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Laurelindórinan (Land of the Valley of Singing Gold)
Laurelindórinan (Land of the Valley of Singing Gold)
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Best of 2009 (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM for Nikon
Location: Mine Kill State Park, NY
Date: Oct 22, 2009
Aperture: 9
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/2
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Jan 21, 2010

This is the waterfalls at Mine Kill State Park. I discovered this place by serendipity on my way to Kaaterskill Falls, but going the "back scenic way" instead of the highway,

Thanks for all the nice comments (and of course, the nice placement!)

Statistics
Place: 23 out of 445
Avg (all users): 6.7045
Avg (commenters): 7.9333
Avg (participants): 6.5990
Avg (non-participants): 7.1200
Views since voting: 2227
Views during voting: 459
Votes: 247
Comments: 34
Favorites: 3 (view)


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01/29/2010 09:58:44 AM
WOW..Look at that texture..Lovely!! Great colors!
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01/29/2010 09:15:38 AM
I thought this stunner might be yours :) It is just beyond belief! Definitely worthy of the best of the best of the Neil Shapiro signature! Congratulations!
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01/29/2010 08:44:45 AM
One of the prettiest landscapes I've seen in a long time. Great shot. Congrats on top 25.
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01/29/2010 12:23:35 AM
Well, look at you! Good choice!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/28/2010 11:24:38 PM
9 - Beautiful scene, beautifully captured and well showcased/processed.
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01/28/2010 08:03:50 PM
This is my fav in this challenge. 9
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01/28/2010 04:14:29 PM
I'm a sucker for waterfalls... beautifully done! Looks Neil Shapiro-ish.
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01/28/2010 06:34:44 AM
Very grand, very nice landscape. Good shot too, but for me I think you've overdone it a bit with the processing. It's such an interesting landscape I think it speaks volumes on its own without the heavy handed editing.
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01/27/2010 08:56:11 PM
This, honestly, is just stunning. My top pick of the challenge... and there are some other images that are extremely good in this bunch. You've nailed the composition, and of course the content is beautiful. What takes it to the next level, IMO, is the fact that you have held the maximal amount of detail, with no hint of oversharpening. Nice job.
From the sun angle and the foreground detail, I do assume this is multiple exposure HDR; it is, IMO, what HDR is all about, rendering a natural scene believably, yet with more detail in darker areas than would normally be possible.
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01/27/2010 10:19:09 AM
dramatic vista, well composed and delivered - i am just not crazy about the levels of saturation
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01/26/2010 10:20:53 PM
Wonderful HDR ,this gets the 1st 10 . well done
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01/26/2010 07:44:50 PM
Love that lens! Beautiful choice of subject.....7
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01/26/2010 03:31:37 PM
Beautifull setting. PP work i hope to learn from this. Rocks on right, especially bottom right looks very soft and not overall sharp
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01/26/2010 03:16:02 PM
gorgeous - 9
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01/26/2010 02:03:18 AM
Love the textures all over the photo, rocks, plants, clouds, water, great! I also like the title, I googled what it was and love it even more!
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01/25/2010 05:02:51 PM
Whoa!!! Could that be any more amazing? I don't think so!
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01/25/2010 03:49:24 PM
Nice composition, congrats!
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01/25/2010 01:38:55 PM
a very beautiful spot...did you use a fisheye? the area seems to have a curve to it so I'm guessing the fisheye...nice color...not pushed to much...well done
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01/25/2010 10:31:49 AM
wow ... just gorgeous ... love the range of colors in this image ...
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01/25/2010 03:32:43 AM
So, so surreal. Almost too surreal.
It's...difficult to describe. There is so much going on, and everything is beautiful. This picture is overpowering.
I will be picky and point out the left top corner with the oddly-colored clouds.
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01/25/2010 02:36:49 AM
great location...but the processing really makes it look fake/plastic...I like it overall, but it screams post processed to th max at me...still, a 7
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01/24/2010 09:32:28 PM
This is just spectacular. is this HDR photo? would love to know location.
10
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01/24/2010 11:58:29 AM
Well done. Please dont get me wrong, this is a fantastic shot. But I may have tried 1)cropping out the distorted, low contrast trees on the left. 2) Flipping horizontally because the rocks are perfect to bring you in to the photo. Again, thanks for sharing.
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01/24/2010 08:06:16 AM
awesome landscpae, good composition and really good editing makes this a shot that i will remember... compliments.
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01/23/2010 07:36:15 PM
stunning, fantastical image.
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01/23/2010 02:54:12 PM
Wow this is unreal! What a gorgeous scene, great perspective, wow.
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01/23/2010 11:25:09 AM
Just stunning. I love the textures and color depth. Almost painterly. 8
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01/23/2010 01:38:30 AM
Like it but it is to much Thomas Kinkade master of light for me.
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01/22/2010 07:19:01 PM
The color of the sky really helps draw the eye into the center. I think because it's so close in color to the rocks on the right.
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01/22/2010 12:40:06 PM
If a person doesn't like this shot they can't see it. Great everything. Love the pp work as well.
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01/22/2010 08:45:04 AM
Ah, someone has been into the Tolkien:-) But isn't it spelled with an 'e' LaurelindorEnan? Yes, this is very lovely scene that dazzles our eyes with the natural beauty. Colors are beautiful and the soft flow capture of the waterfall makes it look surreal. One odd thing is that there is an odd curvature in the scene - the trees to the left are bending inward as well as the rock face of the mountain on the right. The mountain cliff leaning forward towards us seems to be looming and almost pressing it's weight forward to propel us past the waterfall. A very beautiful and enchanting place you have captured.
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01/22/2010 04:56:34 AM
very busy but impressive all the same - good luck
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01/22/2010 02:23:08 AM
Nice example of HDR. Looks a bit over-processed and cluttered though. Maybe too dark - it doesn't really make me feel happy - like the title implies.
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01/22/2010 12:42:47 AM
sensational i will be surprised if this isnt near the top
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