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author Darwin
title Underlighting
date1/14/2003 9:39:31 PM
detailsOvercast drab day, but at sunset I got 5 minutes of heavenly underlighting. In the four days I was in Namibia, I was blessed every day with unique light. Canon EOS-1n with 20mm lens and 3-stop reverse grad to hold back exposure in the bright sky, Velvia
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1 ck   (1/14/2003 9:44:21 PM)
That's splendid!!! Amazing and wonderful colors and lighting. Outstanding work! Sorry, I still cannot be allowed to vote...
2 Gabriela   (1/14/2003 9:48:04 PM)
Uhhh...Darwin...did you travel to the red planet mars to present us this wonderful shot? This photo has got a kind of mystery atmosphere..maybe like the first...or the last day of mankind...great!
3 Joe Bembnowski   (1/14/2003 9:49:29 PM)
Every once in a while you pull off a shot that just blows me away. That trip to Nambia seems to have been very rewarding. The sky is literally exploding in color and the tree provides the perfect anchor. think I've only given out five 10's since I've been on this site and you got three of them and I'm giving you one more.
4 Koduck   (1/14/2003 9:55:01 PM)
composition, contrast,color...all super.
5 Deb   (1/14/2003 10:56:35 PM)
I'm overwhelmed. How do you do it? Another 10!
6 Victor Sirvent   (1/15/2003 12:56:58 AM)
Wonderful sky and excellent composition!
7 Alexander V (Alexander Voroshilov)   (1/15/2003 1:41:03 AM)
8 Matt Stevens   (1/15/2003 2:09:58 AM)
This is a great image the colors and composition are great!
9 Luka   (1/15/2003 2:25:42 AM)
Wow!!! Amazing!!!! Composition is perfect and the colors anre wonderful!!! Love it!!! I'll take it to favorites :)
10 davetheplantman   (1/15/2003 2:28:38 AM)
ditto every comment. marvelous image. Congrats
11 Wayne Morgan (( ;-)   (1/15/2003 3:04:12 AM)
Beautiful colors and great shot!
12 Miguel Lasa   (1/15/2003 3:55:14 AM)
Beautiful composition
13 Les McLean (**** ))   (1/15/2003 4:01:51 AM)
I'll go with the flow on this one...stunning
14 Jean-Philippe Poli   (1/15/2003 4:04:45 AM)
Absolutely perfect work ! !
15 Simon S   (1/15/2003 4:44:20 AM)
Splendid work! Incredible colours and the direction of clouds on the sky!
16 Fredondo (Fernando Redondo)   (1/15/2003 6:13:36 AM)
Outstanding image
17 gmx (Gustav Miller)   (1/15/2003 6:28:25 AM)
Fabulous colors, great composition.
Outstanding picture.
18 Lockhart   (1/15/2003 7:07:53 AM)
Your work is absolutely the best there is. Dern it Darwin, you set such a high standard, all the rest of us poor mortals are just left in the dust! Bill
19 Jorge Coimbra   (1/15/2003 7:14:22 AM)
Sensation of burning land.
20 Julien ANDRZEJCZAK   (1/15/2003 7:19:16 AM)
Fantastic light and tones, almost surealistic !
21 mbighin (Mauro Bighin)   (1/15/2003 7:38:48 AM)
What more?
22 CherylB (I only lie when I do not like your pic)   (1/15/2003 7:57:50 AM)
do you have a photo of this same place taken without any filter or using a diff film? Just curious and would like to compare. the little bent tree seems to be bowing to the wonderful sky. Well done, but then you knew that!
23 Claudia Robinson (looie's mom :-o)   (1/15/2003 8:02:11 AM)
A breathtaking image! So glad the light cooperated with you!
24 Amuletum ( )   (1/15/2003 8:05:26 AM)
That is amazing light you've captured here, Darwin. This may be a new favorite for me, too. The sky looks like it is on fire.
25 bobgaras   (1/15/2003 9:19:26 AM)
simply amazing
26 ChrisC (Christopher Cove)   (1/15/2003 9:28:51 AM)
Breathtaking is a good word for this photo! It was the word Darwin written all over it!
27 Louison   (1/15/2003 9:43:22 AM)
They don't get any better. You must have come back from there a new man... (10)
28 gdanger (George Dangerfield)   (1/15/2003 10:50:46 AM)
I know Marty doesn't think any photograph is worth a 10, but how could I give this wonderous image anything less? It has a magical mood, the rays of light radiating out through the clouds are incredible, composition wise it's perfect, impact wise it's off the scale!
29 BIGA (bighin vincenzo)   (1/15/2003 12:35:50 PM)
Super, extra, excellent etc. etc.
30 randall (more love - less hate)   (1/15/2003 12:44:37 PM)
Magnificent! Incredible color and mood here. I love the way the tree points the way to....?
31 EASTILL   (1/15/2003 12:47:29 PM)
A true inspirational shot!!!!
32 chessea   (1/15/2003 2:35:12 PM)
The right person in the right place at the right time. 'nuff said. (10)
33 Neia (Alcineia Frank)   (1/15/2003 3:09:15 PM)
Another beauty!Perfectly seen and done.
34 mrgetz (Thinkyouneek )   (1/15/2003 4:45:38 PM)
Darwin, beautiful image. George, a 9.9 is OK, but nobody deserves a 10. And Bill, speak for yourself, wait, that's right, I'm not a mortal, never mind.
