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Remarkable Twilight by octane2 Remarkable Twilight by octane2
This is an accompanying image to Jewels of Her Crown.

The deviation looks sub-standard on deviantART's horrible bright background. The people behind the colour schemes have no idea what it means to view an image properly. Try viewing the image on a darker background (black) for best effect. As such, all the fine detail in the trees towards the bottom left and right is missing due to the glaringly bright background. To see just how bad this is, draw a frame using your hands around the image, covering the background, and you'll immediately begin to see detail in the shadows of this composition.

Much like all of New Zealand, Queenstown is a stunning place. Nowadays it is very touristy, but, I don't think that detracts from the natural beauty that this place is famous for. Even the twisting, and winding drive there is unforgettable for its spectacular scenery as you make your way around and down the mountain.

Where this photograph was taken was my first stop in Queenstown. It was made from the viewing platform at the top of the gondola ride. The little green hut with the light down the bottom is the world's only night-time bungee jumping platform.

In the late afternoon, about 2 hours prior to sunset, I took my spot; right in the corner of the platform. I felt this was the best vantage point for taking an unobstructed shot. I'm sure my presence annoyed quite a few tourists as they tried to clamour and squeeze into the corner to have a photo taken. I wasn't going to budge as I knew that as soon as I moved, the spot would be taken. There were several serious-looking photographers up there; I got there first and I knew what I wanted to capture: the jewels in Queenstown's crown -- The Remarkables.

I had completely forgotten how cold one gets when they stand in the one spot for a long time. By the end of the imaging session I had turned into an icicle. I think it was worth it.

This image is a blend from a double-process of the single RAW file; one processed for the main image proper, and, another for trees towards bottom left.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
160s f/11.0 at 17.0mm iso100

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R-Eventide Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Magnificent! Completely worth turning into a meatcicle! I loved that place; I can't wait to go back!
hotmetal53 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009
This is nothing short of gorgeous!
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JacquiJax Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009
amazing photo!:D
LiZn Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This image is breathtaking and I love the rich, deep colors.

As to your dilemma with the dA background, would it help to add a thick, black border to the image prior to posting it? You may have to play around with the full view size to get the actual photograph the size you want, but that may help.
Skull-Bunneh Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL! At first glance I thought it was lava! Very cool pic!
Diana-Huang Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009  Professional General Artist
Ya know... if you have a paid subscription you can actually setup a portfolio gallery within DA. It shows off the work in a proper professional display.... I forgot I had this so I just finished setting it up... take a look: [link]
Diana-Huang Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009  Professional General Artist
I like the rich cold blues, subtle green... paired up with the warm yellows and orange. Maybe you should resubmit a version with a thick black matte all around it... to help everything pop out better. I do think the brightness of DA is a big drawback to displaying of darker pieces.
Diana-Huang Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009  Professional General Artist
That is an amazing capture!
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November 27, 2009
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Camera Data

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Shutter Speed
160/1 second
Focal Length
17 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
May 1, 2009, 5:16:53 PM