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A half moon rose over my shoulder providing the soft foreground illumination about twenty minutes after the sun had set. This is 6 equal exposures blended for focus. Each frame was shot at 2.8 to preserve the fixed stars.

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Copyright Colin H Sillerud
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A cascade below the Minarets.

This was one of the strangest displays of light. During the magic hour the mountains were completely shrouded in clouds and there was no chance of any color that evening, or so I thought. After I had taken some exposures and it had gotten very dark I packed up my camera and tripod and started to walk back to camp. All of a sudden I looked backed and noticed the clouds starting to lift and a really strange glow hitting the underside of the clouds. I quickly ran back to the creek and tried to recompose in almost complete darkness. Was able to capture this strange light which disappeared second after this was taken.

Minarets, Ansel Adams Wilderness, California.

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The name of this image comes from its place in my life. I rediscovered my love for nature and my passion for photography at this location. Then, during a 6-month period of living from a bed because of serious injury, this is the main place I would go in my mind to escape and look for hope.

Copyright Colin H. Sillerud

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One of those days spent in a sea of clouds. Then, as on cue, the light intensifies, the heart pounds, a stray ray peaks through, palms sweat, sometimes the world just opens for you.

p.s. During the climb, a massive bolt of lightning leapt from the fog. Thunder crackled from each tree. It called for about a minute.

Has anyone else experienced lightning in a snow storm? Happened to me twice now, but I thought it was virtually non-existent.

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Copyright Colin H. Sillerud
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Light bleeds around winding corners as the Tiger stalks. A growl, a roar, cascades over rocks and into my ears biting my curiosity. Danger be damned, I will follow. I will roar!

Over 4x normal flow in Zion's Narrows meant a full body dry suit. 4 times I was in water to my armpits. I had to balance my backpack on my head while I held the neck seal open to let air escape to keep from turning into a balloon and floating away.

Resubmission. I realized that I went way over board with the saturation the first go round.

Copyright, Colin H. Sillerud
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Water freezes to the edge of this northern lake. Then the water level falls, causing the ice to be suspended in air. The cycle repeats, leaving the icicles hanging and fragile.

I cannot touch the ice or my photo will fracture. Like a cat, I sneak out on all fours, balancing on needle rocks that puncture my jacket. Elbows cut, down feathers escape from my sleeves.

The aurora starts as a single jade beam in the north, hanging across the sky, immobile, alien.

The beam, as a conductor, commands stillness. Slowly, it separates into two - the conductor raises his arms. He taps the podium - a shudder, a ripple traces the beam and my spine.

Two more beams now. Texture forms as a constant undulation with the conductor’s building movements.

Then, abruptly, the Maestro throws his arms wide and the beam explodes, covering the sky. Greens writhe and coil; purple licks the edges. Whirlpools tumble overhead. The souls of the mountain gods flame on the horizon.

The aurora fractures as diamonds through breeze-blown tears. I am sad I cannot see the whole sky at once.

Technique: To shoot the foreground in this low light, I took eleven 30 second exposures @ 2.8 iso 1000, all focused at different points to achieve full depth. Then I shot the sky at 6 seconds at iso 4000. I shot the sky faster to retain texture in the aurora.
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Some places are difficult to photograph because they are uninspiring or lacking impact. Some are the opposite - hard to capture because awe explodes from every nook and cranny. This was one such place!

Except for the cloudy sky hiding the color blue, the full rainbow existed in smooth gradients from the ground cover to the canopy. I was almost nervous because it was too great. I just hope this does it some justice.

Photoventure Blog is forth coming.

Copyright Colin H. Sillerud

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Woolecombe, Devon, United Kingdom
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6.30am and up to my knees in ocean. Stack Island rises out of the mist at Minnamurra, NSW.

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Website: www.kieranoconnorphotography.com

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This time just alittle bit bigger...
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