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Sunset Colors over Mono Lake

Posted by
Julie L. Brown, Photobirder (Indianapolis, Indiana, United States) on 18 August 2011 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

California June 2011 Series
Mono Basin, Eastern Sierra
Lee Vining, California

A fitting shot to end the series. I had been at the Mono Lake Committee for an evening slideshow presentation given by wildlife photographer Marie Read . When I came out to the street afterwards to walk back to my motel, I could not believe the colors in the sky. I had planned to shoot some lake sunsets on this trip, but since my tripod was sitting in Barbara Lee 's garage, I was not carrying a DSLR. But as always, I did have my iphone with me. The colors captured in this image are true to what I saw. A small crop was taken from the bottom, and the exposure was adjusted slightly in Lightroom, with a bit more tweaking in NIK.

Apple iPhone 4 1/20 second F/2.8 ISO 80 4 mm

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CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

What totally gorgeous colours!

18 Aug 2011 6:43am

@CElliottUK: Thanks Chris.

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Unbelievable, what a wonder. That our planet is beautiful !!!!!! 5 *. Nice day.

18 Aug 2011 7:41am

@Tede: We really do have a beautiful planet, and so many people on aminus3 show it to us.

Lara from Vienna, Austria

beautiful! the sky as an enormous canvas!

18 Aug 2011 8:13am

@Lara: That is a lovely way to describe it.

Pixim from Nice, France

Beautiful ;)

18 Aug 2011 8:45am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

The stuff of dreams . . I do not want to look away.

18 Aug 2011 8:58am

@Ronnie 2¢: Such a nice way to put it. Thank you Ronnie.

Nik from Bude, United Kingdom

Stunning! Beautiful colours.

18 Aug 2011 9:08am

@Nik: Thank you for your visit and comment.

Reflecteur from Gothenburg, Sweden

Splendid!

18 Aug 2011 9:34am

@Reflecteur: Thank you!

Sam from Chennai, India

Amazing. Wonderful sunset colours. Like in dreams ... Love it, Julie. :)

18 Aug 2011 9:37am

@Sam: Others have used that term. I like it! Thanks Sam.

Anita from West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States

Gorgeous capture and colors. Especially lovely to have reflection in the lake.

18 Aug 2011 11:09am

@Anita: I like that reflection too. Thanks Anita.

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Too funny about Barbara's garage ;-)...I guess I missed that point somewhere along the way....good thing Barbara didn't decide to take it with her to Paris...you may have NEVER seen that tripod again! I caught a shot in Burlington, VT one night a few years ago with my cell phone....the sky was kinda like this, but the image certainly did not turn out NEARLY as gorgeous as yours has here! This is tremendous, Julie...Are you sure you don't have more images that you can show us? ;-) This has been great!!

18 Aug 2011 3:26pm

@Denny Jump Photo: I think Barbara was traveling light to Europe. Anyway, she has a much better tripod than I do, Denny. I was lucky to see this light, and lucky to be able to capture it on my iphone! Hey, if you want to look at the whole collection of photos from this trip, just click on the series title link to see the gallery on my smugmug site.

Twojays from Southwest Montana, United States

That is really dreamy and delicious Julie. Awesome, romantic colors.

18 Aug 2011 4:05pm

@Twojays: Nice description. Thanks Joyce.

Mike from California, United States

Fantastic capture...We'll make you a iPhone convert yet !

18 Aug 2011 7:03pm

@Mike: It won't be hard to persuade me. Thanks Mike.

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Hi Julie - Thanks got your message - I will do that...also yes we have been to Mono Lake...I have a couple of images but nothing special...we visited there in 2007 just as I was starting to tink about trying harder with my photography ;-)

19 Aug 2011 1:07am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

wow! stunning colour tones in the sky that set a brilliant mood for this photo!

19 Aug 2011 2:49am

@DarkElf: So glad you like it. Thanks for your nice comment.

Michelle from Elverson, United States

Wow, gorgeous colors!

19 Aug 2011 11:59am

@Michelle: Thank you so much for the visit and comment.

Richard Geven from Didam, Netherlands

Wow Julie....this is realy a amazing sky!! Wow i love this one!!

19 Aug 2011 6:38pm

@Richard Geven: I was lucky. How often do we see colors like this? Thanks for your comment, Richard.

Jackie from Montréal, Canada

Wow! Really beautiful this sky. The colors are fantastic.

19 Aug 2011 6:55pm

@Jackie: Thanks for your comment, Jackie.

Andrea from Regina, Canada

Yikes, that is pretty incredible. iPhone to the rescue!

19 Aug 2011 9:44pm

@Andrea: Thanks Andrea. I love my iphone!

Elora from Genoa, Italy

the sky is just amazing here! wow!

20 Aug 2011 4:23pm

@Elora: Thanks Elora.

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Holy psychedelic Batman! The gift of magnificent color given to you this day!

22 Aug 2011 2:17pm

@Barbara Kile: That is a great way to describe it!

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iphone landscapes by Julie L. Brown by Julie L. Brown, Photobirder

Apple iPhone 4
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F/2.8
ISO 80
4 mm

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