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Countless Clouds
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Countless Clouds
Countless Clouds

The Morton Arboretum
Lisle - Illinois - USA

Comments welcome and appreciated!

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William C. Raco
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    Very dramatic sky with great color, exposure and details
Excellent work, Mike

1/5/2009 8:43:23 PM

 
Angela E. Wright
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wow - you get the feeling that the clouds are very low. it's beautiful! - looks like a little work with the Topaz labs?

1/5/2009 8:51:57 PM

 
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Another great capture Mike!!!

1/5/2009 9:13:46 PM

 
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Beautiful capture Mike. Sherran

1/5/2009 9:31:46 PM

 
Barbara E. Gould
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Great Colors! Beautiful picture.

1/5/2009 9:36:07 PM

 
ROLAN NARMAN
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Magnificent capture Mike! Everything is perfect about this image! Excellent work as usual my friend!

1/5/2009 9:42:23 PM

 
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Simply OUTSTANDING, Mike.

1/5/2009 9:54:53 PM

 
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Magnificent capture Mike!!

1/5/2009 10:46:17 PM

 
Jennifer L. Alder
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Yes! I love the title here. Perfect.
And... well, WOW- Gorgeous light, depth, colour... pretty much everything. Awesome work, Mike :)

1/6/2009 12:28:43 AM

 
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Another magnificient capture, Mike. Did you use graduated reduced density filters for this image? If so, which ones did you use?

1/6/2009 1:03:55 AM

 
Brett Dolsen
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Beautifull landscape and awesome sky Mike!!Brett

1/6/2009 1:27:54 AM

 
Joseph R. Ombrello
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Great shot, Mike. I love the clouds!

1/6/2009 2:41:12 AM

 
Michelle Alton
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Wonderful landscape with the amazing winter cloud cover.

1/6/2009 2:48:37 AM

 
John Benway
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Amazing sky, color and reflections Mike.
Beautifully done.
John

1/6/2009 2:57:03 AM

 
Troy Gallagher
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Incredible image Mike, love the sky, colors, and reflection.

Troy

1/6/2009 3:36:32 AM

 
Jeff W. Robinson
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Very Beautifully composed and captured Mike! Jeff

1/6/2009 4:23:39 AM

 
Mike Umbreit
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Wow! Thanks for all of the comments!

I'll try to address the questions.

The only filter I had on the camera lens was a UV filter. I need to spend some money on filters but the good quality 77mm ones are more than I want to spend right now.

Yes, Topaz Adjust was used on this image, but so was Photomatix. I was hoping to do a true HDR image from 3 shots but I ended up only doing a pseudo HDR image. The clouds were moving so fast that the 3 images just would not line up correctly. So I put the image through Photomatix and then Topaz Adjust for just a little more "pop".

Hope that helps!

Mike

PS - I hope to do some commenting later this evening.

1/6/2009 5:06:46 AM

 
Ron McEwan
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Stunning image here Mike, ice, water, reflection, clouds and color. All this makes up for a beautiful photo, well done Mike.

1/6/2009 6:20:44 AM

 
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They are all so beautiful, your shots from this place in the morning!

1/6/2009 11:56:41 AM

 
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Ron/Eivor - Thanks so much! - Mike

1/6/2009 4:58:35 PM

 
Patricia A. Coblentz
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So wonderful that a talented photographer such as yourself was there to capture this beauty...this image is absolutely stunning, Mike!
Patti

1/6/2009 7:09:25 PM

 
Leslie McLain
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Amazing sky. Beautiful.

1/7/2009 4:25:46 AM

 
Vicki L. Filippin
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Absolutely stunning, Mike. Yet another "keeper" from your Arboretum shoots. Keep 'em coming!

1/7/2009 9:20:00 AM

 
Teri Klinger
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gorgeous! ditto what everyone else said!

1/7/2009 6:29:01 PM

 
Mike Umbreit
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Patricia/Leslie/Vicki/Teri - Thank You all very much! - Mike

1/7/2009 6:36:09 PM

 
Susan M. Hembree
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Another HDR beauty, Mike! Just love all the colors and the interesting cloud formations.

1/7/2009 6:58:54 PM

 
Les Rhoades
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love that sky!

