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post #76 of (permalink) Old 07-05-2013, 10:20 PM
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I see all the contributions here were posted in 2012. Can those who have not posted in this thread still contribute their 5 (or 5 million) photos?
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Yes, the thread is meant to be ongoing,so you can post for 2013 now, or if you post for 2012 just specify the year
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I like to think of this thread as themed contribution; for 2012 I picked panos. 2013 was first year in a long time I did not venture out of Canada, something I intend to change in 2014. So my 2013 five-pack is tribute to some faraway places I visited over the years

1. The Lost City


In spring 2006 I spent a month trekking through Peru and Bolivia. While there were many awe-inspiring places, none made bigger impression than Machu Picchu - the Lost City of Incas. This photo was self-timed on little terrace, 5 minutes before departure of our bus that took us down to Aguas Calientes, and train to Cusco. Prior to this I trekked for 4 days classic Inca Trail; contrary to what some say, for me it was as much about end destination as it was about the journey. The imposing bluff in the backdrop is called Huayna Picchu (not unlike one of the Lions!). There is a nice trail up, scrambly at times but rope is there to assist you.

2. Snows of Kilimanjaro


February 2010 saw me reaching my first of Seven Summits. While Kilimanjaro is entirely trekking ("hands in your pockets"), altitude took its toll; summit night under howling winds and temperatures dipping to 20 degrees bellow zero was one of hardest of my life. Sense of accomplishment is hard to describe. Picture here shows famous Kili Glacier, some say will be gone in ~50 years (hopefully not). It is a short diversion from Crater Rim, halfway between Stella Point and Kili summit itself

3. Abu Simbel


Perhaps it was just a cause of expecting too much, but Egypt was disappointment. Polluted beyond reason - knee deep pile of trash in Alexandria where Pharos, one of original 7 wonders of Ancient World once stood; member of our group, guy from Vancouver who had access to UBC labs smuggled water taken from Nile in Cairo and had it examined - he says it was 4 times more dirty than levels at which City of Vancouver would close the beaches! Then beggars - 5 year old kids that can barely walk clinging on your pants all over Luxor and begging for money; "bakshish" is one of first words they learn. But things improved in Aswan, and journey south to ruins in Abu Simbel was personal highlight. Statue of Ramses II was so imposing; even tourist hordes swarming all around could not negate feeling of ancient awe

4. Icon


Everybody will recognize Opera House in Sydney backdropped with famous Harbour Bridge. I don't generally enjoy too much anything man-made, but this was an exception; I consider this place one of true icons of this planet.

5. Everest Base Camp


A friend asked me recently "Why don't you go climb Mt. Everest"? He is not outdoors person; he knows I like to scramble here in Western Canada, and reading about some Everest expedition he thought I should give it a shot (There is no bigger testimony how much Everest has commercialized; for 55-60K companies like Jagged Globe will escort you to the summit). Despite my explanations about altitude, mountaineering skills, etc etc he still cold not quite understand it. Photo here was taken in October 2007, and is as far as I can get in this life. I spent 3 weeks trekking through Khumbu; Everest Base Camp was the culmination. In the background is famous Khumbu Ice Fall; first obstacle on path that leads from Base Camp towards the summit.
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My favorite shots for 2013 (not including the Yukon)

1. Storm clouds turning orange-red during sunset over Lac La Hache.
I was camped out at the provincial campground on my way back from visiting the Yukon and the day was a washout for photographing with clouds and showers. Near the end of the day the sky cleared up a bit and storm clouds formed over the hill. The setting sun turned the clouds a brilliant color.
2. Brilliant fall colors on Flower Ridge in Strathcona Park
3. Misty sunrise along the backroads near Clinton. An early morning drive along the Meadow Lake Road north of Clinton, I photographed the sun rising through mist. The calm air allowed a sharp image of the grass spikelets in the foreground.
4. Salmon Glacier north of Stewart, BC/Hyder, Alaska. During mid-Sept there was a temperature inversion as I drove up to the viewpoint where it was a toasty 14*C. Some thin clouds provided partial diffuse lighting and reduced the glare of sunlight on the glacier.
5. Manzanita Tree in Comox Lake Bluffs Ecological Reserve near Courtenay. I spend a lot of time here during the winter months to wander the bluffs overlooking the lake and to photograph the arbutus trees and Manzanita trees which come in all shapes and sizes with its twisted branches radiating out. As the tree expands the bark cracks and peels away.
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6. Massive cloud formation over Phillips Ridge, Strathcona Park reflected on a pool of water which is there only seasonally.
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I think it is worth mentioning, especially on threads like this, that there is a code of ethics in photography much as there is a code of ethics in climbing. Number one, of course, is not to claim credit for a photo that is not your own. More subtlety, there is the question of whether or not to make a statement regarding post processing of photos. Much of the "wow" factor in todays outdoor photos comes not from the actual scene but from bumping up the saturation slider, applying HDR processing etc, etc. If a photo looks so good it's unreal it probably is. Of course many times nature just can't be beat- it's worth mentioning that those photos were not post processed in any way.

