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Brent_Ward


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Challenge: The Username Challenge (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark II
Location: Canyonlands National Park
Date: Dec 21, 2005
Aperture: 14
ISO: 100
Shutter: 15
Galleries: Emotive, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Dec 22, 2005

Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park & the La Sal mountains.


Thank you everybody for the wonderful comments!

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 153
Avg (all users): 7.8610
Avg (commenters): 8.6667
Avg (participants): 7.6989
Avg (non-participants): 7.9769
Views since voting: 19139
Views during voting: 487
Votes: 223
Comments: 109
Favorites: 81 (view)


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02/08/2007 05:18:14 AM
Originally posted by anusaha:

This is not original at all. I thought the image looked familiar...I used to have this as a background back in high school. A quick image search confirmed this is an over-photographed site. Originality aside, I can't say I'm impressed by the technical quality either.
//images.google.com/images?q=%22Mesa+Arch%22&hl=en


After reviewing this Google offering, reviewing your profile, and seeing this image, it's painfully obvious that it may be best if you reserve your comments, look and learn from Brent and the others here that actually participate, recognize, and appreciate a truly spectacular photograph. That Critique Club thing that seems to like them? They also seem to share the opinion that this is a nice shot.

Oh......and perhaps all those voters that helped give it a blue ribbon.....they seemed to be of a consensus that it's a pretty okay shot, too.

Also if you've never been to Canyonlands National Park, you have no appreciation for how difficult it is to translate this kind of grandeur to a mere photographic image.

Brent, truly nice work......I'm glad I stumbled onto this! A fav for sure!

Message edited by author 2007-02-08 05:21:17.
07/30/2006 02:33:04 PM
This is an excellent interpretation of Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park & the La Sal mountains. Looking at the big collection of photos taken of this site "Mesa Arch", it appears that each photographer sees it differently. It almost makes me want to run out there myself and take a look. How can one spot get so many different interpretations? It is facinating. What I like about this photograph is that there seems to be a balance of form and size that is artistically finished. And more importantly, it creates a feeling a "being there and looking out" as opposed to just a photo of a heavy arched rock. The heaviness is gone and the landscape intrigues the eye.
02/27/2006 04:18:43 AM
Originally posted by anusaha:

This is not original at all. I thought the image looked familiar...I used to have this as a background back in high school. A quick image search confirmed this is an over-photographed site. Originality aside, I can't say I'm impressed by the technical quality either.
//images.google.com/images?q=%22Mesa+Arch%22&hl=en


So, does that mean landmark pics, no matter how spectacular, are taboo just because someone, somewhere, has at some time taken a picture of/from the same thing? I've seen shots of this before too, but I LOVE this one. No two photos are ever alike.....
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01/10/2006 09:12:00 PM
Great picture....!! Congrats!



Message edited by author 2006-01-13 22:17:40.
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01/08/2006 03:09:56 AM
Bloody hell Brett !! What a shot. If you have more detail in your prints - I would love to see them. The detail you have in what we see on line is absolutely breathtaking. Well done. I would love to hear the technical details of what you did.
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01/07/2006 08:24:42 PM
Originally posted by RayEthier:

This is an absolutely breathtaking image. I gave it a well deserved 10 and in all likelyhood would have voted it even higher had I been given an opportunity to do so. I shall assume by the lighting that you took this image in the latter part of the day.

Stunning capture that makes me want to pay a visit to your part of the world. I remain confident that an image of this quality posted of a travel brochure would entice people to visit the Canyonlands National Park... I know it does for me, and I will.

Ray


Ray,

Thanks for the compliment!! If you go to Canyonlands to shoot Mesa Arch, get there very early in the morning. When it's still dark (5am), and stay until at least 10am. Sunrise is the only time of day to shoot this arch.

Message edited by author 2006-01-07 20:26:02.
01/07/2006 06:27:43 PM
This is an absolutely breathtaking image. I gave it a well deserved 10 and in all likelyhood would have voted it even higher had I been given an opportunity to do so. I shall assume by the lighting that you took this image in the latter part of the day.

Stunning capture that makes me want to pay a visit to your part of the world. I remain confident that an image of this quality posted of a travel brochure would entice people to visit the Canyonlands National Park... I know it does for me, and I will.

Ray

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01/06/2006 11:01:10 PM
Absolutely inspiring - beautiful composition and color. Congrats on your well deserved blue.
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01/06/2006 07:26:27 PM
Beautiful image Brent! Well done, and congratulations!

