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Autumn's Approach by kkart Autumn's Approach by kkart
Sunset 9/1/2012
I just got word that Shutterbug magazine will be featuring this photo. It was also just featured in the "Caffeinated Photographers" facebook group top photos of August 27-September 2nd.

Autumn begins to approach on the first day of September at St. Vrain State Park in Lingmont Colorado as the trees start to slowly turn colors creating a gorgeous scene at sunset against the twin sister peaks of Longs Peak and Mount Meeker. The light was utterly surreal against the storm clouds and Verga (rain which evaporates before hitting the ground) For this photograph I decided to use a Minolta 70-2100mm F4 lens backed up by a circular polarizer and Tobacco Grad ND to hold back the sky. It was also photographed using my Sony A550's ability to shoot HDR in camera to make sure I would get the subtle detail in the foreground with the highlights and darks. Fall is now officially in the air and I am loving it!
---John.

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FeyPhantom Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
It looks just like a painting - something that could only be created in the mind. You really do capture some of the most exquisite scenes. Thank you for sharing them with us.
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danmoore Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And a little touch of sunflowers ! It's look like great oil painting !
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Daniel-Storm Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Oh my goodness!
That is amazing! :clap:
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Romylyn Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
Impressive. Autumn has wonderful treasures to offer. Blessed landscapes !
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ejkaull Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist
Beautiful.
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underObLiVioN Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
Awesome.. What was your aperture on on this one?
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nish-art9 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
Oh God!! John your work is breathtakingly beautiful! Each and every photograph has this surreal quality which very few people can achieve. Im an artist myself and I wish my work would be as good as yours. Hats off to you
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glassreflections Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely Beautiful.
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LiveInPix Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful shot !
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rainbow-art Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
wow, this is fascinating! I can't stop looking at it :heart:
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:iconsolefield:
solefield Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is gorgeous!!
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georgezondi Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional Photographer
beautifu colours well done
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Snapplemunk Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This has to be one of the most beautiful landscape photos I've seen... the little town, the mountains, the lake, the trees, the fountains... this is one of Nature's gifts to us ^-^ Thank you so much for sharing ^-^
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wingsofdragons Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
lovely shot.
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pirateladyinmaine Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
I think most all of your photos are in my favorites!
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MyLifeInFocus Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Gorgeous shot! Do you happen to know when the colors will peak in Colorado? Amazing shot John!
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Den12 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
NO SUMMER IS STILL HERE, IT DIDN"T GO ANYWHERE. FALL CAN'T BE COMING, THEN IT WILL GET COLD. :( Great pic by the way.
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BonnieElizabeth Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
Dang, how do you do that? I love all of your images, but your landscapes always give me chills down my spine! I love this one, autumn is such an adorable season for photography :) The water looks awesome!
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XStarLight-MagicX Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Just simply beautiful
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BananaChoc Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
warm, i need to go there ! ;)
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TheStormDragon Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
this is in colorado? were i live there is no water but there is some in town
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mrmd53 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Terrific!
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Speedz0r Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
Looks great!
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Alina-ElenaMarcu Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing landscape! I love those colours..and the sunset is just..wow. :love:
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kkart Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Professional Photographer
Alina! How the heck are ya??? :D
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Alina-ElenaMarcu Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm fine, working on a new photography project for a friend and I enjoy my last month of holiday!! In a few weeks I will go on a trip so, I will have the opportunity to do some architecture photos.. How are you, Johnny? :D
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kkart Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional Photographer
Nice! It sounds like you are keeping quite busy! :)
I am ok, just chugging along I guess. Fall is almost here & I can not wait! Finally the weather is starting to get a little cooler, this Summer has been way to hot and I hate heat lol
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Alina-ElenaMarcu Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I know how you felt..here was such hot Summer too..in some nights I couldn't sleep because of the heat..so let the Fall begin! hehe. I can't wait to take some fall photos in the mountains..I just love the fall colors..such lovely tent of yellow and red!! I wish so much to take some photos to the mist..
I don't like heat either...for me..if it is 25-28 degrees it's perfect.
Yeaa...it will be a busy month..by the way...yesterday i was to a Photo exhibition..it was so nicee..I love it!! And I saw a lot of people..and obviously, some photographers and models..it was an intersting experience.
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treeblue Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning!

I was just browsing on DA and about fell off my chair when I came across this photo. I grew-up in Longmont & know this exact spot! (I'm now in Oregon)
I think this vantage point you've chosen is simply perfect and you've captured the feel of early autumn wonderfully ~ and beautifully!
What a nice surprise to see my old stompin' ground. Thanks!
Love all your work! It's so Colorado ~ and that's a good thing!
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TwinAgateDragons Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very pretty. Love the capture of sunlight breaking through the clouds.
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mttomimages Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional Photographer
Congratulations! Beautiful shot!
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carterr Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
Beautiful :)
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SunStateGalleries Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I absolutely adore the seen rays from the clouds. It is not a typical bright sunny day with clouds, this is much more subtle and unique. Great work!!
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djohn9 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Really amazing depth!
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rick-metal-ayres Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
this is stunning!
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
looks like a painting
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Nat-ty Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
Ahhhh John.....
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kkart Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional Photographer
:D Yes?
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Nat-ty Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
u manage to make me dream....
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kkart Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional Photographer
I think that is one of the nicest things I have ever been told about my photography. I am speechless.
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Nat-ty Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
i only speak the truth, luv :heart:
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kkart Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Professional Photographer
well I am deeply honored
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Nukorial Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
so serene and well I usually like alot of dry land pcitures of nature but you captured the water so perefectly it melts in such a soothing way contemplating the sun and forest around by the different lights and shades cooling for night=^^=
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arnaudperret Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful capture of this gorgeous light!
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Leon-de-mar Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
Hermoso!!! :)
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bozaman Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
john, this is simply lovely - this being the first autumn i will not be in colorado for the past 20+ years this is a wonderful reminder of the approaching season. you have skillfully and delicately captured the mood and feel of the scene. bravo.
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AnneFreja Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, looks like a painting from the Golden Age :)
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biostatman Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
This is an amazing photograph! It evokes the same feelings that viewing many of the better oils of the Hudson school artists do. Thank you for your very fine art.
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SylveryFox Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Splendid! :wow:
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VeryBadGirl Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
Looks like an old, beautiful painting! Great Image! :clap:
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