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A divine delight
2nd PlaceA divine delight
HighNooner


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Challenge: Rural Landscapes (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Location: Karak area - Jordan
Date: Aug 10, 2007
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/50
Galleries: Nature, Rural
Date Uploaded: Aug 11, 2007

I was with one of my company's crews; I am a television producer, doing an episode from a program under production called "Having Fun" and the episode was about hiking.
My youngest daughter, Maysoon 20, had my camera with her and she was documenting the production with still photos. I was very busy working and watching the Director giving instruction to the presenter of the show on how he wanted him to conclude the episode; taking a dip in the cool water. While afar we had few kids swimming in the background, the water is only 4 feet deep; I then noticed my son claiming the only rock in the middle of the pond and that the Sun had made a majestic appearance through the narrow gorge casting stunning volume light, which usually lasts for few minutes.
I turned to my daughter Maysoon and quickly grabbed the camera pointed and took the first and only frame; I tried to release the shutter again but the battery was flat dead; I did think then it was a nice capture from the view finder but that was not possible to verify for another day or so.
At that time I went back to finishing up the work thinking, how? Just how could the battery go dead now??!! I mean just few more frames!! GRRRR!! I could not believe it, but what could I have done no spare. End of story.
And the only frame is the one you saw, thank you all very much. A strike of luck I guess.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 290
Avg (all users): 7.3589
Avg (commenters): 8.5000
Avg (participants): 6.8056
Avg (non-participants): 7.6496
Views since voting: 19730
Views during voting: 568
Votes: 209
Comments: 105
Favorites: 108 (view)


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12/08/2012 12:15:33 AM
Wow! That's an amazing place and amazing shot! Congratulations!
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01/26/2011 07:28:01 PM
What a story - amazing, and to think you had one go at it, shows your talent.

When I look at this photo, I think to myself, how can anyone give this less than a 10, but you got them, as hard as it is to believe that this deserves anything less. It would be astonishing indeed to ever see anything on DPC get at least a 9 average!

Message edited by author 2013-05-25 05:57:27.
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10/19/2009 06:16:46 PM
What a brilliant, beautiful shot. How lucky that the battery didn't die before you got it.
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06/27/2008 11:09:21 AM
nice, it was like a gift for you
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03/25/2008 12:33:38 PM
greate capture, makes you wanna jump in...
this is why i carry extra battary...
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08/30/2007 08:49:13 PM
A joyous & beautiful image, and a darned fortuitous one at that! Good for you! and congrats also on the ribbon!
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08/28/2007 05:45:20 PM
Fantastic picture, congratulations on your ribbon! I guess we're lucky the battery didn't give up earlier.
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08/27/2007 12:31:47 AM
One of the better images I've ever seen. Congratulations.
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08/26/2007 10:17:16 PM
Fantastic capture.
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08/26/2007 01:19:19 AM
The light and the splashes puts this image in the category of the divine shots. Technically you did a great job with the foreground and background light while the composition was already there just waiting for you to shoot your camera. The natural triangular frame does a great job pushing our attention to the main scene and subtracting any distracting element that could weak the image. The word that I usually use to describe pictures like this, is "perfect". Congrats for this stunning image.
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08/25/2007 09:11:50 PM
gprgeous! congrats
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08/25/2007 11:56:36 AM
Great shot.............

Message edited by author 2007-08-25 11:57:56.
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08/25/2007 11:42:48 AM
great picture!!!
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08/24/2007 10:23:28 PM
Great picture, the light is amazing!
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08/24/2007 08:04:48 PM
Congrats- you made my day with this amazing image :) P
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08/24/2007 12:17:19 AM
What an amazingly beautiful capture, made all the more incredible after reading your story. It takes more than luck to get an image like this in just one click of the shutter - congrats on such a great shot!
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08/23/2007 03:50:31 PM
Wonderful shot, congrats on your red ribbon!
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08/23/2007 12:00:33 PM
i really like this photo, alot, the lighting is perfect and the action is nice too/ the only thing that bothers me though is the fact that that guys head is like right between the other dudes leg. is distracting, but this shot is a great one none the less. good job!!!!!!! :)
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08/23/2007 09:09:27 AM
Absolutely awesome capture. Should have one first place in my opinion. Great job and congrats on your place...
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08/23/2007 07:40:59 AM
This is a beautiful shot, having seen it I would certainly have voted a 9 or a 10... I don't quite see the urban landscape but that's not really what counts. A beatiful photo in every respect and a well worthy second place! Well done!
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08/23/2007 02:29:14 AM
One of the most delightful shots I've seen in a long time. Congrats on your well deserved ribbon!!
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08/22/2007 10:36:23 PM
A strike of luck is sometimes all you need! Great to read the story behind such a stunning image. These rays of sun make the moment priceless, just gorgeous!
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08/22/2007 09:42:34 PM
Where is this? It's beautiful! As is the picture of course. Congratulations on the ribbon.
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08/22/2007 07:18:48 PM
Your title says it all. Congrats!
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08/22/2007 07:05:07 PM
Wonderful brilliant light, congratulations. You saw it and captured it and one shot is better than none I guess. Love the sneakers on your son.
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08/22/2007 04:52:15 PM
You have to love filtered light...congratulations on winning the red ribbon!
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08/22/2007 02:40:26 PM
great shot with a wonderful summer fun feel! Congratulations!
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08/22/2007 02:29:23 PM
Tareq, congratulations on your outstanding red ribbon. Excellent timing and lighting, well deserved.
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08/22/2007 01:27:19 PM
Congratulations on your first ribbon! Beautiful (and lucky) work.
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08/22/2007 10:25:17 AM
Can I add stars to my favorites ... I would double and triple star this one. What a beautiful photograph!
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08/22/2007 09:47:49 AM
Great photo, I didn't get to this one in the voting, which would have been a ten, Great job and congrats!
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08/22/2007 09:46:35 AM
I am in awe! Sometimes, everything comes together in an instant. When that happens, it only takes 1! It just never happens to me :) The minute this popped up on my screem there was a moment when truly my breath stopped!

