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Challenge: Free Study 2008-12 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Location: Yosemite, CA, Gates of the Valley
Date: Dec 17, 2008
Aperture: f20
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1s
Galleries: Landscape, Water
Date Uploaded: Dec 19, 2008

I wasn't exactly poking any new tripod holes here! ;) But how could I pass this up. Fresh snow, clearing sky, and fog hanging over the water and meadows. Special place. Enjoy.

[Jan. 6th, 2009 03:41:07 PM]

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Looks like a highwater mark of 7.45; maybe I'll finally ribbon in a Free Study!

It had just snowed the day before and the road were still icy/slick. But I was close to the valley and couldn't resist the drive in to take a look.

Used my trusty 3stop hard edge grad ND with my polarizer. The polarizer was to lengthen my exposure time a bit. Ended up shooting at f22. It is hard to appreciate the detail at 720pixels but I have a large print all worked up and ready to go. I feel honored to have been at this place at such a special time.

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Wow, thank you for the votes and comments! This was one that looked good on the LCD and even better on my computer.

Note to self: Prepare to wade around in knee deep snow before going the next time! My running shoes and jeans didn't dry out until about 2 hours later.

It was taken a little after 4 p.m.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 407
Avg (all users): 7.4702
Avg (commenters): 8.5600
Avg (participants): 7.4825
Avg (non-participants): 7.4444
Views since voting: 9422
Views during voting: 368
Votes: 168
Comments: 87
Favorites: 83 (view)


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04/10/2011 02:37:07 AM
Hey you are right, we are just 100 feet away. Fresh snow is fantastic, I will try to catch the weather next time. Thank you Mark for the comment!
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06/07/2009 10:15:57 PM
Wow! Stunning!
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01/14/2009 08:40:21 PM
man, this would have been great for ansel adams
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01/14/2009 05:39:37 AM
Technically perfect. I can't see anything wrong with this beautiful landscape. The subject matter, or how popular it is, doesn't matter. You've made a wonderful, fresh image.
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01/11/2009 09:57:43 PM
nice...
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01/11/2009 07:44:40 PM
Congratulations on a well deserved ribbon!
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01/11/2009 02:58:48 AM
Inspiring.
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01/10/2009 01:43:15 PM
oh beautiful! love the colours and the light! perfect timing.
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01/10/2009 01:36:45 PM
Beautiful landscape....Congrats!!!!
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01/10/2009 11:45:36 AM
A spectacular image. I can't stop looking at it. It makes me want to return to such a photogenic location. Congratulations.
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01/10/2009 11:33:38 AM
How's a poor astrophotographer ever going to get a FS ribbon with shots like this? Couldn't you have waited until next month? :-) Breathtaking, absolutely beautiful. My girlfriend looked at this shot and snickered and said "you're never going to ribbon on this site!"
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01/08/2009 11:42:54 PM
What an incredible photographs of one of the most beautiful places on earth. Congratulations on you ribbon!
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01/08/2009 11:03:58 PM
You were one of my few 10's. Gorgeous image....plus one of my favorite places on this earth to visit.
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01/08/2009 09:28:25 PM
excellent! congrats on the red!
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01/08/2009 08:32:08 PM
Stunning. Well deserved ribbon.
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01/08/2009 04:37:27 PM
Congrats Mark!!! Simply beautiful...
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01/08/2009 03:49:32 PM
Simply marvellous.
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01/08/2009 03:28:54 PM
Well done Mark! Congratulations on a wonderful photo and a well deserved ribbon.
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01/08/2009 01:49:53 PM
I gave you a 10
I think this is simply stunning.
Beautiful
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01/08/2009 01:32:26 PM
Beautifully done, Mark. I hope you're all warmed up by now. :)
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01/08/2009 01:03:36 PM
Oh Mark...a lovely rendition of this spectacular view! Congrats on your ribbon!
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01/08/2009 12:19:59 PM
Proficiat on a very good 2nd place. Beautiful image.
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01/08/2009 11:42:13 AM
I think I have some pictures from this same spot. But they don't look like this! Beautiful job, and congrats!
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01/08/2009 11:33:29 AM
You definitely captured the true essence of this scenic place. This is truly a masterpiece. Congratulations on your second place win.
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01/08/2009 10:41:19 AM
Wow, Mark! Wow! You know. . .lots of people can take pictures of the same spot -- but they sure can't all turn out photos like this! When you think about it, all photos have probably been done lots of times before, but the very few are able to take what's been seen before and make it stand out, heads and shoulders above all the rest. This is one of those photos! Congratulations on the ribbon -- your fourth highest rated photo -- and just for having another fine art piece of magic in your portfolio!

