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Challenge: Best of 2006 (Advanced Editing V*)
Collection: Rocky Mountains
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM
Location: Estes Park, Colorado
Date: Sep 23, 2006
Aperture: F18
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/50
Galleries: Landscape
Date Uploaded: Jan 6, 2007

I'm not sure this is my BEST photo of 2006, but it's certainly one of the ones I love the most. Probably because it conjurs up such happy memories of being there! That, and I really love perspective photos that emphasize the massive size of something by how tiny something else looks next to it. Estes Park is so beautiful. If you've never been there, its just breathtaking the way those enormous mountains surround that quaint little "Christmas Town" in the valley!

This is the Stanley Hotel where author Stephen King got stranded one New Year's Eve and was inspired to write "The Shining".
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Thanks for all the comments everyone! Just a note to all the people who commented on my selective desaturation on this photo: I didn't selectively desaturate this at all. That's just the color of those amazing Rocky Mountains. To me that's why they are so beautiful. They are rugged mighty ROCKS towering over the world and I didn't think they needed anything to add or detract from them. Except, I think Option might be on to something in that maybe it would be a good photo for black and white. I think I'll try that :)






Statistics
Place: 171 out of 712
Avg (all users): 6.2286
Avg (commenters): 7.1724
Avg (participants): 6.1004
Avg (non-participants): 6.6543
Views since voting: 1227
Views during voting: 533
Votes: 350
Comments: 43
Favorites: 3 (view)


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05/28/2009 12:37:54 AM
Oh good grief, I can't comment on all of these but this is so neat! I never knew about it or would have gone to see it.

Great work!
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02/03/2007 08:33:44 AM
Sandy, you are on quite a roll with some great photos. Love this one. Keep it up.
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01/28/2007 12:41:53 AM
excellent Sandy i should have guessed this was yours. Makes me want to head to the mountains.
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01/27/2007 06:53:56 PM
Been going through some of the photos here and noticed this one was yours. Wow! It was in my top ten for this challenge! You really did a fantastic job with this one!!
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01/26/2007 09:52:38 PM
Beautiful Sandy! I really like the mountain view. Well done!
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01/26/2007 04:59:14 PM
Beautiful. The juxtaposition of the Motel (which is obviously a very large building to begin with) against that mamouth mountain is just amazing.
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01/26/2007 03:47:49 PM
Great work as always Sandy! Good to see you starting out the New Year with that 6.+ average. Congrats!
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01/26/2007 09:46:49 AM
Sandy, loved this shot and shows your great talent. I thought this would have finished a lot higher.
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01/26/2007 05:04:27 AM
Did not pick this for you Sandy, well done, a good finish in a tough challenge.
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01/26/2007 03:13:33 AM
This is a glorious shot, Sandy. How would it have done in B&W? It has strong contrast and a lack of vibrant colour, leading me to think it would benefit from a B&W treatment. Nevertheless, the composition is there (as always) and I congratulate you on another wonderful (if underrated) mountain landscape. Best of luck in 2007!
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01/26/2007 01:10:08 AM
6.2?!? 6. frigging 2?!? Sheesh. What a masterful shot - you did exactly what you set out to do as far as showing the difference in size. Well done. :) And congrats on getting your average over 6!
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01/26/2007 12:49:33 AM
A beautiful site, perfectly captured. I really need to make a trip to that valley. Well done!!!
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01/26/2007 12:32:13 AM
Hey congratulations Sandy. This picture pushed you over a goal you've had to have your average score 6.0 or greater. This picture did it for you!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/25/2007 07:31:48 PM
The partial desturation here is causing too much of an imbalnce in this photograph for me. I can only imagine the mountains would have been better subdued in color perhaps, but not desaturated, or an overall black & white conversion.
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01/25/2007 04:54:56 PM
Lovely scene. Good DOF. Overcast sky brings out the colours of the building well.
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01/25/2007 03:50:18 PM
Holy freakin' cow, that's impressive. I'll bet this looks even better in large size! Wherever this place is, you can sell this to them.
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01/24/2007 11:44:53 PM
Very grand indeed.....
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01/24/2007 10:37:19 PM
at first, i was a bit taken aback by the overall lack of color in the image. after spending some time with it, though, it has really grown on me. the sharpness, especially from the distance, is perfect, and the composition really brings home just how insignificant all of our human efforts really are, no matter how grandiose they may seem...
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01/24/2007 03:15:00 PM
I love the way the mountain absolutely dwarfs the buildings, which are not that small either!
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01/23/2007 02:01:40 PM
interesting use of desat. I think the BW portion could be more contrasted.
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01/20/2007 08:57:42 AM
Majestic.
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01/19/2007 02:59:03 PM
Nice shot, really makes one want to go there. The mountains and architecture really give a nice sense of scale to each other. I wish there were just a little more to view underneath the hotel (or whatever it is), but just a minor nitpick in a beautiful photo.
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01/18/2007 07:28:34 PM
Nice perspective and composition. Back to bump you up to 8.
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01/18/2007 05:17:00 AM
splendid shot! I love how the mountains are seemingly grayish and colourless, dull, lifeless.... while the houses and trees are colourful and alive.
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01/17/2007 08:37:06 AM
Wow! Great shot!
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01/17/2007 06:33:19 AM
beautiful ... i like it 6
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01/16/2007 07:37:41 PM
what a beautiful place for retreat!
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01/15/2007 07:21:02 PM
nice sense of scale here....
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01/15/2007 06:34:12 PM
Your title tries to move my focus towards the incredible mountains, however your processing grabs my focus to the hotel in the foreground. I wish you had done the reverse and left the colours in the mountains. Nonetheless, a very nice image.
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01/15/2007 10:21:38 AM
Beautiful
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01/14/2007 09:42:46 PM
The building really gives a good idea of the sense of size for the picture. Nice work.
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01/14/2007 04:53:54 PM
I love the perspective of this picture. This is postcard perfect. Good Luck!
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01/14/2007 04:46:35 PM
lots of frosty granite5
01/14/2007 12:12:48 PM
Very Magestic! The size of that mountian is certainly grand!! The clairity in this image is just amazing and the colors are fantastic. I LOVE the contrast of the small white bldgs. with the red roofs against the grandeur of the mountain. BEAUTIFUL Capture.
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01/14/2007 09:36:28 AM
Very nice - the colours are amazing. Wouldnt mind having a little more of the ground in front of the white houses though.
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01/13/2007 07:09:57 PM
I love the feeling of scale in this image. The slate grey of the rocks is in excellent contrast to the red and white of the buildings. The focus is superb, and I think the composition works very well.
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01/13/2007 04:40:13 PM
Amazing scene, great contrast between man and nature
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01/12/2007 09:53:07 PM
nice contrasts here
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01/12/2007 05:50:12 PM
A slight boost in the contrast and warm up the tones alittle by removing dome cyan and this would really snap. Nice detail
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01/12/2007 03:16:50 PM
wow this is majestic 8
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01/12/2007 10:06:57 AM
This is lovely, can you please tell me where this is?
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01/12/2007 01:41:17 AM
WOW look at those mountains!! 9
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01/12/2007 12:45:30 AM
Great perspective, I am feeling very small now.
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