Mountain Painted Sunset in Colorado

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The night the mountain painted the sunset was such a sight to see. It seems most people don’t watch long enough to see the beauty that becomes most sunsets.  This night there were a group of people sitting around watching and waiting for the painted colors to appear, but they left right after the sun went down…. and that is when all the magic happens.

This photo was captured about 15 minutes after the sun went down and the mountain painted the sky in majestic colors of purple, pink and orange. The mountain peak in the center of the photo is Pagosa Peak in Colorado.  I walked around the lake area to find the perfect spot to shoot the sunset and found this area where a family had just come back from kayaking on Village Lake.  Their kayaks add in a perfect leading line to the heart of the photograph, the mountain surrounded by abundantly vibrant colors (I also enjoyed the yellow color pop from the kayaks.) The lake adds a sublime effect to the photograph, adding a sunset reflection that is unreal and grandiose.

This photo was shot with my Nikon D810 and Lee Filters Circular Polarizer and Big Stopper for an exposure time of 183 seconds at f/8, ISO 100 – 14mm.