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Challenge: Best of 2011 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Location: Tugela Falls, Drakensberg, South Africa
Date: Oct 9, 2011
Aperture: f/20
ISO: 100
Shutter: Multi
Galleries: Landscape, High Dynamic Range (HDR)
Date Uploaded: Jan 19, 2012

Taken on a hiking trip with ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' RianBotes to the Drakensberg in October.
Got up on a chily morning to get the sunrise, clambered along the escarpment for a few minutes to reach a nice vantage point and fired away. Rian offered to go and stand on an outcrop of rock and it certainly added to the shot (thanks Rian).
Editing was mostly manual blending of 4 images with luminosity masks and gradients. Some colour correction, cloning and spot removal, increase contrast, resize, sharpen (with ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', '/') + 1) . ' prperold's amazing action and SFW.

I really like this shot. I know it can be improved upon so I will head back to this spot this year and get a better one!

Anticipated crits are:
- that the river / mountains bottom left are a bit cramped / chopped off (it was so hard to see thru the viewfinder on top of the mountain)
- the sun is not on the thirds intersection line (I need to head back to improve)
- sky is a bit uninteresting (no clouds that we were desperately hoping for)

[Feb. 13th, 2012 01:18:19 AM]

At roughly 100 votes...
Votes: 110
Views: 200
Avg Vote: 7.1909
Comments: 13
Favorites: 2

All I can say is that I am simply amazed as to how well this is doing. Not stated above but I said to ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' RianBotes that I guessed this would get about a 6.2 - so I am nearly a whole point higher than that at this stage. I'm stoked!

Post challenge:
Thanks to everyone for the great comments and fave's. Can't believe I came 2nd! What an honour amongst all these great shots accumulated over a whole year!
Interesting to see that the top 3 shots are all landscapes with a human element in it.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 410
Avg (all users): 7.2653
Avg (commenters): 8.6944
Avg (participants): 7.2178
Avg (non-participants): 7.4884
Views since voting: 5088
Views during voting: 512
Votes: 245
Comments: 69
Favorites: 13 (view)


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04/01/2012 05:43:20 PM
Like Ammie, but I only saw it today in the April 2012 Getaway. Well done boys! Fabulous shot. Hope they PAID you!
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03/21/2012 08:52:02 AM
Hi Steve, saw the www.getaway.co.za today and was truly thrilled. The picture printed far better than on the monitor. Once again congratulations on a magnificent shot.
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03/01/2012 12:41:36 AM
Congratulations! Beautiful - stunningly beautiful, breathtaking! If you can get a better shot I can't wait to see it.
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02/29/2012 04:25:05 AM
As soon as I saw this photo I knew it must be the Drakensberg. Absolutely stunning photo! Makes me lus to go visit the berg!! :-)
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02/26/2012 09:32:31 PM
WOW! great picture. I wouldn't change a thing. Your "Anticipated crits": If there where any clouds in the sky it would have been too busy.IMO. I think the picture has more then enough things to look at. Congrats on the ribbon!
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02/26/2012 02:33:58 PM
Magnificent
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02/26/2012 02:05:46 PM
Oh yeah... and ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' RianBotes makes this photo perfect. (Of course, it could be anyone that made it perfect, so don't get all excited that I'm in love with you Rian. *grin* )

Very well done, Stephen.
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02/26/2012 02:03:43 PM
Wow! What light! Congrats on your ribbon.
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02/24/2012 11:14:01 PM
Perfection! Congrats!
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02/24/2012 09:32:21 PM
Majestic light and beautiful location. Congratulations!
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02/24/2012 07:33:54 PM
Breathtaking.
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02/24/2012 06:14:23 PM
Did South Africa proud on this one! The berg is just simply a photographers dream...well exploited by Rian and now yourself!
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02/24/2012 05:42:29 PM
Superb and most deserving of it's final placing in this challenge.
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02/24/2012 03:48:43 PM
amazing light, congrats
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02/24/2012 10:30:31 AM
I wasn't far off on predicting this as the winner! I had this sneaking feeling that the figure in the upper right may be Rianbotes and it turned out to be true! Big congratulations on this achievement!
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02/24/2012 06:48:28 AM
Congrats on the ribbon.
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02/24/2012 03:48:01 AM
Congratulations on the red ribbon, honored to share the front page with you for a week!
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02/24/2012 02:10:43 AM
I thought this was yours! Congrats! How amazing that you ribboned in a Best of!
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02/24/2012 01:49:37 AM
Beautiful light! Congrats on this great achievement!
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02/24/2012 01:26:09 AM
Magnificent. Congrats on the red!!
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02/24/2012 12:42:32 AM
Well done Stephen on your 1st red and indeed a whopping result to ribbon in the best of the best of DPC. (and "model/tutor/location scout" Rian take a bow). I look forward to more.

