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  Mini#23 Best of 2012, so far ...
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dry       ©2012 elliott
Olympus E-620       4th place, 146 points
1/639s, f9, ISO 200, ?, Creative, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: stitched two shots, convert to bw, adj. contrast, put in sky with clouds for depth (which were stitched also for wide shot)       Extra Info: at the great sand dunes in colorado. some peak out well over 650feet up from where i was standing.
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Jul 31, 2012
    Congratulations on capturing this so powerfully- I didn't know we had anything like this in North America

Jul 31, 2012
    Congratulations, elliott. And thanks for the tip... I hadn't even thought about the wind.

Jade O.
Jul 31, 2012
    Congrats on a very good finish! Great subject and processing.

Jul 31, 2012
    hey thanks all. this was a fun one.

roland, the wind coming off the mountains (not visible in this shot) was quite strong. dust/sand protection for your equipment a must. spent most of vacation hiking and camping in utah but this place was incredible. will go back again for sure. enjoy.

steve, very flattering comment. will look for yours at dpr.

will post an out take or two for color comparison.

again, thanks to all for encouraging comments and votes.

Jul 30, 2012
    Congrats on your 4th place finish.

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Jul 30, 2012
    great pattern & b&w definitely suits. good work

Jul 30, 2012
    Very nicely done with the post processing. Great image.

Jul 30, 2012
    This gives me a sense of ill-boding which I don't think I would get with the colour version, so well done! One of those times when I wish that pp info was not disclosed until after the judging.

Jul 30, 2012
    Remarkable piles of sand. I would think they could be quite dangerous, yet they look beautiful and beckoning. Not sure black and white was the best choice since you had to add clouds as a result. Would love to see the color version in the outtakes!

Jul 29, 2012
    Well done - the sculptured sand against the sky is really breathtaking

Steven Sobel
Jul 28, 2012
    I've won some challenges on Digital Photography Review with B&W shots from Great Sand Dunes, and this shot is better than mine! The stretched clouds going in the same direction as the dunes is a nice touch.

Jul 28, 2012
    An amazing photo, beautiful contrast between the clouds and shadows. My favorite in the challenge!

Jul 28, 2012
    the clouds do make this picture. the sand alone would have been dull in BW

Jul 26, 2012
    This is fabulous! Wonderful lighting. You did an excellent stitch job! I'm so excited... going there next month!

Jul 26, 2012
    hey jade, thanks for comment.
the whole southwest (slight exaggeration) was burning while i was out there. so many days were totally cloudless under a high pressure system, yet the fires put enough haze in the air to wash out the sky in most of my photos. so this needed something. look for out takes later for another version or two from there.

Jade O.
Jul 26, 2012
    Beautiful and effective. Very powerful shot though reading the PP took a little away once I realized the sky was added.
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