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Dudski


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Challenge: Hidden Gem -- 1,000th Challenge! (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Nikon D50
Lens: Sigma 18-125mm f/3.5-5.6 DC for Nikon
Location: Huayhuash, Peru
Date: Mar 8, 2009
Aperture: 7.1
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/200
Date Uploaded: Mar 8, 2009



Although it’s unfair to say that I could write an essay about this photo, I could most definitely go on and on and so my description might be a little jumbled. And although it wasn’t quite ‘hidden’ for a while (in my portfolio), there is no doubt that this photo is, to me, a gem. It’s one of the few photos that, despite its age and countless views, takes me right back to one of the most amazing vistas I’ve ever laid my eyes upon.

So to answer the question of where this photo is taken, it is in the awesome Andes of Peru. More specifically, the shot was taken on the 6th day of an 9 day trek in a mountain range called the Cordillera Huayhuash. For obvious reasons, it is nicknamed the “world’s second most beautiful trek” (I have no clue where number 1 is though!) Many of you probably know the book/movie “Touching the Void” – same mountain range.

The cairn has been placed to ‘guide’ trekkers and is actually smaller than it appears – the top of it reaches one’s head.

It’s pretty amazing what we do for photographs.. This particular shot was taken at the top of a 5000m pass at sunset – an optional part of the journey as we were camped at 4000m and would be crossing the pass the next morning. I was the only one who was eager enough to race up 1000m as fast as humanly possible (don’t forget, at altitude!!) simply to snap some photos. Needless to say, the view that awaited me was breathtaking in every sense of the word and awarded me both some of my favourite memories and photographs.

Thank you to everyone who voted and who left a comment – they are all very much appreciated.






Statistics
Place: 1 out of 1129
Avg (all users): 7.6535
Avg (commenters): 8.6741
Avg (participants): 7.6918
Avg (non-participants): 7.4375
Views since voting: 19555
Views during voting: 940
Votes: 531
Comments: 213
Favorites: 186 (view)


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09/20/2014 11:50:26 PM
Oh my lord - this is amazing - truly!
09/12/2010 12:08:59 PM
amazing sceen
06/04/2010 01:20:02 PM
great, great landscape... wow, i like it!!! the light is fantastic...
12/18/2009 05:32:18 PM
Nikon D50! Love that this is from that camera. One of the most breath-taking things I've seen. Great great job.
07/08/2009 03:08:53 PM
Originally posted by hojop25:

i have seen that somewhere?


have you been halfway to heaven? ;)

On a serious note, if you do spot it somewhere else, please let me know.
07/08/2009 12:34:22 PM
i have seen that somewhere?
05/24/2009 01:52:29 PM
Absolutely delicious!
05/16/2009 02:59:49 AM
This shot is unbelievably beautiful.
04/11/2009 09:45:43 PM
Absolutely beautiful! (I especially like the subtle contrast between the cooler background of the mountains and the warmer tones around the cairn.)
03/24/2009 02:14:01 AM
Incredible shot .. Well deserved win
03/20/2009 10:58:01 AM
AMAZING SHOT!!!
Congrats Damian!!
03/20/2009 10:10:09 AM
Beautiful. Congratulations.
03/20/2009 12:15:52 AM
For those who want to see more images of the trekking circuit of Huayhuash in Peru. Here is a link to photoseek by photographer Tom Dempsey
03/19/2009 10:48:57 PM
S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G !!!
Love this. Congrats to you on a huge win!
03/19/2009 10:35:20 PM
Congratulations, breath taking to say the least.
03/19/2009 02:35:22 PM
CONGRATS!!!!!
Looks amazing! D this is truely your best work.
I'm really happy it won 1st place.
03/18/2009 11:32:34 PM
Congratulations, simply beautiful shot. Added to my favorites.
03/18/2009 11:26:51 PM
Amazing... Congratulations.
03/18/2009 10:34:20 PM
phenomenal
03/18/2009 09:59:47 PM
wow, dudski on the cover.
congrats buddy, you deserve it!
amazing work
03/18/2009 05:55:56 PM
Originally posted by cytoxan:

Congrats on winning the best of the best. I have a question though. Not living around (or evenly remotely close to) any mountain ranges brings a question to my mind. How are those rocks stacked up like that? Seems like they were placed there by man.


