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Challenge: October Free Study (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Nikon D100
Location: The Dunes, Stovepipe Wells, Death Valley, CA
Date: Oct 21, 2004
Aperture: f11
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/160
Galleries: Abstract, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Oct 25, 2004

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Statistics
Place: 1 out of 487
Avg (all users): 7.4213
Avg (commenters): 8.1951
Avg (participants): 7.3565
Avg (non-participants): 7.7895
Views since voting: 8074
Views during voting: 429
Votes: 254
Comments: 64
Favorites: 50 (view)


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11/11/2004 08:37:05 PM
Hey congratulations! This is good stuff!
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11/11/2004 11:18:47 AM
How could someone say too much saturation ???? Good God these morons have no idea about photography ! This is superb !!!!! Congrats on a WELL DESERVED win !
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11/09/2004 11:58:17 PM
Too much saturated, following just the fashion. Otherwise good construction.
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11/09/2004 02:30:25 AM
How you can get 2 ones for this I dont know!!
I tried to vote but as I am moving home I only got around to about 170 images I didnt see this. 488 is so hard to vote on on Dial up

This is beautiful and so crisp the colours amazing a well deserved Blue Ribbon Great work Congrats
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11/08/2004 08:32:31 PM
Congratulations on your Blue for this amazing image!
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11/08/2004 12:48:28 PM
Congrats on the Blue!

CA deserts are a thing of beauty, and you captured it well!
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11/08/2004 12:34:32 PM
Thanks all for your kind comments!

The image was made at sunrise at the dunes located just east of Stovepipe Wells in Death Valley. Death Valley is about a 7-hour drive for me - I try to get there at least once every winter. I went early this year - returning from a longer trip to the national parks of Utah.

NOTE: The request for proof page would not work for some reason, apparently related to the image size. When I tried to send the original, I kept getting "This Page is Not Available" error. The original image was only 2.34 meg - so that should have been ok. Ben (Konador) suggested I e-mail the original to him and he would notify the rest of the SC. Then, also at Ben's suggestion, I submitted a smaller version as the proof file.
11/08/2004 12:33:33 PM
Congratulations on the blue ribbon, It's a very good photo. I see that you got two ones, I got 4 ones and I don't understand why many of the top photos in this challenge got one!

Message edited by author 2004-11-08 12:33:50.
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11/08/2004 11:18:23 AM
great shot, congratulations on the blue. it's well deserved! BTW, how did this get 2 ones?
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11/08/2004 10:49:25 AM
Two 1s?! Who in their right minds would give it a 1?!

Congratulations, beautiful image!
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11/08/2004 10:48:02 AM
Originally posted by Gatorguy:

What are people looking at that could possibly merit a 1? This is fabulous!


Probably troll votes.

None-the-less, this is an excellent shot. Very sharp. Feels like I am looking out of a window.
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11/08/2004 10:05:28 AM
WOW! Well deserved Bluey! Where was this taken? The blue mountains almost look rendered!

Great job!
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11/08/2004 08:53:50 AM
I found this shot breathtaking, and am so envious of your opportunity to shoot it. Dunes are one of the things I really want to do.
Congratulations on a wonderful photo and your well deserved win.
Dick
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11/08/2004 08:04:34 AM
Beautiful shot. Congratulations on your blue ribbon.
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11/08/2004 07:36:36 AM
Beautiful.
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11/08/2004 12:40:14 AM
Hey Tom: this image is just magic. Congratulations on your well deserved blue.
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11/08/2004 12:34:59 AM
Congrats,great shot.
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11/08/2004 12:20:00 AM
What are people looking at that could possibly merit a 1? This is fabulous!
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11/08/2004 12:11:00 AM
I wish I had made it to this one during voting... there were just an incredible number of pictures to vote on. That you came out on top is all the more amazing with such fierce competition. Congratulations!
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11/08/2004 12:05:29 AM
Big congrats. Amazing photo.
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11/08/2004 12:01:38 AM
Unbelievable shot, congrats on your well-deserved blue!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/07/2004 09:05:39 PM
Wow! What a great study in shadows and lines. I love this image!
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11/07/2004 05:42:05 PM
Ahhh.. one of these days I'll be able to travel to such great and wonderful vistas.

