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Old Sep 11, 2011, 9:03 PM   #1
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All right, this picture is really stretching it for this challenge. But the lighting is somewhat odd, and I thought the shadow line from the clouds was interesting. This is what you get when you have a mix of clouds/thunderheads and smoke (there's several fires burning nearby). It rather fits in with Cal's observation about how shadows sort-of disappear when its smoky.

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Old Sep 11, 2011, 10:59 PM   #2
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Hi mtngal

For what it's worth, I think this still meets the challenge criteria - as the viewer can see both the mountain and the shadow it is casting.

I really like this sort of 'view into an open valley' landscape scene. Thanks for sharing.

The smoke / haze does add an element of interest and unusual light. I'd love to see a similar scene without smoke (and perhaps on a crisp, clear early spring day - with the grass all green and sky so blue!)

Thanks for sharing.

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Mtngal,

Yes, the shadow is there and no doubt in full sunlight with no smokey haze the effect would have been glorious. A pity. Feel sorry for the folks with breathing problems.
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Paul - I know I have a picture taken very close to this spot in winter - it's all white. I did an HDR and went more extreme than I usually do and I'm not sure I like it, I should either re-edit it or post it as is in the HDR section and see what others think. I don't think I have a spring picture taken from here, but then we so rarely see grass that's green. It's a pretty little valley, a somewhat unexpected quiet little spot not all that far from Los Angeles and surrounded by national forest land.

The smoke wasn't too bad yesterday and I think they've got a reasonable handle on the various lightning-caused fires around this little valley. The rest of Kern County didn't fare so well, but even those pale compared to what's happening elsewhere in the country.
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