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Perspective
Rob O


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study 2008-10 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM
Location: Great Sand Dunes (Colorado)
Date: Oct 10, 2008
Aperture: f/8.0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/200s
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Oct 27, 2008

Returning to Phoenix from vacation in Colorado, I took a couple-hour detour to the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve for a few photos. Lighting conditions weren't the best -- a good two hours ahead of sunset and the golden hour and the wind was blowing like crazy (40+mph gusts measured); sand was *everywhere* ... which made changing lenses a nightmare. Sure was beautiful though.

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Wow ... Having not participated in a challenge for months, I had high hopes for this one. Still, given the level of quality usually found in Free Studies, I never expected an HM (or even Top 10 finish) nor a 7+ avg. So many deserving photos ... it really is an honor.

Thanks to all for the comments and votes.

Special thanks to K10DGuy for his fantastic FSCE comment! Really outstanding contribution and compliment to the image.

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 394
Avg (all users): 7.1197
Avg (commenters): 7.8333
Avg (participants): 7.0594
Avg (non-participants): 7.2683
Views since voting: 2831
Views during voting: 269
Votes: 142
Comments: 24
Favorites: 10 (view)


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11/09/2008 11:30:29 PM
You are right. Sure is Beautiful!!
Faved
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11/09/2008 11:05:13 AM
Fabulous! It makes me feel so small and insignificant with this perspective of Creation.
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11/08/2008 05:18:22 PM
This is simply majestic, a beautiful capture and one of my favs. Congrats on your 4th place HM!
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11/08/2008 12:26:40 PM
Really stunning.
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11/08/2008 12:22:01 PM
Breathtaking. Wonderful colors. Congrats on 4th place, Rob.
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11/08/2008 07:32:13 AM
An Awesome shot and great composition!! Congrats on the 4th and a spectacular image!
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11/08/2008 06:35:31 AM
Congrats on the 4th place Rob. I knew this would do well.
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11/08/2008 03:31:25 AM
Congrats on the 4th place and another 7+ ! New this would do well... adding the person for the perspective was brilliant - it is a great image even without that, but it just added that critical element. Well done.
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11/08/2008 01:02:52 AM
These amazing dunes never cease to wow anyone who sees them. They are just unbelievably dramatic! This photo is so stunning! I absolutely LOVE the perspective you've shown with the shadowy human element. I meant to add it to my favorites in voting, but it is going straight there now :) Congratulations on 4th place!

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11/08/2008 12:15:52 AM
Congrats on the HM, what a shot !!! Looks out of this world.
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11/08/2008 12:14:12 AM
gave this a 9

love it! should have ribboned; so well done!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/07/2008 07:38:13 PM
Lovely!
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11/07/2008 05:02:41 PM
7 - Good image and scene. Wish the figure had a more streamlined silhouette.. Perhaps a variation in cropping at the bottom too to eliminate that fore.. but fairly minor.
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11/07/2008 08:57:55 AM
Excellent shot.
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11/06/2008 09:34:27 PM
Wow, very cool.
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11/06/2008 12:45:53 PM
Very nice! Good title and a shot that really gives me a feeling of perspective
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11/06/2008 03:43:08 AM
nice composition.
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11/05/2008 02:12:47 AM
It has been my experiance here at dpc that photographs of sand dunes seem to score very well. I can not see this photograph being the exception. Having a person included just makes the shot. Good luck with this one.
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11/04/2008 07:58:42 PM
Beautiful composition.
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11/03/2008 11:51:38 AM
Dynamic shot! 10
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11/02/2008 05:06:25 AM
Endeless. Nice tones & good comp! 8!
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11/01/2008 04:36:51 PM
Awesome good shadows & highlights
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11/01/2008 12:08:57 PM
Indeed. Without the person I would have no concept of the vastness of this scene. Nice lines to the composition, too.
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11/01/2008 12:51:21 AM
It had been a struggle.

For days he had trudged and traversed this desolate landscape. For days he had fought hunger and thirst as the savage sun beat down upon his cracked and blistered skin, as the air that was like a blast furnace dried out his throat and seared his lungs. For days he had crawled up the side of what he always feverishly dreamed was the final dune, the final ascent that his dreams and the beating heat of the sun always turned into the sight of a giant, sparkling lake. The end of his misery and torture.

As he approached the crest of this dune, his hopes crested as well, and were quickly destroyed once again. There was no lake. There was no end. There was no hope. His throat parched beyond recovery, his eyes too dry for tears, he let loose a soundless scream and collapsed to his knees in the sand.

The desert would consume one more.
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