Congratulations on a red ribbon!

Edit: I just noticed this is your first ribbon! Even more congratulations then!! But I'm sure ribbons will be gracing your profile page in multiples before long!



Message edited by author 2007-08-22 09:47:48.
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08/22/2007 09:14:34 AM
Tareq congrats on the ribbon and your new highest score! Very much deserved.
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08/22/2007 08:59:29 AM
Truly a Great shop. One from above was watching over you
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08/22/2007 08:11:56 AM
This was my favourite...stunning. Congratulations, I will add myself to the favourites list
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08/22/2007 08:05:23 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon! Great shot!
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08/22/2007 06:07:12 AM
Tareq
Congratulations on your ribbon.
But more importantly - this is what photography is all about. Capturing a moment in time or the capture of light (whether it be a story or image).Photographically - this image is the one that has excited me the most in a long time. Congratulations. Store this one - treasure it.
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08/22/2007 05:34:35 AM
An awesome composition a great capture and a nice red ribbon ...congrats
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08/22/2007 05:20:38 AM
great capture. congrats on the ribbon
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08/22/2007 05:10:44 AM
Lovely shot.

The fact that you got it in one shot either means you are very skilled as a photographer or very lucky!
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08/22/2007 04:12:36 AM
congrats, excellent. one frame????
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08/22/2007 03:49:05 AM
Wonderful image to go with a wonderful story, congratulations!
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08/22/2007 03:30:49 AM
This is a beautiful capture.. Congrats!
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08/22/2007 03:21:48 AM
Great shot, really i love it, but not for this challenge, sorry. Congratulations on your ribbon!!
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08/22/2007 02:46:35 AM
Love it!
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08/22/2007 02:21:46 AM
What a picture. Simply brilliant.
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08/22/2007 02:20:44 AM
a very beautiful image indeed. congratulations on that one-chance winning shot.
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08/22/2007 02:04:46 AM
superb moment of magic and serendipity! Congrats!
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08/22/2007 01:30:05 AM
Congratulations firstly on such a magical photo with a terrific story and your first ribbon - this image IS MAGIC!
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08/22/2007 01:29:22 AM
Love the story of this shot. Wonderful light and subjects.
Many congrats for a stunning photo!
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08/22/2007 01:21:37 AM
thats absolutely amazing. so glad that this did well. great job!
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08/22/2007 01:20:14 AM
This was my pick for the blue, absolutely awesome! Congrats on the ribbon and the personal best!
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08/22/2007 12:52:21 AM
This is so good! You're such a great photographer
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08/22/2007 12:51:29 AM
Magical! Congrats!
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08/22/2007 12:49:15 AM
Upon reading the story, I'm even more glad I came back and bumped this. An awesome, once-in-a-lifetime shot and I'm proud to be on the front page with it! My heartiest congratulations!
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08/22/2007 12:45:50 AM
Congrats on a spectacular capture. Sure, there was some luck, but it wouldn't have resulted in this shot without skill and an eye for the amazing.

Message edited by author 2007-08-22 00:46:53.
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08/22/2007 12:39:06 AM
Just Awesome....Congrats
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08/22/2007 12:17:23 AM
Congratulations on your red. I'm really happy to see this place so high. Great shot!
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08/22/2007 12:13:11 AM
Absolutely stunning!!! Congrats on your ribbon!
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08/22/2007 12:03:56 AM
BIG THANKS ALL

Message edited by author 2007-08-22 00:07:09.
08/22/2007 12:02:35 AM
ooooh, the fact that you got this in one take and then the dead battery makes it all that much more magical! A lifetime keeper for sure!

