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Challenge: Best of 2005 (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM
Location: Rio Rancho, NM
Date: Oct 8, 2005
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/640sec
Galleries: Emotive, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Jan 15, 2006

This was a "hidden gem" taken at the same time as my ribbon winner from the "Celebration" challenge. It was only after quite a bit of effort that the underlying beauty of the image appeared. This was a misty morning during the 2005 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta and I took the shot from a hill in Rio Rancho, NM where I live as the balloons drifted northward along the Rio Grande River in the bosque (river forest).

Crop, levels, curve, noise reduction, clone minor distractions, hue/sat, brightness/contrast, selective color, dodge/burn, USM.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 829
Avg (all users): 7.9874
Avg (commenters): 8.8053
Avg (participants): 7.9597
Avg (non-participants): 8.1235
Views since voting: 260769
Views during voting: 1003
Votes: 478
Comments: 258
Favorites: 643 (view)


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01/07/2016 04:51:08 AM
This was a misty from looking at any image that morning during you must be so proud as well, adds a new contrast mudanzas
03/17/2012 12:55:11 AM
I had never had tingles from looking at any image that I can recall until 1min ago.This is a once in a lifetime capture,which is why it is most favourited by a mile!congrats
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12/17/2011 10:39:09 AM
I wouldn't be surprised if this photograph hangs on a wall adorned with peerless masterpieces like itself, 50 years from now, being gawked at by the spiritual children of today's most passionate photographers.

Amazing.
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11/09/2011 05:39:01 AM
i'm in full awe upon seeing this masterpiece..it's like one of my dreams..it made me smile amidst a very tiring and stressful day. Good job!
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09/09/2011 11:35:19 PM
loveeeeee!
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08/29/2011 10:29:04 PM
To date, the best photo I have seen on this website. Great work!
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04/10/2011 10:10:06 AM
Beautiful!
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01/24/2011 07:54:46 AM
One of the most beautiful picture i have ever seen
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01/01/2011 10:26:49 AM
Brilliant shot-there's a reason this is the most popular photo on here.
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04/18/2010 10:43:59 PM
Awesome Lighting and comp!!
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02/19/2010 09:46:35 AM
can't describe with words. wow gj!
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10/30/2009 06:59:22 AM
Absolutely magical. Brilliant work.
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09/05/2009 02:24:03 PM
somehow browsing brought me back to this image, which I loved when I first saw it, and now like even more b/c you didn't PS the hell out of it!
Nicely done!
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07/19/2009 05:54:53 PM
amazing photo.
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04/27/2009 02:22:20 PM
AWESOME!!!
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04/27/2009 01:45:11 PM
im sure ive said this before(and many people before me), but this is a really incredible photo. you must be so proud
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03/05/2009 09:05:24 AM
Wow, I see why this is the top favorite pic on the site... This is just fantastic. I love the bird silhouette as well, adds a new contrast between the definitions of flight. Or the boundries of it, rather.
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12/05/2008 01:18:10 PM
it makes me feel like im looking at a painting almost its very butiful ^^
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10/23/2008 12:02:45 AM
Very sublime...I feel like I'm actually one of those balloons.
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10/22/2008 05:11:59 AM
Wow. This photo is great. The color, the subjects, the framing, the everything.
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10/12/2008 03:46:21 AM
One of my all time favorites on DPC. Beautiful image.
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10/05/2008 04:27:19 PM
This image is fantastic!
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09/28/2008 10:56:57 AM
very kool... congrats on the blue :)
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08/21/2008 09:12:30 PM
more than wonderful
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05/20/2008 08:25:06 AM
This is an absolutely amazing photo.
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11/25/2007 01:49:43 AM
Very original...nice indeed!
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09/20/2007 01:20:25 PM
oh, how great would this be as an HDR?

