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Sunrise Over Dream Lake by Jacob-Routzahn Sunrise Over Dream Lake by Jacob-Routzahn
As the weekend rolled around and the temps having recently dropped, I thought it would be a good time to head up to Dream Lake before everything froze over. I called up a friend from college that now lives nearby to see if he wanted to come along and shoot. With a confirmation and all systems go, we set out well before sunrise to RMNP. The wind was a bit gusty, nothing too bad, but when we rounded the final bend to the Lake, that's when we realized what we were getting ourselves into.

With gusts reaching 60+ mph, it was hard to keep the camera steady. A remedy for this was to up the ISO and knock the f-stop down a little. Also, remaining low to the ground and keeping the tripod legs spread to the max helped a lot.

Though the mood was crazy, there really wasn't any good lighting, until there was. And out of all my trips up there, all the hikes, and all the early morning drives to capture an epic scene , it finally came together. Beautiful rays of sun came from the East, seeping through the clouds which gave a vibrant overload of oranges. From the frozen fingers, to the red cheeks, and the last bit of flowing stream, it was all just wicked awesome. And it was really nice to share it with another photographer that enjoyed it as much as I did!

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IceFlame1019 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
*O* it's like the air is made of gold o-o
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014   General Artist
great composition, colours and mood :)
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Professional Photographer
Lol, thanks again Dan.  Glad to see you are getting around my gallery :)  I'd seen you on a ton of others and was hoping you'd be sneaking through mine one day.
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014   General Artist
no probs mate :)
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pengirl389265 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
:wave: Hey there! I featured this awesome picture here: fav.me/d7k120a
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:iconjacob-routzahn:
Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much :D
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pengirl389265 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
No problem!
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OutbackReality Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, this is just stunning :heart:
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:iconjacob-routzahn:
Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much :D
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OutbackReality Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Welcome :)
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Madzys Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I feel that this should have been taken in landscape, i want to see whats either side of the edge of the photo :(
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Professional Photographer
I wanted to, and did shoot this in landscape style, however.  I wouldn't have had the leading line of the creek to draw the viewer's eye upwards.  But I may look into editing a landscape version.
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Forcedlactationlover Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
A beautiful shot of a gorgeous location. Light and timing were everything else here, and you used both with great precision (And, as always in Nature shots, a bit of luck).
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thanks a lot man!  A bit of luck indeed and happy to have had it :D
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JustinGSinclair Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Student Photographer
Still love that orange sky!
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Professional Photographer
Hahaha glad to hear that :D
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swaeli Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Student Photographer
Wow....
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Professional Photographer
:P
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Marszenka Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
I LOVE alpenglow. LOVE it. With the clouds here and the way they diffuse the light -- oh my GOSH. I could stare at this for hours!!
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Professional Photographer
Well I'm glad :) You could stare at it for the rest of your life if you'd like to buy a print ;)
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aeakroot Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
it's so nice...
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Professional Photographer
thank you :)
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marrciano Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Fine mood picture
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you :)
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Iessika Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
What a wonderful image... The sky seems to be on fire, this together with the reflections on the mountains and the water, create a very magical atmosphere. I'm very impressed that you managed to shoot this in the conditions that you described. Well done, at the very least.
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Professional Photographer
Well I appreciate that and it was a lot of fun being in those conditions and still warm :) But I am pleased with the overall shot :D
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houk Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Wonderful shot!
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you :)
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Your patience was rewarded. Feeling very stimulated by your work, I can't wait to be out there developing technique and experiencing it all again.
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:iconjacob-routzahn:
Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Photographer
Good to hear man! Get out there and do it!
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augenweide Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
your beautiful work is featured in my new journal...[link]
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much for showcasing some of my work in your feature!
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augenweide Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
welcome Jacob...
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Featured here Jacob [link]
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks Peter! I didn't know you did features! Glad to be in your journal!
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
No problem Jake. Every once in a while I do features, but I always try to do an end of the year feature to show my top favorites from fellow photographers.
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional Photographer
Killer, that's a really good idea!
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MaximeCourty Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Professional Photographer
This is crazy dude!
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Professional Photographer
It was rather insane man.
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Ben-Kelevra Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Professional Photographer
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks so much Ben!
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Ben-Kelevra Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Professional Photographer
You're most welcome!
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DsyncStudios Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012   Photographer
:wave: Hi there! Your wonderful picture has been featured!
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much :D
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DanielZrno Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Epic man, epic! Wish I see something like this yet...
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional Photographer
Lol, I've been heading out every weekend with another photographer. I don't do that, ever, but it is a nice change of pace.
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DanielZrno Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
That's a great way to get great photos ;)
I'm trying to force myself to shoot more often lately... just been too busy, but whenever I do take a day off and go shooting, I never regret it :)
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Professional Photographer
Totally hear ya there. It sucks bc where we shoot is all sunrise spots. So normally we get up at 2 am to get to out spots at sunrise. It is really exhausting. Especially bc some of these areas are and 8 mile hike (round trip of course).
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DanielZrno Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Ouch... I would say "at least it's healthy", but that assumes you actually get enough sleep.
Ah, the curse of photographers :)
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Spacefriend-KRUNK Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional Artist
i'm in love with this photo. you truly capture magic, dude. =)
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