Rocky Mountain Sunset Series - Deep Blues by Jonathan Bartlett

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Please let me know which version you like more. The original, seen Here or this one.

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.

Yes, this is an HDR image.
It is 3 photos; -2, 0, 2.
I merged the photos in Photomatix Pro 4 and then tonemapped. I saved it as a 16Bit-Tiff file (128mb around) and then opened in photoshop to add a little more contrast/saturation and resized the image a little bit.

ISO @ 50 the whole time
Aperture @ f/11 the whole time
Focal @ 12mm 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


  • Cass23
    Cass23over 3 years ago

    Oooooohhhhh awwwwwwwwwww I love them both but I do love the rocks in this shot. Don’t make me decide though …. they both rock.

  • Haha thanks Cassandra. I won’t make you decide, just curious what people think! :)

    – Jonathan Bartlett

  • Sheila Laurens
    Sheila Laurensover 3 years ago

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


  • Thank you, Sheila!

    – Jonathan Bartlett

  • © Pauline Wherrell
    © Pauline Wher...over 3 years ago

    Gorgeous work!

  • Thank you!!

    – Jonathan Bartlett

  • sfmilner
    sfmilnerover 3 years ago

    Greetings Jonathan; Beautiful work, love the framing.

  • Thank you for that comment and favorite, Steve. I appreciate them both!

    – Jonathan Bartlett

  • Kim McClain Gregal
    Kim McClain Gr...over 3 years ago

    Awesome composition and depth!

  • Thanks so much, Kim!

    – Jonathan Bartlett

  • micklyn
    micklynover 3 years ago

    I love them both, the colors are amazing – very beautiful!

  • Thank you! I guess I’ll just keep them both…! Lol.

    Thanks for the comment and favorite!

    – Jonathan Bartlett

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 3 years ago


  • Thank you! I am glad you like it!
    Many thank you’s for the favorite as well!!

    – Jonathan Bartlett

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonover 3 years ago

    Gorgeous work

  • Thanks!! I am glad you like it enough to comment and favorite it, I appreciate it!

    – Jonathan Bartlett

  • Steve Bass
    Steve Bassover 3 years ago

    Hmmmmmm awsome photo, I think if I had to make a decision i would choose the one with the rocks it leads you in to the sunset.

  • Thanks much! I like them both, I don’t know… But I do agree with you about the rocks acting as leading lines.

    Thanks for the great comment!

    – Jonathan Bartlett

  • Tracy66
    Tracy66over 3 years ago

    WOW I love this version, and the other. It is hard to decide. They are beautiful.

  • Thank you so much Tracy! I am torn as well. Oh well, I’ll keep ’em both!

    – Jonathan Bartlett

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