I don't see how this didn't score at least 8.5
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09/12/2007 12:16:45 AM
great pic!!!
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09/11/2007 07:41:55 PM
That is one incredible photo.
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08/10/2007 02:02:25 PM
amazing! congratulations!
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07/25/2007 07:55:57 PM
INCREDIBLE!
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07/08/2007 05:23:30 PM
I love the different layers of shadows..nicely captured!!
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03/25/2007 09:17:19 AM
This is a very good pic! Great job!
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03/22/2007 05:38:33 PM
This picture puts me at ease, I can't believe how amazing it is!!
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03/17/2007 06:03:08 PM
I think this is the best picture here at DPC.
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03/01/2007 01:10:13 AM
wow. a picture IS worth a thousand words
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03/01/2007 12:10:48 AM
how i love this picture.
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02/09/2007 10:05:23 AM
Doesn't get much better than this...
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01/29/2007 09:22:23 PM
Awesome picture! Congratulations!
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01/29/2007 09:05:35 PM
soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo goooooooooooooood
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12/31/2006 10:02:42 PM
Do you live in Rio Rancho?
So - you got up, went outside, looked east, and just "got" this?
How unfair LOL
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12/31/2006 03:12:27 PM
Just saw this in Pop Photo. Congrats!!!
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12/30/2006 09:27:33 AM
Well, better late than never. A friend gave me a copy of January's Pop Photo!! Congratulations... it is one of my favorite shots. (In fact, I'll mark it as a favorite!!)

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12/21/2006 11:28:00 PM
Pure magic.
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12/14/2006 11:16:29 PM
I had the Popular Photography and I chanced upon this picture -- I said to myself... Hmmmm, this looks familiar. Now I know where I first saw it. This is way beyond words! :)

Message edited by author 2006-12-14 23:22:55.
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12/13/2006 03:47:46 PM
Originally posted by macpapas:

Originally posted by pekesty:

Got my Pop Photo yesterday, and what do I see...Congratulations on being a runner up and being in print in a major magazine. Well deserved!


Yep, just got my copy and was coming here to say the same thing - congrats!!! It's great to be published!


I guess I'm 4 days late, but I just got my copy today. Congrats!
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12/09/2006 09:21:35 PM
Originally posted by pekesty:

Got my Pop Photo yesterday, and what do I see...Congratulations on being a runner up and being in print in a major magazine. Well deserved!


Yep, just got my copy and was coming here to say the same thing - congrats!!! It's great to be published!
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12/07/2006 09:45:11 PM
Got my Pop Photo yesterday, and what do I see...Congratulations on being a runner up and being in print in a major magazine. Well deserved!
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11/23/2006 09:33:11 AM
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11/21/2006 07:37:08 AM
oh my gosh! absolutely mindblowing! excellent job!
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11/15/2006 09:47:40 PM
This is a excellent shot!
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09/30/2006 05:53:54 PM
Crazy good! Congratulations!!!
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07/25/2006 07:19:39 PM
An amazing dream like quality. Well deserved award.
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07/25/2006 03:05:25 AM
Great Compostion. Light, colors and placement (timing) of objects is perfect. Congratulations for shooting a great picture.
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07/23/2006 07:00:20 AM
What a great picture, all those balloons together and really well-framed.
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07/18/2006 04:13:32 PM
LOVE IT reminds me of my childhood.
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06/20/2006 01:05:44 PM
Just. Simply. Amazing. Photographs like this make me think that all the crappy shots I take while I am learning are worth it bc someday I might be good enough to get a shot like this. What editing software do you use?
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06/15/2006 11:18:32 PM
Love photos like these with aerial perspectives/ multiple layers. Strange that the baloons are at one depth laterally (following the river I suppose) Great Photo. Must have been fun to be there and see them pass. Beautiful and awesome.
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05/24/2006 11:23:01 AM
Wow, 200 comments. It's the perfect photo! Wow!!
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05/08/2006 04:31:10 AM
This is just... WOW!
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04/20/2006 11:23:53 AM
I keep coming back to this one, as do others, the views since voting count is amazing! It has only been up since Jan - 2006, and it is the second most viewed picture on this site (dont know if you knew that)! Good job pulling out the beauty in this one, I would not have seen it in the original file, you have a marvelous eye.
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03/23/2006 11:45:27 AM
Hi There~

I work as a photo editor at an agency in New York City. I am very interested in picking up this images...please get in touch with me ASAP.

