Taking a different way to the waters edge, my timing was perfect. I was able to get a few shots just when the colors were at their peak. The warm colors made the water look deceivingly warm, but I wasn't about to test it.
I focused on this rock under the water, allowing my nd grad to subdue the sky while maintaining the reflection.
On a side note, the colors were so vibrant, I actually reduced the saturation and vibrancy. Quite a bit might I add.
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 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.
Once I processed this image I couldn't stop thinking about this song, In the Big Rock Candy Mountains
One evening as the sun went down And the jungle fires were burning, Down the track came a hobo hiking, And he said, "Boys, I'm not turning I'm headed for a land that's far away Besides the crystal fountains So come with me, we'll go and see The Big Rock Candy Mountains
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains, There's a land that's fair and bright, Where the handouts grow on bushes And you sleep out every night. Where the boxcars all are empty And the sun shines every day And the birds and the bees And the cigarette trees The lemonade springs Where the bluebird sings In the Big Rock Candy Mountains.
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains All the cops have wooden legs And the bulldogs all have rubber teeth And the hens lay soft-boiled eggs The farmers' trees are full of fruit And the barns are full of hay Oh I'm bound to go Where there ain't no snow Where the rain don't fall The winds don't blow In the Big Rock Candy Mountains.
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains You never change your socks And the little streams of alcohol Come trickling down the rocks The brakemen have to tip their hats And the railway bulls are blind There's a lake of stew And of whiskey too You can paddle all around it In a big canoe In the Big Rock Candy Mountains
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains, The jails are made of tin. And you can walk right out again, As soon as you are in. There ain't no short-handled shovels, No axes, saws nor picks, I'm bound to stay Where you sleep all day, Where they hung the jerk That invented work In the Big Rock Candy Mountains. .... I'll see you all this coming fall In the Big Rock Candy Mountains
A cold but calming evening on Antelope Island State Park.
One of the reason's I like the island so much is because during the day you have a chance to photograph a wide variety of wildlife, but because it is an island, with a little planning and guesswork often times a good composition can be found to compliment the best light the sunset has to offer.
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An extremely windy sunrise on our 3 day backpacking trip to Thousand Island Lake, California in the Ansel Adams Wilderness. Low, fast -moving clouds obscured the peak of Banner but still offered a beautiful display of light. Thank you for taking a look!
Neon lichen glow underneath the awe inspiring superstition mountains. The contrasting blues and reds were something out of the ordinary. No magical light show as I had hoped, but finding color was not difficult. I have two more shots planned in my head from this exact spot, both will require just the perfect moment which hopefully I can capture soon. This place is just too good for photography.