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These rock formations at the Canyonlands in Utah were just so awesome in the evening sun! I struggled with the composition, as nothing through the camera seemed to be matching the awesomeness of what I was seeing. With a little cropping though, this one is satisfying my memory of the place.

hdri with Dynamic Photo (maiden voyage with this new program)
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The morning sun on red rocks is one of the most pleasing light effects ever... this was taken in the Island in the Sky area of Canyonlands National Park, Utah.

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everything about Utah speaks to the untamed spirit -- vibrant, abrasive... and always beautiful. Arches National Park, hdri.
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Isn't it amazing how peace accompanies the recognition of beauty? The mind is satisfied for a moment, releasing its incessant activity of reviewing the past or anticipating the future... happy to be right here, right now.
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the unbelievable heat, the amazing shapes and colors with the evening light... awesome place! Death Valley, California.
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These mountains, and there were several peaks all lined up in a row with essentially the same shape, are one of my most tangible memories from our trip out west. The setting sun reflected in these red rocks was simply an awesome sight.

Dynamic Photo HDRi. The red glow is not an exaggeration by any means. I do feel it gives a very realistic glimpse of the drama of the original scene.
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Standing at the rim of the Grand Canyon 35 years ago was one of the most dramatic experiences of my life. Revisiting this summer, I was stunned and confused with the view, until I read a sign posted right at the rim about air pollution. Air pollution at this natural wonder far from cities and industry! In summer, the pollutants blow in from far away places like California, southern Arizona, and northern New Mexico. On a clear day, you can see the San Francisco Peaks boldy against the sky. This day was not such a day.
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I must admit I have not often gotten up early enough to catch a sunrise... but what a divine time it was to do so on this awesome morning! The stillness of the early morning twilight, the invigoration as the light plays its way into full view... just a delightful time of day!

Canyonlands in Utah, processed with Dynamic Photo HDR.
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Well I've started with some of the more believable rock colors and formations we encountered in Utah. Some of the more unbelievable are still to come!

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Winter sunset at Harrington Beach, Lake Michigan. I'm actually disappointed with our warmer weather in the last few weeks - I was hoping to make the trek back to the lake in the wee hours of the morning for a winter sunrise over this icy landscape!
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