Thanks,
lindsay.blatt@worldpicturenews.com
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03/22/2006 09:31:25 PM
wooooooooooooooooooooow

Message edited by author 2006-03-22 21:31:52.
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03/22/2006 01:52:10 PM
Is it possible to get this pic in a higher res? perhaps 1280x1024...
03/20/2006 10:24:10 PM
Simply surreal... amazing shot!
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03/08/2006 11:41:35 PM
Puts me right back there - superb location and action shot.
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02/11/2006 07:04:39 AM
I love this well done!
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02/07/2006 06:47:07 PM
Very cool! Congratulations!
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02/05/2006 09:35:34 AM
wow! what a classic
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02/05/2006 04:27:56 AM
Bill, awesome picture!
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02/03/2006 06:57:01 PM
I just absolutely love this image! Congrats!!!
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02/03/2006 12:51:18 AM
absolutely stunning!
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02/03/2006 12:31:50 AM
Wow! Astonishing shot. I like how it draws me in with the many many layers of trees and mist. Perfect light conditions, I'll say again, astonishing1
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02/02/2006 01:44:29 PM
great!! i was thinking, why can't we all go to places like this! just amazing! Super!
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02/02/2006 01:21:30 PM
Wow, 1 out of 829!! I had this pegged as a winner when I saw it, but didn't have a chance to vote. I love the mistiness and the outlines of the trees, that is what made it special in my eyes.
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02/02/2006 11:28:22 AM
Congratulations!
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02/02/2006 11:14:05 AM
Wonderfull picture. It really brings back memories of my childhood. I used to live in Albuquerque and got up a few years at somewhere near 2-3am to go work at the Balloon Fiesta. Although I recognized the balloons, the trees just look amazaing and almost mystical.

Great framing and exposure, those early morning shots are hard to get, but when you do they are great!
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02/02/2006 10:47:37 AM
Simply beau...ti...ful, congratulations!
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02/02/2006 06:45:38 AM
this shot is terrificly-amazing
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02/02/2006 03:58:59 AM
CONGRATULATIONS..... You so, so, deserved the "BLUE"..... I have already added this wonderful, brillant, super-shot to my favorites, and I think it would have to be one of the best shots I have ever seen on DPC..... Thank you for your talent, your vision, and your wonderful photo.....
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02/02/2006 12:20:37 AM
CONGRATS on your blue.. brilliant shot.. love it.. :)))))
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02/01/2006 09:29:05 PM
Congratulations on your blue ribbon. A real honor to be first in a challenge with so many outstanding photos.
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02/01/2006 08:08:06 PM
That is a beauty, congrats.
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02/01/2006 06:33:43 PM
Congratulattions on your Blue with this Wonderful image! Fantastic Capture!
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02/01/2006 05:43:21 PM
I must say, the first time I saw this photo, it was hard to believe it was a real single shot picture. Congrats on the Blue. It was well deseerved. Congrats.
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02/01/2006 05:07:20 PM
Thanks for making this photo live up to its potential! I like the slight haze in the sky, preserved by you. the colors still come through nicely, too. The textures and composition are just fabulous. Really well done for sure!
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02/01/2006 02:26:39 PM
Wow, I like this even more than your shot from the "Celebration" challenge. The colors are incredible, the whole thing is so surreal.
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02/01/2006 01:45:13 PM
Congratulations on your beautiful, beautiful picture. It really deserves to the very best of 2005!! What an honor, you must be so happy. I hope the wonderful glow you must feel will stay with you all year and bring you lots of luck for many more fabulous shots.
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02/01/2006 01:31:02 PM
A Gem alright! Congratulations on the best picture from the year 2005.
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02/01/2006 09:29:59 AM
absolutely phenomenal! (sp?)

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02/01/2006 09:03:12 AM
This shot has it all Bill, great job. Congrats!
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02/01/2006 08:57:47 AM
Well done indeed - this is a great scene well captured.
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02/01/2006 08:37:20 AM
Fantastic photo, congratulations on your ribbon!
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02/01/2006 08:00:54 AM
congrats !
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02/01/2006 07:52:19 AM
Bill, well deserved win. It is a great shot, in my workshop photo I just wanted to show you a different looks on things, I had no doubt that you made a great photograph.
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02/01/2006 07:49:33 AM
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Message edited by author 2006-02-01 14:55:30.
02/01/2006 07:28:17 AM
Contrats ! This was one of my favorites !
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02/01/2006 07:21:14 AM
Bill - fantastic result, wonderful photo! Congratulations on your blue.

