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Serenity at "the Bells"
Serenity at "the Bells"
hahn23


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Challenge: Hidden Gem -- 1,000th Challenge! (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Lens: Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM
Location: Maroon Bells, Aspen, CO.
Date: Sep 2, 2004
Aperture: f/22
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/10s
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Mar 4, 2009

8:35 am on 9/2/04. The light was phenomenal as the wind laid down and the mirrored lake came into its glory. The aspen groves were just turning. There were three photographers at my sides. No one said anything, as we were busy trying to capture this very rare moment. In the intervening years, many of the coniferous trees have died. Maroon Bells, near Aspen, CO., is the most photographed spot in Colorado. I enjoyed reaching back to the RAW file and processing with the newer software. (Apple's Aperture) This image was captured with the use of 0.6 & 0.9 soft graduated neutral density filters.

[Mar. 17th, 2009 11:52:24 AM]

Last day of voting: It was a surprise to me to hear of the wide range or reactions to the color saturation and brightness. Some even suggested this was an HDR image. To me, this image represents what I saw with my eyes that morning in September 2004. Those who have never visited Colorado's high elevation lakes on a sunny morning with thin atmosphere may never have seen this kind of atmospheric event. It was magical, luminous light which I've only seen a few times since. This is not a HDR image. One image with saturation and vibrancy pushed only to the point of representing the natural scene. I understand the skepticism. Makes me question my monitor calibration, but I think I'm on target. The camera was the Canon 10D. At 6.3 Mpix, this was a big scene for that early DSLR. Contributed to the painterly effect, I'm sure.

[Mar. 17th, 2009 11:58:52 AM]

I was at Maroon Lake at sunrise. The alpenglow light touched the peaks. The lake was rippled at sunrise, but it smoothed out by 8:00 am. At the time, many viewers of the sunrise image were skeptical of the red light on the peaks. I'm glad I stayed around for the wind to lay down.
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Statistics
Place: 47 out of 1129
Avg (all users): 6.6531
Avg (commenters): 7.5455
Avg (participants): 6.6641
Avg (non-participants): 6.5915
Views since voting: 2261
Views during voting: 720
Votes: 467
Comments: 82
Favorites: 14 (view)


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01/18/2010 02:20:59 PM
great colors!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/17/2009 10:24:10 PM
Pow. Just leaps off the page. Sensory overload. Not used to that in a landscape shot. Excellent.
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03/17/2009 10:20:26 PM
Gorgeous. Crystal clear with wonderful colors, reflections, and sky. Great lighting. Very, very nice.
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03/17/2009 10:04:12 PM
great colors- just my opinion but i might have toned down the green a wee bit-10
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03/17/2009 07:19:42 PM
Wow great vivid colors. I love it.
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03/17/2009 05:40:10 PM
Very dramatic scenic capture! 7
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03/17/2009 05:35:23 PM
classic
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03/17/2009 02:46:48 PM
Incredible reflection, and stunning colours.
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03/17/2009 02:27:14 PM
just like a painting.
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03/17/2009 10:31:52 AM
Wow, the colors here really pop!! Great clarity, great reflection.
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03/17/2009 09:45:39 AM
amazing reflection, punchy colors, and very sharp, great job
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03/17/2009 08:55:49 AM
Breathtaking scenery, beautiful reflections. Painting like image. 8
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03/17/2009 01:22:09 AM
Clear as a bell. Beautiful shot.
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03/16/2009 11:04:07 PM
Beautiful place. Lovely reflection . Seems oversaturated to me.

Not voting yet.
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03/16/2009 09:22:06 PM
gorgeous reflection and nice colors. I bet this would look magnificent blown up into a HUGE print!
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03/16/2009 06:12:04 PM
Awesome shot. Love the reflections and the cloudy sky. 10
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03/16/2009 04:31:53 PM
So colorful...I can smell the fresh air.
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03/16/2009 03:39:09 PM
Too bright and with the horizon in the centre I struggle to know whether to look up or down
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03/16/2009 03:06:26 PM
Beautiful! Perfect reflection in the water and nice rich colors.
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03/16/2009 02:40:22 PM
Nice shot. Good color and detail.
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03/16/2009 01:34:20 PM
WOW, what a beautiful landscape and you capture it well. It almost loook like a painting. Good luck.
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03/16/2009 11:42:23 AM
beautiful
six from me ;D
brano
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03/16/2009 11:27:38 AM
Typical over the top DPC landscape.... 8
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03/16/2009 10:10:45 AM
stunning scene love the reflections
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03/16/2009 03:43:39 AM
just beautiful spectacular capture of a spectacular location
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03/16/2009 02:08:07 AM
Superb reflections. Lovely place, I'd like to be there.
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03/15/2009 11:27:03 PM
Surreal. 720x478 just can't do this one justice. I'd love to have one at 1680x1050 for my desktop. A 30x20 inch for the wall. Even though the bells are shot a lot this one is perfection. Congrats!
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03/15/2009 11:02:29 PM
Well composed and a great reflection.
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03/15/2009 02:59:34 PM
Nice crisp lines in this image, the colors are nice.
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03/15/2009 12:11:30 PM
Wow! nice clean,crisp pic. My only nit pick is the clouds in the upper left.But minor!
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03/15/2009 12:09:12 PM
excellent exposure control and the clarity really creates a lot to see
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03/15/2009 12:08:35 PM
Serene indeed. Such a visual respite from the daily drudge. 7
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03/15/2009 09:47:57 AM
Beautiful colors. Nice reflections.
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03/15/2009 07:45:20 AM
stunning landscapes!!! with just color out of this world Wow!!!
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03/15/2009 06:28:39 AM
Beautiful view with such a bright reflection
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03/15/2009 02:34:48 AM
excellent HDR, good luck !! 8
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03/15/2009 12:31:38 AM
Beautiful reflection...for me just a tad bit too much sharpening in the trees...other than that Perfect! 8
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03/14/2009 11:47:09 PM
Amazigng reflections, stunning colours, I can see why this is your favourite photo. I predict it will become the favourite of many others as well.

