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Hey Jim, I see you are a avid practitioner of "don't forget to turn around and look behind you"
Excellent capture with great lighting and what can be a tricky exposure.
Thanks Matt, I appreciate that, and I am glad you liked the shot. Yes, I am a firm believer in having visions of what we want to capture, but right alongside that, I am just as firm of a believer in keeping our eyes open to the beauty around us. And while I was shooting, and I saw that golden color on the horizon to the one side of my pano shooting, my mind immediately began to ask the question as to where can shoot from where I can maximize that very cool gold in the sky... and it only took a second for me to realize that shooting the outlet of the lake on the bridge could have great potential, and off I went! Of fortunately that area was being bathed in gold!
The day before I had been off hiking in Many Glacier to the base of Swiftcurrent Pass, when I got back a little over an hour before sunset all of the clouds were to the south. I had burned a ton of calories with the hiking and had been thinking on eating in the restuarant there, but when I saw the clouds to the south, and then looked at the time, I realized that I had time to quickly make two jelly sandwiches instead and eat them as I drove down to the over view of Wild Goose Island which is about 45 minutes or so away. I got there with about 15 minutes to spare and got treated to a super cool sunset... one that it's been 3 days and I am still trying to get the right feel for that shot as I process it... I keep desaturating the clouds because they were so cool looking, they almost look unreal... So I am letting that one incubate...
I think as you hit on... one of the real keys to great landscape photography is one word.... Awareness.... Being aware of what is around us, and then not being afraid to chase after it, will reward many many more times than it will disappoint...
PS... man... I guess I better copy the text of this for when I post the Wild Goose Island shot... I already said it all...