Paradoxical Warmth of an Alpine Sunrise

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  1. ccd333

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    An early morning in Rocky Mountain National Park belies the cold of the remaining snow.

    Panasonic Lumix FZ5
    ISO 80
    f/5.6
    1/25s
    Warming filter
    Manfrotto 676B monopod


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    I love the feel of this shot. Very nicely done.
     
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    Sorry, I don't like it. The rocks look great but brownish snow and the sky isn't right. If you meant this to be a shot from another world than you were successful.
     
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    Thanks Raindog and railman. The warming filters have a tendency to do that....enhance the more subtle tones. However, the sky and snow was not too disimilar from this anyway.....this early in the morning there are some very warm, peaceful tones in the Colorado Rockies. I did in post processing cool the temperature of the color....but it didn't have the same feel to it. I'll take "other worldly" in this sense to mean that I did well to create that effect on someone.....but I understand the criticism and it is a fair one.
     
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    well I like it. I really like the colours and I think that in the morning, when the sun is rising everything has such warm colour. I also like the crop here and how the snow quides my sight straight to the mountains in the background.
     
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    I was about to say you used a warm up filter, before you posted.
    Its too obvious to be honest...I think maybe you should have tried a blue filter, the etherial look is strong but is a great picture, with the sun shining blue light across the icy snow.

    Maybe try and get rid of the warm up filter and re post?

    Ohh, and great shot!
     
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    I agree. Too warm. Great shot, though.
     
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    Well it does say 'paradoxical' in the title.
    I don't have a problem with the colours - if it looks too ginger on your monitor it may be out of calibration - but it does look more of an evening shot than a morning. The light is much redder at sunset.
    Good use of a subtle diagonal. Nice eye candy.
     
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    Agreed Hertz

    I like the shot , my first thought was of sunset and not sunrise though.

    even so , Nice shot, Wish I could have been there to push the button.


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    Sorry, I'm not buying the redder sunset thing. I think it sounds like it makes sense on the surface (no pun intended!), but I know I have taken the most vivid shots in Colorado as sunrises, not sunsets. This would ancedotally at least in my experience refute the notion that dust, smoke, other particles of matter in the air create more vivid sunsets than the typically more settled air of sunrises. In fact from what I understand they do not. They soften the light....perhaps make it more illuminating from the standpoint of wavelength of travel....but the things I've read and the many experiences I have had suggest that the CLEARER the air is the more vivid, brilliant, vibrant (whatever adjective you want to use!) it becomes when the sun fading or rising hits.

    Think about it....if that wasn't true then Los Angeles and Mexico City would have the most spectacular sunsets, no? Not to say they don't have some.....but I know Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico.....some of the southwestern states have the reputation for having the best sunsets or sunrises. One of the things those states by and large have in common (among other things) is very clean air (except around Denver in the winter!).
     
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    I would be happy to post all of my sunrise shots versus sunset shots that I've taken from all over the state. Beyond just the random nature of different scenarios that could take place for each.....at some point one would think that if the differences from several shots were that noticeable then there must be something to it, IMHO.
     
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    Here's just a quick example to support my theory. Granted this is only one shot, but I can tell you that I don't have a sunset shot that even comes close to being this vivid. This is with NO post processing whatsoever....shot on a point and shoot (albeit with an excellent lens) with just the default settings. This is sunrise over a reservoir near my home in Windsor, Colorado. And you oughta see this shot at full resolution and a slight saturation boost....oh my!

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