Location: Lake Blanche in the Twin Peaks Wilderness Area, with Sundial Peak in the background.
About the Photo: After having seen many good photos of this place posted here on TE by dbyounster, I finally forced myself to make the 6.6 mile round trip hike up to Lake Blanche to try and get some photos of my own. I arrived an hour and a half before sunset, but unfortunately this was the only sunlight I ever saw on the mountains because there was a thunderstorm on the horizon blocking the sun for the rest of the evening. The trip wasn't a total loss because even though I didn't come away with the awesome sunset shots I was hoping for, I did run into two really cute girls on my way back down the trail (which I thought was weird since I only saw three other people the entire time). Oh, and scenery wasn’t bad either.
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cessy (13647) 2006-08-15 16:08
very beautiful landscape
the colors are amazing
very well done
rosaline (0) 2006-08-15 16:09
You managed to get the balance perfectly her. Good soft light, which is obligatory, nice colours, good framing and a good composition. The colours and light are gorgeous. Great work.
deano (178) 2006-08-15 16:26
Hi Ryan, a truly excellent shot. The colours including the colour of the rock in the foreground, the reflection, the lighting, the composition, everything perfect. First class work, very well done and enjoy the rest of the week.
*I have turned off the points system so can't give smileys but very well done*
sleon (9402) 2006-08-15 16:31
The lighting here is fabulous - who needs a sunset when you have this? The colours are just gorgeous and the compo is excellent too, with great sharpness and clarity throughout.
howardc (331) 2006-08-15 16:38
Nice detail on the rocks, great colors, great photo.
kskarabilgin (163) 2006-08-15 16:56
hi a clean shot
Jakou (642) 2006-08-15 17:11
A very nice picture with satured colors. Perhaps a little bit too much rock in first plan but i like it very much as your entire work. Regards.
Burberry1 (6041) 2006-08-15 17:29
U created a great, idyllic mood here, very peaceful and almost devine!!
Everythings seems to be like it should here!!
Greetings from Poland,
fallan (1860) 2006-08-15 17:52
Good use of the ND grad to hold detail in the shadows. Great dof also. Composition great. You weren't the one who fell off the trail a couple of weeks ago were you? Need to watch where you're going down that trail.
izmirli (3987) 2006-08-15 18:08
merhaba dear ryan
wonderful picture.wonderful mountain and reflection.beautiful lovely colours.
well done.best regards.
rewshearer (682) 2006-08-15 19:12
Amazing colours, textbook composition, beautiful sharpness and capture of that reflection. Great work
Click3 (1886) 2006-08-15 19:15
Hi Ryan...a very beautiful & captivating landscape. Love how you retained the focus from foreground to infinity. Colours /reflections are simply amazing. Regards, Robert
rmatthews (945) 2006-08-15 21:32
Very nice...I've wanted to go here so many times...I've got to get away from work.
Very nice picture, great description, almost perfect exposure...if I wanted to b*tch about the image I'd complain about the lens distortion, the lack of *perfect* reflection in the water because of the short shutter speed, etc. But that would make any difference in the image.
You have done very well...it's a shame I can only give 2 points.
trinko (2950) 2006-08-15 22:49
nice shot. i really like the reflection.
pboehringer (770) 2006-08-15 23:15
As a lover of stunning landscape this picture fullfills my taste. The vertical choice seems to the right here by underlying the tall rock in the bg that is also being reflected in the lake. The colors and texture of the fg is quite interesting. Not sure if it isn't dominating a little bit too much the picture.
alana (2625) 2006-08-15 23:47
An absolutely fantastic landscape. My favorite lens. Amazing quality, sharpness, colors and light management. Bravo
jjcordier (76300) 2006-08-16 1:37
Great DOF, fantastic colours and light. An excellent photo of this beautiful landscape.
ydarias (679) 2006-08-16 3:26
Hello Ryan. Very good composition. The point of view is good. But the best part of your photo is the light and the reflexions on water. The effect of the water in the photo is great, and your exposition is very good for this time. Very sharp photo too. Good work.