Nice capture. Lighting is wonderful, and the blue/orange complementary coloring is fantastic.
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11/07/2004 05:42:03 PM
What's imho missing is something to show the scale of the view. A tree, a human or an animal or something alike..
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11/07/2004 04:55:35 PM
Wow, I really like this Good Luck
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11/07/2004 02:16:52 PM
good work, nice shapes and lines
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11/07/2004 01:29:59 PM
Wow. So smooth and lovely. Great capture. 9
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11/07/2004 05:25:26 AM
Awesome simplicity. 10
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11/06/2004 08:44:02 PM
stunning, excellent color and contrast 10
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11/06/2004 01:59:55 PM
Gorgeous colors - very rich and has great depth!
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11/06/2004 06:18:29 AM
beautiful
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11/05/2004 09:51:24 PM
One of the best photos in this challenge. Love the shapes and lines. The abstractness and colour of the image are just superb. It almost looks unrealistic dreamscape. Love it.
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11/05/2004 06:29:02 PM
Very cool. Great lighting. The golden tones of the dune are great against the blue.
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11/05/2004 02:10:14 PM
Namibia again? Great light and colour contrast.
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11/05/2004 01:35:13 PM
Reminds me of the Sahara. Very nicely captured. I like the composition, especially the negative space and the way the flow of the sand guides my eye around. Stark contrast between sand and mountains works well for me. Focus is excellent throughout. I love the detail of the sand in the shadow in the center of the photo. My only nit, and it's minor really, is that I would have cloned out two spots on the image ... one in the lower left corner and one just below the ridgeline of the sand about 20% in from the left. This is among my top picks this challenge.
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11/05/2004 12:41:08 PM
STRIKINGLY BEAUTIFUL! One of my favorites of the challenge. Sorry that I got so excited, but his is just superb. Let me stop wasting your time because you are truly a great photographer so get out there and go inspire me some more! Bravo!
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11/05/2004 02:46:53 AM
I don't know what to say, that is just beautiful. Fantasiic photo.
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11/04/2004 09:31:39 PM
Returning for comments.
This dune image wins me at once against the blue background. The tones are almost hypnotic and the patterns so pleasing. Bumping up.
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11/04/2004 09:31:35 PM
Stunning
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11/04/2004 07:28:51 PM
Wow! Great shot here! Would have done wonderful in any challenge it fit in.
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11/04/2004 03:40:00 PM
Beautiful patterns and light.
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11/04/2004 11:52:39 AM
superb except for the fuzzy cloud remnant on the top left and the fact that you cut the curve on the right
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11/04/2004 11:41:03 AM
hmmm namibia? very nice
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11/04/2004 07:10:17 AM
FANTISSIMO!! colours are so exotically gorgeous. the landscape is so so dramatically dramatic. i can't decide if i would have cropped just below the light blue sky though... no i like the mountains being defined. this is a great shot - only slight criticism is that it looks almost too perfect (the rich blue behind the golden sand looks too superb). this is a great landscape picture. 10.
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11/04/2004 04:51:51 AM
This image is really great. I love the simplicity of the deep blue sky and the yellow sand. It looks quite neatimaged and soft.. and i think it is a bit overdone... but it is still a very nice image, with great abstract shapes.
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11/03/2004 09:26:54 PM
Great picture. I like the color of the sand...where is this?
I gave you a 7
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11/03/2004 07:12:34 PM
Beautiful shot! I LOVE the contrast in colors and lighting! 9
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11/03/2004 03:40:03 PM
A great shot. Great colors and contrast.
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11/03/2004 11:20:11 AM
This image is a joy to appreciate. 10
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11/02/2004 09:21:09 PM
Nice shadows and contrasting colors. Both add interest and actually make this a stunning abstract.
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11/02/2004 07:54:22 PM
great job , the back ground almost loos fake , very sharp 7
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11/02/2004 06:52:34 PM
This is spectacular...magnificent shot...beautiful colors....wonderful work...
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11/02/2004 06:28:20 PM
this looks like one of those windows desktop pics (i dont mean that in a bad way either) I think it is wonderfull. well done 7
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11/02/2004 01:42:55 PM
Nice work with those lines, bright parts and shadow parts. Keeping the skyline of the mountains in the background adds a lot of depth to the scene.
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11/02/2004 10:35:45 AM
the colors are stunning
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11/02/2004 03:16:20 AM
This is a real pearl! almost looks unreal. Great color!
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11/01/2004 10:42:26 PM
Simple. elegant. beautiful. 8.
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11/01/2004 09:00:06 PM
Freaky colors -- love it.
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11/01/2004 07:44:47 PM
Holy crap! This should be in an art gallery or hung on my living room wall as a poster. extremely artistic - beautiful expression and drama - love the lines - love the balance, the composition, the negative space - the colours are just out of this world. I'm rooting for this to win! 10
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11/01/2004 04:54:10 PM
I want to go here! Great shot! 10
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11/01/2004 04:51:19 PM
Splendid colours, brutal balance.
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11/01/2004 10:01:02 AM
Beautiful!
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11/01/2004 04:39:56 AM
Just amazing!! Absolutely gorgeous! Love the way how you have framed the image with the background looking like this patch of dark blue and the sky behind it. The person walking up on the right isn't too clear in this small version, but I am sure it adds to the image as well.
( I just wish that little greyish looking cloud wasn't there :))
Excellent work. All the best.
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11/01/2004 12:52:45 AM
The colors here are overwhelming! The dof and the background of the mountains really highlight the dunes. Well done.
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