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Gracious


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Challenge: Sacred Places (Classic Editing)
Camera: Kodak DC4800
Location: Florida
Date: Nov 3, 2003
Aperture: Auto
ISO: 100
Galleries: Sky, Nature
Date Uploaded: Nov 5, 2003

Actually a somewhat typical sunset in FLorida. Landscapes aren't as nice here because it is so flat...imho. But there is a nice sunset almost every evening. Sunrises are nice too, but I rarely drag myself out of bed in time. Most evenings I go bicycling within my community and photograph the sky as the day draws to an end. It's when I often spend time alone with the lord, and thank him for his many blessings.
Most of my sunset images include some landscape, but I thought this dramatic sky was enough to convey the sacred place where I talk to God.

Exposure compensation -2 in camera, and increased contrast by about 15 in post processing, and resized.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 109
Avg (all users): 7.2039
Avg (commenters): 8.8462
Avg (participants): 6.8590
Avg (non-participants): 7.5676
Views since voting: 9125
Votes: 152
Comments: 65
Favorites: 78 (view)


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11/06/2005 02:23:57 AM
magnificent, the colour is superb
11/06/2005 12:18:39 AM
like a painting, beautiful!
11/05/2005 10:32:15 PM
WOW... Don't know how I missed this shot until now, but am glad I stumbled across it (thank mystical_princess). Absolutely incredible. Beautiful job.
09/09/2005 12:28:27 AM
Nice one gracious. I appreciate God's marvelous creation, day in and day out. God bless.
06/11/2005 09:54:52 PM
And I thought Texas sunsets were spectacular. This is a jewel!
06/10/2005 08:56:47 PM
I have never seen a sky like this. It is fantastic!
10/15/2004 06:44:38 PM
Simply beautiful... Who else but God could create such as this?

ginette
05/18/2004 10:58:09 AM
This is really a good powerful foto! love the colors! It looks like the sky is falling! Its an awesome foto! Love it!
01/03/2004 04:00:38 PM
this is such an increadible image - so powerful! Even though it is increadibly beautiful I find it kind of scary too. This is a great photo for showing the awesome nature of the Lord!
11/24/2003 04:13:19 PM
Amazing and beautiful. I can see a face within it. Could it be your god?
11/21/2003 11:24:36 AM
Hi CC member here, I am new to the CC and feel a little threatened by critiquing your photo, a ribbon winner. It certainly deserves it, it is SO dramatic, the colors are stunning and warm, the cloud formation is spectacular and surreal almost. The only possible think I can think of that may add to your shot is if a bird was flying thru, then it gain it may distract from the beauty that is already there. I am curious what the small blackish area on bottom right is? perhaps could of cropped it out. It really is a well done shot. The way the clouds are coming down it has the feel that the heavens are trying to reach you as much as you they (and succeeding). I apologize for not having more of a critique to offer you.
11/20/2003 10:07:44 AM
I was looking for picture like this.
That one is wonderful. Nice job !

11/19/2003 07:20:59 PM
Truly awsome
11/19/2003 10:46:39 AM
Stunning work Gracious!
11/19/2003 04:15:32 AM
Congrats on an awesome sunset shot.
11/18/2003 03:27:56 PM
Amazing Grace quite divine vvv Turneresque simply stunning.Thank you
11/18/2003 08:39:44 AM
thats a great pic isnt it AMAZING what God created
11/18/2003 07:27:43 AM
A beautiful image. Having been born and raised in Florida, I agree we have some terrific sunsets and landscapes as well. Very moving.
11/18/2003 03:28:24 AM
I love this print! any chance I could get a high-quality print from it?
if so, please contact me @ Susi_Strom@hotmail.com
11/17/2003 11:16:53 PM
WOOOOOWWW! That is fantastic!! It's almost cartoon-like, and the blue sky against the awesome red sky makes this a truely great picture. Congrats on the ribbon, well deserved. At first I thought the dark clouds at the bottom were a mountain range. Are they clouds?
11/17/2003 11:10:03 PM
beautiful! congrats on the ribbon. :)
11/17/2003 09:22:51 PM
This is just beautiful and awesome! Oh wait.....someone else said awesome. How about AWE and then SOME? :) I don't know how I missed this during voting, but so glad to see it take a ribbon. God bless, and keep taking the sky photos. :) I could look at this for a long, long time.
11/17/2003 03:55:53 PM
Congratulations ... this is awesome ... great colours
11/17/2003 11:03:57 AM
Congratulations Gracious..beautiful and awesome.
11/17/2003 08:47:48 AM
Congratulations, Gracey! Lovely photo!!!

Ursula
11/17/2003 08:08:25 AM
Grayce, wonderful work! Certainly deserves a ribbon! Way to go!
11/17/2003 07:39:36 AM
Congratulations - this was one of my favorites in the challenge and now will really go to favorites. Anne
11/17/2003 04:57:19 AM
All three winning entries clearly illustrate the fact that the "time factor" in rendering a atmosphere of sacredness or at least a glimpse of bliss through photography is as important as the location itself. What metaphysical strength would these three images have if they had been shot at high noon?
On this occasion you clarly were blessed with a perfect sense of timing.
congratulations.
11/17/2003 02:36:11 AM
Well done, congratulations on the 2nd place!
11/17/2003 12:41:08 AM
Oh, Grayce, congrats! This was one of my very top photos in this challenge. I sat and looked at it for a long time--many times! I'd love a place like that to talk to God.
11/17/2003 12:40:00 AM
I had said your tenth WOW was from me:) I was only off by one LOL! wonderful job! With My favorites now.

