4th of July Storm at Sunset on Trail Ridge Road

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    We wrapped up our first day of hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park and noticed the following:
    1. A thunderstorm was approaching.
    2. Sunset wasn't far away, either.

    I figured we might get some interesting light on the Trail Ridge Road. I was snapping some pics of the alpenglow on mountains off to the East. I turned around to see perhaps the most amazing beam(s) of light in my life. The light lasted around 5 minutes until the rains came.

    Honestly, that's about what it looked like in real life, although I recall the light being a bit more orange/red.

    Auto White Balance. Minor mods in PS.

    Used here:

    j neuberger, dcumminsusa, and 88 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. NaturalLight 74 months ago | reply

      What sweet light. Terrific image! Seen in Colorado Thunderstorms.

    2. summitstones [deleted] 73 months ago | reply

      So very beautiful...

    3. DaugaardDK 72 months ago | reply

      Wow, what amazing colors!
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    4. Bill Wight CA 70 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Elite Photography, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    5. Sherrye's Art 69 months ago | reply

      Beautiful lighting!

    6. The World's Gaze 68 months ago | reply

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    7. lucymac 67 months ago | reply

      Thanks for sharing your photo. I've used it, with credit and a link, to illustrate a quote at Positive Attitude Quotes.

    8. NebraskaSC 63 months ago | reply

      Seen in Colorado Thunderstorms
      Please tag your photo "Colorado Thunderstorms"

    9. wendywoodp 63 months ago | reply

      What a blessing to have even seen this picture, let alone actually being there. Thank you for sharing this amazing sceen for us all to see.

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    11. Jean Isard 59 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called FAVTOP50+ (Post 1 Award and Fave 2.Don't forget Fave), and we'd love to have this added to the group!
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    12. Theriaka 43 months ago | reply

      I've used this photo in my latest blog post (with attribution) - You can find it here theriaka.blogspot.com/2010/10/brainwaves-vol-1.html

      Such a wonderful photograph, thank you so much for sharing it!

    13. WanaM3 42 months ago | reply

      A super shot. Love the light streams and different hues in the depths of the shot.

    14. AlphaTangoBravo / Adam Baker 38 months ago | reply

      On a whim, I used www.tineye.com to see where else this photo ended up. What a mistake that was. Ignorance is bliss!

      Jane Waters photography is selling it on her website.

      Contacted her, but ain't holding my breath.

      Perhaps I should start watermarking my pics. Hate to do it.

    15. MS-R / Michael S-R 38 months ago | reply

      That's complete BS! Are these potatoes too small for the courts to get involved? I mean, she even frickin' put her watermark on it!

    16. mesa.photo 38 months ago | reply

      Beautiful capture!

      I really hate to see that others are using this without your permission. I notice Ms. Waters has now made her entire Rocky Mountain gallery private. Have you heard anything from her yet? It certainly makes me wonder which of the photos on her site, if any, were actually taken by her. I just did another tin-eye search on "her" site and found a photo that seems to have been lifted from another photog on istockphoto.

      Oh, FYI, it looks like at least one other site is using a modified version of your photo. Check this out:


    17. AlphaTangoBravo / Adam Baker 38 months ago | reply

      Never heard back from Ms. Waters.

      After two weeks, I contacted the hosting website, Photoshelter.com . I was rather disappointed with their response:
      "Because PhotoShelter is an archival and e-commerce platform (host) for photographers, agencies, etc. the images displayed and marketed here are handled directly by our PhotoShelter members, and we cannot remove anything from the account without their permission. In the case Jane Waters does not respond back, and/or remove the images, you will need to take legal action with them directly."

      Like I'm gonna take legal action for a single stolen photo...

      Anyways, shortly after hearing from Photoshelter, Ms. Waters did remove (or at least privatize) her entire Rocky Mountain gallery.

      > It certainly makes me wonder which of the photos on her site, if any, were actually taken by her.
      Amen, bro.

      My wife and I were discussing this exact point over dinner. I said "I'm not the type to go through Ms. Waters's galleries to find if any other photos were stolen." My wife laughed and said "Yes you are!" She knows me better than myself! ;)

      Next time I have insomnia, I'll try to find if she stole any of the other photos on her website.

      As for the other photo on freevectors... I gotta say that it's been modified enough that I think it meets the intent of the Creative Commons license.

      Enough copyright talk. Let's take some photos!

    18. Costa1973 25 months ago | reply

      great comp and light

    19. .Bala 23 months ago | reply

      This is gorgeous! I love the light beams (I was told they're shadows of the peaks that aren't visible due to the curvature of the earth - when the sun goes behind them during sunset)

    20. Mr. Mark 23 months ago | reply

      wow, nice effect!

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