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Giants Castle by hougaard Giants Castle by hougaard
a Misty morning clearing in the valleys of the Giants Castle nature reserve. I was there in early spring and the hills were covered in wild flowers.

The light was quite extreme here as I used 7 stops of ND grad filters and then pulled every last bit of detail from the RAW to get some detail in the side of the hills back.

Great Drakensberg, South Africa

5D II
zeiss 18mm

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:iconshoshanaariel:
ShoshanaAriel Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
Hauntingly beautiful!
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paulmarsh Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
Stunning shot..!!
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:iconpsyfre:
psyfre Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011
:party:
featured -> [link]
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:icondwth:
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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lichtfaengerin Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011   Photographer

featured here: [link] :heart:
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HighOnMilk Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
that's beautiful... wow!
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:iconnareik616:
Nareik616 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
The lighting down in the valley is brilliant!
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:iconchriseastmids:
chriseastmids Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
wonderful image :D
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:iconjack-nobre:
Jack-Nobre Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome work. :)
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:iconandymumford:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011
One of your best mate. Great stuff
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:iconcreamy-melon:
Creamy-Melon Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011
How beautiful! I love the contrast within the photo!
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:iconjames-dolan:
james-dolan Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Great shot here mate, reminds me of something Ansel Adams would have done.
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sittinonthemoon Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011
gorgeous
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:iconcharliea-photos:
CharlieA-Photos Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Professional Photographer
Stunning.

'Nuff said.
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:iconafeinphoto-com:
aFeinPhoto-com Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Professional Photographer
Interesting and moody. I can dig :)
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:iconrhk:
RHK Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
:+fav:
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DrawMeDotComDotAu Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
moody shot
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:iconhollymeadows:
hollymeadows Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous!
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:iconw0rdkeeper:
W0rdkeeper Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
stellar photo. Great great great capture and manipulation.
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:iconvashlion:
Vashlion Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
WOW!!! I'd love to see this place in person. It looks wonderful!!
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:icondynopunk:
dynopunk Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
Absolutely breathtaking, I love the contrasting white daisies against the dark mountains.
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:iconnageki:
Nageki Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
amazing
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:iconfamilure:
familure Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
just...WOW!
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:iconfeuillyien:
Feuillyien Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011   Photographer
Beautiful photo. I've been to Giants Castle twice while staying in the Drakensburg - it's a truly spectacular place.
Very nice work!
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:iconmusicfreak937:
musicfreak937 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011   Photographer
amazing image! :heart: i love the black and white texture and can only imagine how gorgeous it must be in color! :D
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:iconrioskye:
RioSkye Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
Amazing photo.
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:iconcinematicdreamscape:
cinematicdreamscape Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
that is soo amazing...
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:iconawinterfuneral:
AWinterFuneral Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I love this photo, the detail is beautiful and the scenery is something out of a story.
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:iconbmaez:
bmaez Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
wow! what a beautiful photo!
it makes me want to go visit this place!
:aww:
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:icondkj1974:
dkj1974 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
one of the best places there.... I asked my wife to marry me down by that circle of rocks.....
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:iconbibirki:
bibirki Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011
but really?
lucky you... or rather she
im so jealous
perfect place, congrats :)

and its a beautiful photo :)
but i guess i would prefer a coloured one
but its really nice, anyway
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:iconyokosc:
YokoSC Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful
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LittleMizukiChan Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
Its beuatiful. your choice of technique was great call
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Lightwavesx97 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
I really like the dark tones and contrast in this one. Normally I like to see mountain scenes like this in bright, vibrant color, but the dark shadows give it a really nice feel, great work :heart:
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AlexHawkPhotography Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Student Photographer
awesome landscape. beautiful
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:iconshebeast2:
shebeast2 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
beautiful
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MahmoudYakut Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
The contrast of the bright flowers against the dark background is great, I like the idea a lot, but I find the blown out highlights in the sky too much distracting, perhaps editing the sky on a different layer would will add more to the shot, just my opinion :)
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Keyzer1 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
I beg you to stop creating this high amount of awesomely qualitive work. Thanks in advance
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KvornanTheLafesta Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Mountains a bit dark, but perfect setting!
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Way too contrasty and dark for m,y personal tastes. I like the concept though
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diiem Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Wonderful! :+fav:
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psyfre Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
:drool:

Stunning mate. Gripping mood !
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:iconpkritiotis:
pkritiotis Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful shot! Nice light and contrast!
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JacobRM Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This has been featured [link] . Awesome image :D
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ChristinZakh Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
WOW! Awesome photo! Great!!!
Please have a look at my gallery. Hope you will like it. [link]
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