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| p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Wasatch Mountains of Utah the Moment they Peaked |
What makes this work, and I have been there, is that the type of vegetation is prefect for low angle golden light. Unlike aspen which tends to act like a mirror, this oak tends to look like red velvet without a lot of reflected highlight. There is aspen of course, but it is far enough away not to glare.
The light angle is such that shadows are not deep, (not so later in the day) and most of the scene has good light. The sky drama is essential and even though the first has color in the clouds, the shape of the clouds in the second and the more even lighting make it my favorite.
I suspect these were taken within a day of each other and about 2 weeks ago. Its a great place with a great natural composition.
For dan, I live only 30 miles from here, and was on one of those ridges in the image for several sunrises this year and never knew about this place until I saw Bobs image.
Because such scenes exist only for a very short time each year, they can be hard to find even for locals,