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Gaudy Sunset

Posted by john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 17 February 2011 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

This was taken from right in front of our motel room. Note: at 12:30 pm, PT, I went back and put in a version with less intense reds and oranges around the sun.

Nikon D700 F/8.0 ISO 200 36 mm (35mm equiv.)

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Did you alter the colour at all? This is just incredible!

17 Feb 2011 5:11am

@bluechameleon: It's an HDR photograph made from 5 bracketed shots and processed in HDR Efex Pro. I actually tried to tone down the colors after it all came together. You can see that the greens are quite natural looking.

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

Remarkable spot to look out upon from your room.
Let's face it--- nature is a show off...and you have captured her effects wonderfully ! :-)

17 Feb 2011 6:31am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

What warm colors !

17 Feb 2011 6:49am

MissT from Chicagoland, United States

Great spot, even tho one might need sunglasses! :)

17 Feb 2011 6:56am

STEED from Somewhere, France

Fantastic one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

17 Feb 2011 7:12am

Ricard Pardo from Girona, Spain

Bravo !!

17 Feb 2011 7:14am

❀ Yvonne Simons ❀ from Tilburg, Netherlands

breathtakingly beautiful

17 Feb 2011 7:18am

Laur from Clermont-Ferrand, France

Wow les sublimes couleurs, bravo !

17 Feb 2011 7:39am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Very interesting processing! I like the effect of the warm tones.

17 Feb 2011 7:39am

Frida from Sweden

Love the warm tones but perhaps a wee bit to much anyway a great image :-)

17 Feb 2011 8:06am

@Frida: Too much - naahh :))

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Wow, great intensive colors..beautiful!

17 Feb 2011 8:15am

Anneka from Bray, Ireland

Very dramatic.
What a place to find a Motel :>)

17 Feb 2011 8:31am

PATRICK from miramas, France

just 5*****

17 Feb 2011 8:35am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Superb... 5*

17 Feb 2011 9:09am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

So beautiful!

17 Feb 2011 9:10am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

This seen as my friend Jack lives and moves in a very special paradise. Between the mountain and the sea takes the life of a consummate artist. Congratulations on this magnificent seascape. A perfect edition! Muchos besos amigo! Te deseo un buen día, Adela

17 Feb 2011 9:21am

Zora Zoé Schmidt from Greifswald, Germany

So ultra beautiful - wish I would be there !! *****

17 Feb 2011 10:01am

Florence from Paris, France

Wow. A very extra-terrestrial look and result for this spectacular tone-mapping Jack !

17 Feb 2011 10:07am

guillaume from Paris, France

Fantastic and surrealistic shot !! Bravo !!

17 Feb 2011 10:44am

Sergei Z from Türi, Estonia

This is fantastic job! So rich colors!

17 Feb 2011 11:01am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Very vibrant and I like the shiny pool in the foreground!

17 Feb 2011 11:12am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Amazing blaze . . I shall need to cool my monitor !

17 Feb 2011 11:14am

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Hey Jack ! This is like a magic. Incredible !

17 Feb 2011 11:17am

Arnd from Basel, Switzerland

A stunning and beautiful sunset shot. The picture looks like a psychedelic poster from the 70s.

17 Feb 2011 11:26am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Bang! What amazing colours. The best shot today by far

17 Feb 2011 11:45am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Superb HDR ! Bravo !

17 Feb 2011 12:28pm

Franz from Baden, Austria

a wonderful painterly image, with gorgeous colours and patterns and - of course - optimal treatment!

17 Feb 2011 12:58pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Super rich and intense colours in this shot Jack! Well done! ;-)

17 Feb 2011 1:00pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Stunning shot, Jack. You picked a perfect room!

17 Feb 2011 2:15pm

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Excellent composition, beautiful landscape and great reflections!

17 Feb 2011 2:34pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

My word, this is brilliant Jack, outstanding.
The foreground just drags you straight in.

17 Feb 2011 2:47pm

Nicou from Switzerland


grandisoe image, quelle couleur ce rouge avec ce solei, du vert, avec ce formes, de toute beauté.

bravo et amitié

17 Feb 2011 3:18pm

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India


17 Feb 2011 3:28pm

sunstone_maria from California, United States

great explosion of colors!!! wow .. wow!!!

17 Feb 2011 3:41pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Planet Earth. Done proud!

17 Feb 2011 3:49pm

Mhelene from Paris, France

Spectacular !

17 Feb 2011 4:33pm

Harry from United States

Wow - way over-cooked, yet that is its charm. An interesting composition as well.