the answer is in the photographer's comments:

"The cairn has been placed to ‘guide’ trekkers and is actually smaller than it appears – the top of it reaches one’s head."
03/18/2009 05:27:27 PM
Congrats on winning the best of the best. I have a question though. Not living around (or evenly remotely close to) any mountain ranges brings a question to my mind. How are those rocks stacked up like that? Seems like they were placed there by man.
03/18/2009 03:08:59 PM
Ohhhhh. . .thank you for not only giving us one of the most breathtaking photos I've seen, but for sharing your story of the memory. That makes it even more special. I love LOVE to make those mountain treks in the Rocky Mountains, and I know the exhilaration of doing it, then capturing the memory in a beautiful photo. I'm so glad your memory won top honors for you and that we get to share in it with you! Mega congratulations!
03/18/2009 12:34:51 PM
Congratulations! This is an amazing photo and definitely deserves the #1 spot.
03/18/2009 12:25:47 PM
Huge congratulations on this gorgeous image and the blue!
03/18/2009 12:17:49 PM
Congratulations!!
03/18/2009 11:52:25 AM
This was one of my top 10 favorites and I'm happy to see the outcome! #1 out of 1113 entries is quite an accomplishment, you must be extremely pleased!
03/18/2009 11:32:32 AM
Huge congrats on such a phenomenal finish on such a great challenge! Fantastic!!
03/18/2009 10:19:03 AM
Wonderfull depth, and amazing composition. I love this picture, and it definitly deserved first place.

This picture is one that I would expect to see on a poster, or even a calender. Very well done, beautiful location, and amazing color.

10/10...
03/18/2009 10:14:56 AM
Congratulations on this historic ribbon at DPC, you should be specially proud for it, and I definitely congratulate you on your different treks around the world.
03/18/2009 09:40:51 AM
holy mother...!
beautiful colors! Love the cold/warm contrast from the far and close mountains!
congrats!
03/18/2009 09:39:53 AM
Congratulations!!!
03/18/2009 09:09:07 AM
Beautiful.
03/18/2009 08:46:22 AM
Much well deserved! One of my favs, congratulations!!! And thanks for sharing the story...
03/18/2009 08:42:28 AM
outstanding photo. What a beautiful site and you captured it so incredibly well. Congrats!
03/18/2009 08:25:28 AM
You have no idea how badly I wish I was up in the mountains right now. I can almost smell the crisp air just looking at this. Fine job, you get extra props for that 1000m scramble above 4000m. Even with a good trail that is a lot of work at that altitude.

The votes of 1,2 and 3 are just uncalled for. I can think of no reason for them other than trying to squeak their own photo onto the front page. Bad form on their part. I'm sorry, but there is nothing so seriously wrong with this photo that it deserves a 3 or lower. I have seen this problem on other great photos as well. I decided I had to say something this time.

Also, someone commented on how the sky looks so dark. The blue sky is the result of the blue end of the spectrum being scattered in the air. If the air did not scatter any light the sky would always be black. Compared to sea level there is 5000m less air to scatter the light. In fact at 5000m the air pressure is about half of what it is at sea level. This suggests about half the air, by mass not volume, is below him. As a result of less scattering the sky is darker. That should also give an idea of how much work it is to climb at that altitude as well. Congrats.
03/18/2009 08:06:58 AM
Extremely beautiful photograph and fantastic memory! Congrats!
03/18/2009 07:48:50 AM
An extremely well deserved blue! Congrats.
03/18/2009 07:47:12 AM
Congratulations on your deserved win!! Gorgeous entry.
03/18/2009 07:44:40 AM
I wonder what was the no.1 for ;)
03/18/2009 07:16:53 AM
Congrats, nice picture, deserved win
03/18/2009 07:16:33 AM
Damian, congrats!!!!!
03/18/2009 07:07:41 AM
Congratz on a really great win and with a stunning worthy entry.
03/18/2009 06:06:08 AM
i think i had this favorited before on the one you had in your portfolio, but i'll gladly do it again!
grats on a well deserved ribbon!
03/18/2009 06:01:40 AM
Powerful image. Congrats on the ribbon.
03/18/2009 05:46:11 AM
I had this pegged as the winner and was the only ten I handed out. Truely inspiring work and I have never been a huge fan of landscapes.. just amazing. well done.
03/18/2009 05:27:02 AM
Congrats Damian
a definate worthy 1st place
how you got 4 votes under 3 is perplexing
03/18/2009 05:00:49 AM
Was there ever any doubt mate?
03/18/2009 04:28:37 AM
Huge congrats on achieving this fantastic result, a blue ribbon with a 7.6+ score in a 1000+ entries challenge !!!

