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Morning Guardian Photo Contest FIRST PLACE Winner
Morning Guardian
Morning Guardian
Taken at the Forbidden City, Beijing, China. 1/160 sec. @ f/10, ISO 200.
© Cliff Berinsky
Nikon D70 Digital ...
Lorri Shank
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    Awesome photo. Did you use a wide angle?

12/9/2005 7:35:20 PM

Cliff Berinsky
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No, this was shot at 60mm, with Nikon 18-70 lens. Thanks for the very kind comment, Lorri.

12/9/2005 7:47:06 PM

Susan L. Vasquez
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WOW! This is stunning Cliff, well done!

12/9/2005 9:13:01 PM

Janine Russell
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Cliff, excellent detail, colors, DOF and composition.

12/9/2005 10:17:18 PM

Patricia Marroquin
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Very striking, Cliff! Love the colors and perspective. Well done! :-)

12/9/2005 10:59:03 PM

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Intersting and dramatic, were the color was enhanced at all?

12/12/2005 7:43:20 AM

Cliff Berinsky
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The colors were enhanced, but, in a somewhat indirect fashion. I treated the sky seperately by giving it a strong increase in contrast with a levels adjustment. This brought out the colors in the sky. I did this in hopes of making the sky appear as fierce as the expression on the foo dog statue.

12/12/2005 1:18:31 PM

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Nice light - imposing composition.

1/21/2006 12:21:58 PM

William Moore
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way to go C.........

1/21/2006 4:00:49 PM

Marlon Ignacio
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Great POV and love the dramatic sky! Congratulations, Cliff, and good luck in the final judging!

1/22/2006 5:08:42 PM

Chris Macer

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Congrats on the 1st place, Cliff!

1/24/2006 7:34:23 AM

Kristi A. Howson
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Wonderful angle/composition and I love the dramatic impact. Congratulations Cliff on this wonderful 1rst Place Winner!!!

1/24/2006 8:23:57 AM

Claudia Kuhn
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Big congrats to you Cliff on your wonderful first place win!!! A stunning image!

1/24/2006 8:51:16 AM

Marlon Ignacio
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Congratulations on winning FIRST place!! It's a remarkable image, Cliff!

1/24/2006 10:30:40 AM

Terrill Province
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Well, this is just a STUNNING image and well deserves recognition. Unbelievable color, comp, detail, etc., etc.!!!

1/24/2006 10:35:29 AM

Erica Murphy
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A beautiful photo Cliff, so well composed and perfect. Congrats on your BIG WIN!


1/24/2006 11:29:10 AM

Joline Frazier
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Congratulations with your great first place win. This is a beautifully exotic photo.

1/24/2006 2:24:42 PM

Lorri Shank
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Cliff--I am so glad you won!! This image has alot of drama to it. Amazing. Congrats!!!! Lorri

1/24/2006 2:37:34 PM

Jill M. Flusemann
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What a dramatic, powerful image! Congratulations and great job!

1/24/2006 4:27:54 PM

Jill Flynn
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Superb! Congratulations on your FIRST PLACE WIN Cliff.

1/24/2006 7:54:18 PM

Christopher J. Budny
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What an amazing image to look at! I initially thought it was a composite of 3 individual shots, until I read the thread... the sky treatment really sets off the pavillion colors! Congratulations on this great win!

1/24/2006 8:30:03 PM

Evy Johansen
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Congratulations on your great win, Cliff!

1/24/2006 8:47:02 PM

Gustavo Márquez
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Awesome shot, Cliff, good composition and colors,

1/24/2006 9:05:03 PM

Allan L. Dy
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Absolute winner Cliff! Congratulations!

1/24/2006 9:30:37 PM

Mary  Clarke
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Many congratulations Cliff, great image

1/25/2006 1:54:56 AM

Donna W. Neal
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Congratulations on this fine winner Cliff

1/25/2006 4:11:56 AM

Jeff W. Robinson
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Congrats Cliff on this great winning image! Jeff

1/25/2006 4:45:14 AM

Kelly Heaton
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Great Shot , Congratulations!!

1/25/2006 7:32:33 AM

Mick Burkey
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Stunning image, Cliff. Easy to see how it is the WINNER. This image jumps from the page - the judges couldn't avoid it. Fantastic work!

1/25/2006 10:39:27 AM

Desiree M. Bento
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This is an amazing image, Cliff! A well deserved firtst place winner! Hearty Congratulations to you!

1/25/2006 7:43:15 PM

Monika Sapek
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I just love the composition and details in this image! Excellent! Many congratulations on your First Place Win, Cliff!

1/25/2006 11:06:43 PM

Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Dramatic and beautiful, congrats!

1/27/2006 10:37:49 AM

Stephanie A. Laird
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Congratulations Cliff! Fantastic Image!

1/27/2006 2:05:29 PM

Candy Dzenkiw
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Absolutely beautiful...congrats!! :-)

1/31/2006 12:09:28 AM

Kevin Wo

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Is this a composite of two or more images? Just curious.

2/3/2006 5:51:35 PM

Cliff Berinsky
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Kevin: The sky is not original to the image. The original shot was taken on a very overcast day, with a blank, white sky. The sky was shot 2 days later. The statue and buildings are one image.

2/3/2006 6:48:33 PM

Kevin Wo

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Thanks for the reply Cliff. Great job from the Camera and the digital darkroom. I plan to visit China this coming May. Hopefully I too can capture images as photogenic as this one.

2/3/2006 7:52:54 PM

Stefan G
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Congratulations Cliff! Great image!

2/5/2006 9:15:50 AM

Mary N C. Taitt
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Congratulations, CLiff! Nice job! Mary :-)

2/6/2006 5:53:36 AM

Cathy M. Gromball
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Congratulations on your First Place win, Cliff!

Cathy :)

2/13/2006 10:15:43 AM

Nancy Grace Chen
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Incredibly dramatic and striking! A late congrats to you.

3/18/2006 9:08:42 PM

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