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Late Evening Oranges

Late Evening Oranges

Storm clouds fight with the evening sunset over the Colorado Rockies & Longs Peak. Hard to believe this is the same location where I shot the "Angry Skies" shot from huh? But it most certainly is!

Every now and then I like to get a little artistic with my HDR's and this is one of those, there is no right, no wrongs when it comes to photography and artistic interpretation, and i realize that not everyone likes that, nor this style, that is fine, I respect that, but I also ask the same of you to respect my creativeness, too!

Now that being said, hope ya all dig it!

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Shutter Speed
1/25 second
Focal Length
80 mm
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Date Taken
May 31, 2009, 6:51:44 PM
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oliwr's avatar
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Vision
:star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Impact

Being a fan of "artistic changes" to the image that involve some to heavy post-processing to an image, my opinion is to respect any artistic impression on a photo, as long as it does not have the claim to be real or reportage. Your work is no exception, and I must say I like the outcome very much!
I've often been in the situation where I loved the edited versions of the images more, even when they were no "original photographies" anymore. I think it's up to the artist what to change or "enhance" in their photos, as long as they go their own way. It still is both art and photography to me, but I accept that for some it is not.

well... 100 words reached - that be it! Oh wait.. the critique.. <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":D" title=":D (Big Grin)" />

My first look at the thumb the fiery clouds reminded me of that particular scene in Lord of the Rings that gives you the first look to what Mordor will look like always throughout the movie (especially at the end of the 2nd part) - If you hate that movie, sorry - but bear with me <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" title=":) (Smile)" />
There's something in those contrast of the dynamic sky that makes it hard to focus on the top part of the image and (at least in me) sparks a mixture of disturbance and concern.

I really like how the HDR has turned out, and not being a fan of those overloaded tone-mapping images and those things often thought of when thinking about HDR i must say that you've used it very well!

The only change I would have applied there is to darken the foreground yet a bit (as i think it is still too bright and is competing with the amazing storm-clouds) to focus the viewers attention totally on the mountains.

To justify the 3 stars on Originality: I think this is extremely hard to judge, and I dont like rating other users work, but except for the gorgeous effect with the clouds, i think the composition is not that special or would be a overwhelming if used itself!

Overall, this is a very pleasing image and I like it very much!
vonrubinstein's avatar
Wow! Why on earth haven't i noticed this before. Fantastic outcome. Though i'd like to agree with oliwr what concerns darkening the foreground even more.
Otherwise it's just stunning. :wow:
FuriousEnnui's avatar
I agree with the critique. I would probably be more extreme, and crop out the buildings that draw attention away from the natural beauty above, and darken down the dark green band of trees below the peaks more, as well. I'd probably darken down the orange on the top of the frame, too, or crop to the first available line of dark greys.

The attention deservedly should be on the mountains and the fiery clouds.

It is a great image as it is, though.
kkart's avatar
The only problem with that is the composition goes right to hell in a handbucket, I tried it, it is shot
FuriousEnnui's avatar
Ack... and it is nae the type o' shot ye can just set up and redo... :(
kkart's avatar
:) It's ok I kinda like how it is, and who is to say I don't have more with that kinda crop ;)
kkart's avatar
Well thank you very much! :) I actually darkened the foreground and was debating about doing it more too, actually :)
ambnas's avatar
just awesome!
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longrider1952's avatar
Absolutely love it!!! :)
KeremGo's avatar
It looks like taken with a 6x6 Hasselblad. So many detail and depth. Great work as always :)
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pwuray's avatar
Stunning picture!
devoutburrito's avatar
can i ask which town that is in the background?
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Rjet33's avatar
Wow, that is gorgeous! I love Colorado. Had the privilege of living there for 3.5 years. It was the happiest time of my life.
d4ni3hbbyh's avatar
this is absolutely beautiful! very powerful! great work!
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grafu's avatar
definitely stands out
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