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Mystic Waters of Shangri La by michaelanderson Mystic Waters of Shangri La by michaelanderson
The secret valley of Shangri La, an unknown mountain paradise hidden in the vast borderlands of Tibet.

This is a single image that I had to double process in RAW to get the detail in the shadows. It's an older image and if I were to shoot this today, I would get different exposures and blend them rather than double process a single image.
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Inferiouss-163 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009
wow
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:iconlrmhamilton:
LRMHamilton Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow! What's funny is when I first looked at it I thought "paradise!"
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strangelight Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009
Breathtaking. Great colours in the stream and the sky, and about the right amount of darkness for me, too. I like the stream as a lead-in to the valley - very effective.
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JohnEliason Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes please. This is amazing!
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6Dark-Flare9 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009
I just want to thank you because your beautiful photo gave me a great deal of inspiration for my new painting that i just completed for my art class ^^ I hope you don't mind that the landscape in it looks a lot like your shot ^^:
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michaelanderson Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Professional Photographer
No worries! I hope it worked well for you!
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6Dark-Flare9 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009
Oh ok ^^ It did. I am quite proud of it :D
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FlippinPhil Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009  Professional Photographer
Spectacular.
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FasterThanChris Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009
This amazing shot has been featured here :lol:

Thanks!
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jotamyg Featured By Owner May 30, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
what a wonderful picture!!!
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:iconbeta9:
Beta9 Featured By Owner May 27, 2009   Photographer
wow, absolutely beautiful!
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meysam Featured By Owner May 23, 2009
very nice
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:iconpapatheo:
papatheo Featured By Owner May 22, 2009  Professional Photographer
This may be the best landscape photograph that I have EVER seen... AWESOME!!!
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Passion4Photos Featured By Owner May 22, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
WOW, this is absolutely stunning!
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CP-Highwind Featured By Owner May 18, 2009  Professional General Artist
Beautiful photograph!
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Jazzhead Featured By Owner May 17, 2009
Beautiful
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dwth Featured By Owner May 15, 2009  Student Artist
This photo have been featured on Thumbs of the Week 71st/72nd.:wave:
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michaelanderson Featured By Owner May 15, 2009  Professional Photographer
Thank you!
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:iconxorac:
xorac Featured By Owner May 15, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow - more dream than reality.
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sebastianwuttke Featured By Owner May 12, 2009  Professional Photographer
stunning!
:)
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switch-sgfx Featured By Owner May 11, 2009   Photographer
Very nice indeed, good work. :+fav:
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MarcoHeisler Featured By Owner May 10, 2009   Photographer
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This wonderful picture is featured in my journal: [link] :aww:
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michaelanderson Featured By Owner May 10, 2009  Professional Photographer
Thank you!
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MarcoHeisler Featured By Owner May 10, 2009   Photographer
You're welcome! :)
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rtulga Featured By Owner May 10, 2009
spectacular...
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jay-light Featured By Owner May 9, 2009
Stunning!
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robin-ic Featured By Owner May 9, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing, simply amazing! :)
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kompjutr Featured By Owner May 8, 2009
so you're know where is it :) ... great
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Quazar-Photography Featured By Owner May 8, 2009  Professional Photographer
It's very good the way you did it ;) I have 2-3 attempts for double processing, only one were successful, but it was extraordinarily case. Otherwise I use bracketing - the easiest way :)
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Nightioz Featured By Owner May 8, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
What kind of filters have you used when you shot this photo?

Looks really nice!
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rfcbeach Featured By Owner May 7, 2009  Professional Photographer
My God, Mike. The colors in this piece are absolutely fantastic. This piece evokes images of Ansel Adams' "Tetons and the Snake River," my favorite photograph by him. The silky smooth river leads my photographic eye deep into the valley, where the shadow detail is rendered very nicely (kudos to your RAW processor), the sky detail is absolutely beautiful, and the eye finally ends at the smoky orange clouds and subtle alpenglow. Fantastic piece, Mike!
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NatSilva Featured By Owner May 7, 2009   Traditional Artist
:clap: truly breath taking!! Wonderful pic! :hug:
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aFeinPhoto-com Featured By Owner May 7, 2009  Professional Photographer
ManOchevitz.

aF
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TheFulkrum Featured By Owner May 6, 2009
Beautiful photograph. Great job. :)

Also had a quick tech. quest: When you say process one image twice as opposed to HDR [the different exposures], what did you use if you don't mind me asking:

-Lucis
-Photomatix
-JUST Photoshop? :wow:

or a combination.

