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Mystery Rock
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bryanbrazil


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Challenge: Free Study XIV (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Location: The Racetrack, Death Valley National Park
Date: Oct 19, 2006
Aperture: f/16
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/10s
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Oct 23, 2006

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Place: 1 out of 625
Avg (all users): 7.6731
Avg (commenters): 8.5366
Avg (participants): 7.5843
Avg (non-participants): 8.0238
Views since voting: 29213
Views during voting: 468
Votes: 208
Comments: 101
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06/01/2011 03:49:56 PM
Amazing
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01/22/2011 12:47:32 PM
Brilliant edit. Gorgeous.
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11/17/2006 12:18:37 AM
You got some dust on yo sensor!
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11/12/2006 09:34:11 PM
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knew i'd seen this before, but this is really great
congrats
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11/12/2006 09:56:19 AM
Nice
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11/11/2006 10:00:36 PM
Excellent! Congrats on the ribbon.
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11/10/2006 08:26:52 PM
You should've gotten TWO blues for this one!! This image rocks!! Wow!!
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11/10/2006 12:03:58 PM
The difference b/w the original and the submitted photo is major and it's the kind if thing I have no idea how to do... would you mind posting your steps?
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11/10/2006 11:47:40 AM
This photo kicks chicken. I can't stop looking at it. What an artistic way to show such a creative thought. Wonderful.
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11/10/2006 01:18:23 AM
interesting ps work
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11/09/2006 07:17:00 PM
Well deserved blue...It is amazing what you did in post processing.
Cudos my friend!
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11/09/2006 06:47:41 PM
i have no idea how you did that, but thanks for posting the orig photo for us to toy with. i'll give it a shot!
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11/09/2006 02:10:16 PM
Wonderful photograph, really makes me want to go to Death Valley to see this. Congrats on winning the blue ribbon!
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11/09/2006 12:38:30 PM
Very cool shot. Amazing colors. Thanks for sharing the original too - it's always educational to see the man behind the curtain. Beautiful work. Congratulations.
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11/09/2006 06:20:34 AM
Excellent, thanks for posting it as raw, its a great help to practise on a great image. Cheers.
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11/09/2006 12:54:22 AM
Congratulations on the blue. Awesome photograph!
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11/09/2006 12:44:41 AM
Congrats on a great picture and another ribbon! I saw something on another photog site but this is much, much better.
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11/08/2006 08:28:12 PM
Very well presented and indeed a visual beauty more like a vision from a ludid dream. Congratulations on your Blue.
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11/08/2006 06:43:36 PM
Hehe, I thought about that. But I never sell any prints on DPC Prints anyway. And it's only one photo. I have hundreds of Death Valley photos, some of which are probably better than this one. Oh, and if anyone does want to buy a calendar (featuring "Mystery Rock"), I have them available here: //www.deviantart.com/print/399331/. I'm giving them away as Christmas gifts this year.

Originally posted by digitalknight:


But you're trying to sell the print but you're giving the raw file away? Dude!

Pull that file! You're giving away a beautiful photo for no good reason. I'd hate to see you go into a store and see your image on a calendar - when you didn't get a dime for it.

I appreciate your thoughtfulness and the intent of your post - you are a credit to DPC.


Message edited by author 2006-11-08 18:44:52.
11/08/2006 06:18:50 PM
This photo is amazing, congrats on your win. Certainly well deserved.

But you're trying to sell the print but you're giving the raw file away? Dude!

Pull that file! You're giving away a beautiful photo for no good reason. I'd hate to see you go into a store and see your image on a calendar - when you didn't get a dime for it.

I appreciate your thoughtfulness and the intent of your post - you are a credit to DPC.

