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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This photoblog is my nature journal and travelogue. Many of my wildlife images were made in environments impacted by humans. My goal is to feature each animal in a way that allows the viewer to sense the essence of its life in the wild. The purpose of the accompanying narratives is to enhance awareness and appreciation of our natural world, as well as to inspire everyone to protect and care for it.