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Sculpted by the Wind
2nd PlaceSculpted by the Wind
Sammie


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Curves II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro for Canon
Location: Great Sand Dune National Park in Colorado
Date: Mar 30, 2008
Aperture: F5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/1000
Galleries: Abstract, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Mar 30, 2008

Thanks everyone! I thought I'd probably never get another ribbon. Thanks again, so much!!

It is a wonder that this turned out very well. We drove to the Sand Dunes and when we got there I turned to the back seat to get my camera ready and I didn't have my good lenses! They were left in the cases in a little basket at home and hadn't been carried out to the car! The Sigma 70 - 300 was the only one I had with me with any sort of distance.

It was so windy, I could barely stand and the camera was very hard to hold still. What looks like motion across the dunes IS - the sand was just whipping across them making them look like they were almost flowing.

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My husband and I took a drive to the Sand Dunes today and took some pictures - it was super windy. I good barely hold the camera steady to take pictures. You can just see the wind blowing in the pictures.

Editing in Photoshop CS2: Levels, reduce noise on selected shadow areas; selective color; resize; smart sharpen; sharpen tool on crests of dunes and marks in dunes; save for web.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 206
Avg (all users): 7.1753
Avg (commenters): 8.2222
Avg (participants): 6.9296
Avg (non-participants): 7.3855
Views since voting: 4929
Views during voting: 267
Votes: 154
Comments: 25
Favorites: 9 (view)


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04/09/2008 11:19:00 PM
A real beauty! Congratulations Sammie!
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04/09/2008 09:01:51 PM
Congratulations on a well deserved ribbon with this wonderful image!
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04/07/2008 10:06:04 PM
Congratulations, another great Sand Dune shot, wish I had your special knack for these great pictures.
Well deserved.
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04/07/2008 03:44:59 PM
congrats and excellent job under difficult conditions. I experienced much the same recently on my visit to a California dune.... but my fav place to shoot dunes will always be at the Great Sand Dunes
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04/07/2008 10:06:55 AM
Sammie,

Congratulations on another ribbon in your trophy case. This one was really good. Keep up the great work.

Jack
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04/07/2008 09:30:56 AM
Yah Sammie! Glad to see you shooting another excellent shot and getting another well deserved ribbon.

Message edited by author 2008-04-07 09:31:15.
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04/07/2008 07:08:00 AM
Beautiful image. Congrats on your red ribbon. Well deserved.
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04/07/2008 12:43:09 AM
Sammie! Congratulations on the ribbon. I though this stunning shot might be yours.
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04/07/2008 12:40:23 AM
Congratulations, a nice shot
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04/07/2008 12:34:53 AM
I am glad you ribboned...this is stunning...gave you a 10
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04/07/2008 12:16:18 AM
superb image. well deserved!!
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04/07/2008 12:12:19 AM
Congratulations on second place...great image.
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04/07/2008 12:03:11 AM
Well done with this fine image..... So good for this curve challenge and thought it would win the blue..... I am so pleased it ribboned for you..... Red is also good.....
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/06/2008 10:29:20 PM
beautiful color
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04/05/2008 08:35:45 PM
Gorgeous image!!! Wonderful entry
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04/05/2008 07:01:34 PM
This is gorgeous
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04/04/2008 10:42:00 PM
Amazing....i love the tones in this and the silky look of the sand. Well done!
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04/04/2008 01:23:45 PM
Beautiful processing. Love dune shots.
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04/03/2008 11:40:48 PM
beautiful
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04/03/2008 10:43:07 PM
Spectacular lighting and very pleasing texture in this photograph. The shapes in the dunes are very pleasing and kind of look like a sheet blowing in the wind.
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04/03/2008 06:59:23 AM
stunning...hope you ribbon, hope this helps 10
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04/03/2008 12:29:23 AM
wonderful--love the subtle tones in the dunes 9
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04/02/2008 10:15:42 PM
Great Lighting Curves & Color!
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03/31/2008 10:57:57 AM
Ohmygoodness! How stunning. Photos like this tend to do really well, so I'm expecting to see this one on the front page next Monday morning! 10
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03/31/2008 07:40:10 AM
Lovely light!
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