I too struggle getting detail in landscapes when down to 640 pixels. 800 seems much more manageable.
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01/06/2006 02:48:49 PM
One of those images that stop and make you stare it forever.
Nice to see it with a blue. Excellent work.
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01/05/2006 01:36:52 PM
Originally posted by KiwiPix:

::: Critique Club :::
First Impression - the most important one:
Fabtastic, stunning and maybe slightly over-neat-imaged


Thank you for the kind words. Believe it or not, I didn't use neat image at all on the shot. I lose the detail when I resize for the web. No matter how much I sharpen or how I sharpen, I never seem to be able to get the detail back. My prints always look so much better.
01/05/2006 06:40:11 AM
Originally posted by anusaha:

This is not original at all. I thought the image looked familiar...I used to have this as a background back in high school. A quick image search confirmed this is an over-photographed site. Originality aside, I can't say I'm impressed by the technical quality either.



When will YOU submit something so we can all see what is "original", "impressive" and "technically superior"?

Message edited by author 2006-01-05 06:44:55.
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01/05/2006 06:36:08 AM
This is stunning, Brent! You are definitely a master. There is no place on this planet that I love more than the Southwest and you have truly captured the beauty that makes this so! Congratulations!
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01/05/2006 05:23:45 AM
::: Critique Club :::
It's always nice to review a ribbon winner

First Impression - the most important one:
Fabtastic, stunning and maybe slightly over-neat-imaged

Composition:
Perfect, the overhang really works for it

Subject:
Can't get better

Technical (Colour and light):
Excellent

To grow its vote?:
Nothing

Summary:
Well done
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01/04/2006 02:27:25 PM
Good landscape, good composition and good daytime.
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01/04/2006 07:19:56 AM
great colors and depth in this photo - very well done
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01/03/2006 09:47:43 PM
Brent,

I have been there and taken many shots of Meas Arch, none as good as this one. Congratulations, this is a truly good photograph.
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01/03/2006 09:26:03 PM
Although I don't care whether or not this shot is original, I agree that the technical quality isn't that great. For me, the photo doesn't look sharp and there are too many artifacts. It is a great composition and exposure, though, and the majority of voters thought it was the best of the challenge. You should be thrilled with that. Just my 2 cents...

Originally posted by anusaha:

This is not original at all. I thought the image looked familiar...I used to have this as a background back in high school. A quick image search confirmed this is an over-photographed site. Originality aside, I can't say I'm impressed by the technical quality either.
//images.google.com/images?q=%22Mesa+Arch%22&hl=en
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01/03/2006 08:07:07 PM
You know, I read anusaha's comment and felt the need to post my opinion.

I looked at the google link, and althought there are many different shots of this location, I find that yours is much better than the ones on google. Great job!
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01/03/2006 06:34:42 PM
Hey Brent, it's a great shot. The fact that you took a popular scene and made an excellent shot is something to be proud of. I feel that's how we learn. We find pictures we like and see if we can do the same or better. This is one of the best I've seen. Good work.
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01/03/2006 04:37:44 PM
Excellent
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01/03/2006 03:57:33 PM
This is not original at all. I thought the image looked familiar...I used to have this as a background back in high school. A quick image search confirmed this is an over-photographed site. Originality aside, I can't say I'm impressed by the technical quality either.
//images.google.com/images?q=%22Mesa+Arch%22&hl=en
01/03/2006 10:41:54 AM
Hey. Wow.
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01/03/2006 08:49:17 AM
Deserves blue.Congrats !!!!!!
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01/03/2006 08:29:51 AM
Congratulations on this mostbeautiful win!!
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01/03/2006 08:19:31 AM
Incredible picture. Very inspiring.
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01/03/2006 01:01:42 AM
Congratulations Brent! A wonderful picture and well deserved ribbon.

Deannda
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01/02/2006 11:53:09 PM
Wow. Definitely worth the blue ribbon. Awesome work!
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01/02/2006 07:55:19 PM
Absolutely gorgeous! Wonderful shot.
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01/02/2006 06:40:12 PM
Damn it if that is not awe-inspiring! Great shot!
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01/02/2006 02:52:46 PM
Wonderful work.
Congrats..colours and details are stunning.
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01/02/2006 02:37:09 PM
im happy i just decided to check this site while im here in mexico. glad you got a ribbon this is an outstanding shot man. i love it and this makes me wanna go there so bad. i love the light and wonder when you had to wake up to get this.
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01/02/2006 01:49:40 PM
Brent,

Absolutely stunning. True congratulations on the Blue. Very nice work.

