• The alpenglow on these peaks was incredible! (strictly speaking...this isn't alpenglow yet, since the sun was still above the horizon...but hey :)
  • I also have a comp including less of the reflection. I like its lower placement of the mountains, but I wanted the impact of this cloud reflecting, so I went with the wider one.
  • I could still hear some thunder in the distance.
  • gotta have the tree go all the way to the bottom of the frame...it was all or nothing!
  • I have some other shots with this rock on the other side of the line in the reflection. Not sure which one I prefer, as long as it's not touching the line!
  • some deep blue in all the reds! super colors - ΞSSΞ®®Ξ


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Sunset over a backcountry lake | Sierra Nevada mountains

UPDATE 05.30.2012: I gave this photo a rare bump to the front of my stream because I've done enough reworking on it to render the scene more realistically (thanks to Peter Luxem's always great suggestions) that I think it's worth a second look. What do you think? Here is the original file I uploaded yesterday, which looks almost silly to me now.

I woke up on this beautiful July morning to blue skies and cozy temperatures.

A few hours later, it was pouring and hailing as thunder bellowed across the sky, lightning pierced the jagged peaks, and winds assaulted trees and whipped right through my two jackets. I had nine miles left to hike for the day – with 45 pounds on my back, I should add -- and this was not going to stop me! The feeling of vulnerability only made the scenery more humbling. When I finally arrived at these lakes and selected my campsite, there was nobody else at the lake and I hadn’t seen another person all afternoon.

Just before sunset, as often happens in the mountains when the warm layer of air near the ground rapidly weakens, the skies began to clear. But would they clear enough?! The clouds soon vanished to the west and it became evident that an incredible light show was on its way to the east…just where the light would be headed!

A few minutes later, every cloud you see in this sky turned pink; the most dramatic sky I’ve ever seen. I could feel the fire igniting the depths of my heart, clearing my mind and making me ready as ever to see another day. I'll post that one soon... (but if you don't want to wait, *cough* it's always on my website ;)

I don’t think I realized quite how special this light was until I looked back through my photos from the two-week trip and realized that this was one of the only days I had much in the way of clouds in the right place at the right time. I’ve been able to look through those photos and almost completely re-live my trip. I hope you’re able to live a little of it through this one.

I’m titling this one “Ignition” both for the fiery feel and because I constantly need to remind myself to keep my own fire burning as I find myself perpetually overwhelmed in these last few weeks of the school year…we can make it through!!

Thanks very much for your visit; I always appreciate hearing (er…reading) your thoughts. Will stop by lots of your streams after I get a little sleep :)

~ Jeff



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  1. Edwinjones 35 months ago | reply

    Superb landscape and light

  2. pDOTeter 35 months ago | reply

    Indeed all of tree on the left or nothing. At first when I saw this picture I wasn't attracted to it. Found the colors over the top, but I thought this isn't Jeff's way, so I did read your story. And I can believe the colors would be like that and I can imagine it now a little, but for me as a picture and not being there it's too much color.
    For you this shot has emotional value and I can see and understand your feeling with it

  3. landESCAPEphotography | jeff lewis 35 months ago | reply

    thanks, y'all. :)
    As always, thanks very, very much for the feedback. Looking at it again, I absolutely agree and I'm currently working on toning it down...stay tuned for an update, y'all!

    ok, the update: replaced as of 2:40AM PST Wednesday!

  4. pDOTeter 35 months ago | reply

    I feel appreciated and now I'm going to fave it

  5. landESCAPEphotography | jeff lewis 35 months ago | reply

    HAHAHA, the pity fave... thanks :)

  6. RainerSchuetz 35 months ago | reply

    What a great series!
    Seen in my contacts' photos. ( ?² )

  7. John Hardison, The Old Snake Wrangler 35 months ago | reply

    Lots of color here Mr Jeff in this beautiful capture

  8. idashum 35 months ago | reply

    Ignition is the perfect title for this beauty, Jeff! Wow, to behold this scene is pure glory.

  9. henry lawes 35 months ago | reply

    Jeff another fantastic image. The light is great and i think the processing really works well.

  10. C A Soukup 35 months ago | reply

    clearly a great moment. well done to bring it all together.

  11. Steph Sawyer Photography (on and off) 35 months ago | reply

    killer light! What every photographer dreams of!

  12. lennarteedvinson photo, 35 months ago | reply

    Great image ,Jeff !!!

  13. ScottD75 35 months ago | reply

    Incredible shot Jeff!!! Backpacking in the Sierras is an amazing experience :) The light shows and colors that you see in the backcountry are truly magical.
    Nice work with this one!!!

  14. endlessreach1 35 months ago | reply

    Beautiful series Jeff...very nicely done...
    Seen in my contacts' photos. ( ?² )

  15. Steve Sieren Photography 35 months ago | reply

    Beautiful light Jeff!

  16. Hamitey 35 months ago | reply

    I've seen your wonderful picture in

    Scenics, not just landscapes
    Check it's tagged "Scenics, not just landscapes!" (with the quotes)

  17. Shachi Trivedi (Catching up slowly) 35 months ago | reply

    The colours are amazing! The trees and their reflection looks very interesting -- a closer-up some day?

  18. Sal Virji (Sal's Marine) on / off 35 months ago | reply

    Another cracking shot with a perfect sky and awesome reflections.

  19. Rozanne Hakala 35 months ago | reply

    beautifully rich and layered. color and light are superb.

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