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Eternal Eden by Jacob-Routzahn Eternal Eden by Jacob-Routzahn
A friend of mine finally had some time off of work and decided to drive up from Denver to hang out. We had a great time long boarding around town and getting a couple of beers, but once the afternoon was over, we headed up to the Cherokee State Wildlife Area.

There is a plateau I have been wanting to climb up for some time now and I knew there would be a terrific view, especially with the wildflowers popping up. Even though we were destroyed by the mosquitoes, we still had great light and a good visit. Definitely a new favorite on the property.

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Critique by GrumpyDiver Jun 13, 2011, 4:06:00 PM
I think you have a great image here, both compositionally and technically. The results speak for themselves. Very well done!

The timing when you tool the picture was during that magic period around sunset. You managed the white balance really well. It's tricky to do under the lighting conditions you were shooting under. Exposure is great too. No lost details in the shadows and no blown highlights; again something that is technically not the easiest thing to do.

I think your view also works well. A nice mix of grasses, flowers, lichen and rocks in the foreground just touched by the setting sun. A nice interplay of colours. The cool tones of the hills nicely contrasts the forground.

I'm hard pressed to make any suggestions for improvements. A couple of niggly things around the edges that could be cleaned up in Photoshop, but that would be as far as I would go.

An excellent piece of work! If the mosquitos are as bad as the ones where I live, you certainly paid in blood to get this shot!
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mecengineer Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014
excellent
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:iconjacob-routzahn:
Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks
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kayandjay100 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful capture! :deviation: :camera: :rose: Coco
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:iconjacob-routzahn:
Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Professional Photographer
Well thank you very much :)
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kayandjay100 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure! :iconflowerheartplz: Coco
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Meema Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I like the variety of colours in this one.
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Professional Photographer
:) Well I'm glad :D
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sibelian Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
ooooh, beautiful... A fave!
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Professional Photographer
I'm pleased you like it
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qubq Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Extraordinarily beautiful photograph!
This is really the type of shot you can be proud of when looking at it after some years!

Very nice light setting, dof is great also. there is maybe a little too much foreground though, although this is debateable and can be neglected imo.

What I especially like is the soft, harmonic and natural - and still so vivid and saturated colour scheme.
Great work!
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much :D I am glad you enjoy this shot. I felt really good when I finished with the shot and reviewed it. Just hope to continue more shots like this :D
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Some-Fool Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
Excellent use of the light, I like the zones you've used. In the image as I see it on my PC, the penstemen look a little soft, as if perhaps some breeze might have moved them during the shot; they'd look better if completely sharp. I love the composition and the colors, they're understated but form a very soothing and harmonious palette. Good job. :)

fool out
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Professional Photographer
There was a slight breeze that was pushing through but I did intend for the subtle motion. I'm glad you like it overall though :D
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Navrasend Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Student Photographer
Awesome! Love it!
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Professional Photographer
:D Thanks so much :hug:
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Navrasend Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Student Photographer
You are very welcome)
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Professional Photographer
:D
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PinkDaisy08 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
Love the lighting in this one. Gorgeous.
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much :D
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PinkDaisy08 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
you're welcome :)...You are definitely such an inspiring photographer!
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Professional Photographer
:D Well I am so humbled by that compliment :hug:
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PinkDaisy08 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011
:) :hug:
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Burning-Liquid Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011   Photographer
Awesome color contrast an the sky looks amazing!
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Professional Photographer
thanks man!
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rdalpes Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
a feature, I hope you'll like it [link] :sun:
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Professional Photographer
Wow, thank you so much! Really appreciate it. What a great feature :D
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rdalpes Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
:D
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ayazahmad Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful <3
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thanks
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Andyw01 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011
Stunning
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you
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CaptureByDesign Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Professional Photographer
Lovely!
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Professional Photographer
thanks
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no-soap-was-harmed Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
you Rock
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Professional Photographer
Well thank you :D
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GraphiteColours Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! You're featured here: [link]
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Professional Photographer
Wow, thank you so much!
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alban-expressed Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011
Wonderful foreground.
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thanks so much
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alban-expressed Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
You are welcome.
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Vaticinium Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
pardon the only true negative comment I have: the title of your image by comparison to the image it's been given to, is lacking ...horribly ..
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Professional Photographer
Yeah I kinda knew that as I posted it. It was a late night, cliche I know, but I really wasn't willing to put forth the depth for the the title. Besides, a title shouldn't make the photo.
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Vaticinium Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
lol, very welcome, and thanks much (you're right, title doesn't make the image :) )
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Professional Photographer
But I will work on a new title. If you think of one that we agree upon then I'll change it to it.
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Vaticinium Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
interesting sir, I will think on it, and ty for that.
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Professional Photographer
No prob fella :D I'm happy to post someone else good idea when it is deserving.
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Vaticinium Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011
"Elysian Rhapsody", "Eternal Eden" ...about all I could come up with so far that I felt encompassed the botanical beauty and feeling derived from viewing the image together.
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Professional Photographer
Done and done :D
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Vaticinium Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
I'm gonna say what Grumpy said in laymens terms..Holy f:la:ing sh:la:t that's awesome"

textures galore brilliant color, lighting,shading. It's got depth, and girth. The only thing I would change about this picture is I wasn't the one taking it.

only on more even toned note, it truly is an amazing image, thanks for sharing it ...
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much :D And I'll work on the title :D
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