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Lord of the rings
Lord of the rings

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Challenge: Hidden Gem -- 1,000th Challenge! (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Location: Dolomites, Italy
Date: Aug 4, 2006
Aperture: f7.1
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/80
Galleries: Emotive
Date Uploaded: Mar 4, 2009

Wow...top ten. Thanks everybody. The story as soon as possible, i'm out for work. Ciao :)

Place: 9 out of 1129
Avg (all users): 7.0524
Avg (commenters): 8.1591
Avg (participants): 7.1305
Avg (non-participants): 6.6056
Views since voting: 5670
Views during voting: 796
Votes: 477
Comments: 103
Favorites: 31 (view)

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02/09/2012 05:13:34 PM
...and we never got the story behind this image :<. If you ever read this Paolo, the image is fantastic and I'm still waiting for the story =).
03/18/2009 11:31:17 PM
This is breathtaking.
03/18/2009 03:14:19 PM
Ohmy! Of COURSE it won a top 10 spot. I feel certain that in any other challenge no one else could have touched this for a blue ribbon. It is one of the most beautiful and dramatic photos I've ever seen!
03/18/2009 12:17:55 PM
I'm looking for the story here too - whom did you bribe or blackmail to climb up there? LOL
Fantastic shot.
03/18/2009 12:08:53 PM
Excellent finish for an extraordinary capture!!!
03/18/2009 11:58:55 AM
Well, I only gave 4 10s in this challenge and this was one of them. I thought this would be a ribbon winner for sure.
03/18/2009 11:52:03 AM
holy crap. this is stunning ! thanks
03/18/2009 10:13:36 AM
Spectacular. Top 10 among 1100+?? WOW
03/18/2009 08:12:09 AM
Simply Amazing! Yes - can't wait to hear the story behind this one!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/17/2009 11:49:14 PM
Amazing. Wow. Can't wait to hear ths story behind this one, but it is a beautiful photograph in any case. 10
03/17/2009 11:48:01 PM
Just plain cool. 10 from me!
03/17/2009 11:46:17 PM
It had finally come to this moment, as he stood there on that peak and lifted his staff to the winds. Finally, it had come to this confrontation with the dark force that had long been threatening these lands, and he was afraid.

Afraid that his strength would not suffice. Afraid that his test here would fail. Afraid that the land would be covered in darkness should he fall.

Yes, he was afraid, but he stood tall and faced the setting sun and gathered the energies of it into himself and faced that fear. For he was the chosen, a mage of immense power and destiny, and if he did not prevail here, no one would.
03/17/2009 10:26:16 PM
beautiful light! Title fits perfectly! : )
03/17/2009 10:07:03 PM
Awesome. Great lighting and background. Not sure why the red robe, though, but it adds a nice splash of color.
03/17/2009 06:58:24 PM
oh wow great lighting
03/17/2009 05:46:51 PM
How subtle yet dynamic in intensity! Beautiful colors and highlights!! 9
03/17/2009 05:40:26 PM
Majestic...so stunningly beautiful! My favorite in the challenge!!!
03/17/2009 03:38:28 PM
Well, I can see LOTR for sure, but you know what else? If it weren't for the anti-Christian backlash that would ensue, I'd have called this "Moses on Mt. Sinai" or something :-) Really nicely done. I hope you have the backstory in your photographer's comments section. 8
03/17/2009 11:35:59 AM
Nice shot. Good pose and nice color and crop.
03/17/2009 10:12:05 AM
Good photo-creation!
03/17/2009 09:09:05 AM
Very nice. It invites to contemplate the view...
03/16/2009 11:03:17 PM
This just scream Biblical here! Those mountains are gorgeous!

