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The Visual Journey Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
The Visual Journey
The Visual Journey
I hiked into Arizona's Vermillion Cliffs wilderness one February night to observe the worlds finest sandstone at the first light of dawn. As the sun arose the compositions were limitless and the colors magical. What I never could have forseen was the clouds. The amazing clouds! High Cirrus, wind sheared and naturally striated to match the stone. I could hardly believe my eyes! A palette painted by god captured forever. I used a Canon 17-40L lens, polarizer and ND grad and exposed Fuji Velvia to render this image of the fleeting moment.
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Bob Duncan
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Just awesome Marc,
Well captured

8/18/2005 8:07:35 AM

Julie A. Rowan
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Absolutely Beautiful!

8/18/2005 8:12:30 AM

Debra K. Johnson
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Just takes my breath away! Great image Marc.

8/18/2005 8:18:53 AM

Eric  Schneider
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IMPRESSIVE! need I say more...

8/18/2005 8:33:03 AM

Chris Macer

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Awsome Marc! Every aspect of this shot is amazing. I also really enjoyed the story and thanks for sharing the tech details too!

8/18/2005 8:42:43 AM

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I adore this picture. The colors are breathtaking! Very impressive.

8/18/2005 8:47:47 AM

Joe Terni
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A wonderful shot Marc.To get those clouds as well is incredible.I look at clouds and realy have never seen any so nicely matched to your rock formations.In fact I cannot recollect a similar cloud arrangement over my sky.Well worth the hike...Great shot.

8/18/2005 9:15:58 AM

Marc E. Adamus

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Thanks all for comments. Joe, I haven't seen similar clouds either. The polarizer and grad really brought out the contrast.

8/18/2005 9:33:24 AM

Sandy Landon
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Incredible capture!! Well done!

8/18/2005 9:40:15 AM

Bob Cournoyer
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Stunning image!!

8/18/2005 10:01:47 AM

Bogdan Grosu

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nice scene...unfortunately it's a bit tilted to the left...cheers

8/18/2005 7:07:04 PM

Marc E. Adamus

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No, the image is not tilted to the left. The horizon is perfectly level viewed in Photoshop.

8/18/2005 10:46:07 PM

Mike Umscheid

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Jackpot man. What incredible luck to get a sky to match your foreground element like this. I couldn't believe it at first... holy cow. Well done, Marc, well done. Your entire gallery is nothing short of awe inspiring. -Mike

8/20/2005 9:29:42 PM

Ken Grooms
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Remember us when you get famous Galen - I mean Marc! Just kidding - like Mike just said, you are inspiring to us all. The more you publish the more we'll all benefit!

8/27/2005 8:32:35 PM

Lori Carlson
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THIS IS INCREDIBLE MARC!!! What a vision!!
And great comments once again Ken! :0)

8/30/2005 4:22:42 PM

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WOW.... a true winner!!! Awesome image, Marc!! Congratulations on your POTD win!!

9/5/2005 12:17:02 AM

Susie Peek-Swint
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Breathtaking Marc ~ thanks for being there to share this beauty with us! Congrats on POTD!

9/5/2005 12:22:18 AM

John C. Schwentner
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Refreshing to me to see someone use the camera exclusively for a change. All done with glass elements. Great! Done by someone who knows their way around photography

9/5/2005 12:41:26 AM

Rahul Wachasunder

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This is my first photo of the DAY and I am truely impressed. Awesome Image marc.

9/5/2005 12:43:12 AM

Robyn Gwilt
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What awesome colours and texture - Congrats on your POTD -

9/5/2005 1:47:55 AM

Bill Houghton
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Beautiful shot Marc. You indeed captured the beauty of God's creation.
Congratulations on your POTD win.

9/5/2005 3:02:58 AM

Jennifer Leigh Young

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All I can say is, your photography is where I dream to be with mine. Your shots are incredible.

9/5/2005 3:18:14 AM

Candice C. Calhoun
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Congratulations for this exquisite POTD. Way to go!!!


9/5/2005 3:20:22 AM

Emanuel R.L Marcos
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GR8 shoot Marc , stunning colours , congratulations !

9/5/2005 3:25:05 AM

Dan Walters

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Great shot! Love the light and colors!

9/5/2005 4:41:52 AM

Elisabeth A. Gay
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I am looking at this in awesome wonder! It's beautiful Marc!
Congrats on your POTD

9/5/2005 4:51:24 AM

Terri L. Scribner
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Beautiful!! Congratulations on your POTD!!