luisafonso (862) 2006-08-16 4:22
Amazing Ryan! The inclusion of that foreground rock makes all the difference. It lends an amazing depth to the photo and lets the viewer have a proper feel of the distance involved in the frame. That’s exactly how I would have captured it ;) The middle layer with that refection is amazing. And so is the mountain in the background. You really pulled perfection out of that ND. I can’t sense the minimum darkness in the mountain top. Did you just use it horizontally? Perfect colors and perfect sharpness. Very very good!
deud (1920) 2006-08-16 8:25
wowch! great place. brilliant colors. great reflections. entire image is so clear, light and at the same time so reach! excellent result. tfs
Floydian (30970) 2006-08-16 9:23
You catched good light my friend, although it was not perfect, your composition and color setting made it perfect. Great red against the blue, strong contrast, as always..!!
Budapestman (82620) 2006-08-16 11:10
Marvelous natural photo! Perfect composition, sharpness, lights, colours and POV! Fantastic mood! Super shot!
Thank you, nice days
leo61 (0) 2006-08-16 13:04
Everything is perfect.
A wonderful landscape and an excellent composition.I love this fantastic foreground.It looks like 3D.Congratulation.
dkeus31 (27735) 2006-08-16 15:26
Very nice colorfull image, good reflexion and detailled foreground.
Graymond (234) 2006-08-19 9:08
Yet another solid entry into your TE portfolio. Good subject and color. I really like the lighting and detail of the foreground rocks. I'd like to see more of this shot. Did you shoot vertical here or crop from the sides?
rahul__rahul__ (2250) 2006-08-19 11:21
Ryan..this scenery is very nice. I like the reflection and colors, the crispness and detail is very nice.
Rodrigues (1035) 2006-08-19 22:44
Once again on the spot. So you are experimenting the perspective of your Sigma...I just love wide angles, and I see you know how to use it,
Scharan (14144) 2006-08-20 20:41
Maravilha de cores, textura, composição, e o reflexo na água é perfeito.
Parabéns, a foto é linda.
kebek (5438) 2006-08-21 5:34
Serwus Ryan !
No waste of space in this frame at all. The tight framing is essential here, depth is outstanding and light brilliantly rendered. Stunning spot, indeed.
daddo (24239) 2006-08-21 8:51
Hi Ryan. Marvellous photos in your gallery. This one attracted my attention because of its bright colours and interesting PoV. The bluest sky reflected in the water is lovely and made even more noticeable thanks to the reddish tones of the rock in the foreground. And the yellow in the distance and reflected in the water is a special touch.Great shot. Regards. Klaudio
napdsp (744) 2006-08-28 19:00
All your lanscape photos are stunning. This one is no exception. Not only the color of the skies but also vivid rusty colored rocks are amazing. TFS.
anducina (8407) 2006-09-27 6:54
Splendid colours, light and composition. I like the texture and the reddish shades of that rock from the FG. Absolutely beautiful.
IgorDeleze (585) 2007-03-13 7:12
I like the red rocks on the foreground.
Really nice done.
cdmonson (4750) 2008-01-06 8:49
I'm somewhat surprised to see that I haven't commented on this one yet. Fabulous shot of one of my favorite places but least favorite hikes in Utah. I think the use of the wide angle was good here--it makes the place feel bigger (and of course you don't get that ridiculously tight crop that most people get when they try to shoot the reflection as well). The thing I lke most are the colors in this shot though. With the clouds blocking most of the sunlight, the colors are very soft, even though they're not vibrant. Nice job. It almost makes me want to do that hike again. :)
- Copyright: Ryan Thayne (euryan) (8438)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-08-14
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS 30D, Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 EX DC HSM, Hitech ND Grad 0.6 Hard
- Exposure: f/13.0, 1/4 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Rocky Mountains, Refecltion on water, My Best Shots [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-08-15 16:06
- Favorites: 5 [view]