Mike
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02/01/2006 04:33:11 AM
Congrats !
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02/01/2006 04:20:58 AM
apart from the early morning mist and light...what appeals to me in this pic is the depth...it's one of those pics you can just keep looking at...gives one an amazing feeling of openess and freedom...i would give anything to be in one of those balloons!!...well done!
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02/01/2006 04:04:58 AM
Big congrats! The creme of a totally outstanding crop of images. You should be quite proud of this splendid photo.
:-)
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02/01/2006 03:54:58 AM
Congrats, great shot!
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02/01/2006 03:51:57 AM
Congrats on the blue, this is absolutely gorgeous. Well deserved!
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02/01/2006 03:03:01 AM
Really wonderful. I has reminded me this other outstanding pic:
http://www.pbase.com/clyne/image/54341656
A bit tilted horizon to change something
Congratulations !
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02/01/2006 02:59:11 AM
Sorry if I'm not very original, but all I can say is WOW, WOW, WOW. Incredible shot. I hope one day I can take something near this.
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02/01/2006 02:48:07 AM
beautiful, well done!
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02/01/2006 02:40:18 AM
Fantastic job. Well spotted and captured. Congratulations on an awesome win.
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02/01/2006 02:18:45 AM
*edit*

Congrats on the absolutely wonderful, wouldn't change a thing photo.

:)

M

Message edited by author 2006-02-01 17:07:40.
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02/01/2006 01:27:30 AM
Photo of the year!(deservedly) :-) It doesn't get much better than this. Congratulations.
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02/01/2006 01:13:06 AM
Way to go, Bill! Betcha this will win on Steve's as well! A very productive day for you! Big congrats on your win!
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02/01/2006 01:11:40 AM
Congrats! Beautiful image and an interesting capture. Perfect place and perfect timing. Just... wow!
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02/01/2006 01:09:13 AM
Outstanding! Another of my picks! If only I were as good at shooting 'em as I am at judging 'em... Congrats!
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02/01/2006 01:05:48 AM
Breathtaking! Nothing else to say except: Congratulations on your BLUE with this masterpiece.
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02/01/2006 12:57:41 AM
Beautiful.. Congrats.
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02/01/2006 12:55:06 AM
Congratulations on the top ribbon fantastic shot
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02/01/2006 12:46:24 AM
congratulations. it don't git much better'n this
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02/01/2006 12:41:47 AM
Congrats on the blue. Great photo, perfect point of view. I was at one of those a few years ago, really impressive to watch
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02/01/2006 12:41:28 AM
Congrats on the blue!!!
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02/01/2006 12:39:26 AM
I remember when I was about 6 years old. Lived out in Rio Rancho (Avenida La Baranca (sp?)) and watching the ballonns. My Dad owned a Texaco station near and raced cars also, so he was in real good with the GoodYear guys. I got to ride in their balloon. I remember watching the balloons for hours on end.
Last time I was down there in 2004 during the Balloonfest to see my Dad in Hospice. We went outside and watched the balloons floating by. He passed away in November of 2004 (a month later) at 62. Great memory to relive with him one last time.
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02/01/2006 12:34:54 AM
i guess if I gave ya a ten I can't be too mad that you got 1st, great shot ! desreved the win
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02/01/2006 12:33:05 AM
Congratulations! A great photo, one to be proud of! And you whopped us all!
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02/01/2006 12:32:03 AM
If I ever see something in reality like this in my lifetime, I think I will pass out.

