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Horsetail Fall Fire Show
Horsetail Fall Fire Show

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Challenge: Free Study 2017-02 (Standard Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D810
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR
Location: Yosemite National Park
Date: Feb 14, 2017
Aperture: 16.0
ISO: 160
Shutter: 1/8
Date Uploaded: Feb 15, 2017

In RAW, increased blacks, countered with fill light, increased vibrance and saturation.

In PS, adjusted red, yellow and orange. With "Replace Color", I took the overbearing blue out of the snow, and some orange in the clouds. Sharpening with a saved process including unsharp mask.

Added the border, resized to reduce the border size, and saved.

I waited 3 hours for this shot, got there early to get the best angle and still had to weasel my way around to get there. I wonder how many other DPC'ers were there...

I predict 6.0. But even though it's a common depiction of this phenomenon, I think it's worth 6.5+.

Place: 5 out of 123
Avg (all users): 6.4110
Avg (commenters): 7.8000
Avg (participants): 6.4500
Avg (non-participants): 6.2308
Views since voting: 853
Views during voting: 121
Votes: 73
Comments: 11
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03/11/2017 03:01:14 PM
Originally posted by Zeus:

Thank you, Jomari.
But what's a HM?

HM = Honorable Mention -- the star you get for 4th or 5th place.

When I was a kid I was in Yosemite when they had an actual "Firefall from Glacier Point, but I didn't know about this phenomenon -- great shot.
03/09/2017 09:29:27 PM
Thank you, Jomari.
But what's a HM?
03/09/2017 05:24:08 PM
Congrats on the HM. Fabulous phenomenon, great capture.
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03/08/2017 02:55:44 PM
Lovely shot. Nicely done.
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03/08/2017 11:04:16 AM
I've been wanting to visit Yosemite for years. Capturing this horsetail fall fire has been in my bucket list. I'm glad you did it justice!
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03/08/2017 12:15:29 AM
Amazing capture , love it !!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/07/2017 10:46:14 PM
What a wonder! Top 3.
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03/07/2017 10:04:02 AM
Lucky you to be there for this one :-)
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03/06/2017 09:42:17 AM
Beautiful golden colours, well composed; must be spectacular to see!
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03/06/2017 09:35:16 AM
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03/03/2017 05:58:57 AM
Is it volcanic lava?

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