Waking Up at Convict Lake by Justin Mair

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This was taken moments before the sun cast its first warm rays against the mountains. Watching a sunrise in the Sierra Nevada mountains is hard to beat. It isn’t called the Range of Light for nothing. The quiet peacefulness before dawn slowly escalates as it gets lighter and the animals come alive.


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captured in the wilderness, harvested in fort collins, colorado.

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  • Matt Emrich
    Matt Emrichover 5 years ago

    I love this place! I thought maybe you’d used an ND filter (like in the old days, before Photoshop:) but then I saw the corners of the sky and could tell it was a pieced-together image (along with the slight halo over the mountains). Do you have the original two (or three) exposures we could see?

  • i do indeed. I would have used an ND filter if I had one handy at the time. I decided to do the HDR since this was taken before dawn and I couldn’t get the correct exposure with just one shot…even 2 shots didn’t capture it all.

    – Justin Mair

  • Matt Emrich
    Matt Emrichover 5 years ago

    I love the rocks in the foreground; they’re perfect little gems of stone. Isn’t it nice to wake up to that kind of light?

  • Julie Thomas
    Julie Thomasover 5 years ago

    wonderful work.. the HDR works so well here! The detail and colours in the mountains is fantastic and the water seems to sparkle… just beautiful!

  • Les Wazny
    Les Waznyover 5 years ago

    Waking up is easier when you get to see something as beautiful as this!! Wonderful shot, amazing light!

  • Tracy Faught
    Tracy Faughtover 5 years ago

    I agree with all that Les said! :]
    This is gorgeous and the light is amazing!

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