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Magical Morning Mist
3rd PlaceMagical Morning Mist
jemison


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Challenge: Celebration (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM
Location: Rio Rancho, NM
Date: Oct 8, 2005
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/400
Galleries: Emotive, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Oct 9, 2005

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta mass ascentions are usually very uplifting (sorry), but the view over the Rio Grande bosque, with a rare early morning fog beginning to burn off was particularly breathtaking on this morning. I've not seen this sort of light before in my many years of watching this event.

Levels, curve, saturation, contrast, dodge, Noiseware, crop, USM, cloned a few very minor distractions.

WOW!! I can't believe a ribbon at last! Thanks to everyone. All in all, quite a reason to celebrate! If "Luck is Opportunity meeting Preparedness" I'm a lucky guy!

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 137
Avg (all users): 6.8531
Avg (commenters): 7.8919
Avg (participants): 6.5195
Avg (non-participants): 7.0448
Views since voting: 12612
Views during voting: 433
Votes: 211
Comments: 86
Favorites: 50 (view)


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01/18/2006 05:13:20 PM
Great shot. I think I might have edited out the baloon on the right side that gets shopped of... it seems to put the shot slightly of balance for me.
You're lucky to be where you are to see this in your backyard! but then... I've been up in one! ;-)
keep up the good work!
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12/24/2005 09:08:18 PM
I can look at this creation for ever.. simply the best. Merry xmas to you and yours.
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12/24/2005 08:36:53 PM
wow, absolutely surreal.
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10/22/2005 07:36:57 AM
it's a magical moment,nice captured..congratulations
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10/21/2005 01:02:35 PM
Congrats on capturing such a great image, as well as winning as ribbon.
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10/20/2005 04:48:02 PM
Hey Bill: this image carries away the senses with its magic. The colors and tones are so subdued and herein lies its untold beauty. Congratulations on your YELLOW!
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10/20/2005 03:58:47 PM
amazing image
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10/18/2005 11:35:36 AM
I do'nt know the area this photo was taken at all...but the photo itself is just breathtakingly beautiful.
congratulations...
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10/18/2005 10:45:51 AM
This should have definitely been a blue ribbon winner!! Wonderful light! Great catch!
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10/18/2005 10:23:12 AM
I'd have given it #1!
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10/18/2005 08:38:15 AM
Great photo! Congrats! It's very well deserved!
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10/18/2005 08:35:13 AM
i think you should have gotten #1. this is great, it is surreal
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10/17/2005 08:12:25 PM
Congratulations on your first ribbon with this beautiful, magical image!
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10/17/2005 05:26:53 PM
Hey, I was just looking at my parents pictures from that festival the other day. But they were down in the midst of the chaos. This is an excellent and somewhat unusual perspective. Nice work and congrats on the ribbon.
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10/17/2005 04:34:20 PM
congratulations,this is such a beautful image.
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10/17/2005 02:44:46 PM
Congratulations! It's great to see a ribbon being won by someone who's not won any before... it gives the rest of us some hope :-)

I didn't vote in this challenge, but would have given your shot an 8/9 probably. Well done.
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10/17/2005 01:56:39 PM
beautiful light and interesting subject. what more can you ask for in a photograph? only nag I have is the crop on the balloon on the right, but that's a minor nag.
congrats on the ribbon
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10/17/2005 01:14:23 PM
I want you to know that I gave this a 10. On my page it shows a 10. However when I open the voting breakdown where one's vote is highlighted in red, it appears I voted six. I have no clue what happened.
I certainly hope it did not happen to others, because I believe your photo is the Blue Ribbon.
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10/17/2005 10:50:57 AM
amazing capture!
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10/17/2005 10:22:36 AM
This is really stunning. Just beautiful - Congrats on being in the top 3!!!!
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10/17/2005 10:16:11 AM
Congradulations on your first ribbon!
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10/17/2005 09:58:30 AM
Just.Wow.