Amazing capture.
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02/01/2006 12:24:34 AM
Not differcult to guess this would win. Fantastic photo.
Well done.
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02/01/2006 12:21:49 AM
Congrats...Amazing image. Definitely a winner
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02/01/2006 12:20:07 AM
Congratulations..well deserved...
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02/01/2006 12:18:41 AM
Congrats! I had this pegged as the winner. :-)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/31/2006 11:53:51 PM
Beautiful shot!
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01/31/2006 07:34:19 PM
Wonderful, perhaps in a perfect world the bird in the foreground would not be there. One of my top 5. 10
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01/31/2006 06:53:12 PM
This is a very special image, I hope it wins!
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01/31/2006 04:59:09 PM
Magnificent shot...10
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01/31/2006 03:35:07 PM
nice pic I especially like the fog in the forest.
Very entertaining
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01/31/2006 02:37:15 PM
what a beautiful image!! only distraction is the black something toawrd bottom middle.. 9
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01/31/2006 12:39:32 PM
Return for comment. This is so beautiful! What an incredible scene and capture. I think it's almost perfect. The one change I'd like to see is slightly more contrast or saturation in the sky area, to bring out the balloons a little more. Just enough to make them sing without losing the lovely depth and layering you've achieved here. Good luck in the challenge--into my favs!
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01/31/2006 11:51:47 AM
Excellant love it 10
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01/31/2006 08:03:06 AM
This is my top pick for blue, great shot! I like this even better than your yellow ribbon a few months ago, better contrast, better balance between foreground and background. And the balloons appear to be luminescent here, wonderful!
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01/31/2006 01:20:16 AM
This is really wonderful, on of my favs so far. The upper half seems a tad washed-out, perhaps from the haze. Otherwise perfect!
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01/30/2006 10:50:23 PM
What a great shot. Great control over the varied lighting.
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01/30/2006 08:44:05 PM
For the first time in a long time, I have seen a photograph that literally took my breath away. My breathing pattern changed as soon as I saw this. This may be one of the best pics Ive seen... period
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01/30/2006 02:34:19 PM
this is even better than your ribbon shot(if I've got the right guy?)beautiful tones,great image.
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01/29/2006 04:34:27 PM
Breautiful and very ethereal. One of my top 2.
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01/29/2006 03:35:10 PM
an instant favorite - great capture!
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01/29/2006 12:45:00 PM
Love it.
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01/29/2006 09:59:28 AM
I like this picture but I wish the balloons came in better
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01/29/2006 05:33:17 AM
This is exceptional. 10. I`ve finally finished voting and this one is my pick for the blue ribbon. Good luck.
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01/28/2006 11:30:05 PM
Wow this is awesome. I looooove it. I would have increased contrast in the baloons a litt.e
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01/28/2006 09:15:11 PM
Wow, Wonderful capture. Love the misty tree line and the colorful baloons rising up, The bird is a nice touch.
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01/28/2006 12:29:31 PM
One of the best. Good luck.
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01/28/2006 11:10:55 AM
Beautiful photo, love the layers in the trees and ballons, as well as the colors. the bird IMO distracts a little but thats just if im being picky lol... good luck ;) 9
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01/27/2006 10:53:08 PM
This is how I think heaven is going to look like!!
I love the bird in the foreground!!
Absolutely beautiful!!!!
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01/27/2006 09:15:51 PM
Great tonal range. Really majestic lighting. You know the bird made me go "wow" at first but I really think i distracts me the more I look at it. A beautiful image all the same.
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01/27/2006 07:47:54 PM
Great capture
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01/27/2006 07:21:13 PM
Great scene, just a bit flat in color and contrast. 8



