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Blue Sunset

Posted by
Barbara Lee (Oakland, United States) on 10 April 2011 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

We had planned to drive back home up the highway 395, through the Owens Valley. When we checked in at our camp office, we learned that a snow storm had closed parts of 395 near Mammoth Lakes to campers and all vehicles needed chains. Whoops! Change of plans. So we got out a map and drove south for 2 hours to Lake Isabella, on the southern side of the Sequoia National Forest. I did not expect much here photographically, but grabbed my camera as I headed out for an evening walk. Look at what the camera saw! I cannot remember ever seeing quite such a blue sunset. This is, indeed, a lesson in being prepared for the unexpected. My morning shoot at Whitney Portal, which got me out of bed at 5:30, was a disappointment - pretty flat light. But this photo turned out to be much, much more than a consolation prize.

Nikon D90 1/25 second F/22.0 ISO 640 52 mm

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Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

The towering clouds on the left follow the line of trees nicely. If you had not taken your camera, you would have been so disappointed!

10 Apr 2011 10:54am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Beautiful atmosphere and colors

10 Apr 2011 11:55am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

My eyes are attracted more by the foreground, although not your intention it is very inviting with that softened light there.

10 Apr 2011 12:20pm

@Curly: Thanks Curly. I love the foreground too. As you may know I love photographing trees and I hadvbeen taking pics ofvthese and others before the sky set up.

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Definitely wonderful, Barbara...I like teh clouds nearer to the much drama and shape. I also like the mid ground trees is that frost on them or new blooms just starting? Either way it is very intriguing. So much to see in tis one, as Curly's eyes were drawn to yet another element! Great image here, Barbara!

10 Apr 2011 4:06pm

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Beautiful colors, great atmosphere!

10 Apr 2011 8:19pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

exquisite light and clouds

11 Apr 2011 3:26am

Andrea from Regina, Canada

What a beautiful sky! Much more subdued than many sunsets, but it has such a wonderful watercolour feel to it.

11 Apr 2011 3:28pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

the golden and blue tones interplay wonderfully with each other here! you captured the mood superbly!

12 Apr 2011 5:27am

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Great foreground and lighting!

12 Apr 2011 1:32pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

beautiful image!

13 Apr 2011 1:14am

Ann Baldwin from Vallejo, United States

That orange glow makes the photo surreal. Great shot!

13 Apr 2011 3:13am

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

This is wonderful!!! No need for too many words, one should just watch!

23 Apr 2011 6:02am

Nikon D90
1/25 second
ISO 640
52 mm