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First Light On Longs by kkart First Light On Longs by kkart
First light of the day hits Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park. Below, in the valley, the sounds of Elk bugling was like music to my ears. Standing here, watching this unfold is akin to heaven.

Towering at 14,259 feet high, it is said that the climb to the top of the peak was probably first done by pre-Columbian indigenous people collecting eagle feathers. Pretty amazing to think that.

In camera HDR on my Sony a550, using a Minolta 18-200mm lens, Fotodiox CPL and GND , along with my tripod.

I hope you all like it
John


See more on my website jdebordphoto.com all work copyrighted 2010 John De Bord. Feel free to link to this shot on Facebook, Twitter, etc. I welcome the extra exposure!


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fleeting-ideals Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, those pine trees in the foreground really put the mountains into perspective! :wow:

I've always wanted to go out west and see the Rockies in person. I hear they make the mountains here out east look like hills. :giggle:
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ArtlessHmmmm Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011
stunning light much as i've come to expect from you!
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Machebollja Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice work!
I love HDR-images =)
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bada Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
Stunning stuff my friend!
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MthrNatur190 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
Absolutely amazingly gorgeous! Kinda looks somewhat like Beartooth Pass when I was passing through to go to Yellowstone:D
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dwth Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Student Artist
This photo has been featured on Thumbs of the Week 149th .:wave:
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danmoore Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing sun ! :thumbsup:
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Squirrelflight-77 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
Featured in the HDR edition of Dramatic Insights [link] published by :icondramatic-photography:
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1001G Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
maybe sometime Ill make it into the park........nicely done john
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Professional Photographer
You've never been there?
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:icon1001g:
1001G Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
no...........I know I should be ashamed of myself! We are making a point to rediscover colorado! First we need to finish hiking eldorado canyon......:)
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Professional Photographer
you have never been to RMNP? Holy hell.......go read my journal and u need to come join us all. I can't believe you have never been to the park before....it is so close!
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1001G Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
I know, im bad. Been to a lot of other places just not there. Ill go read it after we get home from some Christmas shopping.
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Professional Photographer
We are holding another photo meetup! :)
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:icon1001g:
1001G Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
I need to go read it.......I got part of it.:)
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twelvemotion Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
Love this landscape! :)
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Zuzu136 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
beautiful sunset light... ;)
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:iconalban-expressed:
alban-expressed Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
Wonderful light and view. :-)
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edelweiss26 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
Beautiful!!....I like this shot!! :)
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mlh-photography Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
wooooooahhh!!
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mumle Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
love it :)
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aFeinPhoto-com Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Professional Photographer
Looks like your technique/filters are coming together. Really natural...good work. Would take a bit off the bottom to get those trees as your botom anchors as the last 1" or so seems unnecessary. Nice catch sir :)
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kkart Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Professional Photographer
Hey thanks Aaron! How is the gallery going?
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aFeinPhoto-com Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Professional Photographer
Going. Even with the increased overhead of having a physical space my weekly numbers do not need to be that high so doing alright right now. Everyone keeps waiting for me to blow up. Guess it's only a matter of time. Signage should go up next week which hopefully will help. :) Good to see the work on the walls though. Need to photograph the gallery properly and post a pic :P
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barnburner1946 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
Wonderful shot... One look at Longs Peak, and you instantly know what it is.
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010   General Artist
stunning stuff mate :)
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Professional Photographer
hey thanks Dan!
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:icondanuk86:
danUK86 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010   General Artist
welcome mate :)
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GaryTaffinder Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
Gorgeous :thumbsup:
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inObrAS Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
Beautiful work! :heart:
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pullingcandy Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
14,259 feet ...

I love the contrast between the mountain range itself and the scrubby brush below; it's like two entirely different worlds.
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Professional Photographer
wanna go sledding?!?! lol Thanks hon!
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:iconpullingcandy:
pullingcandy Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome, and YES I DO! :D
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Professional Photographer
lol that would be one helluva ride I have to say LOLOL
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Daniel-Storm Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
Wow!
That is gorgeous!
My wife, Nancy, and i sat for a few days in a row in that valley painting this view.
You certainly have a heavenly shot of it here!
Such a beautiful piece of work! :clap:
Hope you have a great holiday tomorrow! :)
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rdalpes Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
just the red house is too muh :)
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Professional Photographer
to much? Those however are artist in residence cabins, and have a very long history in the park :) They are owned by the National Park [link] and are VERY historic and old. They are actually quite cool!
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:iconrdalpes:
rdalpes Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
or too red :D

Merci for the link !
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Professional Photographer
you can never have to much red! :)
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:iconrdalpes:
rdalpes Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
black is a nice color too :)
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Professional Photographer
not a big fan of black myself ...ok maybe B&W photography lol
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:iconrdalpes:
rdalpes Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
:D
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010   Photographer
great light and cloudscape, love the touch of autumn colour in the trees too.. good one!
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Professional Photographer
hey thanks Adam!
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Pistolpete2007 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Love the light on the mountain tops and the detail in those trees.
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thanks Pete!
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
gorgeous photo mr john
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thanks bud!
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome sir
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thestargazer23 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow!
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