1/7/2009 10:42:31 PM

 
Mike Umbreit
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Susan/Les - Thanks to each of you! - Mike

1/8/2009 4:49:15 AM

 
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Stunning Work Mike!!!
It's been a while since
I've been to your gallery..
Sorry Ive missed So Many wonderful
images!!! Fantastic images!!!
This one is awesome!!!
I feel as though I'm right there!!

~J~

1/8/2009 5:56:54 AM

 
Susie Peek-Swint
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Stunning scene Mike ~ great colour and effect!

1/8/2009 4:35:53 PM

 
Mike Umbreit
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Jeana/Susie - Thanks!! - Mike

1/9/2009 5:00:51 AM

 
Nick Lagos
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Looks great Mike...congrats

1/14/2009 2:49:42 AM

 
Mike Umbreit
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Nick - Thanks! - Mike

1/14/2009 6:04:24 PM

 
Terry L. Ellis
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Totally magical, Mike! Gorgeous! I really enjoy your work!

1/18/2009 8:53:59 PM

 
Mike Umbreit
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Terry - Thanks so much!! - Mike

1/19/2009 5:22:28 AM

 
Garth D. Beatty
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Great sky shot !!

1/27/2009 6:52:22 PM

 
Kara Hendricks
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Another OUTSTANDING beauty Mike!!

Maybe another winner?

1/17/2011 4:51:44 PM

 
Mike Umbreit
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Thanks! I am taking your advice and resubmitting several images this month. :-) Mike

1/17/2011 8:03:22 PM

 
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Amazing... simply amazing! Congrats on your finalist, should win Gold in my books!

2/10/2011 10:22:47 AM

 
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Black and White, Bright Colors, Full Frame or Cropped, it does not matter. You’re a winner! CONGRATULATIONS, Merna

2/10/2011 12:02:59 PM

 
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Stunning sky, beautiful setting, wonderful work - congratulations on your finalist, Mike!

2/10/2011 3:06:34 PM

 
Tammy Espino
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Congrats on your finalist!! :)

2/10/2011 3:26:58 PM

 
Patricia A. Coblentz
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Just gorgeous, Mike...congratulations on your finalist!

2/10/2011 4:23:12 PM

 
Barbara E. Gould
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Congratulations on your finalist!

2/10/2011 4:47:47 PM

 
Kay E. Mahoney
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Congratulations on your beautiful finalist. Good luck in the next round.


2/10/2011 7:33:08 PM

 
Usman Bajwa
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CONGRATZ Mike !!!

UB.

2/10/2011 9:12:50 PM

 
Michael S. Baker
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Stunning shot, Mike! Congrats!

2/10/2011 10:47:31 PM

 
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superb... huge congrats!

2/10/2011 10:58:20 PM

 
Jeff W. Robinson
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Congrats Mike on your Outstanding Finalist! Jeff

2/11/2011 4:35:15 AM

 
Irene Colling
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Amazing HDR Mike. Beautiful color and detail.

Congratulations on your fine Finalsit photo.

2/11/2011 11:30:57 AM

 
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Awesome finalist! Congratulations Mikw....

jo ann c.

2/11/2011 1:07:33 PM

 
Mike Umbreit
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Thanks so much!! - Mike

2/11/2011 5:36:50 PM

 
Katherine Kuhn
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Congratulations on your win -- amazing capture, especially that sky!

2/11/2011 7:11:04 PM

 
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Beautiful work Mike!! Congratulations on this wonderful winner!

2/11/2011 7:21:34 PM

 
Barbara E. Gould
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Congratulations on your win!

2/11/2011 8:01:12 PM

 
Jean E. Hildebrant
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Beautiful scene and composition, Mike! Congrat's again!!

2/11/2011 8:02:34 PM

 
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WOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
HUGE CONGRATS on your WIN!

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2/11/2011 8:13:31 PM

 
Michael S. Baker
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Congrats again, Mike. Some people collect coins, some collect cars. You seem to collect winning images! Nice job!

2/11/2011 8:44:22 PM

 
Rona L. Schwarz
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Absolutely stunning, Mike! I don't think I've ever seen such fantastic clouds - the whole image positively glows! So how appropriate to see it with GOLD! HUGE CONGRATULATIONS on this outstanding Gold winner!

2/11/2011 9:04:11 PM

 
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Congratulations Mike!! This is an amazing image, so perfect with the lighting and the colors!!