Beautifully executed.
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10/17/2005 07:07:07 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon and a great shot.
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10/17/2005 06:57:03 AM
nicely done - congrats!
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10/17/2005 06:53:58 AM
such a stunning image great to see it in the top three
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10/17/2005 04:20:06 AM
congrats, bill! within a day or so, this image will have given you SEVEN new personal bests! how about that!!!
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10/17/2005 04:13:36 AM
"Sometimes I had the good fortune to be in exactly the right place at the exact time that God was ready for someone to take a picture." - Ansel Adams (inaccurate wording)

"Woah." - Me

Right place. Right time. Click.
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10/17/2005 02:52:31 AM
Congrats on your 1st ribbon. This is a very nice photo.
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10/17/2005 01:45:47 AM
Wow, excellent shot!! Congrats!
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10/17/2005 01:32:38 AM
beautiful morning ;) congrats on third!
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10/17/2005 01:16:53 AM
congrats!!!
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10/17/2005 12:56:40 AM
congrats on the ribbon! must feel like you're floating on air!
; )
jeannel
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10/17/2005 12:52:37 AM
Gorgeous capture....well deserving of a ribbon.

Judi
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10/17/2005 12:39:19 AM
congats on your ribbon :)
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10/17/2005 12:25:53 AM
Many congratulations on your ribbon with this beautiful shot!
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10/17/2005 12:21:06 AM
EXCELLENT SHOT.... i loved this one the minute i seen it.. congrats on the ribbon, well worth it...
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10/17/2005 12:12:02 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon. Terrific shot. The bottom 1/3 could stand on its own, the layers and light is so powerful there!
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10/17/2005 12:07:57 AM
i am so happy, because finally in a long time, I really love the top three all together. this is superb.
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10/17/2005 12:07:21 AM
Way ta go, Bill! Congrats on your first ribbon!
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10/17/2005 12:07:16 AM
I love the light in this shot, like you acknowledged, great rare capture. I might have liked to maybe even see a little more of the trees this way, but great shot nonetheless and congrats.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/16/2005 11:42:17 PM
Cool photograph, but what is it celebrating?
10/16/2005 11:05:55 PM
Wow nice capture. A very stunning picture. :o)
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10/16/2005 09:45:01 PM
Amazing quality of light.
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10/16/2005 07:26:45 PM
Everything about this is just totally amazing. It took me awhile to really enjoy all of its beauty. I do hope it is a ribbon winner. 10
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10/16/2005 06:47:15 PM
My favorite part of your photo is where the balloons are just rising up past the tree lines.
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10/16/2005 05:06:12 PM
This is beautiful! Sorry I can't give you a more witty or helpful comment - it's just beatiful.
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10/16/2005 08:14:16 AM
balloons are magic to me. gorgeous how the mist is between the trees.
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10/15/2005 04:58:01 PM
OMG - This is a stunning photograph !!
Visual perfection. (10)
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10/14/2005 09:51:45 PM
That's a lot of balloons. The mist works well here, along with the sheer number of balloons. Nice work.
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10/14/2005 03:59:32 PM
Excellent shot. Good luck
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10/14/2005 03:44:39 PM
Cool Picture!!! You captured the fog very nicely.
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10/14/2005 12:45:48 PM
Hmmm, pretty unique! Gives a nice mood of waking up to a beautiful day where everything will go right - certainly something to celebrate.
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10/14/2005 08:48:43 AM
i love the tones of this photo, the shades in the trees are amazing. beautiful work!
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10/13/2005 11:50:17 PM
Wow, this is pretty - magical light. My one little tiny nitpick is that I wish the one balloon to the right were not cut off.
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10/13/2005 11:48:59 PM
Very nice. I would have probably cloned out the one to the far right so that it doesn't get cut off like that. Great ROT as well.
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10/13/2005 08:12:18 AM
A superb image
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10/12/2005 09:08:31 PM
I love this.
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10/12/2005 03:15:13 PM
wow... that's all I can say... WOW
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10/12/2005 11:17:14 AM
I really love this. One of my favorites in the challenge so far.
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10/12/2005 10:08:13 AM
Wow, awesome! Must have been cool to see all these baloons going up at the same time this early. I still am not blown away by this shot, I am very curious as to what is going on around this scene, what I mean is that I feel as I am only looking at the left part of a photo and the right half had been cut off. Anyway, easily one of the best shos in this mediocre challenge, 8 from me.
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10/12/2005 02:52:30 AM
that is a BEAUTIFUL capture. I would have loved tosee this one in person! :)
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10/12/2005 01:33:59 AM
Great job catching time of day- contrast is excellent- breathtaking!
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10/11/2005 08:12:00 PM
Love this photo. Makes me wish I was there.
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10/11/2005 05:39:26 PM
very nice picture! i like the layers of landscape thorugh the mist, and all those balloons rising is something to see as well. nicely composed.
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10/11/2005 03:27:15 PM
From the Rio Grande, excellent location shot, especially with the trees and side lighting.
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10/11/2005 03:17:15 PM
just amazing......
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10/11/2005 03:11:40 PM
Wow, this is a beautiful picture!
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10/11/2005 12:23:21 PM
wow, what a shot.!!
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10/11/2005 12:08:28 PM
i really like this photo. i wish the top of the photo had more color, but i love the way the balloons fade into the trees. Really great capture.
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10/11/2005 11:18:32 AM
Beautiful image. One of the best.
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10/11/2005 10:49:02 AM
Beautiful!!
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10/11/2005 09:40:58 AM
A lovely, evocative scene, and a worthy celebration event. I especially like the fact that the beautiful mist produces a graduated contrast in the balloons, from ethereal at the bottom to sharply defined at the top. 7
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10/10/2005 10:53:20 PM
awesome capture, I love the haziness, wish I could vote on it - adding to favorites though :)
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10/10/2005 10:46:48 PM
celebrations?? don't get it...
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10/10/2005 03:49:55 PM
I know the morning mist causes the hazy look but it's too bad the balloons don't have more "pop". This is an awesome photo!
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10/10/2005 01:42:28 PM
Love the fog in this...this is the only image in the challenge that gave me that "awe" factor. The only thing I don't like is the balloon on the right that is cut off.