Congrats on the ribbon

Richard
11/17/2003 12:26:47 AM
Wonderful sunset shot, I like that there is no landscape present. It serves to highlight all the wonderful cloud formations.. Good job and congrats on the ribbon!
11/17/2003 12:25:11 AM
Wow! Gracious, this is a beautiful shot. Congrats on your first ribbon. You deserve it. I bet you are jazzed. This is one of my favorites. God bless you, sister!

Oops, I mean second ribbon. :-)

Message edited by author 2003-11-17 18:49:14.
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11/17/2003 12:07:57 AM
Well I think one of the things I've learned about sunsets, is to use my exposure compensation. I like to under-expose to deepen the colours and avoid wash-out. It works for me, and I take pics of the sunset almost every night.
Thanks for the votes and comments folks.
11/17/2003 12:02:26 AM
Gracious~congratulations on a great shot!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/16/2003 08:02:05 PM
Great colors and texture! Hope I can take pictures like this someday.
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11/15/2003 10:23:13 PM
this is fantastic.....great shot
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11/15/2003 06:19:14 PM
Arrrrrrrrrrrghhhhhhhh, judgement day is here, apocalypse now, the aliens have landed!
Wow, wonderful! It looks like an outerspace gascloud, but the bottom clouds brings things back to the right perspective. Again, wonderful capture.
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11/15/2003 12:35:08 AM
Is that an angel reaching down from the sky to someone on earth. This speaks of spiritual battle or divine grace, I'm not sure which but I love it.
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11/15/2003 12:11:28 AM
The more I look at this image, the more amazing it is. Very painterly. 10
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11/14/2003 09:31:14 PM
Like a Turner, a wonderful abstract atmospheric image.
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11/14/2003 11:12:38 AM
this is an amazing shot...there at the right time and place I guess
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11/14/2003 02:55:01 AM
This sky is brilliant, reminds me of a horror movie when the evil spirits come down from the sky. 10
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11/14/2003 12:22:19 AM
I am sure this has got to be the 10th "Wow" someone has shared with you...what a great image.the depth you managed to capture and the intense colors, the height so often lost in photographs of the sky came through perfectly. I voted this a ten when I came through the first time... I would bump up but Alas:( no place to bump! good Luck

Richard

Message edited by author 2003-11-17 00:04:34.
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11/13/2003 11:40:54 PM
Really is heavenly!!! I thought it was a painting!!! Abosolutly my favorite. The colors are outstanding!!! Be very proud of this picture,whoever took it.
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11/13/2003 11:29:14 PM
This is an amazing shot, almost unreal and I've been waiting to see the note saying it's been validated by the administration! The colors are very dramatic and enticing and the lower clouds leading up to the massive upper cloud is amazing. A 9
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11/13/2003 09:25:20 PM
"another shy shot"... not! Mine is also a sky shot but this one blows me away! The color are well saturated (not over) and the composition does envoke heavenly feelings. A sacred place indeed! great work!
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11/13/2003 11:27:54 AM
Very good and fantastic.
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11/12/2003 06:52:05 PM
Wow, that's drama! Colors and lines make this image work for me in communicating the POWER of the heavens! 10
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11/12/2003 04:16:49 PM
Wow - looks like the opening scene from Revelations or something. The final battle is beginning. Great sky
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11/12/2003 02:54:58 PM
My first thought was wow, that's an amazing sky, such wonderful color, nice depth, and so pretty. But that's about it really.
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11/12/2003 01:44:01 PM
oh my god ... what a photo.... 10/10
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11/12/2003 06:47:15 AM
Wow, wow, wow... what a great picture... I love the colour, one of my faovourites of this week.... 7
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11/11/2003 10:14:24 PM
this looks like the sky is on fire.
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11/11/2003 10:11:29 PM
wow ...cool sky...nice colours
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11/11/2003 07:39:46 PM
awesome shot 10+
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11/11/2003 04:58:27 PM
stunning
don't know if it's my favorate "sacred" pic because mine is ;)
but it's my favorate sky pic

10
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11/11/2003 09:29:08 AM
such awesome colors and textures! A very stunning shot....10 from me.
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11/10/2003 10:10:09 PM
What is this! this is insane- I am enthralled. nice shot. even the blurriness works
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11/10/2003 09:24:57 PM
Great sky shot very nicely done.
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11/10/2003 04:18:19 PM
I've never seen sunsets like this except in Iceland. Increadible. I love the texture of the clouds. Did you do much to the saturation? Seeing something like this would be a spiritual experience. It looks nnice with just a bit of the bottom cropped too. 9
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11/10/2003 01:14:22 PM
WOW! Truely amazing capture of a sunset! Being in the presence of such sights is truely Sacred and you've done a awsome job of capturing it! 9
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11/10/2003 06:02:38 AM
Good Points:Awsome cloud form - great eye! Almost space like - a sure top 3 if not 1.
Bad Points:looks kind of stretched, but guess that can't be helped.
Final Score::9
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11/10/2003 05:42:15 AM
This is quite an amazing shot! I'm guessing that the incredible color is from the northern lights. If so, you certainly had an impressive view of them. Awesome shot, one of my favorites.
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11/10/2003 03:01:42 AM
this is quite an unusual cloud formation, it is beautiful, the colors are outstanding
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