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Challenge: Hidden Gem -- 1,000th Challenge! (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Sony DSLR-A300
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Minolta
Location: Hawaii
Date: Dec 29, 2008
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/1250
Galleries: Travel
Date Uploaded: Mar 10, 2009

This shot was taken on the island of Maui. It was taken on the trip coming down from peak of the Haleakala volcano. We had gone up to the summit before sunrise to see the sunrise from the top of volcano which is about 10,000 ft above sea level. I wish I had named this shot differently because I got some great suggestions during the voting!

This is my personal best score so far. Thanks everyone for the votes, favorites, and comments!

Statistics
Place: 72 out of 1129
Avg (all users): 6.5164
Avg (commenters): 7.2970
Avg (participants): 6.4907
Avg (non-participants): 6.6471
Views since voting: 1488
Views during voting: 758
Votes: 517
Comments: 112
Favorites: 12 (view)


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03/18/2009 10:27:58 PM
wow.. looks like fun. but not too much fun, as i don't think those clouds would break your fall.
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03/18/2009 10:19:08 PM
110 comments - wow. Now you have 111. :o)

Amazing shot! Really staggering to see such strangeness. Wonderful photo.

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03/18/2009 03:14:14 AM
Thanks everyone for your comments!

Message edited by author 2009-03-18 03:16:49.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/17/2009 11:48:17 PM
Oooh... missed an opportunity with the title here: "Skyway" Great scene!
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03/17/2009 10:25:54 PM
Wow - what an amazing capture!
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03/17/2009 09:45:40 PM
WOW, it feels like you are on top of the world. Grat coluds, excellent composition. One of my high score, good luck.
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03/17/2009 04:02:57 PM
wow. really cool.
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03/17/2009 03:17:17 PM
Definitely be careful you don't make a hard left...I've seen roads in the clouds and even above the clouds before, but never with such poofy and billowy clouds. Very nice photo!
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03/17/2009 12:55:26 PM
How strange! What a great phenomenon to capture. It's like a city in the sky.
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03/17/2009 12:09:59 PM
Effective composition!
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03/17/2009 06:00:07 AM
Surreal
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03/17/2009 02:40:39 AM
surreal photo
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03/17/2009 01:15:16 AM
So thats what a cotton field looks like?!?!?

Cool shot. I have never been to the mountains before, so I havent had the chance to see something like this myself.
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03/16/2009 11:31:16 PM
Woah! What a location, this is so bizarre to see a road above the clouds.
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03/16/2009 11:08:24 PM
Great cloud shot from above. Without any barriers this would be really scary to drive! But you'd have the soft cloud landing if you drove off.
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03/16/2009 10:42:16 PM
breathtaking...
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03/16/2009 05:54:51 PM
Wow! It looks like you are about to drive off the face of the earth! This must be quite an experience and I bet the views are terrific when it's clear.
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03/16/2009 05:33:31 PM
What a cool shot! A road above the clouds - awesome!
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03/16/2009 03:49:10 PM
LOL, you don't want to miss that turn do you?
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03/16/2009 12:02:42 PM
well done, six

brano
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03/16/2009 11:49:25 AM
wow, very impressive
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03/16/2009 08:46:55 AM
:-) funny, how is that working? does this really exist like this?! amazing. 10.
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03/16/2009 05:37:33 AM
Love the location & I want to be there! May be some human element may have added more life to the image.
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03/16/2009 04:17:08 AM
Well captured and presented. Wild POV. Like it a lot. Bumping.
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03/16/2009 12:48:30 AM
Wonderful shot, great color and detail.
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03/15/2009 11:07:09 PM
Great perspective, clarity and color.
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03/15/2009 10:04:02 PM
What a gem of a photo. Keep you eyes on the road or you may get to heaven before you want to.
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03/15/2009 09:47:41 PM
Stellar! Just like something out of my dreams. VERY well seen and presented.
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03/15/2009 09:26:15 PM
What a great view above the clouds. Hawaii?
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03/15/2009 08:25:01 PM
Wow I would love to be in this place - really heavenly. Someone standing near the right side will make this image a 10.
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03/15/2009 06:50:29 PM
OMG! This is my worst nightmare, I hope I never find myself on this road lol
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03/15/2009 05:31:26 PM
nice capture.
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03/15/2009 04:46:09 PM
well... a road on the clouds!! interesting indeed and well shot
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03/15/2009 04:33:45 PM
What a view. Wouldn't want to take this curve to quickly though!!
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03/15/2009 03:38:45 PM
Wow!.... the road to Heaven? Excellent...I really love this...like out of a dream. 8
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03/15/2009 03:28:13 PM
WOW!... what a view!
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03/15/2009 02:52:52 PM
that is so scary. theres no way i could ever drive this raod.
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03/15/2009 10:10:06 AM
Wow, what an amazing road to be above the clouds, thank you for sharing this with us!
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03/14/2009 11:51:02 PM
I bet some others offered to crop top third and leave lower level clouds. I feel it will be Heavenly-er :) But very good photo anyway.
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03/14/2009 11:10:05 PM
wow. how high up IS this road? To be above the clouds is just fantastic!
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03/14/2009 08:23:47 PM
this could be an advertisement for some sports car - very nice!
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03/14/2009 08:08:39 PM
This road above is great.
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03/14/2009 07:49:11 PM
No Left Turn allowed! Nice lighting. Reminds me of rock-hunting with a friend when I was in Jr. High - we were up above the clouds, and whole valleys were filled with clouds, but it was sunny where we were - right through sunset, and then we had to come back.
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03/14/2009 05:49:12 PM
This is simply wild!
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03/14/2009 05:35:23 PM
This is cool! must be pretty high up??
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03/14/2009 04:43:34 PM
Coming back to comment...

