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A Terrible Nothing Sweeps the Land
A Terrible Nothing Sweeps the Land
cools98


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Challenge: Desolation II (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Nikon D70s
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED
Location: Golden Spike, UT
Date: Jun 14, 2006
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Jun 14, 2006

Right when I saw the challenge, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. The idea is from a movie I saw as a kid, "The Never-Ending Story". Luckily, I had the perfect weather to pull this off. Hopefully it does well.

The story tells of some mystical planet that is being destroyed by a huge storm, that they call the terrible nothing. I figure destroying a whole planet, leaving the thing desolate, should work perfect for a desolation challenge.

Post Challenge:

Wow! Not exactly a ribbon winner, but top 10 none the less! How can I not be excited? Thanks to all for your comments and votes!

Statistics
Place: 10 out of 197
Avg (all users): 6.6823
Avg (commenters): 8.0400
Avg (participants): 6.5909
Avg (non-participants): 6.7596
Views since voting: 2753
Views during voting: 348
Votes: 192
Comments: 38
Favorites: 10 (view)


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06/29/2006 05:34:40 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club

Wow, a very moody photo you have here. I can't believe I missed this during voting. There is a very good balance in this picture, dark clouds on the right, opposing the light parts of the land on the left and bottom. The eye follows a smooth curve all over the image, finally resting on the heavy rain at the center.
The colors are very effective too and the high contrast adds to the very surreal feel that was also feel of the film (and do not forget the books). I can almost feel Atreyu coming galloping at me.

Nothing I can add that would raise your score, although perhaps a border might give some slight plus. I might also have got rid of the small blue patch of sky on the right side of the photo. A very slight nitpick though, only because there's just not anything else to comment on :)
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06/28/2006 03:25:21 PM
Awesome!!!
Just looking through this challenge now and this is my favorite so far. I pratically grew up on the Never-ending story and this photo encompasses that feeling perfectly!! I just wish there was no break through of light over on the right side where its all dark so that the feeling of the "terrible nothing" coming was stronger- but you cant control the clouds.
Great photo, great title! Nice job :)
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06/26/2006 11:15:13 PM
Excellent title. Congrats on top 10. Really stunning visually.
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06/26/2006 11:07:46 PM
Scott, beautiful capture, the weather was definately on your side. A perfect Utah summer storm and a great work of art, Well done!
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06/26/2006 03:10:21 PM
I love the light sweeping across the grasses and the unusual colors in this image, congrats on top ten Scott.
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06/26/2006 02:12:21 PM
Congratulations on the 10th place! Excellent shot!
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06/26/2006 02:36:22 AM
Hey, top 10! I look forward to the day I have one of those. :)

Congrats!
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06/26/2006 01:38:31 AM
This is a wonderful shot. It is wonderful to see a fellow Utahn do so well. You have caught the essence of that part of Utah and it's extreme weather with greatness. Well done!

Becky
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06/26/2006 01:27:26 AM
Congrats on top 10! Impressive capture of Mother Nature's fury. Love the editing and tones.
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06/26/2006 12:36:44 AM
Congratulations on your top 10 with this intriguing study.
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06/26/2006 12:19:33 AM
Nice one, great reference to Neverending Story. Congrats on top 10!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/25/2006 11:07:37 PM
Oh beautiful shot. Like the reference of the title to the neverending story, if that is what was intended. 8
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06/25/2006 09:35:45 PM
Love this picture, although I do not feel desolation.
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06/25/2006 10:40:22 AM
very nice
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06/25/2006 09:40:40 AM
WOW
fantastic.
Nothing wrong here in my opinion

Good luck

Kev
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06/25/2006 08:47:30 AM
another very impressive image that made me go wow! this makes quite the impact, it has drama and lightness two atmospheric conditions meeting, sunny and cloudy and threatening, very well done, the clouds are low and rolling in with a fury, thanx so much for sharing this desolate scene with us.
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06/25/2006 08:24:29 AM
"WOW" factor here..... I love this very moody and eerie landscape.....
A "10" from me.....
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06/25/2006 12:18:12 AM
Lots of drama, great light and rain to boot. Nice one.
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06/24/2006 09:05:16 PM
I have loved and still love The Neverending Story!!!!!!
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06/24/2006 01:35:17 PM
Nice storm capture
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06/23/2006 05:22:17 PM
wonderful title describing a dramatic image with a great capture of lighting, well suited to this challenge!
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06/23/2006 06:50:22 AM
Wow...this is outstanding. 10!
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06/23/2006 05:01:17 AM
I love this!
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06/23/2006 01:12:06 AM
Splendid contrast, color, and a great feeling of nothingness. Good luck.
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06/23/2006 12:57:13 AM
beautiful landscape. dramatic. good balance and color.
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06/22/2006 10:16:19 PM
Awesome picture. I feel like this title is a literary reference I should know, but I can't seem to place it in my memory. Stephen King is what I want to think, but I'm not sure. Or maybe it's a movie, Neverending Story? Anyway, like I said before, awesome shot!
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06/21/2006 07:42:27 PM
I love that movie! the lighting and the clouds, along with the bright yellow really pulls this off.
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06/20/2006 07:37:10 PM
I really like the colors and the drama in this shot.
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06/20/2006 06:26:51 PM
And you can hear the rain pouring down, in the distance, washing away the desolate ground.
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06/20/2006 02:24:22 PM
brilliant shot!
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06/20/2006 12:36:43 PM
Intense shot. IMO, some selective desaturation might have been even more powerful, as the bright yellow looks a bit too "happy" for desolation. That aside, I'm still a fan. 9
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06/20/2006 10:14:00 AM
wow...spectacular! love your post editing...good luck with this
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06/20/2006 12:26:54 AM
amazing shot, really top notch stuff!
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06/19/2006 07:28:51 PM
awsome pix, great comp, b&w excellent, excellent color, great texture, nice movement, nice capture, great light, excellent dof
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06/19/2006 06:48:49 PM
I love the sky in this!
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06/19/2006 06:03:35 PM
Now this is definitely a WOW image! I love the title, comes from one of my favorite children's movies "The Never-Ending Story".I love this, choosing it as one of my favorites.10
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06/19/2006 01:03:11 PM
wow that looks crazy. very cool shot. i hope you do well.
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06/19/2006 01:35:53 AM
Looks like rain to me. (just kidding)

Lovely image.
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