Textures at Sunset

This is the sunset from the top of Jones Pass looking out toward the Gore Range running from Summit County to Eagle County.  The mountain gave such unique textures at sunset giving off so many layers and different tones and colors for each layer.  I was so awe inspired by the sunset, not only looking west, but by the colors in the clouds to the east.  I didn’t know where to shoot, so I took a gamble and finished out the sunset light shooting shots looking at the Gore Range.  The gamble paid off because I was still able to capture some of the red light in the clouds and the full moon to the east and I’ll share that picture tomorrow. It was an epic evening to an already great day.  It’s wonderful sunsets like this that make photography all worthwhile.

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I received some requests for a 100% Crop of the Jones Pass image from yesterday.  I wasn’t able to upload a full 100% crop, but was able to get a 90% image loaded (limitation of my web store).  This should give you a close enough representation of the file at full size.  In fact the gallery for all my Panoramas is now available to view at Original Size.  Click on the image and then “O” or “Original” and it will display the image in its full glory.  Hit Close at the top right or click on the picture to bring you back to the gallery.

Jones Pass


Capture Notes:

  • Camera:  Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Lens:  Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
  • ISO: 1000
  • Focal Length:  46 mm
  • Aperture:  f/16
  • Shutter Speed: 1/20 – 1/200 sec.
  • Post Processing:  I didn’t have the right filters with me so I had to improvise and decided to bracket this with 7 exposures.  I usually don’t do HDR photography probably, #1, never really studied it and #2, just don’t like sometimes how it takes the emotion out of a photograph.  I’m guessing more times than not, they are just bad examples of a HDR photograph.  I guess when you get right down to it, many times I take a RAW photograph and extend the dynamic range creating a similar effect.  I worked my single exposure and then tried to use a layer mask on a couple of photos, but just wasn’t happy with some of the harsh haloing I was getting.  I finally merged 7 shots using Photoshop HDR Pro and came up with this final HDR image.  Yep, you heard me.  HDR.  I probably should have used Photomatix, but Adobe Photoshop CS5 is what I have at the moment.  It created the mood I wanted in the photo and then I applied a warming/cool filter to the image just to give the horizon a little more pop using onOne PhotoTools 2.6 for the final result.

7 thoughts on “Textures at Sunset

  1. Purple mountain’s majesty… comes to mind when I first see this. 🙂

    Great shot and processing, Rick. Pretty awesome look. Will peek in your gallery as well to see some of the goodies.

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