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Xanadu
2nd PlaceXanadu
Sammie


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Landscape II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Lens: Canon EF 28-200 f/3.5 - 5.6 USM
Location: Sand Dunes National Park
Date: Nov 7, 2005
Aperture: F6.7
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/180
Galleries: Landscape, Travel
Date Uploaded: Nov 7, 2005

XANADU

"In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea."

Editing: Crop & rotate at same time; levels, separate levels on red, green & blue; slight change in yellow hue and saturation; noise removal; resize; unsharp mask; save for web.

I read this poem for the first time when I was a little girl in a book of poetry I received for Christmas. This picture reminds me of how I would picture Xanadu in my mind - somewhere strange & mystical looking.

Actually, this is along the road to the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve near my home of La Jara, Colorado. It is a very different and unusual place. When the sun is setting it looks very mystical and surreal.

When I was at the Sand Dunes taking pictures it was very cloudy and I thought the light would be pretty crappy for pictures. Luckily, a break in the clouds came for only about 6 minutes and I got some nice pictures.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 403
Avg (all users): 7.2478
Avg (commenters): 8.4872
Avg (participants): 7.1200
Avg (non-participants): 7.3238
Views since voting: 8978
Views during voting: 511
Votes: 335
Comments: 57
Favorites: 23 (view)


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11/18/2005 07:58:28 PM
Congratulations on the Ribbon, very well deserved with this spectacular image!
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11/18/2005 08:15:27 AM
Great job as usual Sammie! Love it!! :)
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11/17/2005 05:46:36 PM
Congrats on your ribbon..!! Very pretty shot..!!
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11/16/2005 08:32:51 PM
You were robbed. Definitally a ribbon shot. Love it Sammie...

Returned--Yah Sammie... a Ribbon!!!!

Message edited by author 2005-11-17 23:54:46.
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11/16/2005 07:55:58 PM
My husband and I both love this photo, I have it on my desktop right now. Hope that's OK. It's quite fabulous, congratulations! Brenda
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11/16/2005 02:04:40 PM
Thank you, Everyone, for all your wonderful comments. It makes me feel so happy that so many people like my picture.

It was hard for me to take this picture, the last time I went to the dunes specifically to take a picture for a challenge (for the Light Challenge in May) I had a call on my cell phone that my Dad had been put into Intensive Care. He died only a few days later, shortly after I flew to my Mom & Dad's home.

This summer my husband and I had a wonderfully fun trip to the Dunes with DPCer Van Truan and his family which took away most of the bad associations with the Sand Dunes and now this picture has made me be able to appreciate their stark and unusual beauty again.