Message edited by author 2012-02-24 03:44:00.
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02/24/2012 12:36:44 AM
I was quite sure this would ribbon, it's an amazing shot! :)
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02/24/2012 12:33:20 AM
Congrats on the ribbon, great work.
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02/24/2012 12:31:29 AM
Awesome job Stephen. A big congrats on the red!
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02/24/2012 12:21:06 AM
I thought as much! Congratulations. And again CONGRATULATIONS, this is a wonderful challenge to ribbon and I am so chuffed for you.
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02/24/2012 12:20:29 AM
Congrats! I bet you are thrilled with the result! Great light
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02/24/2012 12:11:37 AM
Congrats on your ribbon! Just awesome.
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02/24/2012 12:11:19 AM
Congrats, this was special.
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02/24/2012 12:07:18 AM
Congratulations Steve!!!I am so glad for you and this is deserved. Perfect work. The mountains await...
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/23/2012 07:43:15 PM
Love the light and composition!!! That one figure perfectly highlighted by the sun's rays ... just fabulous.
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02/23/2012 06:52:34 AM
Stunning use of light, such a wonderful image,. 10
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02/22/2012 06:53:23 AM
Great view across the valley.
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02/21/2012 05:56:08 PM
WOW... Perfect.
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02/21/2012 12:29:55 PM
Fantastic light. Great scene enhanced by the person in the photo. Great photo.
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02/21/2012 11:17:29 AM
Sure is,super capture.
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02/21/2012 01:13:42 AM
To comment on this feels like Im commenting on countless trips to the mountains, experiences, adventures, nerve wrecking moments, storms and memories...just to find myself without words... How do you describe it? Maybe the best way is to capture it in a image like you have done here. The silence and calmness portrayed here prompts enough emotions to relive everything at once. You have done a superb job of capturing the essence of what makes it all worth it. Photography has always been just an extension of going to the mountains but in this image maybe it's more than that. It WAS the hike and Im so glad you have a figure in it as well. It turns this into the ultimate tourist shot making everybody whish that they were part of the experience.
Thanks Steve
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02/19/2012 11:36:21 PM
What isn't to like about this photo? Magical light, the human element, mystery. It has it all. Good luck and I expect to see this one near the top!
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02/19/2012 04:50:57 PM
Wonderful light!
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02/19/2012 04:17:35 PM
Almost missed the lone figure on top of the mount; glad I took a few more sectonds. Beautifully done. (voted earlier)
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02/19/2012 08:13:01 AM
Perfection! I absolutely love this picture.
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02/19/2012 07:00:57 AM
coming back to this. It's truly a lovely landscape image. You have captured the sun rays perfectly.
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02/18/2012 11:17:33 PM
I voted 19-9's and only 1-10. This is my winner for 2011. Good Luck!
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02/18/2012 07:05:26 PM
Perfect use of light, especially with the slight mist/fog.
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02/18/2012 11:29:48 AM
Spectacular view, lighting, composition. The person adds to the interest- one of my favourite photos in the challenge.
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02/17/2012 08:06:50 PM
Stunning picture! One of my top picks.
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02/16/2012 01:46:49 PM
Nice capture on the light rays, I like the single figure too. Very nice overall.
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02/16/2012 12:43:20 PM
Great with the person in it.
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02/16/2012 06:56:56 AM
Gorgeous. I can see this being a very popular print.
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02/16/2012 04:19:51 AM
Nice composition and I love the way the rays of light are falling.
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02/14/2012 11:53:37 PM
Great job on getting the right exposure here!
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02/14/2012 07:41:34 PM
Specatular image....the man makes the image come alive. I don't think this would have been as powerful without that guy. I have voted about half of the enteries so far, and have given out two tens. You are the third ten. I really like this alot! (voted earlier, but stopping by to comment)
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02/14/2012 12:47:36 PM
really great sun rays, lots to like here.
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02/14/2012 06:49:55 AM
Ah ha, King of the mountains, at his ultimate best. What a scene and what a photograph, pp perfect not too much. I believe this is RianBotes's work or maybe it is him standing on top of the world? The Devil's Tooth gave it away. Of course a favourite and a 10. Good luck for Blue.
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02/13/2012 05:13:49 PM
splendid, majestic beautiful love the figure and the other peaks great definition and tone, must be a graduated filter for that lovely blue sky 9
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02/13/2012 06:12:02 AM
Wonderful capture! I really like the sun rays and the lighting of the foreground but itís the silhouetted figure that really makes this image for me.
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02/13/2012 05:30:09 AM
Glorious! It has a spiritual feel to it.
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02/13/2012 02:00:20 AM
Spectacular. I'll be REALLY impressed if you set the timer and ran over there... :-) Seriously, though, love the inclusion of a human, and you gotta love the way the light falls.
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02/12/2012 06:06:26 PM
40% voting done, this is my first 10. Absolutely beautiful picture and marvelous light
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02/12/2012 05:59:42 PM
gorgeous light and composition - a bit oversharpened in the foreground giving it a jaggedy look - but that is minor
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02/12/2012 05:36:48 PM
Nice. This is grand. I also like the silhouette of the person for perspective.
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02/12/2012 02:09:58 PM
Oh man, I wish I could see this REALLY LARGE!!! Fantastic.
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02/12/2012 09:38:58 AM
Likely Top 5
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02/11/2012 05:52:59 PM
Breath-taking! Love it
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02/11/2012 10:22:03 AM
beautiful light, back to bump you up
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02/11/2012 08:34:22 AM
Now that is especially grand indeed.
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02/10/2012 02:56:53 PM
OMW that's nice, a trip to the berg with a buddy? :)
Lovely exposure control, hill gradations and light. Mooi man.
Naturally the figure in silhouette adds a dimension and scale to the image.
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02/10/2012 12:51:46 PM
I stand at the peak
between heaven and earth.
I breathe in the land's splendor
bathed in sun's brilliance.

Stunning and breathtaking work!
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02/10/2012 07:54:41 AM
Cool shot, that silhouetted figure absolutely gives it that "x-factor", wouldn´t have been nearly as interesting without him/her.
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02/10/2012 12:45:01 AM
*gasp*

The light! *gasp*


Lovely.


(just commenting on a great image... not voting)
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