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Dusk in the valleys
Dusk in the valleys
KHolt


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Desolation II (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX Aspherical DF for Canon
Location: Snowdon, Wales
Date: Jun 17, 2006
Aperture: F/14
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/60 sec
Galleries: Landscape, Panoramic
Date Uploaded: Jun 18, 2006

A beautiful end to a great day in Wales, a trip for my birthday. Manu had given me a filter set that I wanted to try out and this valley view the perfect place.

Converted from RAW, quite a lot of PP, removed some lens flare, little telegraph pole on the left and a small bend in the road in the middle, all which were distracting, various adjustment layers, shadow/highlight, a little dodge and burn, then a final USM and resize.


Statistics
Place: 11 out of 197
Avg (all users): 6.6632
Avg (commenters): 8.1579
Avg (participants): 6.5875
Avg (non-participants): 6.7168
Views since voting: 2096
Views during voting: 320
Votes: 193
Comments: 24
Favorites: 8 (view)


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06/29/2006 04:58:55 AM
Hi from the Critique Club!

This is a wonderful, atmospheric landscape that fits the challenge perfectly. This is the type of place where we can escape the noise and distraction that goes with modern life. Where the only noise we can hear, is the occasional bleat of a sheep, the whisper of the wind, and the click of the shutter.

The eye is led into the image beautifully by the light at the bottom of the image. Like a river it leads us through and into the image creating depth. Where the hills meet the light gives way to soft mist, which takes us even further into the scene. The eye is then drawn up towards the setting sun, then back to the light at the bottom - creating lovely movement.

There are lovely textures creating interest - the sheep, the rocks, the grass,and those wonderful 'tyre mark' type of clouds crossing the sun.

The lighting on the nearest hill gradually gives way to shadow, again creating depth and interest.

The colours are subdued and totally appropriate for the mood and the story you are telling. You have used your filter extremely well.

Well done;)
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06/27/2006 10:09:16 AM
lovely! Manu is good to you :)
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06/26/2006 04:01:32 PM
Congratulations on your top 20 finish! Great picture!
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06/26/2006 02:36:57 AM
This was one of my favorite shots in the challenge. Congrats on your great photo and high finish!
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06/26/2006 12:37:35 AM
Great depth and great mood setter. Congratulations on your 11th place finish.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/25/2006 11:30:04 PM
Of all the landscape photos, this one fits the theme the best. I do see what I think are hints of sheep? which if they are take a bit away from the desolation aspect. -9
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06/25/2006 04:07:53 PM
Nicely done. Really like this one.
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06/25/2006 08:49:49 AM
oh man, another WOW foto! this is drop dead gorgous! fabulous, well done! i love this one, it is so beautiful, ok i am done now. a ten to you fer sure~
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06/24/2006 01:40:25 PM
Sets the mood, nicely captured.
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06/24/2006 01:33:18 PM
lovely just plane lovely
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06/24/2006 10:23:43 AM
this is a beautiful work of art..the mist, sheep, valley and sky are lovely ...shadows are incredible.
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06/24/2006 03:32:19 AM
bumping up on my second look. Very cool picture, and definately feels lonely and forsaken.
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06/23/2006 07:24:41 AM
Awesome....into my faves and a 10!
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06/22/2006 10:24:35 PM
cool shot! is it in ......Iceland? i like the burning on the upper right, it gives a neet feel
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06/21/2006 11:18:06 AM
excellent. -9-
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06/21/2006 12:58:48 AM
very well taken .. great job controlling the exposure here ... 10!
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06/20/2006 08:43:13 PM
What a beautiful landscape, fantastic sky. I like the imagry here.
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06/20/2006 03:56:14 PM
Pretty scene.
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06/19/2006 08:56:14 PM
wish the shadows were brought out a little more
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06/19/2006 01:03:35 PM
This almost has the sense of another world to me. I like the dots of sheep here and there. Quite lovely. 8
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06/19/2006 01:01:14 PM
strong image, should really finish strong. i like how the mountains kind of frame the sun
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06/19/2006 08:20:29 AM
Another "eerie" landscape.....
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06/19/2006 12:55:28 AM
Simply stunning!
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06/19/2006 12:35:38 AM
This looks like another planet. I love the mood and atmosphere here. The colors and tones are also very nice. I'm not sure it speaks "desolation" to me, but I love the image. 7
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