© Varina C. Patel


Cathy Laurenzi 9/16/2007 5:05:13 PM

Incredible photo! #739771

Deborah C. Lewinson 9/16/2007 5:20:25 PM

Stunningimage, Varina!!! #4799886

Susana Ms Heide 9/16/2007 5:23:15 PM

Varina, the lighting and exposure are truly MAGNIFICIENT!!! #4799903

Rolando Rosito 9/16/2007 5:30:10 PM

Stunning image here, what a show of light as you said. #4799928

Linda M. Mishler 9/16/2007 5:44:11 PM

Varina~ This is an absolutely gorgeous photo! I love the capture of the sunbeams on this and the variance of color is awesome!
Linda =) #4799985

Chuck Bruton 9/16/2007 5:56:24 PM

It's an "Oh,WOW!" shot, beautiful. #4800034

Lindley Johnson 9/16/2007 7:08:39 PM

This is stunning, Varina! Glorious light and color with terrific composition - wonderful work! #4800317

Susan M. Campbell 9/16/2007 9:51:09 PM

The lighting is so wonderful...what a gorgeous scene!! #4800707

Tim G. Stout 9/17/2007 10:06:51 AM

Very well done! Absolutely Stunning! #4803269

Karolyn J. Seeley 9/20/2007 6:29:51 AM

wowzer.....great lighting, well captured shot! #4815872

Dennis Walton 10/23/2007 7:47:04 AM

An uplifting photo. Well done! http://www.fdwphotos.com #4966621

Mick Burkey 10/23/2007 10:46:31 AM

As others have said ... Stunning! Great timing on this beautiful image, Varina. I will certainly check out your other shots. Thanks! #4967425

Kay E. Mahoney 11/26/2007 7:54:07 PM

Congratulations on your finalist. #5131642

Linda M. Mishler 11/26/2007 7:57:10 PM

Again...stunningly gorgeous!! Congrats!! #5131683

Dennis Walton 11/27/2007 5:30:27 PM

I am glad this one made it into the finals. Beautifully done. #5138404

randy dannheim 11/27/2007 8:41:19 PM

Varina, congrats on your second place win - this beautiful. #5139579

Darryl Wilkinson 11/27/2007 9:32:35 PM

Fascinating, indeed! Congratulations on your win, Varina!! #5139853

Lisa J. Boulden 11/27/2007 10:21:11 PM

Gorgeous WINNER!!!
--lisa #5140076

Evy Johansen 11/27/2007 10:31:41 PM

So beautiful! Big congratulations on your win, Varina! #5140142

Varina C. Patel 11/28/2007 9:14:24 AM

I am honored to have been chosen as a winner in this contest. Thanks to all of you for your congratulations and encouragement. I appreciate it enormously. #5142813

Milan Banik 11/28/2007 10:17:58 AM

awesome shot .congratulations #5143029

Tarun Bose 11/28/2007 10:49:47 AM

Big big congrats Varina for your second prize winner. Well done. #5143124

Lynn Haack 11/28/2007 2:13:04 PM

Excellent title for an excellent WINNER! CONGRATS....Lynn #5143862

Amanda Chapman 12/1/2007 7:23:57 AM

Absolutely BEAUTIFUL ♥ #5155524

Sharon Day 12/2/2007 5:35:24 AM

Gorgeous photography, Varina!!! Your scenics are nothing short of amazing! You and Jay do beautiful work! Congratulations on your win! #5158773

Bill Houghton 12/4/2007 1:45:16 PM

This is beautiful work Varina. Congratulations on your win. Bill

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Susan Cliett 12/5/2007 7:26:53 AM

Varina, This photo is beautiful, a work of art!! Congratulations! #5171749

Marti de Alva 12/5/2007 7:27:30 AM

Congratulations Varina! This looks like Logan Pass -- always dramatic, never the same. You captured this one beautifully ~ definitely a prize winner!

This image is dramatic proof of the benefits of using a GND filter. I bought one, but have yet to incorporate it into my shooting workflow. Do you make any in-camera adjustments when using it?. How does using a GND filter effect your metering? #5171752

Varina C. Patel 12/5/2007 7:38:32 AM

Thanks for your very kind words, Marti. You are correct - it is Logan Pass. It is not necessary to make in-camera adjustments when shooting with a GND filter. I simply place the filter over the lens and meter the scene as usual. It takes some experience to know which filter to use and when, but it's not difficult once you get the hang of it. I used a .6 soft filter for this shot. It brings down the light by 2 stops at the darkest point, and the density fades slowly. A hard filter would create a harsh line between dark and light areas. You can choose a higher or lower density according to your lighting conditions - and you can overlap filters if necessary.

I hope this helps!

Varina Patel #5171790

Donna La Mattino Pagakis 12/5/2007 8:19:24 AM

Outstanding scenic, great winning image. The lighting is so beautiful. Congratulations on your win and PhotoFlash feature! #5171903

Marti de Alva 12/5/2007 8:25:43 AM

Thank you for your response Varina. I only have one -- and am not even sure I have all I need for using it. (I bought it used somewhere.) But you've inspired me to figure it out.

By the way, I looked at both the images in your gallery here, as well as your website. It would be hard to miss the impact of your experiences at the moments when you are clicking the shutter. Your compositions, feel for the dramatic light, and your skill at rendering that experience are awesome!

Here is a film scan, worked in PS to maximize detail in highlights & shadows. I like it, but look forward to seeing how much more gradations of tone can be found.... #5171912

Brad Mangas 12/5/2007 10:38:39 AM

Varina, this is an absolute Beautiful imagae! One I would be proud to hang on my wall. Congratulations on your Win, very deserving. #5172245

Autum Rhoades 12/5/2007 11:10:43 AM

Beautiful, Varina! This is one of our favorite places to visit. I used to live near there. GREAT work on this! #5172295

Ariel Lepor 12/6/2007 5:49:42 PM

Very beautiful scene. Congratulations! #5177092

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0.8sec at f14
Glacier National Park was an incredible success for us. We were able to capture some of the most impressive light shows I've ever seen. This is one of them. A few minutes earlier, the rays of the sun began to stream through this little gap in the clouds. At first, the rays were contained to a small area far away on the mountainside. The valley was veiled in mist and lacked the contrast that would make a truly beautiful image. But as the sun dropped towards the horizon, more beams of light escaped from behind the clouds - and the mist filtered and reflected the light to create this ethereal scene.

I used a GND filter to bring down the sky in this image. Shooting into the sun can be disastrous, but with careful processing I was able to recreate the scene in all it's glory.

Exif: Exposure Time: 0.8, Flash: 16, ISO: 100, Camera Model: Canon EOS 20D

Uploaded on 9/16/2007 4:57:20 PM

BetterPhoto.com All Time Best Photo Contest Editor's Pick
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner

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