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11/08/2006 05:25:34 PM
Congratulations on your Blue with this amazing image! Very Cool!
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11/08/2006 05:08:02 PM
holy photoshop batman! haha, I love it
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11/08/2006 02:58:22 PM
This is a really beautiful image. Congratulations on your blue ribbon.
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11/08/2006 01:43:55 PM
This is wonderful ... love the processing you have used :)
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11/08/2006 01:17:14 PM
Wonderful image, congrats on your ribbon!
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11/08/2006 01:03:06 PM
Congrats on your blue. Very striking image in all respects.
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11/08/2006 12:31:47 PM
Thanks for sharing the original. What an amazing difference. It went from a flat picture to WOW! Not too much post processing in my book. The key question is did you want to show "what it looked like" or create a work of art. I go for the second and you definitely succeeded. Great photo! Ann C
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11/08/2006 12:01:42 PM
Ahh - the racetrack. I recognise that. well done.
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11/08/2006 11:57:04 AM
Congrats of the Blue Bryan. Amazing photo and well deserved.
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11/08/2006 11:40:12 AM
Muy Bella like it allot
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11/08/2006 10:05:19 AM
Cool PP work. Congrats for the blue!
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11/08/2006 09:06:15 AM
Wow - Stunning - Congrats on the Blue Ribbon!!
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11/08/2006 08:30:55 AM
Well deserved! Congratulations!
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11/08/2006 08:00:29 AM
death valley right? do those rocks really slide by themselves?
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11/08/2006 06:34:41 AM
Simply perfect in composition, colour and post processing.
Where the hell is this place and why haven't I seen images from here before?
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11/08/2006 06:09:21 AM
great photo ! congratulations
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11/08/2006 04:59:51 AM
Good pp... you rock :o) Congrats on the ribbon, great picture.
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11/08/2006 03:34:22 AM
fantastic ! Congratulations on a great composition with drama!
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11/08/2006 03:27:41 AM
excellent...a great effort to blue ribbon with 619 entries...well deserved...great depth and a fantastic edit
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11/08/2006 02:38:41 AM
Fantastic image and postprocesing Bryan. Great scene, light, and use of the Canon 10-22 lens for depth! Congratulations!
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11/08/2006 02:20:39 AM
Excellent picture. Congratulations on beating me.
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11/08/2006 01:57:29 AM
good start for our team. woohoo, congrats.
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11/08/2006 01:47:08 AM
Yeah, the road is pretty bad, although right now all the roads in Death Valley have recently been graded and are in the best condition they've been in years. I didn't get any flats on the road, but I did spend several hours helping some people from New York that got two flat tires in their rental 4X4. They never did make it to the Racetrack! Incidentally, after making it back to the paved road, I got a flat tire after about a mile. It was just a nail and not a rock puncture, so my tire was OK. I guess there really is such a thing as karma!

Originally posted by mpeters:


Oops, i tried to edit but site went wacky. Anyway, nice shot. Is that road not straight out of !#!$#@$? Hope you took spare tire(s) ;)
11/08/2006 01:43:46 AM
Fantastic shot! Great idea on posting the RAW file - what a great way to learn how the winners do things.
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11/08/2006 01:27:40 AM
Originally posted by bryanbrazil:

No fisheye here. I was using my 10-22 about a foot from the rock.

Originally posted by mpeters:

Congrats. This place is so unbelievably flat that the fisheye provides a great dynamic.


Oops, i tried to edit but site went wacky. Anyway, nice shot. Is that road not straight out of !#!$#@$? Hope you took spare tire(s) ;)
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11/08/2006 01:02:51 AM
man, that is so awesome. and very cool post-processing. congratulations on the bLue
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11/08/2006 12:57:15 AM
No fisheye here. I was using my 10-22 about a foot from the rock.

Originally posted by mpeters:

