West Peak in Fall

February 26, 2016  •  2 Comments

West Peak in Fall35 mm, 1/40 sec, f/8, ISO 100 I love the view of the West Spanish Peak from this spot. The outcrop of the dike ends here with a natural arch in the wall. The dike leads directly to the mountain which was capped by clouds lit up by the sun on this evening as if there was a light behind the mountain. It was a truly spectacular sight, especially with the shafts of sunlight spotlighting the wall in front of the mountain.

Natural Arch in Dike35 mm, 1/13 sec, f/11, ISO 100


This photo is proof that the secret to great photography is to capture interesting light (not that I think this is necessarily a great photograph). I captured the photo below at this same spot a couple of weeks earlier during the afternoon; while it was a beautiful scene, it did not make a very interesting photograph. I think that the magical light in the clouds and the contrasts in color are what makes the photo really special.

Spanish Peaks18 mm, 1/200 sec, f/10, ISO 200


The image at the top of this post is the one I added to my portfolio. The light was constantly changing, so I took several different pictures of the scene. I had a really hard time both deciding which image was my favorite. Initially, the photo below was the one I added to my portfolio, but I was never really happy with it. The light in the clouds was truly dramatic, but the processed image looks a bit "over-cooked." The other image was captured only 2 minutes earlier that this one, but the light in the clouds was much less intense. Usually, I would definitely go for the image with more drama in the light; this time it just seems to be too much. Let me know what you think in the comments.

Glowing Sunset on the West Peak55 mm, 1/15 sec, f/11, ISO 100


Jeff. Beautiful shots. Great work!
Barry Guidry(non-registered)
Very nice!
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