2/11/2011 9:39:52 PM

 
Bojan Bencic
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Congratulations on your winner, Mike. Fantastic image.

2/11/2011 10:54:43 PM

 
Stefania Barbier
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spectacular winner... congratulations!!!

2/11/2011 11:03:04 PM

 
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Huge congratulations, Mike, on your BEAUTIFUL GOLD WINNER! Deb

2/11/2011 11:10:48 PM

 
Patricia A. Coblentz
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Congratulations on your winner, Mike! Fantastic image.

2/11/2011 11:13:05 PM

 
Michelle Alton
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This is a Beautiful image, Mike. Congratulations on your very winning month!

2/12/2011 1:51:54 AM

 
Leslie McLain
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Congrats on a stunning winner, Mike.

2/12/2011 5:02:52 AM

 
Lindley Johnson
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Congratulations on your outstanding winner, Mike.

2/12/2011 5:28:48 AM

 
Melissa Gurdus
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Huge congrats, Mike on this stunning winner!!

2/12/2011 6:05:13 AM

 
Jessica L. Amplo-Atkinson

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Gorgeous Mike, congrats on your winner!

2/12/2011 7:48:44 AM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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A magnificent and eye-catching scene!
Congratulations, Mike, on a beautiful winner!
~♥~lisa

2/12/2011 8:05:34 AM

 
Mitch Spence
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Wonderful, Mike. A winner all the way.

2/12/2011 8:16:04 AM

 
Claudia Kuhn
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Congratulations on your wonderful winner, Mike!

2/12/2011 8:17:21 AM

 
Patrick Rouzes
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Congratulations on theis well-deserved finalist, Mike! WTG!

2/12/2011 8:41:33 AM

 
Mike Umbreit
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Thanks so much! I decided to resubmit some images in January and it paid off!! :-) Mike

2/12/2011 8:48:28 AM

 
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Beautiful image, great job - Congratulations!!

2/12/2011 9:40:23 AM

 
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Congratulations on this wonderful gold medalist!

2/12/2011 10:16:08 AM

 
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Congrats Mike on a Gold winner.

2/12/2011 11:09:49 AM

 
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WTG on your fabulous winner, Mike! :-) k

2/12/2011 11:31:53 AM

 
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Congratulations on your excellent winner, Mike!

2/12/2011 12:49:48 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Big congratulations, Mike!!

2/12/2011 4:31:39 PM

 
Rolando Rosito
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A beauty Mike, congratulations on your win!

2/12/2011 6:32:19 PM

 
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Congrats on this stunning winner Mike!

2/12/2011 6:55:14 PM

 
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It´s a beauty Mike - big congrats on your winner!

2/13/2011 3:37:38 AM

 
Christine Czernin
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Congratulations on your fantastic gold win, Mike.

2/13/2011 10:52:53 AM

 
Jeana Clark
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Congratulations on your stunning Winner Mike!!!!

2/13/2011 1:26:03 PM

 
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ON THIS STUNNING SECOND PLACE WIN, Mike!!!

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2/13/2011 4:33:37 PM

 
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congratulations on your winner Mike.....awesome shot

2/14/2011 6:41:21 AM

 
Mike Umbreit
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Thanks for all of the very kind comments!! - Mike

2/14/2011 6:43:05 PM

 
Usman Bajwa
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Beautiful, CONGRATZ on your Second Place Winner, Mike!!!

UB.

2/17/2011 11:14:16 PM

 
Datha Y. Thompson
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Takes my breath away!!!
STUNNING Mike!!!
CONGRATULATIONS!!!

2/18/2011 8:55:46 PM

 
Mike Umbreit
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UB and Datha - Thanks again! - Mike

2/22/2011 5:41:46 PM

 
Cathy M. Britcliffe
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Gorgeous photo, Mike! Congratulations!

Cathy :)

3/1/2011 10:09:32 AM

 
Mike Umbreit
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Cathy - Thank You! - Mike

3/2/2011 8:03:00 PM

 
Bill Houghton
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Mike, this is such a great shot. Outstanding capture. Congratulations on your win. Have a great weekend, Bill

3/11/2011 10:48:46 AM

 
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Bill - Thanks so much!! - Mike

3/13/2011 8:37:39 AM

 
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