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The Sangre De Cristos

The Sangre De Cristos
Photo Information
Copyright: Paul Gana (PaulGana) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 102 W: 3 N: 129] (595)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-08
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG AF
Exposure: f/16
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-11 13:08
Viewed: 3361
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Sangre De Cristos are a fault block mountain range in southern Colorado and extending into New Mexico, in fact the highest peak in New Mexico is in the Sangre De Cristos. This photo is of a part of the northern Sangre De Cristo range in the Wet Mountain Valley of southern Colorado.

The peaks pictured are Humboldt Peak at 14064 feet (4300 meters) on the left and in back on the left and in the clouds is Crestone Needle at 14197 feet (4341 meters) and in back and to the right is Crestone Peak at 14294 feet (4371 meters) and on the right in front is Colony Baldy at 13678 feet (4182 meters). These mountains rise up 7000 feet or about 2100 meters above the valley

The morning I took this photo the lighting wasn't at my favorite, it was very cloudy and the sun was being blocked by clouds to the east, so sunrise was a bust, but about half an hour after sunrise the sun started to shine through the clouds to shine on the peaks just enough to lighten them up as you can tell in the photo, I was able to get a hand full of photos of these mountains until the sun went behind the clouds again and the nice lighting had desappeared

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I like very much this landscape!

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-03-11 13:30]

Hi Paul!

I recognize your style in this picture. You were right to wait to take the picture until the sun created this beautiful atmosphere. The sky simply is superb, also the lightplay. I also appreciate the narrative notes.

I only regret the dust spots in the sky...

Kind regards


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  • Marx44 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
  • [2009-03-13 11:02]

Hallo Paul
If you could paint the way you have photographed this scenery you are a very lucky man. Looking at this image is like magic. Although this is a man made dam the colours captured here is splendid and indeed a feast to the eye.
This is really beautiful.
Thanks for sharing.
Best regards

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-03-14 7:39]

The light showed you how unpredictable it can be and even though landscape photographers do run at the beautiful light of morning and evening, having waited sure was a reward for you. And for us TNers being able to contemplate the beautiful landscape you are offering us. It is magical, one of these suspended moments, passing by quick but seemingly slow... it is majestic. Many thanks, this is superb,


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