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Exploring the Arizona Desert

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Exploring the Arizona Desert
Exploring the Arizona Desert
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Reynaldo D. Reyes
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    Wonderful lighting, love the warm tones. The silhoutted cactus and golden rays of sun combine for a dramatic impact. Nicely done Dale.


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7/6/2011 12:32:56 PM

 
John Rivera
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Beautiful capture!


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7/6/2011 12:45:05 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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thanks Reynaldo and John. Had so much fun that day. My friend and neighbor owns the jeep and has a home on the river. He took me out into the desert and on that day he learned all about "chasing the light" :o)


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7/6/2011 2:17:58 PM

 
Jeff W. Robinson
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Very beautifully composed and captured Dale!!


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7/6/2011 2:38:08 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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Thank you very much Jeff.


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7/6/2011 3:16:15 PM

 
Patricia White
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I was wondering if you could maybe take out the jeep. I know he is your ride but I think maybe it would have made a more dramatic photo without the jeep. It has all the right elements otherwise.


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7/6/2011 5:06:08 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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Hi Patricia. I took out the jeep as you suggested but to me it has a lot less impact. Especially since the title infers that there are people exploring. Also without the jeep you lose the sense of scale.

Here's the result. What do you think? Is it as you envisioned?


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7/6/2011 9:22:25 PM

 
Lucille "Lucy" Abrao
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I agree with Patricia, it looks so much better without the jeep. The jeep is a distraction that could be left out of an otherwise beautiful image. Very nice!!
Lucy


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7/7/2011 1:07:54 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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thanks for your comments Lucille. Enjoyed your gallery and noticed many from the Oregon Coast. Will be up there early September.


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7/7/2011 2:47:57 PM

 
Emile Abbott
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Dale chasing the light is one of the great things we photographers do that so many other individuals miss. You nailed this one perfect with the right tones. Owning a jeep and being and having been an extreme off road jeeper it did not bother me tho have it in but I do think for artistic and judging purposes to have removed it would be best. Tell your friend to move the jeep next time and save DD time. Awesome captures both Dale. Do not get heat stroke.


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7/9/2011 11:49:27 AM

 
Dale Hardin
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thank you Emile. I hope to get back out there this July. It was too early for the boaters on the river on this trip but should get some good shots next time.

Thank you for the advise. I really like the desert. So much to see.


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7/9/2011 5:37:36 PM

 
William S. Briggs
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Beautiful capture Dale. Great lighting and sky. My wife's sister lives in Green Valley, AZ and when visiting I always try to find a great saguaro to line up with a great sunset. I have not had much luck so far. Nice work!


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8/3/2011 5:54:04 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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Thanks William. Got lucky that day as noted above. My neighbor and his jeep helped me chase them all evening and managed quite a few. Nothing like four wheeling to help with desert travel.

Next time you head that way give a holler and maybe we can look for them together. (if it isn't too far) :o)


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8/3/2011 10:20:50 PM

 
Carol Eade
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Beautiful light, Dale, congratulations!


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8/25/2011 5:41:02 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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thank you Carol.


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8/25/2011 8:03:13 PM

 
Lucille "Lucy" Abrao
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I absolutely love this shot, Dale! Congratulations on a well deserved finalist!


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8/25/2011 8:15:03 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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You're so kind Lucille. Your gallery is filled with images that are inspirations for this scene. Like "Sunset at Bandon" and all the animal/sunset scenes.


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8/25/2011 8:55:31 PM

 
Emile Abbott
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Really glad to see this one again. Congrats on another great finalist, Dale.


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8/26/2011 8:01:52 AM

 
Arthur Bohlmann
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Another very big CONGRALUATIONS


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8/26/2011 8:19:14 AM

 
Dale Hardin
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A big thanks Emile and Arthur. Greatly appreciated.


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8/26/2011 10:48:27 AM

 
David M. Montero
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Congratulations on your Finalist selection Dale. Great sunset/silhouette.


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8/26/2011 11:06:35 AM

 
Debbie E. Payne
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Congratulations on your win, Dale! It needed the gold underneath it to balance all that beautiful gold light in the image itself!


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8/26/2011 12:06:56 PM

 
Bojan Bencic
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Congratulations, Dale!


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8/26/2011 12:17:49 PM

 
Michelle Alton
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Magnificent selection for the GOLD, Dale. Congratulatons!


