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San Luis Lakes State Park

San Luis Lakes State Park
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Copyright: Paul Gana (PaulGana) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 102 W: 3 N: 129] (595)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-20
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: 2009-03-23 18:33
Viewed: 4828
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
San Luis Lakes State Park is in southern Colorado in the San Luis Valley. The San Luis Valley is a high elevation desert valley that receives less than 5 inches of moisture per year. The valley is also a sparsely populated valley. It is surrounded to the east by the Sangre De Cristo Mountains and to the west by the La Garita Mountains.

The San Luis Lakes State Park is a small state park in Colorado and is one of the few bodies of water in the San Luis Valley (outside of the Rio Grande River)

This photo shows a part of the lake looking at the Sangre De Cristo Mountains, it was windy so I couldn't get any reflections in the water, but I made do without
I have posted photos of the Sangre De Cristos from the east on this site before, this is them on the western side, visible is Crestone Needle, Crestone Peak, Kit Carson Peak and Challenger point, all 14,000 foot mountains. What amazed me was how little snow there was on the mountains, this has been a bad year for snow in Colorado, alot of our mountains are bare of snow already and March is typically the snowiest month of the year in Colorado.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-03-23 18:41]
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Hé Paul, this is wonderful, what a nice landscape! I just love the colours, like a subtle rainbow. The mountains at the foreground, lit by the morning or evening light. You might not have a reflection on the water but the colour of the water is so beautiful and in a subtle tone. It's the contrast between the light and the shadow in your picture that is beautiful. I also like very much the middle line of gold and the amazing amount of detail. You shoot in raw, don't you?


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  • Suzy Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 10 W: 0 N: 16] (101)
  • [2009-03-23 21:48]

beautiful view with an amazing colors and nice atmosphere! fantastic smooth balance of light and shadow.. I love the golden color on the mountains in the BG.. very effective with nice frame..

TFS Paul

A breathtaking image, well balanced, with a wonderful range of natural colours. Makes me wish I were there !
Well done

Very attractive picture in two colours -- the blue lake in the foreground and the yellowish brown of the area beyond the lake.
The image is well composed.
The snow covered mountains look very impressive, bathed in golden sunlight.
Well done and TFS.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-03-26 12:56]

Hi Paul,
great composition creating huge amounts of depth. The alpine glow on the peaks in the background is magic. A very peaceful and calming scene, thanks you!

Hi Paul,

Very nice landscape with mountains and golden sunlight. Lovely blue lake. Very well taken.


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  • degani Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 322] (2607)
  • [2009-07-21 21:53]

hi Paul,
this picture has a great light and the difference between the front and the back makes a beautiful efect, bravo
kind regards

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