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The chosen one by PeterJCoskun The chosen one by PeterJCoskun
I took this image earlier today and when I looked at it on my monitor, I thought I had trash. I began cropping the image and ended up with a pano of teddy bear chollas. Unless you have never photographed these cacti. They simply hold light like nothing else. For the original image I was trying to get a sunstar at the crest of a mountainside but the sky was overexposed (even with a 3stop and 2 stop grad ND filters). What I really liked here was how the sunbeams from the half sunstar I was able to achieve, hovered over one particular cacti. I did pull back the reds because they were very strong, but still wanted that nice warm light over the cacti. I have been hoping for some nice clouds, but that didn't happen, and while I was shooting this scene, a pack of coyotes strolled right by me as if they didn't notice. The times I wish I had brought the big glass....

Teddy bear cholla- Arizona

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John-Peter Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Good work! Cropping a picture really save a photo, sometimes :)
When my sky is overexposed i try make a HDR with it...
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
Thank you! Sometimes you just have to see something else in the photo. In this case, the light over the cacti alone was a perfect image to me.
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luckytoyn Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
Yes very cool :) I mean, it's warm, but I like that a lot. Reminds me some areas around Sedona. This fellow looks in fire. What a wonderful subject! The image is very well done, nice aspect ratio, nice contrast and beautiful colors. The green and orange are playing nicely, though it probably depends on the screen also. There is a nice depth and atmosphere!
Cheers,
Antoine
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
Thank you!
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innonzuza Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
I love your photos you took of the desert landscape. I am an interior design student in South Africa and I am using some of them as my inspiration for a retail concept store selling fashion accessories.
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
Thank you I appreciate it.
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da-phil Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
congratulations! your outstanding work has been added to the Featured Gallery of #panoramicshot
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
Thank you!
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ChrisDonohoe Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
Yeah that's nice.
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TheEthernet Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is awesome love the colors and the light in the chollas very nice :)
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
Thank you I appreciate it!
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cactusmumkate Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, breathtaking picture :clap: :sun:
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
Thank you!
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250981 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
incredible!!!! Looks like coral reef a bit ;)
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
Thanks! It does if you look closely...Good vision!
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Hart-Worx Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Professional Photographer
AWESOME DELUXE!
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
Thanks!
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T-DA2 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Nice work!
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
Thanks!
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Why-did-Kenji-die Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
oh man you would not want to wonder around that place in the dark lol, great shot
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
Thanks, I got out of there just in time hah.
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Why-did-Kenji-die Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
good reason to keep a flash light on you XD
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
Very true!
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LeonieZurakowsky Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012   Digital Artist
Reminds me of the Celestine Prophecy effects! Gorgeous find! :D
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
Thank you!
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Jipe-D Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
C'est très joli, vraiment une belle photo
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
Thank you!
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012   General Artist
amazing scene, great capture :)
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
Thank you!
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012   General Artist
welcome :D
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skywishes19 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Student General Artist
This is absolutely beautiful. I love Arizona :)
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
Thank you!
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skywishes19 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Student General Artist
welcome!
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TheSquareBrick Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic shot!
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
Thank you!
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Loiissipoff Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
One of the most stunning shots I've seen in a while! Amazing backlight!!
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
Thank you!
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Unrealparagon Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
They are so very pretty, but OMG THEY HURT!!! Very well done, my scalp is tingling looking at this picture. lol
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
Thank you! I did get my fair share of attacks getting up to this spot.
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Unrealparagon Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
When I was younger I crashed my bike into a very very large patch of it and was picking spines out of my head for a week. I was told it was a spectacular wipe out.

Where was this taken at?
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
I've had similar experiences when I first moved out here. This was taken in the Mcdowell mountains in Scottsdale Arizona.
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Mayeaux Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice!
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
Thanks!
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Mayeaux Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!:)
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snaphappy101 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wow! stunning pic! :)
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
Thank you!
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snaphappy101 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
ur welcome :)
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Skull-the-Kid Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
I like the photo and the description too.
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
Thank you!
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FicktionPhotography Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Isn't it great that you look at something at first and find mistakes galore, but a little bit of perspective changes everything? I'm so glad you didn't trash this immediately!
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