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RuwanFonseka July 01, 2015
Really fantastic composition.
 
dhawk15 July 04, 2015
Gorgeous!
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VHiggins August 13, 2015
stunning! congratulations!
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Sabvaning August 13, 2015
Congrats! Outstanding!
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redwriter August 14, 2015
Beautiful image. Nice work. - Jake
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carolcardillo August 14, 2015
Wonderful! Congrats on being a Finalist, Gayle!
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cmorisset August 15, 2015
Morning glory... beautiful! Congrats!
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nina050 August 17, 2015
Fabulous photo! Congrats!
 
anneklitsch August 19, 2015
Awesome!
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p_eileenbaltz August 19, 2015
Congratulations on another well-deserved award.......and, good luck.:)
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carolcardillo August 19, 2015
Congrats again, Gayle! Yay!
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RuwanFonseka August 25, 2015
Congratulations, you deserve to win.
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carolcardillo August 25, 2015
Only 4 Awards on this, this month, Gayle? ;-) Congrats again on being a Finalist!!!!
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nina050 August 26, 2015
Beautifully done! Congrats!
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p_eileenbaltz August 28, 2015
Captivating image! Congratulations on being chosen a finalist.:)
 
JDLifeshots September 09, 2015
Beautiful! Congrats.
 
nandicmb September 23, 2015
Congratulations on your Contest Finalist win in Best Water Shots 2015 Photo Contest!
 
CWphotos5 October 05, 2015
Congratulations on being a finalist!!!
 
sujathakemparaju October 08, 2015
Mesmerizing..!!!!1
 
nandicmb October 12, 2015
Congratulations on ALL your Awards!!
 
Aesthete October 13, 2015
Fauna, sunset,placid water...serenity at its best.
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carolcardillo December 21, 2015
VB is going to run out of space for your Awards on this, Gayle! Congrats, again!
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nlhammondphotography February 18, 2016
Just WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!
 
werol May 04, 2016
stunning view :)
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bastardcollector May 05, 2016
nice : )
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carolcardillo July 03, 2016
10!!!!!!!!! CONGRATS, Gayle!
 
JDLifeshots July 03, 2016
Congrats again!
 
jhowison October 11, 2016
Awesome shot! Love Watson Lake, such a great location!
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deannefortnam November 18, 2016
Doesn't get better than this! beautiful image
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carolcardillo December 31, 2016
Congrats on another Finalist Award on this beauty, Gayle!
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brendabean April 01, 2017
Beautiful
 
httppluto April 02, 2017
Beautiful lighting
 
podesta May 28, 2017
Awesome composition
 
Aeri August 13, 2017
Excellent shot with great composition.. congratulations
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deannefortnam September 16, 2017
Absolutely stunning
 
aleclux October 11, 2017
Splendid shot, well done
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Alwolfe October 30, 2017
Absolutely stunning photo!
 
GrayTexan May 10, 2018
Good composition, great detail, makes me want to be there.
 
MarleLew July 12, 2018
Stunning photo!
 
AdrianaNery July 30, 2018
Bealty
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bobbytaylor71 August 29, 2018
Wow ... Awesomely beautiful ... An incredible HDR crafted sunrise capture. Congrats on your many awards, well done.
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Snapsbysarah December 08, 2018
Beautiful picture

Morning Glow



4 image HDR Watson Lake, Prescott AZ
4 image HDR Watson Lake, Prescott AZ
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Awards

Contest Finalist in The First Light Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Flares In Nature Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Unforgettable Landscapes Photo Contest by Zenfolio
Contest Finalist in The Sun Behind Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in HDR Landscapes Photo Contest Explore Series
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Contest Finalist in Monthly Pro Vol 17 Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Mysterious Mornings Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Best Water Shots 2015 Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Rock Formations Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Light On Water Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Photographer Of The Month Photo Contest Vol 11
Contest Finalist in Monthly Pro Vol 13 Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Covers Photo Contest Vol 22
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Behind The Lens

Location
Watson Lake is 3 miles from my house in Prescott, AZ. I show up with my camera when it looks like the light or clouds are dramatic. More often than not, I come home without anything. I am very fortunate to have that luxury. There have been times when the light was fabulous and by the time I load up and get down to the location, the lighting has changed (and not for the better!). When I was taking this image, a "point and shoot" tourist was there I told her how very lucky she was, that it wasn't usually like this...
Time
Generally when the park opens in the morning. ( from 6am to about 7:30am) Some seasons golden hour is over before the gates open. I'm not too excited about hauling all my gear in from the highway so wait for open hours. Time of year is also significant because the sun only rises directly behind the distant hills in the late winter/early spring months. By summer, it's too far right of this image and doesn't have much of the lake in view when sun is rising.
Lighting
With backlighting, in order to get shadow details,it took 4 different exposures to get the sky and shaded side of the rock exposed properly. ND filters can help give a longer exposure. One of the most critical features for me in landscape images is the lighting. It draws me to the shot. Even with all the advances in post-processing software, there simply is NO substitute for amazing lighting.
Equipment
I use both Nikon (D800E) and Canon (1DX) cameras because I use different cameras for different shooting situations. Most landscapes I use a 16-24mm wide angle lens. Occasionally a 70-200mm zoom long lens if the subject is too far. A tripod is a burdensome must in order to get HDR and really sharp images. It took several years for me to get it completely into my stubborn head that I had to do it to get the kind of images I wanted. I love taking long exposures using The Big Stopper 10 stop ND filter and sometimes adding a 6 stop filter in addition for really long (up to 5 min.) exposures.
Inspiration
It's all about the lighting. This vantage point is my first choice when I think the sky and lighting are optimal. There are usually lots of ducks, geese and herons so if the lighting isn't good, I look for birds. I debated if to remove the ducks (in post) and thought they might blur with HDR. Since they were sharp, they got to stay in the scene. I am like a magnet when it comes to sky color and the impact it has on surrounding scenery.
Editing
This was one of the first images I tried using HDR. The shot would not have been possible without multi-exposures. NIK HDR, NIK Color Effects, and Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop software were used. This image didn't need saturation but most usually do.
In my camera bag
What I take depends on my "Love Mule"...husband ...If he carries, I load up...a hurkin' "lead weight" 300mm 2.8 lens, Canon 1DX, Nikon 800E, 70-200mm, and 16-24mm wide angle lens. SinceI have an allergic reaction to removing dust spots in post, small packets of lens wipes and a lens pen. If I'm photographing landscapes, 10 stop, 6 stop ND filters and holder. Flashlight and water are essential. I need to learn to use flash...so may have to work out the shoulders before I embark on that one. Most importantly, a sturdy tripod for HDR or long exposures. A monopod is a great option if you get fatigued holding your camera/lens. A wireless remote control with spare batteries, especially for long exposures.
Feedback
Good hiking shoes when "rock climbing" with a pack full of heavy gear. Keep an eye on the weather...cloud formations, position of the sun, moon, clouds, time of day (golden/blue hours are best but not always). Try several different perspectives/locations...I notice many photographers set their tripods and stay anchored in the same spot for the entire shoot. When going for reflections, wind conditions need to be taken into consideration. Early morning is usually best at this location. With a sunrise/sunset situation, you only have very small window of time to get the light/sun shot so be early and get set up. Try different settings, exposures. And most importantly...have fun!

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