I am SO GLAD you won it with a shot taken in my country. Some people was expecting to have an Icelandic landscape in the front page, and you put Peru on it!!! :-)

Let me add a little publicity to my country and say that not only Johana's (21_N.gif tanguera)image Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_770764.jpg was taken in Peru, but also
Dave's (21.gif davemce)image Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_770566.jpg
and of course mine Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_772558.jpg.
The last two were taken in the same valley (Sacred Valley of Urubamba), and amazingly enough, even when dates are approx 17 months apart, you can identify very similar color palettes, and even the donkeys seem to be the same :-).

Message edited by author 2009-03-18 20:54:50.
03/18/2009 04:26:24 AM
Magnificent image and a worthy winner! Congratulations, Damian.
03/18/2009 04:21:37 AM
Heh, it seems I was indeed half a planet away with my guess on the location. Congrats on the blue. Although I only gave this a 9 initially, with hindsight and on further views I should have stuck my neck out and gone for the 10.

To get a blue against such a massive entry is an awesome achievement. Well done!
03/18/2009 03:54:25 AM
Wonderful photo.
Number 1 is often considered to be the Milford Track in New Zealand, I believe (at least by New Zealanders!)
03/18/2009 03:25:52 AM
Heh heh, mine was in the Andes too!!! Fantastic finish for a most awesome shot. Congrats.
03/18/2009 03:19:39 AM
WOW!!! Spectacular. Great finish.
03/18/2009 03:17:26 AM
Congrats !!! Great being on top of the world, very well deserved , you got a 9 from me.
03/18/2009 02:42:09 AM
Great story and great capture.
03/18/2009 02:38:49 AM
Breathtaking...reconfirms my decision to visit Peru next...
03/18/2009 02:11:06 AM
This is truly a magnificant photo. Congratulations on your 1st place, and thank you for sharing it!
03/18/2009 01:53:49 AM
Congrats dude!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Definitely your biggest photographic achievement so far!
03/18/2009 01:40:44 AM
Damian, congratulations on the first place in this special challenge with your extraordinary photo! Well done!!!
03/18/2009 12:35:58 AM
Congratulations on a well-deserved blue! Sorry for cheating you by only giving you a 9. If I'd had time to get through them all and back to this one it would have been a 10!
03/18/2009 12:29:30 AM
Congrats! One of my favorites, very well deserved.
03/18/2009 12:23:03 AM
Awesome. Simply beautiful. Congratulations!!!!
03/18/2009 12:16:07 AM
well done! you are DPC Champ!
03/18/2009 12:07:48 AM
This truly was an astounding piece. Very, very good. Congratulations, well earned! Blessed capture!
03/18/2009 12:06:35 AM
Woohoo. Congrats. I bet you're punching the air now.
03/18/2009 12:05:43 AM
tada! great job on probably the highest award you can possibly get on this site:)
03/18/2009 12:05:33 AM
your rule the world!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/17/2009 11:43:34 PM
Two landscapes in one, and it gives me a little vertigo. What an amazing location, and you have captured it beautifully. 10 from me!
03/17/2009 10:48:47 PM
This is a great image. The balance of interest and colour is perfect. It's sharp. Gets my vote for best landscape in this challenge. Well done.
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03/17/2009 10:43:40 PM
lovely perspective - kind of eerie (or is it heavenly?) 8
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03/17/2009 10:16:17 PM
Despite being a wonderfully majestic scene, I'm really impressed by how tack sharp this image is. I know that seems trivial compared to the subject, but its really caught my attention.
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03/17/2009 10:08:54 PM
Reminds me of that movie poster from Razor's Edge ... beautiful scene
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03/17/2009 09:33:03 PM
Staggering view.
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03/17/2009 07:05:04 PM
Very beautiful. I wish the sky didn't get quite so dark towards the top, though.
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03/17/2009 05:50:51 PM
Strong image. 8.
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03/17/2009 05:47:11 PM
Wow....Breathtaking!
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03/17/2009 05:13:50 PM
Should be in the top 20. Great scene love it 10
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03/17/2009 04:01:12 PM
Perfect cairn, and a grand vista. Sweet shot!
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03/17/2009 12:55:49 PM
wow. It looks like something out of "Lord of the Rings". A mountain shot that for me stands far above the rest I've seen so far in this challenge... (I'm 40% through)
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03/17/2009 09:36:17 AM
The cairn really adds to the shot - gives it a sense of perspective and distance. Nice job.
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03/17/2009 09:32:14 AM
spectacular! would love to see this full size. bumping to 9.
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03/17/2009 07:43:25 AM
I am 70% of the way through voting and this is the winner for me.. breathtaking.. I hope this wins.

