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"Smoky Sunrise"

Rock Cut, Rocky Mountain National Park

As fires burn near Loveland, Colorado the eastern skies fill with smoke. When the sun rises through this smoke it casts almost no light on anything around me. No warm light falls on the mountains, the tundra grass or on the beautiful rocks surrounding me. Yet the smoke does enable me to look directly at the sun and easily photograph it without the contrast being too great for the camera. It is a strange feel to be able to look directly at the sun and yet not feel the heat of its rays.

Photo © copyright by Erik Stensland.

Image #: 18925 Date: September 14, 2010
Camera: Canon 5D Mark ii Camera Settings: Tripod
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