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Crispy Predawn near Banff

Crispy Predawn near Banff
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Copyright: Jay Meeuwig (Shoot_Score) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 302 N: 670] (2376)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-12-12
Categories: Mountain, Sky
Camera: Fuji FinePix 3800, Fujinon 6X Zoom f=6-36mm 1:2.8-3.0
Photo Version: Final Version, Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-04-12 21:48
Viewed: 4180
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
... aka Early Awakening ...

Three years and one month ago, we had left Calgary before the sun was up for a trip to British Columbia. By the time we had reached the Rockies the first light of day was starting to hit the snow-covered mountain-tops. A slight colouration of the lower clouds also added to the feeling of daybreak. It was still very chilly, and the moon dead ahead in the almost clear Westerly sky added to the feeling of the crisp coldness.

When I saw this scene, I pulled over, got out of the car, shivered, waited for the other vehicles to disappear down the road, shivered again, shot the photo and moved on... Brrr, I needed a cuppa coffee!
Sometimes Nature - although spectacular - is not that inviting ...

We're in the Banff National Park here. The sun is just starting to rise behind us and is hitting the mountains in front of us, which are in the West, where we also see the moon, which forgot to set early!

PS Peter Stoekle mentioned that the original post only used abt 50Kb of the avaiable 200Kb; I reworked this post accordingly.

PS2 I also put a WS version up, which includes some aspects I like, but makes the sky brighter than I recall it...

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Alex99: P.S. Are you a birdman? :))Shoot_Score 2 04-14 13:20
To Adanac: I need to get to the mountains soon...Shoot_Score 2 04-13 00:04
To Adanac: I'll scream...Shoot_Score 1 04-12 23:15
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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-04-12 22:58]
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Hello Jay,
Looks good to me Jay, I need to get to the mountains soon or I'll scream. Colors and mood are great in this image. Now I found out how I was screwing up marking your workshops, I fixed all of them.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-04-14 11:33]
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Hi Jay.
Very nice moony sky, impressive darkened road and surroundings. This shot creates the mood of long way and future adventures. POV, cropping and composition are perfect too. My best regards and TFS.

P.S. Are you a birdman? :))

Hello Jay,

thank you for notifying me about that reposting. Chilly cold scenery, indeed, and very well reported, too. If the scenery in April 2007 is still looking much like that I understand your recent saying of "Snowa Scatia" very well.

Now that you have posted an image with less compression of data, postprocessing with slightly reducing contrast and slightly lightening up the dark parts does have a chance to bring out a few details in the dark parts that are looking uniformely black.

But in the end: what counts is the impression you had, and not what any postprocessing made out of it, of course.

Have a good day, and a great summer that will come soon!
With best regards,

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-04-19 2:16]

Hello Jay,
Beautiful landscape.I liked POV,use of perspective and composition a lot.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-21 10:07]

Hello Jay

I like the atmosphere and mood of this shot.The sky is amazing ,love the peaks in the BG.That road leads the eye to the mountains nicely.Well done.TFS

:0) CU later ;)

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  • Bass Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 173 W: 0 N: 233] (974)
  • [2007-10-09 20:03]

Hi Jay,
oh how i am missing those cold winter mornings, when you´re riding the chairlift ´cause you have a ski lesson and the sun is just starting to shine... that peace, that silence, those blue colours.
Really good picture, because you´ve capture all those things i´m trying to tell you.
I like the POV, with the light over the white mountains at the back, gives a strange sensation of depth.

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