Finished voting. To be honest this is still the winner. I have a feeling this was taken on a medium format such is the detail - if not then its a phenomenal shot. upping to a 10 from a 9.
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03/16/2009 11:43:33 PM
Two different worlds...I'm not a huge landscape fan, I can take them or leave them...but this one I really enjoy, very nice.
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03/16/2009 10:55:33 PM
just stunning amazing 10
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03/16/2009 10:26:17 PM
The beauty here makes me think this scene is closer to Heaven. Lovely.
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03/16/2009 08:12:44 PM
Wow, I am so curious where this was taken, it's stunning.
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03/16/2009 06:47:00 PM
Oh, this is extraordinary! If this doesn't do well in the voting I'll kill myself. Possibly best in class!
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03/16/2009 05:08:17 PM
Which is this place, Andes?
Most excellent point of view, great color tones! (9)
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03/16/2009 04:26:51 PM
This is true HD...almost can feel the crisp thin air. Love the rock pillar on the side, I my self love to make those...very therapeutic. 10
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03/16/2009 03:24:45 PM
There's nothing to nitpick about this shot ;) The tones and details look great. Love the layering of the different colored rock and the mountains in the distance. (no vote)
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03/16/2009 02:35:01 PM
wow, wow and wow, gorgeous, perfect exposure, very sharp! congrats
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03/16/2009 10:59:28 AM
Love the dark rich tones and off-set composition. Bumping up to 9.
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03/16/2009 10:41:40 AM
You really got THE shot here. Excellent choice very fitting for this challenge. Great detail. 9
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03/16/2009 06:50:44 AM
What a beautiful image.
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03/16/2009 05:50:12 AM
Stunning! Beautifully taken. Love the composition,colors & atmosphere..10
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03/16/2009 02:11:00 AM
The colors are excellent. Well shot.
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03/15/2009 11:46:01 PM
Fantastic. I wish I could go to the Himalaya... One of my great regrets is that I never will...
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03/15/2009 11:14:17 PM
Nice HDR. good sharpness and clarity. Like the tones. 8
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03/15/2009 10:41:57 PM
Whoa!!! nice detail love the colours
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03/15/2009 09:57:43 PM
This is just amazing!
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03/15/2009 08:47:27 PM
Oohh, what an intersting scene. Lovely feel to this one and I think your title is wonderful
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03/15/2009 08:30:29 PM
Amazing view and IMO processed nicely. Something about the foreground makes me feel as if I'm sliding toward the left [off balance] but it's not enough of a distraction to affect my scoring. Nice shot.
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03/15/2009 08:00:47 PM
Just beautiful. I see why this clear, sharp photo would be a gem.
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03/15/2009 05:50:28 PM
This is gorgeous. I especially love the rocks on the right; They look like a stack of books. 10 from me.
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03/15/2009 05:29:58 PM
Absolutely stunning capture. Nice contrast in colors.
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03/15/2009 04:03:51 PM
Incredible feeling of depth and height in this breathtaking mountain scene.
Lovely clarity and detail. 8
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03/15/2009 03:05:36 PM
Wow! I want to go there!!! Absolutely stunning image. 10..
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03/15/2009 02:38:42 PM
This is quite a scene!!! Really a beutiful capture, with lots of texttures and colors. Nicely done!
(just wonder who were the crazy dudes piling up those rocks).
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03/15/2009 01:35:21 PM
Landscapes are favorites of mine but this is beautiful...I like the color, complete sharpness and composition
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03/15/2009 01:09:05 PM
Wow, incredible! The contrasts here are wonderful... soft clouds to harsh rock, blues to oranges, downward slope of the mountain and upward climb of the stacked stone.
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03/15/2009 12:06:46 PM
great drama, good eye for elements
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03/15/2009 10:41:41 AM
Very nice image. It's good to see a few "great" images. This is a perfect reflection of your abilities as a photographer.
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03/15/2009 10:10:14 AM
Really surreal image, where was this taken?
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03/15/2009 09:48:27 AM
I think the title really is erfect for this image. It is truely heavenly. Well done and good luck for the rest of the challenge.
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03/15/2009 07:23:07 AM
In this challenge, with so many entries it's difficult to see a sure winner but you're in this category in my opinion.
I specially like the serenity, it's a quiet and peaceful place.
The view is elegantly balanced with the snowy mountains and the stones on the right side.
I gave you a 10.
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03/15/2009 05:42:41 AM
Great foreground detail and a lovely view. This should do well here and I love the colours.
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03/15/2009 05:39:45 AM
Love your mountains, the clouds and the foreground grounding. Superb three dimensional effect. 8
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03/15/2009 05:23:22 AM
wow !! this is spectacular scenery. you did an excellent job with this capture. 9
03/15/2009 05:05:07 AM
9

