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Winter Wilderness by kkart Winter Wilderness by kkart
Winter Wilderness


Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

I really tried to frame this shot as best as I can in camera using my Minolta 28mm f2.8 lens. It has been awhile since I put this lens through it's paces, and I have forgotten just how sharp it is...needless to say it is now of the most used lenses as of late for landscapes. I really wanted to try and capture the atmosphere here, presenting the scene as realistic as possible with the subtle light and the textures that are found during winter within RMNP. Trying to make the composition work was challenging at times to really get the river to work within the image.

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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Very interesting composition with a lot of elemements wich cooperate and somewhat compete for a better final result.

Liked the layers of colors wich divide the image in zones with a different "feel", if I put a white paper in the bottom and midle thirds obscuring the water stream would even get the illusion of a hot day, but the entire picture with the snow in bottom clearly show the icemelt subject.

Would enjoy seen the entire curve of it in the right of the image, the inclusion of one margin is fine (and I even wonder if the cut was proposital to create a point of tension, so is a matter of personal taste), the water stream and the colors of bottom are the main subjects and I liked the way they pop into scene.
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ThePerrperr Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
must go there O_O
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CassidyHalliwell Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
Amazing!
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:iconimthenats:
Imthenats Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
It works alright. ANd there's some nice colors to be found here. I like it. ;)
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MrMahoo Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010
Wow, the contrast of the colours is really awesome! Love it! :clap:
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Professional Photographer
:) thanks
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:iconvivip:
viviP Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010
I love this place! One of my favorite parks and a wonderful captures.
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Professional Photographer
hey thanks, I love shooting up there at every chance i get
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snikkio Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Professional Photographer
:hug: Thanks!
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:iconsnikkio:
snikkio Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010
I really like the different colors and how you framed them.
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Nightcitylights Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010  Professional Photographer
Great photo of a great place!
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:icontablelander:
tablelander Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
hits me straight in the heart what a beautiful place kinda different to the little mountains i'm used to Top Shot
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:iconbekkalynn:
BekkaLynn Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Just gorgeous! It looks so peaceful and quiet! Just the place I need to be. =D
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TW-Photo Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome shot!
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Professional Photographer
thanks!
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TW-Photo Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
No problem.
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:iconcell40:
cell40 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010
Life is a long quiet river!!!
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Professional Photographer
You got that right!
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:iconmisskris11:
MissKris11 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Student Photographer
This is stunning.
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
:hug: Thanks hon!
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:iconjgda9rs:
JGDA9RS Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010
oh my goodness..
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
:)
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Such an amazing view! lovely mix of colours
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Professional Photographer
:) Thanks!
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
:hug: welcome!
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Originalbossman Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010
Thats a winner John.
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010  Professional Photographer
thanks!
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:iconhoney-and-venom:
honey-and-venom Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
All four seasons are included here,
the path through a happy year with one's friends!
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010  Professional Photographer
:D Thank you kindly!
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glassreflections Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful job with the framing; this is absolutely beautiful. The color of the river is just gorgeous.
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010  Professional Photographer
:) hey thanks!
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Mischievous-Kitty Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010
This is so lovely! I love how the river looks so cold but the ground, even though its has patches of snow, looks warm. And the trees closest are such a pretty green. :)
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thanks
Winter up here is really different, always a contrast it seems. Glad you like it
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TVD-Photography Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010  Professional Photographer
Wow the colours are really beautiful. I like how you've captured this too so you can see the river, landscape, mountains and just a bit of the sky. It's nicely done :nod:
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thanks
I was really trying to get this shot down in camera, I really wanted to show what it is like to stand here
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TVD-Photography Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
I think you acomplished that. Makes you feel like you are really there :aww:
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pirateladyinmaine Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010
what gorgeous country
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thanks
yeah it really is....I am thankful every day of where i live
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:iconzootnik:
zootnik Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
This is awesome..
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you Wendy
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:iconblindsight67:
Blindsight67 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
Wonderful natural beauty.
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thanks!
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Blindsight67 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010
Quite welcome.
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DrewHopper Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Professional Photographer
I wish the stream wasn't cut off at the right, it would lead you through the photo better if you had it in frame. Beautiful landscape anyway, well sharpened.
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kkart Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thanks Drew, shooting with a prime is a whole other ballgame a lot of the time. I could have backed up a ways but then I would have a lot of empty sky in it, so you kind of have to sacrifice
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DrewHopper Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Professional Photographer
That's when you include more foreground than sky when possible of course. I know how fiddly shooting with my 50mm 1.8 can be, keep going to zoom but there's no ring haha
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hery1989 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
it's cool! you've been featured : [link] let me know if you want me to remove it ;)
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SiteTheWhiteMoonWolf Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
beautiful!! I love the colors.
I wish I lived somewhere near mountains and other beautiful landscapes; it really could have helped me with my assignment ha.
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kkart Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
what is your assignment?
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:iconsitethewhitemoonwolf:
To take photographs of landscapes. :nod:
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