9/5/2005 5:13:04 AM

Joy Rector
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congrats on the POTD

9/5/2005 5:13:21 AM

Elrita L. Annett

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This is just stunning! Superb capture!

9/5/2005 5:15:35 AM

Deborah C. Lewinson
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WOW!!! Hearty congrats on your POTD for this masterpiece, Marc, and thanks for explaining how you achieved it.
Can't wait to visit your gallery!

9/5/2005 5:28:00 AM

Donna W. Neal
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WOW Congratulations on this well deserved POTD and Debby called it right a masterpiece!

9/5/2005 5:29:26 AM

Penny Steiner
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I hope you blow this photo up LARGE and hang it on your is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing it with us and congratulations on POTD...

9/5/2005 5:36:34 AM

Laura Clay-Ballard
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awesome!!!!!! congrats on potd

9/5/2005 5:37:40 AM

Lisa Clark
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Fantastic imagery. Congratulations on POTD.

9/5/2005 5:40:23 AM

Cathy Barrows
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Congrats on your POTD...we will be seeing this one again

9/5/2005 5:58:09 AM

Lindley Johnson
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Absolutely stunning! Congratulations on your well-deserved POTD.

9/5/2005 6:00:12 AM

Melissa  L. Zavadil
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Congrats AGAIN mark!!! Nice to see this shot in the spot light!! It was one of my favorites on Acclaim! Cool shot!


9/5/2005 6:00:34 AM

Dave Hubbs
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Simply fantastic........

9/5/2005 6:16:32 AM

Jessica L. Richard
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gorgous image, congrats on POTD!

9/5/2005 6:38:45 AM

Ed Heaton
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Outstanding job Marc... Congrats on POTD!

9/5/2005 7:02:07 AM

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Great image Marc!
Congratulations on your POTD!,

9/5/2005 7:15:08 AM

Kristen McKain
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WOW. Gorgeous shot! Congrats on your POTD.

9/5/2005 7:32:32 AM

Wendy Stevenson
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Stunning scenery and excellent shot Marc! Congrats on your POTD!! I really love the textures!

9/5/2005 7:54:01 AM

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Gorgeous image!! The most beautiful clouds and the most blue skies I have found are in the west. Congrats on POTD!!

9/5/2005 8:00:25 AM

Claudette Foote
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congrats on the POTD

9/5/2005 8:10:35 AM

Leanne M.E. Boyd
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Gorgeous shot, Marc! Congratulations on your POTD!

9/5/2005 8:13:42 AM

Kay Beausoleil
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Breathtaking! Congratulations, Marc, on your POTD!

9/5/2005 8:14:15 AM

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Decidedly a visual feast. Thanks for sharing it with all of us.

9/5/2005 8:14:27 AM

Casey A. Hanson
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Congrats on this stunningly beautiful image, Marc! Bravo!!

9/5/2005 8:37:53 AM

Greg McCroskery
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Congratulations on this very beautiful capture. The composition is outstanding! Thanks also for giving proper credit for this beauty -- God is the ultimate artist!
God Bless,

9/5/2005 8:49:37 AM

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9/5/2005 9:12:31 AM


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I so love Arizona! My sister lives there and this brings back wonderful memories!
Just breathtaking...thank you for the morning's visual treat!

9/5/2005 9:40:53 AM

Tangie L. Smith
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Simply amazing, you must have felt so small and at one with nature at this site.

9/5/2005 10:32:44 AM

Jim Kinnunen
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Outstanding image, Marc!!! Congrats on the POTD!!!

9/5/2005 11:16:27 AM

Anita Taylor
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Wow what a dramatic image, Marc! What a wonderful experience to see all this and have it come together right before your eyes!

9/5/2005 11:26:59 AM

Jenny Bosmans
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Must be quite an experience to see this in real, Marc!! FANTASTIC scene and capture!! Congratulations on POTD!!

9/5/2005 11:41:44 AM

Jacqueline C. Harmon
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very beautiful scene! love it! congrats!

9/5/2005 11:41:49 AM

Mary  Clarke
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Congratulations on POTD - wonderful image Marc.

9/5/2005 1:03:15 PM

Terry L. Ellis
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Amazingly stunning shot, Marc! Congratulations on this fine POTD!!!!

9/5/2005 1:06:00 PM

Pu Chen

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Such an amazing view! Wonderful capture, Marc! Congratulations on your POTD!

