This was one of my favourites. Should have placed higher, I think.
Great photo but what is that orange colour? Is it vegetation?
Great shot. I love the lighting on the trees.
Constantine e: stunning. what post processing was done?
I cleaned it up with Topaz Denoise and altered colour balance, contrast and detail/sharpness mostly in MacPhun Intensify. I can thoroughly recommend both programmes. The contrast range was very large (maybe a Nikon or Sony Sensor would cope better) and part of the clouds and valley side was still sunlit (despite the ill informed accusations below) and so was rather yellow compared with the cool shadow and sky.A different version can be seen in my old challenge entries. There was no restriction on processing or using a previously entered picture so I went for it.
Nandalal De: Wonderful Shot..Was it shot from another peak?
No it is from a famous viewpoint half up the valley side. It is with a 200mm lens so looks very different to the classic wider "Tunnel View" pictures.It is from the same place as a shot taken earlier in the day that was placed 17th in the Pine Trees and Mountain Top challenge that finished the day before.
alcaher: Excellent photo, well deserve first place.Cjf2, correct me if im wrong but i think you already won some challenges before with similar pictures of the same landscape?...which in any case it says alot about the great job you did there in Yosemite.
Yes it was a fruitful visit. Had a good range of lighting and atmospheric conditions and it is a rather good view. I've used this original before but it did fit the challenge perfectly and better than any other picture I had. It is quite a different treatment though.
JohninTexas: Very nice photo!
TheScarredCoyote: Nice photo but it's impossible to observe the full moon during the day.
TheScarredCoyote: Nice photo but the rules are not respected. It's a composite photo because it's impossible to observe the full moon during the day.
You are wrong on both counts. Gosh and you're a teacher too! Have you really not seen the moon during the day? Have a quick Google and you will see , for instance at this website, http://www.space.com/7267-moon-daylight.html that the moon is visible in daylight nearly every day. Once you've done your research perhaps you'd be gracious enough to stand in front of the class, admit you are wrong and apologise.It is not a composite.
I agree with your comment about it looking like a diorama in a museum! Nice shot of the animal and it's habitat.
Great picture, Ruth. I've never seen a shot of a Koala looking so active!
Great photo that fitted the theme very well. Have you tried cropping below the horizon to remove the distraction of the structure/headland?
I think this is a female Kestrel. You were lucky to get so close.
I think it is a Yellowlegs rather than a sandpiper.
Sight UnScene: Errrr - that is a Winston o. Link photo . period. The below person has many reasons why this photo is incorrect as reported by the supposed taker of said photo. it's O. Link. That guy stole it.
I'd not heard of that one. If you hear it is going to be restored to working order let me know!
Yes I will be hoping to come over to see it when it is back working. I've seen several of the stuffed and mounted Big Boys (including 4014 when it was at Pomona) and chased the Challenger by car from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City back in the late 90's. Wonderful to see but it had a short ugly train, the weather was too warm for exhaust to show and it ran so fast it was hard to get ahead of it for photography!
Oh yes there's me criticising someone for making baseless statements and I do the same! I was in a rush and did not look it up. I see it was mid 1959 that Union Pacific stopped regular steam hauled freight. Here in the UK we think of the U.S. beng more than ten years ahead of us!
I had missed the comment above by SightUnScene. Surely he is joking? If anyone is concerned here is a link to someone else's picture taken at the same time in colour.http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=277056OWL was taking pictures of the small town with Norfolk and Western Railroad trains in the background in the late 1950's by which time the UnionPacific had long stopped using steam. His whole catalogue is available and you won't find my picture in his collection! Re the lighting balance I could have lightened the locomotive more but then it would not fit the Midnight theme. The pale trestle and headlight beam were there to catch the eye in small size, which I thought would attract voters.
barb_s: It's quite amazing what some people come up with for long exposures. I love this one!
Thanks Barb. I only took one shot from this side and was surprised how well lit the dark areas were compared with the very bright steam. Maybe it is because there is snow on the ground to reflect the light. I'd have taken more if I'd realised it worked!
Great picture for this challenge. Despite my brain knowing what is going on it still looks like the waves are hovering above the beach.