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Challenge: Free Study XVI (Advanced Editing V*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Sony DSC-F828
Location: Wellsville, UT USA
Date: Dec 5, 2006
Aperture: f 8.0
ISO: 64
Shutter: 1/80
Galleries: Landscape, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Dec 28, 2006

Some of you may be getting weary of my always taking photos of these mountains. Sorry. I'm not, and I derive endless pleasure when I travel to work seeing the morning light on their snow-covered peaks. I hope that you folks in the city envy me just a little. (I envy you in other ways...).

These are the Wellsville Mountains, the steepest in the world (a bit of a sneaky distinction, for they aren't that high in elevation; they have the steepest angle from ridgeline to base of any other mountains).

This is also where I work. The fences you see are part of the living history museum (and farm) for which I'm Program Director: the American West Heritage Center (www.awhc.org).

I hope I can share with you some of what I see nearly every day of my life. Enjoy!

Post Challenge: Wow! Thanks for the votes! With all the talent around here, I thought I was done with ribbons. Thanks again to Steve for shooting with me on this cold morning. I'm just now beginning to feel my feet again!

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 488
Avg (all users): 7.2389
Avg (commenters): 8.2963
Avg (participants): 7.1040
Avg (non-participants): 7.5455
Views since voting: 8601
Views during voting: 274
Votes: 180
Comments: 79
Favorites: 33 (view)


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01/14/2007 10:38:48 PM
Nice processing on this one. Congrats on the RED ribbon.
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01/14/2007 05:53:12 PM
Wonderful contrast levels.
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01/14/2007 11:50:18 AM
Great shot David! The tone in this shot is amazing. Congrats on the ribbon ... Beautiful
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01/13/2007 07:21:11 PM
Wonderful image, congrats on your ribbon!
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01/13/2007 12:22:13 PM
very pretty, Congrats!
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01/12/2007 06:02:19 AM
Congrats on your red, well done!
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01/11/2007 10:45:33 PM
Not a too shabby view going to work, I'd say... :-)
I don't get tired to see them either. Thanks for sharing and congrats on another deseved ribbon!
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01/11/2007 12:32:29 PM
gorgeous! Nicely done!
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01/11/2007 09:02:10 AM
Originally posted by agenkin:

Originally posted by agenkin:

How did you get the clouds so blurry at 1/80s shutter? I think that I'm seeing motion blur from PP, but I may be wrong.

Can you respond to this, please? :)


The clouds are blurry from a combo of NeatImage, median, and gaussian blur and various degrees of sharpening after each one. All the blurring tools were used at very low "power." I had to have the sky on a different layer so I could work on it. I also used Unsharp Mask at a large pixel radius and low percentage to add contrast and bring out more texture. I converted to b/w using the channel mixer, which of course created some noise, so these various tools were used to simply rid the sky of noise and enhance the lacy texture of the clouds.
01/10/2007 07:05:19 PM
Originally posted by agenkin:

How did you get the clouds so blurry at 1/80s shutter? I think that I'm seeing motion blur from PP, but I may be wrong.

Can you respond to this, please? :)
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01/10/2007 03:14:34 PM
The zigzag pattern of the mountain range complements the zig-zag pattern of the fence! GREAT execution!!!!!
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01/10/2007 01:09:40 AM
Wow, the composition,clarity, and tones are exceptional. Congratulations.
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01/10/2007 12:38:32 AM
definatly some envy, im not too narrowminded !...this is fabolous !
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01/09/2007 11:21:21 PM
I envy you getting to drive by these everyday! Congrats on the great image.
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01/09/2007 10:51:42 PM
Looks like I'm going to have to take a ride up to Wellsville. Fabulous capture and excellent post processing. Congrats!
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01/09/2007 08:09:29 PM
Great shot and congrats on your red ribbon, I am sure you have many more in you!
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01/08/2007 10:16:43 PM
Well done, drove by the same mountains last week and you captured them perfect!
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01/08/2007 05:25:32 PM
Sweeeeeeeeeeeet Shot,whocould ever get tierdofseeing this
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01/08/2007 04:46:11 PM
Congratulations on your Ribbon with this outstanding work! I not only envy your view but your talent as well.
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01/08/2007 04:41:23 PM
never weary of such a beautiful place! I like how there is interest and different textures in this picture, but its not busy.