Wow! Now that's taking the high road!
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03/14/2009 03:11:45 PM
Great shot, looks surreal
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03/14/2009 12:52:21 PM
WOW you are above the clouds
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03/14/2009 12:05:37 PM
talk about "above the clouds"...very nice indeed
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03/14/2009 10:31:48 AM
Wow. No fence or anything stopping someone from driving over the edge. Cool shot.
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03/14/2009 09:50:14 AM
This is really a cool shot.
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03/14/2009 09:11:02 AM
oh my, i would not want to drive over the edge of the road here, but at the same time, really cool image
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03/14/2009 07:12:11 AM
That is a dead man's curve if I have ever seen one.
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03/13/2009 11:26:22 PM
Beautiful capture! 8
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03/13/2009 11:07:51 PM
Why cant I vote higher than 10?!?! This is by far the best I've seen yet.
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03/13/2009 10:18:46 PM
cool
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03/13/2009 09:02:15 PM
That's up there! In the clouds. Great location.
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03/13/2009 08:45:58 PM
wow, fantastic location. excellent composition, 8
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03/13/2009 07:58:54 PM
I love this photo. It's like you can walk right out on the fluffy "cotton" right off the road.
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03/13/2009 07:02:28 PM
Oh wow, is that cool or what. Great shot!
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03/13/2009 06:34:10 PM
Oh, fantastic. An airplane view from a roadway.
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03/13/2009 06:09:50 PM
Well done - nice use of lines.
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03/13/2009 02:57:48 PM
I'd have pulled over to take this picture too :-) Dreamlike and visually intriguing. The field of clouds, the striated sky, and the yellow curve of the road that leads the eye around the bend. Well done.
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03/13/2009 01:50:13 PM
cool shot,but the sky seemsa bit blown to me
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03/13/2009 01:16:03 PM
amazing shot ... your title fits perfectly also ...
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03/13/2009 11:44:47 AM
Now that's something you don't see every day. What a beautiful sight. Nice simple composition with colors that aren't too over done.
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03/13/2009 09:02:39 AM
This looks very high! Scary road, but a beautiful view on the clouds.
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03/13/2009 08:40:26 AM
interesting capture
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03/12/2009 09:20:53 PM
I can forget about the few conceps of photography that i know when i see this. This place is amazing, and you did a good job catching it.
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03/12/2009 09:07:11 PM
wow what a view! composition and lighting are great
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03/12/2009 08:54:38 PM
Nice shot. I like this shot with the contrast dark road and sky.
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03/12/2009 08:52:51 PM
Wow.. how in the world did you get a shot like this? Where is it?
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03/12/2009 08:23:14 PM
Unusual composition. I like the curving lines that stretch across the frame. Looks almost like you could drive out on those fluffy clouds. Excellent.
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03/12/2009 07:36:20 PM
This is really neat being above the clouds. Nicely composed.
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03/12/2009 07:31:44 PM
This is a wonderful perspective! I like the way the road leads the eye in and around. I would like to see a little more contrast and a little less noise in the sky, though.
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03/12/2009 07:18:25 PM
Great shoot ;-)
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03/12/2009 07:09:03 PM
Cool shot, maybe clone out the plants on the left for a smoother line, it'd really flow
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03/12/2009 05:42:07 PM
Oh wow! Whatta perspective!
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03/12/2009 05:15:20 PM
oh wow this is stunning!
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03/12/2009 01:31:16 PM
Indeed!! Why there are no guardrails on this curve is beyond me.
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03/12/2009 11:43:52 AM
Beautiful shot. So where was this taken? In fact don't remember the last time I've seen such an intriguing shot and a shot that makes me want to find this place on earth.
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03/12/2009 11:41:50 AM
if thats not photoshopped, thats really cool.
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03/12/2009 10:57:40 AM
