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Awe
LevT


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Best of 2009 (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: Utah-Arizona
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Tokina AF 12-24mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro DX
Location: Monument Valley, Utah
Date: Jan 1, 2009
Galleries: Landscape, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jan 15, 2010

this photo was taken on the first day of the year, January 1, 2009, on the way home from a Christmas trip to Utah. Can't say whether it is my best for the year, but it certainly was the most "visible". After its publication on 1x.com it was linked on stumbledupon.com and happened to stay near the top of their list of "popular" photos for at least a couple of weeks, so it garnered more than 160,000 (!) views. I am not sure if that was warranted, but it was fun to watch.

[Jan. 28th, 2010 03:43:16 AM]

just wanted to add in response to some comments: this was not posed. I don't know this guy, I think he was also taking a photo, like me, only in a hat :). So I did not really have a choice of moving him and myself to the middle of the road for more symmetry. On the other hand, I am not even sure that I would like a completely symmetric image better...

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(thanks for the recognition!)

Statistics
Place: 49 out of 445
Avg (all users): 6.4980
Avg (commenters): 7.6667
Avg (participants): 6.4271
Avg (non-participants): 6.7368
Views since voting: 1583
Views during voting: 462
Votes: 249
Comments: 39
Favorites: 10 (view)


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02/01/2010 12:02:28 AM
This image looked awfully familiar when I voted, but could remember where and when I saw it. Now I can say I loved it back then and love it now. Great powerful image.
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01/29/2010 11:56:28 PM
This is a very powerful image, excellent work.
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01/29/2010 10:09:06 PM
I can certainly see why it got such accolades and attention! And seeing DPC awarding a 49th place spot tells me all I need to know about the credibility of the voting here :) This is freaking FABULOUS! How does it get any better than this!
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01/29/2010 02:23:42 PM
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

Might have expected this to finish higher, personally, but that ain't bad for a man in a road in the desert, eh? Love the shot, gave it an 8.


top 50 in this challenge?! no, not bad at all! Thanks Robert!
01/29/2010 01:58:01 PM
Originally posted by posthumous:

perfect symmetry is suicide for an image.

