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Challenge: Affluence (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Location: Near Pagosa Springs, Colorado
Date: Jul 31, 2005
Aperture: F4.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: !/180
Galleries: Nature, Rural
Date Uploaded: Aug 2, 2005

Editing: Crop, levels, levels on just red channel, resize, unsharp mask, save for web.

These are the gates leading to the Boot Jack Ranch a few miles west of Pagosa Springs, Colorado. It is a fabulous place, so huge and grand. The couple who own it are very wealthy. The house that goes with the gates is HUGE, it is a long ways down the road into the mountains. You can only see it if you go up on Wolf Creek pass and look down with binoculars. It is a giant log "cabin".

It was raining when I took the picture and I was really disappointed that the light wasn't better. However, when I looked at the pictures when we got home they turned out pretty well in spite of the rain. In fact, I think they had a nice mysterious quality about them.

Place: 8 out of 232
Avg (all users): 6.1379
Avg (commenters): 8.6429
Avg (participants): 5.9053
Avg (non-participants): 6.2366
Views since voting: 2329
Views during voting: 445
Votes: 319
Comments: 20
Favorites: 1 (view)

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08/16/2005 01:01:10 PM
I have pics of this gate too! ... could not capture how big these were until I put people in the picture.....Anyway love it and like the rain.
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08/11/2005 11:34:29 AM
Sammie what a wonderful shot and deserved placement in top ten. :)
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08/10/2005 07:12:17 PM
Lovely capture. Congratulations on your top ten finish.
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08/10/2005 02:57:53 AM
I saw this during the challenge and was sure it was in Pagosa. Lovely capture, the rain improved the mood!
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08/10/2005 01:30:32 AM
Sammie, I love the light, particularly the fog beyond the valley completes the pictures. Way cool. Terrific job of meeting the theme.
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08/10/2005 12:05:07 AM
Congrats on your top 10!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/09/2005 09:40:17 PM
Titlted very slightly to the right, however not noticeable enough to be distracting. "8" from me.
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08/09/2005 12:07:02 AM
wow, check out that wood!!
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08/08/2005 05:11:42 PM
Lot of depth and "rich" tones. Beautiful capture. - 10
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08/08/2005 12:02:50 PM
this is a great one. i like the misty look coming off the road.
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08/07/2005 08:46:35 AM
10. I wish I could see the house!
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08/06/2005 09:21:31 PM
Affluent? Oh yeah. Beautiful composition with superb elements throughout that all compliment the other. One of my top ten picks for the challenge.
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08/06/2005 01:48:13 AM
Beautiful picture. I really looks like a nice, peaceful place to live. Shows excellent depth with beautiful lighting. I really like how the mountainous background disappears in the fog. 10
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08/05/2005 11:46:22 PM
Wow. I want to live there. I don't care if it's a trailerhouse on the grounds. I want to live there!!
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08/05/2005 08:04:40 PM
Wow! - where is this?
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08/05/2005 03:15:49 PM
Typical but a very beautiful setting, makes you wonder what lies ahead?
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08/04/2005 11:14:05 PM
This is a PERFECT illustration of affluence. The scenery takes my breath away. If I got to live in scenery like that. . .I would defintely feel like the wealthiest person on earth, no matter how much (or little) money I had :) Great job! 10
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08/04/2005 12:15:30 PM
I like the message you are trying to portray with his pic. Lovely image but a tad dark for my liking - 8 good luck
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08/04/2005 12:54:42 AM
I grew up in a place where this kind of spread was true affluence. It may be my history and personal experience, but I believe you have captured very well the notion of Western Affluence. Outstanding photo. Among my top 3 picks.

If I had a nit to pick, and if we had advanced editing available, lightening the forest just slightly would have increased the contrast with the logs and made this an eye poppingly great photo.
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08/03/2005 06:30:57 PM
nice picture!!
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