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Canon
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Canon EOS 60D
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4/1 second
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F/11.0
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10 mm
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100
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Jun 28, 2011, 8:49:54 PM
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Historic View by Mashuto Historic View by Mashuto
Canon EOS 60D | EF-S 10-22 @10 | 1/4s, 1s, 4s | f/11 | ISO 100

Maryland Heights, MD. Overlooking Harpers Ferry, WV. Meeting of the Potomac and Shenadoah Rivers.

An old image of mine, initially captured at the end of June, 2011 overlooking the town of Harpers Ferry, WV from Maryland Heights, MD. I had originally edited this image as a two shot blend on an uncalibrated monitor and ended up with an image that was WAY too dark. After some time I went back and attempted a hand blended HDR version of this shot made from the bracketed images I had captured that evening (which can be seen here ). After some time I went back and realized that I was not super happy with that last version as it really lacked the pop and the impact that the scene actually had in person. I did a quick edit based off the second edit but never uploaded it. Recently I decided that I wanted to redo this shot using a blend of my current 2013 editing process as well as some hand blended HDR.

This is the result, after spending a few days on this image, trying out different things and different techniques, I am quite happy and I feel the result is a much more colorful, vibrant image that really feels more alive and better conveys just how amazing of a scene it truly was. As usual, I did my best to bring out the best of this image without going overboard and as always, comments and critiques are welcome!

And now for the story of this image...

I had attempted to photograph Harpers Ferry a week earlier and was planning to take the Maryland Heights trail. As I arrived though, the sky was overcast and it started to rain and storm just a few minutes later. I snapped a few pictures but then headed home, defeated after a long drive.

When I returned on this particular day the sky was overcast again, but I decided I was going to push on regardless. I started off on a trail that was a lot steeper than I expected. Being a bit out of shape, I was clearly not prepared for this hike, but I pushed on. Slowly I made my way up the trail until after 45 minutes I found myself about ready to turn back. I looked through a small break in the trees and saw that the clouds might part slightly, so I continued on.

I reached the overlook about half an hour before the sun set. Exhausted I sat down and started to unload my camera from my bag when I realized I had left my main memory card in my computer. Beginning to panic, I started rifling through my bag and was lucky enough to find a small 2 gig spare memory card I had borrowed from a friend for something unrelated. Excitedly I started shooting, and was able to just fill the memory card as the sun finally set and the colors faded from the sky.

Happy that I had just caught possibly the best sunset I had seen in a long time, I realized that it was now quite dark out and I did not have a flashlight with me. Using the screen of my phone as a light I started the difficult hike back to the bottom.

Enjoy!!

Edit 7-15-2013: Changed color balance slightly to warm up the image.
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:iconhollyelizabethjane:
hollyelizabethjane Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Student Photographer
Your amazing work has been featured in the best of the best photos group! 

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Mashuto Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks so much for the feature!
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bio-hazard6669696 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
i LOVE this pic,can't wait to see it in person
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:iconmashuto:
Mashuto Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! It was a great place, definitely make it out there if you get the chance!
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filipinowhiteboy Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
Wow! what a shot! I've been to Harper's ferry so many times (I live in Bethesda MD actually) but I've never been up on the rock before.....I think I would actually be too scared.
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Mashuto Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Maryland Heights is a great place! The hike is a but tough and yes, you can certainly get pretty close up to the edge there. And thanks!
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filipinowhiteboy Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
That's right! that rock is a part Maryland isn't it! Hah….I think I can handle the hike. I've biked the C&O canal numerous times (Great ride when the rocks aren't too bumpy) I think I can handle a minor mountain trek. I'll have to do it some time….maybe this summer
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Mashuto Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yea, definitely get out there! The hike was a bit tough for me, but I am not in great shape. At least it is a fairly short hike.
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PhotoshopGirl29 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Good catch!
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Mashuto Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks so much!
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PhotoshopGirl29 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer

You are so welcome! I don't know if I invited you or not but I have a Facebook Photography page and a website where I feature my artwork. I have not been on here for a while so I can't remember who I have told things to and who I haven't. I make cards, Stickers, Prints (You can also get just the print unframed as well as on; Art, Canvas, Metal, or a Poster), You can get iPhone, iPod, and iPad covers with my photography or digital art design on it. If you would like to check it out I put the links down below, also if you have a page or website you would like me to look at to help support your work PLEASE! Let me know, I would be more than happy to help you out! :)

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SoulofNovember Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Breathtaking! :love:
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Mashuto Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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SimplyMint Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Featured here:D (Big Grin)
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Mashuto Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I know its a bit late, but thanks so much for the feature!
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SimplyMint Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Aw, don't worry! You're welcome, anyway. :)
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PerryDesign Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome! :D
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Mashuto Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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FoofyCakez Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful colors! Really amazing! :heart:
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Mashuto Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Excellent work. Very trippy colours. :winner:
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:iconmashuto:
Mashuto Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! This was probably up there in my top 5 most spectacular sunsets I have ever witnessed! Luckily, I had my camera with me!
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
I agree. You are welcome. :D
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C7colours Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Student Filmographer
What!!! This is such a fantastic shot. I thought this had to have been a painting. The colours are magnificent. Great job.
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:iconmashuto:
Mashuto Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks so much! Just in the right spot on the right day with my camera and the know how to capture it!
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DorotejaC Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
H E L L O !

You've been Featured in Best of July 2013 article in #BeautyClub
Please take a look at other artists work too. Thank you. 

Enjoy and i'm looking forward to seeing more art from you in the future at 
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Mashuto Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks so much for the feature!
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LASKANWLF Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Professional Photographer
I've been to this area...nice area and great shot!!  =)
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:iconmashuto:
Mashuto Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yea, its been over 2 years now since I have been there (and when I took this shot). I need to go back! Thanks!
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LASKANWLF Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Professional Photographer
My dad and much of my family is from West Virginia, so that's why I know that area. WV is a really beautiful state...especially during autumn. =D
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TLL-MatheX Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing Colors ^_^
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Mashuto Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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wolves1999 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing!!!
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Mashuto Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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AussieKiwi Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
I love the colours you have captured in this photo
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Mashuto Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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MaguGuma Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Student Photographer
omg!
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Thanks!
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lieveheersbeestje Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
Your lovely work is featured in this journal :floating:
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Mashuto Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks so much for the feature!
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You're very welcome! :D
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marrciano Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Fine piece of art
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Mashuto Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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Mashuto Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks so much for the feature!
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Spectacular work! :)
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Mashuto Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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You're welcome. :)
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John-Peter Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Totally magnifique! Fine art :)
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Thanks!
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