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An apology for brute force?

An apology for brute force?
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Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-10-10
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Panasonic Lumix G2
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Alpine landscapes (Switzerland) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-10-10 7:51
Viewed: 2835
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
An apology for brute force :-)

I'm not an advocate of violence, don't worry, despite having watched a load of movies with violent content in my lifetime. But looking at the Altels (3'629 m a.s.l.) and the glacier-covered Balmhorn (3'696 m) from the Rindersattel (2'950 m; see Map) a nasty question arises: why does the beauty of the twisted rocks created by brute force affect me so much? If I did a real good job in photography (a dim prospect :-) you might get affected as well !

What I learned on Wikipedia about the forces at work: ever since the breakup of the supercontinent Gondwana 135 million years ago the African plate has been drifting northward on the surface of the liquid and viscous globe called Earth. Even the gentle movement of a few centimeters per year caused havoc: the Italian plate got squashed into the Eurasian plate, plate boundaries folded and slid one atop the other, edges and folds broke up, leaving valleys and scraggy mountains. During the whole time of folding, twisting and heating erosion did its sculpting work. Talk about brute force! (Much less force was needed to get up to the vantage point from the Gemmi pass).

I used the light bridge camera Lumix DMC-G2. The picture was taken and post processed in RAW. ISO 200, f/8, 1/500 sec. In PS I sharpened, increased contrast and darkened the highlights.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-10-10 11:46]

Lieber Dieter,
Du warst also wieder im Wallis und blauen Himmel hattest Du auch! Diese Urkraft der Berge bringst Du sehr gut zum Ausdruck auf diesem Bild, man kann hier gut die bewegte Entstehung der Gemmigegend ablesen. Noch nicht soviel Schnee...aber ich staune, dass Du schon wieder in bester Form zu sein scheinst.
Einen schönen Abend und herzliche Grüsse

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-10-10 13:45]

Hi Dietrich,
Magnificent scane.well caught,framed and composed.DOF,details and 3D effect are perfect.have a great week!
Thanks for sharing..

Lieber Dieter!

Du wirfst tiefgründige philosophische Fragen auf, die mich nicht nur berühren, sondern selber immer wieder beschäftigen. Ich denke, um es hier auf TN kurz zu fassen, dass sich Natur und Gewalt nicht voneinander trennen lassen. Diese Erkenntnis ist gar nicht einfach zu verdauen...

Dein Bild ist grandios, zeugt von gewaltiger (!) Kraft und Schönheit...

As liebs Grüessli


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-10-11 6:35]

Hi Dietrich.
You managed to create a really impressive picture. I also am excited with note to it. All is simply great: crisp sharpness of the image, cold but at the same time vivid colours, impressive darks and lights, perfectly selected POV and composition. Your camera ion your hands works excellently. Well done and kind regards.

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