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April 25th, 2013

Reflections Assignment Winner Philip Kuntz

Posted By Christopher Robinson

 

Reflections Winner: Sundance Sundown by Philip Kuntz

Reflections Winner: Sundance Sundown by Philip Kuntz

Congratulations to Philip Kuntz for his winning photo in the Reflections Assignment.

Photographer: Philip Kuntz

“This photo was taken in October, 2012 on my 5th trip to Banff. The Canadian Rockies is my favorite destination and Banff had received its first snowfall of the winter that night so the fresh snow enhanced the autumn beauty. The morning was very cloudy, not promising much color or much of a view of the peaks in the area.

“There were several other photographers already in the best spots to capture iconic Mt. Rundle, which is generally the primary target. It too was shrouded in mists and clouds. These Sundance peaks are generally bypassed in favor of the more impressive and rugged Mt. Rundle, but with those viewpoints already taken, I walked the shore looking for the best opportunity to photograph the Sundance peaks. I found this sweet perspective as the sun arrived. Earlier these twin peaks had been concealed by thick clouds and I was pleased to see the clouds part for a short time and allow this view, and the nice reflections. The low bank of fog was a nice atmospheric addition as well. I still tried to get some shots of Mt. Rundle, but the clouds wouldn’t relax their grip. I think I had the best perspective this morning.  What a grand way to start a day!

“This was my first trip using my new Nikon D800, with a Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens. I shoot RAW, then I convert the files in Nikon Capture NX 2 software to TIFF files. I open the TIFF’s in Aperture for further processing.  I am a big fan of Nik Software’s products, particularly Dfine, Color Efex Pro and Viveza. After fine tuning with Aperture I convert to jpeg. Many people think my images are HDR’s, but they aren’t. I’m still working on perfecting my single exposure shots.  The settings for this photo were f/20, 2 sec at ISO 100 and the lens was at 24 mm.”

For every Assignment, the OP editors will select a winning image at the conclusion o the entry period. The winner will be featured on the OP home page and in a blog article about how the photograph was taken. To get your photos into the running all you have to do is submit them.

-Christopher Robinson, Editor
You can find me on Twitter @OPRobinson

 

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  1. Bret Kuntz Says:

    Congratulation my Brother! Your art is profoundly beautiful and is getting the respect and recognition it deserves. Phil works hard happily at his passion-his photo art. Tis a pure pleasure to gaze at all of the wonderful photos as seen through the eyes of such a gifted professional artist. Thanks for the eye candy! Respectfully, BK

  2. Lorie McGehee Says:

    This picture is superb! I have had the opportunity to view other works by this photographer and all have been outstanding!! Thank you Mr. Kuntz. We all do not get the opportunities to get out in this beautiful world and gaze first hand at it so I appreciate you bringing it to me.

  3. Hester Says:

    The picture is amazing. Great reflections

  4. Jay Fitz Says:

    Excellent shot. Award well-earned.

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