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RANCHO CUCAMUNGA HILLS


RANCHO CUCAMUNGA HILLS
Photo Information
Copyright: Andre Salvador (erdna) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 574 W: 62 N: 749] (5437)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-25
Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Artwork, Experimental, HPP [Heavily Post-Processed]
Camera: Nikon D200, Nikkor 24-120mm AF-S, VR, Promaster 72mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-07-04 11:21
Viewed: 1263
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I was driving from Long Beach, California to Henderson, Nevada when I saw this view along the freeway in Rancho Cucamunga in Southern California. I have to stopped for a while and took the picture. It has the feel or I feel that I can convert it to something like a photographic painting. Rancho Cucamunga is along Feeway 10 just before the City of Fontana going east. Many people cannot believe there is such a place as Ranco Cucamunga. No one knows where that name came from.

I did a lot of PP Work on this one. I did not note it down as it took me an hour just trying to make it look like a painting. I know that I went through a lot of blurring of the foreground and the sky but not touching the center part. But I tried to lose some of the details at the center part so it would look more like it was drawn or painted. It was an experiment and I hope you like it.

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Great pic.
You captured very well the mood of loneliness.
Nice colors.

Amazing fact: 204 views and no point!

Roberto Juarez!

The spelling of the city is actually Rancho Cucamonga. I've lived here since 1981 and it's a beautiful place.

"Cucamonga" comes from a Tongva place name (perhaps pronounced [kukɑ'mʌŋnɑ]) that probably means "sandy place", although Vera Rocha, Chief of the Shoshone Gabrielino branch, has stated that the meaning is "Place of the villages where the waters come out". Cuc or Kuc = come, come from or come to. Amo = water, wet, spring and Nanga = place of a village. (taken from Wikipedia)

Because of the soil, it's great for growing wine grapes and used to be the largest wine growing region in the nation. We have more houses and buildings now than vineyards which is a shame. The city is nestled against the San Gabriel Mountains, with Cucamonga Peak at it's center. When it has snow it's really stunning to see. Thank you for taking the time to post this photo and bring some attention to our beautiful city.

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