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Sole Survivor
Sole Survivor
levyj413


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Best of 2008 (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: Hawaii
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) for Nikon
Location: Volcanoes Nat'l Park, Hawaii
Date: Jun 27, 2008
Galleries: Landscape, Travel
Date Uploaded: Jan 14, 2009

This tree stands near the Desolation Trail in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The hillside leads up to an old cinder cone several hundred feet tall. This trail leads you from untouched forest through the area devastated when that cinder cone was producing lava.

I knew going into this challenge that the image wouldn't have mass appeal, but I loved it from the minute I saw it in my LCD.

I figured there'd be an audience for it, and I think the comments and comment vote average demonstrated I was right.

Kilauea was erupting when we were there, but within the park, it was simply spewing tons of sulfur dioxide gas into the air. They call the resulting haze "vog," for volcanic fog. There was no lava within the park.

But outside the park was a different story!
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Statistics
Place: 359 out of 531
Avg (all users): 5.3814
Avg (commenters): 6.6429
Avg (participants): 5.3688
Avg (non-participants): 5.4182
Views since voting: 724
Views during voting: 321
Votes: 215
Comments: 20
Favorites: 2 (view)


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01/24/2009 09:24:46 PM
Seriously good, Jeffrey, and worthy as an entry in Ansel Adams too, if only it hadn't been taken last June. I really like the composition, and that long languid slope of land. Where was this?
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01/24/2009 12:16:38 AM
Originally posted by yospiff:

Waaaayyy underrated IMO, but then I was one of the 8's.


I was another. I can't believe this didn't do better. Great work!
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01/23/2009 06:08:26 AM
Jeff - I really liked this one (voted it a 9). Good stuff. We head back there this summer (but don't get to the big island).
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01/23/2009 12:41:05 AM
Waaaayyy underrated IMO, but then I was one of the 8's.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/21/2009 07:44:41 PM
Brilliantly composed and framed. The duotone adds an ominous, almost otherworldly effect.
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01/20/2009 11:27:56 PM
I really like the way you brought out the texture of the soil in this mono treatment. The light sepia tone seems appropriate.
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01/19/2009 03:26:56 PM
simple but effective
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01/19/2009 07:54:37 AM
love it, love the negative space and feel you get from this the colour is spot on for this study and the details are lovely
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01/18/2009 02:57:44 PM
I like the element of bleakness here, and while I generally like toning I wonder whether simple monochrome might have added to the harshness in this particular case ?
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01/18/2009 11:25:27 AM
I find this a very beautiful composition!.9. It also creates a some mood. the curvature of land is fantastic addition to the shot! Very well done!
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01/18/2009 08:00:06 AM
OK, but lacks wow factor
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01/17/2009 03:35:31 PM
7 - Nice simplicity and subtle tones. Like your composition and framing.
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01/17/2009 09:20:08 AM
where was this shot...
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01/17/2009 12:05:03 AM
I love the composition and black and whit tone.
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01/16/2009 09:24:51 PM
nice shot! i like your image and the color tones.
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01/16/2009 06:08:14 PM
Great shot
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01/16/2009 03:48:32 PM
The shapes in this are great, as is the sepia tone. But the really wide border in white makes it look dim and dingy.
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01/16/2009 12:54:29 PM
excellent composition - a wonderful find and perfectly delivered
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01/16/2009 05:05:25 AM
Now that's some solid composition!
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01/16/2009 03:27:14 AM
tones work very well
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