Oh btw...I'm jealous. :)
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michaelanderson Featured By Owner May 6, 2009  Professional Photographer
I just used Photoshop to blend the double process. I may look in to Photomatrix, but right now, I'm just comfortable with my 5 tools that I use in Photoshop and haven't had time to learn a new program. Just out of curiosity, do you have a preference between Lucis and Photomatrix?
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TheFulkrum Featured By Owner May 6, 2009
In my opinion, Photomatix [matrix? :shrug:] has a bit of an edge over Lucis: cost, not a huge application, doesn't blow up your comp., insanely intuitive learning curve and a lot of possibilities for people who wish to really get into it's nitty-gritty.

Then transfer it to PS for more post-production, and you're golden.:) I must now go collect my commission for the sale!

Suggestion: with a result like THAT from a single RAW image and no messing around with exposures, you may want to help by putting up a tutorial. :;

:) Great job.
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Totengraben Featured By Owner May 6, 2009
nice work. I like what you did with the shot
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beGGaArts Featured By Owner May 6, 2009
beautyful landscape, great colors. looks like it has been drawn.
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foureyes Featured By Owner May 6, 2009
:worship:.......:+fav:
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GermanShinobi Featured By Owner May 6, 2009
Tibet!? I would have NEVER have guessed this photo is of Tibet, wow.
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michaelanderson Featured By Owner May 6, 2009  Professional Photographer
Thanks for the comment. It was taken on the border of Tibet and Sichuan provinces. This area is traditionally and culturally Tibetan, but the Chinese government did not include all of the former Tibet territory into the 'Tibet Autonomous Region' after they invaded. So by Chinese maps it is Sichuan province near the border of Tibet.
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summertiger Featured By Owner May 7, 2009
If you're talking about China's "official" Shangri-la (I could be wrong; I can't tell from the photo), it is in Yunnan province; but it was a long-standing argument among many groups of people (including the Tibetans) which place was the archetype for Hilton's novel. I'm sure you know the original name of the city was not Shangri-la but "Zhong Dian", but the local government altered it solely for tourism reason.
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michaelanderson Featured By Owner May 8, 2009  Professional Photographer
Having been there, I would say Zhongdian is a far cry from the book's description of 'Shangri La' but as you noted it was renamed for tourism purposes. It is the first Tibetan-like area you will reach as you ascend the plateau from Lijiang. It's sort of the gateway to Tibet from the SouthEast. Yading, which was described by Joseph Rock in the 1920's is probably the place that inspired Hilton's description of Shangri La. Yading is a 13 hour bus ride from Zhongdian. Some beleive the Meili Snow Mountain could have been the inspiration for Mt Karakul as well, but having seen both places and read the book, Yading is much more likely the 'real Shangri La' valley described by Hilton. More thoughts on the location of Shangri La: [link]

-Mike
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summertiger Featured By Owner May 8, 2009
Yeah, I've heard of Dao Cheng being THE Shangri-la. From your description it does sound closer to the "real" one. Rock lived in Li Jiang for 27 years, which also motivated people from there to claim a piece of the pie.

I'm going to Zhong Dian (and Mei Li Mountain) later this month; I'll take a look myself :)
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MmmBiscuitTea Featured By Owner May 6, 2009   Artisan Crafter
lovely scenery
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nolra Featured By Owner May 6, 2009
Great "rerun"!
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Frozen-Ice-Tears Featured By Owner May 6, 2009
its so majestic and unbelievable that places as breathtaking and awesome as this still exist on some parts of earth.
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MissStark Featured By Owner May 6, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The detail is breathtaking, and the light makes it feel so peaceful and serene. The mountains really are like a paradise.
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moonymuch Featured By Owner May 6, 2009
Beautiful. I love how crisp and clear every detail is, and the colors are spectacular!
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celticmaiden7 Featured By Owner May 6, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! this is beautiful!
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