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Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann
1st PlaceMagic Mountain by Thomas Mann
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Challenge: Classic Novels (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Montagnes
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Mont Blanc, France
Date: Oct 13, 2013
Galleries: Landscape
Date Uploaded: Oct 13, 2013

[Oct. 19th, 2013 12:55:09 AM]

This is Mont Blanc. It was very windy on top (I suspect it is windy there most of the time). We were lucky that we were above the clouds as it was raining at Chamonix. An unforgettable experience.

Thanks for all the votes and comments. I did not expect the peak of Europe to become my new peak score :)

[Oct. 20th, 2013 04:03:12 PM]

I really love the sunlight on the snow picked up by the wind! And everything that is majestic like the top of the Alps! :)

[Oct. 22nd, 2013 01:13:14 AM]

I did not mention the novel above - I may have read it when I was at school as I remember the title and the author but judging by the reviews, I would not have liked it nor understood then. To me this image is about the grandeur of the Alps where the novel takes place, with their majesty and the constant underlying anxiety of the moving snow lifted by the ever present wind. While this may not relate directly to the main character of the novel in a literal way, it may touch it on the spiritual and symbolic level. The image might also reflect Thomas Mann's writing style as the reviewers mention on this Web page:
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/88077.The_Magic_Mountain
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Just to make it clear - I did not climb Mont Blanc! I just took a cable car and took photos from the viewing platform! :)

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 86
Avg (all users): 7.9035
Avg (commenters): 8.2353
Avg (participants): 7.9556
Avg (non-participants): 7.8696
Views since voting: 2610
Views during voting: 256
Votes: 114
Comments: 56
Favorites: 11 (view)


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10/25/2013 08:03:30 AM
Absolutely stunning, Margaret. Such excellent work.
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10/24/2013 09:41:36 AM
Huge congratulations on a magnificent picture and terrific score. Well done
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10/24/2013 03:54:30 AM
Congratulations.
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10/24/2013 02:42:11 AM
Congratulations on the blue, Margaret.
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10/23/2013 08:06:14 PM
Simply stunning..Congratulations..!!
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10/23/2013 11:26:13 AM
Beautiful shot. Congrats on the ribbon and new PB. Nice job, Margaret.
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10/23/2013 10:07:58 AM
Congrats Margaret - amazing light, processing and overall amazing picture. Clearly blue
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10/23/2013 09:54:47 AM
I *thought* that looked familiar: I stood in that exact spot in 1958 :-) Congrats on blue!
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10/23/2013 08:39:57 AM
Beautiful picture! How difficult is it to climb Mont Blanc? I want to do it. My only experience so far is Kilimanjaro but I have the climbing bug now! Congratulations on an awesome win!
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10/23/2013 07:27:46 AM
One of the most beautiful mountain shots I have ever seen. Absolutely magnificent.
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10/23/2013 04:42:33 AM
congratulations! wonderful image!
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10/23/2013 03:36:30 AM
I had a suspicion this was yours! Truly breathtaking view, and exceptional tonal range. Congrats on the blue.
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10/23/2013 03:32:07 AM
This is special Margaret! Congrats on your blue.
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10/23/2013 02:50:41 AM
Well done, spectacular scene.
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10/23/2013 02:08:49 AM
Even the trolls couldn't bring themselves to hurt this one! Wow! What an amazing image. Congratulations, Margaret.
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10/23/2013 01:42:27 AM
My favorite image in this challenge. I guess I was not alone. Congratulations.
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10/23/2013 12:57:55 AM
this is one of a very small minority of shots that makes me wish i was there... wonderful capture

Message edited by author 2013-10-23 00:58:09.
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10/23/2013 12:28:21 AM
I am sooo impressed with this pix!!! AS noted by your first comment! LOL

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Well Deserved..
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10/23/2013 12:18:01 AM
I'm so daft I should of titled mine magic mountain, but instead I got mine all wrong, lovely scene.
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10/23/2013 12:09:15 AM
You did it! Congrats Margaret.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/22/2013 11:28:12 PM
coolio. 5
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10/22/2013 08:27:41 PM
Absolutely gorgeous. Stunning. Beautiful! I'm not a landscape person, but this is so lovely! As to the novel, I don't know it, but from the wikipedia summary, it works for me. It seems more hopeful and beautiful than the dreary sanatorium, but it sounds like the mountains recur often, so I'll buy it. :)

