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The Last Straw by Jacob-Routzahn The Last Straw by Jacob-Routzahn
I work construction six months out of the year. When you work construction, you have to get up early and work late. Occasionally, you work before the sunrises and past when the sunsets.

For the past week I've been tormented with some of the most spectacular sunrises I have seen since living here in Colorado. And on a few days, nothing but lenticular clouds eerily floating across the sky, waiting for the light to hit.

I would be damned if I was gonna miss a wicked awesome sunset. So, every evening, like usual, I sit and stare towards the west to see how the clouds line up, what the sun is going to be doing, and then make my way to the reservoir if necessary. It is the easiest, closest, and most affordable place for me to shoot and I can react to lighting in a jiffy.

This evening I made the decision to head over to Horsetooth to stretch my legs since no one was home. Also, the possibility of good light was in the two thumbs up category. I found a great spot, unknowing it was the same spot :iconbldn333: shot this [link]

As the sun dipped behind the hills, a faint light began to grow. It was subtle at first, nothing much. But when this psychotic blast of color was being recorded onto my memory card, whistles, chants, war cries, laughter and every other noise my loud mouth and lungs could produce was in an all out roar.

All week long I was going crazy having to be at work and see light like this in the mornings. And all week long I was biting at the nail for something such as this to show itself.

It was the last straw. And it was my lucky one.

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And another stunning image from you Jacob.

The colors in this are just gorgeous. And while the clouds are very saturated and contrasty, they still feel natural. The reds are just so vibrant and really catch my attention. The rocks in the foreground have some nice color. The image also has some great contrasts not just between the sky and water/foreground but also within those elements as well.

The composition is also very nice. The boulder provides some good foreground interest. The rocks on the hillside on the left are a bit bright and slightly distracting, but I find they actually help lead my eye down to the few rocks you can see just under the surface of the water, which is a very nice touch.

Vision: 5 stars. This is a wonderful shot and would have been regardless of the fantastic colors in the sky (and their reflection).

Originality: 4 stars. Only because I think it is hard to be completely original when capturing landscapes.

Technique: 4.5 stars. As far as I can tell, the highlights are well controlled as are the shadows. Detail in the clouds are foreground is great, and while the mountains in the background are a bit on the dark side, they are not the focal point and the lack of detail probably helps the image rather than take away from it. Half a point deducted because the horizon line appears slanted and could probably use a little rotation.

Impact: 5 stars. I think the image speaks for itself here.
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ratinrage Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
wowwwwwwwwwww
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:iconjacob-routzahn:
Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Professional Photographer
:D
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Zlata-Petal Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:squee: This beautiful capture is featured in my Journal :squee: :popcorn: :squee:
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:iconjacob-routzahn:
Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much :) I really appreciate the support!
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:iconputna:
Putna Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing!!
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:iconjacob-routzahn:
Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks!
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:iconputna:
Putna Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!
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amy--amy Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
That's gorgeous, a great photo. :D
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:iconjacob-routzahn:
Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks :D
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amy--amy Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!
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dragonfly-oli Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi!
You have been featured here! [link]
Please check it out and support the other artists if you like them :heart:
Have a wonderful day :aww:
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much for your support! :D
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PRibeiro Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
oh my god i love it

congratulions the sky its amazing


great job e love it and i get to my favourites

visit my gallerie if you liked comment and help me to by a primum acount please give me one :points:
thanks for help me
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ariseandrejoice Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Professional Photographer
oh my - awesome story - awesome moment!
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:iconjacob-routzahn:
Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you :)
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LAlight Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Professional Photographer
I have no idea how I missed this one, Jake! It's absolutely gorgeous, though, and I'm so glad you lucked out with the light. What an incredible sky!
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Professional Photographer
:blush: I really appreciate it. I was pretty happy to be in the right place at the right time too :D
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011   Photographer
:clap:
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Professional Photographer
:bow:
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augenweide Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
your beautiful work is featured in my new journal...[link]
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:iconjacob-routzahn:
Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much for your support! :D
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928 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
Sublime!
Simply beautiful.
Well done. :)
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:iconjacob-routzahn:
Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thanks so much :D
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djohn9 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Stunning color and I like the placement of the boulder in the foreground.
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:iconjacob-routzahn:
Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you :)
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Dieffi Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I have featured this wonderful shot in my waterscape-collection![link]

I hope you will agree and enjoy!:iconnemoteplz:
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:iconjacob-routzahn:
Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Professional Photographer
Well thank you very much :D I really appreciate it :D
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Dieffi Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
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My pleasure!
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:iconsparia:
Sparia Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Student General Artist
that red...and the angle is AWESOMELY INCREDIBLE!
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:iconjacob-routzahn:
Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Professional Photographer
Well thank you very much :D
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:iconsparia:
Sparia Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Student General Artist
you are very much welcome ;)
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Professional Photographer
:D
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Tanager Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
As a person who NEVER EVER catches sunsets despite a lot of effort... way to win one for the team. Gorgeous, and a must-fav.
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Professional Photographer
Well hang in there. You'll get one eventually, trust me on that. You go and try enough you'll get it. And thank you for the comment! :) I'm pleased you like it.
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DeviantTeddine Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011
Super !
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Professional Photographer
:)
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kokinomala Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011
beautiful:)
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Professional Photographer
thanks :D
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kokinomala Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
you are welcome:hug:
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:iconjacob-routzahn:
Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Professional Photographer
:D
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:iconmeema:
Meema Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Kick ass shot. Well done.
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Professional Photographer
Hahaha, thank you very much :)
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JeremyC-Photography Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011
Stunning beauty of mother nature.
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:iconjacob-routzahn:
Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Professional Photographer
It really was. I was just happy to have been there and setup without having to rush. Thanks so much for your comment!
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Phur-eak Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow really great capture
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:iconjacob-routzahn:
Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much :handshake:
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DreaErvin Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011   Photographer
Spectacular! Super crispy! Perfect exposure! :clap:
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:iconjacob-routzahn:
Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much Drea!
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DreaErvin Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011   Photographer
It's my pleasure!You have pure talent!
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Professional Photographer
I appreciate that
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