true. but slightly broken symmetry can be interesting (as in physics :))
01/29/2010 01:50:45 PM
perfect symmetry is suicide for an image.
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01/29/2010 12:35:46 PM
the Wizard of Oz comes to mind...
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01/29/2010 12:19:51 PM
Might have expected this to finish higher, personally, but that ain't bad for a man in a road in the desert, eh? Love the shot, gave it an 8.
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01/29/2010 02:23:08 AM
this is a tremendous photo, instant fave
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01/29/2010 12:33:36 AM
Magnificient ! Well seen. Well photographed. Well presented. This is an unforgettable shot once you have seen it.
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01/29/2010 12:10:06 AM
Well done Lev! Can't help but see the similarity of his hat with the formations.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/28/2010 11:15:33 PM
Awe-some! Love how you are using the road to lead the viewer to the background. The silhouette of the man is a nice touch.
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01/28/2010 09:23:10 PM
This would only be a better shot if the road was not in it. Imagine a Cowboy looking at this scene 150 years ago and you will see what my perfect version of this shot would be. As it is, it's a very good pic.
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01/28/2010 07:38:29 PM
Jawdropping sense of scale here. Beautifully done.
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01/28/2010 06:36:47 PM
I'm hanging this in the Posthumous Fantasy Art Show.
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01/28/2010 10:50:29 AM
Very cool photo. Not to be snarky, but the photo lost some impact for me when I imagined he was actually crouching down to take a photo. Nevertheless the cowboy hat is the crowning (no pun intended) touch. A high vote from me.
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01/28/2010 09:12:14 AM
Yo yo yo. What a scene and love the modern day cowboy. Horseless and carless - left to walk off into the sunset. I like. Saying that I would have liked him to walk and not sit there
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01/28/2010 06:34:58 AM
what a location - i have always wanted to go - the light is amazing, the refections fantastic. i can't decide if I like the person present or not - but it still gets an 8
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01/27/2010 09:23:55 PM
Hi Lev, wonder how this one is going for you. It's not a typical Monument valley photo. I like the image--feels like the cowboy is kneeling down in awe of the scene. The high contrast is nice.
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01/27/2010 09:16:18 PM
Like the concept, love the execution. Nice tonal range. I found myself wanting just a *little* more definition in the edges of the distant spires, and judging by the fact that the mid-distance is sharper, I suspect that it just wasn't there in the original, either due to focusing a touch inside of the hyperfocal distance, or because of atmospheric turbulence.
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01/27/2010 07:23:31 AM
WOW !! , this is superb. Exellent processing 9
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01/26/2010 10:56:04 PM
Wow, awe is the right word for this! Love the leading lines of the road that my eye can literally travel on as it ventures off into the distance to see the impressive mountain structures and those wispy white rolling clouds. And those clouds are mesmerizing too! I also love the addition of the person in the composition. As always it is the details that can add an extra dimension to the shot - he is wearing a cowboy or cowboy shaped hat. I see this as an emotive/conceptual photo that speaks of the cowboy taking the long road home. The great wide west spreads out before this lone cowboy - the road is his direction - as long as he stays on the path he can never get lost. I would love to see the color version but I suspect the colors and details on the 'cowboy' would be more evident and thus destroy the cowboy imagery. The B&W presentation is just wonderful - bumping up to 9.
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01/26/2010 07:54:15 PM
A good shot, but I wonder what someone who's never stopped right here thinks of it......8>).....this is one of the most beautiful views on the planet......that's what I did in '85.....just crouched right there, and stared ahead in complete and utter womnder......8
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01/26/2010 05:59:38 AM
Same here. Awesome. Nicely seen and very well shot.
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01/25/2010 09:02:55 PM
PERFECT sense of scale here! Don't like B&W much but this is still an awesome shot. 8.
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01/25/2010 08:00:33 PM
awe-some!! this is beautiful!!
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01/25/2010 07:51:46 PM
Fantatic. Maybe near Monument Valley? I really like this.
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01/25/2010 03:08:52 PM
this is very compelling for me...excellent use of your lighting, very well done
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01/25/2010 11:57:51 AM
this is really a great shot, especially with the bw conversion
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01/24/2010 09:05:30 PM
wow...great contrast and a powerful b and w 8
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01/24/2010 12:23:55 AM
In awe indeedy. This is one terrific photo.
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01/23/2010 07:16:09 PM
Super composition; never thought of positioning a person on the long, long empty roads to add depth to the scene
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01/23/2010 10:07:45 AM
great shot here... i like everything. Many many compliments!
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01/23/2010 02:37:59 AM
one word "amazing"
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01/23/2010 02:30:10 AM
nice b&W. nice comp.
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01/22/2010 07:16:49 PM
Fantastic job. I love it.
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01/22/2010 11:16:06 AM
I like all the layers of this - the swirly clouded sky, the silhouettes of the mountain range, the sparkly of the ground reflecting the sun. Not sure what your cowboy is doing there - photography, maybe? - but he does add scale which is always nice in a shot like this. The B&W renders the layers more apparent than would be in color, I suspect - good choice.
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01/22/2010 10:27:51 AM
The idea behind this is pretty good. I like the silhouette and the hat. The clouds are really neat. The photo looks tilted to the left though and I think it would be much stronger if the road were centered in the composition. The light is a bit too harsh as well.
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01/22/2010 05:01:36 AM
That is something to sit and stare in awe at, though maybe not in the middle of the road or some large truck might just come thundering up and flatten you! Of course with you lot driving on the wrong side of the road I suppose in that lane you would see it coming :)

As for the shot, I really like it. I love the way the road runs off into the distance until it's almost just a line, yet you can tell it's still nowhere near reaching the horizon. The person on the foreground breaks up the bleakness of the road very well and I think is a very nice inclusion.
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