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Solo 75 pics are nice and all, but would fall into
The heavily modified surreal mode .
I think expectations here would be to stay
Within photo realistic.
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This will always be matter of discussion between different camps... I think good photo has always something to say first, everything else 2nd. Here's this year National Geographic Photo of the Year:


Apologies for 'stealing' image from Internet and uploading here, but this blows me away. Very little processing presumably, but boy try to capture this! Completely surreal.

Rest of winners are here: http://news.yahoo.com/photos/winners...092-slideshow/ and yes, some of these are technically amazing, but somehow .. I don't know. Matter of taste I guess, but this polar bear rocks!
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Solo 75's photos to me reflect the end product of someone who has spent their lives studying and appreciating nature, then capturing scenes which define what it is they have seen. If I were asked who the top photographers on this site were, Solo would easily be in that group. Have I been tricked by "heavily modified" imagery?
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This will always be matter of discussion between different camps... I think good photo has always something to say first, everything else 2nd. Here's this year National Geographic Photo of the Year:


Apologies for 'stealing' image from Internet and uploading here, but this blows me away. Very little processing presumably, but boy try to capture this! Completely surreal.

Rest of winners are here: http://news.yahoo.com/photos/winners...092-slideshow/ and yes, some of these are technically amazing, but somehow .. I don't know. Matter of taste I guess, but this polar bear rocks!
certainly a sweet shot, and likely one that wont be available for some time again, this frame is more about dedication to being there for that short moment and getting some frames in difficult conditions. This pic is not great for detail and its not surreal at all.
Its a great capture without a lot of obvious post processing, maybe there was and I have been fooled.
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Solo 75's photos to me reflect the end product of someone who has spent their lives studying and appreciating nature, then capturing scenes which define what it is they have seen. If I were asked who the top photographers on this site were, Solo would easily be in that group. Have I been tricked by "heavily modified" imagery?
ask to put the originals beside the edited ones
I'm not a pro photo dude, nor do I claim to put out great photos on this site, but post processing is a fine line.
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Solo 75 pics are nice and all, but would fall into
The heavily modified surreal mode .
I think expectations here would be to stay
Within photo realistic.
I disagree. When I take photographs, I set my camera using the Neutral mode rather than the landscape or vivid mode. This gives the photo a dull image so that I can process it back to close to what I've seen. If done the other way, the landscape/vivid mode adds too much contrast and saturation and would be more difficult to fix in the other direction. Sometimes it is difficult to recreate an image that one sees in nature. The storm clouds over Lac la Hache was as brilliant as I saw which makes it look surreal. Look at all of Marc Adamus photos....they all look surreal and his uses photoshop heavily but he will disagree that he uses saturation and other tricks heavily.
You cannot compare what comes out of the camera as what the human eye sees since the comparable dynamic range is so vast....the difference is like 10,000:1 so that is why a lot of professionals have to post process. But I don't want to get into that because it was discussed in a past thread a few years ago and it resulted in a heated discussion where people get all emotional...you either accept it or you don't.
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quote:it's worth mentioning that those photos were not post processed in any way.
ALL images are post processed in some way. If you are shooting Jpeg and using images straight from the camera, and claiming they are not retouched, well you are overlooking the fact that it is being done in camera for you based on your settings. If you are shooting Raw and not retouching them they will not look realistic either as they will be flat and lacking vibrancy comparitively. Some thing alot of "purists" over look is even in the old days film was processed with dodging and burning and other techniques.

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quote:ask to put the originals beside the edited ones
What if the person shot Raw? It doesn't prove anything aside from modifications of content.

Photography is as much of an art as anything. The whole mentality that a photo has to look identical to as it was is rediculous. Everyone "sees" differently anyways.
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Pictures are great no matter what. My favourite photos this year are:
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I don't know Lynn, those look like the real thing
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