Rocky Mountain Sunset Series - A Sky On Fire by Jonathan Bartlett

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I FINALLY got out and shot something last night!
I had a feeling that the sunset was going to be a good one, and I had scoped out a spot that I really liked.
I headed over about 30 minutes before sunset and sat up, and waited, and waited. It seemed as if my luck was going to run out and the sunset would not be that great after all.

But alas, my patience was rewarded and I came away with this shot (well, 5) as well as some others.


  1. May 26, 2011, in Digital Photography
  2. May 29, 2011, in Nature’s Paintbrush
  3. June 1, 2011, in Americas: Rural, Urban, Wild And Free

Yes, this is an HDR image.
It is 5 photos; -2, -1, 0, 1, 2.
I merged the photos in Photomatix Pro 4 and then tonemapped. I saved it as a 16Bit-Tiff file (250mb around) and then opened in photoshop to add a little more contrast/saturation and resized the image a little bit.

151 Views @ June 1, 2011

ISO @ 50 the whole time
Aperture @ f/11 the whole time
Focal @ 24mm the whole time

Taken with a Canon 5D Mk II and Sigma 12-24mm lens.

Taken only a few miles from my home, in Broomfield, Colorado, USA


  • Tracy66
    Tracy66almost 4 years ago

    WOW, Beautiful and serene.!

  • Thank you so much, Tracy! Both for the “WOW” and the favorite!

    – Jonathan Bartlett

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawalmost 4 years ago

    Gorgeous shot Jonathan. Lovely processing.

  • Thanks so much, Bob!
    It’s about time I finally went out and got a shot that I was really happy with! I’m glad you like it.

    – Jonathan Bartlett

  • Philip Johnson
    Philip Johnsonalmost 4 years ago

    looking good Jonathan , dont you love a good sunset its such a buzz

  • Thanks so much Philip! Means a lot coming from the master!

    And yes, it is a buzz! I sat in my truck for a while, contemplating, because it looked like it was going to fail and have no color. But I got out anyways and went and set up.

    You just never can tell, and this paid off for me!

    – Jonathan Bartlett

  • Sheila Laurens
    Sheila Laurensalmost 4 years ago

    Thank you for submitting your wonderful image to
    All In, Editing


  • Thanks so much for accepting it, Sheila!

    – Jonathan Bartlett

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersalmost 4 years ago

    This is perfection, Jonathan. I love the reflections in the water. The sun sets behind the mountains here. I would have to go 45 miles either north or south to get a decent sunset. Wonderful work!

  • Thanks Lori, I appreciate the comment! And favorite as well!

    Luckily for me, this awesome spot is only about an 8 minute drive from my house.
    I guess if you had A LOT of faith that the sunset would be good, the 30-45 minute drive would be worth it.

    – Jonathan Bartlett

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 4 years ago

    Nice soft colors in this HDR Jonathan

  • Thanks so much, Larry! I appreciate the comment, the acceptance, and your favoriting!

    – Jonathan Bartlett

  • maggie326
    maggie326almost 4 years ago

    Gorgeous Capture Jonathan..

  • Thank you so much, Maggie. I appreciate the comment and favorite!

    – Jonathan Bartlett

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersalmost 4 years ago

    I do go down to a nature center in the summer sometimes. One of these days I will have to stay until the sun sets. I hate to head home after dark. I don’t have a lot of faith in people. LOL

  • I understand. I guess one day you’ll just have to take the plunge and get over that fear. The things we’ll do for a decent shot… Lol.
    You could always bring a friend or significant other with you, that way you should feel a little safer.

    – Jonathan Bartlett

  • Ian Stevenson
    Ian Stevensonalmost 4 years ago

  • Thank you so much, Ian!
    I am honored to have been featured so quickly!

    – Jonathan Bartlett

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesalmost 4 years ago

  • Thanks Rene! Appreciate it!

    – Jonathan Bartlett

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