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Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods
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Copyright: Paul Gana (PaulGana) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 102 W: 3 N: 129] (595)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-12-19
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Olympus E620, Olympus Zuiko 14-45mm f3.5-5.6, Singh-Ray 2stop SE ND Grad
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/8 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-02-13 1:40
Viewed: 3040
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
large sandstone rock formations in Colorado Springs, Colorado called Garden of the Gods, these formations are part of a long line of red sandstone formations at the foot of the Rockies of Colorado, they are formed by faulting which forces these rocks up and above the ground and then carved by the erosive forces. This area differs quite a bit from the other formations in the rest of the line as these rise straight up and down while all the others are at generally 45 degree angles. The other areas well known in Colorado for these formations are Red Rocks in west Denver and Roxborough State Park in south west Denver. These are perhaps the most interesting and popular due to their nature of being completely vertical, and the fact this area is the only area where rock climbing is allowed. These rock formations are a couple hundred feet tall, so they definitely are not tiny rock formations.

This is considered a photographic Icon of the United States, it is frequently photographed by people and has regularly adorned magazines, calendars and many other publications. The most common photograph though is during sunrise from the visitors center east of the park overlooking the formation called "Kissing Camels" with a snow covered Pikes Peak soaring 8000 feet (nearly 2500 meters) above the rocks in the background. "Kissing Camels" is the furthest left rock formation in this photo and is out of frame, the top of the formation resembles two camels kissing each other, and is generally only visible from the visitor center.

This image is taken from the western side of the park looking to the south at evening, The sun was being filtered by some high wave clouds that come out of the mountains creating an interesting glow. I tried to reprocess this photo for this website to look as close to what I saw, my previous photos posted on this site did not come out as it should look. Even still it does not quite look the same as when I took this photo.

I had to double up on my grad ND (graduated Neutral Density) filters including my Singh Ray 2 stop soft and the Cokin P series 2 stop to keep the clouds in the sky from being blown out while exposing for the darker ground. Of course this camera was quite new for me at this time and I was still learning about some of the settings like the gradation settings (which is a term used for Olympus cameras in capturing the widest tonal range possible for the camera's sensor). I no longer use the P series cokins as they are not well made, and I recently lost the Sing-ray filter (now that is one bad deal losing a Singh-ray filter)

I originally processed this in Lightroom 3 for basic RAW processing, Lightroom 3 is an excellent tool for general adjustments. I then did some local adjustments in Photoshop CS4, and with final touch ups specifically for this site in Photoshop CS6 Preview. I am really liking some of the features of CS6 and waiting for the completed version.

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it is really a GOD'S OWN GARDEN .
good composition, colour and sharpness. nice landscape.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-02-13 7:00]

Hello Paul,
this landscape is wonderful!
Splendid perspective and lightness; great depth and excellent composition; beautiful shades of colours. A beauty!

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  • kabel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 61 W: 0 N: 95] (552)
  • [2012-02-13 8:16]
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Hello, wonderful landscape photo of the Gods' Own Garden, there is a marvelous soft viiolet color in the shrubs in the foreground. Excllent color throughout and a good POV. Udsing the NG filter helped alot to tone down the brightness in the clouds.

Hi Paul,
really beautiful photo of this beautiful place. Amazing. Perfect sharpness and details. Nice composition.
Have a nice week,

What a brilliant lanscape, great shot!

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-02-14 18:48]

Hello Paul,
An attractively composed image of The Garden of The Gods. Love the way the sun has highlighted the beautiful red outcroppings. Your ND filters did a fine job of keeping the lovely sky from being blown out. Wonderful detail and just the right exposure. Great work!!

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