9/5/2005 1:26:40 PM

Mike Paravano
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Absolutely outstanding!

9/5/2005 1:39:30 PM

John C. Schwentner
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9/5/2005 1:49:13 PM


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this would be an awesome photo without the clouds, but the clouds make it all the better.

9/5/2005 4:54:09 PM

Virginia L. Allison
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Wow, amazing shot Marc...what a blessing to have seen such a beautiful sight.

9/5/2005 5:37:53 PM

Debra Booth
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Congratulations on your POTD for this masterpiece!

9/5/2005 5:49:26 PM

Judy S. Fung
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Congrats on your POTD, Marc!

9/6/2005 2:24:49 AM

Luhut Napitupulu

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A real masterpiece! The details, the clouds, the colours and the composition as well as the lighting are great, very well captured, Marc! Congratulations on POTD!

9/6/2005 6:16:12 AM

Guy D. Biechele
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Absolutely stunning landscape image! Congrats on your POTD.

9/6/2005 11:00:59 AM

Patty Razonable

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Congratulations on your POTD on this awesome scenic capture!!

9/7/2005 8:36:57 AM


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That's an ass kicking photo, Marc! Wish I would have been there!

9/7/2005 9:34:09 AM

Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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A jewel, such beauty. Well done, congrats!!!

9/8/2005 1:49:02 PM

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9/12/2005 10:37:59 AM

DJ Badger

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The lighting is wonderful. Great subject matter. The topper is the clouds that accent the lines in the landscape.

9/12/2005 1:09:19 PM

Melissa  L. Zavadil
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Congrats again Marc!! Great work!! You are just too good for words!! YOU ROCK!! :)

9/23/2005 10:03:42 PM

Robyn Gwilt
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Congrats on your finalist - could be a WINNER!

9/24/2005 12:01:10 AM

Chris Macer

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Well deserved, Marc! Congrats!

9/24/2005 3:58:05 AM

Leanne M.E. Boyd
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Congratulations Marc!

9/24/2005 4:08:51 AM

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Congratulations on your wonderful finalist!!!!!

9/24/2005 5:44:24 AM

Sandy Landon
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Congrats again!!! Wonderful!

9/24/2005 10:21:42 AM

Amalia Sylvia Arriaga Salinas
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Congratulations Marc!,

9/24/2005 11:51:29 AM

James Reininger
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Great combination of clouds and rock formation.

9/26/2005 8:15:11 AM

Chris Macer

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Big congrats on the win, Marc!!

9/26/2005 10:38:59 PM

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Marc, congratulations on your second place win. The details and colors are wonderful.

9/26/2005 11:15:35 PM

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Marc congratulations on your second place. Kerby

9/26/2005 11:30:00 PM

Joyce ONeil
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Breathtaking win!

9/27/2005 6:47:39 AM

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9/27/2005 8:29:37 AM

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Congratulations on your wonderful Second place winner!!!!!!

9/27/2005 8:36:28 AM

Jacqueline C. Harmon
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congrats..i had a feeling we would see this one agian!!!

9/27/2005 9:44:12 AM

Ken Grooms
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9/28/2005 7:15:46 PM

Serena Pierce

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Stunning image Marc! Congratulations!!

9/28/2005 7:27:40 PM

Marc A. Bailey
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Marc, must have been away when you submitted this - it is absolutely perfect, wonderful shot, wonderful colours, lighting, composition, everything is just perfect. Fully deserved second place, well done!

9/30/2005 9:19:51 AM

Jasmine Chua L.
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Congrats. excellent capture with stunning and vibrant colors. Landscape at its best.

10/1/2005 10:47:50 AM

Alton I. Vance
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Wow! Absolutely gorgeous. It makes me envious. Wish I could have been there. Congratulations on your well deserved second place win. It would be a frist place in my books. Great job! - Alton Vance

10/14/2005 4:01:35 PM

Donna M. Dunaif
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Marc - not only is this image breathtaking, but I checked out your gallery and they're ALL spectacular. Much admiration from a fellow Oregonian (PDX).

10/21/2005 10:22:56 AM

Keith L. Clayton
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You are a very gifted photographer. I enjoyed your gallery.

12/16/2005 8:12:44 AM

Sabrina De Vries
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Lovely scene, breathtaking !

11/21/2007 4:15:32 AM

Joyce ONeil
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Amazing image.... would love to be there.

11/21/2007 10:16:01 AM

Harry E. Pherson
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As usual you pulled another one off...great shot shot Marc...

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