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10/22/2013 08:00:52 PM
Magic indeed! Fabulous shot.
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10/22/2013 04:33:54 PM
Magnificent image: the snow, shadows, sky, wind, light and colours, really breathtaking.
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10/22/2013 10:43:44 AM
Fantastic detail and a truly breathtaking capture.
on one hand i'm happy that i did not have to climb this high to get this image myself (terrified of heights), and that i'm able to see this view; on the other hand i'm terribly jealous that I cannot show this off to friends and family and say "look at this amazing image that I took".
definitely a favorite and a wishlist, this deserves to up on a wall (many walls, really).
a 10 from me.
i truly hope that this image was taken within the date range for the challenge as it would be an absolute shame if it wasn't
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10/22/2013 12:47:19 AM
Wow.
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10/22/2013 12:15:56 AM
Immense scene. Powerful yet serene. Beautiful stuff.
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10/21/2013 11:37:52 PM
Will look to see the notes on this - where, and how! Stunning.
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10/21/2013 09:52:30 PM
If this is the view from the sanatorium, I might change my easy chair around! Just kidding!
What a zoomorphic mountain. Quite amazing. It's a St Bernard dog.
Greta shot. I might have preferred for this challenge a different type of image, but this is a good landscape
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10/21/2013 07:00:58 PM
Fantastic scene!
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10/21/2013 06:13:53 PM
Spectacular image! The details are wonderful and itís impressive how non of the whites I can see are blown despite the details available in the shadows. 8.
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10/21/2013 03:25:26 PM
Looks like the skiers dream come true.
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10/21/2013 01:43:25 PM
Fantastic view with fantastic details.
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10/21/2013 11:03:58 AM
10 well done. nicely post processing as well. good timing. where were you?
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10/20/2013 11:32:14 PM
At least this image comes close to a representing the location of the novel, in the mountains of Davos, Switzerland. It might be better to have related it to the story but we can't have everything. The image is otherworldly to most of us who can never experience first hand such a scene. The incredible beauty is very wall captured and would rate a 10 if quality were the only criteria. But as a visual representation inspired by the novel, not the title of the novel, it rates an 8.
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10/19/2013 06:31:48 PM
Pretty spectacular! I really like he motion in the blowing snow and clouds, and deep contrast in the sky. Having only read the synopsis, the tie to the story is not great but it is there. 8
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10/19/2013 01:13:06 PM
Gorgeous shot, looks like an aerial. 8
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10/19/2013 08:55:51 AM
Gorgeous scenery... real or imagined, it's all about time. Difficult book. Wonderful image.
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10/19/2013 06:50:43 AM
Well done. Mystical atmosphere!
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10/18/2013 07:29:55 PM
I like the lighting...I like the image. Best in the competition.

Gave it a 10
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10/18/2013 01:27:37 PM
absolutely stunning.
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10/18/2013 12:08:15 PM
Wow. Great alpine image.

The book does take place in this setting, so it evokes that.

I could wish for more story, but this is a good fit, and a very nice image. 7
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10/18/2013 09:14:16 AM
great shot it does look magical
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10/18/2013 07:24:10 AM
Really beautiful!
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10/18/2013 01:34:45 AM
truly magic
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10/18/2013 12:25:33 AM
Impressive
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10/17/2013 09:37:35 AM
Lovely shot!
The title is fitting. The colors are wonderful. There is a "soft" quality to the snow, but still a sharper quality to the edgy mountains. Very well done.

Originally I gave this a 6. Bumping to an 8
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10/17/2013 05:43:51 AM
Is that an avalance happening as you shot? Shot of the year!!! Hope to see a blue ribbon attached to this soon.
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10/16/2013 11:27:00 PM
Magic shot, hard to beat this as a majestic scene, so I'm guessing top ten if not the winner. Fits your novel title well, no real negatives because it exudes overwhelming wonderment. If you post processed a lot well done, if straight from camera, even better. 7.
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10/16/2013 06:54:53 PM
Holy smokes, man! This is beautiful! How majestic and MAGIC indeed! You nailed this shot, and what a challenge it mustve been to capture the tonal range! Top 3 no doubt!
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10/16/2013 03:19:22 PM
This is gorgeous! Where the heck are you? Wonderful drama and processing.

Works well with the book, which not only takes PLACE in the Alps (Davos, if I recall correctly) but use the METAPHOR of mountains at several levels as it wends its elusive way towards a conclusion.

Well done, an 8 for now (I sort my highest votes up when I am done)
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10/16/2013 01:01:07 PM
6...seems like an easy way out...more an easy representation of a title than a novel...a novel so full of other possible images than this. But this is lovely in it's own right.
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10/16/2013 12:08:11 PM
I haven't read the book, though you certainly evoke the title. Dramatic glowing light and the snow seems to be rising up as though alive. Competently composed. 6
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10/16/2013 11:54:01 AM
Certainly looks magic, very atmospheric.8.
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10/16/2013 10:14:15 AM
WOW this could easily be the book cover.
One of my top picks.
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10/16/2013 12:20:42 AM
Holy buckets WOW
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