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Mystic Dawn by octane2 Mystic Dawn by octane2
Once again, deviantART's horrible colour scheme will stop you from seeing detail in the shadows. You can go here to see a version on a black background.

The first rays of dawn begin to ignite Mount Tasman and Mount Cook, approximately 20 km in the distance, whilst the crystal clear steely mirror image is reflected on the calm and tranquil waters of Lake Matheson.

I almost thought that this morning would be a write off as there was an enormous amount of mist and low-lying cloud blocking the view. Just as I thought it was all over, the clouds seemed to disperse right before first light.

This image was made on an incredibly cold morning.

The image could do with a little more work, I feel, but, I'm happy enough to post it as is. I'll replace it with a reprocess in due course.

Note the first rays on all the tallest peaks and the waterfall in the distance.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
2.5s f/11.0 at 40.0mm iso100
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:iconmayberry:
MayBerry Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
Wow
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:iconaussiekiwi:
AussieKiwi Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
perfect location and a fabulous photo you have taken of it
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:iconmellspics:
MellsPics Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
Beautiful.
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:iconjulianvii:
JulianVII Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
I like the harmony in this one, and how the trees frame the picture!
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:iconminnosh:
Minnosh Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
OMG! This is simply beautiful!
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:iconaureza:
aureza Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Student Writer
Oh, my. It's breathtaking. The mountains and water are marvelous.
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:iconlmsgblh:
lmsgblh Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
u captured Lake Matheson very well - the light is perfect, the water calm - marvellous :)
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:iconbp2007:
bp2007 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
Featured here: [link]

Thank you for being part of the PhotographyUniverse.
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WhompingVillow Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing!
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:iconoctane2:
octane2 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Professional Photographer
E-C,

Thank you, so much.

You live in paradise! I'm going back there on Tuesday to hopefully capture it in some spring light. :)

Regards,
H
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:iconjongoldie:
JonGoldie Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011
Wonderful work, cheers :)
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:iconoctane2:
octane2 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Professional Photographer
Jongol,

Thank you, kindly.

Regards,
H
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:iconalban-expressed:
alban-expressed Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011
Excellent. :-)
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:iconoctane2:
octane2 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Professional Photographer
Alban,

Thanks, heaps!

Regards,
H
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:iconpuuronen:
Puuronen Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
Really beautiful...It seems so peaceful place. I have to visit there some day.
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psyfre Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011
:party:
featured -> [link]
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:iconoctane2:
octane2 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Professional Photographer
Ed,

Thanks, heaps! :)

Regards,
H
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psyfre Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
:)
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dwth Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Student Artist
This photo has been featured on Thumbs of the Week 155th/156th.:wave:
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:iconphotobytrace:
PhotoByTrace Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Stunning capture!
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serel Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
An absolutely amaazing shot! You have been featured in my journal: Double Trouble.
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octane2 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Professional Photographer
serel,

Thank you so much. :)

Regards,
H
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TaGiRoCkS Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
seriously amazing clarity and reflection!!
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arbebuk Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
aaaaawesome..
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SebastianFunke Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
frigin amazing dude.
this capture is so clean. great placement and knowledge of light/timing.
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octane2 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Professional Photographer
Bas-Art-Assassin,

I really appreciate the kind words -- thank you, heaps.

I live for these types of sunrises and sunsets.

Regards,
H
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d1-drifter Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010
Absolutely fantastic!
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octane2 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Professional Photographer
d1-drifter,

Thanks, mate!

Regards,
H
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jva3 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
featured: [link] :)
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octane2 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Professional Photographer
jva3,

Thank you so much for the feature. There's some stunning images in that group.

Regards,
H
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Xerces Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Such an amazing shot! lovely colours and reflections in the water, and such a nice capture of the trees silhouetted against the mist :)
Well done!
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octane2 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Professional Photographer
Xerces,

Thank you so much for commenting and my apologies for the late reply. I've got a lot of replying to do to people, lol.

It was one morning I'll never forget. The clouds just disappeared right before as the sun came up. I was so worried I was going to miss it!

I have printed this on my Epson at 36x24 and 30x20, and the amount of detail is simply astonishing.

Cheers.

Regards,
H
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Xerces Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
It sounds absolutely amazing! and no worries about late reply- you should see some of the late replies i've sent! :lol:
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YannickDellapina Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
Splendid!!!
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LuBo75 Featured By Owner May 24, 2010
wow...gorgrous....superb light and reflection...just love the details we can see.
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:iconoctane2:
octane2 Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Professional Photographer
LuBo75,

Thank you so much. I appreciate your compliment.

Regards,
H
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:iconjames-e:
James-E Featured By Owner May 20, 2010  Professional Artist
This is pretty amazing. It's fantastic you were there at that time for this perfect light.
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troypiggo Featured By Owner May 11, 2010
Oh my, H. Fantastic! Also commented on IIS, but had to add :+fav: here.
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:iconthe-shining:
the-shining Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Outstanding
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:iconmisantropia:
Misantropia Featured By Owner May 10, 2010
Wonderful detailed photo.
Great light and reflections.
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:iconravenwing1000:
RavenWing1000 Featured By Owner May 9, 2010
Ridiculously beautiful.
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BradLeeDaleNorth Featured By Owner May 9, 2010  Professional Photographer
Beautifully done. May I ask what you use in post to de-noise and sharpen? I just purchased Nik's lineup but might need a little more practice to get stunning photos like this.
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Milarca Featured By Owner May 8, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Gorgeous photo (=
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Marba Featured By Owner May 8, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
:clap:
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da-phil Featured By Owner May 8, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
hey dude, thats awesome! love the atmosphere!
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner May 8, 2010  Professional Photographer
Beautiful capture! Love the low mist and the sky and reflections are terrific. No problem with the shadows, I can see all the details there (well, my monitor is calibrated maybe that's why)
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Hector42 Featured By Owner May 7, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesomeness!
...though the clouds to the upper left seem to be burnt out but not resembled at full brightness level in the image.
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LauraKatePhotography Featured By Owner May 7, 2010
Could use work? Man I wish my best work looked that incredible!
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:iconsuppi-lu-liuma:
Suppi-lu-liuma Featured By Owner May 7, 2010
An incredible composition and sense of depth, as if multiple images are superposed.

Congrats...
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JustinDeRosa Featured By Owner May 7, 2010   Photographer
amazing!
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Canon EOS 5D Mark II
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F/11.0
Focal Length
40 mm
ISO Speed
100
Date Taken
Apr 20, 2010, 7:37:48 AM
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