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Eastern Sierra Sunset - Oct 7, 2006

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 26 January 2015 in Landscape & Rural.

This image was captured with my little Fuji E550 Digital Camera on the date you see above. Barbara and I were returning to our Bishop, CA motel from the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in the White Mountains. The sun was sinking behind the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the west of us as we drove up US-395 (a marvelous highway that runs north and south through this beautiful region) and, suddenly, the sun's rays and the vivid pink/crimson colors began to flare up. I stopped along the highway to get this handheld shot.

I was so excited by this sunset, but, for years, I did nothing with the image because, there was so much contrast noise and it was not very sharp. But now that we have wonderful software available to all of us, I decided to see what i could do with it. Although this is still not the best image in the world (not by a long shot :-) with the software we now have, at least it stands a chance of being enjoyed. I used NIK Dfine; Sharpener Pro; Viveza; and Color Eefx Pro)

i will never forget that sunset and I hope that you might sense some of the thrill that we had during that spiritual event as we drove north to Bishop way back in October, 2006.

FUJIFILM FinePix E550 1/42 second F/3.6 ISO 400 14 mm

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ursulakatariina from Uusikaupunki, Finland

The sky is gorgeous!

26 Jan 2015 6:01am

@ursulakatariina: Thank you, Ursulakatariina! It was indeed :-0

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

The words 'fire in the sky' come to mind with this . . glorious.

26 Jan 2015 8:53am

@Ronnie 2¢: Thanks Ronnie - It was glorious indeed and was one of those rare ones that truly made me stop!

Tataze from Bourgogne, France

Nice colors

26 Jan 2015 8:58am

@Tataze: Thank you very much, Tataze :-0

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

What a breathtaking scene, superb work Denny

26 Jan 2015 9:01am

@Doug: Thanks so much, Doug! The IQ isn't so great but it looks better than it did and what a sunset, eh?

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

This is spotlight worthy! Fabulous

26 Jan 2015 10:40am

@Christine: I owe it all to the gods :-) How wonderful to hear from you - Thank you Christine! Hugs to you both -

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom


26 Jan 2015 11:36am

Akbar&Armaghan from Gorgan, Iran


26 Jan 2015 5:17pm

estel from bastia, France

Un ciel époustouflant!

26 Jan 2015 5:37pm

franz from Baden, Austria

marvellous, friend denny ! this is one heck of a sunset !
i guess one could say "only in the west ..." ;-)

26 Jan 2015 8:24pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shot
with beautiful composition, clouds, colors & lighting!
Amazing sky!!!

26 Jan 2015 8:37pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

absolutely spectacular sunset! fantastic burst of red tones over the clouds!

27 Jan 2015 2:49am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

What a treat! That is amazing.

27 Jan 2015 6:26am

Linda Candilas from Cameron Park, United States

Hi Danny I know this place, looks like you have been a few of the same places I have been as well. Beautiful shot, wonderful sunset.:))

27 Jan 2015 8:06am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

oh magnifique ce ciel

27 Jan 2015 9:12am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Stunning sky. The colors pop.

28 Jan 2015 2:03am

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

This is just beautiful Denny! The sky is stunning. What a gorgeous sunset!

28 Jan 2015 2:41am

LauraS from Chico, United States

Such a stunning shot, Denny. Wonderful!!

28 Jan 2015 11:26pm

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Beautiful by Linda Candilas

1/42 second
ISO 400
14 mm