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Challenge: Free Study 2008-10 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Kent, WA (Seattle)
Date: Oct 26, 2008
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/640th sec
Galleries: Landscape, Panoramic
Date Uploaded: Oct 26, 2008

Waited for a full year to get this shot.

I wanted to get this last year in the fall, when the fog rolls in and fills the valley. Took me too long to find the right vantage point, so I literally had to wait a year for it to come around again. Was hoping to get Mt. Rainier in the frame, but it's too far to the right to get detail in the sun (had to go to a 17-40 or 10-22 to get it, and then it lost all of the fog (so was pointless).

I love the fog, and was happy to get out early enough to find it on the right day :O)

This is a manual HDR using 5 exposures.

Post Challenge:

Well... i can die happy now :O)

It's been one of my goals all year to ribbon in a Free Study. Thanks for all of the votes & comments!!!

Surprised that ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' brownsm was the only one to question the crop. Thought I'd get punished for that. I originally had it cropped much lower on top, but as he pointed
out... it just didn't look as good. I hated to enter something with the horizon at 50%, but figured I'd take the chance.

This loses so much at this size. I can't wait to print this large-scale. Mt. Rainier is a huge silhouette just off to the right, as I shot the pano for this and bracketed for HDR on the entire thing.

Guess it was worth waiting a year to get this shot! :O)

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 394
Avg (all users): 7.1471
Avg (commenters): 8.4375
Avg (participants): 7.1613
Avg (non-participants): 7.1163
Views since voting: 5703
Views during voting: 265
Votes: 136
Comments: 43
Favorites: 14 (view)


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11/16/2008 09:21:44 PM
I gave this a 6. That's a high score for a landscape from me. That's because landscapes rarely hold interest for me. They usually fit so neatly into their genre, and by definition there's no human element to add to it. The reason I gave this a 6 is because it looks upside-down. The clouds are bearing down on the sun, and the fog is so thick it looks like clouds. The trees don't quite fit what the mind is expecting, creating a surprising friction in the brain. The world is neatly divided between land and sky, as in so many landscapes, but this just adds to the disorientation.
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11/13/2008 09:30:33 PM
This is a photograph I faved earlier. As I mentioned earlier, the scene looks like two different scenes spliced into one. The top and lower halves if separated could act as complete landscapes in their own right with the fog being the key to completing both images. The scene taken as a whole is quite interesting in its own right. It's not your typical sunrise photo, which often relies heavily on a wider range of colors for it's appeal. This photo doesn't have that nor does it need it.

Technicals, Aesthetics, etc.. Thread

Message edited by author 2008-11-13 21:31:33.
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11/13/2008 06:44:59 PM
Patience pays! congrats!
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11/12/2008 08:07:31 PM
awesome picture

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11/10/2008 05:58:00 PM
Beautiful
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11/09/2008 08:59:12 PM
Really STUNNING shot! Well deserved ribbon on it! Congratulations.

I think your crop is really perfect for this shot, btw. :)
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11/09/2008 11:04:29 AM
This was one of my few 10 scores. It's just breathtakingly beautiful. The shot of a lifetime. I'm so glad that you were rewarded with a ribbon.
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11/09/2008 09:07:23 AM
Congrats on the ribbon Rob.. this is absolutely gorgeous. I certainly don't remember seeing this spot! It's beautiful!
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11/09/2008 05:14:17 AM
Beautiful. Love the rays of the sun.
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11/08/2008 11:51:00 PM
Originally posted by Beetle:

Do tell - exactly where IS this spot?

Originally posted by Art Roflmao:

...so, yeah, WHERE IS THIS SPOT??

Mwah-hah-hah... I'll drive you both there during the next GTG, but ofcourse I'll have to blindfold you first ;O)
11/08/2008 10:54:51 PM
Congratulations, Rob!! This is a fantastic image and a great achievement! ...so, yeah, WHERE IS THIS SPOT??
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11/08/2008 05:13:52 PM
I like the way the fog divides the capture into two separate images which blend beautifully into one. Very nicely done and a well deserved third place win.
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11/08/2008 12:24:05 PM
Rob, your waiting was worth it, it's a truly spectacular image. Huge congrats on your ribbon.
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11/08/2008 12:02:32 PM
Wtg Rob, that is just lovely! Congrats on the ribbon.

Do tell - exactly where IS this spot?

My favorite fog spot driving down the hill towards Maple Valley Highway is too full of power lines etc. My eyes and brain can ignore all the distractions, but I know that a photo wouldn't :-(
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11/08/2008 09:32:40 AM
Congratulations on the ribbon!
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11/08/2008 07:56:39 AM
A truly exquisite capture! I'm not gonna say it was worth waiting a year 'cause I'm sure you know that, and agonized over it.........congrats on a superb entry.
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11/08/2008 07:32:44 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon, very nice well worth waiting for. :)
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11/08/2008 05:54:40 AM
congrats, excellent work.
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11/08/2008 04:33:51 AM
lovely shot. congrats
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11/08/2008 03:17:24 AM
Congrats Robert! I find this fascinating. It almost looks like there are two complete landscape photos in this one shot (top and bottom).
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11/08/2008 12:59:47 AM
Oh yes! I am not one bit surprised to see this one with a ribbon. I would have been disappointed if it didn't win! CONGRATULATIONS! This is breathtakingly beautiful!

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11/08/2008 12:16:53 AM
I love the layers of this image. Great effect.
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11/08/2008 12:15:04 AM
Congrats on the Yellow !!!! Brilliant scene!!
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11/08/2008 12:13:46 AM
Definitely worth the wait, grats on the yellow :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/07/2008 09:06:38 PM
at first I was going to suggest cropping off a bit of the sky, but when I looked at it closer, that wouldn't work as well as the crop you have here. the sky adds a little more weight to the top of the frame to balance the bottom where all the action is! great image!
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11/07/2008 09:29:44 AM
Just beautiful, it's amazing how you captured everything here, the trees, the fong,the sun. Just great.
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11/07/2008 12:18:31 AM
This is brethtaking. Everything about it!
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11/06/2008 09:29:00 PM
That mist is just gorgeous
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11/06/2008 04:13:09 PM
Absolutely stunning. One of my favorites in this challenge after voting 91%
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11/05/2008 10:02:28 PM
VERY nice. I'm thinking this would look really good as a huge print!
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11/05/2008 07:42:28 AM
absolutely stunning
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11/05/2008 01:30:44 AM
Great shot! Perfect timing on the sunrise/sunset and lovely blanket of fog. Excellent scene choice.
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11/04/2008 08:34:51 PM
Beautiful photo.
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11/03/2008 09:42:43 AM
Exquisite time of day and location.
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11/03/2008 06:30:03 AM
wow
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11/02/2008 10:00:26 PM
This is beautiful...10... :)
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11/02/2008 11:43:30 AM
Wow - I love the depth in this photo!! Not to mention the colors and comp
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11/02/2008 05:40:29 AM
Excellent. It almost looks like two pictures divided in the middle.
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11/02/2008 05:05:24 AM
Double take, or? Dont like the blur in the back-ground forest. 7!
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11/01/2008 04:45:42 PM
what a moment to capture!
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11/01/2008 02:26:15 PM
Excellent!
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11/01/2008 10:21:59 AM
Love the fog lying in the valley. Great job on the exposure to bring interest to all parts of the scene.
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11/01/2008 07:08:40 AM
stunning view
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