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8/26/2011 12:27:01 PM

 
Patrick Rouzes
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WTG, Dale! Congratulations on this amazing WInner, my friend! WTG!


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8/26/2011 12:43:54 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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Thanks everyone. It was a very pleasant surprise.


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8/26/2011 2:09:41 PM

 
Phyllis A. Houghton
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Congratulations Dale! Goin home with the gold!!! Great image, great lighting, detail and sky.


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8/26/2011 2:18:15 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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thank you, thank you Phyllis.


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8/26/2011 2:28:01 PM

 
Carolyn McIntosh
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Big congratulations on all your winnings this month and especially this one going gold. Good for you . . you are highly gifted and it is nice to see that acknowledged.


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8/26/2011 4:50:03 PM

 
Arthur Bohlmann
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Way To Go!!!!! GOLD ALL THE WAY!!!


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8/26/2011 5:19:05 PM

 
Michael J. Kelly
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Dale I think this is among your best! Congratulations on a beautiful shot and deserving win!


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8/26/2011 5:52:05 PM

 
Ellen H. Robertson
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WOW, this is BEAUTIFUL. Congrats!!!!!


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8/26/2011 7:29:34 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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Carolyn, Arthur, Mike, and Ellen, I can't tell you how nice it is the hear comments like this from people whose work I admire.


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8/26/2011 8:58:47 PM

 
Robert K. Bemus
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Congratulations on your Gold, Dale!!


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8/26/2011 10:42:57 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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Thanks Robert. Now if I could just get one from your "water world" genre, it would be very cool Dude. :o)


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8/27/2011 7:50:19 AM

 
Emile Abbott
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Huge congratulation on your gold badge and winner, Dale.


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8/27/2011 2:30:23 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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Thanks for the congrats Emile.


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8/27/2011 3:24:21 PM

 
Merna L. Nobile
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Great photographers are not great because of their technique; they are great because of their passion.
Congratulations for your achievement, August, 25, 2011. Merna


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8/27/2011 3:26:37 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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Thank you Merna.


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8/27/2011 5:09:21 PM

 
Lucille "Lucy" Abrao
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Congratulations, Dale. This is a beautiful image. Lucy


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8/28/2011 8:44:35 AM

 
Dale Hardin
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Lucille, thank you for the pleasant comments.


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8/28/2011 9:03:32 AM

 
Laura E. Swan
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ON YOUR BIG GOLD WIN, DALE!!!

Well, excuse me if I say that I like the jeep there. It DOES add scale and I bet "Jeep" might like to use this for an AD??? This was living proof that we need to go with our own gut and do what we like the best! Lol..(You aren't surprised to hear this coming from -me- now, are you???...And I KNOW you have a big smile on your face right now!!! HeeHee!)

Congratulations AGAIN!

Your Friend, Laura :)


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8/28/2011 9:29:56 AM

 
Dale Hardin
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From ear to ear Laura! :o)


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8/28/2011 11:25:24 AM

 
David M. Montero
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Glad to see it! Congratulations Dale!


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8/28/2011 3:50:22 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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Thanks a bunch Dave


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8/28/2011 8:30:10 PM

 
Aimee c. Eisaman
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Way to go Dale on your second place win! :~)


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8/29/2011 7:10:54 AM

 
Terry Cervi
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Congrats on your beautiful win, Dale!! Just gorgeous!


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8/29/2011 8:31:55 AM

 
Dale Hardin
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thanks Aimee and Terry. Appreciate it very much.


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8/29/2011 8:37:15 AM

 
Irene Colling
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Gotta love a sunset like that for a wonderful photo op.

Outstanding capture and excellent presentation Dale. I like the added element of interest with the jeep in the background.

Huge congratulations Dale on your gold award winning image.


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8/31/2011 2:24:10 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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thanks Irene. Like you new logo but miss your pretty face.


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8/31/2011 2:59:23 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S !!!

UB.


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8/31/2011 10:35:31 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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HA! :D What a perfect gift. Love it and huge congrats to you, Dale!

Now chase the golden sun and keep the wind where it belongs!

-Laura :))) !!!


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9/1/2011 12:09:17 AM

 
Dale Hardin
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Thanks UB and Laura. Sorry for the late reply. Just returned yesterday from a month long solo driving trip.


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9/25/2011 11:33:13 AM

 
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