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The Salt River
Tonto National Forest, Arizona
This is one of my all time favorite shots!
I captured it while camping on the Salt River in Tonto national forest (northeast of Phoenix, Arizona). As I lay in my tent, I noticed the clouds start to “catch fire” with brilliant color. I sprang up and was lucky enough to find an interesting foreground right in front of me.
I snapped two photos, one under-exposed to capture the detail in the sky and another overly bright to properly expose the foreground. I then blended the images together to create a photgraph with rich colors and a full dynamic range.
I really appreciate the depth of color in this photo. I love the brilliant purples in the clouds and how they reflect so elegantly against the water. This photo reminds me of how important it is as a photographer to simply get out into nature as often as possible. You never know when conditions will be perfect for capturing that remarkably special, once in a lifetime photo.
Image Code: A002