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Riders on the storm Photo Contest FIRST PLACE Winner
Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm
Monument Valley (AZ/UT), shot at sunset in december 2003 using a Canon EOS 300D with 18-55 mm AX zoom lens. f5.6, ISO 100, 1/60 s,
© Kartik Venkataraman
Canon AE-1 35mm Pr...
Darren Smith

member since: 9/25/2003
    Astounding image Kartik. Great light (how much, if any, editing was involved) and fab composure. I really like this, well done!

8/2/2004 2:25:05 PM

Gail Vitikacs
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I totally agree with Darren...this is fabulous!

8/2/2004 2:36:11 PM

Kartik Venkataraman

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Thank you for the encouraging comments. The light was definitely very fortuitous, and did not last long. There were storm clouds closing in rapidly around sunset, and I was lucky to be in the right position to capture the sunlight hitting one of the buttes. I removed the slight bluish tinge of the sky using Photoshop to enhance the reds in the landscape, and did some selective burning/dodging to reduce "white noise" in the image.

8/2/2004 2:53:08 PM

Jennifer Rennison

member since: 1/10/2004

Beautiful, Kartik!

8/2/2004 3:16:27 PM

Kristen McKain
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wow! awesome!

8/2/2004 6:00:45 PM

Carol Brill
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Amazing light, shadows, contrasts, and sense of movement in this awesome image, Kartik!

8/2/2004 6:25:30 PM

Debra Booth
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Beautiful, Kartik!

8/2/2004 6:28:33 PM

Ganeshwar Prasad

member since: 4/16/2002

Lovely light and a good composition.
Deep saturated colors!!

Good job, Karthik.

8/2/2004 6:33:27 PM

Wendy Amdahl
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Great Image...Great Title! Beautiful!

8/3/2004 1:53:01 PM

Jennifer Rennison

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Congratulations, Kartik!

9/13/2004 10:37:37 PM

Debra Booth
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Congratulations on this wonderful Finalist, Kartik!

9/14/2004 3:15:27 AM

Dan J. Holm
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Congratulation on you FIRST PLACE WIN, Kartik! Well deserved! Excellent shot!

9/15/2004 1:03:17 AM

S  J
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Congratulations on your 1st Place Win, Kartik! Very well deserving honor this is for you!!!

9/15/2004 1:36:03 AM

Evy Johansen
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Many congratulations, Kartik! Wonderful image - very well deserved!!

9/15/2004 2:12:59 AM

Robin L. Wehrman
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Congratulations, Kartik! On your 1st Place Win!!! Well deserved!!!

9/15/2004 5:16:05 AM

Peter K. Burian
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Kartik: This is a gorgeous image. I have done a lot of photography in the American Southwest, but have never made a photo that is anywhere near as impressive as this one.

Well seen and executed. Congratulations.


Peter Burian

9/15/2004 6:22:07 AM

Kartik Venkataraman

member since: 8/2/2004

Thank you all for your kind comments; they are very encouraging for an amateur like me. There are some exceptional photographs at, and I am honored to have mine chosen among the winners. This is the first time I entered a photo contest...beginner's luck, perhaps!

9/15/2004 8:19:53 AM

bob cornelison
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Fantastic colors! I love it!~:O)

9/15/2004 8:25:02 AM

Wendy Stevenson
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Congratulations on a well deserved win!! Absolutely beautiful capture of stunning scenery.

9/15/2004 8:30:09 AM

Susan T. Evans
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Congrats on your first place winner!

9/15/2004 8:40:09 AM

Jennifer Rennison

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Congratulations, Kartik, on your first place win! Beautiful!

9/15/2004 9:08:20 AM

Kelly Abernathy
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Congratulations on your first place win Kartik! -K

9/16/2004 7:11:27 AM

Bill Borsheim

member since: 8/25/2004

The Mittens(1 in Utah, the other in Arizona) near the Navajo trading post are ancient volcanos centers where the exteriors have eroded away(must have had much more rain than the Navajos get now). If you haven't spent much time there, you really got God's gift for weather & you captured it. Pixers prowl the Southwest hoping for such weather. Your pic is one of the best I've seen.

9/16/2004 7:26:04 AM

Emanuel R.L Marcos
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Congratulations Kartik!!gr8 pic!

10/16/2004 11:39:08 AM

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