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Breaking Storm - Death Valley, February 2009
Breaking Storm - Death Valley, February 2009
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Hidden Gem -- 1,000th Challenge! (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR
Location: Death Valley, California
Date: Mar 9, 2009
Aperture: F14
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/25
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Mar 9, 2009

It was raining - hard. Only an hour till sunset. Folks were sitting in their cars by the dunes -- waiting. They gave up and started leaving. I suggested to my old friend that he should stay a bit longer, but he gave up and went back to the hotel.

A few minutes later -- it happened. The clouds broke for about 20 minutes and gave me a real show.

Post processing: Opened twice, once for foreground, once for sky. Adjusted saturation for each, merged together.


Statistics
Place: 209 out of 1129
Avg (all users): 6.1105
Avg (commenters): 7.1538
Avg (participants): 6.1038
Avg (non-participants): 6.1446
Views since voting: 781
Views during voting: 700
Votes: 507
Comments: 71
Favorites: 4 (view)


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03/20/2009 11:45:25 PM
Everything about this is brilliant. It should have ended up higher.
Adding it to my favourites.

Message edited by author 2009-03-20 23:46:49.
03/18/2009 04:06:51 AM
so underrated
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/17/2009 11:37:51 PM
The subtlety of the rainbow is just fantastic. The foreground color cast seems a bit off, but I really like this quite a bit.
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03/17/2009 08:07:09 PM
you found the gold at the end of the rainbow! I really hope this scores well. Wish it were a bit sharper, but you're still getting a 9 form me
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03/17/2009 07:58:05 PM
Oh, breathtaking. 10
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03/17/2009 04:51:55 PM
Wow so yellow. I like the rainbow at the top.
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03/17/2009 03:33:43 PM
I got a love/hate thing going on this image. At many levels it's stunning, but the colors seem seriously "off" to me. I imagine they're what you *wanted*, but it just seems to ocherey (I know that ain't a word) to my eye. Still, extraordinary capture, well seen, and a 7 from me.
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03/17/2009 01:38:46 PM
Wow, the rainbow looks so big! And the sand looks like gold, this seems magical.
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03/17/2009 12:55:27 PM
Lovely scene and interesting processing.
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03/16/2009 11:43:15 PM
Very different shot. Very interesting colors. Great rainbow. Not sure it combines for a pleasing shot, but I love the curves in the dunes.
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03/16/2009 11:01:02 AM
This image really took me aback... So surreal and yet natural. Love the processing and tones. Truly beautiful work.
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03/16/2009 02:41:31 AM
Truly gold at the end of the rainbow. Nice!
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03/15/2009 10:08:46 PM
Cool rainbow!
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03/15/2009 09:08:36 PM
Amazing....
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03/15/2009 07:14:06 PM
Dunes of Gold - right where the rainbow ends. Brilliant
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03/15/2009 06:40:39 PM
Beautiful tones. Looks like a painting.
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03/15/2009 04:58:36 PM
Almost artificial! What a colors and a beautiful rainbow.
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03/15/2009 04:15:05 PM
The whole yellow cast to this image is a bit off-putting.
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03/15/2009 01:22:58 PM
Amazing color, a one in a million shot. Congratulations!!
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03/15/2009 12:07:53 PM
Simply stunning!
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03/15/2009 12:05:16 PM
Wish this was a little sharper
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03/15/2009 12:03:45 PM
Amazing light, really amazing with the faint rainbow too.
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03/15/2009 10:58:02 AM
looks like a painting more than a photo. i bet in real life it was magnificent. 9
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03/15/2009 10:26:25 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 05:11:59 AM
geeziz



amazing


;) brano
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03/15/2009 04:56:49 AM
Magnificent picture. It looks as if painted!
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03/15/2009 01:42:11 AM
Cool, rainbow's in the desert are pretty rare. Beautiful capture. 8.
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03/14/2009 11:34:13 PM
Wow, that is quite the shot. It almost looks like the rainbow is from the sand.
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03/14/2009 11:20:23 PM
Very surreal, love how rich the colors are.
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03/14/2009 09:48:41 PM
that's a different rainbow, cool hlls, i like the colors in this image
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03/14/2009 09:21:35 PM
Interpretation of Topic: Great Choice
Photography: Beautiful Photo
Viewers Reaction: Fantastic
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03/14/2009 07:10:15 PM
great tones
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03/14/2009 06:39:59 PM
Glow is nice.
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03/14/2009 04:46:47 PM
Coming back to comment...

