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Cold Mountain
Cold Mountain
Brent_Ward


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study IX (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Aspen. CO
Date: Nov 26, 2005
Aperture: 11
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/8
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Nov 29, 2005

Quite a difference between the highlights and shadows so I had to use some filters to knock the light down.

Filters used: Polarizer + 2 stop ND Grad + 3 stop ND Grad

The mountains are the Maroon Bells. It is the most photographed location in Colorado, in the warm months. I was the only one up there in the blistering cold.

I wanted to convey the feeling of cold and desolation while keeping the light & color accurate to the scene.

Unfortunately, the downsizing doesn't even begin to show this image off. It looks great BIG! :D

Statistics
Place: 23 out of 519
Avg (all users): 6.7322
Avg (commenters): 8.2667
Avg (participants): 6.7014
Avg (non-participants): 6.8095
Views since voting: 3152
Views during voting: 566
Votes: 295
Comments: 27
Favorites: 12 (view)


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03/07/2006 01:38:56 PM
great photo but I would have skipped the frame, it takes too much away from this good picture
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03/07/2006 09:03:36 AM
Originally posted by gr8dane:

If the picture itself was a little sharper or less artifacts (probably due to jpg compression

I don't agree with that at all. Where's he seeing artifacts?
It's perfect! The only thing I see that may have caused lower votes is the border...these voters don't seem to like big borders.
An excellent capture!
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12/08/2005 03:22:40 PM
You got ripped off on this one, I thought it should have ranked higher. If the picture itself was a little sharper or less artifacts (probably due to jpg compression), I would argue it should have taken a ribbon.
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12/08/2005 01:16:35 PM
WTG brother Ward!
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12/08/2005 12:24:33 PM
Congrats on finishing in the top 5% Brent! Am I missing something- this is your FIRST challenge entry??
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2005 10:33:33 PM
Definitely ribbon material. There isn't anything I'd change.
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12/07/2005 09:51:52 PM
Beautiful. Seems a bit on the grainy side but nothing I would take points away for. Great capture for this challenge. I'm sure you earned this one with some frozen fingers!
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12/06/2005 01:15:14 PM
Wonderful shot. It is well composed and I like the soft colours...10
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12/06/2005 09:52:57 AM
Good composition
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12/05/2005 11:08:34 AM
You`ve done a great job of portraying the cold in this ....I`m getting shivers looking at the image.
Good composition also.
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12/05/2005 09:49:57 AM
Very beautiful shot. Love the shades of blue. Can't wait to read your notes and see where this was taken.
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12/05/2005 09:07:07 AM
Great timing. Just a touch of reflection in the water. The blues really make this photo. Great find and well shot. I also like the camera positioning. Very nice indeed Hope it scores high.
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12/04/2005 09:40:41 PM
This really has a WOW factor to it but I think the heavy black boarder is pinning it in too much. If I were framing this for a gallery wall, I think it would look best under just glass or in a floating frame. Nice work!
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12/03/2005 01:50:12 PM
Very pretty. good luck!
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12/03/2005 12:40:53 PM
solid composition..nice work..
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12/02/2005 09:39:50 AM
A beautiful winter scene. All of the variations of blue are soothing and interesting. It's like the mountains are encircling me and drawing me in. Well done!!!
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12/02/2005 02:42:15 AM
Nice wWinter Landscape.
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12/01/2005 10:58:02 PM
Correct me if I"m wrong, but this looks an awful lot like the Maroon Bells. This is a very beautiful and well done photo. You mastered a difficult exposure situation.
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12/01/2005 08:50:09 PM
Stunning image. Great sharpness and composition. I would have perhaps had a smaller frame (or none at all), so that the image could have been bigger.
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12/01/2005 08:17:03 PM
Absolutely gorgeous. The border and burning around the edge seems a little heavy. I think you would want this image to look larger than life rather than contained. A thin border might have been better. The color and composition are perfect.
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12/01/2005 08:14:31 PM
wow! and a wow in this competition is REALLY saying something - no insightful commentary here, just thanks for entering - 10
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12/01/2005 04:20:17 PM
Amazing (10)
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12/01/2005 11:50:09 AM
Beautifully captured - a wonderful range of tones and beautiful light and shade. This has a great feeling of tranquillity to it and a strong composition. Excellent!
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12/01/2005 09:56:29 AM
This is an interesting compostion that the eye is automatically drawn into this shot not only because of the cold majesty of the mountain in the center, but the curve of the landscape on both sides that act as a form of tunnel vision to focus our attention to the center. Very beautiful capture with the blanket of snow covering the ground adds visual interest to the overall scene. Plus the viewer really gets a sensation of the cold as we gaze upon the scene.
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12/01/2005 07:48:04 AM
Wow, wow ,wow, this is such a fab photo and even though I hate the cold would love to visit here. Super shot and deserves to be in the medals
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12/01/2005 06:29:28 AM
Bit blue snow still really beautiful .. ice
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12/01/2005 02:45:50 AM
great picture, great title!
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