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Crimson Dawn
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Enchanted Sky Fire
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This was taken on a backpacking trip a few days ago. This is the Alpine Lakes Wilderness in Washington, home of the rare golden larches and granite mountains. This is an amazing place, although incredibly difficult to reach. The hike in nearly killed me, over 5,000 vertical feet and many miles.
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Timothy Dirks
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    Wow! This is awesome Zack, where was it taken?

9/30/2007 6:58:05 PM

 
Zachariah Schnepf
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This was taken in the alpine lakes wilderness in Washington.

9/30/2007 7:11:03 PM

 
Sharon Gross
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WOW!... Talk about "picture perfect"

9/30/2007 7:11:55 PM

 
Joaquin R. Felix
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Very interesting choice of color, as if it is the Red Planet. A splash of Pomegranate from the sky. I'm not sure if I like it or not. Very mysterious, Zack, and it sure catches my attention.

9/30/2007 7:13:23 PM

 
Zachariah Schnepf
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Well, like it or not this is how looked for the most part. It is 2 exposures hand blended, but the color has not been altered much at all.

9/30/2007 7:15:20 PM

 
Joaquin R. Felix
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Zack,

I'm a bit bothered by the red Pine trees down below, they are not convincingly real colors because it just doesn't exist in my own perspective, if you ask me. But then again, you're the artist. Nevertheless, it's a great subject and wonderful composition.

9/30/2007 7:17:17 PM

 
Zachariah Schnepf
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Well there's the problem right there, these are not pine trees at all, these are very rare golden larches. This is one of the very few locations I know of with such a concentration of these amazing specimens. Every autumn they turn from green, to yellow and orange.

9/30/2007 7:20:58 PM

 
Yves Rubin
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Amazing light Zack! I love everything about it, and the strong contrast makes it stand out among many such shots. Superb work!

9/30/2007 8:35:40 PM

 
Yuntao Liu
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Hi Zack, Great capture! I really like the tone and comp! Well done!

9/30/2007 8:40:19 PM

 
cheryl m. phillips
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W I N N E R!!
Wow!!!
This is beautiful Zack! The colors are amazing!
Wonderful work!
~cheryl

9/30/2007 9:53:42 PM

 
Teresa A. Burnett
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Spectacular! Teresa

9/30/2007 10:57:29 PM

 
Janine Russell
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Zack, awesome image; excellent colors, clarity and lighting.

10/12/2007 8:42:44 PM

 
Lorri Shank
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amazing, Zack. Now, I see what you mean. It was worth it, though. Stunning images!

10/19/2007 7:49:41 PM

 
Cathy Stancil
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Glorious image, Zack ! Good luck and congrats on the finalist !

10/24/2007 8:04:53 PM

 
Brian K. Upton
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Lovely image, maybe a bit over saturated for me...but still looks awesome!

10/24/2007 8:06:44 PM

 
Sherry L. Davis
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Stunning! Awesome work, I love this! Congratulations of making finalist!

10/24/2007 8:08:53 PM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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WOW!
Incredibly beautiful finalist!
--Lisa

10/24/2007 8:16:42 PM

 
"emmanuel ""nolax""" N. Montemar
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stunner! congrats! gooluck on the next round!

10/24/2007 8:17:26 PM

 
Neil R. Shapiro
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Beautiful landscape! Great image, good luck!

10/24/2007 8:46:03 PM

 
Patrick Campbell
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Your hard work paid off! What a gorgeous image!!!

10/24/2007 10:18:23 PM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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IMPRESSIVE, glorious scenic. Great colors and scene. A definite favorite, congratulations!! Good luck in the next round!!

10/24/2007 10:22:48 PM

 
Blake T. Lipthratt
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I've seen this over at flickr :)
Great shot, a sure winner.

10/24/2007 11:19:12 PM

 
Paul D.
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Zack, you and Adamus have this amazing ability to remind me how much I miss living in the Northwest. Super image. Until you live there, it's sometimes hard to believe that this is what sunsets look like (therefore, the amazing terra lighting).

If you don't mind me asking, did you use a ND Grad, or HDR, or did you pull in the RAW file a couple times?