Wow! Phenomenal colors!! The land of gold and rainbows! Bumping to 10.
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03/14/2009 03:19:45 PM
What a fortuitous find! A rainbow in the desert! Though the sand and bushes lack detail, the overall shapes and the warm tones make this a happy shot.
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03/14/2009 04:29:50 AM
very interesting, looks almost painted. beautiful colours though
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03/14/2009 02:33:56 AM
Very surreal looking.
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03/14/2009 12:27:52 AM
7 which is huge for a sand dune shot. this is such a painting.
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03/14/2009 12:18:23 AM
the colours are exquisite, I love how the rainbow mergers with the sand, I gave it a 10
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03/13/2009 09:30:58 PM
Nice light. a little more details in the foreground would have helped
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03/13/2009 08:41:58 PM
This is beautiful. The color of the light is extraordinary.
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03/13/2009 08:16:10 PM
Sand dunes AND a rainbow? That has to be rare! love the oolors too.
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03/13/2009 07:37:28 PM
looks out of this world. I am sure this shot was difficult to post process. I can see some artifacts due to oversaturation. 6
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03/13/2009 04:33:02 PM
are the colors this "bold"...that is my first thought
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03/13/2009 03:08:29 PM
Interesting shot of the rainbow
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03/13/2009 12:57:25 PM
This calls to me. The hues and tones, the shades and shadows. Surrealism in a real place, almost abstract but not. I like this.
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03/13/2009 12:07:21 PM
Oh wow! What a wonderful capture! ...I can't think of anything else to say but "Wow". lol
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03/13/2009 09:43:14 AM
Kinda funky.. I almost don't like it with the rainbow.. but it still interests me.
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03/13/2009 08:27:25 AM
this looks like a vast landscape
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03/13/2009 07:49:56 AM
Nice scene but the colors don't seem quite right to me.
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03/13/2009 03:12:28 AM
OOhh interesting colour.
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03/12/2009 09:54:52 PM
Beautiful! Lovely! I wish I could see a wide shot of this as well.
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03/12/2009 09:52:41 PM
looks a bit washed out
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03/12/2009 07:47:17 PM
Oh My, WOW amazing capture, one of the highest scores Im giving yet! Good JOB!
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03/12/2009 07:22:00 PM
way way cool 10
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03/12/2009 04:06:57 PM
Cool pic. Love the rainbow.
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03/12/2009 02:33:04 PM
Rare shot in death valley. Great timing.
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03/12/2009 12:01:06 PM
This almost looks surreal. Very pretty, the sand dunes create some really neat lines throughout the image.
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03/12/2009 08:56:21 AM
This is beautiful. The yellows are so peaceful, and yet it looks like that peace is very fragile.
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03/12/2009 04:30:18 AM
WOW, I love the dunes ... I'm not so taken with the rainbow
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03/12/2009 02:01:37 AM
great arty image almost looks like a painting
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03/11/2009 09:10:09 PM
Beauty in yellow. Wow like this.
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03/11/2009 07:31:01 PM
One of the better rainbow shots I have seen. Either you zoomed in a lot, or cropped it down a lot. Either way, it is well composed.
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03/11/2009 05:49:04 PM
Amazing colors and shapes in this image! That rainbow is mesmerizing! 8
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03/11/2009 04:36:17 PM
Very pretty colors! I love the dunes.
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03/11/2009 02:55:35 PM
Wow, that is something I have never seen, a rainbow in the dessert. Very cool photo.
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03/11/2009 12:39:52 PM
neat
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03/11/2009 12:36:26 PM
What a stark contrast of dry desert and rainbow! What a find.
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03/11/2009 09:55:17 AM
nice rainbow, nice light,
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03/11/2009 12:51:02 AM
Great capture! Nice color
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03/11/2009 12:49:41 AM
Very nice tones!
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