Wow, what a scene. I'm wonder what affect it would have if the horizon was leveled. The despeckled process takes away from the image for me.
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03/12/2009 10:29:10 AM
I'd hate to have to drive that road.
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03/12/2009 08:49:06 AM
Voted earlier coming back now to leave comments. Holy...cow...I - am - really- glad to be sitting here and observing this as a picture (fear of heights). Though I imagine it must have be really breathtaking to observe in real time. Tis certainly cool to be above the cloud cover - I have experienced that once with driving into a cloud cover on the Blue Ridge Parkway in NC (an experience but one I do not readily seek to have again:-) ). O.K. back to the photo, I like how the composition has the road curving - those leading lines direct us to travel around the bend as we look upon the photo. But we also take a quick glance at what lies beyond with the billowy white clouds and the sky blue horizon. One also looks that there is no guardrail and tries not to think of how high up one is and how bad the fall would be....The unobstructed view of the wide open sky is that we feel we are above the heavens even though we are still rooted to the ground plane. Colors and details are wonderfully crisp.
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03/12/2009 04:11:06 AM
wow where was this?
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03/12/2009 02:13:30 AM
LOL. You don't want to go over that cliff!
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03/12/2009 01:55:17 AM
Oh this is so cool. I love it!
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03/12/2009 01:31:26 AM
interesting shot, very cool.
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03/12/2009 01:30:35 AM
is it real???
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03/11/2009 10:53:54 PM
This reminds me of my trip to Maui many years ago, when I drove to the top of the volcano for sunrise, and on the way down I was driving through a cloud. I had to stop and walk in the cloud...
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03/11/2009 09:42:17 PM
This is an awesome photo!!! Maybe it's because I don't live around any mountains!!
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03/11/2009 08:10:06 PM
I'm envious that you got to see that live, but thank you for showing it,
Just heavenly!
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03/11/2009 07:16:28 PM
Wow.. this must be the way to heaven - 7
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03/11/2009 07:12:09 PM
amazing!
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03/11/2009 06:41:31 PM
How cool!
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03/11/2009 05:54:27 PM
That is a scary route to take! Exceptional example of right place right time
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03/11/2009 05:41:24 PM
Wow, like a highway in the sky, I like how you were able to give the illusion of a floating highway, and the nice line you created with it in your composition.
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03/11/2009 05:16:42 PM
highway to heaven would be better title. still a 10
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03/11/2009 04:58:21 PM
Nice perspective. Is the horizon tilted just a bit?
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03/11/2009 04:47:05 PM
Wow - that just looks unreal. Very very cool.
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03/11/2009 04:34:06 PM
Wow that is high up there. Makes you look twice. Nice.
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03/11/2009 12:36:27 PM
Very cool! I love it!
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03/11/2009 11:40:57 AM
Wow, I've never seen anything like that before. Such a thick cloud base, that road must be pretty high up, I wouldn't want to go round that corner too fast either!!
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03/11/2009 11:02:14 AM
wow road in the clouds
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03/11/2009 10:20:06 AM
Wow ,great shot. I hope you were stopped when you took it. No rail or room for error.
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03/11/2009 07:37:53 AM
That looks great!
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03/11/2009 07:04:06 AM
Wow! Is that for real?! Looks like a very scary road to travel! Wonderful capture, nice dramatic lighting.
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03/11/2009 05:35:09 AM
this one is a winner for me. i give this photo 11 :-) ... GREAT
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03/11/2009 04:30:44 AM
Wow, I wouldn't want to drive off this road.
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03/11/2009 03:30:01 AM
spectacular image. I have to know where this is!
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03/11/2009 12:16:00 AM
Just one shot after another taking my breath away... I really want to retire for the evening but with shots like this how can I help from not voting more? looking forward to seeing where this shot was taken, I'm a new englander so I'm guessing mt washington autoroad, but I'll bet I'm wrong.
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