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The Last Kiss Before Night by Jacob-Routzahn The Last Kiss Before Night by Jacob-Routzahn
It was the first evening of my brother's and my trip to Missouri Gulch, and I wanted to have some spots scouted out for potential shots to come. Since less than 50 feet away from camp was a stream of fresh runoff, I decided to explore the area last as I hiked my way down from the slopes. Finding a neat area to setup, I squatted the tripod right above the water and squared everything up.

The sun had set long ago, unfortunately without a cloud in the sky, but still kissed the peak of Mt. Belford. So, fooling around, I decided to work on a focus stack shot.

Redid this shot, so let's talk sharpness and how it is better with it.

I enjoyed how the lovely warm hues of the peak popped against the cool evening, the frigid water and dark night sky, making a wonderfully subtle shot. The smooth flowing stream takes me back to falling asleep, listening as it played its music while I dozed off into my dreams of summiting the nearby 14ers.

What a wonderful substitution for a fan. (something I cannot sleep without)


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Peaceful-Child Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Beautiful!
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you :)
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Peaceful-Child Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Your welcome!
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:iconbojkovski:
Bojkovski Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
great composition
excellent work
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much :D
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Bojkovski Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
no problemo ;)
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011   Photographer
love it Jake, don't see all that many night shots like this.. that cool blue tone is magic!
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thanks buddy! I don't take a lot of night shots since my camera took a dive almost two years ago and ruined the cable release port. So it was fun getting to push the limits of this old timer. In the near future I'm hoping to get the updated version of the 5dmkII when it comes out. Hoping, that is, as long as it isn't outside my price range. I'm really glad you like the shot though :D
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011   Photographer
yeah 5dmk3 is sure to be a beast whenever it arrives! looking forward to it myself too so the price of the 5d2 hopefully comes down a bit too... reckon that's all the camera I need :D
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Professional Photographer
I have one of the first canon dslrs that was available, due to the cost at the time when I bought it. I feel as though I have pushed it to its limits and now am ready for one of the newest, full frame, dslrs available. As long as the funds allow me to :)
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011   Photographer
Xti eh, is that aka 400d? that was my first dslr too :) good little unit but the noise in the shadows sucks buttocks!
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Professional Photographer
Exactly!!! And yes it is the same. I'm ready to move on sadly enough.
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:iconmeowgli:
Meowgli Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011   Photographer
can't be sad about moving onto bigger and better things man :)
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Professional Photographer
Well hell no feller! :D
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LAlight Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional Photographer
First off, let me just say that this is indeed a beautiful shot! Maybe not your best shot "technically" but it is certainly beautiful just the same. The shot definitely transports the viewer there, which, to me, is sometimes more satisfying than having a technically sound shot. The effect is there. :)
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional Photographer
I like the difference between this shot in comparison to others I have taken and I think that, along with the short story, is what does the transporting. And I'm glad you put it that way because that is exactly my intention. I feel like chasing sunset and sunrises all the time doesn't really be all that is needed to create a great shot and am finally learning that. I'm tickled you like it and you honesty :D
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LAlight Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Professional Photographer
:dance: Glad you were happy with my honesty! Not a lot of people respond well to that. ;)
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Professional Photographer
I always like to hear it. If I didn't, I'd never grow as a photographer/artist :)
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LAlight Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Professional Photographer
:nod:
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GraphiteColours Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! Your work is featured in my journal here: [link]
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Professional Photographer
Wow! Thanks so much for the support! It really means a lot :)
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GraphiteColours Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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NWunseen Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Professional Photographer
wow! such an awesome scene..love the colors :D only thing i saw was mentioned, the noise reduction is noticeable in the rocks..but with a water feature like that next to it, is easily overlooked! another gorgeous shot, bud :)
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thanks feller! I appreciate the compliment. I'm going to go back and adjust it. I just have precious limited time now that I have a new job. But hopefully in the next day or two I can get to it and re-do it. Thanks for you input and constructive criticism!
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NWunseen Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Professional Photographer
my pleasure bud :)
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dragonshapedscar Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful! It looks like a piece of scenery from Zelda :dummy:
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Professional Photographer
Nice! :D
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Dani-Lefrancois Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Professional Photographer
good comp, but its very soft in the ground and the hillside. it seems to have a paintbrush effect.. no actual detail left in that part of the image. :S not sure if that was the point of this focus stack..
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Professional Photographer
good eye by the way :D
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Dani-Lefrancois Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Professional Photographer
:) no probs
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Professional Photographer
No, it was due to my crappy camera and the fact that if I had shown everyone the actual amount of noise I would be made fun of ;) So I worked on taking that dilemma away in RAW. But the resulting smoothness in the detail resulted.
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Dani-Lefrancois Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Professional Photographer
:P ahhhhhhh gotcha!
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marsMGphotography Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
I can't sleep without a fan, either. even in the winter, it runs. but yes, this is much, much better. :aww:
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Professional Photographer
Hahaha, we aren't the only ones with the problem, let me assure you. My dog also has this issue, as well as my wife, my brother, a few friends...
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marsMGphotography Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011
awww, even your pup? geez.
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Professional Photographer
totally. Poor guy inherited the problem.
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marsMGphotography Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011
that's sad, but also kind of adorable!
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional Photographer
Hahaha
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