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The Black Tusk
The Black Tusk

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Challenge: Free Study XVI (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Pentax K10D
Lens: Pentax DA 50-200 ED
Location: whistler
Date: Dec 17, 2006
Aperture: f/8.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/400
Galleries: Landscape, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Dec 29, 2006

The Black Tusk as viewed from the peak of Whistler Mountain in the early morning. The Black Tusk is the "throat" of an old volcano situated in Garabaldi Provincial Park in British Columbia, and is one of the Sea to Sky corridors most recognisable landmarks.

Post processing includes levels, shadow/highlight, burning in the sky, resize, smart sharpen, add border, save to web. The uploaded image was sitting on my desktop when a friend came over, and they were absolutely floored by this photo... so I'll predict a personal best, low to mid 6's, but I've thought that with a few photos so far, so who knows. Ill be in colorado for the voting so I wont be able to peep until the end...

Post challenge:

Top 20! Personal best! 6+! Wow, thanks everyone, I reached alot of goals with this one. It was sitting at a 7.2 after about 40 votes, though. That wouldve been glorious...

Oh yeah, this was shot in JPEG, glorious jpeg. I have a RAW of this exact shot, and you know what? I cant tell the difference!

heres a more carefully edited and raw converted version of this photo: ' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/60000-64999/62637/120/486403.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/60000-64999/62637/120/486403.jpg', '/') + 1) . '

Place: 18 out of 488
Avg (all users): 6.6648
Avg (commenters): 8.1905
Avg (participants): 6.7143
Avg (non-participants): 6.5472
Views since voting: 5550
Views during voting: 249
Votes: 179
Comments: 31
Favorites: 13 (view)

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08/19/2007 11:35:02 PM
ansel adams!
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04/11/2007 12:48:26 AM
Spectacular. I think I've found a new favorite photog. :)
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03/19/2007 11:00:16 AM
simply perfect.
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01/27/2007 07:26:55 PM
-Coolness -
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01/23/2007 01:25:46 AM
Wow - You did get a lot of comments and that is great. First impressions are - Smooth as silk. Those snow drifts look like custard. Really pleasing to the eye. The exposure seems to be spot on with detail held in all the highlights which to say the least must have been tricky. The composition is very pleasing with the mountain in a great spot. As far as making this picture any better I would say there is very little to do. Personally I would have loved to have seen a true black in the very darkest points of the picture and maybe just held back a tad on the burning in of the sky - But these really are minor suggestions - Cracking picture and one to be proud of. Well done.
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01/22/2007 07:19:29 PM
Keep up the good work on the geology studies. I think it is worth it for the remote views alone. Just watch out for those head shrinking natives if, one day, you get sent to the remote regions of Papua New Guinea. ;-) I spent a while at university studying geology and working underground for tin mines in the SW of England a while back when they were open. I switched career but have some regrets. I was born in Australia and like Canada there's a lot of ore out there.... it's in my blood. And geology is a good profession. Hydrogeology is not as romantic as hard rock mining, but it is a very important item for the future and a good money earner, IMO.
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01/09/2007 08:30:26 PM
stunning, would have expected a higher finish with this, its unreal.
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01/08/2007 07:31:20 AM
This was your photo??? I should have known since I spend half my time envying your dwelling place in the mountains :)

Mega congratulations on such a strong finish in a Free Study! Woo Hooo! I was hot on your heels tho :)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/07/2007 11:42:05 PM
would love to see a color version of this too
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01/07/2007 08:03:37 PM
Serene and lovely. Very Ansel-esque.
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01/07/2007 07:24:55 PM
Lovely terrain and your black and white treatment is appropriate. The low angle light really enhances the valley. Nice work indeed. 9.
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01/07/2007 05:26:18 PM
Excellent Clarity
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01/07/2007 04:42:05 PM
Excellent B&W shot, with a great range of tones. Your exposure is spot on, with detail in all zones. 10
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01/07/2007 01:30:14 PM
amazing shot ... very surreal
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01/07/2007 11:55:14 AM
insteresting shot, noce tonality. good composition.
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01/07/2007 11:38:51 AM
personally, I would like to see a small boost in contrast ... otherwise I really like this photo ...
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01/07/2007 11:01:06 AM
Absolutely stunning shot, I love it.
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01/07/2007 07:48:32 AM
Magnificent view! You are lucky to witness this beauty!
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01/07/2007 04:23:31 AM
Very good.9
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01/06/2007 06:50:34 PM
Simple and lovely. Mostly highlights and mid tones - a natural high key. 7
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01/06/2007 08:34:50 AM
B&W works really good here, well done
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01/04/2007 11:28:28 PM
That looks so surreal! Size perspective gets lost because of the monolith in the mountain - simply stunning.
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01/04/2007 01:25:54 PM
very nice shot of a local mountain! 9
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01/03/2007 09:26:14 PM
Though I like the image and the exposure is well done, the black band across the top is a little weird.
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01/03/2007 01:06:12 PM
Beautiful landscape. Great lighting acorss the whole frame. Great depth to the photo. One of my favorites of the challenge. Highly rated.
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01/03/2007 06:15:56 AM
The depth of field is fantastic in this shot and I can really sense the great expanse within the frame = 10
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01/02/2007 08:48:52 PM
Beautiful winter scene.
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01/02/2007 04:21:40 PM
nice black and white shot!

Message edited by author 2007-02-01 19:57:35.
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01/01/2007 10:22:44 AM
Oh how I would love to know the story of how you got this photo! It's breathtaking! Is it a lower elevation than it looks? If not, did you hike way up there? If you did, that would be such an interesting trip report!

Anyway. . .this is such a dramatic stunning photo! Congratulations on however you got it!! :)
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01/01/2007 10:19:22 AM
Wow! This just floors me. Very, very beautiful!
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01/01/2007 05:23:44 AM
Powerful photo of David and Goliath, great B&W...
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