Not voting yet.
03/16/2009 10:20:04 PM
WOW, can't think of anything else to say other than WOW!!!
03/16/2009 10:06:30 PM
Fabulous shot.
03/16/2009 09:21:45 PM
cool concept
03/16/2009 08:27:27 PM
Great shot, I'd be scared to stand up there, the lighting looks so cool at this moment.
03/16/2009 06:23:30 PM
beautiful work!
03/16/2009 05:19:17 PM
wow...this is really good...very nice indeed...looks more like Moses...
03/16/2009 05:13:15 PM
One of the best I've seen so far. Good luck.
03/16/2009 04:54:21 PM
There are not many things to be said for your image. It is better to look at , than try to explain how beautiful it is. I think it should be placed at top 3.
03/16/2009 12:03:04 PM
Lovely image, great lighting it works well
03/16/2009 11:02:56 AM
I'm SUCH a LOTR freak! This is STELLAR! Slightly oversharpened, but the impact isn't lessened. Great rich color tones and the composition is perfect. VERY well done! (BTW: I want that cloak!)
03/16/2009 08:18:23 AM
A very surreal and powerful capture.
03/16/2009 07:10:00 AM
Great shot. Intriguing and beautiful. Love it.
03/16/2009 04:44:07 AM
Awesome capture and presentation. Gorgeous.
03/16/2009 03:05:56 AM
just beautiful a really stunning piece
03/16/2009 02:31:06 AM
whoa. the camp and staff are so perfect with that lighting.
03/16/2009 01:06:34 AM
Sweet shot, and nice re-enactment from LOTR>
03/16/2009 12:14:05 AM
Wonderful capture, the color and light are perfect to creat a fantasy landscape.
03/15/2009 11:25:40 PM
Great use of light on the robe. Well composed shot.
03/15/2009 07:02:52 PM
It is really completely in the spirit of the book and movie. I can almost see and sense Mordor to the right where it's dark.
03/15/2009 06:32:17 PM
Talk about complete dedication to a photoshoot. Must have been a fun day. Beautiful photo
03/15/2009 06:02:45 PM
very very cool photo. beautiful
03/15/2009 05:39:53 PM
This is so beautiful - great capture. Expect this to do very well. 10.
03/15/2009 03:28:59 PM
This is only the second 10 I have given in this challenge (on my first pass) and I have voted on 797 so far.

This is a fantastic shot - composition, subject, lighting; all wonderful - I just wish it was bigger!
03/15/2009 03:22:01 PM
Excellent sense of depth from this image. Well composed and well executed.
03/15/2009 03:20:44 PM
I hadn't read the title yet and I though "Lord of the rings." Then I looked down. lol
03/15/2009 01:57:24 PM
Beautiful job.
03/15/2009 12:06:02 PM
nice use of existing light, just wish the right side wasn't that bright, would have been more dramatic, imo
03/15/2009 10:42:58 AM
Very nice image. It's good to see a few "great" images. This is a perfect reflection of your abilities as a photographer.
03/15/2009 10:32:58 AM
Dramatic! I can hear him singing now.
03/15/2009 10:21:57 AM
Really powerful image. The inclusion of the mysteroius figure gives it more than a 'standard' landscape. Well done and good luck for the rest of the challenge.
03/15/2009 07:30:59 AM
great image, wish I was there!!
03/15/2009 07:18:20 AM
an amazing shot - well done - 7
03/15/2009 05:18:38 AM
03/15/2009 02:06:05 AM
Amazing photograph taken at the right time of the day; lighting great. Looks as if he is standing on top of the world
03/15/2009 12:25:36 AM
If it wasnt for the jaggies on the figure i would have given this a higher score...maybe too much sharpening on him..still a great shot! 8
03/14/2009 10:59:21 PM
Wow this is pretty cool!!
03/14/2009 09:02:39 PM
I'm going to have to find a better comment than "Oh wow", but for now it's what I have.....

