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God's Painted Sky by kkart God's Painted Sky by kkart
What you are looking at here is one of my favorite sunflower shots that I have ever taken. I actually just got around to processing this yesterday (ya I am very very behind) and it has been sitting in my "to process bin" inside Lightroom for several months now.

Captured along the plains of the Colorado Rockies, the Verga (rain that evaporates before it hits the ground) was reflecting against the sunset. Talk about stuff that makes for some utterly amazing lighting conditions, this is it! You just can't get much better light when this sort of thing happens. Captured with several other friends who are photographers over on G+, we were all pretty much really excited when the sky went 'pop'...

For this shot I decided to capture it using my Sony a550's ability to shoot HDR in camera, combined with a Fotodiox Grad ND and CPL on my Minolta 18-200 lens, backed by my tripod and wireless shutter release.

I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do. This is one of those shots I am going to have a print made from and quite a large one at that. To REALLY see it as I intend it to be seen, please click on my post of this shot over on G+ [link] (you will need to click the thumbnail) and be prepared to be put in the middle of the scene as though you are there standing in it.
---John

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:iconsami27:
Sami27 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Holy s..., that's f...... amazing.
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weishel Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
OMG! IS AMAZING!!! *O*
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IvanAndreevich Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Professional Photographer
Love it! A bit less sharpen maybe, though?
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:iconpeterpateman:
peterpateman Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Lovely detail and colour.
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cze-Cappi Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Stunning picture, wow.
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fotoPingo Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome capture! god is the greatest artist ever!
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:iconrevolver038:
revolver038 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wow..just wow!
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puithitapa Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Student Interface Designer
GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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8-INFINITY-X Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012   Traditional Artist
I want to cry and play some Cold Play or something to this scene!
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anjaleck Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I'm in heaven again. Beautiful work, John!
Hugs,
Anj
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:iconsthwales:
sthwales Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012
..and probably the best sunflower shot I've ever seen too. Well done
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:iconlevite:
levite Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012   Artist
Great artist and beautiful picture :)
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:iconmiss-tbones:
Miss-Tbones Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Just wow! A brilliant scene, wonderful capture! :clap::wow:
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FireflyPhotosAust Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional Photographer
You are definitely the king of sunflowers!!
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:iconrurisukai:
RuriSukai Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
Very beautiful. The colors are amazing.
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:icontripptaylor:
tripptaylor Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional Photographer
great color... well done
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:iconlightzone:
lightzone Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this!
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janvandyk Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
That amazing
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:iconjamminjo:
JamminJo Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:jawdrop: Stunning capture, fantastic colour. You have made a field of Sunflowers come alive :nod:
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:iconzoogrl:
zoogrl Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
Absolutely beautiful!!! They are my fav flowers! Well done with this shot, the lighting is gorgeous!!!!
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:iconstarfirechelle:
Starfirechelle Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing!! Thanks for sharing!!
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osagelady Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have to admit Johnny, of all the sunsets you sent me, this one is absolutely my favorite. The colors in the sky are deep and ominous while the flowers are up front and personal, demanding to be noticed. I think I'm going to have to change my work desktop AGAIN, LOL !
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Professional Photographer
lol really? Let me know what size you want and I will send it to you :D
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:iconosagelady:
osagelady Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL - I meant sunflowers :giggle:
Guess I just got caught up in the moment ;)
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Professional Photographer
lol! Hysterical Juju! So you really like this one huh?
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Daniel-Storm Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
Simply stunning! :clap:
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:icontwilitefairy:
Twilitefairy Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow. Thats like really unimaginably truly beautiful. O_O
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cactusmumkate Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wow, thatīs awsome :wow::excited:
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Riffo Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
Beautiful shoot.
Great composition and colors.
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aFeinPhoto-com Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional Photographer
Yea...awesome man. Great work. Love those flowers. One day I'll have to make it out there :)

aF
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012   Photographer
superb! is this your in-camera hdr?
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks Adam and yes, captured using in camera HDR on a setting of 2.5 backed by a Grad ND and CPL
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:iconmeowgli:
Meowgli Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012   Photographer
it's a wonderfully even exposure, turned out great!
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Enkased Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
wow, what a great shot.
excellent detail and epic conditions in the sky.
very well done.
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inkedpt Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
I don't have words for this one
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HoneyGoddess57 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh wow this is beautiful I love the effects and the colours of the sky especially with those sunflowers... :love:
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TruePicturesDE Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
Awesome *_*
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:iconmuskeg:
Muskeg Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012   Photographer
Absolutely gorgeous, John!
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NicolasDominique Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well... That's that kind of photo when even my "awesomazing" word isn't enough.

Really great work :)
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:iconsagittor:
Sagittor Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012   Photographer
Great work John ;)
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:iconfaeriebert:
FaerieBert Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is gorgeous! :D
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IHeartMusic20 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Student General Artist
I seriously thought I saw the sky moving VERY slowly to the right. My friend and sister now think I'm crazy. -_- Well, they're probably right.

Now I really don't know what to think of this picture. Very intriguing that I somehow "saw" it moving. :P Beautiful photo though, as always. =)
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love these John
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:iconaltrouist:
Altrouist Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Simply AMAZING!
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Gem-of-cali Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this photo. It has a lovely sky and that marvellous field of sun flowers. It is wonderful.
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gingado Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
Excellent work...:clap:
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Invierno1505 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Student General Artist
This is gorgeous :o
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AnnisPekka Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012   Digital Artist
Awesome shot!
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Thilu Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
stunning!
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snaphappy101 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
fantastic photo! :)
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