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Spidersilk February 19, 2016
love the patterns in the foreground. Perfect time of day, lovely lighting
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carolcardillo May 13, 2016
Yay, Gayle! Congrats on being a Finalist!
 
barrycarter May 17, 2016
A River scene in sand, Stunning and thanks for the breakdown
 
JDLifeshots June 15, 2016
Amazing capture Gayle! Congrats.
 
shellyk July 27, 2016
what a beaut shot, well done.
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carolcardillo July 27, 2016
Again! YGG! Congrats, Gayle!
 
JDLifeshots August 02, 2016
Congrats again Gayle!
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carolcardillo September 07, 2016
And Again!!! Congrats, Gayle!
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terryc September 07, 2016
Congrats on this gorgeous shot, Gayle, and well deserved finalist!!
 
Witmar September 07, 2016
amazing picture
 
JDLifeshots October 05, 2016
Congrats again!
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tomwillis December 05, 2016
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
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tomwillis December 05, 2016
Dramatic and interesting image. Great image, Gayle.
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nina050 February 24, 2017
Stunning ... belated congrats on all your wins for this. Well deserved!
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carolcardillo March 23, 2017
Another Award! Congrats, Gayle!
 
Aeri August 13, 2017
Great shot...
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Byronfairphotography June 17, 2018
Absolutely gorgeous
 
jleighkelley October 07, 2018
Absolutely beautiful and well captured!
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SteBil30 December 23, 2018
WOW, another congrats on all your wins
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carolcardillo Jan 08
And a 5th for you!! Hope ya come in 2nd!!! hee hee! Congrats, Gayle!
 
kathyk_abq Jan 09
Stunning image, Gail! Love the play of shadow and light. Congrats on being a finalist! :)
 
caesaralarcon Jan 23
wonderful
 
lieberaugust Jan 23
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lieberaugust Jan 23
Prachtig, goed gezien en in beeld
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carolcardillo Jan 23
Amateur WINNER! Congrats, Gayle!!!
 
Beautiful foreground detail and patterns.Handled very well by adding the dust into the image and not cropping it out
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tomwillis Jan 25
Congratulations, Gayle. Excellent image.

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Behind The Lens

Location
Photo was taken on Steptoe Butte, the Palouse farming area of eastern Washington state.
Time
Image taken just before sunset. During the wheat harvest, farmers share labor, equipment and other resources. There is a time-crunch when rain is predicted so they all pitch in to beat-the-clock by working into the late evening. It rained the following evening.
Lighting
Lighting conditions in this direction were too bright, almost directly into the sun. It required using a 10 stop (Big Stopper) ND filter in order to get the dust trail and contrast of the rolling hills. I did get some lens flare so had to adjust the direction of the shot. Heavy dust in the air created a beautiful golden glow to the land below. ND filters allow you to take longer exposures in bright light that would be difficult to achieve even in post processing.
Equipment
Canon 1DX, 70-200mm lens, tripod, 10 stop ND filter, filter holder. Constant dust removal from the lens and filter.
Inspiration
The Palouse is what I call the "poor man's Tuscany" in that there are rolling hills with picturesque farms. The lighting drifts over the hills creating amazing undulation of light and shadows. I was especially inspired by the light hitting the dust trails left by the trucks and harvesters. Steptoe Butte is one of the only accessible hills on which to view the farmland below. I'm on my way there shortly to catch spring fields in lush greens.
Editing
10 stop ND filters tend to give a slight blue cast so it's necessary to add warm tones in post processing. Also accentuated the highlights in the dust trails. A few distracting bushes/trees were cloned out. Some cropping to balance the image. Most post processing is done in Camera Raw (Photoshop) or NIK.
In my camera bag
I use a backpack that my tripod rides on. The camera, 70-200mm lens, 16-35mm lens, a couple ND or polarizing filters , depending on what I am shooting, (long exposure, lighting situations etc.) Usually pack a small, powerful flashlight, lens brush, extra batteries and phone. If I am shooting action like animals or sports, only have room to pack a camera, 300 mm lens and monopod. Most of the time I am close enough to the car to grab the other gear.
Feedback
Get there early and scout out the location. Try several different vantage points and settings. Often I see photographers camped in just one location for the entire shoot. I generally chase the changing lighting conditions and look for different features and perspectives, changing settings or focal length.

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