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the lone cypress...
2nd Placethe lone cypress...
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Challenge: Free Study 2007-08 (Expert Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Location: Pebble Beach, California
Date: Aug 25, 2007
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/80
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Aug 29, 2007

Thanks for all the votes and comments. I feel a little sense of redemption from my DQd image for the Speed challenge which was doing so well before it died of a sudden death.

This is a single capture image taken just before sunset in Pebble Beach, CA. I only used advance editing techniques. Nothing expert here at all. The place itself is already so enchanting. My work required me to go to San Francisco so I took the opportunity to do the PCH drive. I drove 14 hours from Los Angeles to get to this spot. I was of course stopping on every bend in Big Sur because the view is just stunning! This tree is probably the most photographed tree in California, if not in the whole United States. To think that this tree has been standing on this rock for 250 years, it's simply amazing!

Here's a few more of my favorite shots during that trip.

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Thanks again! :)

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 503
Avg (all users): 7.3718
Avg (commenters): 8.2500
Avg (participants): 7.3534
Avg (non-participants): 7.4250
Views since voting: 13576
Views during voting: 261
Votes: 156
Comments: 63
Favorites: 40 (view)


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02/17/2010 08:56:32 PM
I love this shot as well, your a very talented photographer.
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09/14/2007 04:29:08 PM
Beautiful I love the colors here
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09/12/2007 06:53:02 PM
I love the vibrant energy and movement in this image. Great job!
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09/12/2007 09:43:51 AM
Beautiful shot with wonderful lighting.

Be careful about trying to sell this shot as someone suggested. This tree has been registered as a trademark by Pebble Beach and as I understand it, they are very aggressive in protecting the trademark.
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09/12/2007 06:22:49 AM
Stunning!!
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09/11/2007 09:20:19 PM
Congratulations on your ribbon! Beautiful shots!
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09/11/2007 05:35:22 AM
beautiful image, gorgeous capture of enchanting luminosity... blah blah.. hehh

you should see about offering this as a print for sale, I bet it would do fairly well.
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09/11/2007 03:42:21 AM
oh yes , great light and saturated colors ... congratz ... i like the compo also :-)
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09/10/2007 05:41:06 PM
This is spectacular! Congratulations on such stunning photography, and for a prestigious 2nd place in such a competitive challenge!

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09/10/2007 08:53:03 AM
Wonderful image, congrats on your ribbon!
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09/10/2007 08:45:55 AM
Stunning landscape, very beautiful take on the Lone Cypress...congratulations on winning the red ribbon!
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09/10/2007 05:44:39 AM
I wish I were That Tree, many congrats.
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09/09/2007 10:50:35 PM
Originally posted by Sterling87:

Despite the skewed horizon, this is still a kickass photo. Great shot!


Cloud-line just took the attantion from the horrizon and throw it into garbage for this shot. If horizon would be strait, I bet picture would look scewed because of the cloud line ;)
09/09/2007 10:26:41 PM
Despite the skewed horizon, this is still a kickass photo. Great shot!
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09/09/2007 08:25:10 PM
Absolutely stunning... Congrats AND btw... love ALL of the other pictures from that trip also.
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09/09/2007 06:00:11 AM
Congrats on your red ribbon! Beautiful photo.
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09/08/2007 10:44:01 PM
Beautiful! But straighten the horizon.
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09/08/2007 10:11:12 PM
Looks fake and the sea is not horizontal. I,m sorry I cant agree with all the others.
09/08/2007 07:56:14 PM
great shot ,well done/congrats
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09/08/2007 05:20:37 PM
Beautiful shot, congrats on the ribbon.

Jack
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09/08/2007 11:44:14 AM
Excellent. Congratulations Christian! and yes, I was pleasantly surprised. I did not vote on fill the frame challenge so I hadn't known.
Those are all excellent shots there. Thanks for the story behind the shot.

