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GayleLucci

Fire and Water



Watson Lake (Prescott AZ), three miles from my house.

Watson Lake (Prescott AZ), three miles from my house.
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nlhammondphotography PRO+
 
nlhammondphotography February 18, 2016
Absolutely Stunning!! Excellent composition and clarity! Colors are gorgeous as well!
RuwanFonseka PRO
 
RuwanFonseka February 21, 2016
Grand scene, well crafted.
brianadamson PRO+
 
brianadamson February 24, 2016
Fantastic picture. You have many great pictures in your gallery. Excellent work.
alewis831 PRO
 
alewis831 March 25, 2016
Absolutely gorgeous!! Amazing colors!!!
rogerspurgin
 
rogerspurgin March 27, 2016
Awarded best
Just amazing
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots March 27, 2016
Gorgeous! Voted Covers.
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots March 30, 2016
Voted again, Most Proud Photo.
rossdavidbeech
 
rossdavidbeech April 05, 2016
awesome :)
joycealicesmith
 
joycealicesmith April 29, 2016
Stunning!! Congratulations on winning People's Choice!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots May 13, 2016
Voted Simple Landscapes!
Deboodle PRO
 
Deboodle May 17, 2016
Another real stunner, Gayle, congrats on your award too, well deserved!
Spatts
 
Spatts May 17, 2016
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots May 19, 2016
Voted Golden Hour!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots May 20, 2016
Voted Hometown!
terryc PRO+
 
terryc July 07, 2016
What a stunning shot! Congrats on your award, Gayle!
ShannonEdneyPhotography
 
ShannonEdneyPhotography July 14, 2016
Amazing!
TeddWoodford
 
TeddWoodford July 29, 2016
Congrats on your Peoples Choice, beautiful picture!
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo August 23, 2016
Beautiful sky and reflection, excellent detail. Congrats, Gayle, on a 2nd Contest Award!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots August 23, 2016
Congrats again Gayle!
Deboodle PRO
 
Deboodle August 24, 2016
Wow again Gayle! Congratulations on this outstanding beauty making finalist, well done!
Oceanblue22
 
Oceanblue22 August 30, 2016
Yes
RDVPhotography
 
RDVPhotography November 18, 2016
My favorite of all your work! Will be spending a week in Sedona end of Jan first part of Feb and meeting up with a friend from Prescott, will have to ask him about this place. Absolutely Brilliant!!
Pamelabole PRO
 
Pamelabole December 30, 2016
Gorgeous!!!
nmfotography
 
nmfotography January 20, 2017
this was taken in my home town! absolutely gorgeous!!
yvonnegblaseymims PRO
 
yvonnegblaseymims February 10, 2017
Amazing!!
nina050 PRO+
 
nina050 February 24, 2017
Just glorious!!!
ShayneMG
 
ShayneMG March 08, 2017
Outstanding
ziggyzoo52
 
ziggyzoo52 May 22, 2017
So beautiful
KMallus
 
KMallus June 11, 2017
Wow Absolutely Gorgeous I must visit this place !!
stuartwadeson Premium
 
stuartwadeson July 17, 2017
Fantastic capture
TherapyfortheSoul
 
TherapyfortheSoul July 22, 2017
Breath taking
hwishnick Ultimate
 
hwishnick November 09, 2017
Absolutely beautiful shot. I've got to get up early
Alfredo_Jose
 
Alfredo_Jose December 11, 2017
Outstanding, beautiful reflection!
JBordons
 
JBordons December 17, 2017
Congratulations! This is a magnificent composition and capture.
mikedemmingsphoto
 
mikedemmingsphoto February 27, 2018
Great shot! Love that sky.
Shlomoaxlerod
 
Shlomoaxlerod April 10, 2018
stunning!!!
fotosbybh PRO+
 
fotosbybh June 07, 2018
Can't add much to these comments except... Thanks for sharing your talent and vision. Gotta get there!
Shutterfield72
 
Shutterfield72 September 10, 2018
Stunning
RuwanFonseka PRO
 
RuwanFonseka September 30, 2018
Voted
IMIKEMEDIA PRO+
 
IMIKEMEDIA October 23, 2018
Masterpiece
timjohnsonimagery
 
timjohnsonimagery October 24, 2018
So awesome to have that in your backyard! I often miss living in the Prescott area.
JayneBug PRO+
 
