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Morning Light Of July by kkart Morning Light Of July by kkart
Yesterday morning I woke up at 3am and headed to Brainard Lake, Colorado to photograph the sunrise. It was absolutely invigorating and refreshing with temps at 40 degrees and the wind gusting hard over the Indian Peaks and across Brainard Lake. For a moment I had a reprieve from the gusts and got a somewhat clean wildflower shot with little movement in this 2 second exposure. It sure was gorgeous and the light just danced!

I want to emphasize something here to those of you who are just starting out with photography and want to get better. The biggest thing you can do is make the effort to shoot in good light & wake up at ungodly hours to get on location in time. There is something about photographing in fresh air with no noise pollution, no people and having some of the best light you can imagine. This is perhaps the easiest thing you can do to better your work and best of all it's 100% free! Can't beat that now can ya?
---John

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AvalarGuardian Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it=)
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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Amazing work! :clap:
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SilkenWinds Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You're right about that, early hours, or late evening, or just standing around animal enclosures at zoos for hours to get that animal moving for a whole 3 minutes. lol

And what a shot!! Wow, the colors are amazing.
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Daniel-Storm Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
Wow! That's breathtaking! :clap:
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Moohoodles Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful shot! For me, it would more be like stay up then sleep after you get photos, haha.
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VileYonderboy Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Funny how I am not a morning person but something about the mountains and getting up that early to try and see the sun rise is so invigorating!

Great sho!
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anjaleck Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Another gorgeous one! You almost make me want to get up at those ungodly hours you talk about. :D
Hugs,
Anj
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MurielLeeJones Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
Beautiful!
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012   General Artist
beautiful scene!
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SuperMetroid2 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Amazing Shot
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ChloeClik Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Absolutely gorgeous. The colours are so vibrant and lush. Genius.
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Philippe-Albanel Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Professional Photographer
Hello John,

very nice colors, like this warm light, you know how to find those type of place!

Phil
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mst-photography Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Professional Photographer
Beautiful.
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Puuronen Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh whoa! And this one too is yours! Truly phenomenal! It's so open, you can feel the fresh air. What a beautiful world it truly is.
I could quote the second part you wrote when I'll get a decent capture! Well done!
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RAIS1 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing shot :)
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pirateladyinmaine Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
perfect title for the perfect picture!
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Erael71 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
As a novice I could not agree with you more. Wonderful shot and I can't wait for fall in the BIG CO.
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NicoaraeRadu Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Very impressive photo. Great work!
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Romylyn Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
Oh :My :God :) Stunning view and colors !!
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Zlata-Petal Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Very beautiful :+fav:
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sarastelling Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012   Photographer
I love visiting Colorado. What a beautiful place. Fantastic photo! :clap:
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MyLifeInFocus Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful shot John! Great shot the description was great as well, definitely experience some of those ungodly hours myself :D
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Manlarr Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012   Photographer
Stunning as always!
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sannwald Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
These colours are so beautiful. (The sunlit forests from middle to left and the very rim of that lake I like best.)
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TanzieB Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Simply breathtaking! An outstanding capture, I am inspired, I wish I could capture a landscape as well as you haha but with a camera such as mine - a small samsung digital, I can only do so much, although, I won't slought that thing, it's done me proud on many occasions! But I'm getting off topic, this is a wonderful photograph and you should be proud - which I'm sure you are! Great job :D
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KristiinaKask Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Your photo has been featured in my journal: [link]
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Nat-ty Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
This is Amazing John!!!! Very cool place you have there! i might be a bit jealous! :glomp:
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TornFeathers Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is stunning.

i also like your tip for the beginning photographer as well. I'll take that into consideration, it's hard to get the subjects I want in a good light but nothing can stop me from finding a good lighting and just using something in the area as m subject.
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snaphappy101 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wonderful pic :)
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LAlight Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Professional Photographer
Definitely light worth getting up early for...and a beautiful rainbow of colors in this, John. :)
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broshsara Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
Amazing!!!!!!!!
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
very beautiful mr john
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