Im speechless


thx, brano
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03/15/2009 02:12:46 AM
Excellent job on the processing.
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03/15/2009 12:06:54 AM
Clouds and background mountains are just excellent! I feel light did not work well to separate closest foreground from mountain behind even though color is different. But anyway, very impressive work!
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03/14/2009 11:46:17 PM
A gorgeous photo, amazing landscape, love those snow capped mountains in the background. I am not voting yet, just commenting, but when I do vote this will score high.

Back to vote, I gave this a 9.
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03/14/2009 08:55:17 PM
I envy you being in the position to get this shot. Great depth created by the foreground elements. 9
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03/14/2009 08:54:21 PM
Oh wow. What it must have taken you to get way up here!
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03/14/2009 07:49:58 PM
Beautiful!
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03/14/2009 07:14:55 PM
uauuuuuuuuu
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03/14/2009 07:05:53 PM
Stack o'rocks? This is a bit tough to figure out because the dark grey mound in the middle makes it look severely off angle, but the stack of rocks align with the mountains in the background. The hints in the photo say these are big rocks, which begs the question of how they were put in place - they definitely look stacked, and not exposed through erosion.
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03/14/2009 06:16:26 PM
Very cool shot. Nice composition, good use of foreground/background elements.
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03/14/2009 06:11:51 PM
I would love to visit this place, just beautiful.
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03/14/2009 05:47:25 PM
.... Awesome shot. Really, really awesome shot. I love the contrast between the blue peaks afar and the orange/red peaks nearby. This is truly a remarkable shot. Everything is wonderful, the depth of field is perfect, it's very sharp. Technically and aesthetically perfect. 10 and favorited
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03/14/2009 05:34:15 PM
I love the composition with the cairn.
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03/14/2009 05:06:35 PM
Spectacular, on many levels.... 9
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03/14/2009 04:23:13 PM
Masterful lighting. Sensational depth, detail, clarity. A fave.
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03/14/2009 03:44:10 PM
the clarity in this image is amazing - great sharp focus in the foreground and the background. The colors and shadows are wonderful -10-
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03/14/2009 11:56:29 AM
This is utterly breathtaking. I do not have the words to tell you how much I love this. Added to favs.
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03/14/2009 11:40:12 AM
Just right for a great range of tones.
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03/14/2009 11:32:47 AM
Beautiful all the way across the frame. Sharp and nicely composed,sky so blue it's black. Must be over 15,000 feet. Images of this type I had hoped to see in this challenge. Those so far away from internet we never get chance to see them in challenges. Thanks for entering it. Congrats.
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03/14/2009 11:06:46 AM
What a mystic place... great colors and stunning the landscape.
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03/14/2009 10:39:35 AM
I can't even imagine how hard it is to get to that location.
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03/14/2009 07:26:22 AM
And the winner is: .... this image!!!! :) ... Excellent photo, my favorite in this challenge! 10!
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03/14/2009 06:54:01 AM
Amazing photo. good luck
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03/14/2009 06:31:55 AM
Did you lose a polariser? The sky is so black...
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03/14/2009 06:31:42 AM
Remarkable image!
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03/14/2009 04:34:48 AM
very nice composition, what amazing scenery! Well done
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03/14/2009 03:36:27 AM
Beautyful picture
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03/14/2009 03:32:12 AM
Fascinating....
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03/13/2009 11:49:06 PM
This must be what it is like to be a hawk or an eagle...to soar way up above. There is a strong sensation of real freedom to this photo!
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03/13/2009 11:07:44 PM
holy wowza. This is amazing.
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03/13/2009 04:24:06 PM
Breathtaking!! Awesome in every aspect!I keep coming back to this. I can't stop staring! Can't bump cuz I already gave you a 10!!
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03/13/2009 04:07:53 PM
Wow! Great stacked rocks. I love the warm colors of the front rocks changing into the cools of the snow , clouds, and sky. Contrasts like that are awesome.
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03/13/2009 04:07:15 PM
I remember commenting on this when it was in your portfolio. It still blows me away. My first sure "10" of the challenge. Best of luck,
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03/13/2009 03:34:58 PM
Simple and beautiful. I really like the subdued tones. Looks like you were up pretty high!
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03/13/2009 03:21:33 PM
I'm hoping to leave comments on as many photo's in this challenge as possible... out of (currently) 1124 images, I gave 31 of them a 9. Your image was one of those 31.

