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This scene is captured at one of my all-time favorite places to see the sun set. This is along 68 to Santa Fe just south of Taos, New Mexico, US. The scene overlooks the lands of the new Rio Grande del Norte National Monument – an ancient landscape of volcanos, canyons, and incredible endless vistas of the sky. Something about the elevation adds a sparkling quality to sunsets, probably the thinner atmosphere at 7500+ feet, that pretty much ensures that no sunset will ever be boring. This image is also shot during the summer “fire season,” and distant fires in Los Alamos and Arizona are influencing the rich colors of sunset.

Note: Behind the photographer, this sunset was illuminating an incredible rainbow, which was also captured in HDR in two separate shots:

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Canon 5D MK II, Tamron 11-18mm @18mm, 3 exposures @ ISO400, f/9-1/100, f/13-1/200, f/6.3-1/50, tripod mount, processed in Aperture and using the Photomatix plugin
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See Google Maps for the exact location of this tree.

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hdr, sunset, tree, western, new mexico, taos, sky, skyscape, rural, canon, sun, solar, new mexico sun, landscape, america, west, colorado plateau, buttermilk clouds, high dynamic range, aperture, photomatix, 5d, setting sun, carson, dirt road, dusk, rio grande del norte, national monument

I’m a Miami, Florida-based photographer. I and my camera try to get out as often as possible. These images are the result. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

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Comments

  • Charlene Aycock IPA
    Charlene Aycoc...almost 3 years ago

    Beautiful HDR JUST LOVE IT.

  • Thanks, Charlene!

    – njordphoto

  • Bev Woodman
    Bev Woodmanalmost 3 years ago

    I can see why you like it here … so perfect … beautiful treatment♥

  • Thanks, Bev- I’m sure if you dig through my portfolio, you’ll see other sunsets featuring this same tree- always different!

    – njordphoto

  • phil hemsley
    phil hemsleyalmost 3 years ago

    Excellent and bold use of HDR – that tree just seems so three dimensional in its canopy. The light in this is magnificent:)

  • Thanks, morpheus71! I’m particularly happy how the texture of the tree’s bark came out so perfectly in this, despite the strong backlight. The wind was also light, so there isn’t much motion artifacting in the canopy.

    – njordphoto

  • © Hany G. Jadaa © Prince John Photography
    © Hany G. Jada...almost 3 years ago

    Just AMMMMMAZING!

  • Thanks!

    – njordphoto

  • Sharon Kavanagh
    Sharon Kavanaghalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful image and treatment…

  • Thanks, Sharon!

    – njordphoto

  • ╰⊰✿ℒᵒᶹᵉ Bonita✿⊱╮ Lalonde✿⊱╮


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    ×°× ` ·.¸.·´ ×°× Wonderful scenic capture nice clarity and detail nice focus and framing Beautiful composition Nicely done and presented

  • What a nice comment… glad you like it!

    – njordphoto

  • Steven  Siow
    Steven Siowalmost 3 years ago

    Truly beautiful.

  • Thank you Steven!

    – njordphoto

  • toby snelgrove  IPA
    toby snelgrove...almost 3 years ago

    love this capture .. great choice for HDR … I like your processing … well done.
    Toby

  • Thank you, toby!

    – njordphoto

  • HG. QualityPhotography
    HG. QualityPho...almost 3 years ago

    Beautiful HDR JUST LOVE IT. Fav!

  • Thanks, Hans!

    – njordphoto

  • vanyahaheights
    vanyahaheightsalmost 3 years ago

    Good HDR and good capture all in one. :) Definitely a fav!

  • Thank you!!

    – njordphoto

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