Thanks again, to everyone.
11/16/2005 01:45:06 PM
Fabulously Fitting Title. Love the shadows and color play. Wow.
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11/16/2005 12:47:27 PM
This is beautful. The golden light is amazing. I've only been there once but did get a memorable shot from my trip. Excellent shot, Sammie!
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11/16/2005 10:05:59 AM
Congrats on your top 5 finish! Terrific shot.
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11/16/2005 07:42:48 AM
Congrats Sammie on your 4th place. Stunning landscape.
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11/16/2005 01:05:19 AM
An image that weaves that dune magic like no other. Congratulations on your top 5 finish.
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11/16/2005 12:42:20 AM
Nice texture and warmth contrast. Congrats on the top 10!
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11/16/2005 12:21:36 AM
Great shot Sammie, congratulations on your 4th place finish! Great work.
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11/16/2005 12:21:03 AM
Congratulations Sammie. I love your Sand Dunes pictures and this is no exception. I couldn't be happier for you. WaaaHooo!
Becky
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11/16/2005 12:20:55 AM
I loved this shot Sammie. I wondered if it was Sand Dunes National Park. Sorry to sqeak out the yellow, but it looks like you've tasted ribbon a fair amount already...congrats again on the green.
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11/16/2005 12:17:21 AM
Congratulations Sammie, oh so close to the ribbon but it's my favorite anyway.
Mom
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11/16/2005 12:12:42 AM
Great shot and oh so close to a ribbon! Thought you had it for sure.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/15/2005 08:56:32 PM
great image, i like the title
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11/15/2005 04:38:36 PM
I think if you crop most of the clouds out, then the mirroring of the dunes by the jagged peaks will become more prominent.
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11/15/2005 02:11:55 PM
great shot and nice contrast
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11/15/2005 10:48:36 AM
love the depth, colors, and shadowing this image has, don't get to see scenery like this ever - so I have a heightened appreciation, meets the challenge well and has a certain originality about it compared to the other images in this challenge - nice work :)
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11/15/2005 02:01:44 AM
"Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man ..."
It's a lovely depiction of Xanadu and a striking landscape. The light and the textures are dramatic and memorable; I could recall how this image made me feel even after viewing a couple of hundred others, most of which I mercifully forgot in seconds. 10.
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11/14/2005 07:20:10 PM
Beautiful
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11/14/2005 06:45:58 PM
After seeing so many nice landscapes, I found myself docking some views because they didn't take enough advantage of the natural beauty. I definitely can't say that about this one.
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11/14/2005 02:48:51 PM
Fantastic play of lights and shadows on those dunes! Very good!
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11/14/2005 12:37:47 PM
I love the different textures in this shot. Good luck, one of my favorites in this challenge 10
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11/14/2005 11:57:10 AM
the long shadows create a very dramatic feeling, nice capture.
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11/14/2005 10:22:21 AM
The colors here are really nice. The shadows make this image.
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11/12/2005 06:50:30 PM
I love the contrast and the way the sun highlights the foreground...very nice shot
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11/12/2005 08:03:39 AM
Great contrast!
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11/12/2005 12:12:01 AM
This is very good. Orange vs Blue works well here with the shadows. The transitional green is the killer. Well done. 10
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11/11/2005 10:57:53 PM
Bravo, Coleridge wouldn't have pictured a better place for his Xanadu.
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11/11/2005 08:34:36 PM
8 - Wow. Very nice contrast of landscapes. Criticism; not much, mostly the sky detracts in my opinion in this shot. Whether you were able to adjust it (contrast etc) not sure, but perhaps an even tighter crop (less sky) would have made this a better shot in my opinion, although I realize you'd lose some 'context'. Like the shadow play on the dunes and mountains, but wonder if just a fraction more 'lightness' overall, possibly showing some more of the green in the mountains may have also made it better. Perhaps even more of the fore 'plain' too, especially if cropping out more sky, not sure, who knows. Good shot.
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11/11/2005 07:07:29 PM
Great colors and contrast.
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11/11/2005 04:36:43 PM
Wonderful use of low light.
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11/11/2005 04:04:33 PM
Great picture! Love the colors and contrast! Nicely done - belongs in a magazine somewhere.
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11/11/2005 02:05:48 PM
Beautiful.
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11/11/2005 09:20:41 AM
Beautiful color and contrast. Excellent photo!
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11/11/2005 08:14:49 AM
Very interesting. Shadows help a lot.
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11/10/2005 09:19:06 PM
This is one of my favorites for this challenge!!! It's unique, has wonderful colors, great lighting and shadows, amazing texture...just everything! I love the dark sky with the warm colors of the sand dunes...just an amazing landscape. Great job and best of luck!!
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11/10/2005 04:45:12 PM
Oh my! The lighting on this is just spectacular! What else can I say. It's as perfect as a photo can get! 10
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11/10/2005 04:43:59 PM
would have like to see less sky but great shot.
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11/10/2005 12:15:26 PM
Great shot, i love it.
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11/10/2005 08:06:06 AM
Oh Sammie, Its sooooo nice. Even Creston in the back. You did great.
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11/10/2005 02:43:19 AM
amazing. 10
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11/10/2005 02:40:53 AM
Nice diagonal and contrast between the cold colour in the background and the warm in the foreground. You can almost feel the movement in the dunes - a movement that is stemmed by the background and the upwards sloping diagonal. This makes the pic a little static - otherwise a 10.
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11/10/2005 12:55:12 AM
Simply and amazing image. If this doesn't ribbon I'll eat my hat.
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11/09/2005 11:30:27 PM
Very interesting perspective. I love the layers.
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11/09/2005 05:26:10 PM
Great foreboding sky. Love the dunes with the sunlight on them.
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11/09/2005 02:59:53 PM
just wondering, but is xanadu the place described in "dune?" hm.. well incredible picture. it's as if the mountains and dunes are the same except that they differ in material. i wish i lived near these. it looks so fun. great job!
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11/09/2005 08:02:39 AM
love the shadows! 9
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11/09/2005 07:02:34 AM
Oh, wonderful light.
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11/09/2005 03:39:02 AM
Great shot of the Dunes. I love the shadow play you have going. Good job.
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11/09/2005 03:35:18 AM
splendid!
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11/09/2005 03:28:15 AM
Very nice. My favourite so far (about 20 images into my rating). Wonderful colours and like how the foreground contrasts with the background
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11/09/2005 02:24:14 AM
Wonderfull light, great shadows
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11/09/2005 01:34:52 AM
Fabulous lighting!! Great contrast!!
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