Message edited by author 2006-02-01 14:56:38.
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01/27/2006 01:52:28 AM
Great shot but I can't decide if the bird adds to the photo or distracts... 7
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01/27/2006 01:13:39 AM
This is an excellent shot. Top ten in my book. Bumping to 10.
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01/26/2006 07:49:25 PM
Sweetness. Awesome capture. Worth getting up early to capture that. Well done.
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01/26/2006 12:53:08 PM
This is just amazing. Very nice work! The textures are incredible, and composition very effective! 10
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01/26/2006 12:01:05 PM
Wow, to be in one of these balloons,would be just amazing, looking down on that magic scenery below. This is just so special. Just one of those magic moments, one only finds once in a lifetime..... The mist in the trees give it such a magical feel. I also love how one, two, three, four, five and half balloons, are partically covered with misty trees, WOW, thats something so special..... I think you are amazing, and hope you do well in this challenge.
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01/26/2006 06:59:19 AM
What was I thinking giving this beautiful work only an 8? Bumping to 10!
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01/25/2006 05:44:29 PM
WoW
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01/25/2006 07:18:39 AM
Wow!
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01/25/2006 03:12:29 AM
This is a case of being in the right place at the right time, and knowing how to totally capitalize on it! Very cool shot.
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01/24/2006 06:19:20 PM
The bird is either really distracting or an excellent touch. I'm leaning towards the former because the photo is great without it and it draws my eyes away from the wonderful balloons.
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01/24/2006 03:29:21 PM
Wow, what a sight! The mist is really nice and I like the way the sunlight has made some of the balloons look transparent.
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01/24/2006 03:02:22 PM
wow..really..wow...no tech. comments as I wouldn't dare change a thing..
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01/24/2006 01:28:41 AM
Had hoped to see this one, terrific.
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01/23/2006 11:49:27 AM
The very BOL on a majical shot.
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01/23/2006 11:07:44 AM
Very cool shot! 9
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01/22/2006 03:17:18 PM
WOW,great shot 10
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01/22/2006 01:57:06 PM
Wow the layers in this are amazing. They are floating up out of all the layers of trees Very nice. 9
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01/22/2006 12:27:21 PM
Beautiful.
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01/22/2006 11:18:16 AM
Great this is my fav of the whole challenge, so many layers at work
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01/22/2006 10:30:45 AM
This is really pretty but I find the black bird (?) in the near center a distraction to an otherwise very serene photo.
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01/22/2006 04:14:25 AM
This is a very special picture. Soft and bright at the same time. Almost mystic, but soothing.
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01/21/2006 11:52:06 PM
Wonderful coloration/composition; very soft and peaceful. With bird in the forground could have been called "modes of flight"/ Amazing how the mist and trees seem to mirror the clouds and sky.
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01/21/2006 11:42:26 PM
big 10 from me. The bird is perfect. well done!!
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01/21/2006 11:36:42 PM
Stunning! This shot is perfect is so many ways. WOW!
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01/21/2006 09:41:42 AM
Impressive and beautiful.
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01/21/2006 06:15:59 AM
What a beautiful scene, I love this one, 10, good luck!
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01/21/2006 05:21:14 AM
really wonderful, keep it up
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01/21/2006 02:12:19 AM
I thought the thumbnail was pretty good but upon opening the image & seeing that bird in the foreground, I have to say that really makes the shot excellant to me.
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01/21/2006 12:12:47 AM
Even though the horizon appears tilted, I'm fascinated by the effect of the rows of trees.
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01/20/2006 11:43:55 PM
Forget DPC, this is a winner anywhere!
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01/20/2006 11:28:36 PM
What a super image, very well done, 10
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01/20/2006 10:31:15 PM
very nice. i like that the subject is something not so oftenly used....where was this?
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01/20/2006 06:53:31 PM
You have captured the morning light so perfectly here, I am stunned. The baloons are fine and do no harm. The sky is fine and does no harm. But the reality is that they are simply context for the bottom 2/3 of the image which is superb. Well done. Among my top picks.
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01/20/2006 05:17:37 PM
Very cool. I love the translucency of the balloons.
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01/20/2006 04:23:36 PM
This is a great shot
looks too good to be true
a well deserved 10
good luck