This looks like such a spectular view, even getting there must have been a great challenge, never mind photographing it - and in such a beautiful fashion. I love the transition of hue from warm in the foreground to cold in the distance. The pile of stones is intriguing, and makes me feel it is somewhere oriental - so I'm guessing the Himalaya's (bet I'm half a planet wide of the mark lol).

Good luck for a strong finish in this challenge.
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03/13/2009 01:38:07 PM
How did those rocks get piled up like that?
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03/13/2009 12:47:22 PM
Good sense of depth, the whole scene is beautifully in focus and sharp. The colors are spectacular and the clouds and mist look wonderful.
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03/13/2009 11:06:53 AM
Very impressive - the scenery, the cairn, and the photography!
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03/13/2009 10:41:34 AM
Cool shot. I really like the rockman (don`t know how you call them in englisch) that gives a direction within the picture. Lovely, wish I could be there.
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03/13/2009 10:32:08 AM
Excellent
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03/13/2009 06:01:33 AM
Beautiful landscape!
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03/13/2009 05:42:15 AM
beautiful, feel like you can just see forever, thanks for sharing this 10
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03/13/2009 05:18:20 AM
magnificent
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03/13/2009 03:48:20 AM
very nice contrast between warm and cold, good sharpness. looks slightly tilted to the left
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03/13/2009 02:47:29 AM
*whistle* Question - when that thing falls, will it make a sound?

