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Snow Day in Yosemite
Snow Day in Yosemite
TDCollins


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Best of 2006 (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED
Location: Yosemite
Date: Mar 4, 2006
Aperture: f/6.3
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/640
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Jan 10, 2007

Thanks everybody for all the wonderful comments on this picture. I had a couple of shots to choose from taken the same day. I'm so glad I entered this one. I've never experienced a more surreal day in Yosemite. There is actually very little editing in this picture. There was no selective desaturation as some of you thought there was. The white snow changed the entire look of Yosemite. I adjusted levels, curves and saturation, cropped and saved. The print picture is a little bit different based on some of your comments. Any way, I'm glad this two week voting period is over. I'm honored that you voted this so high. Thanks for starting my 2007 year well.

Statistics
Place: 12 out of 712
Avg (all users): 7.1473
Avg (commenters): 8.1304
Avg (participants): 7.0375
Avg (non-participants): 7.4884
Views since voting: 3441
Views during voting: 652
Votes: 353
Comments: 61
Favorites: 26 (view)


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01/29/2009 01:18:55 AM
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Message edited by author 2009-03-14 21:34:10.
04/30/2007 07:45:54 PM
the sky is so strange but great
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04/07/2007 01:13:25 AM
Man, what an awesome photo. I love how you not only captured an interesting landmark, but also managed to get it with a during what I call an "emotional" moment, when the photo becomes soooo much more than just a documentation of both the locationa and the current lighting. It now captures the mood of the moment as well. Awesome work!
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01/30/2007 04:11:49 PM
So glad to see this placed to so high! Going in my favourites! :o)
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01/29/2007 10:42:28 AM
Excellent, If anyone could love snow better in a landscape, then I just don't know who it could be. My daughter has a Pentex Spotmatic F and takes really nice pictures and Digatal Nicon is her next one comming up.
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01/26/2007 10:50:17 AM
Incredible capture, David! You picked the perfect day to shoot. Congratulations on a fine score and finish. I'd be curious to see how you changed this for the print. My only nit with the color is that the face looks a tad bit towards the greenish side of yellow in the highlights. (And my monitor is supposedly calibrated using my Huey.) I've never made it to Yosemite, but between this and other shots I've seen, I have to make it there--and perhaps in several different seasons!
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01/26/2007 07:24:43 AM
Congratulations Dave! One of the finest photos you've ever taken! And 12th place! Pretty awesome in a challenge like this!

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01/26/2007 07:22:16 AM
This should have ribboned...it was interesting to hear your comments regarding the lack of desat.. you fooled me but I thought it was the most appropriate desate that I have seen.

Congrats on your high placing and thankyou for the great image.
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01/26/2007 01:52:04 AM
Great score and finish. This is a truly wonderful picture. I'm itchin' for a winter trip to Yosemite!
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01/26/2007 12:53:43 AM
I love Yosemite. I have never been for the snows, but I love Yosemite any time of year. Great photograh.
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01/26/2007 12:33:16 AM
I miss this when I was commenting. Congratulations on the high finish! Adding to my favorites!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/25/2007 09:12:14 PM
The light is great and I enjoy what appears to be selective desaturation although it feels very natural, 9

