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This shot is a real departure for me; mostly because it looks so unreal. As many may know, Montana has been plauged by forest fires this year. While visiting Kalispell, I saw one of the most amazing sunsets I have ever witnessed. I had planned to visit Glacier National Park, so with some inspiration from the previous night, I decided to get to the park before dawn so that I could catch the sunrise.

I set up my camera on the tripod at the shore of Lake McDonald and began taking shots at various intervals. It was truley the most impressive sunrise I have ever seen.. Because of the thick smoke from the forest fires the sky and air were thick with it. At times while I was there it virtually blocked any view over a couple of miles. I knew that I was going to find some nice results, but upon returning home I was astounded at what the camera saw.

With this shot, I increased the saturation and contrast, then applied some noise reduction to clean up because of the long exposure. For kicks, I rotated the image 180 degrees and was taken by the unearthly appearing result. I have to say that this is probably the most remarkable image I have ever produced. I would love to hear some critiques and comments.

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Additional Photos by Ned Messerschmidt (nmess) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 558 W: 78 N: 414] (2301)
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