Flash
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01/02/2006 12:18:34 PM
Superb photo!
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01/02/2006 11:43:55 AM
Wow, I am so jealous! I would love to travel and take pretty pictures. :-) Excellent image! Congrats
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01/02/2006 11:25:35 AM
If a photo makes a person yearn to be where you were when taking this shot, it has magical pull. I want to be there.
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01/02/2006 11:04:34 AM
Absolutely breathtaking.... it got a 10 from me, plus a favorite. :)
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01/02/2006 09:22:30 AM
That's showing them! :)
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01/02/2006 08:50:00 AM
Well done Brent with this capture, your first ribbon of many, I'm sure!
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01/02/2006 06:52:02 AM
awesome ! the perfect square crop is great addition to composition and whole photo

congratz.
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01/02/2006 04:12:57 AM
Congrats on your blue. Excellent picture.
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01/02/2006 03:58:13 AM
what did i say?...a winner!...well done...i had no doubt.
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01/02/2006 03:16:08 AM
Looks like a Peter Jackson CGI backdrop, take that as a great compliment

Brett
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01/02/2006 02:41:45 AM
Congratulations! Simply outstanding!
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01/02/2006 02:25:14 AM
simply beautiful! 'nuff!
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01/02/2006 01:32:45 AM
Nice natural framing of the scene and great use of light - congrats on your first ribbon, especially with only 2 entries up your sleeve.
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01/02/2006 01:24:36 AM
One of the best landscapes I've seen on this site, awesome work.
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01/02/2006 12:52:53 AM
Had no problems giving this a 10 would have given it higher if at all possible, magnificent view and so well composed! Congratulations!
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01/02/2006 12:47:31 AM
Congratulations on your Ribbon. Well Deserved
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01/02/2006 12:40:08 AM
Certainly my top pick for this challenge. Congratulations. This image just runs away with the competition. A well deserved and earned BLUE.
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01/02/2006 12:28:43 AM
This was my one and only 10. Wonderful picture. Good job.
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01/02/2006 12:26:43 AM
Congrats!
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01/02/2006 12:23:38 AM
Got a 10 from me - Congrats on your ribbon! Definitely an awesome pic.
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01/02/2006 12:21:13 AM
This was top entry for sure. A 10+ to me. Absolutely breathe taking. Congratulations on your first ribbon.
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01/02/2006 12:16:43 AM
Woohoo! What a gorgeous shot, Brent! Way to go! Three challenges and one ribbon. Awesome. Congratulations!

<sarcasm> Just think, only one more ribbon to go before you turn pro! ;-) </sarcasm>

Hey, I'm still waiting to see some pics from our outing. :-P
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01/02/2006 12:15:16 AM
congratulations!
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01/02/2006 12:12:29 AM
congrats! awesome shot ;)
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01/02/2006 12:11:52 AM
great shot Brent! Congrats on blue!
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01/02/2006 12:11:49 AM
Figured this was your:P Very breathtaking
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01/02/2006 12:11:12 AM
hah! I KNEW this was gonna win and suspected it would be yours :-) Congrats!
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01/02/2006 12:09:54 AM
Congrats on the ribbon - beautiful view.
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01/02/2006 12:09:16 AM
A ribbon, and well deserved! Congrats!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/01/2006 11:00:03 PM
great prespective
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01/01/2006 10:22:53 PM
9 - Very good. Like the big size. Good username capture. Criticism; not much, to really nit-pick, maybe a slight variation in the crop at the top, but minor. Perhaps a little more detail on the fore rock (including the 'overhang'), but likely difficult. Hard to discern with this view, but the horizon may need a slight nudge up on the left, but apologies if wrong - the shadows are nice in the fore, but if they and the colors could be emphasized just slightly (if possible), may have made this even better in my opinion. I think I have to take this up to 9 from 8.
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01/01/2006 09:35:34 PM
Top 3. Great shot.
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01/01/2006 09:21:20 PM
Wow - what an amazing landscape photo. Great colors and I like the overhanging "frame." 9
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01/01/2006 04:54:13 PM
Wow, this is so beautiful!
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01/01/2006 09:51:03 AM
Beautiful shot!! I love how the object focus changes from rock, to open space, to sky and back to rock while keeping all in relative focus. Good job.
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12/31/2005 03:27:44 AM
Nice comp and natural framing....
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12/31/2005 02:11:51 AM
The colors are beautiful, and the haziness makes it mysterious.
Feels like looking through the eyes of the first caveman/woman.
Love it to bits.