Congrats. This place is so unbelievably flat that the fisheye provides a great dynamic.
11/08/2006 12:51:13 AM
Congrats. This place is so unbelievably flat that the fisheye provides a great dynamic.
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11/08/2006 12:29:21 AM
Congratulations on a well deserved win!!!
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11/08/2006 12:25:11 AM
Wow congrats on the ribbon! Well deserved! Would love to see a before/after :)
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11/08/2006 12:23:11 AM
totally awesome shot, this needs to be on a poster somwheres. congrats on the blue!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/07/2006 11:40:28 PM
How do they do that! Great shot! On my short list at the top!
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11/07/2006 09:59:51 PM
Great composition and great colors.
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11/07/2006 07:41:56 PM
The colors and texture of the sand is awesome and it does make me wonder how the rock slid through the desert so it really helped make me stop and study it. Well done!
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11/07/2006 06:43:13 PM
amazing and eyecatching shot with wonderful composition and color!
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11/07/2006 03:55:08 PM
This image is surreal. Looks like something out of a movie. Can't wait to find out what's behind this mystery. Definitely a 'stand-out' image, and for that reason, I think it is sure to do well. I believe it will capture a ribbon for itself and having said that, time to bum it up a notch :)
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11/07/2006 06:02:40 AM
This is exceptional among the photos of these roaming rocks. 9.
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11/06/2006 05:46:21 PM
very eye-catching & fun to look at & unusual. I gave it a 10.
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11/06/2006 03:59:02 PM
Beautiful detail and textures as well as vivid colors.
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11/06/2006 11:00:51 AM
excellent. the bright colours of the background in contrast to the muted bluey tint to the foreground make for a great photo good work.
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11/05/2006 11:12:58 PM
i like the depth in this picture. nice processing.
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11/05/2006 09:30:56 PM
Fisheye? Cool!! The most curved picture of this place I've seen :)
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11/05/2006 09:13:12 PM
that's just so cool.
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11/05/2006 07:51:01 AM
very well done.
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11/04/2006 10:31:36 PM
wow.
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11/04/2006 08:25:57 PM
Fantastic!
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11/04/2006 10:14:26 AM
Usually I do not like heavily saturated landscapes, but this one is an exception. I think it is because of the balance between the fore- and background and the gradation in the sky and on the ground. There is simply a lot of balance.
I first saw these walking rocks in Fred Miranda's gallery. A very cool subject. I can see from the background that this one was shot in the same location. The composition on this one is great and I really like the way the light works here. Only 10 so far.
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11/03/2006 11:56:35 PM
Wow this is just lovely.
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11/03/2006 04:24:51 PM
Love the wide angle. Great effect, lighting and colors. One of these days, I am going to try to get some pics like this. I am guessing this is Racetrack, Death Valley.
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11/03/2006 03:11:10 PM
While the burn effect in the corners is a little strong for my taste, the photo has such strong elements that I am very drawn to it. I really like hte cobble stone look of the ground and I'm not sure what to think of the 'mystery rock'. The orange and blude with the mountain/sky are very nice contrasts for the composition. Great job and I'm glad to give it a 10.
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11/03/2006 02:09:42 PM
I'm having a hell of a time figuring how you acheived this photo, but I'm definately lovin' it. Excellent and very creative!
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11/03/2006 12:26:28 PM
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They're b-a-c-k!!! :D This time in color. Very nice rendition this time (if it was you last time). He-he. Good luck in the challenge.
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11/03/2006 10:32:15 AM
I've seen photos like this before and they never cease to amaze me. This one has an added touch of drama with those golden lit peaks in the background! Beautifully done!!!!
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11/03/2006 07:38:27 AM
I've got to go see these crazy things someday. Beatifully coloured shot and I like the wide-angle look it has.
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11/03/2006 02:08:20 AM
just perfect for me. a sure 10. (one of my three favorites now in this challenge)
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11/02/2006 11:31:41 PM
Awesome image here, and it should do well.....
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11/02/2006 11:14:33 PM
Great composition...love the leading lines. Colors are terrific as well. I do think the vignetting is a bit strong. Great entry; good luck in the challenge. :)
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11/02/2006 10:36:35 PM
I really like almost everthing about this image, and especially the warm colours on the hills and the placement of the mystery rock. I think the image would be even more effective, though, without the very heavy vignetting in the top corners.
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11/02/2006 07:36:31 PM
I am not sure I like the dark upper edges but I like everything else about the photo.
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11/02/2006 06:48:47 PM
Nice post processing on this shot. It makes it look almost like a comet.
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11/02/2006 03:46:07 PM
great pp.
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11/02/2006 10:21:24 AM
aggressive editing. i normally see this is b/w, not super saturation. It pays off 94% for me. like.
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11/02/2006 07:15:56 AM
i like the pp!
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11/02/2006 03:16:18 AM
Ah, love this one. I know this place in Death Valley. You got amazing light on the hills. Did you replace the dull rock with this blue one? I've never seen on this color in this place. I give this a 10.
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11/01/2006 11:45:29 PM
one of the most photographed subjects in death valley! the vignetting is too much.. is that lens or did you add in editing ?
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11/01/2006 10:53:02 PM
Really like how the dark gradient works great for this image. I've seen photos of this location before and I really like your take on it. The PP(or filters used) really make it more dramatic.
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11/01/2006 10:39:54 PM
great one of my favs 8
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11/01/2006 05:08:57 PM
This site is amazing, I'd love to personaly get there one day! great image btw ;)
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11/01/2006 03:57:53 PM
Wonderful in every way! 10
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11/01/2006 02:08:35 PM
Very neat shot
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11/01/2006 01:39:22 PM
This is really interesting. I think the radius of light around the rock could be a little larger. I like it... Id probably hang this on the wall!
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11/01/2006 12:42:28 PM
I looked at this last night and wasn't terribly impressed, but now that I've come back to it I think I appreciate the post processing a lot more. I think this stands out pretty well, but it might get decked for being too digital artsy.
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11/01/2006 10:22:53 AM
Excellent work!
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11/01/2006 09:42:57 AM
Great colors and good composition. The only setback is the double dark arches visible and i guess they are part of post-processing. If you only kept the arch in the sky I would have rated 9 or 10.
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11/01/2006 08:20:22 AM
Super, wow, love the detail and color.
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11/01/2006 08:04:09 AM
Stunning! 10 from me!
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11/01/2006 08:00:47 AM
Strange I love and am focusing on the light on the mountains in the background much more than the rock !
Great image thought.
8.
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11/01/2006 05:20:00 AM
hehe, wicked ... really interesting photo, the colors are nice but the black parts really don't fit
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11/01/2006 05:15:27 AM
Is that the only rock there? I've seen this a lot and always wonder if it's the same exact rock in each of the photos. I like how your take puts a different spin on it.
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11/01/2006 02:22:58 AM
wow! on every level this is stunning...I have to give this a 10...the wide angle is fantastic
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11/01/2006 12:48:06 AM
Terrific perspective. Intense colors and textures. Bravo.
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