Rocky Mountain Sunset Series - Pink & Blue Mountains Panorama by Jonathan Bartlett

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Colorado has been hit with some of the smoke from the Arizona wildfires going on recently (June, 2011).

The night before this shot (June 5th, 2011), the sun was literally like a ball of fire. You could look directly at it with no eye protection; that’s how hazy it was.

I was inspired to shoot this scene because of the previous night’s sunset and the wildfires.
I knew I had to get out to my spot the following night, just incase. Needless to say, the sun wasn’t AS spectacular, but it still produced some magnificent images.

This shot was taken in Broomfield, CO, USA.


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  1. June 12, 2011, in Great Plains of North America

121 Views @ June 12, 2011

This is a wide angle panorama. I took 4 sets of 3 bracketed exposures and tone-mapped/detail enhanced each one of the four in Photomatix 4.0.
I then saved each file as a 16-Bit TIFF. I opened and merged in Photoshop to create one panorama. Cropped and slightly adjusted before saved as a high quality JPEG image.

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Aperture: F/9
ISO: 50
Focal: 12mm

This was taken with a Canon 5D Mk II and a Sigma 12-24mm Lens.


    JUSTARTover 3 years ago

    beautiful work, great colours

  • Thanks!!

    – Jonathan Bartlett

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersover 3 years ago

    It was the same here. We could look directly at the sun because there was so much smoke in the air. We could even smell the fires. This is a wonderful panoramic view, Jonathan.

  • Thanks Lori! It’s amazing how large that fire has gotten. It’s sad, and it’s amazing that smoke has reached us without first dissipating .

    As always, thank you for the kind words and favorite!

    – Jonathan Bartlett

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 3 years ago

    beautiful work

  • Thanks so much, Kathy!

    – Jonathan Bartlett

  • julie08
    julie08over 3 years ago

    Stunning work :)

  • Many, many thank you’s Julie! I appreciate the comment and favorite! I’m glad you like it!

    – Jonathan Bartlett

  • photosecosse /barbara jones
    photosecosse /...over 3 years ago

    Pretty tricky processing, and well done !! A terrific result.
    We had a lot of fires in April…and now it is so damned wet you would be lucky to light a match !! ( North West Scotland )

  • Thanks! It was a lot of work, but it was fun to do. It’s fun to see separate images come together to recreate what our eyes see that our lenses can’t capture.

    Wow!! Well the rain is good! Brings beautiful green grass/trees. But then you have the chance for flooding… Can never win against mother nature!

    Many thanks for the comment and favorite!

    – Jonathan Bartlett

  • George Lenz
    George Lenzover 3 years ago

    awesome pano creation

  • Thanks so much, George!!

    – Jonathan Bartlett

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 3 years ago

    An absoloute masterpiece Jonathan. A FAV for me.

  • Thanks Don! I am glad you like it!!
    I do like the way it came out.

    Thanks for the favorite!

    – Jonathan Bartlett

  • Lori Deiter
    Lori Deiterover 3 years ago

    Stunning work!!! Gorgeous colors and reflection!

  • Thank you so much, Lori! I am pleased you like it. Thank you for the favorite as well!!

    – Jonathan Bartlett

  • Luke Griffin
    Luke Griffinover 3 years ago

    Beautiful shot Jonathan! Very nicely done.

  • Thanks so much Luke! I am glad you like it!

    – Jonathan Bartlett

  • photosecosse /barbara jones
    photosecosse /...over 3 years ago

    Rain ain’t so good when it lasts for months……….and constantly grey skies, well below average temperatures…as in 50F MAX !!….send over some of your sun , pretty please!!!

  • I guess you do have a point… It might as well be raining frogs if it’s that wet!!

    ‘Sending some good sun vibes your way!!’

    – Jonathan Bartlett

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