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Yosemite Valley, January 2009
Yosemite Valley, January 2009

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Challenge: Ansel Adams II (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 ED
Location: Yosemite National Park, CA
Date: Jan 17, 2009
Aperture: 22
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/80 - 1/30 - 1/13
Galleries: Nature, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jan 18, 2009

HDR from 3 images, tone mapped. Then cloned out 3 sensor dust particles, cropped, adjusted brightness and contrast, sized, smart sharpen about 40%, reduced noise, added white border, save-for-web.

Place: 10 out of 219
Avg (all users): 6.7386
Avg (commenters): 7.9091
Avg (participants): 6.5122
Avg (non-participants): 6.8553
Views since voting: 2056
Views during voting: 465
Votes: 241
Comments: 19
Favorites: 1 (view)

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01/31/2009 05:42:57 AM
Congratulations on your top 10 finish. Excellent shot!
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01/28/2009 12:06:11 AM
Carl, Congratulations on a PB and a top 10! This is a shot to be proud of.
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01/28/2009 12:04:41 AM
Thank you for all the comments. I learned something this time about over sharpening.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/27/2009 10:55:00 PM
Gorgeous and very true to Adams' style! 9
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01/27/2009 10:25:08 PM
The detail is amazing. I like the bw conversion. Nice work.
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01/27/2009 08:59:33 AM
A very inspiring view. :) Nicely sharp throughout, good range of tones with detail in both the forested shadows and bright clouds. My only nit is I'd like to see some of that sky cropped down, but that's a matter of personal taste. Well done. 8
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01/24/2009 08:46:48 PM
Wow! we should be seeing more snow...hope its not goping to be a full blown drought.
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01/24/2009 12:25:31 PM
Very nice.
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01/23/2009 07:58:27 AM
Wow - breathtaking
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01/22/2009 05:18:09 PM
WOW nice composition. Great looking clouds. Only markdown is because the mountains appear oversharpened
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01/21/2009 09:58:23 PM
Well, this is a classic Ansel scene, of course; you're standing in the man's footsteps :-) The light is less expressive than it might be, very flat along the left of the image, and this is hurting you, though of course I recognize you wouldn't have had the luxury of camping out there for days on end waiting for the perfect light and clouds. The rendering of tones is quite good, except the thickest clouds seem rather blown out. For me it's a little oversharpened, but this is SO dependent on differences in monitors that I disregard it. Nice homage to the master.
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01/21/2009 02:40:43 PM
When you walk in the Masters foot steps how could you not get such a nice image.Next time maybe you could come up with something original in the styel of Ansel. I do like the image althought you can see the clouds are a planted image.
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01/21/2009 01:29:58 PM
I looked at this image for a long time. Must have been exciting to stand in what appears to be the same spot as Ansel's "Winter Storm Clearing". There's a lot to like in this image. I like the contrast and the zones. Maybe too bright in the clouds, or maybe I'd like to see more detail in the clouds, but sometimes the clouds don't cooperate. There are some factors holding back the score on this image. I have looked at it on two different computers/monitors. Seems to be pixelation in a couple spots. Not sure if you unintentionally lowered the JPG quality too much. Some halos, too. Could be a filter you applied. Might be oversharpening artifacts. Sure is a great scene, but it does not snap to clarity for me.
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01/21/2009 12:24:13 PM
this looks a little over-sharpened
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01/21/2009 12:23:00 PM
This really reminds me of Ansel Adams work! Beautiful composition, lighting and depth of field! Lots of bright whites and deep shadows too. Great job!
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01/21/2009 03:15:07 AM
Could have been taken by the man himself! Brilliant the shot cries out Ansell Adams. 10
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01/21/2009 03:06:55 AM
Nice re-creation.
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01/21/2009 01:26:35 AM
This would have been a winner if it hadn't been spoilt by excessive sharpenining it looks more like a wood etching now.

10 for composition nd exposure 3 for processing, 6 overall
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01/21/2009 12:58:32 AM
Breathtaking Yosemite Valley shot. What is that El Capitan on the left and Cathedral Rocks on the right? Well done.
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