Other than that...great work. Should place high!
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10/10/2005 12:40:42 PM
WHAT a COOL photo!!! The mist makes this so awesome. Just having a photo turn out like this would be cause enough for celebration for me ! :) Great job
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10/10/2005 10:58:28 AM
Love the backlighting on the trees and clouds - almost wish you could have brought out more color on the balloons though. The clipped right balloon is a bit of a distraction, but I'm nitpicking here. ;-) Still a fantastic shot. Really great capture!
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10/10/2005 10:28:30 AM
This is a wonderful shot. However the darkness and/or haze of the upper atmosphere (upper portion of the photo) detracts from the appeal of this photo. The ballons lower to the surface of the ground are lit much more and as such are more colorful that the ones higher above. Those would have been the better choice to focus the viewer's attention on in this composition. That, and the mist gently rolling off the trees. If it were possible just to frame your compositin with the bottom half of the image you would have a wonderfully captivating image that would capture and HOLD the viewer's attention. The image would only show it's strengths and not any weaknesses such that it would enchant the viewer. Don't get me wrong, this is a good photograph, it is just the framing of the subjects could be better. As a matter of fact, if you just sit back and look at the lower portion of the photo on screen it really is captivating and mesmerizing. Just that portion of this image would make a fabulious capture to hang on someone's wall.
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10/10/2005 08:26:08 AM
This is such a great picture. If the challenge was Transport or Mist or even Landscapes it would get a nine or ten. I just can't see celebration in it.
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10/10/2005 05:36:29 AM
One of the best ballon shots I've seen = great light and choice of moment. Will undoubtedly score high if not ribbon the blue. Very serene with a tangible silence.
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10/10/2005 03:33:18 AM
Great
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10/10/2005 02:04:45 AM
very pretty!
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10/10/2005 01:15:29 AM
this is brilliant right up my street love the fade -8-
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10/10/2005 12:43:27 AM
Oh, wow like bubbles risiing up out of the mist. Really pretty!
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10/10/2005 12:15:45 AM
ahhh dreamy, very beautiful
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