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I work construction six months out of the year. When you work construction, you have to get up early and work late. Occasionally, you work before the sunrises and past when the sunsets.

For the past week I've been tormented with some of the most spectacular sunrises I have seen since living here in Colorado. And on a few days, nothing but lenticular clouds eerily floating across the sky, waiting for the light to hit.

I would be damned if I was gonna miss a wicked awesome sunset. So, every evening, like usual, I sit and stare towards the west to see how the clouds line up, what the sun is going to be doing, and then make my way to the reservoir if necessary. It is the easiest, closest, and most affordable place for me to shoot and I can react to lighting in a jiffy.

This evening I made the decision to head over to Horsetooth to stretch my legs since no one was home. Also, the possibility of good light was in the two thumbs up category. I found a great spot, unknowing it was the same spot :iconbldn333: shot this [link]

As the sun dipped behind the hills, a faint light began to grow. It was subtle at first, nothing much. But when this psychotic blast of color was being recorded onto my memory card, whistles, chants, war cries, laughter and every other noise my loud mouth and lungs could produce was in an all out roar.

All week long I was going crazy having to be at work and see light like this in the mornings. And all week long I was biting at the nail for something such as this to show itself.

It was the last straw. And it was my lucky one.

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It was one of those sunsets you keep your fingers crossed behind your back for. The ones you think, "Better start walking back." But something keeps you there, tells you not to go. "Fifteen more minutes," I mumble to myself. Then as if Moses was parting the Red Sea, the light began to illuminate the rain. The warmth grew slowly at first, then brighter and brighter until everything was bathed in ambient gold light.

Being blessed with views of nature such as this is why I fell in love with nature photography. So I can share these moments with all of you. And to motivate you to get out there and experience it for yourself first hand. Because even if you get out for only a half an hour and hike just a half mile, you're still lapping people on the couch.

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Just before work ends, I glance at the sky. I see if the clouds look like they are gonna show some light, and if I'll get lucky or not with a photo op.

Well, for the second night in a row, the sky looked like it was about to unleash a flurry of colors, however. After work ended, I needed to help my sister-in-law out for a bit with some moving. So, in a mad dash I did my chores with just enough time to go grab my gear.

Right when the early signs of color started to dance on the clouds, I was finding a new spot with all new sites along Horsetooth.

Just enough spare time to give me a chance to capture the beauty.

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2 years ago when I started getting "serious" about my photography, my first attempt at a seascape was at the North Narrabeen pool. This morning I returned to it and was lucky to have nature put on quite a sunrise. :)

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Winter tides rush toward a flaming sunset at Pfeiffer Beach, CA. I had previously been shooting the portal and became tired of the endless groups of photographers shooting the famous rays. I realized i was ignoring a beautiful sunset and hiked up north to capture it.
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Another terrific sunset at the nearby Horsetooth Reservoir. On this visit, the water was at its highest point of the summer. So this time I tried a new location and noticed this spot along the waters edge. Wading into the water up to my waste, I positioned the camera for a nice sweeping panorama to capture everything. Then began the waiting game.

Once the sun began to spit out the evening colors, I began to shoot. Dragging out the exposure allowed for the water to smooth over into a nice foggy waterline. It also made the boaters invisible.

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Hanson Bay
Kangaroo Island

This was a picture taken just before dawn on a memorable morning at Hanson Bay on the South coast of Kangaroo Island. The morning started off with thick fog which eventually lifted. The clouds were grey and gradually lit crimson while the sea spray and fog also lifted. All the while, shadows across the dunes were a striking feature of the foreground.


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Golden rays of light burst through a unique doorway carved by time along Pfeiffer Beach, Big Sur. Truly one of those beautiful moments where the elements combine in your favor. Winter solstice is the time at which the Sun is at its southernmost point in the sky. During this brief period our sun lines up directly with this portal and allows us to witness a unique phenomenon.

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Petrel Cove
South Australia

This is another image taken from Petrel Cove on a beautiful humid and sultry Christmas dawn. To welcome in the new year. I thought I'd post something vibrant :) Thank you to everyone here who has continued to support by viewing and commenting on my work. It has been a real pleasure and great to know that these morning trips on weekends have been providing a source of pleasure to someone other than myself !

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A sunrise shot from my first morning visiting Yosemite National Park. A beautiful place! The grandeur is amazing! I hope to make it back sometime soon. Thanks for taking a look.
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