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01/08/2009 09:47:51 AM
Another well deserved ribbon for a gorgeous photograph!!
This is just mezmorizing! Congrats!!
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01/08/2009 09:35:16 AM
This is beyond awesome. Congrats on a FS ribbon, but even more so on such an amazing image. I love the play between light, steam and sky.
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01/08/2009 09:00:59 AM
Great pic Mark, congrats a beautiful pic and ribbon!
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01/08/2009 09:00:45 AM
Gorgeous! and Congratulations
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01/08/2009 08:48:39 AM
Ahhhh Mr Peters, how marvelous, muchos congratulate. x
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01/08/2009 07:57:56 AM
perfect - just perfect.

My #1
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01/08/2009 07:39:09 AM
Stunning shot, congrats on the second place!
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01/08/2009 06:57:31 AM
Congratulations on your red ribbon, I was sure I would see this on the front page!
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01/08/2009 05:25:43 AM
wonderful. knew this was a ribbon, and also suspected it was yours
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01/08/2009 04:50:45 AM
Gorgeous shot. Congratulations on your ribbon.
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01/08/2009 03:32:45 AM
Splendid! Congratulations Mark. First ribbon in a free study? I'm suprised at that...and what an absolute splendid image to break your duck! Keep it coming :-)
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01/08/2009 02:59:49 AM
Stunning view.. :) Congratulations
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01/08/2009 02:54:58 AM
Wow, I ribboned with a photo taken in the same place, but this is so much better! Awesome photo...makes me want to visit Yosemite tomorrow!
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01/08/2009 02:09:28 AM
man i wish i live near here! The trip I took to Yosemite this summer was not nearly enough. True, this is a well-worn spot, but this is no ordinary image. The exposure, and the silkiness of the water... just awesome. Congrats on another ribbon.
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01/08/2009 01:51:22 AM
*gasp!* Yeah, this took my breath away! Un-freakin-believable! Congrats on a super spectacular image and the ribbon. ...but mainly the image. Did I mention it's spectacular? Uber-Spectacular.
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01/08/2009 01:01:24 AM
Such a beautiful shot of one of my favorite places on earth. I so much miss the annual visits to Yosemite when I was living in California. I never made it there in the winter but would love to some day. Congrats on your ribbon- very well deserved!
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01/08/2009 01:01:22 AM
magnificent shot, Mark! Congratulations!
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01/08/2009 12:58:59 AM
Awesome shot. Who cares if it's been done before? This one is yours.
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01/08/2009 12:46:15 AM
Wow! This is...stunning! Can't stop looking at it. Excellent, excellent work, Mark. Congrats on the ribbon.
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01/08/2009 12:29:43 AM
Incredible man, absolutely stunning, should've scored even higher than it did, really really incredible, adding to faves right now.
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01/08/2009 12:22:55 AM
Beautiful shot Mark!! Congrats on a fantastic finish
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01/08/2009 12:22:46 AM
Would love to see this large but it carries well at a small size, too, which is an excellent tribute to your skills and knowledge. Congratulations on a Free Study ribbon!!
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01/08/2009 12:22:45 AM
I knew this had to be you! One of my high scores, and I figured it would ribbon. From my years in Yosemite, this lovely vantage has special meaning for me (I may have had a view camera set up exactly where you were more than once), and your conditions, the conditions in which you shot, are perfect the scene. I'm glad you made the drive and congrats on the ribbon!
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01/08/2009 12:22:04 AM
very beautiful .. it's a mind blowing scene .. i cant imagine this scene being photographed or processed any better .. amazing work ..
congratulations on the red .. :)
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01/08/2009 12:20:34 AM
Great shot, Mark! Lots to view. Just stunning. Many congrats on your red!
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01/08/2009 12:12:37 AM
Lovely scene and time of day. Congrats on the finish.
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01/08/2009 12:10:26 AM
Nice capture of a classic scene! Congats on capturing a FS ribbon in the process.
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01/08/2009 12:09:25 AM
Beautiful image and the lighting is outstanding! Well done and congrats on your red ribbon!
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01/08/2009 12:05:32 AM
Congrats; You're a gooober! What an excellent shot.

