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viewing the sunrise at Death Valley
viewing the sunrise at Death Valley
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Hidden Gem -- 1,000th Challenge! (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon MF Reflex-Nikkor 500mm f/8.0
Date: Mar 4, 2009
Aperture: f8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/40 s
Galleries: Landscape
Date Uploaded: Mar 4, 2009

I arrived before dawn at the sand dunes to find the place packed with other photographers. We all selected our own sand dune, positioned a polite distance from each other, and waited for the sun to come up. This group of people must have come very early as they had claimed the highest sand dune. The sun rays had not yet reached the sand, but had just lit up the mountains in the background and the crowd was enjoying and photographing the spectacle.

Statistics
Place: 173 out of 1129
Avg (all users): 6.1862
Avg (commenters): 7.4545
Avg (participants): 6.2231
Avg (non-participants): 6.0000
Views since voting: 1130
Views during voting: 702
Votes: 478
Comments: 70
Favorites: 8 (view)


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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/17/2009 10:06:10 PM
Great silhouettes and subtle shades and tones.
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03/17/2009 09:45:52 PM
Excellent colors. You capture the essense that human being is so small in big scheme. I really like this. Good Luck.
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03/17/2009 09:45:02 PM
Quite lovely, you've made such a harsh inhospitable place so delicately attractive.
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03/17/2009 07:05:43 PM
very unique-8
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03/17/2009 06:40:36 PM
Nice sense of design and great DOF. Lots of nice patterns in this. 7
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03/17/2009 03:46:34 PM
Amazing and wonderful.
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03/17/2009 03:05:25 PM
This is much better than my first impression, I like the sweeping lines
I do wish the mountains were a touch brighter to give a stronger sense of the sunrise. +2
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03/17/2009 02:50:38 PM
This is amazing, it makes me feel so tiny, I bet it was quite a trek to get up there!
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03/17/2009 12:07:25 PM
Effective compositio, I like it!
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03/17/2009 11:13:48 AM
The landscape here looks incredible... good silhouette of the people too.
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03/17/2009 08:50:08 AM
Nice that you included the people for a sense of scale
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03/17/2009 06:32:11 AM
Nice and creative sand dunes composition.
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03/17/2009 02:02:45 AM
Beautiful image.
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03/16/2009 11:49:16 PM
I like the colors and lines, very nice shot.
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03/16/2009 09:06:03 PM
How many DPC members can you find in this photo?
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03/16/2009 07:09:54 PM
One of the best landscapes in this challenge - 9
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03/16/2009 03:46:59 PM
Nice sense of scale portrayed in this
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03/16/2009 03:21:12 PM
Great color and composition. Looks like (the would be) explorers on the surface of mars 8) (no vote)
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03/16/2009 02:56:02 PM
Wow, those are huge dunes! Looks like you were on a photo trip with friends and they really show the enormous heights those dunes reach.
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03/16/2009 02:44:46 PM
Ohh... very nice! Love the simplicity
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03/16/2009 12:22:47 PM
Lovely composition, beautiful patterns and colours the people complete a great image
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03/16/2009 10:37:58 AM
wow interesting ... six from me

