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Clearing Storm, Late Spring, Yosemite Valley
Clearing Storm, Late Spring, Yosemite Valley
Bear_Music


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Best of 2011 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Challenges
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Location: Yosemite National Park, CA
Date: May 15, 2011
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/500
Date Uploaded: Jan 28, 2012

I'm a big fan of the overtly dramatic landscape paintings of Bierstadt, Turner, and folks like them. I really wanted to capture that sense of overblown, romanticized, larger-than-life, florid, in-your-face excitement, which is, you see, exactly how I felt standing there when I made this image.

Some of you "got" it; most of you didn't :-(

Statistics
Place: 235 out of 410
Avg (all users): 5.7468
Avg (commenters): 6.3793
Avg (participants): 5.6599
Avg (non-participants): 6.1750
Views since voting: 413
Views during voting: 466
Votes: 237
Comments: 34
Favorites: 0


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02/24/2012 08:54:52 AM
Terrific scene, Bear, but I think you overdid it with the processing, too.
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02/24/2012 07:50:08 AM
Cant Believe this finished so low, really underappreciated in this challenge. I loved this during. Sorry it didnt place higher.
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02/24/2012 12:41:36 AM
Way under appreciated. This is really superb photography, which I admire greatly!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/23/2012 10:10:53 PM
I like the painterly feel to this. I didn't notice the waterfall at first so it was a nice surprise to come across it as my eyes were wandering over this photo. A real beauty!
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02/23/2012 02:18:17 PM
A bit too much surrealism for my taste.
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02/22/2012 12:32:56 AM
Way over HDR'd. Would like to see a more realistic version.
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02/21/2012 10:26:14 AM
A great scene with menacing clouds.
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02/20/2012 10:10:02 AM
This is a nice picture to look into. The clouds might be just a little overdone.
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02/19/2012 11:23:25 PM
Yosemite is one of my favorite places on earth. I really like this tunnel view....it is so grand. The processing is way over done for my taste, however you did a great job with the DOF. I can see all the way to the back of the park.

(voted earlier, coming back to comment)
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02/19/2012 06:36:33 PM
This was, no doubt, an incredible sight to behold. I do like the composition, but in fact the processing is so over the top that it pretty much ruins it for me. It's become a caricature of itself.
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02/18/2012 02:50:35 PM
ya'know, i think if anyone sees the waterfall this picture is a 10.... like cmon all;)
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02/18/2012 10:04:37 AM
Nice composition and subject matter though way too over-processed for my taste.
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02/17/2012 11:12:56 PM
Wow! Breathtaking! Love the textures in the clouds and mountains. It is especially interesting that the trees along the right side still have a coat of snow, the those in the valley and to the left don't - differences in shadows & sunlight. The sky is incredible.
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02/16/2012 12:42:49 PM
Excellent image, and the processing evokes the power of nature well.
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02/15/2012 08:59:16 AM
This is a very nice scene. I really think the processing is a little overdone. I would love to see this a little toned down
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02/14/2012 12:34:38 PM
This is a really nice shot. Very dramatic. My only qualm is that the clouds may have been overly burned in. A bit overworked. Would have worked really well as a painting!
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02/14/2012 10:46:44 AM
This is in my top 5 - simply beautiful!
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02/14/2012 09:53:41 AM
This is now the third picture of this exact angle in the challenge. weird but true. I'll check it after roll over. lovely pictures all three of them
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02/14/2012 08:07:06 AM
put the topaz away.
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02/14/2012 04:06:26 AM
A stormy challenge, thankfully they are all clearing! This has a very strong three dimensional feel. One of these must be Bear, but I'm not certain this is it. I hope you enjoyed your trip.
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02/13/2012 11:41:21 PM
A beautiful Picture, in my eye I think it's a tish over-processed
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02/13/2012 05:55:59 PM
Very nice!
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02/13/2012 05:18:27 PM
Looks very alienesque and apocalyptic....
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02/12/2012 07:27:15 PM
Wow. I love this.

(commenting only)
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02/12/2012 05:30:18 PM
Excellent image and composition. Love the processing. Hoping to see this on the front Page. There are many of this vista, but its the best in the challenge. Great work. 10
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02/11/2012 05:09:18 PM
really great light and clouds - but i do not like the processing at all
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02/10/2012 11:14:02 PM
This is too over processed to me. As one who frequently spends summers in yosemite and frequently enjoys this view, I think a lighter hand would have done it more justice.
I do admire the dramatic clouds, and it is nevertheless a nice picture. 7
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02/10/2012 08:12:00 PM
Fabulous location.... the sky is a tad over processed for my taste, but good effort.
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02/10/2012 07:14:55 PM
wow, nicely seen and captured and processed
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02/10/2012 06:25:38 PM
I found it hard to find a focal point in this shot, with the sweep of trees, chunks of rock and thick cloud, it's like it's simple but too much at the same time. Not sure if that's entirely a bad thing though as it did make me study the image; it is well-composed, the moody sky looks great and the scenery itself is gorgeous. It is a very good shot generally.
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02/10/2012 01:02:39 PM
A superb HDR image. I love the forest, mountains, waterfall and dusting of snow. The clouds will be too overcooked for the average DPC voter. But, I love the detail and think this should finish at 7 for you. 10
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02/10/2012 12:24:15 PM
What a beautiful vista! IMO over-processed clouds are fighting with the nicely processed foreground!
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02/10/2012 11:17:21 AM
I would have liked this a whole lot better without the over-the-top HDR treatment. Can't wait to go there someday.
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02/10/2012 09:07:50 AM
Sorry but in my opinion the post processing is just destroying what could have been a very good image, it´s just WAY over the top for my taste.
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