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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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ha-rat-kiri Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
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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:
Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much :) I really appreciate the support!
Putna Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
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Putna Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!
amy--amy Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
That's gorgeous, a great photo. :D
Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks :D
amy--amy Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!
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