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author Darwin
title Painted Hills
date2/12/2002 3:49:30 PM
detailsMamiya 645 with 80mm lens, 2-stop hard-edge grad and warming polarizer on Velvia film

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blinks: 366.26score: 9.185voted: 115

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1 Berenice Kauffmann Abud (AFIAP /2004)   (2/12/2002 4:26:56 PM)
Congrats, Darwin!
2 Vovkas   (2/12/2002 4:35:04 PM)
uuu! inreal nature
3 Joanna Pecha   (2/12/2002 4:48:47 PM)
This is great! What a fantastic shot! Sorry, I can't vote yet...but it's truly a work of art!
4 mbighin (Mauro Bighin)   (2/12/2002 4:50:06 PM)
Yes it seems definitely painted. Great work as usually Darwin.
5 Dima Zverev   (2/12/2002 5:54:22 PM)
Is that real color? Wow!
6 MJFerron   (2/12/2002 6:21:02 PM)
Wonderful work Darwin. Painters should do so well. Where is this? 9.5
7 Darwin   (2/12/2002 7:18:43 PM)
Painted Hills is in Oregon, amazing place really...

8 Lagernet (Lyle Gellner)   (2/12/2002 8:09:12 PM)
Both exceptional and very unique. The color is quite unreal looking. Thanks for sharing this one Darwin,,Ive not heard of this place or have I seen anything like this in any of my travels.
9 kristupa   (2/12/2002 8:20:23 PM)
Nice coloring
10 jasmine (April Coleman)   (2/12/2002 9:28:43 PM)
absolutely beautiful capture, looks like a dream world, love the foreground - just makes it perfect for me.
11 Jairo Leiva   (2/12/2002 11:21:50 PM)
that is a very impressive effect you got with velvia and the warming polarizer, it seems like a view from another world
12 Phil Hilden   (2/12/2002 11:24:50 PM)
Darwin! It's magnificent! Absolute perfection. 10
13 gdanger (George Dangerfield)   (2/12/2002 11:35:15 PM)
A real treat for the eyes here Darwin, this place looks like a painting, just wonderful! (9.1)
14 mikeswiet (m&m sweet)   (2/13/2002 1:01:50 AM)
very pretty pastels - i like looking to see your filter / film combo info - beautiful
15 Greg (Greg Governale)   (2/13/2002 2:02:29 AM)
You consistently produce extremely high quality images that truly amaze me. There is something about this image that makes it look like a painting. Velvia is a wonderful film, but sometimes IMO it produces results that seem a
little bit artificial. Some people love the look, unfortunately not all people. I'm not sure how I truly feel about this image. I have viewed it at least four separate times and each time I feel differently about it.I can not vote yet, so I'm not sure if it matters?
Greg Governale
16 JM FERRER   (2/13/2002 2:45:15 AM)
A really plastic and different place, wonderful.
17 Shirley D. Cross   (2/13/2002 2:52:51 AM)
What can I say? Your photos use up all the good adjectives!!!
18 Regina Lafay   (2/13/2002 3:03:05 AM)
19 Ivan (Ivan Miksik)   (2/13/2002 4:47:18 AM)
Fantastic colours (and structure)!
20 Lockhart   (2/13/2002 6:19:40 AM)
I think it is time for Sergei to create a new category: "Darwin." You have reached that point in one's work that the body of your work is so unique that it is instantly recognized. Those of us who aspire to become better at this art form are just lost in the crowd, still striving to find our own unique perspective and expression of the world of light. You have moved beyond us into a new realm of expression -- into the world of art. This work is probably the best I have seen you post. It is surrealism, real but not real, high art, uniquely your own. For a stuggling photographer like myself, this work is an inspiration, something to strive for. Bill (10)
21 CherylB (I only lie when I do not like your pic)   (2/13/2002 6:41:20 AM)
Ok where is this? I want to put some footprints on those hills. It's beautiful for sure but my favorite part is the foreground grasses.Now bring back Le-roy! :)
22 oneolden   (2/13/2002 6:57:05 AM)
The ultimate (10)
23 H. Lehmann (Hanne Lehmann)   (2/13/2002 6:58:14 AM)
Wow. Are those the real colors? This is an incridible photo. Congratulations. Regards, Hanne. (10)
24 MelanieK.   (2/13/2002 7:10:10 AM)
Superb image... thank you for posting this one... it's stunning.
25 Maria A. Herkenhoff   (2/13/2002 7:18:43 AM)
This is beautiful and very impressive. Superb!!!!
26 Josť Dias   (2/13/2002 7:35:09 AM)
I don't believe that this is a real photo, it is an excellent photoshop work (8,5)
27 Maurilio   (2/13/2002 7:44:40 AM)
Excellent work!
28 LindaY (Linda Y)   (2/13/2002 8:04:48 AM)
Beautiful, Darwin. I agree with Cheryl. The hills are absolutely gorgeous, but it is the framing of the grasses that really makes this one a standout.
29 Mealha   (2/13/2002 8:39:24 AM)
Outstanding! 10plus.
30 Jeanne Miller   (2/13/2002 8:40:13 AM)
One of your best.
31 mortipher   (2/13/2002 8:42:12 AM)
What can I say - its absolutly wonderfull photo very graphic and sharp, fantasy - it's beautifull...
32 John (John Weeks)   (2/13/2002 9:00:11 AM)
Magnificent, breathtaking, outstanding and Bloody spectacular! Not a lot more to say, score 10
33 Betsy   (2/13/2002 9:01:27 AM)
