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Where eagles dare
Alex_Petrini


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Challenge: Best of 2011 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Landscapes
Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM for Nikon
Date: Jul 20, 2011
Date Uploaded: Jan 30, 2012

Yes, this is Trollstigen, Norway.

I was not sure which image from my trip to Norway I should submit. This was not my favorite one but my Long Shots friends were quite sure this could do very well and they were right. To get such score in a 'best of' is not easy. I was very close to 7 (6.99 three hours before rollover) and I really hoped to get it.

Trollstigen is in Andalsnes, mid-south of Norway. This is one of the most famous roads in Norway and its name means the Troll's road.

If you want to take a closer look at the road you can see this video

These are different shots from the top of Trollstigen:

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And my July free study entry was taken at the beginning of the climb. From the top is one of the mountains you can on the left:

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My choices would be these ones:

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Soon I'll post a reportage of my trip to Norway :)

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Moreover this was not Stelvio pass, but I'm Italian :)

Statistics
Place: 9 out of 410
Avg (all users): 6.9683
Avg (commenters): 8.0513
Avg (participants): 6.9466
Avg (non-participants): 7.0652
Views since voting: 2400
Views during voting: 537
Votes: 252
Comments: 52
Favorites: 7 (view)


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06/07/2012 12:09:07 AM
One of my favorite landscapes I've seen on DPC. Truly a magical place and perfectly processed.
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06/06/2012 05:47:37 PM
There's just so much to explore in this one!! Beautifully processed.
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02/24/2012 11:11:10 AM
None of those would have outscored the road. There's something about roads like this that absolutely is COMPELLING to people. Congrats on your top-10!
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02/24/2012 10:24:28 AM
Big Congrats Alessandro! Well done on TT in a VERY tough challenge!
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02/24/2012 09:34:33 AM
Congrats on the top ten Alessandro! Great shot! I can definitely tell why you liked traveling through this country so much.
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02/24/2012 08:01:30 AM
Originally posted by tome:

Well I was sure this was Italy :). Just reminded me of some of your similar dramatic landscapes. Amazing shot, congrats on the top 10!


Thank you so much :)

Quite excited to hear that you recognized my style, this is great!

But this is not Italy, I was in Norway this summer ^_-

But I have to say that Stelvio Pass could be quite similar, even if not so dramatic.

ETA: Mark thank you for the Swisspass Rolerman video, it's amazing!
02/24/2012 07:13:58 AM
Well I was sure this was Italy :). Just reminded me of some of your similar dramatic landscapes. Amazing shot, congrats on the top 10!
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02/24/2012 05:52:03 AM
Congratulazioni Alessandro, spettacolare :)
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02/24/2012 01:32:02 AM
Alessandro, this is truly breathtaking. Congrats on the top 10
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02/24/2012 01:20:24 AM
Well done on a top 10 Alessandro! Fantastic image
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02/24/2012 12:42:48 AM
Congrats on the top 10 in a very tough challenge Alessandro!! Great work :)
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02/24/2012 12:26:54 AM
Damn Alessandro, no wonder your shot was doing so well. It's because it was this one. :)
Funny how our shots were taken fairly close to each other. I've never been here but was thinking it looked like Norway.

A huge congrats on the top 10 finish!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/23/2012 03:34:28 PM
I want to go here before I die. Amazing!
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02/23/2012 09:49:26 AM
great depth. the eye just goes on and on.

(voted earlier)
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02/22/2012 11:40:50 PM
Best shot of the Trollstigen I've seen for a while.
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02/20/2012 09:21:06 AM
Great shot Allesandro. Glad you entered this. Good luck..
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02/20/2012 09:13:57 AM
Wow. When I squint it REALLLLLLY looks like snakes!
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02/19/2012 11:43:54 PM
That road is crazy! Beautiful scene.
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02/19/2012 11:38:38 PM
Wow. What a bizarre roadway. I've never seen anything like this.
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02/19/2012 06:38:42 PM
Amazing capture! 9
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02/18/2012 10:51:45 PM
Beautiful choice Alenssandro. Can you imagine riding a bike up or down this road?! We have some pretty cool mountain roads in Colorado, but nothing quite as fantastic as this scene. Hope it's doing well for you.
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02/18/2012 06:07:17 PM
terrific
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02/18/2012 11:38:13 AM
Beautiful textures & framing. I hope you post the location of this shot! What an awesome view!
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02/18/2012 10:40:57 AM
Made me stop and follow, drawing me along to the far valley and beyond. Great techs.
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02/18/2012 01:12:31 AM
Nice - is taht the stelvio pass?
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02/17/2012 10:34:20 PM
Not for the faint of heart. Looks like you don't want to miss a turn. Nice brightness even in the shadow of the valley.
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02/17/2012 06:08:50 PM
Fantastic view. I just about get carsick looking at that road.
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02/16/2012 08:22:06 PM
Makes me feel I'm flying with them.... Lovely!!
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02/16/2012 03:36:44 PM
Lovely image of an amazingly cool looking valley.
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02/16/2012 12:40:07 PM
Amazing
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02/16/2012 10:39:20 AM
This is one of the best landscapes I've ever seen. 10, obviously.
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02/15/2012 02:48:11 AM
Awesome view. Reminds me of that Swisspass Rolerman video. Amazing.
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02/14/2012 11:44:11 PM
Gorgeous - and great post processing work
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02/14/2012 01:38:14 PM
WOW....great DOF, colors, and detail. I would get so sick on that road....yuck!
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02/14/2012 08:10:52 AM
Wow. Great view. Scary road. Processing is vibrant - still trying to decide if it's a smidge too vibrant, but I like it.
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02/14/2012 07:44:51 AM
Weird how it looks all out of perspective.Fantastic image.
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02/14/2012 01:25:36 AM
Awesome! This road wasn't on Top Gear was it? Cause if it wasn't, it should be! I want to drive it!
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02/13/2012 08:52:31 PM
I can so see a bicycle race here... What a vista!
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02/13/2012 06:46:59 PM
My first impression was wow and then the thought of the poor cycling teams who will know every turn and incline. Lovely landscape.
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02/13/2012 06:44:22 PM
Can't wait to see where this is... I can only hope it's in range of my motorcycle ;-) Fantastic shot.
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02/13/2012 04:56:28 PM
i can really feel the vastness, good image
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02/13/2012 09:33:50 AM
Wow.. Very nice. Would love to know where this is.
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02/12/2012 09:34:44 PM
Wow that is so cool!!
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02/12/2012 04:39:04 AM
Stunning. Stunning Superb Just love this. Where in the world is it?
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02/11/2012 01:27:08 PM
That looks like it would be a very interesting drive.
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02/11/2012 10:23:43 AM
quite the roadway, looks like a beautiful spot
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02/10/2012 06:39:40 PM
Lush scenery, the road meandering through is a nice change in a shot such as this. Good vantage point here and lovely rich greens. Good work.
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02/10/2012 02:45:38 PM
10, absoloutely stunning
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02/10/2012 11:08:42 AM
Very cool... reminds me of Zion National Park, but I don't think this is it.
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02/10/2012 09:29:23 AM
Great photo of Trollstigen, the dramatic sky makes this look even more ominous than it normally does.
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02/10/2012 04:17:55 AM
Stunning and well titled. Imagine what it looked like when ONLY eagles soared and no hand of man!
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02/10/2012 12:48:21 AM
Oh, that's a son-of-a-gun of a road! Uber-cool landscape. Well done.
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