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Gift of light part II by PeterJCoskun Gift of light part II by PeterJCoskun
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An encore of the previous image, when the light really fired up. Yes...The mountains were that red. I have been working on new blending techniques for greater DOF and keep practicing on subjects such as this. Cacti are probably more difficult than any other item to focus stack simply because of the outermost spines. I always enjoy the challenge and I am constantly finding ways to improve the quality and consistency of my work. This image consists of nine images, eight shot at different focal points and then one to blend for dynamic range. Even with the grad ND filter, it was necessary to blend. This was truly a study in light and texture and I am extremely happy I was able to capture it.

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Mcdowell mountains- Arizona
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Pagatcha Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013   Filmographer
stunning!
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
Thank you!
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MisticLight3 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You have been featured here: [link] :nuu:
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
Thanks I appreciate it!
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SECRET-NINJA-SUPER-M Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012   General Artist
Brilliant as always ^_^
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
Thank you!
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snaphappy101 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wonderful pic :)
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
Thanks!
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snaphappy101 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
ur welcome :)
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FicktionPhotography Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
So intense!!! Love it!
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
Thank you!
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DimensionSeven Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
your best one from here so far. :nod:
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
Thank you!
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Spectacular capture! :)
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
Thanks!
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome. :)
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dominique-merot Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
Excellent technique, the picture looks beautiful!
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
Thank you!
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bonefish Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Also seconding the props for including commentary - it's interesting to read about the techniques you're experimenting with and to see what the end result looks like. This shot looks great! The photo is crisp and smoothly blended.
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
Thank you! It is a tedious process, but worth the efforts and I find it to be a technique that is going to catch on with landscape photographers very soon.
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bonefish Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Neat! Are there any walkthroughs or tutorials for the technique? I'd love to learn more about it.
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
There's a few different tutorials on the web, all I did was do a google search for "blending images for depth of field". Some are somewhat simple others will take some time.
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bonefish Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
All right, I'll take a look. Thank you! :)
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ariseandrejoice Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Professional Photographer
wow - amazing work - thanks for the commentary!
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
Thank you and you are welcome!
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Canon
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Canon EOS 7D
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17 mm
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Feb 2, 2012, 5:59:03 PM
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