Sand Castle

© Melissa Olsen

Sand Castle

Jeff W. Robinson Student 6/7/2010 6:29:23 AM

An amazing and Beautiful capture of Time and Place! Outstanding work Melissa! Jef #1276216

Linda D. Lester 6/7/2010 6:56:49 AM

Beautiful work!!!!! Love the lighting! #8671003

Val Feldman 6/7/2010 7:42:55 AM

Exceptional capture! Love all the twists and turns of this fantastically glowing, wonderfully textured experience this sight, I wouldn't care if I was brushing sand off for the next three years! :) Kudos, Melissa..your exciting and excellent captures of Antelope Canyon easily put me right into the middle of this phenomenal sight...I think I feel sand in my shoes! :) Excellent work! #8671135

Melissa Gurdus 6/7/2010 8:05:14 AM

Melissa, this is another wonderful shot of that magnificent place!! #8671177

Danny B. Head 6/7/2010 8:05:45 AM

Wow! #8671178

Bobby Ray Goodman 6/7/2010 8:13:14 AM

That is absolutely beautiful,Melissa.Added to my favorite.Wonderful color and lighting.I hope to catch some monsoon storms at Oak Creek and Grand Canyon this summer!!! #8671199

Gina Cormier 6/7/2010 8:36:10 AM

Another stunning image Melissa!!!!! #8671258

Ron McEwan 6/7/2010 8:41:19 AM

Terrific image Melissa, looks like smoke. Someone told me if I ever get there do not change lenses because of the sand. Hope you didn't. #8671270

Melissa Olsen 6/7/2010 9:02:36 AM

Thanks all!
And no way did I change my lens. #8671334

JudyAnn Rector 6/7/2010 11:57:59 AM

Another beauty, Melissa! #8671588

Marcel J. Fernandez 6/7/2010 12:02:21 PM

You are having fun in the slot caves. Nice work! #8671594

Julianne Bradford 6/7/2010 1:51:58 PM

Fabulous work and capture Melissa. I think that the holding on principal works with everything. Don't squeeze too tight :-) #8671771

John Connolly 6/7/2010 3:41:17 PM

Incredible light and color in this unique capture Melissa! An amazing capture! #8672756

Liz Bullock 6/7/2010 10:54:34 PM

Beautiful series! Love the lighting and tones! #8676507

Melissa Olsen 6/8/2010 6:13:27 AM

Thanks again Liz! #8677918

Hal Bambrick 6/8/2010 7:05:59 AM

WOW!!,This Series is just STUNNING!!!. These are Magazine Cover Quality,you should submit them!!!!!. #8678219

Debra R. Harder 6/8/2010 10:08:42 AM

WOW is right! I just LOVE your series, Melissa! Lucky you...the slots are amazing! Beautiful lighting, colors and composition. Stunning! Deb #8678888

Patricia A. Stalter 6/8/2010 10:18:28 AM

Yup.. wow is apt! Here in Tacoma .. no baby yet. You will not believe what they have picked for her name... Brooklin Raeann! #8678925

Randy D. Dinkins 6/9/2010 3:03:37 PM

Great capture, beautiful spot and perfect MT entry! #8682939

Ken Smith 6/11/2010 6:08:32 PM

It was sandy when I was there too, but this is the first photo I've ever seen with the sand captured in the light. You're rolling! #8689642

Howard B. Cheek 6/12/2010 7:52:44 PM

I see you've been busy cave dwelling..
Wonderful series of images, fascinating really.
I've posted a few again, guess you could say I've come out of my "cave" for now :)

Nancyj Hovey 7/12/2010 2:04:37 PM

on your very deserving FINALIST! 8o) #8751506

Bojan Bencic 7/12/2010 2:24:15 PM

Congratulations on your finalist, Melissa. #8751712

Patricia A. Stalter 7/12/2010 3:31:05 PM

What ever! There is no denying that this is most deserving! congrats and good luck in the next stage. #8752500

Bobby Ray Goodman 7/12/2010 3:36:35 PM

Beautiful capture,Congratulations Melissa!! #8752553

Sherran Andersen 7/12/2010 9:20:44 PM

Congrats Melissa. #8755393

Janet McNeil 7/13/2010 4:16:39 AM

Congratulations on this well deserved Finalist!! #8756266

Jack Ryan 7/13/2010 6:42:30 AM

Congratulations, Melissa..a very deserving selection. #8756981

Diane E. Deming 7/13/2010 8:38:48 AM

Outstanding image, Melissa! I never tire of looking at Antelope Canyon photos. It must be spectacular in person. Congratulations! #8757622

Anita N. Hogue 7/13/2010 10:49:47 AM

Congratulations, Melissa this is stunning! #8758170

Debra R. Harder 7/13/2010 8:11:10 PM

I agree...this is truly STUNNING, Melissa! Huge congratulations on your OUTSTANDING finalist! Deb #8760273

Sam Britt 7/13/2010 8:15:43 PM

Congratulations, Melissa! #8760297

Bojan Bencic 7/14/2010 1:38:53 PM

Congratulations on your amazing win, Melissa. #8762460

Mary Beth Aiello 7/14/2010 1:44:46 PM

Wowzer, Melissa. Absolutely stunning. Huge congrats on this well deserved WINNER. #8762518

