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Canon
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Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
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Jul 15, 2011, 8:30:39 PM
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Flames Lick the Western Sky by Jacob-Routzahn Flames Lick the Western Sky by Jacob-Routzahn
I have been wanting to photograph a few areas on the Lower Unit while the wildflowers are still abundant, however. Evening rainstorms, and inaccurate guesses about the exact distance to the destination, caused my brother and I to fall short of our hopeful location. So, in deciding the sunset was going to be a dud, we hung out upon some interesting rocks and smoked on our Meerschaum pipes, watching the lightening weave through the clouds at a distance.

As sunset crept closer, a gentle glow began to illuminate with intensity, slowly engulfing the western sky. Soon the horizon was seemingly in a blaze. The falling rain soaked up the fiery hues, creating an illusion that a magnificent fire lie directly to the west.

Luckily the storm passed just to our north and we were able to make it out with out getting drenched.

This log provided the perfect foreground focus for my new Canon 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5. Also, it allowed me to try out my flash to illuminate the foreground since I was facing towards the sunset. Doing that really helps to give detail and pop back to the photo.

All images are ęcopyright Jacob Lynn Routzahn. You may not replicate, use, manipulate, modify, print, or any other form of editing to my work without my permission. All rights reserved.
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:iconwangjundu:
WangJundu Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Professional Writer
:kiss: Love & Support & Cheers from Beijing! AGAIN!
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WangJundu Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Professional Writer
:kiss: Love & Support & Cheers from Beijing!
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:iconjacob-routzahn:
Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks so much :D
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WangJundu Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Professional Writer
Wow (... followed with 700 characters)

ok now I feel like I have no words
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Noradrenaline-photo Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012   General Artist
Featured: [link]
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Professional Photographer
I really appreciate the kindness :)
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Mashuto Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Jacob, just going through your shots again and thought I would drop a comment on this one even though I favorited this one already.

Great shot, wonderful sky and all around awesome capture.

I too had a recent chance to test out my flash in an outdoor setting and came away quite pleased with the result.

Truthfully, Once I read the description again I had to go back because the log blends in with the rocks tremendously.

And finally a question, was this captured in a single exposure? you mentioned the flash, but did you also have nd filters?
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Professional Photographer
Yep, I did use both. I'm still learning the beauty of the flash but I thought I'd try using both. It allowed me to cut down jut that much more on the sunset and keep some of the foreground illuminated enough to keep this to a single exposure. Maintaining the detail in the light and dark areas takes place for me in RAW. Color too. But really giving it the contrast and pop in specific areas is where actual PS comes into play. Thank you for such a thorough comment :highfive: :D
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GraphiteColours Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! You've been featured here: [link]
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much! I'm tickled you enjoy my work so much :D
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GraphiteColours Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :)
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alban-expressed Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011
Incredible colors.
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thanks Alban :D
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alban-expressed Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
My pleasure.
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Pertokeyo Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011
This is a clever and well composed image. Indeed the sky does produce a powerful rising fire aura, but it's the sharpness and clarity at which you've captured it which makes it so wonderful. Also the way it emits gently upwards as a frontal layer to the deep blue night sky is incredible, although as a consequence the forest landscape looks shadowy in places. The rock formations in the foreground are truly crisp and show their unusual turquoise textures. The log appears almost camouflaged - it must have been there a while.

Real quality material here. You organise your timings to produce a synthesis of perfect elements and then take that killer shot which results in real life magic.
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank so much for the kind words. I'm glad you enjoy the image and I now would like to fix the shaded area to bring some detail back into it. That tree was ten different kinds of rotten and I bet had been there when my grandma was born. Again, I appreciate the words and am happy you like the image as much as I do. :D
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da-phil Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
awesome work jaco ;)
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you a lot :D
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:iconmeema:
Meema Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Well done.
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thanks
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heyfever99 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
Awesome Picture!!!!
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:iconjacob-routzahn:
Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thanks :D
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heyfever99 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
You're welcome!
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Bl4ck-and-wh1te Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
Awesome! Did you catch any of the lightning tonight?
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:iconjacob-routzahn:
Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Professional Photographer
No, I was at the apt spending some quality time with the little lady. Did you?
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Bl4ck-and-wh1te Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
Haha no, only have my 85 and it makes it quite frustrating to shoot any landscape with just an 85.
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:iconjacob-routzahn:
Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Professional Photographer
I understand what you mean :D
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