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Mesquite Dunes Before Dawn

Posted by
Barbara Lee (Oakland, United States) on 9 April 2011 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Here is an image taken 45 minutes before the one I posted yesterday. The "blue hour", that time before dawn and after sunset when everything takes on that wonderful blue cast, is pretty magical. What a difference 45 minutes of light makes!

NIKON D90 1/3 second F/18.0 ISO 200 48 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Bill Brown from California, United States

Wonderful composition and gorgeous color and light.

9 Apr 2011 5:15am

Tinx from Kuressaare, Estonia


9 Apr 2011 8:35am

marci from in, Morocco

very beautiful! love the blue hour... didn't know it was labeled!

9 Apr 2011 9:06am

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

I too, love seeing that blue light. This image has wonderful textures on both sides of the crest, and it almost looks HDR. Lovely shadows and tones as well.

By the way, Elizabeth Carmel is featured in this month's issue of Outdoor Photographer. One of her images in the magazine is of an autumn sunset at Zion. It is of the same stream and iconic peak in your shot posted on November 4, 2010, but at a different time in the season. I am looking at both images right now, and I must say that I like yours better!

9 Apr 2011 10:29am

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

Beautiful lines and colors and composition. Lovely capture of this magical time of day.

9 Apr 2011 1:32pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Beautiful landscape. The colors are beautiful!

10 Apr 2011 1:12am

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Another beauty!

10 Apr 2011 1:19am

David from Detroit, United States

The light and color are so delicate here. Very well done.

10 Apr 2011 2:27am

karla from Omaha, United States

I like the sharp edge leading up to the background, plus the textures. This image shows the blue dawn light so well. Beautiful scene!

10 Apr 2011 5:01am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

nicely framed with superb tones and detail

13 Apr 2011 1:14am

JCJ from Troyes, France

wonderful simple landscape, it's a perfect viewpoint!

17 Apr 2011 10:25am

1/3 second
ISO 200
48 mm (35mm equiv.)