About the photo & location Springtime in Colorado often times means wonderful sunrises with intense colors and light which makes waking up early to get to a location a wonderful thing. Thankfully Belmar Park in Lakewood’s little piece of paradise is quite close to me. Surrounded by several lakes and ponds, it is a mecca for wildlife habitat and has little lagoon areas that one can hunker down and escape from it all. It was in one these lagoon areas from which I shot this scene. The sun was rising in the east and I was facing west, watching the hues, color and light change right before my eyes. It was amazing the reds, pinks, grays and blues that seemed to come to life.

Technical aspects of the shot Captured using my Sony a550, it is a long exposure of about 15 seconds. I used a Fotodiox CPL and ND8 on my generation 1 Minolta 35-70mm f4 lens. A lens which is dubbed “The Baby Beercan” and is known for it’s outstanding sharpness. After having this lens for a few months I now understand why. Tripod and wireless remote shutter release.

Final thoughts Often times there is great subject matter close by to us. Often times we just never see it or make the effort to get there, instead opting for locations which take hours to get to. In this day and age of ultra high gas prices, I think I will be shooting locally a lot more often. I am just thankful that Colorado has a lot of local and state parks which are beautiful.

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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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  • John  De Bord Photography
    John De Bord ...over 2 years ago

  • joycee
    joyceeover 2 years ago

    Beautiful capture John!

  • hey thanks!

    – John De Bord Photography

  • Kimberly mattia
    Kimberly mattiaover 2 years ago

    amazing pic :)

  • Teresa Smith
    Teresa Smithover 2 years ago

    Love those beautiful wam colors.

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 2 years ago

  • Glenn Cecero
    Glenn Ceceroover 2 years ago

    Wow, stunning image! Fave

  • RGHunt
    RGHuntover 2 years ago


  • jamesmhe
    jamesmheover 2 years ago

    superb capture…superb colours

  • CarlaSophia
    CarlaSophiaover 2 years ago

    I really like the color on this, beautiful work

  • Bobby Dar
    Bobby Darover 2 years ago


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