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Still Dreaming by joerossbach Still Dreaming by joerossbach
Bull Elk below Hallet Peak reflected in Dream Lake, RMNP, Colorado
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Given 2010-01-10
Still Dreaming by *joerossbach Currently appearing on the inside of the latest edition of Outdoor Photographer Magazine, Joe's work is some of the very best, as this shot showcases, an incredible moment in nature captured...the way the Elk pauses as if to take in the beauty which is before him...the kind of shot that many of us can only ever aspire for to get! ( Featured by kkart )
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It is rare that a landscape image manages to get a true emotional response from me. Whilst I often enjoy the beauty of landscape images, and they may make me think, it is rare that my experience goes further than this.

This shot made me stop and stare. It really speaks wonders of the magic of the natural world. Whilst the views i spectacular and the lghting beautiful, it is ultimately comparable to many mountainous lake scenes from around the world. What of course sets the image apart is the elk stood on the shoreline, seemingly enjoying this wonderful view of the mountains. As a concept this has a very strong environmental theme and illustrates perfectly in my opinion the importance of the world's wildernesses and national parks.

I think it is probably the aspiration of many nature and landscape photographers to capture images which so strongly support our environment and I can think of view images that acheive this so sucessfully.

From a technical standpoint the image is tastefully exposed, processed (if there is any) and is very well composed and balanced. My only minor nitpick being that I feel the right side of the image is a shade too dark. Frankly though that matters very little.

A truelly wonderful shot, one of my top 10 of 09.

Alex
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Ezmerla Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful! I've never seen an elk or colorado, but if I had grown up with this kind of country, I would have lived in the forests! (^_^)
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Coolcatz545 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is beautiful!!!
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gnohz Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Professional Photographer
I love the reflections and golden light :)
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GeikoEscape Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Student Photographer
Its soo Beautiful like somethings you'd find in a wilderness magazine. You have real talent!
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pelacurseni Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
don't you feel you've hit a jackpot??? this is soooo wonderful
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TheFulkrum Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
HAVE BEEN FEATURED IN A NEWS ARTICLE:

[link]

:)
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baileysmomentsintime Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011   Photographer
This amazing piece of art is featured here: [link]
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WildPhotographer221 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, truly breathtaking!! Such a beautiful and majestic scene, and so well composed.
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:icongraphitecolours:
GraphiteColours Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely gorgeous, especially the colours picked out in the sunlight. :)
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MSimpsonPhotos Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I featured your image here! [link] :hug:
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Photomell Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
This shot is fantastic!! You were so very lucky to get the elk in the shot!! WOW!
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MuthaFuckinJaimie Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
So beautiful!
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nina1326 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
Wonerful shot! Nice light :]
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MorkelErasmus Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
give me a moment while I pick my eyeballs up off the floor...
:D

I LOVE animalscapes (one look at my gallery should convince you of that)...and the light and compo here is majestic. if the stag had looked round at you it would have been even better (but you knew that) :)
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MorkelErasmus Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
looking at it again after reading the DD comment I retract that...elk looking away makes perfect sense here (another example then that eye-contact isn't the be-all end-all in nature photography which includes wildlife)
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Jesse-Lynne Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
All I can say is wow<3
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WelshGlue Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome!
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Dreampixphotography Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
Super shot well done
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gustonator Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
great photo. is the Elk real? :)
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:icondwth:
dwth Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Student Artist
This photo have been featured on Thumbs of the Week 124th.:wave:
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:iconditze:
Ditze Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
:thumbsup:
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fidel0008 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010
amazing!!
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1001G Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010
Colorado is defiantly a great place to live!
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Koffee-Krazy Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Hobbyist
Alex said this perfectly in his critique...what sets this apart from the thousands of other landscape photographs is the elk standing their like royalty taking in the view. Congrats on the amazing photo! :clap:
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tamauz Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Saw it in the outdoor photography magazine and I was like :wow:!
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:icongrindz0ne:
grindz0ne Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Good Work!!
:fusionrock:
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Valimar Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010
It's a lovely photograph in all respects, and the bull elk is a lovely (and fortuitous) stroke that really adds a sense of scale.
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:iconmuskeg:
Muskeg Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010   Photographer
A perfect photo... If someone were painting this scene, they'd put that elk right there. What an amazing capture!
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alban-expressed Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010
Excellent shot. :-)
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Jazzhead Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010
Great shot..Damn nice
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Rosaka-Chan Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010  Student General Artist
This is close to surreal, it's so beautiful and perfect moment. :love:
Amazing shot, congrats!
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JGDA9RS Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010
stunning! just brilliant all around
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:iconcromozone:
cRomoZone Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010
Perfect! Really gorgeous!
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billndrsn Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Impressive!
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ogiedomane Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
featured [link]
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
Congratulations on your Daily Deviation! In fact, congratulations on each and every shot of yours Joe. Keep shooting and keep posting, we sure need the inspiration! :)
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PaulGana Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010
what a great shot, that bull is also a really nice touch
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Ninjerina Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010  Student General Artist
wow epic much? I just love that touch of gold in the trees, just really lends that sense of magic
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Mayu777 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010
Perfect landscape. Love it! :heart:
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:iconzeelong:
zeelong Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010
Great photo :wow:
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KirlianCamera Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010  Professional Photographer
One of my favorite shots!!
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LaneyK09 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010
this is excellent - well done!!
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:iconoro-elui:
oro-elui Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
fantastic view, congrats for the capture :clap:
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:iconcycoze:
cycoze Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Postcard material, superb!
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Samarai Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010
This would make an excellent jigsaw puzzle.
Buffalo Games, I'm thinking.

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Really exceptional work.
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SweetPandemonium90 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Featured here: [link] :rose:
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Jessica-Lorraine-Z Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
Wow. That's very beautiful. Great shot ;)
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alex-xs Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
very nice !
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MuddyWorks Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You make me sick!!!! with jealousy :lmao: Great shot!
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lehoainamvn Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
can not believe that is a Photography...hihi..wonderful picture..love it and fave
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