10/25/2007 4:55:55 AM

 
Vicki Zoller
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Superb shot, superb eye...congrats on finalist selection...I suspect there will be a win involved too! Excellent...being from the NW myself I appreciate your abilities to capture the beauty and purity of our mountain range!

10/25/2007 5:46:25 AM

 
Debra P. Chenault
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Breathtaking! How did I miss this one before? Congrats on your finalist selection! Absolutely stunning shot!

10/25/2007 6:37:21 AM

 
Zachariah Schnepf
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Thanks all.

Paul, this is 3 exposures hand blended with selections, masking, and a few other techniques. There is actually an updated version that is even better on my site.

No filters were used in the field on this one, and no HDR.

10/25/2007 7:40:23 AM

 
Ronald F. Fischer
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Fabulous capture!

10/25/2007 4:43:47 PM

 
Lorri Shank
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Hey Zac==it was all worth "your most epic day"!! Well deserved. Congratulations!

10/25/2007 8:29:35 PM

 
Patrick R. McMullen
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Great photo Zack! Congratulations! Glad you got something that made it all worth the hike.
Pat

10/26/2007 4:47:13 AM

 
Sherry Sturgis
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MAGNIFICANT!!!
Congratulations, Zack!

10/26/2007 10:35:24 AM

 
randy dannheim
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Congrats my friend, the hike would have killed me.

10/26/2007 7:15:06 PM

 
Lynn Haack
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WOW WOW WOW....my mouth dropped open when I saw this spectacular image! I love the intensity of the color, dramaitc lighting and the sweeping vista. Thank you for sharing your amazing talent with us! Lynn

10/26/2007 7:30:26 PM

 
Evy Johansen
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Congratulations on your very beautiful win, Zack!!

10/26/2007 8:25:05 PM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Congratulations Zack, gorgeous!

10/26/2007 8:30:06 PM

 
Nadya Johnson
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Zack, this is nothing short of BREATH TAKING!! Congratulations on your winner - it's astounding, gorgeous, magical! Worth the effort, for sure!

10/26/2007 11:55:38 PM

 
Donna W. Neal
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You know what Zack, I am so glad you made that hike because now we all get to share the beauty you captured at the top.
Congratulations on a well deserved Winner

10/27/2007 6:00:09 AM

 
Cyn D Valentine
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Stunning..congratulations on this great winner!!

10/27/2007 10:05:16 AM

 
Roger Fry
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Worthy winner Zack . Well done

Roger

10/28/2007 8:45:38 PM

 
Amber Ferguson
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Beautiful!

10/31/2007 6:36:23 PM

 
Corinne M. Thompson
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Congrats on your win for this beautiful scenic capture...well worth your efforts!

11/3/2007 5:20:11 AM

 
James Quantz Jr.
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Great tones! JQ

11/5/2007 8:51:25 PM

 
Stanley C. Sims

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I love this image. Big congrats on a winner. Well worth the trip.

11/7/2007 4:45:32 PM

 
Kristin Koron
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WOW, I can't even begin to express to you how awesome this picture is.....

11/13/2007 2:05:13 PM

 
Melissa Wynn
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Awe inspring photo Zack! This would be an awesome wall sized mural. It is really gorgeous. Such vibrant colors! Congratulations on your win. Missy

11/16/2007 9:48:40 AM

 
Jason Mac Cormac
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Agree with Melissa this would look fab as giant size print on wall. The colours and location look like something not of this earth.

11/19/2007 11:53:46 AM

 
Mitzie Loland
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WoW - this photo is fantastic - I love the colors!!

11/26/2007 4:39:53 AM

 
Lisa R. Buffington
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Congrats Zack on this breathtaking scene! Love the amazing colors, clarity, composition and detail. It was worth the hike you made in there. Great work!

11/26/2007 6:19:46 AM

 
Cindy L. Ledsome
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Zack, amazing image, more than compensates for the effort!!

Cindy

11/26/2007 7:07:20 AM

 
Darryl Wilkinson

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Quite astounding, Zack! Congratulations on your efforts and well deserved recognition!!

11/27/2007 4:53:44 PM

 
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