Where do you find such magnificent, scenic sights? It's like you are surrounded by a dreamland you share with us. Your capture is inspiring and gorgeous!!!
34 E.J. (E.J. Peiker)   (2/13/2002 10:05:41 AM)
Once again you have left me speachless!
35 Darwin   (2/13/2002 10:35:04 AM)
This image has a love hate relationship with viewers, the landscape itself is the work of art, I just captured it on film. It helped that I photographed the landscape in flattering light and got the most colour possible using a polarizer and grad combo on the 'love it or hate it' film called Velvia. For those who are intrigued by this landscape I would suggest a road trip to eastern Oregon. This place will blow you away. If the colours look too unreal, blame that in part on nature, and in part on me for the capture method. For those unbelievers, this is a real lanndscape captured on real film, with a real camera. The only photoshop work done on this was minor tweaking in curves to get the scan to match the slide
36 Bridey   (2/13/2002 10:53:10 AM)
You couldn't have picked a better time of day to shoot these hills. I love the incredible colors, but what amazes me are the textures; the hills are absolutely velvety, and the grasses soft and billowy. Looks like a Roger Dean album cover. Congratulations.
37 Dom (Dominic Cantin)   (2/13/2002 11:01:17 AM)
Like on an other planet ;o) thanks to providing me such wallpapers on my pc :o)
38 Alan Hauge   (2/13/2002 12:06:28 PM)
Wonderfull all over.
39 Regina Lopes   (2/13/2002 1:04:11 PM)
Amazing! This place should be the paradise in the Earth. Without words to translate my enchantment. Congrats.
40 Japper (Jasper Doest)   (2/13/2002 1:07:27 PM)
OMG!!!.........................................speechless... inspiring!!! (10)
41 Darwin   (2/13/2002 2:07:17 PM)
People keep asking exactly where this is. It is in the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument about an hour and a half out of Bend Oregon. Isabel (IP) was kind enough to email me a link for those interested in more info. Here it is...
42 mikeswiet (m&m sweet)   (2/13/2002 2:11:03 PM)
had to stop by again ...... extraordinary
43 VonBlashke   (2/13/2002 3:08:22 PM)
44 erlandpil   (2/13/2002 3:15:03 PM)
Hi Nice pictures,luke like a paradise
45 Diana Ramsey   (2/13/2002 6:29:11 PM)
It's hard to come up with a word to describe this that hasn't already been said! So I won't even try. Just know that this picture REALLY caught my attention in a good way!
46 SharonS   (2/13/2002 7:38:40 PM)
This is so incredibly beautiful! I have to see this in person sometime. Thanks for the location information and link. Awesome photo!
47 owlz (Donna Eaton)   (2/13/2002 8:45:52 PM)
I could just look at this for hours. Just wonderful and what an amazing place.
48 AZ high voltage   (2/13/2002 10:05:39 PM)
Simply unreal Darwin
It is a real place and yes, it does look like this...but certainly not in any of the pictures I tried to take. Mastery of ones equipment and techniques will result in masterpieces like this. Congratulations and thanks for sharing your work here for us to enjoy! (10)
49 sukey   (2/13/2002 11:49:40 PM)
50 Barbara   (2/14/2002 1:51:09 AM)
Huhhh, i guess krc is right, push the saturation up and you get higher votes. But PhotoBlink is no exception, look at the websites of all the american pro landscape/nature photographers: supersaturation everywhere. Thats obviously the trend. If you look at their technical details, you read always the same: Velvia, ND Grad and Polarizer. I guess this look sells, but for me its getting boring already. They say that the ND Grad is used to bring the bright sky into the latitude of the film, but i think that filter now is mostly (over)used to create this trendy 'dramatic' dark sky. When i look at the photo here, the sky looks like the coloured top of my windshield, artificial. I don't think that the 2 stop ND Grad (+ Polarizer) was technical necessary. The supersaturated greens of the foreground grass are a pain in my eyes, my first impression was: 'Disney World'. For me that is simply too much, together with the already otherwordly landscape the whole photo looks fake. But it seems most members here like that look. Darwin, this is a fantastic landscape and composition, but i think it needs a more subtle treatment to bring out the delicate palette of earth colours and fragile greens of the hills. When i crop out the grass (the green!), crop most of the sky (the windshield!) and desaturate the rest of the photo a bit, then it doesn't look like something from Disney World, but it still looks otherworldly and fantastic, and i like it a lot more ! It's a love hate relationship :-)
51 Christina Bowker   (2/14/2002 9:02:32 AM)
A 10, pure and simple
52 Darwin   (2/14/2002 11:39:26 AM)
Everything you say is so true. Photography is expression and photography becomes art when the photographer uses methods to translate his or her own vision to film or a digital capture device. Some like subtle dreamy effects, some like dripping wet colour. The great thing is that you as the photographer can decide how you want to portray your subjects using technique and vision.

