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The Solitary Winter by kkart The Solitary Winter by kkart
The Solitary Winter

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

One of the things I love to do is study the landscape and compositions using my Tamron 200-400mm getting in close to things that otherwise one would miss with a standard landscape lens. I am often amazed at the things which I see and the things which I find. As was the case with this shot here.

This is a rework of the color version below, using one of my custom made Lightroom 3 split tone presets which I am thinking about making available at some point, with final touch up in Photoshop cs5. I really wanted a sense of emotion, mood, and feeling, of how harsh the winters can be up here.



I hope you all like it!
John


See more on my website jdebordphoto.com all work copyrighted 2009 John De Bord. Feel free to link to this shot on Facebook, Twitter, etc. I welcome the extra exposure!
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:iconetandk:
ETandK Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
Crisp and cool, I like it very much..........................
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Danielmcleod Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
this photo reminds me the brilliant songs of 'Agalloch'
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karanaglephoto Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Looking at the color thumbnail I feel I like the black and white much better. The black and white causes me to focus on the texture instead of the color. It seems far colder, which is how I see winter. Cold, desolate, and not so full of life. I like this.
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waves-of-illusion Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011   Photographer
Majestic and imposing , especially in B&W :)
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:iconeldereyes:
Eldereyes Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Professional Photographer
Awesome capture! Featured here... [link]
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:iconmuskeg:
Muskeg Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010   Photographer
Beautiful, John! This has such a wonderful nostalgic feel, like images of the Alaska gold rush...
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:iconzanasoul:
ZanaSoul Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010
Hi John, your work has been featured in #ArtsyStuffClub's journal [link]

We wish you a beautiful and merry christmas :santa:
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:icontlbendele:
tlbendele Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010
Excellent post process black and white. You've captured winter very well here.
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:iconsheikah:
sheikah Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
This is very beautiful! You really got the emotion across, it's much more powerful than the original. Great work!!!
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:iconjohhy55:
Johhy55 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010
Awesome!
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:iconrdalpes:
rdalpes Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
une feature [link]
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:iconnitrok:
Nitrok Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent work!
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:iconaponom:
aponom Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
:clap:
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:icontorsten-hufsky:
Torsten-Hufsky Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Professional Photographer
looks really great
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LewisMcGregor Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Professional Filmographer
speechless!
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TempusNemini Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010
splendid photo! so much winter in it ;)
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Goanna-Equine Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010
I believe you have achieved your aim of creating a bitterly cold, uninviting and generally unpleasant ambience, whilst also having (in the same image) a scene of awe and humility at the vastness of the cliffs. I love photographs which tell a story or invoke emotions or thoughts.

We the viewer are sitting at the computer in our air-conditioned (or heated) house/office looking at the lovely photograph which you did the hard yards in the cold, rugged terrain taking the photos for us. And that deserves penty of respect for the photographer.
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TrevorGraham Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
stunning, i love it
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diamondZan Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
this is gorgeous! :love:
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KatRobotz Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
Amazing!!!
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:iconcutekitty23:
cutekitty23 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I love it! I like how it looks like one of those old photographs back in the day!
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TexanJedi Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Student Photographer
Great shot!:clap:
I've hiked there during the summer but have never been there during winter.
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:iconfroggynaan:
froggynaan Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I love the toning and the. Makes it look anitque... like it's printed on aged, matte finish paper. Also, the vignette gives a nice retro touch.
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wolfcreek50 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
Grand shot and capture...reminds me of the inside of a snowglobe...fine work...
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:iconindrian:
Indrian Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
I won't even attempt putting how much I love this into words... :O
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:iconthe-bubblefish:
the-bubblefish Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
beautiful!! :D
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bigskyguy Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I like it!
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2brokenhearts Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
:jawdrop: :wow:!!!!!! this is such a breath taking!!!!!! :wow: it is B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-LLLLLL, great work :thumbsup: :giggle: :love::hug::kiss: :blowkiss::iconkissmeeplz::iconcocoloveplz: :iconbackhug: :iconnewhugplz::icondoublehugplz::iconglomp2plz: :icongwompplz: ;) :woohoo:
:iconthumbsupplz::iconiloveitplz::iconthumbsup2plz::iconthanksplz2: FOR SHARING IT WITH US :D :omg: I think I'm going to :faint: hehehe :blush: sorry I think I got a little carried away! didn't I? Oh, dear!!! :giggle:
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LeashaAHooker Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010   Photographer
This is gorgeous in b&w! Awesome work and composition! I can't wait to see snow in Colorado!! :excited:
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:iconmyrddhin:
Myrddhin Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
It looks completely uninviting. For me it takes the romance out of winter and puts a nice cold barbed thorn in its place.

Great shot!
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life-flashes Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
i like the b&w one. it's stunning.
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GeminiArtNStock Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010   Digital Artist
fantastic work John
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:iconinobras:
inObrAS Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
Wonderful work! :clap:
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pirateladyinmaine Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
very nice. cold and beautiful at the same time.
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:iconbunteberte:
BunteBerte Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing :thumbsup:
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:iconedeleth:
Edeleth Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
this is beautyful :)
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:iconsnaphappy101:
snaphappy101 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
stunning shot! :)
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:icongetcarter:
getcarter Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010   Photographer
ansel adams is back - excellent shot, John.
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Professional Photographer
lol thanks!
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:icongetcarter:
getcarter Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010   Photographer
you´re welcome :)
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:icongutheory:
gutheory Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010   Photographer
A lovely photo..:)
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Blue-Smudge Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
Looks incrediblely cold. Lovely work, John.
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
'tis beautiful
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Professional Photographer
thank you David very much
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:icondavincipoppalag:
davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
very welcome John
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Mr-Tobi Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing work, great job. :thumbsup:
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Professional Photographer
thank you!
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:iconmr-tobi:
Mr-Tobi Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Welcome!
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