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Sunset at Goose Lake, California . This picture was taken just before the wind came up and we had an incredibly thunder and lightning storm. A few minutes after...
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Sunset at Goose Lake, California . This picture was taken just before the wind came up and we had an incredibly thunder and lightning storm. A few minutes after this picture was taken the reflection was gone.
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People's Choice in Good Evening Photo Challenge
People's Choice in Unique Sunsets Photo Challenge
People's Choice in Natural Landscapes With Minimal Editing Photo Challenge
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BrendaCrawford
 
BrendaCrawford August 11, 2015
This is absolutely stunning Mark. One of my favorites. I just love those water reflections. So beautiful. What a moment to be alive...
trainwoman PRO
 
trainwoman August 11, 2015
Right place and right time......BEAUTIFUL
Daisy00 PRO
 
Daisy00 August 11, 2015
agree with trainwoman...Jaw Dropping!!!
NanaSue54 PRO+
 
NanaSue54 August 12, 2015
PERFECT!!! I absolutely LOVE it!!!! You and Nina have some of the most beautiful scenery photos!!!
nina050 PRO
 
nina050 August 12, 2015
This is stunning....and if I hadn't been standing right there I would not have believed this sky could be this brilliant....but it was!!!
DorisSeybold
 
DorisSeybold August 14, 2015
this is absolutely gorgeous, Mark!!!!
AHogue PRO+
 
AHogue August 14, 2015
WOW, awesome colors, reflection and composition!
RDVPhotography
 
RDVPhotography August 15, 2015
Perfect timing
Flosno
 
Flosno August 15, 2015
Love the colours and reflections
Rose_betty
 
Rose_betty August 15, 2015
So beautiful...i love the colours, they are so warm :)
Kazza60
 
Kazza60 August 19, 2015
stunning Mark .. the reflections are so crisp .. wonderful image
julierikerdant
 
julierikerdant August 20, 2015
This is just sooooo lovely, Mark! Perfect shot and that orange glow is wonderful! Perfect reflections!
KayBrewer PRO+
 
KayBrewer September 12, 2015
wow wow wow - a great place to be with a camera! the water looks like molten gold!
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 September 24, 2015
Gorgeous, voted!
kathymuhle PRO+
 
kathymuhle September 25, 2015
Wow this is an amazing photo - the colors, reflections, mood - fantastic! Great shot :)
Bazz PRO+
 
Bazz October 13, 2015
Wow ... stunning!
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 October 14, 2015
Voted Meditation Places
susanhuckins
 
susanhuckins October 20, 2015
Absolutely stunning....what more can I say, other than well done, one for the wall. Susan
nina050 PRO
 
nina050 November 11, 2015
Hurray hurray!!!!!! Contest finalist !!!! CONGRATS!!!! And even better that it was awarded on Veterans Day!
DorisSeybold
 
DorisSeybold November 11, 2015
HURRRAY Mark!!! amazing photo - voted now!!
gk1701
 
gk1701 November 11, 2015
Stunning photography!!
KayBrewer PRO+
 
KayBrewer November 12, 2015
Mark! congratulations on winning finalist in the Sunsets on Water contest! Way to go!
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo November 12, 2015
Yay, Mark! Congrats on being a Finalist! Excellent!
heatherwillis
 
heatherwillis November 12, 2015
breathtaking !!!!!!!!!!!!
Kazza60
 
Kazza60 November 13, 2015
congratulations on the finalist award Mark .. great image !!
trainwoman PRO
 
trainwoman November 27, 2015
Hooray.....finalist finish. I'm very pleased for you Mark
Flosno
 
Flosno November 27, 2015
CONGRATULATIONS and CELEBRATIONS.....well deserved
sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 November 28, 2015
Congrats Mark...absolutely stunning! :)
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 December 09, 2015
Congrats being a finalist !
onyanita PRO+
 
onyanita January 05, 2016
stunning !!!
ellenellen PRO+
 
ellenellen January 16, 2016
lovely shot.
lizziemellis PRO+
 
lizziemellis January 17, 2016
Just perfect:-)
mihrt PRO+
 
mihrt January 17, 2016
Stunning capture and well timed from the sounds of your story. Amazing composition!
Mother_Nature
 
