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A Bush In White Sands
1st PlaceA Bush In White Sands

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Challenge: Extended Free Study 2016-10 (Extended Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-7D Mark II
Lens: Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO
Location: White Sands NM, NM
Date: Oct 1, 2016
Aperture: 6.3
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/2000
Date Uploaded: Nov 14, 2016

Shot RAW in White Sands National Monument. Colors saturated a bit, run through Nik HDR as a single shot. The sky blurred as average then tweaked the blue/aqua. Added a stroke border.

Place: 1 out of 49
Avg (all users): 6.9423
Avg (commenters): 8.2000
Avg (participants): 7.0000
Avg (non-participants): 6.8696
Views since voting: 1100
Views during voting: 113
Votes: 52
Comments: 16
Favorites: 2 (view)

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11/24/2016 10:09:17 PM
Congratulations on the blue. Beautiful scene!
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11/23/2016 10:59:31 AM
Congratulations on winning the extended FS with a standard edit image. Everything fits just perfect in the image and you processed it just right.
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11/22/2016 12:30:18 PM
Congrats on the blue ribbon, the colors are beautiful!
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11/22/2016 11:28:46 AM
This is an amazing photo of one of my favorite places on earth. The composition, and contrasts between the gypsum sand, bush, background mountains, and sky really make this a wonderful image. Congratulations on a well deserved blue ribbon.
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11/22/2016 08:12:02 AM
Simple beauty! Congrats on the blue ribbon.
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11/22/2016 06:45:38 AM
Hello from the critique club

An appealing image that contributes well to the challenge

Wow! Just what an image should do to you, make you say wow. This is a gorgeous landscape and its because of its simplicity that it has that wow effect. The composition and the colours are gorgeous, the lighting and exposure are good with good detail retained in the whites where it matters and that lovely blue backdrop really sets it off. The green bush adds a strong focal point though I think this would have worked equally well without it, adding to the scene’s simplicity. A minor criticism is that there are halos, not on the dunes but on the blue mountain sky junction, they are not excessive but they are evident, apart from this the image is lovely. Congratulations Tom on your splendid score and result for a truly splendid image.
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11/22/2016 05:09:08 AM
Haven't commented on anything lately. This is really beautiful and simple. Inspiring stuff. Nice work
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11/22/2016 01:27:55 AM
Big Congratulations and well deserved. Beautiful piece of art.
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11/22/2016 01:10:33 AM
Congrat on the blue!

my comment might seem strange (referring to a b&w picture I thought was yours but wasn't...)
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11/22/2016 12:04:59 AM
One of my very favorite places in the world - not that I've been that many LOL This is beautiful. Congratulations on the Blue.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/21/2016 12:22:56 AM
Beautiful. I'm sure you could sell this to decorators. Top 2.
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11/17/2016 04:54:29 PM
I recognize this landscape... the composition of the b&w picture might have been a little stronger, but I like this one way better! Isn't it an awesome contrast?
will come back to vote
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11/17/2016 04:35:33 PM
Very strong composition, if only that shrub were a little sharper though... I would also have got rid of the sharpening halos at the edges of the dune and the background mountain. Still, one of my highest scores in this contest.
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11/15/2016 05:29:37 PM
Fabulous! I cold look at this for a long time.

The colors, shapes, and textures are wonderful!

And add in the subliminal woman's butt and legs... A winner!
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11/15/2016 12:30:02 PM
Love the contrast!9
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11/15/2016 12:18:54 AM
So simple but so strong. The colors are vivid and fit. In my top 3. A 9 from me and my Red Dragon Award ' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/160000-164999/163081/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1173262.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/160000-164999/163081/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1173262.jpg', '/') + 1) . '
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