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Blue Mesa Reservoir, 30 minutes after sunset

Posted by
Julie L. Brown, Photobirder (Indianapolis, Indiana, United States) on 15 August 2012 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Curecanti NRA, July 21, 2012
Colorado, July 2012 series

I knew that a 30 second exposure would smooth out the water, sky, and waving grasses, which is what I wanted to do with this scene. Image quality is better here because I dialed down the ISO. The first image of this sequence was shot at 8:20pm; the second image was shot at 8:22pm; and this image was shot at 8:57pm. Thirty minutes after sunset and 30 minutes before sunrise is commonly called Civil Twilight .

Blue Mesa Reservoir is one of three bodies of water formed from the damming of the Gunnison River that comprise Curecanti National Recreation Area .It follows along the once-wild Gunnison River from the Neversink Trail at the east end, to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park at the west end. Click here for a series of images of the Black Canyon and Blue Mesa from July 2010.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II 30 seconds F/16.0 ISO 400 73 mm

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Sam from Chennai, India

Wow. Beautiful blue sky and lovely reflection on the reservoir. Wonderful composition. And interesting information. Excellent presentation, Julie. Love it. :)

15 Aug 2012 5:59am

@Sam: Thank you very much for your comment, Sam. It is nice of you to visit.

gerard1948 from Santiago de Compostela, Spain

A beautiful composition, the blue sky is very nice. This very long exposure time gives a fantastic effect for clouds. I love this yellow light on the side.

15 Aug 2012 6:39am

@gerard1948: So glad you like it, Gerard. Thank you!

Mahdi Monavari from Zanjan, Iran

So wonderful!

15 Aug 2012 8:45am

@Mahdi Monavari: Thank you!

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

That one light on the right really makes this shot, I think it's terrific!

15 Aug 2012 10:05am

@Curly: Thank you Curly. I really appreciate that!

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Je comprend mieux pourquoi la terre s'appelle la planète bleue!!! Splendide shot et superbe l'éclat du soleil dans ce miroir. Belle journée.

15 Aug 2012 10:16am

@Tede: La lumière bleue est réfléchie par la Terre à Crépuscule civil. Merci pour vos commentaires!

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

This is just sooooo beautiful !!! As turquoise is one of my favorite colors, I'm a big fan of this image. That extra sparkle of light at the right hands side really makes it... 5***** Have a lovely day Julie :)

15 Aug 2012 11:40am

@Tamara: I was lucky to get that star in the frame. Thanks Tamara!

bahman parandin from kermanshah, Iran

great work with nice composition and edit.

15 Aug 2012 7:56pm

@bahman parandin: Thank you very much!

Enzo from Lausanne, Switzerland

Wow! Superbement composé et les teintes sont sublimes!

15 Aug 2012 8:06pm

@Enzo: Thank you!

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

The colors are vibrant, I love that spark of light on the right - an amazing image.

15 Aug 2012 9:34pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

this is terrific. one of your best

15 Aug 2012 10:38pm

Jackie from Montréal, Canada

Wow! Really beautiful! Well frame! I love that vibrant blue!

16 Aug 2012 12:41am

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

I like this! Beautiful capture!

16 Aug 2012 1:12am

rick from brisbane, Australia

Awesome colours!

16 Aug 2012 7:55am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Nice starburst.

16 Aug 2012 2:34pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

ABsolutely magnificent, Julie. The turquise water and sky are amazing here. That light there, and the starburst from it, is just as sharp as a tack! The mood of the image is so wonderful and I REALLY do like that starburst.....The clouds are terrific here - When we lived in Alamosa, none of this was there..the Gunnison ran wild and free. I would LOVE to visit this arewa again and you have helped whet my appetite with this fantastic shot. I agree with Jack - this is wonderful...and di I mention I really love that starburst? Awesome, Ms Brown!

16 Aug 2012 5:53pm

Anita from West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States

The slow exposure produced a lovely image.

16 Aug 2012 9:14pm

@Anita: Thank you Anita.

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Great work with the shutter speed - beautiful image!

17 Aug 2012 2:40pm

@Barbara Kile: Thanks Barbara. I appreciate the visit!

KatieCat from Cincinnati, United States


16 Sep 2012 2:11pm

This image has been featured in 3 Remix collections.

Landscapes by Tamara

landscapes by barry

Amazing landscape by Jackie

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
30 seconds
ISO 400
73 mm