Message edited by author 2007-02-20 08:10:42.
01/08/2007 03:59:30 PM
I'm amazed to see something so non-flashy in the top on this challenge. Congrats! Love the quality of the conversion!
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01/08/2007 02:48:46 PM
Beautiful mountains David - I absolutely love the fence also in this picture... Congrats :o)
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01/08/2007 01:40:48 PM
No need to apologize ;) Lovely view and you are lucky to see it each day!
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01/08/2007 01:29:09 PM
Yes, I definitely do envy you. Being an urban photographer this kind of beauty is hard to find. You have to really have time to look. This shot is the best. Thanks for sharing--keep them coming I need to see this beauty every week.
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01/08/2007 01:15:58 PM
Great photo and a very cold morning. I'm glad for the opportunities we have to travel the valley together and shoot.

Steve
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01/08/2007 01:09:58 PM
Nice finish David, great job of processing!
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01/08/2007 12:51:56 PM
I can see why! The mountain range is very beautiful, greatly captured in this photo. Congratulations, not only for winning the red but also for being blessed to be working in such a beautiful area. Utah is incredible, photos like this make me want go back and visit the state again.
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01/08/2007 10:38:36 AM
Congrats on the RED!

i'm excited to see some awesome captures outta my former camera!

excellent angles, too.
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01/08/2007 09:29:12 AM
I love b&w landscapes - great image.
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01/08/2007 09:25:12 AM
Congratulations on winning the red ribbon with this beautiful b&w landscape!
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01/08/2007 08:38:36 AM
I certainly don't get tired of seeing these mountains. It's a very beautiful image. Congratulations, David.
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01/08/2007 07:33:31 AM
IMO it would be better to let the top of the fence come out of the left edge of the frame, rather than the bottom - this would have added more depth to the landscape.

How did you get the clouds so blurry at 1/80s shutter? I think that I'm seeing motion blur from PP, but I may be wrong.
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01/08/2007 07:25:56 AM
Since I was one of your 13 10's, I sure am glad this one ribboned. It is FANTASTIC!!!! Congratulations!

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01/08/2007 04:23:47 AM
WOW! One of the best black and white landscape shot´s I have ever seen, congrat´s man! Would have voted a 10 and it went straight for my favorites :)
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01/08/2007 03:48:12 AM
I didnt Vote on this Challenge, but its a great photo
and its nice to hear you appreciate your surroundings.

Cheers.
Joe
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01/08/2007 03:19:53 AM
Well I'm certainly not sick of these mountains. And this may well be your finest presentation of them yet.