JayneBug January 26, 2019
A masterpiece of beauty and color. Stunning image. Congratulations on your People's Choice award.
barbarabrock PRO+
 
barbarabrock January 26, 2019
Magnificent!
WonkyTonky
 
WonkyTonky September 02, 2020
4 pictures speak volumes! Wow

Behind The Lens

Location
This image was taken at Watson Lake, Prescott, Arizona. The area, called "The Dells", is a unique collection of large red granite formations. Popular area for kayaks, fishing, frisbee golf, family outings with miles of hiking trails....and endless photo-ops! Changing water levels and skies provide numerous opportunities for an ever-changing landscape. No two images are ever exactly alike.
Time
Since the dock area opens at 7:00a.m. on winter days, I was there waiting for the gates to be unlocked. This is a favorite spot about 3 miles from my home, so I have had opportunity previously to choose the best perspective for composition. As the sun began to rise, there was exceptional color developing. Many occasions have not produced color like this so this was an unusual and lucky morning to be shooting.
Lighting
When shooting into the sun, your subject is heavily silhouetted without flash. In order to get details in the rock and not blow out the sky color, I needed to take four HDR images, 2 images under-exposed (for the sky) and two overexposed (for the rocks) by 1/2 stop each. The objective was to preserve the rich, golden orange color of the sky while still revealing the rock details.
Equipment
It's very difficult to take a series of HDR exposures without a tripod. I use a Gitzo tripod with a Really Right Stuff ball head. Nikon D800E camera with a Nikon 16-24mm lens. A wide angle lens really helps when you are fairly close to a very large subject. Also in my pack I carry lens cleaners, ND filters for long exposures, a long lens ( Nikon 70-200mm), flashlight, and water. If I'm doing macro, a Nikon 105mm lens and a flash with cord to detach from camera. When in areas where glare from wet plants and water, a circular polarizer filter. Also will increase saturation of greens and sky.
Inspiration
This vantage point on Watson Lake is one of my favorite places to shoot. Since Arizona has limited water sources, I appreciate the reflections from the surrounding rock formations. On this particular morning, the quality of "golden hour" light was some of the best I've ever seen at the lake. It is quite a rare occurrence. I was especially happy that I had recently learned to photograph using HDR techniques, as the image would not have possible without it.
Editing
HDR images require special post-processing in order to merge all 4 images into one. I now use Skylum Aurora HDR software. There are numerous presets that give you an idea of the possible looks you can achieve, plus sliders to control how much saturation, contrast, etc. Also I had a little noise to deal with, which I use a Topaz De-noise program. For the final workflow, Photoshop for crop, clone, and dodge/burn.
In my camera bag
As mentioned prior, I'm a Nikon girl!!! Just purchased a D850 (they just keep getting better and better). The Nikon 70-200mm is usually my go-to lens with the exception of a Nikon 24-36mm wide angle for landscapes and architecture. .Also have a Nikon 105mm for macro. Arizona is dusty...and cleaning dust from my images is not a sport I enjoy...so always have a lens brush, cloth, and blower. Gitzo tripod with Really Right Stuff ball head. As far as filter, I use a Big Stopper 10 stop and 15 stop ND filter for long exposures. I use a Nikon flash with off-flash cord for reducing shadows on certain types of images. Survival snacks, water, and flashlight are important to make room for in my ThinkTank camera pack.
Feedback
For morning shoots, beat the sun out of bed and be ready for it's rising. Best to be set up well before it's arrival as that gives most saturated sunrise colors. Clouds can add drama to most landscape images. Early mornings also are generally more calm so water reflections are sharp with less wind. With HDR it is more difficult to use long exposures, but it is possible for smoothing out turbulent water and wispy clouds. Patience and persistence (and luck) are always found in the photographers BFF column...Early morning color doesn't usually last long so choose your perspective and composition as soon as you arrive. Take practice shots. If you live close to great landscapes photo ops, eventually you will get all the best elements of the scene at one time. By study and practice (increasing your skills,) you will be ready for that perfect scene when it presents itself. They don't come often but when they do, you'll be ready for that memorable, award winning image.

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