17 Feb 2011 4:45pm

@Harry: surely you saw these garish colors when you were in the great Southwest :)) PS - at 12:30 pm, PT, I went back and lowered the intensity of the reds and oranges around the sun. Any further lowering of intensity would have been unfaithful to the way that it actually looked.

Sunder from Chennai, India

Fantastic shot! Nice colours and lighting...

17 Feb 2011 5:33pm

Don from Spokane, United States

The special processing gives this shot tremendous eye-catching power. I like the subject matter which transforms very well with your clever touch!

17 Feb 2011 5:43pm

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

guau john i s perfect, *****

17 Feb 2011 6:19pm

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Beautiful landscape!

17 Feb 2011 6:56pm

Andrea from Regina, Canada

To be honest, this image made me shudder a bit from the assault on my eyes! But I think it would be wonderful with a lot less colour.

17 Feb 2011 7:27pm

@Andrea: there is a great diversity of opinion on the intensity of the colors (actually it's only the reds and oranges). if i wanted a print for framing, i would bring them down. PS - at 12:30 pm, PT, I went back and lowered the intensity of the reds and oranges around the sun. Any further lowering of intensity would have been unfaithful to the way that it actually looked.

marci from in, Morocco

wow wow wow! the colors are F A B U L O U S !!! **applause**

17 Feb 2011 7:46pm

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

I think 'flabbergasted' is the right word?;-) Smashing colors Jack!

17 Feb 2011 8:07pm

Antoine from France

Superb photo. Lighting is very nice. Excellent work. I like it. Good day.

17 Feb 2011 8:50pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Gaudy and bright but lovely still.

17 Feb 2011 9:07pm

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

This looks beautiful ..the light,and the colors..great shot (s) !

17 Feb 2011 9:14pm

Yvon from Orleans, France

fantastic and beautiful capture

17 Feb 2011 10:13pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, Florida, United States


17 Feb 2011 10:30pm

JCJ from Troyes, France

very very very saturated. however, it shows a nice variety of tones in this shot

17 Feb 2011 10:49pm

@JCJ: look at the greens; there is no saturation at all. i actually desaturated the reds and oranges. this was the way that it looked. this is mother nature's saturation

Henry Hill from Vinaros, Spain

Fantastic picture! Increible colors. Very beautiful. Congratulations.

17 Feb 2011 10:52pm

Rosa Frei - Photo Emotions from Ouarzazate, Morocco

Great colors and light!

17 Feb 2011 11:03pm

Garfield from Ancaster Ontario, Canada

Breathtaking! Excellent processing here, wow

18 Feb 2011 12:02am

¨‘°ºO Dutçh Oº°‘¨ from Neverwhere, United States

It's gorgeous and 5 stars to me!

18 Feb 2011 12:07am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

great view - what a great place to stay! the colours here are really breathtaking - so rich and vivid! superb composition and use of the evening light!

18 Feb 2011 1:56am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That certainly is intense. Lovely colours.

18 Feb 2011 3:23am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Oh wow! Stunning colors and light that you've captured in this beautiful composition!

18 Feb 2011 3:40am

Becky from los angeles, United States

now this is a "I could stare at this all day" shot! WOW!! amazing colors - light - all of it! Fabulous.

18 Feb 2011 4:00am

LauraS from Chico, United States

Beautifully done, Jack. Really stunning photo. Love your choices here.

18 Feb 2011 4:27am

JCJ from Troyes, France

I would say that this is what your sensor caught, not the eye. a sunset photo can be very saturated. it's not a negative critique, the red dominant is eye catching and attractive.

18 Feb 2011 4:24pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

This image passed through your eyes, your mind and your saw it, captured it and processed it according to your tastes talent philosophy, and imagination. All the others, above,including myself, might have - probably would have - arranged it in a slightly (or very) different's called art. Just like a song taken by others and arranged in their own personal and emotional way. That;'s wehy I love your work! You do that! I know it is from you and I know that it is beautiful. Nuff said!

18 Feb 2011 5:01pm

@Denny Jump Photo: You are incredibly kind in your comments. I blush!!

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Beautiful sunset...awesome landscape on the shores...superb colors

18 Feb 2011 5:49pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

That is definitely a colorful sunset!

18 Feb 2011 6:29pm

Barbara from Florida, United States

FANTASTIC! I love the intensity and vivid colors. I can understand how some feel it is too intense. But, I can see that this is more like the actual view that happened in front of you. The greens are exceptional.

20 Feb 2011 5:30am

Njord 91 from EVRY, France

Bravo pour la série
Une petite préférence pour celle-ci

20 Feb 2011 7:10am

Victor John from Manila, Philippines

This is so fantastic! I like how the colors exploded! :)

23 Feb 2011 3:47am