7:47pm April 30 2012, Mono Lake, California USA. With a jaw-dropping view developing over the lake, a glance toward the mountains to the west revealed a ceiling of dense clouds, set on fire by a sunset anointed with magic powers. Please Show Full Description below for a sample of the view that unfolded, center stage, looking north over the lake.

Canon 5D Mark II with Canon EF16-35 f/2.8L II USM lens
Focal length 16mm, ISO 100, f/18
3 RAW exposures bracketed at 1/10, 1/5 and 1/2 sec to capture sky, clouds, land as sunset lit them
Gently converted, blended manually in Lightroom and Photoshop

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During an unexpected chance to experience Africa, a seed was planted. Nurtured by subsequent forays into wild places, this photographer was born.

Jacques Cousteau said “People protect what they love.” And we’ve all heard that “A picture is worth a thousand words.” So, enough with this. My photography says the rest. Thanks for listening.

Sylvia J. Zarco
aka Owed to Nature

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  • Carla Maloco
    Carla Malocoover 2 years ago

    Eyecatching,breathtaking work.

  • Breathtaking is the perfect work for describing this sunset. ;-) Thank you Carla! …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterover 2 years ago

    amazing , would love to see those skies xx

  • Would be too much to hope that I see something like this again, so instead, I’ll keep my fingers crossed for You! ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • Poete100
    Poete100over 2 years ago

    WoW…this is something else…love it!

  • More Thanks Lorraine! I could admire this sunset forever – came away with enough images to do so too – but think I need to pull away and move through more of my trip last month. Hope you’ll enjoy those too. ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 2 years ago

    WONDERFUL work

  • Thank you very much Larry! …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • john forrant
    john forrantover 2 years ago

    Great editing

  • Thank You John. Really no work editing. The distinct separation of sky, clouds and foreground pretty much defined where/how to blend. Any “work” beyond that was remembering how that glorious light felt, and that… no effort at all. ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • john forrant
    john forrantover 2 years ago

    What I meant by editing was the use of the 3 RAW exposures

  • No worries and thank you for your clarification. Tried 3 exposures before but gave up with lights and darks mingled all over the place. This scene, much simpler photoshop-wise. ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • Dean Cunningham
    Dean Cunninghamover 2 years ago

    just awesome sylvia – this is a beauty !

  • Was such an awesome experience. Thrilled to be able share it with my images and hear you’ve enjoyed its natural beauty. Thank you so very much Dean!

    – Owed to Nature

  • A.M. Ruttle
    A.M. Ruttleover 2 years ago

    Oohoohooohoooh! Love that amazing sky, OtoN! Don’t you love the wave show on the eastern side of the Sierra??!!

  • Just love your enthusiastic comments! Had a month to tour the West and enjoyed every since fantastic bit of it! Many Thanks A.M. …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • rav1221
    rav1221over 2 years ago

    I love this image, It is one of the best images I have seen on here for a while for its unique view and attributes. Amazing work, well done!

  • Ravinder – This is very well the most inspiring and fulfilling response to my work! I’m overwhelmed, overjoyed but mostly humbled by such gracious words. Was such an honored to experience this fantastic sunset and to share it now to praise like yours makes the magic live on. My heartfelt thanks and appreciation to you Ravinder! …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 2 years ago


  • Thank you so much Lorilee!

    – Owed to Nature

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