There is no right or wrong way to photograph anything, just your way. For me I like bright saturated cheerful colours, others find my work too 'smaltzy'. And that is perfectly valid, that is why I accept 6 or 7's on images like this gracefully. These are valid scores... if the treatment turns you off how can you give the image a high score?

What I appreciate the most is your candor and you thoughtful explanation. You are not alone in your opinions, many art directors and designers have also become sick of the dripping wet Velvia colours and have been using way more subtle 'earthy' kinds of photos. Images like mine have become too 'pop' for their tastes. They accept images from me that are more what you describe and reject images like this as just more 'eye candy' continued...
53 Darwin   (2/14/2002 11:40:08 AM)
Look around at advertising shots, most now are soft and pastel, many in toned b w, lots of soft focus. The kind of things Blinkers would generally give low scores to because they perceive technical flaws. This is why we often lose 'artsy' types here, because they become frustrated with the perceived 'narrow' vision of blinkers.

So all we can do is express opinions and tell others why an image works for them or not. Your response is one of the most thoughtful I have ever seen on PB. Thanks for sharing this with us.

54 Jackle (Cory Poole)   (2/14/2002 1:35:40 PM)
Wow, Barbara couldn't have said it any better! I myself tend to like to sometimes over saturate my landscapes and skys for more dramatic results but it is my opinion that a scape like this one is already so colorful and strong that when filter is added, it is just too much. You are certainley on of the most talented authors here at PB and your photos are very well done but this one just doesn't seem to have that certain tech. superiority. (No intent to offend!)
55 ACook (Ann Cook)   (2/14/2002 3:11:21 PM)
Like E.J. I'm just a bit speechless. If I was speechless I couldn't write this. No love/hate here Darwin...I'm struck!
56 archera (Roland DiSabatino)   (2/14/2002 5:00:30 PM)
I think comments #50, #52 and #53 are absolutely fantastic and informative!
57 Brites dos Santos (Artur JBS)   (2/14/2002 5:35:49 PM)
Excellent framing and colors!
58 Antonio Jorge Nunes   (2/14/2002 6:25:38 PM)
Call it "pop", call it oversaturated. I think it's superb. One of the best landscape photos on PB IMHO. Thank you Darwin, for all the wonderful photos you post. Work like yours is an inspiration.
Pure magic. Now we know why people can vote 10
59 Phil Hilden   (2/14/2002 10:43:27 PM)
Outstanding image! Incredibly rich colors and detail. You've outdone yourself. Ten 10's
60 Abiggs   (2/15/2002 2:27:56 AM)
Amazing. Truly amazing. I had no idea about this place. Time to go, no doubt.
61 Zby   (2/15/2002 3:59:53 AM)
62 Tony Pelletier   (2/15/2002 8:39:11 AM)
I'm not sure what the last comment is meant in a good or bad way. I've looked at this photo about a dozen times now and I still think it's fantastic. Sure, it's not your standard photo, but most people would have tons of trouble trying to digitally manipulate this to look like you have using filters. I think it's a remarkable accomplishment and I admire your creativity. I can only hope to be as good as you are some day...

Congrats on a Very Well done Photo!
63 rexnet   (2/16/2002 2:12:51 PM)
Fantastic, Great Colors, Great Composition
64 David   (2/18/2002 4:17:48 AM)
It's the filters, isn't it? ISN'T IT????
65 Ben Horne   (2/21/2002 6:05:05 PM)
Very nice! Excellent foreground, and background for this shot. Usually I like to see an object in the foreground that leads my eye into the photo, but I don't think that's necessary with this shot. If anything else was in the foreground, the shot would likely be cluttered as a whole. Just out of curiosity, would it be possible to take a photo at night to exposue only star trails (maybe reverse the Grad ND to block out the land) then take a second exposure at this time of day so that star trails are visible in the daylight sky? I don't think that effect would work well for this shot since it's already so complex, but I was just curious if that was possible.
66 LL Portugal   (2/25/2002 6:46:43 PM)
67 RobertF   (3/3/2002 11:28:58 PM)
Very nice, and has an almost unreal effect, but I love the extremes, and this works very well. I am not far from these hills, but have never seen them personally. There is only one other shot of these hills that can top this one, that I have seen. Excellent capture! (9.2)
68 serkru   (3/8/2002 4:19:15 AM)
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