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Taktshang Goemba - Bhutan    (The Tiger's Nest)
Taktshang Goemba - Bhutan (The Tiger's Nest)

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Best of 2008 (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: Challenge Submissions
Camera: Nikon D3
Lens: Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR
Location: Near Paro Bhutan
Date: Oct 20, 2008
Aperture: f/32
ISO: 6400
Shutter: 1/640
Galleries: Landscape, Rural
Date Uploaded: Jan 11, 2009

Photographer’s Notes
Taktshang Goemba (know in English as the Tiger’s Nest) is near Paro, Bhutan. It is arguably the most famous monastery in Bhutan and inextricably linked to Bhutanese culture and the Buddhism practiced in Bhutan. To get to this vantage point, I hiked a couple hours from the trail head and gained about 1,800 vertical feet.

I took about 25,000 photos in 2008. I narrowed it down to 19 I felt were best. Then I enlisted the help of friends and family to narrow it further to 4. Here are the other three candidates.
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Wonder if one of these would have done better?

And you can see my 19 best, in order, at my web site..

Post Processing
• Convert from Raw (Lightroom 2)
• Manage Regional Light Levels (Dodge & Burn Overlay Layer)
• Remove Sensor Dust (Clone Tool Layer)
• Reduce Noise (Neat Image)
• Soften Hot Spots (Masked Exposure Layer)
• Increase Background Contrast (Masked Brightness Contrast layer)
• Darken Background (Dodge & Burn Overlay Layer)
• Brighten Dark Patch of Rock (Dodge & Burn Overlay Layer)
• Desaturate Background Blues (Masked Hue/sat layer)
• Darken Intermediate Trees (Dodge & Burn overlay Layer)
• Remove a Distraction (Clone Tool Layer)
• Resize (Genuine Fractals)
• Sharpen (USM)
• Warm the Image (Warming Filter layer)
• Border (Select & Stroke layer)
• Save for Web (PS CS4)

Camera Data
• Date: 2008-10-20
• Camera: Nikon D3
• Lens: 70-300 mm @ 92 mm
• ISO: 6400
• Aperture: f/32
• Shutter: 1/640

Place: 121 out of 531
Avg (all users): 6.1027
Avg (commenters): 7.1429
Avg (participants): 6.1617
Avg (non-participants): 5.9298
Views since voting: 3160
Views during voting: 409
Votes: 224
Comments: 8
Favorites: 3 (view)

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01/26/2009 01:04:29 PM
Is there any history on the creation of this monastery? I wonder if anyone actually fell off the cliffs during construction, it's so close to the edge. I suppose if you're planning on becoming a practicing Buddist in Bhutan, you shouldn't be afraid of heights.

Congratulations on your high score in an extremely competitive challenge! Very well done!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/21/2009 10:16:35 PM
Wow What a place to build a sanctuary.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/21/2009 11:02:53 AM
Stunning looking place. Reminds me of that one scene in Lord Of The Rings.
How do you get there? Climb or cableway?
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/18/2009 07:56:07 PM
what a location - i like the framing with the trees around, the vertical crop to help imply the height, and the warm rich light on the image
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/18/2009 07:44:16 PM
Reminds me of Batman Begins. Great photo nicely lit and composed. 9.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/18/2009 10:26:08 AM
Very interesting PP work, crisp and clean, amazing clarity, leading lines are greatbrilliant DOF, vibrant colours, nice job well done
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/17/2009 07:17:19 PM
Ohmygosh. What an amazing place. Can you imagine building that? WOW!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/17/2009 10:32:38 AM
really like this shot...makes me what to visit this place...hope it does well...
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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