;D regards
brano
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03/16/2009 02:07:35 AM
I love all the different tones in this.. amazing.
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03/16/2009 12:20:29 AM
Great contrast of colors. Like the perspective as well.
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03/15/2009 10:48:03 PM
This is so surreal - and I love surreal! The fluid movement of the composition and the visceral tones are stellar. Quite a piece of art.
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03/15/2009 08:19:22 PM
You have given us a dramatic photo on several levels. A dramatic abstract. A dramatic landscape. And a dramatic adventure. The composition with 3 diagonal stripes, as it were, gives us a lot of motion, which I appreciate. And the four figures at the crest of the dune make us care and give a sense of scale. Among best of show.
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03/15/2009 03:15:55 PM
Very different. It bothers me a bit that the image looks tilted to the left, and I'm wondering if it is intentional. If so, to my eyes it is not working, not so much because of the people tilting, but because of the backdrop, the pinkish hills behind the people. It is interesting to look at though. Added to favourites. ~9
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03/15/2009 01:16:36 PM
Back to comment and bump: Welcome to my favorite's list. 10
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03/15/2009 12:23:22 PM
Image feels a tad dark. The composition really has some strong leading lines.
03/15/2009 10:27:33 AM
Very nice image. It's good to see a few "great" images. This is a perfect reflection of your abilities as a photographer.
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03/15/2009 10:20:45 AM
Amazing landscape, the people give it a sense of scale.
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03/14/2009 09:53:49 PM
Great sense of scale.
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03/14/2009 06:34:15 PM
Colors are interesting.
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03/14/2009 06:06:48 PM
Very surreal!
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03/14/2009 05:19:04 PM
Well composed and nice colors
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03/14/2009 03:07:18 PM
I think cropping some of the foreground might have added to this image jmo
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03/14/2009 11:03:37 AM
I will have to visit this place...didn't realize how much sand there was there....
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03/14/2009 09:15:20 AM
fantastic composition and use of color
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03/14/2009 06:33:55 AM
Very striking composition! 9.
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03/14/2009 12:48:35 AM
Very surreal. Great composition and tones.
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03/13/2009 07:25:11 PM
Great sense of scale between man and earth.
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03/13/2009 07:24:50 PM
Wow, this is great, love the tiny people against the vast landscape
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03/13/2009 04:46:02 PM
I find this calming, I bet it was a tremendous experience.
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03/13/2009 02:15:31 PM
LOVE LOVE LOVE this... good job! 9
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03/13/2009 02:01:32 PM
Neat, but as you mention the sunrise in the title, I would have liked to have seen some of it.
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03/13/2009 01:53:46 PM
wow!
splendid, you must be proud to have this photo in your collection 10
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03/13/2009 08:58:32 AM
not that interesting to me but thats a personal opinion
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03/13/2009 08:26:36 AM
A little more focus would have been great but I do love the silhouettes. Adds a ton of interest.
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03/13/2009 05:55:47 AM
Wonderful shapes and color. I like the included people!
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03/13/2009 03:52:54 AM
Great! I have a painting that looks like the bottom portion.
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03/13/2009 12:19:52 AM
Lots of great photos in this challenge, but this one made me sit back in my chair and take a deep breath. Very well done -10-
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03/12/2009 10:45:51 PM
Very cool textures, but they're all standing crooked which makes the photo look tilted. Nevertheless, good score for you :)
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03/12/2009 07:54:50 PM
Coming back to comment...

Stunning! The soft pastels, the flowing lines, the tiny, tiny people. Just stunning! 10
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03/12/2009 04:16:50 PM
What a journey. I love how small we (the people) look in contrast to the world.
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03/12/2009 03:41:13 PM
Great perspective, I like the colors.
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03/12/2009 03:37:24 PM
great capture - i like the colors
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03/12/2009 02:47:25 PM
I like the shot.
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03/12/2009 11:57:37 AM
What an interesting composition. Fabulous!
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03/12/2009 11:40:03 AM
Nice! Wish it were a tad sharper.
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03/12/2009 11:19:56 AM
great perspective nice shot
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03/12/2009 08:57:58 AM
This is an amazing capture. It's very other-worldly, which I imagine Death Valley probably is.
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03/11/2009 08:02:32 PM
Interesting shot , excellent composition, nice scale in the shot, 7
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03/11/2009 07:34:41 PM
This looks more like a sketch than a photo. Really incredible scale. The silhouettes are perfectly placed.
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03/11/2009 07:07:05 PM
I'd love to see what they're taking pictures of. Great landscape, covering such a large amount of ground. Well done.
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03/11/2009 10:42:24 AM
Congratulations on being part of this 1000th challenge on DPC. Keep up the good work!!
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03/11/2009 08:46:22 AM
Dune revisited...
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03/11/2009 08:27:19 AM
Cool shot!
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03/11/2009 06:01:57 AM
Really like this picture! I only wish that the people were a little more in focus.
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03/11/2009 03:33:13 AM
Has an abnormal tilt to it - the silhouettes are all leaning right. other than that, it is a beautiful shot.
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03/11/2009 03:05:44 AM
Great colours and tones in this. A shame the people aren't a little sharper.
Maybe a little Unsharp mask on them would have helped
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