Vitai Lampada by NathanMerrill

Vitai Lampada
(“They Pass On The Torch of Life”)
There’s a breathless hush in the Close to-night —
Ten to make and the match to win —
A bumping pitch and a blinding light,
An hour to play and the last man in.
And it’s not for the sake of a ribboned coat,
Or the selfish hope of a season’s fame,
But his Captain’s hand on his shoulder smote —
‘Play up! play up! and play the game!’

The sand of the desert is sodden red, —
Red with the wreck of a square that broke; —
The Gatling’s jammed and the Colonel dead,
And the regiment blind with dust and smoke.
The river of death has brimmed his banks,
And England’s far, and Honour a name,
But the voice of a schoolboy rallies the ranks:
‘Play up! play up! and play the game!’

This is the word that year by year,
While in her place the School is set,
Every one of her sons must hear,
And none that hears it dare forget.
This they all with a joyful mind
Bear through life like a torch in flame,
And falling fling to the host behind —
‘Play up! play up! and play the game!’

Sir Henry Newbolt (1862-1938)

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Dappled by NathanMerrill

While half of the United States is choking on wildfire smoke, the Grand Tetons take it in stride, and use the opportunity to show off their more intimate side! Sorry to upload this again, but the first one wasn’t quite up to par. Thanks for looking… again.

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The Pinnacle by NathanMerrill

Version 2 real quick. I had something I had to fix, so here’s the repost. Hopefully I didn’t aggravate all of you who have made kind comments! This may be the favorite of all images I have taken. This view is simply breathtaking and one I will never forget. This is composed of 20 images taken with my zoom lens, on account of my wide angle being stolen while on vacation, haha! Anyways stitching this all together, blending for dynamic range, dodging, burning, tonal and color work, and sharpening, on an image that was 15,000 pixels wide to start with took some time… Well a ton of time. This image could be blown up to fill a few billboards 🙂
I wanted to do the scene justice, so I really took my time with the processing. I have about 9 hours of post work into this, and If you saw the raw files, I did nothing radical or unnatural; Just lots of time consuming micro contrast work. Please critique and comment, and thanks for looking!

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