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A Fiery Forest at Sunset

This image was taken this past Friday in Pike National Forest as #sunset approached. The sky was ablaze in orange and while the dense forest blocked a clear view of the horizon, it still made for a pretty good shot.

Sunset creates a fiery scene in Pike National Forest. (© Tony’s Takes)

Sunset creates a fiery scene in Pike National Forest. (© Tony’s Takes)

A dynamic Colorado sunset

Thunderstorms moved through the Denver area yesterday afternoon and evening leading to some dramatic skies above. This is my first attempt at an HDR (High Dynamic Range) image.

The technique uses three or more images, all of different exposures, put together to achieve a higher range of luminosity than what could be accomplished with a single one.

An HDR image of the sunset in Adams County, Colorado as thunderstorms move through the area. (© Tony’s Takes)

An HDR image of the sunset in Adams County, Colorado as thunderstorms move through the area. (© Tony’s Takes)

Colorado’s mountains may get the press but the plains can hold their own

Sunsets on the Great Plains are oftentimes exercises in amazement.  The color of the dark, blue skies above coupled with the oranges, pinks and reds near the horizon provide for stunning viewing.   On this particular evening, Mother Nature put on quite a colorful show not only looking west as seen here, but in just about every direction.  Truly beautiful. 

Sunset on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

Sunset on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

Wild light: Iridescent clouds add rainbow colors to orange sunset

This image, ‘wild light’, was taken at sunset near Loveland, Colorado. As always the colors were absolutely stunning as the sun went down behind the Rocky Mountains.

What is equally cool is the clouds – notice their iridescence.

Cloud iridescence is caused by clouds (usually cirrus clouds like these) that have small water droplets or ice crystals in them causing the light to be diffracted, or spread out. The phenomena is much like the rainbow colors seen with oil in water.

Iridescent clouds add rainbow colors to orange sunset. (© Tony’s Takes)

Iridescent clouds add rainbow colors to orange sunset. (© Tony’s Takes)

Cell phone image: Colorado clouds at sunset

I rarely use my cell phone to take pictures and virtually never do when it comes to capturing something as gorgeous as Colorado sunsets.  This time though I made an exception and decided it was a good opportunity to play with a new cell phone and an app.

The sunset was beautiful on this evening as is often the case.  As the sun descended on the horizon, the clouds to the south took on a gorgeous orange color.  I snapped a picture using my Galaxy S4 and then applied a ‘fake’ HDR effect using an app called Snapseed.

The effect was a relatively passable HDR-like image that looks pretty cool.

Cell phone capture of a Colorado sunset with an HDR like effect applied. (© Tony’s Takes)

Cell phone capture of a Colorado sunset with an HDR like effect applied. (© Tony’s Takes)

Canada goose silhouetted at sunset

Photo opportunities just present themselves and the subjects oftentimes aren’t what you are looking for. Such was the case with this image.

I was at Metzger Farm in Broomfield, Colorado take pictures of a blue heron rookery.  Unfortunately the images of the herons I took were underwhelming but sunset provided other opportunities.

While taking pictures of the gorgeous sunset to the west, this Canada goose came swimming across the rippled surface of a pond.  It was perfectly backlit and the water was reflecting the orange sky above.

Canada goose silhouetted at sunset. (© Tony’s Takes)

Canada goose silhouetted at sunset. (© Tony’s Takes)

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Sunset on the farm

Unseasonably warm temperatures on this early spring evening made for a prime opportunity to get out and take some pictures.  I actually came to this location to get images of great blue heron’s nearby but got there a bit late and the lighting was horrible.  Instead I turned my gaze to the west.  This taken at Metzger Farm in Westminster, Colorado.

Sunset on the farm. (© Tony’s Takes)

Sunset on the farm. (© Tony’s Takes)

Rocky Mountain sunset of orange and blue

A gorgeous Rocky Mountain sunset. It isn’t too often I go take pictures in the evening (family comes first) but tonight I was able to and I was rewarded. Mother Nature put on a gorgeous show with a fiery sunset, beautiful clouds and the Colorado blue skies.

Fire on the horizon, cold blue above at sunset. (© Tony’s Takes)

Fire on the horizon, cold blue above at sunset. (© Tony’s Takes)

A smoky sunset on the Great Plains

June 20, 2012 – A smoky sunset on the Great Plains.  The summer of 2012 was devastating in terms of the size and number of wildfires in Colorado.  The largest of the season was the High Park Fire in the mountains west of Fort Collins.  It was three weeks from the time it was first reported on June 9 to the time it was contained on June 30.  In the interim it burned 87,250 acres making it the second largest wildfire on record in the state at the time.

While camping on the eastern plains on June 20 in Morgan County some 40 miles east, I took this picture.  Stunning, orange sunsets in this area are not unusual but the smoke plume trailing across the horizon from the fire made this one quite different.

June 20, 2012 - The smoke plume from the High Park Fire is seen from Colorado's eastern plains at sunset.  (© Tony’s Takes)

June 20, 2012 – The smoke plume from the High Park Fire is seen from Colorado’s eastern plains at sunset. (© Tony’s Takes)

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