And congrats that your last 10 entrys have all scored a 6.1899 or better!!
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01/08/2009 12:02:29 AM
Fantastic! Congratulations.
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01/08/2009 12:02:20 AM
congratulations on your ribbon! beautiful shot!
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01/08/2009 12:02:10 AM
One of my absolutely favourite spots in the world, STUNNING! Congrats on the red, very well deserved :o)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/07/2009 11:44:40 PM
Wow!
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01/07/2009 09:14:47 AM
This is really pretty, just a little to much foreground...
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01/07/2009 05:34:42 AM
A beautiful, well executed shot, lovely colours and reflections and foreground interest, well done
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01/07/2009 05:24:17 AM
beautiful! has to be a contender...sheer majesty and perfection 10 from me
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01/07/2009 12:37:55 AM
Very cool colors and lighting. The snow is just AWESOME! I also like the fog over the water on the left hand side, nicely done. -BB
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01/06/2009 11:36:32 PM
Beautiful scene, love the perspective.
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01/06/2009 09:50:20 PM
This has my pick for a ribbon. My favorite of the natural landscapes in this challenge. No nitpicks. Wonderful composition, exposure and PP. Perfect.
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01/06/2009 09:37:16 PM
Spectacular... I'm green with envy.
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01/06/2009 01:09:09 PM
Beautiful morning light on the Merced. Good luck!
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01/06/2009 08:04:59 AM
8 - Wow. Wish the clouds weren't 'chopped', but.. still easy to get lost in this image.
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01/05/2009 11:35:22 PM
Beautiful shot
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01/05/2009 11:17:40 PM
Majestic. That's the first word that I thought of... 9!
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01/05/2009 09:36:40 AM
Fantastic. makes me shiver!
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01/05/2009 02:49:18 AM
Easy Ten. Instant favorite.
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01/04/2009 11:27:01 PM
Awesome image, well done
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01/04/2009 01:56:33 PM
Could sit right there for hours...
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01/03/2009 08:19:06 PM
Love this shot. Great location... where is it?
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01/03/2009 06:32:50 PM
Winner? I hope so!!
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01/03/2009 01:26:08 PM
Fantastic scenery.
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01/03/2009 01:22:27 PM
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01/03/2009 09:41:07 AM
The place, the hour, the talent and the technique. Masterpiece !
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01/03/2009 06:08:59 AM
Just beautiful..has to be in the top 5
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01/02/2009 04:14:50 PM
very nice
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01/01/2009 05:49:11 PM
Spectacular! 10
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01/01/2009 03:51:41 PM
This is great, a lovely place, well captured. Might be just a little bit oversaturated...almost unreal looking. The water is beautiful.
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01/01/2009 03:20:52 PM
Can't beat that for an awesome location to photograph! You did a great job of it, too.
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01/01/2009 10:48:14 AM
Beautiful! Simply beautiful!
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01/01/2009 08:34:07 AM
Splendour indeed! 9.
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01/01/2009 07:59:38 AM
wish you were here? I'll say so!
great stuff
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01/01/2009 12:33:26 AM
Terrifically beautiful landscape. Love the sunrise lighting (or maybe it's sunset - doesn't matter - beautiful.)
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