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Unfathom'd dells and undiscover'd woods
Unfathom'd dells and undiscover'd woods

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Best of 2008 (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II
Location: Bavaria, Germany
Date: Jun 16, 2008
Aperture: f/4.0
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/320
Galleries: Landscape
Date Uploaded: Jan 15, 2009

I know that I have another version of a picture very similar to this one in my portfolio that has gotten fairly good exposure (for me anyways), but I can't help but love this photo and I wouldn't feel right entering anything else into the Best of 2008. Hopefully it doesn't get too much backlash from being recognized, but the score isn't really what I'm concerned about anymore =)

Taken at the Neuschwanstein castle in Germany. This was back in the woods on a tiny little trail that was completely abandoned due to the cold and fog. However, to me, that made the photograph-the ethereal fog that creates such a sense of mystery as to where the path leads.

PP: Layers, selective clarity and diffusion in Lightroom, warmed it up a bit, a tad bit of contrast, and cloned out a few bothersome rocks.

Place: 57 out of 531
Avg (all users): 6.4110
Avg (commenters): 7.4615
Avg (participants): 6.4602
Avg (non-participants): 6.2667
Views since voting: 1293
Views during voting: 391
Votes: 236
Comments: 14
Favorites: 4 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/22/2009 10:35:15 PM
Looks familiar. I know I've seen this in the forums, but I don't recall whose it is. I liked it the first time I saw it as well. The gradual fade into the mist is wonderful.
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01/22/2009 07:45:02 AM
Lovely image. Great composition. Beautiful natural light. Deliciously muted colors.
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01/20/2009 02:14:19 PM
In the mists of time and place, along a path long forgotten, lies the way to a future that we can never conceive. As the mists coalesce into dew, building upon the boughs and the branches, to finally trace a path through the emptiness and strike the waters below, one man sets upon that path. Finding it by luck and random chance, lost for days in the thick and unforgiving forest, he goes to his knees and gives a thankful cry.

And so with one foot in front of the other, he sets off down this salvation, into the deepening fog, his form turning to shadow, then melting away, towards what he hopes is civilization and rescue. Instead, he unwittingly enters a world that is not his own, a world apart and between, a world of horror and fantasy, and is lost to time.
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01/20/2009 02:03:20 PM
terrific - makes me want to put me wellies on!
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01/19/2009 07:54:21 AM
very nice, love the leading lines you have here and you have even got 3 water droplets
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01/18/2009 09:20:41 PM
I love it!
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01/17/2009 03:18:11 PM
Great softness and I like the mist toward the back. Greens are lovely.
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01/17/2009 02:46:15 PM
really nice shot...takes you down the path...
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01/17/2009 07:11:40 AM
the glow of the soft light from the woods, the soft rich colors of the greens, and the misty path that leads us in - very good work
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01/16/2009 08:54:10 PM
This is just a delight. Almost like a fairyland. 7
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01/16/2009 05:27:00 PM
Beautiful image
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01/16/2009 04:52:40 PM
There is a lot in this image that draws you in, singly the parts aren't interesting, but as a whole I really like it.
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01/16/2009 03:19:57 PM
The ripples in the pond really make this shot as it adds a much needed foreground interest in a key location. Well done.
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01/16/2009 02:05:39 AM
Ooooh, whats at the end of this path?!! Very mysterious :o)
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