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"Dune" by Frank Herbert
1st Place"Dune" by Frank Herbert
Sammie


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Challenge: Literary Adventure (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Location: Sand Dunes National Park
Date: Mar 12, 2006
Aperture: F5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/180
Galleries: Emotive, Travel
Date Uploaded: Mar 12, 2006

Thank you, everyone, for all your kind comments and congratulations. I'm still amazed that "Dune" scored this well and managed to get a Blue Ribbon, I have to keep pinching myself to be sure it's real! Thank you, again.

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Editing: Crop & rotate, levels, curves, more levels, noise removal, resize, smart sharpen, select sky - more noise removal from sky.

I've never read any of the "Dune" books or even watched the movie. However, after reading about the books I thought this picture would suit for a cover or to illustrate the title.

It was a bad day to photograph the dunes - it was cold, windy and snowy. The sun came out for a brief few minutes just before sunset and I got a few shots. The sky looked orange as there was a snow squall and the sun was reflecting on it.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 165
Avg (all users): 7.7739
Avg (commenters): 8.2500
Avg (participants): 7.8052
Avg (non-participants): 7.7541
Views since voting: 21696
Views during voting: 383
Votes: 199
Comments: 76
Favorites: 59 (view)


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04/18/2008 08:24:55 AM
Omg! i just remember when i was in highschool i would ALWAYS see this book and thought the cover was soo pretty. i wanted to read it but never got around to it...probably because i lost my card. =/ but this is a great image.
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08/07/2006 11:58:54 AM
Wow this one is realy stunning!!!
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06/28/2006 12:58:08 PM
Definitely the ribbon winner. Everything works.
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04/23/2006 05:48:29 AM
Congratulations on your Blue, a stunning capture :)
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03/21/2006 08:11:50 PM
Nothing like the color and magic of dunes. Also good reading. Congratulations on your BLUE!
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03/21/2006 11:12:15 AM
One of those 'bad' days that manage to produce the great photos...congratulations on your winner.
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03/21/2006 11:04:58 AM
Beautiful.
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03/21/2006 10:50:45 AM
The Dune series are great books, and I think this picture does a stand-up job of depicting the planets. Nice work!
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03/20/2006 10:11:12 PM
Please tell me your camera is dust free ;) Great job my friend ;)
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03/20/2006 06:53:15 PM
Amazing !!! It looks like a drawing with all this sand flying everywhere :)
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03/20/2006 06:34:40 PM
Congratulations on your Blue with this stunning shot! Just Beautiful!!
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03/20/2006 04:54:02 PM
Congratulations to you, my friend. No shock here, only awe! Lovely photo.
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03/20/2006 03:15:53 PM
Great image. Congrats on the Blue.
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03/20/2006 12:26:01 PM
Absolutely fantastic image. You deserved the blue ribbon. Congratulations!
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03/20/2006 11:53:47 AM
Many congratulations on your blue with this beautiful image!
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03/20/2006 11:47:11 AM
Fantastic image!! Sooner or later I'll make it down to the dunes. I hope I can capture an image half this good! ;o)
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03/20/2006 10:01:29 AM
Congratulations on a great photograph that really met the challenge. You are my favorite photographer on DPC.
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03/20/2006 09:23:22 AM
Congratulations Sammie
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03/20/2006 09:22:49 AM
Congratulations. A fine composition.
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03/20/2006 07:09:38 AM
This is such an incredible photograph!
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03/20/2006 06:49:12 AM
Awesome picture! Congratulations
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03/20/2006 06:00:01 AM
Congrats on blue!
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03/20/2006 05:31:17 AM
Way ta go Sammie! A very nice image!
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03/20/2006 05:29:29 AM
Congrats on the blue!
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03/20/2006 05:17:53 AM
Had a feeling this was you! Lovely, Congrats!!
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03/20/2006 03:44:38 AM
Purity and silence! Very nice pic! Perfect wallpaper!
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03/20/2006 03:01:41 AM
Way to go Sammie, my top pick for this challenge.
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03/20/2006 02:35:36 AM
Congrats on the blue! The wind made this shot so much better, it added sand blowing over the crests of the dunes in the foreground, and made a wonderful mist in the background. Great shot!
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03/20/2006 02:24:19 AM
Stunning photo and a great take on the challenge theme, congrats on your Blue. :)
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03/20/2006 02:17:18 AM
Congrats Sammie, you beat me fair and square :)
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03/20/2006 01:55:30 AM
Sammie, Great job!! Congrats!! :)
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03/20/2006 01:45:40 AM
Very good shot! Congratulations!
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03/20/2006 12:47:46 AM
beautiful!
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03/20/2006 12:26:34 AM
Fine work Sammie! Congrats on blue! Re: your notes, the wind worked to your advantage here; the "Dune" landscape is almost always depicted as having sandstorms up the wazoo.
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03/20/2006 12:25:39 AM
This is a stunning shot. Congrats on the blue.
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03/20/2006 12:22:29 AM
Congrats Sammie... beautiful image... :)
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03/20/2006 12:18:46 AM
Sammie, this is a very beautiful shot. Love the tones and the forms. Congratulations!
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03/20/2006 12:16:04 AM
Big Sci-Fi fan here and thought you did a wonderful job. grats one the blue!
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03/20/2006 12:11:01 AM
Congratulations Sammie,

This is such a beautiful picture and I am so proud of the photographer you have become. Just wish some of your talent would rub off on me.
Keep up the good work.