Mark Dodge 7/14/2010 1:49:53 PM

Way to go, Melissa! Well deserved gold! Congratulations! #8762566

Bobby Ray Goodman 7/14/2010 1:53:01 PM

A big congratulations,Melissa!!! #8762590

Tammy Espino 7/14/2010 1:57:40 PM

Huge Congrats on your win!! :) #8762636

Nancyj Hovey 7/14/2010 2:03:01 PM

on your very deserving SECOND PLACE WINNER!! #8762682

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna 7/14/2010 2:13:35 PM

WTG on your win, Melissa! :-) k #8762744

Allen O. Howard 7/14/2010 2:45:53 PM

It is wonderful Melissa! Congratulations! #8762867

Lorna Shutter 7/14/2010 2:46:02 PM

CONGRATULATIONS on your 2nd Place Win for this beautiful image, Melissa!!!!! :) Photobucket #8762868

Carol L. Fowler 7/14/2010 3:00:13 PM

Big Congrats! #8762971

Monnie Ryan 7/14/2010 3:00:33 PM

This one's nothing short of awesome, Melissa -- a great big CONGRATULATIONS on your win! #8762974

Linda D. Lester 7/14/2010 3:03:19 PM

WTG!!! Awesome shot..Congratulations! #8762991

Agnes Fegan 7/14/2010 3:04:55 PM

Wow...terrific image. Congrats on your win! #8762997

Claudia Kuhn 7/14/2010 3:58:48 PM

Gorgeous, congrats on your win Melissa! #8763206

Jessica Jenney 7/14/2010 4:06:06 PM

Congratulations, Melissa on your gorgeous win! #8763248

Judy A. Lawhon 7/14/2010 4:35:08 PM

WOW....congrats, Melissa on this well deserved win!!!!!! #8763447

Patrick Rouzes 7/14/2010 4:36:25 PM

CONGRATULATIONS on this phenomenal Winner, Melissa! WTG, indeed! #8763456

Debra R. Harder 7/14/2010 5:53:09 PM

WTG, Melissa! Huge congratulations on your EXCELLENT GOLD WINNER!! Deb #8763768

Randy D. Dinkins 7/14/2010 6:09:33 PM

Big congrats, well deserved!!!! #8763811

Val Feldman 7/14/2010 6:47:06 PM

There ya go, Melissa - a WELL-DESERVED Gold Win...Happy for you - Huge Congrats!!! (Yep, I'm smilin' ear to ear looking at that badge - WTG!) #8763897

Sam Britt 7/14/2010 7:40:34 PM

Congrats on this second place win, Melissa! #8764080

Leslie Carson Wolfe 7/14/2010 9:02:24 PM

Incredible, brilliant, fantastic, excellent, splendid, marvelous, magnificent, gorgeous, terrific, wonderful, awesome, stunning, amazing, and BEAUTIFUL!!! Congratulations, Melissa! #8764268

Mary K. Robison 7/15/2010 3:53:17 AM

Ditto on Leslie's adjectives, Melissa!
Congratulations on your well earned Win! #8764694

Anita N. Hogue 7/15/2010 5:13:48 AM

Congratulations on a wonderful winner! #8765006

Melissa Olsen 7/15/2010 6:00:17 AM

Thank you all so very much! #8765116

Tarun Bose 7/15/2010 11:04:52 AM

Big congrats Melissa for your winner. #8765722

Mike Clime 7/15/2010 11:42:06 AM

Congratulations on your winner! #8765781

Susan M. Campbell 7/15/2010 7:18:29 PM

Amazing and beautiful Melissa. Congratulations!! #8766643

Teresa F. Smith 7/16/2010 8:38:53 AM

Congratuations Melissa!! The entire series is a winner. #8767863

Jeff W. Robinson 7/16/2010 11:23:14 AM

Congrats Melissa on this Amazing 2nd Place Win! Jeff #8768100

Bill Foxworthy 7/17/2010 2:44:44 PM

Outstanding Melissa, congratulations. #8770004

Michael G. Marshall 7/19/2010 6:23:26 PM

Terrific winning image, Melissa! Congratulations! Michael #8774326

Eivor Kuchta 7/21/2010 9:26:01 AM

So well deserved, Melissa! Big congratulations on your winner!!! #8778087

Dominick M. Dimacale 9/13/2010 3:26:33 AM

Congratulations Melissa on your Win!!!

Dominick #8897221

Vincent J. DeSanto 12/31/2010 6:56:14 AM

Melissa, what a great capture, amazing color, clarity and the composition is perfect. Great work here Melissa. #9134884

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One thing for sure all who venture into Antelope Canyon will have sand in their hair, shoes and camera as it blows continuously. I was fascinated by the shapes of the sand caught in the light streaming from above and from the “Castle” stone walls. Time, sand and water create the unique curves and shapes. No filters or color adjustment
“Time is like a handful of sand- the tighter you grasp it, the faster it runs through your fingers”

Exif: F Number: 4, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/15 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 200, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 24.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III

Uploaded on 6/7/2010 5:39:37 AM Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner

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