Message edited by author 2007-01-31 02:36:14.
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01/25/2007 03:21:48 PM
The mountain stands out really well against the snow and sky. Great capture!
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01/25/2007 02:09:59 PM
Nice shot.
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01/25/2007 10:27:20 AM
Something about the soft snow makes this familar scene look very surreal. Must have been a long lens? Very nice.
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01/25/2007 03:47:26 AM
Love the dramatics of this one..... Excellent textures and a wonderful capture.....
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01/24/2007 10:46:15 PM
nicely observed. if this were mine, i'd also be tempted to pick it as my best of.
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01/24/2007 10:13:18 PM
What a great capture of a well known subject. Very nicely done.
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01/24/2007 09:49:10 PM
Excellent
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01/23/2007 08:49:30 PM
The trees look real, but the cliff and sky look surreal. Interesting combination!
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01/23/2007 01:42:44 PM
Tho I'm not voting on this photo since we shared it before the challenge, I wanted to make a comment and add it to my favorites. This is such a grand majestic scene -- too beautiful to be real. Certainly too beautiful for words! One of the top very few in this challenge!!! Absolutely spectacular photography -- in EVERY way!
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01/23/2007 04:23:34 AM
Definitely, the lion, the witch and the wardrobe.
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01/23/2007 02:45:05 AM
Beautiful...like a dreamland. 10
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01/22/2007 01:58:13 PM
A very unusual view of Yosemite. I love it, well done.
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01/21/2007 08:57:43 PM
Nicely done. Love the black and white for most of the photo. I don't think I like the choice of keeping the cliff in color, or maybe the yellow seems to much in conflict with the black and white. Perhaps a different color balance adjustment for that part.
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01/21/2007 06:21:14 PM
I like the snow and the sky. I also like how natruel it looks, Good job
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01/21/2007 06:17:42 AM
Wow. (Is that enough comment?) ;>þ
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01/20/2007 11:29:25 PM
Gorgeous colors, brightness of the snow, and color against the rock...8
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01/20/2007 03:20:46 PM
beautiful.
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01/19/2007 07:18:57 PM
Amazing scene! Very pretty!
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01/19/2007 06:26:15 PM
Beautiful colors and composition, I love the sky.
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01/19/2007 05:36:20 PM
Special snow day! Fantastic shooting.
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01/19/2007 11:24:20 AM
beautiful capture that's not whited out - nice job.
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01/18/2007 07:42:26 PM
Looks like Narnia! Very nice image. Back to bump you up to 8.
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01/17/2007 10:03:21 AM
Wow!!! what a great capture.
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01/17/2007 08:22:00 AM
oh very very nice 7
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01/17/2007 02:19:23 AM
beautiful photography and editing
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01/16/2007 10:54:06 PM
I'm jealous. ;) A nice study in contrasts.
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01/16/2007 02:09:26 PM
Whoa, that's a really interesting color for Half Dome. Must have had some sunrise in this shot. Very pretty scene.
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01/16/2007 04:52:17 AM
Incredible depth and control of the whites! My first pic so far.
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01/16/2007 01:37:38 AM
You've taken too much color out of the sky and snow and amped it up too much on the rock face, IMO. I've spent a lot of time there, and this just looks wrong to me. In a more realistic rendering, this would be stunning.
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01/15/2007 06:15:06 PM
Second image thus far that has left me breathless. Excellent composition and execution. Great Job. Good Luck.
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01/15/2007 05:13:09 PM
Can a pic be perfect?? This one is mighty close.
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01/15/2007 10:04:04 AM
Excellent
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01/14/2007 05:43:30 AM
amazing clouds and a wonderful image that has a uniqueness about it...almost looks 3D ... 8
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01/14/2007 01:58:23 AM
nice image -- that cliff face is just incredible -- love the tones & miss seeing snowy trees like this...

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01/13/2007 11:24:17 PM
That's quite a sky you got for a backdrop there! And the color on the cliff and nowhere else works very well. I'm assuming this is not selective desaturation, but rather just what the scene looked like, either way it just looks right!
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01/13/2007 09:24:59 PM
Stunning. Don't know if this is possible but I wish there was some blue sky showing through the clouds. I see a couple hints of it.
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01/13/2007 08:37:44 PM
Ribbon
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01/13/2007 04:29:58 PM
Wow that's cool!
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01/13/2007 01:57:34 PM
Wow... Yosemite is cool... and even better apparently after heavy snow... excellent photo...
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01/13/2007 09:12:54 AM
Beautiful capture, very Ansel Adams like. I love the contrast between Half-Dome and the snow.
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01/12/2007 10:21:43 PM
Brrrr. Great textures.
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01/12/2007 09:58:57 PM
great mix of forground, background and sky
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01/12/2007 07:51:24 PM
My top picture so far. I love the saturation of the El Capitan, but i wonder if there wasn´t more blue color in the sky?
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01/12/2007 05:37:38 PM
awesome shot 8
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01/12/2007 03:59:02 PM
Oh my this is stunning!!! Yosemite is one of my favourite places in the world and to visit when it is like this is something I would love to do. Beautiful lighting and well exposed! :o)
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01/12/2007 03:44:25 PM
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01/12/2007 02:16:13 PM
looks like you desated the greens? Don't know if that was necessary. Good capture and comp.
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01/12/2007 09:47:00 AM
wow, excellent ! really superb photograph
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01/12/2007 04:27:55 AM
Gorgeous picture!

I love the colors and how the mountain is accentuated through the lack of colors in the environment.
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