Mile High Wildlife Photo Club
August 2012 Monthly Competition, Judged by Matt Schaefer, 6 Entries
1st Place, Scenic, Masters Level
Glowing Paintbrush
James Hager
San Juan National Forest, Colorado, USA
I made this image in mid July in the high country near Silverton. I set up by these Sulphur Paintbrush to capture the pre-sunrise color on the clouds and used my 17mm Tilt/Shift lens to capture a large number of paintbrush and the tarns. The tilt motion let me have the paintbrush in the foreground and the mountains in the distance in focus. I kept the same composition for the actual sunrise, and as soon as the paintbrush started to glow at first light, I knew I had a winner. The image was created by combining seven exposures by hand in Photoshop to balance the bright sun and dark midground.
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