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far from the madding crowd       ©2013 elliott
Kodak DX7590       3rd place, 147 points
1/80s, f5, ISO 100, 462mm, Normal Program, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: crop, adj levels, resize       Extra Info: arches national park in the summer can be nuts. so many people that it looks like ants crawling over the arches. very few venture to this one. eight miles down a dirt road to get to the trailhead and a good hour climb and hike to the arch. it was worth it. literally had the place to ourselves to climb and explore and photograph. didn't see a soul until we got back to the trailhead.
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Sep 6, 2013
    Congratulations el!

Sep 3, 2013
    It's almost impossible to believe that places such as this are out there. Congratulations on your finish - and on making that long hike!

Sep 3, 2013
    Congratulations Beautiful piece! And the effort it took to get it!!!

Jade O.
Sep 2, 2013
    I thought this was yours! Congrats on a great shot and being able to bring back to us such spectacular vistas! I'd be happy, too, and really this is a wonderful capture and I'm sure one which will capture some great memories.

Sep 2, 2013
    My #1 so you certainly expressed your woo hoo moment to me :-)

Sep 2, 2013
    hi, thanks for the comments and votes. i did have another view entered that would have avoided some of the comments on composition but i don't think it would have changed the out come here.
jade, the hands up was either... 'wave your arms, i don't have my glasses on and with no optical view finder i can't see where you are'... or what i'd like to remember is that we were really happy to find this place and it was one of those
'woo hoo!!! we made it' moments. take your pick.
thanks again for taking time to view and comment.

Sep 2, 2013
    Congrats on your #3 finish! Such an awesome place!

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Old Finn
Sep 2, 2013
    Nice view, a good photo. In my favorites.

Sep 1, 2013
    What an amazing place. I'm glad you included people in the shot to give a sense of scale.

Jade O.
Aug 31, 2013
    I'd give you top vote for effort and gorgeous scene but nick you for the light band at the bottom I would have cropped out. The figures give it perspective but arms down would have been my choice. (Wise of you not to try to capture too much in the frame.)

Aug 31, 2013
    WOW!!! What an amazing scenery. Very nice!

Aug 31, 2013
    Beautiful scene! Yes - your effort was worth it to get this shot!

Aug 31, 2013
    This image will be hard to beat. Mother Nature cannot be surpassed for color, grandeur and beauty, AND that's quite a grand "opening" you captured. Nicely done. I would have liked a little more contrast and shadows to differentiate the background from foreground - but that is a minor quibble.

Aug 30, 2013
    I'd love to get out there to photograph. Lovely colours and tones, I like your composition except for the little bit of sky and should have cropped the little spot of sunlit area at the bottom. Also seems like it could use a little sharpening.

Aug 30, 2013
    Wonderful subject! Until I saw the two people, I had no idea how large this arch was! The splash of sunlight in the foreground is somewhat distracting. Looks like the contrast is a bit low here, but all in all, I like it.

Aug 30, 2013
    Great shot, the people give the scale to the size of the rock. The colors are beautiful. This was worth the long hike, thanks for sharing.
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