SW Colorado

© Paul D.

SW Colorado

Uploaded: November 10, 2011


I was very fortunate to be driven to a 9200 ft mountain top in SW Colorado last month where there wasn't much up there except incredible beauty and two mountain lions fighting (across the canyon thankfully). In fact, the last 1o minutes of the trip was on the back of a 4-wheel ATV with my gear bag in a milk crate, bungeed to the vehicle. I wish everyone could see the beauty up there.

ANYWAY, the photo: the canyon leads SW towards Utah which isn't all that far away. That's La Sal Mountain in the background to the left. We got there right before sunset with the intent to get a sunset image. I would have preferred some clouds and a dramatic sky, but this was still great to see.

Seven exposures (1/100 to 0.6) all at f/14, merged in Photomatix then tweaked to get rid of the HDR look. Canon 16-35mm lens @28mm, no filters (sun rays from long exposure at small aperture, and HDR enhances it even further).

Exif: F Number: 14, ExposureTime: 1/12 seconds, ISO: 100, FocalLength: 28.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II


Linda L. Ruiz level-classic November 11, 2011


Ruth Robbins level-classic November 14, 2011

Fabulous! #9803800

Melissa Olsen November 14, 2011

Very beautiful! Everyday I consider myself blessed to live in Colorado! #9803808

Paul D. November 14, 2011

Thanks all! Wow, is Colorado photogenic, I wouldn't mind living there at ALL. I could imagine what all this looks like once snow falls... I do know what snow is actually, I'm not a Phoenix native. ;-) #9803869

Randy D. Dinkins level-deluxe January 06, 2012

Beautiful sunset capture. Always great to find those perfect conditions (either low or high clouds to reflect the sun), but in the absence, you shoot with what you got. And you did a great job here!! #9905050

To discuss, first log in or sign up (buttons are at top center of page).

Get Constructive Critiques

Sign up for an interactive online photography course to get critiques on your photos.


Did You Know?

Discussions by Category: You can view photo discussions on various themes in the Community > Photo Discussions section of the site.

BetterPhoto Websites: If you see an orange website link directly under the photographer's name, it's totally okay. It's not spam. The reason: BetterPhoto is the one that offers these personal photography websites. We are supporting our clients with those links.

Unavailable EXIF: If there is no other information but 'Unavailable' in the EXIF (meaning no EXIF data exists with the photo), the 'Unavailable' blurb is not displayed. If there is any info, it shows. Many photos have the EXIF stripped out when people modify the image and resave it, before uploading.


The following truth is one of the core philosophies of BetterPhoto:

I hear, I forget.
I see, I remember.
I do, I understand.

You learn by doing. Take your next online photography class.

BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick

Copyright for this gallery photo belongs solely to Paul D..
Images may not be copied, downloaded, or used in any way without the expressed, written permission of the photographer.
Log in to follow or message this photographer or report this photo.