,you should of showed some detail. I guess the contrast here is way too high.
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10/04/2006 08:43:05 PM
I love it. Just a guess, but is this Sammie?
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10/04/2006 03:08:34 PM
oh wow!!!! really surreal, great job!!!
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10/04/2006 12:39:21 AM
YES!!! Perfect title too. 9
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