Back to vote, I gave this a 9.
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03/14/2009 08:09:27 PM
Interpretation of Topic: Wonderful for Nature Lovers
Photography: Exquisite
Viewers Reaction: Awesome
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03/14/2009 07:47:05 PM
Wow, beautiful. I love all the different shades of green
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03/14/2009 07:25:01 PM
Overdone with software. Unreal.
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03/14/2009 06:34:54 PM
a classic, great color and reflection
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03/14/2009 01:19:02 PM
Beautiful. Great colors without too much saturation.
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03/14/2009 10:04:34 AM
I could see this on a postcard. Great shot.
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03/14/2009 06:01:36 AM
lovely view and great calm reflections. The sky really adds to this
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03/13/2009 11:05:16 PM
finally some color and focus...wonderful...extra point
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03/13/2009 10:49:37 PM
I'm hoping to leave comments on as many photo's in this challenge as possible... out of (currently) 1124 images, I gave 30 of them a 9. Your image was one of those 30.

Serenity indeed, a fantastically crystal clear reflection in the water. Great use of primary colours, and the compositional lead in lines work from all angles. A really lovely shot, and I expect a finish in the top 5%

Good luck for a strong finish in this challenge.
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03/13/2009 08:17:53 PM
This challenge is just about killing me! So many wonderful amazing photos entered just like this one. Excellent reflection and composition, makes me want to pack my bags right now and travel the world in search of this place. Excellent work, congratulations of a stunning photo, a fav and a 10 for me.
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03/13/2009 07:05:14 PM
wow. I love the mirror effect with the saturated colors.
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03/13/2009 03:23:07 PM
Amazing image, the colors, detail and reflections are extraordinary.
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03/13/2009 02:58:07 PM
Great clarity and colour. One of my favourites of yours.
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03/13/2009 01:36:36 PM
Beautiful image, possibly a bit over-processed.
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03/13/2009 12:35:21 PM
Beautiful
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03/13/2009 09:46:27 AM
Beautiful shot!
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03/13/2009 03:40:34 AM
Very slightly overdone in the color department IMHO. Still it's very striking and mostly pleasing to the eye.
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03/12/2009 08:16:15 PM
Beautiful colors and detail. 9
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03/12/2009 05:09:19 PM
This is a really good image; if this was one of mine I'd perhaps take the yellow saturation down a little, but only you know what the best colour settings were.
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03/12/2009 01:12:24 PM
Beautiful reflection image, very centred, very peaceful and balanced. My one nitpick is the [sharpening?] halo at the top of the cliffs at top left.
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03/12/2009 12:11:23 PM
great landscape, love the rich colors
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03/12/2009 12:09:19 PM
beautiful scene
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03/12/2009 11:15:27 AM
Just wonderful. What a sight that must be in person.
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03/12/2009 10:15:48 AM
Wow...Love the mirrored lake.
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03/12/2009 09:34:39 AM
Beautiful scene and good composition. I'd tone down the yellow-greens, though, as they look rather overwhelmingly bright on my monitor.
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03/12/2009 08:45:27 AM
Congratulations on being part of this 1000th challenge on DPC. Keep up the good work!!
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03/12/2009 08:27:00 AM
Classic view of the bells, with beautifully captured reflection. I would dial back the saturation on the yellows and greens just a small bit to give it a more natural feel.
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03/12/2009 07:41:28 AM
great scene but too oversaturated for my taste. Not bad though, I like the composition
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03/12/2009 12:40:30 AM
Stunning scenery shot. The reflection looks like a water colour painting.
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03/12/2009 12:09:48 AM
absolutely breathtaking..beautiful
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03/11/2009 11:44:20 PM
gorgeous clarity and colors!!almost like a painting
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03/11/2009 08:51:17 PM
Supurb detail and outstanding sharpness.
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03/11/2009 07:12:47 PM
wow, amazing reflection and great lines
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03/11/2009 06:47:31 PM
oversaturated a bit
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03/11/2009 05:25:32 PM
I would be giving this photo a little bit higher of a score if I didnt feel it was overprocessed.
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03/11/2009 04:10:43 PM
Great light, awesome reflection.
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03/11/2009 03:44:05 PM
beautiful. It is a bit oversaturated, however, and sky color seems false.
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03/11/2009 12:54:30 PM
A bit too bright for me but still a nice shot.
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03/11/2009 10:40:40 AM
Reminds me of Idaho, nice flow, and feel.
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03/11/2009 09:59:18 AM
I love the reflections and colors!
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03/11/2009 04:28:12 AM
Very nice but I would have preferred 15% less saturation
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03/11/2009 03:08:13 AM
Really nice shot, just a little oversaturated for my taste. Love the composition though.
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03/11/2009 02:49:08 AM
Spectacular reflection. Too HDR for my taste. Should do well :-)
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03/11/2009 01:49:55 AM
breathtaking!
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