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The Spiral Jetty

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Distorted Spiral Jetty
Distorted Spiral Jetty

1/250 Sec - f/16 - ISO 160 - 14mm
Canon 5D Mk III - Canon 14mm f/2.8L

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Elaine Hessler
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    Nice. Was this taken with your rectilinear lens? This is gorgeous. I like the low angle. You can still see the jetty.


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1/3/2013 3:42:10 AM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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Yup, taken with the 14mm, and, it is actually a stitch of about 14 images, so it gives some funky distortions to the Jetty and to the distant shoreline.


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1/3/2013 5:16:29 AM

 
Rita K. Connell
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this is a great capture Jeff. but help to understand what you have done. HDR is several image combined. but you said 14 images stitch what do you mean by that.?


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1/3/2013 8:44:24 AM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   The Spiral Jetty
The Spiral Jetty
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Sorry, this is not an HDR image, it is 14 images, shot vertically and then stitched together as a panorama. If you've never been there, you'd probably have no idea that the hill that is on the left of the frame is almost straight east from where I stood, and the mountains that you can see in the far distance in about the center of the frame are actually south west of where I stood. In this image, the rocks on the left and the rocks on the right of the frame look like they come together where I'm standing. In reality, they run in an almost straight line. I've included a second image of the Jetty for comparison.


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1/3/2013 8:49:57 AM

 
Dale Hardin
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Very interesting shot Jeff. I really like the dedication and work put into this shot. A great lesson in creativity that really inspires me to try to achieve more.

Had it been me, I'd probably have gone about 1/2 as far as you did, so as to retain a bit more reality of the scene. Of the two, I like the other image better.

One thing about the composite that stands out is the obvious distortion resulting in a concave horizon. The other thing is the opposing leading lines into the composition that fight for the viewers attention.

In spite of that, this is definitely something I want to try. I do this often with three images for a pano, but using images horizontally and vertically is a leap that you've inspired me to attempt.


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1/3/2013 10:17:05 AM

 
Debbra L. Bailey
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Very cool! Thanks for posting the second pic as a reference!


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1/3/2013 12:56:16 PM

 
Beth Spencer
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It is a beautiful shot either way! I like the idea of the vertical panoroma and one day will try it. It is a very interesting effect! Thanks for the reference shot.


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1/3/2013 3:08:10 PM

 
lisa anderson
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That is so cool! Photo-sewing! How long did it take?


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1/4/2013 5:08:02 AM

 
Elaine Hessler
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Very cool indeed! There is an amazing article on the sequoias in the dec issue of national geographic. The front cover is a composite of 120 photos of The President. You can see it come together on the iPad app (my favorite app). Lots of work! And very cool, of course.


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1/4/2013 5:17:23 AM

 
Debbie E. Payne
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You and your amazing creativity, Jeff! I like both images but I think I like the first one best for it's impact.

Elaine -- I will have to go back to my December issue. I don't have the iPad app for NG yet.


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1/4/2013 4:57:26 PM

 
Elaine Hessler
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The NG app is free and so is the magazine through the app if you already have a subscription. I think it opens in "Newstand". There is so much extra it comes to life!


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1/4/2013 6:29:31 PM

 
Peter W. Marks
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Way beyond my creativity Jeff.
"Absolutely spiffing old chap! "(typed with an english, posh accent)


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1/5/2013 6:10:26 AM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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Thanks, all!

Peter - I read all of your comments with and english accent, not sure if I'd call it posh though :o)

Deb - when the Bailey clan makes a stop in Utah this summer, we'll head out here for sunset and some light painting.


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1/5/2013 8:31:55 AM

 
Peter W. Marks
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Oh gosh young Jeff. I have been here twenty years last month but the ladies still ask me to 'just talk' and they sigh. It had me thinking I sounded like Hugh Grant but perhaps I had better watch more Downton Abbey on PBS and practice.


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1/5/2013 11:41:56 AM

 
Teresa H. Hunt
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Beautiful Jeff!!

Humm . . . I think I might try the vertical panorama the next time I go to Larch Mountain :)


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1/6/2013 8:30:52 PM

 
Brandi K. Mills
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Amazing! I really like the low angle!


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1/7/2013 6:41:31 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Very cool! (Had to google it!) Congratulations!


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2/26/2013 1:56:33 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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Congrats old buddy.


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2/26/2013 3:04:45 PM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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HEY, WHO ARE YOU CALLING OLD?!?!?!?!

Chris - The Spiral Jetty is a pretty unique piece of Utah. By the way, we'll be stopping here on the Phellos trim in June :o)


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2/26/2013 5:18:15 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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ROFL!!!


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2/26/2013 5:40:14 PM

 
JO ANN CLEVELAND
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Ohhhhh...what a fantastic finalist! Big Congratulations

jo ann c.


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2/27/2013 10:59:20 AM

 
Joanna Kovalcsik
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Congratulations on your Winner, Jeff! :o)


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3/1/2013 3:16:24 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Congratulations, Jeff!


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3/1/2013 5:19:02 AM

 
Beth Spencer
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Congratulations!


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3/1/2013 5:45:53 AM

 
Dale Hardin
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Congratz on the gold Jeff.


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3/1/2013 9:15:02 AM

 
Peggy J. Pfister
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Very creative and superbly executed treatment! Congrats on a fantastic winner!


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3/1/2013 10:04:27 AM

 
Elaine Hessler
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Congrats!


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3/1/2013 12:10:42 PM

 
Daniella Puente
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Congratulations! is a WONDERFUL photo


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3/1/2013 2:07:19 PM

 
Rita K. Connell
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congratulation Jeff, awesome pictures....


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3/1/2013 4:11:06 PM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Artistic and gorgeous Jeff, huge congratulations!!!


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3/1/2013 8:08:25 PM

 
Michele Peterson
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Wow, this is one of those "should be in a magazine" pictures. Very cool how you stitched it all together, also. Amazing creativity and talent. Congratulations on the great win!!


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3/1/2013 10:50:15 PM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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Thanks, everyone! I really appreciate all of your kind words.


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3/2/2013 6:29:38 AM

 
JO ANN CLEVELAND
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Fabulous! Congratulations on your wonderful 2nd Place GOLD Winner Jeff!

jo ann c.


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3/2/2013 7:13:47 PM

 
Brandi K. Mills
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Congrats on winning! It is deserved!


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3/2/2013 10:22:13 PM

 
Cindy Bendush
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Awesome! Big congratulations on your gold!


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3/2/2013 11:17:00 PM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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Thank you, everyone!


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3/3/2013 4:50:24 AM

 
Carmody Baker
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A lot of work with a great result. Congratulations Jeff!


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3/6/2013 6:29:48 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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Couldn't tell that it was a composite, great work, Jeff. CONGRATZ on the Well deserved Gold!

UB.


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3/14/2013 6:10:52 AM

 
Merna L. Nobile
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What a great way to start a new year! Your award winning photographs go from Editorís Pick to Finalist and hopefully to Gold.
CONGRATULATIONS for the month of January, 2013!


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3/17/2013 11:35:00 AM

 
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