Oh, wow.
03/14/2009 06:46:45 PM
OK. This is dramatic. The effect is nice.
03/14/2009 01:54:02 PM
Amazing, on top of the world.
03/14/2009 12:41:51 PM
Very compelling. I don't imagine this photo was an easy undertaking. It's one of my favorites of the lot.
This is the difference between taking a photograph and making a photograph.
I hope you win the challenge!!
03/14/2009 11:37:12 AM
Wow, my first thought (before I read the title) was Moses. Wonderful imagery.
03/14/2009 07:58:41 AM
03/14/2009 06:00:30 AM
Beautiful rendition of this scene from Tolkien's work. 8
03/14/2009 04:11:18 AM
awesome! amazing lighting on the subject and what a backdrop!
03/14/2009 03:32:58 AM
Wonderful picture
03/13/2009 07:40:32 PM
wow, thats some view, great composition
03/13/2009 06:35:02 PM
This took some planning! Love the sun beams across the valley floor.
03/13/2009 04:51:08 PM
concept well executed!
03/13/2009 12:49:24 PM
I wonder how difficult and long a journey it was to get to that location?
03/13/2009 05:05:01 AM
Well done on taking this breathtaking scene to the next level by adding the character with the staff. Great shot.
03/13/2009 03:42:52 AM
Well it's not like a scene from the film but it could be - the shot would be great without the person too
03/13/2009 03:35:25 AM
03/12/2009 10:20:30 PM
Magnificent! I'm wondering how and where this was made.
03/12/2009 09:21:12 PM
this is beautiful, how high did you have to climb for this shot, really cool and another fav in this challenge
03/12/2009 09:09:36 PM
Magnificent! Love it.
03/12/2009 08:10:15 PM
Coming back to comment...

Funny thing, I was just in Mordor! LOL! Stunning scenery, and what a climb you must of had for this shot. 10
03/12/2009 02:31:10 PM
Great shot and location.
03/12/2009 01:41:31 PM
WOW! I could stare out into the vista for hours if could keep myself from crapping my pants.
03/12/2009 01:20:30 PM
wonderful image, great light and the figure on the top of the mountain makes all the difference. great shot
03/12/2009 08:34:51 AM
Congratulations on being part of this 1000th challenge on DPC. Keep up the good work!!
03/12/2009 07:49:11 AM
Very dramatic shot!! nice colors , 8
03/12/2009 07:13:39 AM
Really quite grand.
03/12/2009 01:52:24 AM
Cool shot. The title is prefect.
03/12/2009 12:46:20 AM
wow, very dramatic
03/11/2009 11:34:02 PM
Great scene, love the composition.
03/11/2009 09:53:31 PM
wow!!!!!! superb!!! lighting, metering, composure ... really like it! where is this marvelous place?
03/11/2009 09:15:35 PM
Cool shot.
03/11/2009 06:36:11 PM
Such a beautiful shot.
03/11/2009 05:40:08 PM
Wow. Cool! hahaha. Nice colors and contrast. The light was in a nice spot. Of course I love the person on the mountain to. Nice!
03/11/2009 04:23:40 PM
Awesome! all around a great shot!
03/11/2009 03:53:03 PM
That is truly incredible and lost in the fact that we can only view it at 720 pixels. WOW WOW - I'm sure a HUGE enlargement of this is so stunning that it's breathtaking!!! 9
03/11/2009 03:03:26 PM
No more than , very nice concept and execution.
03/11/2009 02:41:17 PM
03/11/2009 01:52:13 PM
holy cow ... just stunning ... I'm wondering how long it took you to plan and execute this image ... congrats on creating an amazing image ...
03/11/2009 01:07:02 PM
OMG. I thought it was made up!

(this is my 4th pick out of 785 so far - good luck)
03/11/2009 11:10:28 AM
what a spot
03/11/2009 10:27:58 AM
Fantastic execution
03/11/2009 09:47:48 AM
Wow! What a stunning and mesmerizing view that opens up before this red-robed wizard! This soooo reminds me of the swell of music and the majesty of the mountain views in the Lighting of the Beacons scene in the LOTR's movies. ARH!!! Look what you made me do now:-) I stepped away to put my LOTR Return of the King soundtrack in the stereo...something that I have not done since I helped a friend with writing some material for his book (yes, fantasy based:-) ) O.K. back to the picture now that I have music to accompany it:-) Love the mist that blankets the mountains. The lone figure standing upon the rocky outcrop to survey the 'misty' mountains conjures a truly fantasical view of a magical realm. Thank you for sharing this gem and filling my morning with some wonderful music to fit the scene:-)
03/11/2009 06:36:53 AM
This is just awesome!!! 9
03/11/2009 02:42:43 AM
very creative concept
03/11/2009 02:31:58 AM
I love this shot. Fav'd! How high up is this mountain top?

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