Kev
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01/20/2006 02:42:42 PM
Albuquerque flight. Great shot in all ways. The bird adds to the delight.
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01/20/2006 02:00:22 PM
Woow this shot really stands out...It's stunning,Love the trees in the mist,I love the bird too...a well deserved 10 from me
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01/20/2006 12:46:30 PM
Great shot. I'm not sure the picture would have been better without the bird.
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01/20/2006 12:21:16 PM
awsome pix, great dof, great color, great angle, lighting great, b&w need a bit of work, great comp, overall excellent
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01/20/2006 11:37:26 AM
Beautiful image.
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01/20/2006 11:19:18 AM
Wow! So much going on here with the lighting hitting the trees just right, te bird ni flight and of course the balloons. Excellent! 10
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01/20/2006 11:02:35 AM
An even better version of a previous ribbon winning shot. This one improves upon the last with the inclusion of the bird in flight and the wider landscape orientation. A very serene and pleasing image!
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01/20/2006 10:23:12 AM
Holy smokes! What a sight! [10]
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01/20/2006 08:52:59 AM
wow, how amazing
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01/20/2006 08:02:38 AM
Wow ! Beautiful !
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01/20/2006 05:34:15 AM
Have you looked at it after cropping the bottom third of the image?
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01/20/2006 02:03:46 AM
Wow! Where was this taken? Your colors are a little flat. I wish you could make them pop more in the balloons while still maintaining the foggy landscape!
TC
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01/19/2006 07:39:46 PM
great mist infused layers
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01/19/2006 06:07:37 PM
9 and adding to faves, might have to bump to a 10 - in fact I think I will. 10
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01/19/2006 03:12:02 PM
Simply superb. Can't wait to read about where and when this was.
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01/19/2006 12:48:50 PM
Great shot
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01/19/2006 10:22:55 AM
Great shot. The fog with the different layers that it creates, the air balloons coming out of the forest..great stuff. too bad the bird is in the way. Oh well, not a perfect world, but yes it is a perfect score:10
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01/19/2006 08:20:35 AM
A previous ribbon winner (of a similar shot) that can only do well again. Still beautiful - so good luck.
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01/19/2006 06:01:38 AM
one word: wow
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01/19/2006 01:21:40 AM
Just spectacularly good. I love the layering of the foliage with the mist. So great. 10.
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01/18/2006 10:48:04 PM
10 from me....good luck! wonderful shot!
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01/18/2006 08:39:37 PM
What can I say. This is awesome. One of my top picks of the challenge.
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01/18/2006 05:12:09 PM
This is luminous. I love the depth and layers of mist and colors of the balloons. Really stunning! And of course it's great that you were able to get the bird in the foreground. 10.
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01/18/2006 05:01:34 PM
This is incredible, good capture..
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01/18/2006 03:32:37 PM
Excellent picture. I love this. I've got some baloon pictures in my portfolio as well so you might want to have a look. don't think they are quit as good as this though. 10
the only thing that might improve this, is wheter is is possible to have a bit more space on the top and left and right next to the most outer baloons... but it's pretty perfect as it is! well done
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01/18/2006 03:20:30 PM
This is 'photography as a means to share a spectacle' at its very best. Dodge and burning perhaps taken a little too far but overall an exceptional capture.
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01/18/2006 03:13:42 PM
Wow, that was definitely being in the right place at the right time. What a wonderful setting for the balloon festival!
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01/18/2006 03:07:59 PM
Incredible.
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01/18/2006 02:30:04 PM
This is just beautiful
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01/18/2006 01:52:43 PM
Absolutely stunning photo! 10/10
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01/18/2006 01:05:35 PM
This seems familiar. I like this one better than the (assumed) one in my memory. The layers of distance are great, the dimensions are emphasized by the bird which other might find destracting. I also like the pale colours of the balloons. 10. Adding to favs.
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01/18/2006 12:54:17 PM
Incredible landscape, with a painting-like quality to it. My only quibble -- the bird in the foreground... It stands out and distracts from the rest of the image. Maybe some dodging to minimize it or even cloning it out would work. Still, well-done!
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01/18/2006 03:47:13 AM
pretty colors - they look pastel like. I like how they are rising above the clouds.
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01/18/2006 03:41:07 AM
Perfect with the haze on the balloons. Nice with the bird in the foreground.
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01/17/2006 11:18:22 PM
wow! Nice capture.
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01/17/2006 10:59:36 PM
Excellent photograph, I love the subtle tones and colors of this photograph. The depth is amazing. "10" from me, good luck!
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01/17/2006 10:29:41 PM
Love it. Love the mist and the various strata of trees. Very fun capture.