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12/30/2005 11:26:08 PM
Simply awesome ans awe inspiring. Wow! Bumping up on great workmanship.
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12/30/2005 10:51:57 PM
Beautiful!
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12/30/2005 10:18:34 PM
Absolutely gorgeous. Wonderful color and clarity. Very nicely framed.
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12/30/2005 04:50:49 PM
Stunning, I love this shot
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12/29/2005 07:25:22 PM
Lovely scene and great DOF. I like the rock in the foreground at the bottom.
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12/29/2005 04:39:47 PM
Gasp! This is gorgeous!!! Congratulations!
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12/29/2005 12:40:07 PM
Is this Brent's 7.7 shot? It's gorgeous if it is. I wish you could have just a tad more contrast on the right horizon, but I guess that's where the sun was coming from. 9
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12/29/2005 08:42:06 AM
Beautiful image! Nice and clear. Good choice of username for it too.
Happy New Year
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12/28/2005 08:55:19 PM
Wow what an amazing shot, great work.
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12/28/2005 07:44:54 PM
What an amazing find. Perfect time of day for this shot. Very nice layout. Hope to see this way up at the "top"
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12/27/2005 07:07:11 PM
Super image, and really suits the challenge and the username so very well......... Could even be a ribbon here........
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12/27/2005 06:41:58 PM
Great image! Perfect lighting and detail! Nicely done.
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12/27/2005 04:50:27 PM
Beautiful landscape photo! I love it! Into my faves.
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12/27/2005 01:54:59 PM
What a breathtaking photo. These are the type of shots that I can only dream of taking.
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12/27/2005 12:02:38 PM
a very peaceful look at the world
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12/27/2005 10:52:40 AM
A beautiful shot! I love the warm colors you have in the frame. My only critique would be that the cool blue face in the upper left doesn't compliment the orange of the frame- maybe crop a bit (just under the crack on the smooth portion mid-photo)
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12/27/2005 09:07:21 AM
Breathtaking. I can imagine being there was just as nice
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12/26/2005 09:20:36 PM
Incredible shot. Would like to know where. 10
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12/26/2005 07:41:08 PM
Very beautiful landscape photo. Great use of natural framing.
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12/26/2005 06:55:22 PM
Wow, Absolutely breath-taking. Fantastic picture!
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12/26/2005 06:42:13 PM
Amazing shot and must be nice to be able to have taken such a shot for the username. It's a beauty!
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12/26/2005 03:56:12 PM
Beautiful! My favorite to win!
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12/26/2005 01:45:58 PM
*gasp* 10
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12/26/2005 12:58:59 PM
Very pretty. I think it is screaming for a curves adjustment - it would really deepen the tonality. The vista and detail of the rocks is nice, but I think that added oomph would really send this panorama over the top. Nicely focused and the perspective is good. 7
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12/26/2005 12:12:59 PM
epic... beautiful... 9
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12/26/2005 10:19:11 AM
Amazing spot. Great choice of usernames. 10.
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12/26/2005 09:24:40 AM
Beautiful!
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12/26/2005 08:18:20 AM
beautiful, ribbon for sure.. 10
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12/26/2005 07:53:58 AM
This is breathtaking. If I had any suggestions for improvement, it might be to crop about 3/4" or so off the top so it's not so "heavy" up there, but other than that, it's gorgeous. :)
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12/26/2005 06:42:11 AM
Yes, it reminds me Star Wars movie scenes. Wow...10
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12/26/2005 05:43:29 AM
simply unreal quality art.. awesome the depth and focus and colors and comp and and and... 10.
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12/26/2005 03:46:40 AM
mesa arch, right? looks like you were there at just the right time of day. not too hazy, either. lovely shot.
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12/26/2005 03:26:17 AM
great lighting, what a place to be
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12/26/2005 02:46:46 AM
Great shot. One of my four 'tens'
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12/26/2005 01:40:11 AM
Incredible. Love it!! 10!!
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12/26/2005 12:40:18 AM
WOW! That's BEAUTIFUL! Looks like around my neck of the woods...very nice. I hope you score very well.
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12/26/2005 12:38:56 AM
stunning....a winner!
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12/26/2005 12:36:57 AM
DANG that's sweet. I wish it didn't have that processing halo look where the sky meets the distant hill line. Fine shot regardless, and great take on the name :-)
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12/26/2005 12:18:50 AM
very nice shot!
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