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Oak at Sunset, Sierra foothills

Posted by
Gary Hart (California, United States) on 9 February 2012 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

A couple of weeks ago I went out to the foothills to photograph a crescent moon and Venus conjunction. The moon was obscured by clouds, but the sunset that evening was off the charts. To anyone who's skeptical about the color, let me suggest that you get out more--color in nature can be extremely vivid, even without Photoshop manipulation. This image required virtually no processing. Secrets to capturing natural color include going out well before sunrise and staying out well past sunset, slight underexposure to keep the color from washing out, and isolating the most brilliant part of the scene with a telephoto. I share more of my thoughts on color on my WordPress blog. .

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Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Marvilloso !

9 Feb 2012 5:44am

Maria from California, United States


9 Feb 2012 5:52am

Sylvie49 capture image from Anjou - Maine et Loire, France

Splendide, un ciel de feu !

9 Feb 2012 7:01am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Wow! I love the mood in this one

9 Feb 2012 7:47am

Florence from Paris, France

GORGEOUS ! An explosion in the sky ! Indisputably amazing.

9 Feb 2012 8:55am

Skyriani from Nelson, New Zealand

Thanks for this beautiful image and the tups on working with nature's colours

9 Feb 2012 9:03am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Sensational sky . . I agree on the diagnosis of color - carrying a camera lets us actually see things rather than just looking !

9 Feb 2012 11:01am

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria


9 Feb 2012 11:31am

Alexia from Bucuresti, Romania

Superb, un cer de foc...

9 Feb 2012 12:14pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom many newcomers shoot a sunset before the sun has reached the horizon then think "that's it, got it in the bag". This shot just shows that being patient is indeed virtuous.

9 Feb 2012 1:37pm

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Great silhouette against this outrageous sky!

9 Feb 2012 1:41pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice!
Beautiful color!!!!

9 Feb 2012 6:18pm

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

Very impressive sunset colors, and the tree silhouette, outstanding !!!!

9 Feb 2012 8:13pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

I completely agree with you, Gary - This magnificent image is so inspiring. I caught a similarly coloured sunRISE in Vermont a few months ago and I know - s you have spoken of here - that nature gives us all the beauty that we is only through a selfishly conceited desire to go over the top and impress others that some foolish ones try to make better that which Nature has already mastered and given to us as a gift... This is absolutely inspirational sir!

9 Feb 2012 8:29pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Fantastic! Absolutely beautiful!

10 Feb 2012 2:18am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

brilliant! perfect silhouette against a vivid and burning sky! i agree that the colour is often so vivid in real life - there are days when i take a shot and wonder if the colour will indeed come out as rich as i have seed them at the time...

10 Feb 2012 3:24am

janina from Melbourne, Australia

Yes, I agree with you about the natural colours that Nature produces. This does look fake, but I like it nevertheless, a classic style. ;OD

10 Feb 2012 9:52pm

Mike from California, United States

Really like the vivid color/contrast in this scene...

11 Feb 2012 9:20pm

Maureen from Prescott, United States

Beautiful contrasts , silhouettes and sunset color. And what a gorgeous tree, even bare!

13 Feb 2012 2:11am

Bill Brown from California, United States

Fantastic image Gary! I know this area very well and I do recall that we had two nights of awesome sunsets a couple of weeks ago.

21 Feb 2012 6:59am

marie-france from Mesves sur Loire, France

c'est flamboyant !!

3 Mar 2012 7:51pm

Vaido from Võrumaa, Estonia

Wonderful photo!

7 Mar 2012 2:42pm