Message edited by author 2007-08-22 00:14:12.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/21/2007 10:40:39 PM
Divine Indeed....!!!
Simply awesome....wish I cud be there...:):)..This image has so much life in it....one look and you wanna be just there...

Excellent capture pal...
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08/21/2007 09:37:51 PM
This has everything going for it. Just beautiful!
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08/21/2007 07:18:04 PM
Great shot! ...but I'm not sure how this is a landscape?
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08/21/2007 01:28:54 PM
hope to see you on the podium next Tuesday :) good luck 10
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08/21/2007 11:00:09 AM
nice photo.
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08/21/2007 10:31:26 AM
To me this is the best. Just too beautiful.
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08/21/2007 09:04:54 AM
Wow, great ligting!
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08/20/2007 10:44:03 PM
wow...beautiful
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08/20/2007 10:28:58 PM
AMAZING. 10
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08/20/2007 05:12:32 PM
Now that looks like fun. Gorgeous setting and perfect capture of the light.
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08/20/2007 04:27:54 PM
I love the streams of light. This is a great action shot. Looks fun :)
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08/20/2007 02:26:13 AM
Very nice lighting control.
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08/19/2007 11:58:31 PM
Spectacular capture, the lighting is heavenly, the moment is candid, colour tones are rich and not overdone. Love this image.
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08/19/2007 10:26:12 PM
Simply excellent!
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08/19/2007 11:11:38 AM
This is a really lovely shot..the lighting is beautiful and the composition excellent. It's really not a rural landscape...but, I like it. 9
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08/19/2007 10:21:54 AM
Can't say anything more than WOW - this is a job well done!
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08/19/2007 09:04:21 AM
fantastic .
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08/19/2007 01:27:18 AM
Excellent shot, light rays coming in and stop motion of the water. Well done
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08/18/2007 06:26:22 PM
The best photo I've seen in a long time. A perfect 10 (wish there was an 11 here).
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08/18/2007 05:21:12 PM
Great capture, great lighting. A really good photo.
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08/18/2007 10:39:16 AM
Lovely shot. I especially like the cast light, and the highlights in the water.
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08/17/2007 11:54:48 PM
awesome shot! 9
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08/17/2007 11:12:47 PM
Great shot, but not really a landscape.
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08/17/2007 09:41:34 PM
Wow, what a shot! I'd be shocked not to see this on the front page.
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08/17/2007 09:36:23 PM
perfect 10
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08/17/2007 08:24:21 PM
Love the picture. I just wish it were more of a rural landscape.
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08/17/2007 04:25:31 PM
I really have a dilemma with this as it really doesn't technically fit the description of rural. A truly awesome composition and capture and a wonderful scene. I'm giving it a 6 because of it, though in a Free Study I'd have gone higher. The 6 is strictly on the shot's merits but IMNSHO, DNMC.

Upon reflection, and being honest, it's no less rural than my entry, and in the spirit of fair play, you talented b*stard, I'm bumping this to an 8.
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08/16/2007 07:33:17 PM
great use of light, from the rays to the water in the forround.....great capture
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08/16/2007 05:47:38 PM
Great use of the human element in the landscape. The light beaming in is spectacular.
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08/16/2007 04:34:51 PM
Wow, what a great scene. Nice Job
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08/16/2007 03:59:47 PM
Very Nice picture, but not sure what it does for the challenge - 5
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08/16/2007 09:10:09 AM
great shot
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08/16/2007 07:51:43 AM
stunning...not sure if this will be viewed as rural by everyone, but it certainly works for me...the light, composition, crispness, subject matter, action are amazing! Has to be 10 from me...good luck, and maybe congrats on the ribbon in advance!
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08/16/2007 12:02:06 AM
very nice. this should do well.
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08/15/2007 11:41:47 PM
Definitely a top pick for this challenge. I can't imagine it not winning a ribbon. The light is fantastic, and you caught a great moment. Congrats in advance! A 10 all the way!
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08/15/2007 09:52:44 PM
This is an excellent shot, but its very borderline when it comes to landscape.
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08/15/2007 08:08:39 PM
If I could tie this to the challenge topic more readily, then it would be a 10 for sure. As it is, I'm stretching the limits of my own rules by giving it a 7. Beautiful image.
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08/15/2007 06:43:50 PM
This is a beautiful photograph.
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08/15/2007 03:34:33 PM
Wow this is great. The light rays make this image. Very well done. Good for back light as well.
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08/15/2007 12:55:25 PM
What fun! This a delightful shot. Nicely done.
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08/15/2007 12:12:18 PM
That cave looks cool! Nice image and I love how the sun shines through the hole in the roof.
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08/15/2007 09:45:03 AM
Pure beauty
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08/15/2007 06:22:11 AM
fantastic. Great capture of light beam
it's perfect! *fav*
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08/15/2007 02:29:04 AM
lighting is good
water is calming
it seems to there place, secret hideout
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