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01/17/2006 07:29:58 PM
I love this shot, the mist and trees and balloons, a difficult shot to get such great detail despite difficult lighting conditions. Has a great eirie feeling 10
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01/17/2006 03:12:18 PM
Awesome scene! and great capture. the balloons seem a tad oversharpened though. I love the mist in the trees
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01/17/2006 02:58:13 PM
This photo is just magical in so many ways... I hope it finds its way to the top 10 in this challenge :) 10
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01/17/2006 01:19:05 PM
wow.
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01/17/2006 11:58:12 AM
Would make a great poster! 10
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01/17/2006 09:52:59 AM
Had a 9 for you, bumping up to 10. Can't really find anything to complain about in this one. The composition is fantastic, no ballons are cut off at all. The light is unrealy with the mist coming through the trees, and to have that bird in the foreground really brings the title you chose home. Incredible work. 10
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01/17/2006 09:23:22 AM
So beautiful. I really like the bird in the bottom half of the photo too. 10
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01/17/2006 09:08:16 AM
Best of 2005 indeed
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01/17/2006 08:24:26 AM
This is incredible!
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01/17/2006 06:51:26 AM
beautiful!
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01/17/2006 05:20:46 AM
Sweet shot!
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01/17/2006 03:56:18 AM
WOW! Spectacular shot! 10
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01/17/2006 03:06:23 AM
A "bingo" shot. Congratulations on resisting the oevrsaturation route :-)
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01/17/2006 01:48:58 AM
Beautiful layering.
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01/16/2006 10:19:19 PM
ahhh amazing! ... I give it 11 ... doh no 11
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01/16/2006 10:12:34 PM
One of my favorites in a very big challenge. The bird in the foreground is a nice touch.
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01/16/2006 07:26:58 PM
Wow it's like a dream and very butifull. I have voted 51 now, and this is the best so far. Good luck.
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01/16/2006 06:57:53 PM
excellent.. my favorite so far..
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01/16/2006 06:54:46 PM
Simply amazing. Wow. Umm, okay I can't come up with anything better then that. Sorry! :D 10
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01/16/2006 05:27:13 PM
What a sight that must have been in person - thanks for sharing it!
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01/16/2006 04:58:30 PM
OH WOW - what would happen if you did a saturation of blue,cyan,red and yellow? Play with curves a little. I know that it's a misty morning, but it might really give it more pop. I like the bird's silhouette in the foreground. Compositionally, it's great!!
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01/16/2006 03:35:45 PM
This is aMAZING!!!! I love the misty look of the clouds hanging over the trees. I love the bird, and those cheerful balloons. This is definitely a "Best of" contender!!!!
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01/16/2006 02:26:16 PM
Amazing capture. You had such a great vantage point.
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01/16/2006 02:00:03 PM
You should be disqualified... Because thies is just not of this world!!!
Outstanding, great, the best photo i´ve seen in years! It´s so damn good.
// Robert
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01/16/2006 12:57:58 PM
wow stunning shot!!
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01/16/2006 12:57:30 PM
Such an amazing image...it must have been quite a site to behold in person.
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01/16/2006 12:39:35 PM
Wow! Lovely shot.
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01/16/2006 11:54:56 AM
How beautiful! You've captured the light and morning mis so wonderfully! I love the way the mist gives depth by creating halos around the tree tops and also the way the sun lights up many of the balloons.
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01/16/2006 11:13:01 AM
What a cool scene! My first 10 of the '05 challenge.
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01/16/2006 11:00:05 AM
When I give a photo a 10, it is because I feel it is wonderfual all the way around. Therefore, I have no real comment other than to say I gave you a 10!
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01/16/2006 10:43:37 AM
Nice lighting!
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01/16/2006 07:27:19 AM
WoW!! All I can say is a 10
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01/16/2006 02:39:03 AM
I really like the play of colors and overall scenery in this particular shot;-) The colors of the balloons are not only a wonderful splash of color to the landscape of the sky but the sometimes pastel soft colors compliment (act in partnership) to the soft warm/dark colors of the forested landscape dominating the foreground. The fog/mist rolling off of the landscape softens the look and turns it into a magical scene. What I really like about this one is all the soft (not overly brilliant and vibrantly bold) colors that are seen throughout the composition. I really feel the soft light of the morning as these balloons rise and take flight. Also something that is a real shame that it was not better lit - the bird that is seen in flight in the foreground would have really added an extra special touch to the overall scene. We see it's shape but it is a dark silhouette that if better lit would be a companion to the other main objects in flight in this photo.
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01/16/2006 01:38:27 AM
Magical scene, made even more magical by your photographic ability to capture the scene with stunning composition.
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