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Simms


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Challenge: Free Study 2007-10 (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Location: Richmond Park, England
Date: Oct 20, 2007
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 320
Shutter: 1/80
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Oct 20, 2007

OK, first thing - this shot and the ribbon thats goes with it are dedicated to my other (& better) half Angela - who not only has to put up with me being away at weekends when shooting weddings throughout the summer, but as soon as I get a weekend off I go galavanting off to Richmond at 5am. Also the constant "come here and tell me which photo I should enter" comments, knowing that if it tanks she gets the blame for picking that one. love you babe & thanks for everything!

OK, if you have never been to Richmond Park on a misty autumnal morning then you owe it to yourself to do it. It really is like walking into another world. The deer roaring, the parakeets squawking, the browns, the greens, the light filtering through the mist, its surreal but beautiful, you really need to experience it to fully appreiciate it, something I tried to capture in this shot.

Processing wise I did my usual - tonemapping, overlay layer blurred. neatimaged, sharpened, vignette & border.


A new personal best for me!! Finally broken my PB that has stood for the last 5 years! Wonder how long before I berak it again?
Thanks to everyone who voted. FYI, up until 40 votes, I was on course to beat the site record as I was sitting there with a score of 8.6667 - its been a long week. :)


Statistics
Place: 1 out of 521
Avg (all users): 7.8651
Avg (commenters): 8.8214
Avg (participants): 7.9314
Avg (non-participants): 7.5833
Views since voting: 17282
Views during voting: 315
Votes: 126
Comments: 108
Favorites: 97 (view)


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04/17/2011 10:11:21 PM
Incredibly beautiful and powerful image!
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08/20/2010 07:32:30 PM
This is one of my all time favourites. hands down.
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12/09/2009 09:11:56 PM
When you say WOW out loud, you know it's good.
Great capture and feel!
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07/31/2008 08:19:32 PM
I really admire your editting style
hopefully someday ill be as good
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11/14/2007 12:34:18 PM
Beautiful. Well deserved Blue. Congrats!
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11/14/2007 03:03:15 AM
Amazing! I'd love to see an editing tutorial out of this.

Very well deserved blue.
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11/12/2007 08:39:10 PM
This is a beautiful image. I'd love to see the original, to see just how much editing was involved. The tones and contrast are terrific.
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11/12/2007 04:09:57 PM
Hey Mark, I second (or third, fourth, whatever) the requests for a tutorial. Excellent work.
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11/12/2007 10:18:38 AM
congratulations....you butthead. :P j/k awesome shot, gorgeous glow, yadda yadda yadda.
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11/11/2007 10:51:06 PM
Excellent shot.
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11/11/2007 09:33:45 AM
Originally posted by Simms:

Mr_Pants - If there is enough interest in a processing tutorial then I'll throw something together. I am actually rather keen on the idea of working on a video tutorial much like 21_F.gif Judi put together that time.


Get ya tutorial out.... go on then BOSH! sort it out Simmo I wanna know your secret..(editing only please)

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11/10/2007 11:18:29 PM
perfect! Congrats! wish I lived near this place!
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11/10/2007 12:58:27 PM
Mr_Pants - If there is enough interest in a processing tutorial then I'll throw something together. I am actually rather keen on the idea of working on a video tutorial much like 21_F.gif Judi put together that time.
11/10/2007 12:31:27 PM
This just proves you can't tell from the thumbnail. Th thumbnail looks like a blob of brown. And then you open it.....

Speechless.

Between you & Alex, you have me wanting to come to London, just to go to Richmond Park.
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11/10/2007 12:16:11 PM
Love the picture. Composition and framing are spot-on IMO. The lighting is beautifully captured and the processing carried out totally sympathetically towards the subject. Any thoughts on a tutorial for the PP, Mark?
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11/10/2007 08:10:48 AM
this is absolutely beautiful. everything fits, just wow.