35 Markos   (1/15/2003 5:22:51 PM)
Darwin, Darwin, Darwin... this is so beautiful, and I'm not saying that cause I like most of your work. I don't know what part of the image I like the best... the tree is just so perfect or those dunes lit with the red light. What I'd do, to get a image like this. Absoultly breathtaking.
36 Jeanne Miller   (1/15/2003 5:50:17 PM)
Truly inspirational. A reverse grad is what exactly? Is it simply a GND filter with the dark side up? (Nobody laugh.)
37 Reinhard Becker   (1/15/2003 6:07:10 PM)
Incredible! There are no more words left to describe this picture! (10)
38 hasan akcin   (1/15/2003 6:07:33 PM)
very good work
39 jimstan   (1/15/2003 6:35:45 PM)
very cool..
40 ulol   (1/15/2003 6:57:14 PM)
as always superbly beautiful topnotch photo!
41 JeanFinley   (1/15/2003 8:28:54 PM)
Darwin? Excuse my inexperience, but how does this filter alter this image? What would we be looking at without the filter? Thanks.. great capture.. Jean
42 Vija   (1/15/2003 8:49:35 PM)
ditto, ditto, ditto....your images are truly inspirational!...
43 Sergei Samus (Serega to friends)     (1/15/2003 9:26:40 PM)
Incredible indeed. I've lost a count of how many times I came back to look at this picture. I can only see one tiny thing that imo separates it from the 10 points perfection - a couple of uneven gray & red areas at the top, left from the middle. 9.9
44 dido   (1/16/2003 12:28:22 AM)
Among the best yet in this particular genre (10 ) 'nuff said.
45 E.Skurinski   (1/16/2003 2:26:21 AM)
46 MJFerron   (1/16/2003 8:15:20 AM)
Wow. Right up there with your all time best IMO. Finding that lone tree with a mountain in the background would be enough but to catch that beautiful sunset also is just too much. Fabulous photo.
47 erlandpil   (1/16/2003 11:22:31 AM)
Hi What a pictures,great
48 archera (Roland DiSabatino)   (1/16/2003 12:56:40 PM)
Darwin ... It's like the Planet Tatooine in a garb of magnificent splendor.
49 Darwin   (1/16/2003 4:50:34 PM)
I am overwhelmed by the response to this photo. It has always been one of my personal favorites because my time in Namibia was short and amazing. Thanks for your comments and votes! This was again one of those times when I thought the light was a bust. But I kept hanging in there in case something happened. I was just about to pack up and and hike out when the sky started to light up. I ran around like a mad man trying to find a composition to match the clouds. I got three frames and this was the best one. For those who want more info on reverse grads go to the Singh-Ray site and click on the Daryl Benson Reverse Grads (there is a good explanation there). Suffice to say this was a perfect situation for a reverse grad (very bright horizon, sky fading to dark up above). Reverse grads really only work well with wide angle lenses though (28mm or wider), and are very specialized grads. If you shoot with a digital camera you could get this result with out grads by shooting one exposure for the bright light on the horizon and one exposure for details in the land and upper sky (use a tripod!) and then stitch the two images together in PS.
50 RobertF   (1/16/2003 8:40:03 PM)
SHOW OFF!, but yeah, it really IS that good, few images on the planet have this impact, your best as I see it! (so far) and thanks for inspiring us all!
51 Charlotte E   (1/17/2003 12:33:08 AM)
WOW....Im sure I have nothing more to add that you haven't already read but I wanted to tell you this image is absolutely BEAUTIFUL. It captured my attention right away. It made me feel as if I where actually there, seeing with my own eye's......waiting for something spectacular to rise from those distant hills. The colors are brilliant and enchanting. I love the tree and the composition you've used. Im not sure I have ever given a 10, until today! If I could have given you a 20, I would have! Very inspiring work, Darwin! I look forward to seeing more.
52 sukey   (1/17/2003 1:11:38 AM)
Darwin! My gosh...I just had to say how WOW this is. Spectacular. No -- spectacular squared! By the way, Leroy is coming along nicely after a long hiatus.
53 Olivier Deme   (1/17/2003 6:42:08 AM)
I'm truly amazed by the biblic atmosphere of this image! :-) The sky looks so sur-realistic that it's hard to imagine seeing this for real, one day. The "red ocean" of Namibia is truly unique in the world. The curve of the tree seems to follow the one of the dune, as if for pleasing the photographer. Incredible. Composition: 9. Technique: 10. Originality: 9. Impact: 9. Overall: 9.25.
54 Marilou (Marielou Dhumez)   (1/17/2003 7:11:26 AM)
Breathtaking bald and powerful all red photograph !
55 Juan Manuel Pérez   (1/17/2003 2:10:16 PM)
56 VIRGÍLIO AMORIM   (1/21/2003 8:04:53 AM)
57 PINTO DA SILVA   (1/21/2003 3:01:39 PM)
This is Fantastic!!!!!
58 LUCIANO (LUCIANO GIOMBINI)   (1/22/2003 12:58:57 PM)
magnificent, splendid, superb!!
59 John Smeets   (1/24/2003 4:14:23 PM)
you don,t need a 1ds with so much talent, cant vote now you,ll have to wait one day superb catch
60 owlz (Donna Eaton)   (1/25/2003 12:11:02 AM)
Wow, I'm speechless!
61 Kafrifelle (Yves P.)   (1/25/2003 6:52:22 PM)
This is just incredible. Pushes the limit of long exposure to another level. I think this is so well done it can't even be duplicate again even by the master himself. It is a perfect 10
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