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Paradise Divide, Crested Butte, Colorado, USA by John Corson

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It was a glorious July afternoon when our small group of photographers arrived at this pond on Paradise Divide near Crested Butte, CO. We had just finished a wonderful hike on the 401 trail, and then headed up to Paradise Divide for a sunset shoot. We set up to take a shot of Mt baldy reflected in the scenic pond. It was a really good shot, and the clouds broke a little, just in time to give us some direct sunset light on Mt Baldy for a great reflection.

As some were packing up their tripods & cameras, I noticed a little color in the sky off to the left, in a different direction than we had been shooting. I thought it looked interesting, and I went with a vertical composition, rather than the horizontal one on which we had been working. I was pleasantly surprised, when I was editing my photos, with how this one turned out. After the sunset had peaked and mostly come and gone, the subtle, post-sunset glow in the sky looked great! It served as a reminder to me to always keep my eyes open; and never hesitate to look in a different direction!

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