congratulations!
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11/10/2007 01:30:39 AM
This one is gorgeous!!!!! The mood, the colours..the focus...it all fits. Well done!!!
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11/10/2007 12:22:38 AM
Congratulations on the blue ribbon. Angela picked well!
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11/09/2007 10:12:31 AM
congratulations Mark on such a well deserved blue ribbon, the colours are so beautiful. well done
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11/09/2007 09:34:14 AM
You really captured beauty here in this shot! I could look at this photo for hours
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11/09/2007 09:20:11 AM
Beautiful photograph! A minor after-the-fact quibble, but I think the frame is a bit heavy for it -- maybe half that width would do. But I have no quibbles at all with the photo itself. Congrats on your well-earned ribbon and new personal best.
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11/09/2007 05:43:31 AM
OK Mark...I got the wrong photographer, but the place was right! My brother used to live in Richmond Hill. This is sensational. Congratulations on the blue
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11/09/2007 04:29:56 AM
Congrat´s on the ribbon Mark, this shot sucks so badly I thought it was Alex´s, man that guy does NOT know how to take pretty pictures in Richmond Park!

:P
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11/09/2007 03:37:03 AM
Awesome capture, congrats on the well deserved blue ribbon! This was my most favorite picture in the challenge.
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11/09/2007 03:21:11 AM
congratulations mark on this amazing photograph and process .. and congratulation on a new pb .. i reckon this one will be pretty difficult to beat .. altho looking at the quality of your work it will only be a matter of time .. :)
i'm sure a lot of 'better halves' would have to put up with very similar behaviour from their dpc maniacs .. your story sounds very similar to mine .. well the "come here and tell me which photo I should enter" sort'v comment ..
i think to beat the site record would involve a most brilliant photograph, the correct challenge and a lot of luck .. those voters are a very fickle lot .. all the best .. you certainly have the talent, imagination and obsessive nature to do it !!!!!.. :)
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11/08/2007 08:35:58 PM
great work!
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11/08/2007 07:49:18 PM
A little competition for Alex's subject, I like it. Great shot. Come on, admit it, you guys have it stuffed and just sitting there waiting ... don't you?

Message edited by author 2007-11-08 19:51:23.
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11/08/2007 07:29:14 PM
Congratulations, Mark. An absolutely stunning image! (...And I'd say your wife is a keeper, too ;-)
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11/08/2007 06:10:21 PM
I never voted this time but this is sure a top image
Wow Awesome Stunning and everything else
I have added this to my favorites
Congratulations on your Blue
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11/08/2007 03:53:23 PM
stunning image
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11/08/2007 03:50:28 PM
Your profile page is getting depressing. It's too blue.

;)

You gotta tell me how you get those golden brown hues!! Mannnn.

Message edited by author 2007-11-08 15:52:17.
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11/08/2007 02:59:17 PM
Well, isn't this gorgeous? Wonderful work!
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11/08/2007 01:46:19 PM
This is a great shot. it almost looks 3-D.
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11/08/2007 12:32:09 PM
Simply amazing light capture, Mark. Hearty congratulations on a well-deserved blue.
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11/08/2007 11:43:41 AM
This is awesome! Congrats on a very highly deserved blue!
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11/08/2007 11:18:15 AM
Amazing shot also. Congrats on your ribbon and high score, they are both very well deserved.
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11/08/2007 11:14:13 AM
Wow! Congrats. I would love to visit this area.
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11/08/2007 10:13:28 AM
I never voted, nor did I even look through the entries... but all I have to say is.... WOW!!! My girlfriend would love to have a print done of it. Definately going to my favourites.

congrats!

Message edited by author 2007-11-08 10:13:53.
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11/08/2007 10:09:11 AM
Beautiful image. Indeed it conveys a different atmosphere. Congratulations!!!
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11/08/2007 09:17:17 AM
Congratulations on your blue, all I can say is WOW, this is amazing!
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11/08/2007 09:11:17 AM
Bud, when you do it,you do it right...5 ribbons and ALL BLUE. :D congratulations! this is a well deserved win here.
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11/08/2007 09:02:29 AM
WOW, this is truly amazing. You inspire me.
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11/08/2007 08:44:01 AM
Absolutely beautiful! Congrats!
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11/08/2007 08:43:00 AM
Really beautiful. Congrats.
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11/08/2007 08:19:18 AM
Wow just incredible image bro. You captured exactly what you were going for here. I ditto what MAK said. Steak dinner for the Mrs... Congrats on the Ribb.
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11/08/2007 08:17:45 AM
No Surprise here! Congratulations on another spectacular shot. What is surprising is that there were 4's in the voting. But I guess it didn't matter. Nice work!
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11/08/2007 08:01:00 AM
Gorgeous capture beautifully presented Congratulations on the Blue!
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11/08/2007 07:54:15 AM
I have never been to Richmond Park and I live less than an hours drive away but I have been inspired by these AMAZING photographs to visit. In fact, I think I'll make a plan to go this Saturday! Well done Mark (and Angela)! Awesome shots!
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11/08/2007 05:46:45 AM
Originally posted by AlexSaberi:

Originally posted by gloda:

Stealing off to Richmond without telling the others, eh? :) Congrats.


tell me about it. The man drives for 2 hours to my back garden and doesnt call me. Naughty naughty. anyway congrats on a stunning image and ribbon. Told you you would get blue. Shame about joining the 8 club though. :-)


I'll be joining the 8+ club with my Best of 2007 image :-)
11/08/2007 05:09:03 AM
Originally posted by gloda:

Stealing off to Richmond without telling the others, eh? :) Congrats.


tell me about it. The man drives for 2 hours to my back garden and doesnt call me. Naughty naughty. anyway congrats on a stunning image and ribbon. Told you you would get blue. Shame about joining the 8 club though. :-)
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11/08/2007 04:57:23 AM
Stealing off to Richmond without telling the others, eh? :) Congrats.
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11/08/2007 04:34:15 AM
Congrats mark, told you this would blue ribbon! Thought it could and should have edged an 8+ though. Absolutelly magnificent! My favourite of any thing I've seen thus far in DPC!!!
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11/08/2007 03:59:15 AM
Well?

You need to take your long suffering wife out for dinner now dude..

Congrats on a new PB and another one of those blue things
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11/08/2007 03:30:19 AM
this is absolutely amazing ... one of the BEST photos not only here but from all i've seen :-)

fantastic.
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11/08/2007 03:26:15 AM
Stunning! Great work and WTG, Mark! Congrats on the blue.
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11/08/2007 02:59:20 AM
Congrats, dude, very well done. Where do you get those stuffed deers? :)
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11/08/2007 02:45:55 AM
Thats a very majestic animal and the image does it proud. Congrats on the blue
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11/08/2007 02:40:34 AM
stunning..well done/congrates
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11/08/2007 02:30:02 AM
Congrats! This is a stunning image.
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11/08/2007 02:28:48 AM
SPECTACULAR! Congrats and congrats! You may now retire. :)
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11/08/2007 02:21:41 AM
You see? That's the one!

Great job Mark.
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11/08/2007 01:10:51 AM
Man that is awesome, I feel like I have 3D glasses on. Great Photo and congratz on your Blue!
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11/08/2007 12:58:36 AM
Richmond park, England, huh? Are you sure you didn't go to some sort of alternate fairy-land dimention to take this? This is BREATHTAKING!
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11/08/2007 12:43:43 AM
stunning, congrats.
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11/08/2007 12:38:21 AM
wow...
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11/08/2007 12:33:17 AM
Nice work...beautiful lighting and a great subject. Had it pegged for AlexSaberi but the tones looked a lot like a certain squirrel. Blue is your color!
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11/08/2007 12:24:47 AM
schweeeeeet! Well done
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11/08/2007 12:23:21 AM
Way to go! Congratulations. The light is beautiful in this image.
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11/08/2007 12:20:28 AM
And I didn't even have to phone a friend! :P Congrats on your second FS blue.
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11/08/2007 12:09:45 AM
nice light
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11/08/2007 12:05:01 AM
WOW!...i think that about sums it up...awesome capture!
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11/08/2007 12:03:32 AM
wow i had this pegged as alex's photo
congrats, i knew this would win
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11/08/2007 12:02:21 AM
Great job & congrats on the ribbon !!!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/07/2007 10:55:57 PM
Richmond park? :)
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11/07/2007 10:22:51 PM
No doubt this one is from Mr Simms :)
I'm not voting on this Free Study but still wish you good luck. This should do very well. This PP style of yours that you've mastered is very good looking.
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11/07/2007 01:05:56 PM
simms?
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11/07/2007 12:58:37 PM
Lovely shot. Great framing with the tree and wonderful crepuscular rays.

