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You're about to enter Valdez
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Copyright: Pieter van der Horst (sAner) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-24
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon 17-40mm f/4 L USM, RAW @ ISO 100, Kaiser 77mm UV-MC
Exposure: f/11, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: sAner & sAndra in AlAskA
Date Submitted: 2006-08-18 4:42
Viewed: 4860
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Valdez is the Switzerland of Alaska and I guess that sums it all up. Valdez is one of Alaska's prettiest spots, with glaciers galore, wildlife running amok and a lovely harbour cradled by some of the highest coastal mountains (topping 7.000ft) in the world.

The road to Valdez is a splendid road wich makes you go "Oeh" and "Ah" all the time. When you are about to enter the boundaries of Valdez you come through Thompson Pass, visible on the photo. It's a beautiful and highly photogenic pass. Sandra and I were extremely lucky to have amazing weather when we came through this pass as it rains a lot in and around Valdez. We are talking about the Prince William Sound here and it's wet there - except in winter, when it's snowy. That's right, precipitation is the norm in the Sound, where clouds, bloated with moisture from crossing the Pacific, crash into the Chugach Mountains and dump their watery burden. In summer, Valdez is the driest of the towns but it can still get quite wet here. Lonely Planet warned us and said, when the rain would pour down on us, we had to remember that without all the moisture, this place wouldn't be the glacier-carved, snowcapped, forestclad Eden that it is. - We experienced 5 days of eternal sunshine and 25 degrees celsius. We were lucky.

All information from: Lonely Planet, Alaska, 8th edition, April 2006.
Exif data-

Shutter Speed: 1/400
F-stop: f/11.0
Focal length: 40mm
ISO Speed: 100
White Balance Mode: Cloudy
Exposure Compensation: 0
AF Mode: AI Focus AF
Weather Condition: Sunny/Very slightly overcasted
Time: 11:07:36
Tripod: no
Flash: no
Filters: Kaiser UV Filter
Image Quality: RAW
PP software: PS CS2

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Hey, Pieter
I like this a lot. Good tonal range and contrast. I like the fact that there are only 2 colours in the image - shades of blue and shades of brown. It's almost a duotone image. I like the composition with the dark line leading you in and then the road taking you towards the mountains and into the background which we can only just see. I guess the lack of any real colour is realistic, I just wonder what it would look like with more saturated blues?
How do you get your exif data onto your note? Type it manually?

Hello Pieter,
this is a wonderful landscape. What a fantastic country! I like this picture very much. Excellent POV, framing, sharpness and colours. This is a perfect composition. Thank you.

lijkt me helemaal te wauw daar Pieter.
mooie begelijdende tekst. Ik lees het toch wel, miet alles maar als een foto interesse toont, dat komt ook vaak aan de titel van de foto. Goede compositie, mooi genomen. Ik denk dat jullie daar toch wel een aantal foto's hebben gemaakt.
goed werk.
gr. jaap

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-08-18 6:26]

Hi Pieter

Indeed you really were luck if it's so rainy(snowy) generally. But i guess we all were lucky with you because if it had rained, you wouldn't have taken this great shot, and wo wouldn't have had the chanse to see it :)
It's a splendid image, with a great POV, very good exposure and composition.

Bravo adn TFS

PS: i totally agree with you that it is very important and difficult at the same time to write/read notes. Now it's my turn to say i'm lucky, for i am on holiday :))

Hello Pieter, wonderful landscape here, perfect details, excllent colors, BG and FG, nice work, TFs Kyle

Hi Pieter,
Great landscape composition. Great job on keeping the detail and color from the dark foreground to all the whites. Barren and beautiful!
Looks great!

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  • Scott Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 225 W: 0 N: 356] (1752)
  • [2006-08-18 7:45]


I have some of this area.


Hello Pieter,
Excellent photo...Oh-ahhh :)
Perfect exposure and very well composed IMHO :)
Great detail and quality here..I like it very much.
Have a Great Weekend mf!

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-08-18 13:40]

Wow that looks cold and harsh but it is also very beautiful. Great feeling of space and distance

Nice capture Pieter,
I think you've handled the exposure exceptionally well.
A nicely composed shot my friend.
Thanks for posting, have a great weekend.

Hoi Pieter,
Je had dus het mooie weer meegenomen en dat voor een Nederlander, die altijd het slechte weer meenemen.
Een prachtig mooi vergezicht, met erg mooie diepte lijnen en perfecte controle over de belichting. Het verschil tussen donker en licht is hier erg groot en toch is alles perfect qua kleurtoon. Perfect zeg.

Alaska is a photographer's paradise...when the weather cooperates, and is still dramatic when it doesn't. I lived there for a year but didn't get to travel much and didn't have much of a camera in those days. I did fly into Valdez in a small plane held together with wire and chewing gum. It was the most terrifying and most beautiful thing I've ever done. It is an amazing place.

This is a nice image of the rugged terrain. Your foreground is so strong that it almost overshadows the mountains. I would be tempted to try cropping some off the top, right and bottom to give the mountains a more dominate position. Just a thought...

Thanks for sharing

Evelynn : )

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-08-20 4:29]

You saw also in snow this summer... The 15 august 2006 we walked in 20cm of snow at 2200m in Alps. This white landscape is a pleasure for eyes. Congratulations Pieter and TFS.

You are definately getting my interest with such extreme views and excellent informative notes. I was very surprised when I got to the end and read 25C. I would not expect it :)
It must be incredible to have such mountains just in the coast. Thanks for sharing not only the photo but your experience with us.
Best regards, Felipe.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-08-20 10:32]

Hello Pieter,
great shot, the view is amazing. Excellent POV to get a wonderful view of this majestic mountains. Excellent tones and great details.
Very well composed.

I think I have to visit sometimes Alaska and also this beautiful place. Nice DOF and composition.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-08-20 19:09]

Hi Pieter,
I'd say you were very lucky to hit that warm and clear spot in the weather. This is beautiful, very desolate but very appealing too. A great shot with excellent detail and a tough exposure managed very well. Lovely soft light in the sky and a useful note too. My planning for Alaska is 3 days in Katmai, that's as far as I've got but you're supplying some very useful information for me. A great post and I also agree about the importance of notes, I'm here to learn and how do I learn anything from a post without a note?

Wicked! I like this a lot, it conveys the rough wilderness at its best. Great exposure controll. Well done. :)

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-08-21 5:23]

Hello Pieter,
Wonderful landscape.I like snowy mood a lot:)POV,perspective,details on snow,POV and framing are very nice.Excellent work!

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-08-21 6:03]

Hi Pieter
Great landscape shot again. Great colours, sharpnes, DOG and POV.
Well done


Hello Pieter,
Beautiful mountain scenery, reminds me of winter soon to come, of course!
Snow is about the most difficult you can photograph, but I think you maintain good texture in this very well composed image...
Dynamic lines and good details!
Pablo -

Oh Pieter and Sandra, what a view. What a super place to visit and take photos of. And yoou certainly planned your trip for the good days! I am enjoying your diary, thank you.
Goed werk, Janice

Hi Pieter,
Interesting shot with depth in it...:the brwon line into the image.
I wonder if you should use a circular polarizer what the effect would be?

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