Message edited by author 2007-09-08 11:44:35.
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09/08/2007 11:22:26 AM
Great location, fantastic shot. Congrats!
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09/08/2007 10:03:00 AM
Fantastic group fo shots it must of been a difficult selection for your team captain but you can take solace in the fact that any one of theese beautiful images would have done well. Awsome work, how do you get on a team let alone a team captain to help you choose what to post. You are I'm sure very happy as you should be. Congratulations and continued success. :-} MAX!
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09/08/2007 08:37:40 AM
A stunning and magical shot. Big congrats on winning the red ribbon.
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09/08/2007 08:11:08 AM
GORGEOUS!! beautiful road trip & fabulous image to ribbon!! I love this site, haven't been there in like 10 yrs, but it never changes, only the weather around it. You captured it beautifully!
Congrats!
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09/08/2007 07:07:01 AM
A very beautiful shot! It's like an oil painting. The color and the lighting is just superb.
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09/08/2007 06:05:40 AM
Mr Del Rosario! Awesome, well deserved ribbon...stunning image Christian
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09/08/2007 05:23:16 AM
magical, i'm surprised at the low score, this should be 7.8 ish
imo
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09/08/2007 02:27:15 AM
Fantastic capture of an often-photographed scene, such luminosity and tranquility! I lived in Carmel for 4 years, and explored the big Sur coast extensively for 15 years. It's my favorite place in the world and this makes me homesick for it :-) Congrats!
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09/08/2007 01:14:23 AM
Dude, great work! Congrats on the red.
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09/08/2007 01:10:46 AM
way to go teamy! great shot
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09/08/2007 12:45:03 AM
Sweet! Way to go!
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09/08/2007 12:21:54 AM
This is so dreamlike! The colors are fantastic-- and what perfect lighting as well.
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09/08/2007 12:17:01 AM
Congratulations on a spectacular shot and your 2nd place.
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09/08/2007 12:10:22 AM
Wonderful shot, congratulations!
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09/08/2007 12:05:43 AM
Congrats on the yellow, Christian!
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09/08/2007 12:04:23 AM
Absolutely breathtaking! Congrats on a superb shot!
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09/08/2007 12:01:33 AM
Congrats on the ribbon!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/07/2007 04:15:40 PM
My favourite of the challenge....good luck!
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09/06/2007 11:37:18 PM
Ah the wonderful west coast! Excellent shot and treatment. Didn't go overboard with the hdr look and/or photo adjustments. The bottom right greens looks a tad overaly bright than the rest of the greens and that does make it one of the focal points. The moon must've forced you to shoot wide, as it's a wonderful scene. Only nitpick , perhaps cloning out the branches sticking out around mid frame, near the right edge there?
A very easy and impulsive 9 from me :)

p.s. I only know of 4 DPC members which shoot around the area and would like to be surprised ;)
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09/06/2007 09:53:46 AM
Very nice light and tones.
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09/06/2007 09:00:23 AM
One of the best shots I've seen of this location. Very nice!
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09/06/2007 07:42:17 AM
Wow now thats nice, great job. the transition between the greens and the warm sun is great. Good luck
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09/05/2007 07:28:28 PM
Beautiful scene.
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09/05/2007 01:06:09 PM
i've seen this spot many many times, this is a good one!
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09/04/2007 11:38:10 PM
Poster pretty! Well done composition! *9*
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09/04/2007 03:59:01 PM
Amazing view. Wish I was there! Good use of the rule of thirds.
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09/04/2007 03:55:47 PM
gorgeous! 10
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09/04/2007 08:46:34 AM
Very beautiful...wonderful light and composition. Very well done!
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09/04/2007 06:54:32 AM
Not really diggin the soft focus look on some areas of the photo, too much dodge/burn? Nice shot other than that, like the colors especially.
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09/03/2007 08:57:06 PM
Oh - my - gosh!!!! The lighting, the color tones and the composition is perfect! Love the colors, the sweep of the rock hill that leads up to the lone cypress, the ripples of the water, the clouds drifting along the sky, and that wonderful capture of the full moon in the far left corner. An excellent job all around. There is no advice to offer for you to improve on the image - it is exceptionally beautiful and enchanting. Great job - I expect to see this in the top 5.
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09/03/2007 06:08:42 PM
Beautiful capture looks it is early morning with the moon still in the visible sky. Good time to get those rich colors.
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09/03/2007 01:54:29 AM
HDR? Not sure if it is, but it looks like it. If it is, I DO like it. I haven't been able to get a good HDR image yet. If you used another technique, be sure to PM with some details. 9
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09/02/2007 03:11:16 PM
Beautiful lighting and the moon is magical - magical image.
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09/02/2007 08:34:44 AM
This is the best photo of the lone cypress I've ever seen, and I've seen plenty. Stunning. 10.
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09/01/2007 09:38:49 PM
Magnificent scene!
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09/01/2007 08:36:55 PM
pretty image - i like this crop and exposure better than the one in rural landscape
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09/01/2007 07:58:56 PM
Lovely image, great tones.
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09/01/2007 01:30:12 PM
FAV!! very soft and dreamy, it almost looks prehistoric Great job, just make sure you list what you did cuz I want to know :)
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09/01/2007 11:05:38 AM
nice shot, but the tilted horizon takes away much
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09/01/2007 09:13:04 AM
This is stunning. Wonderfully done.
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09/01/2007 12:48:43 AM
Hope this one does much better for you, very enjoyable image to look at, well composed and processed.
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09/01/2007 12:26:47 AM
lovely HDR type image...love the moon in the corner and the light around the rock
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