My only real nitpick is how bright the deer is when the sun is clearly striking the far side of him, and indeed under his chin the left side of his neck (the sunny side) appears darker than what should be the shady side - but that's a small price for such a lovely photo.

:- )
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11/06/2007 10:50:41 PM
Signature style and another top notch quality photograph. Great work!
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11/06/2007 05:45:37 PM
and the winner is.....wow!
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11/06/2007 02:30:36 PM
Another great image form you. 10
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11/06/2007 06:59:01 AM
great composition, color and light. a likely winner!
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11/05/2007 04:09:19 PM
very nice indeed. surreal quality. Lovely style too. u really are developing your own!10
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11/05/2007 01:37:54 AM
Wow! Colour balance is a little too much on the purple side for my taste but wow, great composition and light. Lovely textures and dof.
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11/04/2007 05:23:52 PM
beautiful. 10
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11/04/2007 06:05:44 AM
Did your heart go thuddity thud as you looked through the viewfinder? Mine would ;)Great image, although it looks more like the UK than a 'fall' country ;) One of my top picks :)
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11/03/2007 11:03:05 PM
Beautiful light in the background and majestic pose.
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11/03/2007 09:03:05 PM
This is really spectacular. The lighting and colors couldn't be more perfect.
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11/03/2007 07:39:50 PM
This really is an amazing shot, regardles of where this lands (and it should land quite high), I hope to see a print of it available.
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11/03/2007 05:18:23 PM
I'm guessing Simms or Alexsaberi. Very nice, love the shallow DOF and the brown/red tones.
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11/03/2007 04:52:05 PM
Looks like AlexSaberi's work, maybe? :)

Awesome! So, so beautiful. The editing is amazing... the whole atmosphere is completely surreal.
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11/03/2007 03:35:22 AM
This can only be Alex :P beaut, 9.
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11/03/2007 12:43:01 AM
Very nice, Alex. Or is it Simms? :-P
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11/02/2007 10:40:53 PM
magestic
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11/02/2007 03:44:58 PM
Why does this image feel like 21.gif AlexSaberi? Nice animal and sun rays.
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11/02/2007 02:45:30 PM
DAMN ALEX

this is like lord of the rings meets bambi
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11/02/2007 07:22:47 AM
Great shot, such excellent lighting and processing to bring out the autumn in the shot. I'm guessing this is Epping forest?
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11/02/2007 04:31:08 AM
love the colour, focus and wow factor in this shot!

hope it does well, i'm sure this will ribbon!
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11/01/2007 10:50:49 PM
magical... great capture 9
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11/01/2007 10:14:42 PM
way cool, I enjoy this picture A LOT! :)
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11/01/2007 09:37:42 PM
Simms! Knew i'd come accross yours eventually. Great capture dude.


(And no, i'm not stalking you, you just have a very unique editing style. Really pops out.)
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11/01/2007 07:10:12 PM
I'm sure this will do very well. I'm guessing this is either Alexsaberi or Simms at that park. The editing suggests Simms so that's my final answer. :P
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11/01/2007 06:42:17 PM
Wow! Love the rays of light and the muted colours
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11/01/2007 03:41:46 PM
One of the prettiest picture of this kind I´ve seen.... Must be great LARGE also - 10 from me...
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11/01/2007 09:21:02 AM
Fantastic shot, really wonderful.
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11/01/2007 08:33:04 AM
I am guessing this is Alex Saberi (the image, not the deer), but if it is not, that's a compliment! This will be right up there, top 10 or ribbon...10
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11/01/2007 07:14:50 AM
stunning! top ten for sure...
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11/01/2007 05:12:50 AM
stunning
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11/01/2007 02:24:53 AM
Holy COW! This is AMAZING! SO clear and beautifully perspective.

My only thought was it is a touch 'too' red.
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