Love from Mom
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03/20/2006 12:09:27 AM
Congrats!!! This is a terrific image!!!
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03/20/2006 12:07:36 AM
Awesome Picture! Great in every way possible! Congrats on the Ribbon
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03/20/2006 12:07:16 AM
Yaaaaaaaa Sammie. Another Blue for you. Great shot. Van
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03/20/2006 12:05:22 AM
Congratulations...this is a great shot and I loved to read your explanation
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/19/2006 11:12:46 PM
Beautifully done. One of my favorites
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03/19/2006 09:17:21 PM
Lovely. Well done.
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03/19/2006 06:10:37 PM
This one has the "wow" element and should do exceptionally well. Beautiful lines, forms and color. Really amazing.
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03/19/2006 04:01:33 PM
all that spice... great shot
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03/19/2006 02:23:12 AM
Outstanding image, wow, bumping up
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03/19/2006 12:53:31 AM
Great job here. I hope the camera didn't get any sand in it ;)
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03/18/2006 08:46:25 PM
Picture Perfect, great capture and really gives justice to the book(s) also.
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03/18/2006 01:30:18 AM
looks computer generated. very surreal.
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03/17/2006 07:20:08 PM
Beautiful lighting, you captured it well.
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03/17/2006 03:19:53 PM
such a gr8 pic!
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03/17/2006 12:56:37 PM
Very nice... what a capture.
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03/16/2006 05:34:35 AM
Beautiful...!
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03/15/2006 09:41:25 PM
Having read this entire series, I ccan tell you that you have captured his imagery exactly as I always imagine it. Excellent job.. Where is this?
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03/14/2006 06:40:17 PM
This is a great image. Colors and shadows and detail within each are impressive. I found the seemingly doubble exposure effect, if that is what it is, distracting a bit. A 9.
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03/14/2006 03:04:00 PM
Great image.
10
Good luck in the challenge

Kev
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03/14/2006 11:01:19 AM
Excellent!! Good luck!
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03/14/2006 10:23:56 AM
Wow! This is just about the most beautiful photo I have ever seen. Haunting in the color tones. Incredible lighting, and the misty background mountains are beyond stunning. Can't for the life of me see how anyone could give this anything but a 10. My pick for a ribbon! A blue one. Good luck.
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03/14/2006 08:40:50 AM
Nice work.
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03/14/2006 02:42:42 AM
my favourite book and your photo sums up Arakis apart from there is no worm sign!! :) 10 because i would have known which book with out the title, good luck and i hope you get a ribbon
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03/14/2006 01:25:07 AM
wonderful shot...where was this? love the sand blowing off the dunes and the colour here
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03/13/2006 08:32:16 PM
Beautiful light and atmosphere! Great exposure as well.. .bravo!
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03/13/2006 06:57:52 PM
wonderful evocative image that brings back memories of that delightful enigmatic novel..my favorite image in this challenge: this could grace the cover of "Dune" easily.
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03/13/2006 03:36:08 PM
One day I'll visit the desert. Very dramatic shot :)
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03/13/2006 01:33:08 PM
Amazing image.....
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03/13/2006 12:08:56 PM
nice. like a painting.
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03/13/2006 12:02:39 PM
What a gorgeous image. Beautiful tones and shadows. It has a dreamlike quality to it.
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03/13/2006 09:56:35 AM
this could be a poster!
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03/13/2006 08:51:06 AM
Wow this is outstanding. Wonderful detail and I like the play with shadow and light.
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03/13/2006 07:14:07 AM
Stunning! 10
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03/13/2006 01:04:34 AM
Not only my favorite of all the novels I've ever read, i've read this series (all 6 books) about 5 times. The orange-ish color here makes the shot. This image is sooooooooo perfect for the title, you get bonus points because I know what you mean! :)
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03/13/2006 12:41:46 AM
Great capture, beautiful light, good luck.
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03/13/2006 12:24:21 AM
PERFECT title. Love the undulating sand. WOW - what a stunning simple image. Mother nature at work. BRAVO
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03/13/2006 12:17:57 AM
Looks like one of the backgrounds in Windows XP, very cool.
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