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Silent Sentinel
Silent Sentinel
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Challenge: All Alone (Classic Editing)
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Location: Gold Canyon, Arizona
Date: Oct 19, 2003
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/1000th
Galleries: Sky, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Oct 19, 2003

This image was taken at sunrise on a clear Sunday morning. I wanted clouds but none were to be found during the challenge week.

The title has meaning. Saguaro cacti are called “silent sentinels” by local residents. That is because they stand as if watching high above all other vegetation and can live up to 200 years. Most of the ones with arms are older than Arizona has been a State in the United States.

It was cropped and color adjusted to draw out the deep blue early morning sky.

Statistics
Place: 7 out of 319
Avg (all users): 6.9295
Avg (commenters): 8.2500
Avg (participants): 6.8473
Avg (non-participants): 7.0273
Views since voting: 2066
Votes: 241
Comments: 31
Favorites: 6 (view)


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10/31/2003 04:36:14 PM
Spectular sunset!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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10/29/2003 01:02:47 AM
Sexy photo darling!
I'm glad to see you in the top 10, congratulations :)
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10/29/2003 12:54:00 AM
Awesome shot Dad! I love the color...and congrats on a new PR!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/28/2003 09:05:46 PM
Is this Steve??? Very very nice. Don't know if I will have time to vote, but if I do this gets a 10. Nice Work!
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10/28/2003 12:51:40 AM
fantastic shot, great colors, silhouette really stands out
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10/27/2003 08:37:04 PM
Wow, great color in this shot! It looks like the color picker in photoshop =)
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10/27/2003 01:33:56 PM
Gorgeous silhouette. I love the colors, spectacular. Focus is excellent, use of light is obviously wonderful. The simplicity of the cactus shape and its starkness against the color really help promote the alone and solitude feelings. Excellent image. 10
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10/27/2003 10:44:36 AM
Beautiful color contrast.
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10/26/2003 08:49:00 PM
Beautiful shot. Colors are great. Clarity is on and you did well on this shot. I gave it an 8.
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10/25/2003 07:28:14 PM
wow! that's quite lovely! did it take a lot of effort to get that shot? was a sleeping bag involved??
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10/25/2003 02:52:30 AM
Excellent picture! Running for a ribbon I am sure! Congratulations!
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10/24/2003 02:07:11 PM
Very beutiful colors and I also like the contrast between light and darkness. A better than usual use of a siluette.
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10/24/2003 10:58:54 AM
The colors are truly amasing. To place the sun behind the cactus works very well.
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10/24/2003 07:07:08 AM
Beautiful.10
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10/24/2003 12:38:35 AM
You have captured the darkening sky beautifully. I like this very much.
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10/23/2003 10:30:09 PM
postcard
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10/23/2003 10:20:59 PM
Beautiful sunset/sunrise. Great vibrant hues in the sky. Perfect exposure helps with the bold shadow of the cactus. Looks like fingers reaching for the sky. Very pleasant and calming shot. "10"
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10/23/2003 01:50:07 PM
gorgeous, but does not give me the feeling of loneliness
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10/23/2003 01:13:14 PM
This is good.
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10/22/2003 07:51:24 PM
Very soft image with the sunset background, but the subject itself pops out. I like the negative space, but I'm still having an inner debate whether or not I would have changed the orientation and rearranged the negative space to add more upwards, while removing from the left. Given that the image is so straight and has a natural upwards motion, as well as the majority of the suns colours being really centralized I think I would have flipped to portrait. But that's just my opinion. I still really like the shot as presented.
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10/22/2003 07:47:40 PM
Awesome colors! Certainly could pass as a postcard anytime!
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10/22/2003 04:44:21 PM
Great silhouette, beautiful colors. I like how the horizon is at an angle; I think that works better against the cactus than a level one would. 9
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10/22/2003 04:30:55 PM
This is a great shot. Nice colors.
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10/22/2003 01:34:36 PM
excellent - great colour, strong graphic silhouette and good sun placement - classic of the style.
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10/22/2003 12:19:27 PM
woooow. ¿Donde tomaste esta foto?
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10/22/2003 09:32:47 AM
Beautiful colors and crispness. I like how the tip of the cactus melts into the blackness of the sky. Nice capture.
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10/22/2003 09:26:21 AM
Fantastic is all I can say! You really made use of dusk lighting, and very well too (10)
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10/22/2003 05:09:08 AM
cool shot! like the blues. the theme is well capture. like this.
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10/22/2003 12:41:24 AM
Nice colors
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10/22/2003 12:28:37 AM
great colors. good silhouette and framing of main subject within the frame. nice work.
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10/22/2003 12:21:37 AM
this is perfect. the color of the sky blending with the sunset--the stark simplicity of the silhouette--just gorgeous. 10
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