It's fantastic how the rocks used have the same tone as the rock below it. The three tones of rock are used very effectively here. I think (40% thru voting) that this is my choice for blue. Truly breathtaking.
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03/13/2009 02:16:47 AM
Love the fore, mid, and background effect, really pulls you through the picture. Beautiful tones 10
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03/13/2009 12:50:53 AM
I like all the angles and shapes!
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03/13/2009 12:39:04 AM
A nice comparison of nature and something influenced by man
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03/13/2009 12:03:17 AM
Love the DOF and I have never been in the clouds before!
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03/12/2009 11:30:43 PM
I've voted on almost 300 images and this is the MOST impactful so far. Just AWESOME!
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03/12/2009 10:34:19 PM
Lovely clarity, lovely overall! Very high score! 9
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03/12/2009 10:23:47 PM
quite majestic...what a special place on this earth...excellent lighting and tones...
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03/12/2009 09:54:53 PM
Beautiful view! Nice contrast between the right and left side.
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03/12/2009 08:11:59 PM
Nice perspective and story. Good detail and great coloring.
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03/12/2009 06:13:34 PM
Stunning!
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03/12/2009 04:25:59 PM
This is really beautiful work! 9
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03/12/2009 04:23:53 PM
This is so crisp and beautiful. It was worth the hike!
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03/12/2009 04:20:57 PM
OMG, I just have to stop and make my first comment for this challenge, I had to come back to this photo over and over. This is just a breath taking photo. Everything from the dramatic sky to the mountains to the rocks on the foreground. The title seals it for what IMHO the blue ribbon winner of this challenge, my hat has been taken off in your honor. Awesome. 10
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03/12/2009 04:17:22 PM
Nice shot. I like the stack of rock in the forground with the snow covered peak background.
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03/12/2009 03:18:22 PM
Very nice. Good title.
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03/12/2009 03:02:45 PM
Amazing shot, the sharpness and detail are extraordinary!
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03/12/2009 12:18:01 PM
Gorgeous moment captured. 9
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03/12/2009 12:08:26 PM
Wow, well done, this blows me away... I want to go here...
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03/12/2009 11:34:10 AM
Good shot. It really shows the altitude
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03/12/2009 09:55:22 AM
Graet shot, killer light!
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03/12/2009 09:31:21 AM
Gorgeous!! Makes me want to know the story behind the piled rocks in such an otherwise pristine place.
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03/12/2009 08:39:45 AM
Holy cow!!! What a photo, absolutely stunning...wicked! A well deserved 10 from me. Best of luck.
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03/12/2009 01:59:53 AM
Fantastic - absolutely awesome. 10
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03/12/2009 12:18:32 AM
Love the depth in this shot, awesome job!
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03/11/2009 10:31:11 PM
WOW. This is unlike any image I've ever seen before. It looks tilted, but the mountains in the background tell me it's not... The piled "zen" rocks are just awesome. The clouds and fog - everything is just beautiful. 10.
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03/11/2009 09:35:16 PM
Awesome shot! 9
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03/11/2009 09:17:58 PM
Oh my gosh, such a sight! So much to be impressed with. Lovely colors, contrasting lines and shapes, textures too. Very nice, lucky you.
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03/11/2009 08:05:53 PM
Oh wow, what a breathe taking photo. Wonderful job!
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03/11/2009 07:43:36 PM
great great great... 7
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03/11/2009 06:53:42 PM
This is my favorite so far. Alot of great details! 10
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03/11/2009 06:51:00 PM
Superb image!! Wonderful detail and character in the rocks. Great sense of opposing textures and colors! 10
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03/11/2009 05:42:51 PM
what an astonishingly beautiful place in the world...you are SO LUCKY to have been there. Beautifully rendered...8
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03/11/2009 05:08:38 PM
Great contrast from red rocks to snowy peaks and mistiness in the middle!
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03/11/2009 05:02:01 PM
great light shadows. wonderful textures... great shot
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03/11/2009 04:34:40 PM
Wonderful scenery.
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03/11/2009 03:56:54 PM
The stack of rocks is incredible. What a wonderful scene. Perfectly focused. I can see every detail of the mountains and rocky edges. This is nice.
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03/11/2009 02:41:28 PM
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03/11/2009 12:04:30 PM
Breathtakingly beautiful, I'd love to be there :)
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03/11/2009 11:51:48 AM
Really like this shot very atmospheric and beautifully processed. well done
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03/11/2009 11:48:53 AM
what a wonderful place
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03/11/2009 10:10:23 AM
Are those rocks for real? Great image.
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03/11/2009 09:48:04 AM
Stunning!
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03/11/2009 09:26:12 AM
I stand here looking on at majesty of the snow-capped mountains as they push their way through the clouds. The spires of rock that catapult to the sky from the snow peaks to the grey/black stone to the 'zen temple' like tower of red rocks seen near offers a stunning view and majesty of the earth's natural treasures. This must have been stunning to see and just sit there to watch and contemplate. A very awe inspiring shot. The colors and the details in this composition is just wonderful to see. Thanks for sharing this beautiful photo.
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03/11/2009 08:35:56 AM
Very pretty scene. Love the contrast of the warm tone rock on the right w/ the cooler toned mountains/clouds surrounding it.
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03/11/2009 05:47:56 AM
Great!
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03/11/2009 05:31:33 AM
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH !!! This is FANTASTIC photo..... can i give 11 to this ? please please ?!?!?!?

i'm stunned.
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03/11/2009 03:34:05 AM
wow..fantastic sharpness and great colors. I really like the texture captured here.
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03/11/2009 03:03:55 AM
Brilliant, Amazing and ASTONISHING - this must be a winner!
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03/11/2009 12:26:54 AM
What a stunning scene this is. I love the balance of exposure that you have on the rocks in the foreground, mid-ground, and background.
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