Congrats.
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01/08/2007 02:09:37 AM
Congratulations, spectacular! (never tire looking at this!)
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01/08/2007 02:06:56 AM
If you had been a student of Ansel Adams, you would have made him proud! Bored of these mountains? Never! Congratulations with the red ribbon, you can keep collecting, never enough ;)
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01/08/2007 01:36:38 AM
David, congratulations! Another beautiful take on these mountains. You, done with ribbons?!?! He, he, I don't think so :)
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01/08/2007 01:29:02 AM
Ok, I'm jealous. But I work at home so at least I can see beautiful sites like this on the internet! Great work, congratulations David!
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01/08/2007 01:08:14 AM
Ahh that lighting is perfect!
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01/08/2007 12:53:21 AM
Yay - I love this picture!! Congrats on the red ribbon!!
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01/08/2007 12:39:43 AM
Congrats on your ribbon!!! I voted this photo a 10. PERFECT and GORGEOUS!!!
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01/08/2007 12:32:58 AM
Ah, David, congratulations. There were nearly 500 entries and look at you! This is a wonderful b&w of "your" mountains. Add me to the list of those who will never tire of your pictures of these, please. The way you portray them, with all that gorgeous light, makes me a tiny bit jealous not only of where you live, but also of your great skill. Congratulations on the ribbon in a very tough challenge!
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01/08/2007 12:32:24 AM
Awesome, David! They are indredible mountains! And, you photograph them so well.
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01/08/2007 12:26:54 AM
Oh! The detail! and the Lighting! I am so jealous! We just have knobs in Kentucky, but you have peaks!! Someday I will make my way out to Utah. Congratulations on a well deserved ribbon!
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01/08/2007 12:22:16 AM
I will never grow old of those mountains. They are incedible, and you bring out the very best. Congrats on your ribbon !
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01/08/2007 12:16:19 AM
Congratulations on yet another ribbon. You do work in remarkable surroundings and I can understand your want to keep taking pictures of those mountains. Wonderful shot.
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01/08/2007 12:15:29 AM
Congrat's on this well deserved red ribbon.
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01/08/2007 12:12:38 AM
So close to blue! Not like you need anymore though, hehe...
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01/08/2007 12:10:53 AM
Congrat on ribbon
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01/08/2007 12:06:38 AM
WOW - what a feather in your cap. Terrific job. Congrats.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/07/2007 10:12:37 PM
Heh heh. Nice one, David. :-)
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01/07/2007 05:21:57 PM
Ladies and gentlemen, we have our winner. Thanks to everyone else who came out...

Spectacular. This is by far my favorite in the challenge. Ansel would be proud. 10
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01/07/2007 04:09:28 PM
Very nice black & white, such a good contrast..
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01/07/2007 01:48:25 PM
great PP
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01/07/2007 10:52:09 AM
This shot is so atmospheric. Brilliant.
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01/06/2007 09:54:09 PM
Stunning b&w landscape and absolutely beautiful photograph. Great job!
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01/06/2007 05:30:51 PM
Almost feels like Ansell Adams. 8.
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01/06/2007 08:28:55 AM
B&W works really good here, well done
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01/05/2007 09:08:38 PM
This is a ribbon!!! I just know it. Great work! The crop and everything in the image is very well thought out. Congrats ahead of time!
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01/05/2007 08:42:19 PM
simply breathtaking ... 10
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01/05/2007 07:43:26 PM
I can see why they'd be your favorites. Great image.
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01/05/2007 01:43:27 PM
Beautiful black and white. FOr some reason, I especially like the fence taking up the lower corner of the frame. Beautiful job with your dynamic range and black and white conversion. 8 from me.
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01/05/2007 10:45:45 AM
Wonderful photo, great tones, dramatic.
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01/05/2007 05:14:12 AM
very powerful picture.
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01/04/2007 08:04:01 PM
Beautiful contrasty image. Love the light and shadow and it's perfect in b&w. Back to bump you up to 8.
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01/04/2007 11:43:12 AM
I can see why...this is a beautiful shot. Love the range of black and white tones throughout the photo. I like the use of the fence in the foreground to add some perspective as well.
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01/04/2007 08:43:12 AM
nice picture - all the better for being in Black & White !
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01/02/2007 10:55:20 PM
Outstanding study in black and white, beautiful lighting shadows and highlights, fantastic work and a probable top 10 here! 10
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01/02/2007 03:35:31 PM
Lovely black and white. I like the leading and "misleading" lines- they keep my eyes wandering around and around this engaging composition and beautiful landscape. 10
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01/02/2007 07:52:43 AM
nice b/w
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01/02/2007 04:20:23 AM
Nice tonality.
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01/01/2007 09:32:10 PM
Amazing!! Stunning shot - adding to favs!
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01/01/2007 07:00:13 PM
Great contrast. Excellent capture.
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01/01/2007 05:44:12 PM
sweet black and white shot!
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01/01/2007 11:48:45 AM
such a nice range of tones make for a great B&W!
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01/01/2007 10:32:57 AM
This is stunning and dramatic! I love this in black and white. One of my favorites and only my 2nd 10 given so far.
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01/01/2007 01:27:16 AM
Lovely line, contrast and composition.
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