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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: 2006-05-28
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF 28-135 IS USM, RAW @ ISO 100, Hama UV 72mm
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: sAner & sAndra in AlAskA
Date Submitted: 2006-07-21 6:10
Viewed: 4891
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
At the end of our trip through beautiful Alaska we spent a few nights in Denali. If you need a reason to go to Alaska, Denali is it. Words can't decribe how fantastic this place is. With three times the size of Yellowstone this park boasts an enormous number of wild animals. Bears, Caribou, Moose, you name it. Denali also features the highest peak in Northern America; Mt McKinley (locals still call it Mt Denali). At 20,320 ft the peak of 'The Great One' is almost 4 miles high, but what makes it stunning is that it rises with an elevation of just 2,000 ft. From the Park road you'll see 18,000 ft of rock, snow and glacier reaching for the sky. In contrast Mt Everest, the world's highest mountain at 29,028 ft, rises only 11,000 ft from the lofty Tibetan Plateau.

This picture may not be the best we have ever shot, but it shows everything we like about Denali. Rugged terrain, the Toklat River, a mother bear with two cubs and last but not least an almost cloudless Mt McKinley on the righthandside (it's the white one). Mt Mckinley is not visible for the first 15 miles from the park entrance and is covered in clouds two out of every three days. We were lucky to see it uncovered.

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

Shutter Speed: 1/200
F-stop: f/9.0
Focal length: 33mm
ISO Speed: 100
White Balance Mode: Cloudy
Exposure Compensation: 0
AF Mode: AI Focus AF
Weather Condition: Partly cloudy
Time: 13:30:00
Tripod: no
Flash: no
Filters: Hama UV Filter
Image Quality: RAW
PP software: PS CS2

Janice, red45, wallhalla15, scottevers7, wkshelton, ellis49, flagman, marhowie, liquidsunshine, pilonm, pablominto, dew77, aido, PDP, thistle, annagrace, metcher has marked this note useful
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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-07-21 6:19]

Bonjour Pieter!

Bravo pour cette belle présentation,l'endroit est superbe et agréable à regarder.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-07-21 6:33]

Hi Pieter, hello to you again!
How great to see mother and her cubs here! And no walls or cages between them and you. Yes, very rugged, but very clear sharp colours and details! The air looks different too - clean! Great shot, thank you.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-07-21 6:36]

Alaska and Pieter!
Welcome back!!! Your first pictures shows us - it was great place and great trip! And good man in good place :-) Stunning shot! Bears? Mountains? River? Wild nature? You showed us everything in one shot! Great. I'm waiting for more :-)

Hi Pitter,
A front row seat here to an amazing view. The photo looks great to me. I was there about 30 years ago, and the scenery reamins the same. The clarity is excellent, and the great sense of depth is felt in this shot.

Hello Pieter, excllent colors, Bg, POV wonderful, landscape, details are crisp great work, Tfs Kyle

Hello Pieter, welcome back from your Alaska trip. I think you had a great time. (I´m hope for another wonderful pictures)- Typical Alaska or Canada scene. (with three bears) Great POV, framing, sharpness and natural colours. This is a great prensentation. Thank you for posting. Have a great weekend.

Hi Pieter,
it's great, your are still alive.:-)
I hope you didn't have to fight with the bears.;-)
This a a very nice landscape with good deep and POV.
Well composed and good details.
Well done.

Hi Pieter,
First off, I must say I envy your travels :)
Excellent WA view of this rugged, untamed wilderness..The Mother and cubs add great interest, excellent notes. Alas, I must visit Alaska vicariously through your photo & notes..not so bad I guess :)
Very well done mf.

It's good to see you back here Pieter,
The details are nice, clear and sharp.
Good colours, lighting and exposure. POV is good, and as you say, shows us everything about the area.
Well composed, good notes and nicely framed.
Thanks for posting, have a great weekend my friend.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-07-21 10:49]

Hi Pieter,
A very beautiful place! A pleasure to senses and a majestic mountain landscape.
TFS, José M.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-07-21 14:17]

Hello Pieter,
Good to see you. : )
Denali is one of my dream destinations. One day...
Looking at your picture really inspires me to make it happen.
That is exactly how I would like to experience Alaska.
You really captured the grandeur, the wildness of the Alaskan landscape.
TFS. : )

  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-07-21 16:03]

Hello Pieter,

Thank you very much for sharing that nice picture with all of us! You right, Alaska in my mind is that: grizzly bear, large plain, icy mountains, river, etc... You should have done an incredible trip out there. Maybe one day......



(points at next visit: I missed some...!)

Hello Pieter,
A rugged landscape... great mountains!
Typical Alaska very well depicted, the wildlife is a big asset!
Pablo -

Hoi Pieter,
Wat een super mooie foto met een prachtig vergezicht. De scherpte is bijzonder mooi en het speciale is natuurlijk de beren in de foto. Wat een moement moet dit zijn geweest.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-07-22 5:31]

Hello Pieter,
Very nice capture of wonderful place.I liked POV,clear details,DOF and composition a lot.

Hi Pieter

Have been out of range for internet connection over the last few days. Been in a remote area of New Zealand called The Catlins, so now it is time for me to catch up on what has been happening. Sorry for the quick critique, working from my laptop in a campervan in Te Anau. Milford Sound tomorrow.

Excellent shot. Well done on everything here. Thanks. -)

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-07-23 12:42]

Hi Pieter,
Nice to see another post from you. This is beautiful scenery! A nice wide-angle shot that gives us a great view of the expanse of the country there, and also gives a perspective of the scale of the place compared to the Bears. Excellent detail throughout and well presented with the top and bottom frame. I like it!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-07-24 9:09]

Hello Pieter, this is a very well composed shot. The exposure is very good too. Good details and thanks for the note. Very nice.

Hi Pieter,
Very nice landscape capture! Excellent composition, perfect exposure and beautiful view.
Thanks for sharing!

Hello Pieter,
Nice shot! It shows a nice piece of landscape and the bears are a nice bonus. I like the space here, the quality is pretty good too.

What a wonderful image, I liked it more as I examined it up close and saw the bears. Good composition with all the elements of Alaska. Great note too!


Definitely a cool looking place. Lots of bears there. Great landscape image with very nice lighting. :)

Another good shot showing us exacly what this national park is all about. The wide view helps us to see the barren landscape but I expect a closer view with the bears and Mt McKinley the main features would also be very effective. A Workshop, perhaps?

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2006-08-27 13:02]

Nicely captured. Great detail here.
P.S. I was there years ago, but in July it appeared much greener!

HI, Pieter.
Very nice place again. And seems to be really wild. Good composition, exposure and depth.

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