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Appalachian Sunrise
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Challenge: Lens Flare (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 20mm f/2.8D
Location: Charlie's Bunion
Date: Aug 31, 2011
Date Uploaded: Sep 3, 2011



[Sep. 11th, 2011 02:15:40 PM]

Wow- this will be my best score.
The image was taken on Charlie's Bunion,
a rocky outcrop on the Appalachian Trail,
in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
Its dawn, and some low lying clouds are drifting across the range. The rocks in the foreground are slightly polished from the hiking boots of the many hikers that visit this popular stop.

The image is a composite from 5 images of different exposure. The images were combined in photomatix in the "fusion" mode rather that the traditional HDR mode. I Added a little enhancement with topaz adjust (everywhere except near the sun).
A number of local exposure adjustments, and finally enhanced the flare saturation slightly.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 157
Avg (all users): 7.3701
Avg (commenters): 9.0000
Avg (participants): 7.2714
Avg (non-participants): 7.4912
Views since voting: 5731
Views during voting: 269
Votes: 127
Comments: 38
Favorites: 19 (view)


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09/18/2011 10:00:11 PM
congrats on the blue!
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09/17/2011 05:28:26 PM
I just adore this photo - soon it will be gone from the front page. Therefore I'll fave it so I can see it whenever I want!
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09/17/2011 12:55:27 PM
Wow!! Such a dynamic image! Congrats on the blue!
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09/17/2011 12:38:06 PM
Congrats on a super winning image.
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09/16/2011 02:18:45 PM
Fantastic shot, congrats!
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09/16/2011 11:52:36 AM
This is incredible.
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09/13/2011 09:27:30 AM
Congratulations on the Blue and your new PB! Gorgeous landscape, well photographed, and love your PP!
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09/12/2011 02:24:26 PM
I thought and hoped this will win. congrats on a superb photograph. Love the processing.
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09/12/2011 09:41:30 AM
How wonderful!!! Congratulations on a brilliant image.
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09/12/2011 08:34:07 AM
Yep, the voters got it right. This is more than fantastic. You need this on a HUGE canvas hanging somewhere with a place of distinction. Congrats.
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09/12/2011 04:07:48 AM
I knew this one had to win. Just too beautiful. Congratulations!
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09/12/2011 12:44:10 AM
Spectacular! Great job - Congrats!
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09/12/2011 12:35:22 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon. That's awesome!
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09/12/2011 12:29:29 AM
WD on your Blue!
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09/12/2011 12:14:43 AM
Great capture and wonderful processing to go with it. Congrats on the blue and the PB!!
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09/12/2011 12:12:08 AM
Congrats on the Blue, and PB! This was the standout image for me! Well done! :)
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09/12/2011 12:11:39 AM
This is beyond excellent. It's an absolute, dramatic masterpiece. Well done!
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09/12/2011 12:09:38 AM
Robert, congratulations on your first and well deserved ribbon- a blue one at that! Truly a beautiful image, and thanks for the info about the rocks being polished by hikers boots, I somehow find that very cool :)
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09/12/2011 12:02:42 AM
What a wonderful image to get your first ribbon with!! Well done!
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09/12/2011 12:01:51 AM
Exquisite! Congrats on the blue!! And your pb and your first ribbone!

Message edited by author 2011-09-12 00:02:10.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/11/2011 11:44:08 PM
Wonderful image.
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09/11/2011 11:31:42 AM
First photo in my queue for voting, and I already expect this to be my favorite. Absolutely amazing.
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09/09/2011 09:30:26 PM
This is beautiful. You can really get a sense of the warmth of the morning glow and you managed to keep texture and detail in the trees/cloud/fog. Love it! Is this done with HDR?
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09/09/2011 03:06:00 AM
Absolutely love the burnt sienna colours here. The lens flare just increases the beauty of an already magnificent shot. 10
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09/08/2011 06:37:07 PM
A lovely shot, I just wish the flare was a stronger element, good enough for HM, but just a bit more would have put it at the top.
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09/07/2011 03:11:44 AM
Awesome shot. 9
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09/06/2011 11:52:44 PM
This photo is STUPENDOUS. Awesome work! I smell DPC Print all over this one! Great Job! (And awesome flare :)
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09/06/2011 05:25:06 PM
Amazing photo. Just beautiful. Enough said.
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09/06/2011 05:07:13 PM
Outstanding...a 10 from me.
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09/06/2011 12:10:15 PM
Oh boy this is beautiful. pp everything is great and in balance.
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09/05/2011 10:17:10 PM
WOAH That is incredible.
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09/05/2011 07:41:26 AM
Breathtaking view. *8*
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09/05/2011 04:14:26 AM
How can you go wrong with a shot like this. 8
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09/05/2011 03:13:23 AM
Very majestic
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09/05/2011 01:37:18 AM
Amazing scene 9.
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09/05/2011 01:26:22 AM
Beautiful work. The extraordinarily long star burst flare adds to the image in the spirit of the challenge. A few smaller traditional aperture flares also add to the effect.
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09/05/2011 12:20:44 AM
My fave of them all...
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09/05/2011 12:18:14 AM
stunning...one of the best 9
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