Mother_Nature January 26, 2016
Wonderful Image-great colours, reflections, Lighting and textures. Congratulations
JoyceDickens PRO+
 
JoyceDickens February 09, 2016
Hi Mark, this is incredible, the color, light and those amazing reflections - a big WOW for me!!! My peer award was supposed to be "Absolute Masterpiece"...thanks VB!!! Hope you are doing well my friend! :-)) jd
rmr731 PRO+
 
rmr731 February 17, 2016
I have never seen this Mark! Gorgeous capture! Guess there is some benefit to defaulting our galleries to most viewed! Okay - it's actually annoying but if your gallery hadn't defaulted there - I wouldn't have seen some of these! lol Stunning!
adavies PRO
 
adavies March 13, 2016
Yowza! This is beautiful! Love it! Great job! :)
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 May 15, 2016
Voted Covers
catherinethompson PRO
 
catherinethompson June 01, 2016
Another beautiful capture. The colours are fabulous.
edwardlrose PRO
 
edwardlrose August 02, 2017
Wow, Beautiful
eelcovanroden PRO+
 
eelcovanroden August 02, 2017
Congratulations on yet another Win!
michelletracey PRO
 
michelletracey February 07, 2018
Congrats on your wins! This is a stunning shot!
geertweggen
 
geertweggen March 20, 2018
Wonderful atmosphere and colors, Mark.
harmeetsingh
 
harmeetsingh March 05, 2019
Beautiful
JayneBug PRO+
 
JayneBug October 29, 2019
Reflection , color and tone are stunning. Congratulations on your award winning image and capture.
leslie57
 
leslie57 January 19, 2020
This is just a awesome sunset,love the colours and composition !!!
DebbieKMiller81 PRO+
 
DebbieKMiller81 September 03, 2020
Beautiful picture. Really nice reflections. Gorgeous lighting.
Gaildweber PRO+
 
Gaildweber Mar 07
This is an incredible image and one that made this challenge very difficult to judge! Thank you for putting it in. I really like seeing your imagery!

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken at Goose Lake adjacent to Gold Lake Rd off of Highway 49 near the small mountain town of Sierra City, California.
Time
This was at approximately 4:30 in the afternoon.
Lighting
The shot was taken using available lighting. The sky’s “sunset” color was due in large part to the massive Rim fire that was burning near Yosemite, California at that time. Sadly, this destructive fire burned for several weeks, the only benefit being the incredible sunsets due to the particulates in the atmosphere.
Equipment
Photo was taken with a Nikon D800 and a 28-300mm Nikkor lens that was stabilized using a lakeside tree stump. It was captured at f/5, ISO 800, 1/100 at 28mm.
Inspiration
While making my way home after a day of photography in the surrounding mountains, I noticed the sky getting progressively more colorful. I knew I only had a few minutes to capture the color, and fortunately this lake is close to the road so access was easy. An approaching storm served to intensify the color!
Editing
The only post processing was a small amount of cropping due to unattractive broken branches on the adjacent tree and some minor color correction.
In my camera bag
Nikon D800, D500 and/or D850; I also pack several lenses: a 28-300mm, 105 macro, and a 17-35mm, all Nikkor; I also carry a Sigma 150-600mm zoom that I use for birds and other wildlife. I also keep a remote shutter release, 6 extra batteries, extra memory cards and cleaning supplies in my bag at all times.
Feedback
Most people often look for perfect weather when setting out on a photography expedition . But it’s worth bearing in mind that clouds and incoming storms can add much-needed drama to your landscape subjects. Make sure you’re prepared! And remember... it’s really all about the outdoor experience!

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