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Myself and fellow shooter John Sperry decided to make a return early yesterday morning to catch the sunrise at St Male outside of Estes Park, Colorado. Needless to say getting up at 330am was well worth it, as the day would yield some excellent shots!

The weather was completely wild and insane, when we arrived. We were on the leading front edge of a snow storm with the the sun making one heck of an amazing sunrise behind us. Wild as heck with the storm blowing down over the mountains, but the color and light was remarkable, we were just far enough and in the outflow of the storm, that the snow was falling, and the light completely diffused. If we had driven maybe a mile west to behind the church, we would be getting hammered from it all.

It was something though, watching the sunrise do battle with this snow storm, all the while trying to click the shutter in wind gusts that were very strong. Thank God for Puffin Pads is all I can say!

Anyways, I hope you all like it

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I am a photographer based in the beautiful state of Colorado who focuses on nature, retro and country lifestyle images on my wonderful state! I have been shooting since the middle 1980s and my adventures have taken me all over. I am grateful for where I live and consider myself fortunate.Join me on my photographic journey to show you that beauty still exists in the world.

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  • Jonathan Bartlett
    Jonathan Bartlettover 3 years ago

    Oh not OK!
    I want to get back up there again, just haven’t made the time.
    Great shot John!

  • hey thanks, hopefully it won’t be as windy as when we were there lol It was pretty crazy

    – John De Bord Photography

  • JohnStebbins
    JohnStebbinsover 3 years ago

    OMG John that is gorgeous! I have Got to come to Colorado with you two!

  • Hey thanks John

    – John De Bord Photography

  • Holly Werner
    Holly Wernerover 3 years ago

    Stunning John!

  • thanks very much Holly

    – John De Bord Photography

  • Stuart Chapman
    Stuart Chapmanover 3 years ago

    Well John, you must be so pleased that such an early start and braving the conditions harvested such a return that was probably witnessed by no others. The light is indeed fantastic, you can really see the effect that the sun has had and that snow storm blowing over the mountains provides a dramatic backdrop.

  • Thanks, sometimes it just really pays off to get there really early…thankfully this time of the year the light is a little later than say in summer

    – John De Bord Photography

  • HURLEYbyName
    HURLEYbyNameover 3 years ago

    fantastic capture, lighting is brilliant, congrats

  • well thank you kindly!

    – John De Bord Photography

  • Gary Lengyel
    Gary Lengyelover 3 years ago

    One of the top images I’ve seen of this location. Great work John!

  • hey thanks Gary!

    – John De Bord Photography

  • Arla M. Ruggles
    Arla M. Rugglesover 3 years ago


  • hey thanks! :)

    – John De Bord Photography

  • Catherine  Howell
    Catherine Howellover 3 years ago

    I love colorado!! beautiful:)

  • hey thanks, as do I, it would be hard to live anywhere else

    – John De Bord Photography

  • George Lenz
    George Lenzover 3 years ago

    beautiful scenery

  • hey thanks George!

    – John De Bord Photography

  • John Fish
    John Fishover 3 years ago

    gorgeous shot. wonderful light and color and the scene is beautiful.

  • :) Thanks John I really appreciate that

    – John De Bord Photography

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