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Congratulations to Steve Perry for winning Feature Thread of the Week with 17 votes - View Previous Winners


Long time no post over here - I've been doing more critters than 'scapes lately.

This was from an off trail location in Valley Of Fire State Park. This actually took about a week to happen - I was plagued with clear blue skies every day.

This was taken on my very last morning - I had to head home right after this was captured, so I was pretty excited to see some clouds in the sky as early twilight turned to dawn. I was hoping to get some light on the clouds, but this was actually much cooler than I had expected. Lots of just dumb luck involved, but hey, I'll take it.

Tech stuff - This was a focused bracketed image (only 4 images) - even at 17~18mm there just wasn't enough DOF to pull it off. I also had to exposure bracket and blend just a bit, but it wasn't too severe (the D800 really has some serious dynamic range).

Let me know what you think










New image with more contrast



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Apr 25, 2014 at 08:37 PM
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Steve,
Let me be the first of what I believe will be many post's on the reaction for this one:
Sweet Shot , the bracketing works great here with all the detail in the arch. The clouds and color in the sky are killer. Great image I really like this one.
Regards,
Dean



Apr 25, 2014 at 08:48 PM
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Stunning results.


Apr 25, 2014 at 08:52 PM
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The bracketing worked fine. Excellent picture, Steve.


Apr 25, 2014 at 08:59 PM
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Fantastic find in VoF. Very nicely seen and executed.


Apr 25, 2014 at 09:04 PM
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Hey Steve,

Stop shooting those critters and get back to shooting more landscapes! Nice work on this one, and well worth the patience needed to get it. A cool location, and some cool coloring on those clouds.

Jim



Apr 25, 2014 at 09:08 PM
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Steve Perry wrote:
Long time no post over here - I've been doing more critters than 'scapes lately.

This was from an off trail location in Valley Of Fire State Park. This actually took about a week to happen - I was plagued with clear blue skies every day.

This was taken on my very last morning - I had to head home right after this was captured, so I was pretty excited to see some clouds in the sky as early twilight turned to dawn. I was hoping to get some light on the clouds, but this was actually much cooler
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I think you deserve more credit here than you give yourself - in my book it is not dumb luck for someone who has the commitment to keep after it for a week to be rewarded with a beautiful sky. Kudos on envisioning and executing such a great shot.



Apr 25, 2014 at 09:30 PM
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Very nice shot, and great processing too.


Apr 25, 2014 at 09:36 PM
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great shot and processing.


Apr 25, 2014 at 10:05 PM
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excellent!

David



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Critters & 'scapes, its all good.
Nicely seen & captured
Yea, maybe a bit serendipity, but you have to be there & be ready

Thanks for posting
Dan



Apr 25, 2014 at 10:20 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · View Through The Arch


Fantastic!
Wow...



Apr 25, 2014 at 10:40 PM
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Beautiful piece of work. I was just there for two days and got nothing approaching this quality.


Apr 25, 2014 at 11:24 PM
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Really nice shot.


Apr 26, 2014 at 12:22 AM
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Just Perfect, Steve. Perfect!!!! I hate you!
The image looks like was taken with Canon!



Apr 26, 2014 at 12:30 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · View Through The Arch


Steve, this is gorgeous! DOF on this would have been a challenge but the focus stack came through for you. Love all the detail I get to look at inside the arch all the way to the horizon.

Your tones look very natural. Did you have to pull back on original saturation with the reds?

Very nice all over.

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Apr 26, 2014 at 01:22 AM
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All I can say is wow! The colors in the clouds and rocks are superb.


Apr 26, 2014 at 01:26 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · View Through The Arch


Persistence pays off! Excellent photo Steve! Get back to landscapes!! :P


Apr 26, 2014 at 02:49 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · View Through The Arch


*Starts a slow clap* Wow man. Wow.


Apr 26, 2014 at 02:56 AM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · View Through The Arch


I love the sense of depth here, and the sky is fantastic. It's always great to see something other than the Bacon Wave at VOF.


Apr 26, 2014 at 04:15 AM
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