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Early Winter Sunset by LAlight Early Winter Sunset by LAlight
After a failed attempt to make it to this spot by sunset three days prior, we decided to head back for one more shot. To our shock, it had snowed since our last visit, and the landscape had completely changed. The dead grasses of the field were replaced by a fresh blanket of snow, and many parts of the creek had frozen over already. 

We arrived just in time for a nice sunset, and stayed long enough for our toes to freeze! 

Liberty Bell Group near Washington Pass
North Cascades Highway, WA

I also wanted to share Addam's shot from the evening...I was incredibly jealous because he was tall enough to jump the creek and get to this vantage point. ;) 

early winter by NWunseen
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:iconlaskanwlf:
LASKANWLF Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Professional Photographer
This might be my very favorite photo I have ever seen from you LeeAnne!! :nod: This is a stunning shot!! :faint: THIS tall guy is going to go back to the North Cascades and look for this spot himself...of course I'll need to bring along my shorter better half WITH me and show her what the North Cascades are like :heart: ...I have a feeling she would fall in love with there, don't YOU? ;)
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LAlight Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Professional Photographer
Thanks so much, Michael! It definitely ranks up there in the top ten of my own favorites as well. :) 
I'm sure you both would love it up there. I love the diversity of the landscapes up there - so much to choose from!
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LASKANWLF Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Professional Photographer
You're a great photographer LeeAnne! Clap  I loved the North Cascades...sooo majestic and sooo beautiful!! Love  It's been quite a few years since I've been there, but I'll never forget it. Here's a few shots I took up there. They're not that great, since I was just new to digital photography and learning my camera. Shrug

Mystical Mountain Peak by LASKANWLF   Majestic North Cascade Peaks by LASKANWLF   Mountain Falls by LASKANWLF   Tribute to Ansel Adams by LASKANWLF
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LAlight Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Professional Photographer
Cool! Do you know which waterfall that might have been?
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LASKANWLF Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Professional Photographer
Thanks LeeAnne. Gorge Creek waterfalls.
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LAlight Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Professional Photographer
Oh, okay! I know where that is. That was the first waterfall we stopped at when Addam first took me up to the North Cascades. I didn't photograph it though because the sun was out. So glad you were able to get a shot when you went up!
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LASKANWLF Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Professional Photographer
I'm going back here one day...I mean to the whole area of the North Cascades. :nod: 
Now that I know digital photography better and now that I have my full-frame DSLR, I want to spent 3-4 days up there. 
One day I will. ;)
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BokehLight Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015   Photographer
Truly a Masterpiece!
Outstanding work :clap:
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LAlight Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Professional Photographer
Thank you! :aww:
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amzimme Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The colors in the clouds and the way they softly blend into each other is breathtaking, and a lovely, soft counterpoint to the harsh sharpness of the rocky peak, giving a softness and warmth that makes this scene more warm and welcoming. The reflection is crisp and beautiful, and the snow covering the ground and spotting the trees and the mountain give this a rich contrast and also emphasizes the colors of the sunset by turning the landscape itself into a simple, non-competing black-and-white. Beautiful capture--I'm so glad you went back to try for a sunset shot one more time!
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LAlight Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Professional Photographer
Really appreciate the detailed comment...so nice to get in depth feedback. Thanks Amy! :) 
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amzimme Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome--your work is lovely!
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db-imagery Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Student Photographer
blown away by this one!!..such a beautiful and serene setting!!..love the mixture of tones and wonderful colors..it's got it all!!..awesome image, leeanne!:)!
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LAlight Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Professional Photographer
:blush: really appreciate it, doug..this one was a pain in the butt at first but then ended up being very special to me in the end, so i'm really glad for all the love! 

so good to see you back in action! :)
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db-imagery Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Student Photographer
most welcome!!

:wave:
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MirMidPhotos Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful. Your bad luck at not making it earlier turned in great luck allowing to get this photo.
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LAlight Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks so much...I agree, I think it turned out for the best. :0
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fishofglass Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014
AMAZING!
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:iconlalight:
LAlight Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you!
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fishofglass Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015
great!
i cannot but admire your talented!
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RealTimeBrush Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
Beautiful cloud structure and colours making for a wonderful picture
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:iconlalight:
LAlight Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks so much. :) 
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dominique-merot Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
A beautiful evening :)
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:iconlalight:
LAlight Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Professional Photographer
Sure was! Thanks Dominique. :) 
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siyeh75 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014
Don't you just hate tall people sometimes ;)

I have seen many pics of the Liberty Bells, but none this spectacular!  Brava!
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LAlight Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Professional Photographer
:lol: I'm constantly grumbling about the places he can reach that I can't. 

Thanks for the awesome compliment, David! :aww:
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NWunseen Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Professional Photographer
really really liked the first version you did, but this one blows that one away! and dont be jealous of me being able to jump the creek..because i missed the amazing colors you got while doing so :P just a fabulous shot and fantastic processing, sweetie..love it! :deviation:
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LAlight Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Professional Photographer
haha..can't even stand to look at the first version i did! :ashamed:
thanks for the kind words..and for making me process it again. :cuddle:
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NWunseen Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Professional Photographer
pshh..really wasnt that bad at all..just needed a little more. do think this version came out way better though! welcome, LA..that's what we do :D
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LAlight Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Professional Photographer
:aww: :hug:
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photographsoflife Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Gorgeous Shot! :aww: :heart:
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LAlight Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you! :aww:
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photographsoflife Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome :aww:
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Pistolpete2007 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Another gorgeous capture LeeAnne :thumbsup:
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LAlight Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks Pete! :)
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Professional Photographer
Interesting HDR. :winner:
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LAlight Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Professional Photographer
Not HDR...just a single shot. But thank you. :) 
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Professional Photographer
Well, it is some dang fine editing then, because the highlight to shadow range along with color saturation and balance is perfectly natural here, just as the eye would see things, which is something a camera seldom gets right at the raw image stage. It must have taken only a few small tweaks to get this result, which beautifully displays very wide dynamic range and color gamut. Excellent work, my friend.
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LAlight Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Professional Photographer
:bow: Well thank you, I appreciate that. So glad to hear all of that!
My camera is fortunately pretty good at the shadow/highlight dynamic range, which I'm thankful for, because I'm not talented enough to combine exposures like a lot of people do!
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Professional Photographer
I love modern digital camera technology for that reason. :camera: I do like to go to manual mode, though...
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LAlight Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Professional Photographer
Yep! I only ever shoot in manual. I'm too much of a control freak to do otherwise. ;)
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Professional Photographer
In the field, auto mode will save one's bacon. Also, computers can fix a host of imaging ills as long as the focus is tight and the ISO is not too high for the sensor in question. However, I love shooting in manual mode when I actually have the luxury and time to do so. Most of my field images are rather spontaneous. I usually have no time to set up for the frame. I have to walk through there framing stuff in my eye in a feeble attempt to get it on the card like I saw it in real life as I raise my gadget to shoot. Dang, no matter what mode used, that is a really hard thing to do, especially out in black bear country!
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beachelf Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
Awesomeness! Applaud fella (Reactions) by Ehsan-m
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LAlight Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you!
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Pinedrop Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
A lovely, dramatic sky and reflection!
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LAlight Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks Tris!
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shauser12 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014
Beautiful.  Just beautiful. 
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LAlight Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you. :) 
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videodude1961 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
The vibrant colors in the sky and the coolness of the snow, separated by that wonderful line of trees, with a rugged peak and it's reflection, adding up to a fine image. Hope your toes have warmed up.
Rich T.
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LAlight Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks so much much, Rich...and yes, our toes finally warmed up! :lol:
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