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Gayle P. Clement | all galleries >> Galleries >> Gayle's Travelblog > Cottonwood in the Setting Sun
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October 15, 2007 ©Gayle P. Clement 2005-2009

Cottonwood in the Setting Sun

New Mexico

Only a photographer can get impatient when someone makes them miss the fall of dust. The sun was shining through dust raised by a passing car, making wonderful beams of golden light. I quickly set up then another car came along. The occupants slowed down, wanting to see what I was shooting, and then went on very slowly, not even raising a new cloud of dust. This is the small remnants of those beautiful dusty sunbeams.

Our next stop on our journey was New Mexico. I'd arranged to do quite a bit of consulting work here and we stayed at the Bosque Birdwatchers RV Park for almost two months while I worked some days and played others. Breland loves New Mexico and photographing at the Bosque so it worked out well.

Nikon D2Xs ,Nikkor 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR
f/22.0 at 24.0mm iso100
HDR processing 7 images merged full exif

other sizes: small medium large auto
Jim Coffman23-Mar-2016 23:08
Wow, this is so very beautiful!! Outstanding work!!!
Alexander11-Oct-2009 04:12
Bartosz Kotulski18-Feb-2009 21:18
love it. fantastic lighting and this mood... v+
Rich West03-Aug-2008 13:45
I really love the lighting and composition on this one. Well done!
Dawn Pando24-Mar-2008 19:42
Beautiful capture.
Guest 03-Dec-2007 16:46
Very nice!
katwilkens03-Nov-2007 22:44
Magical. Looks like a painting by Constable.
Roe..17-Oct-2007 23:47
magical the composition
Dave Wixx17-Oct-2007 16:30
I've been trying to get a similar shot in exactly the same way.
The tones and lighting in this is fantastic. Excellent shot.
Focus17-Oct-2007 15:20
This is a stunning and awesome the light is this! Voted.
Katie Chew17-Oct-2007 14:58
Excellent capture of the light ! V
Guest 17-Oct-2007 14:47
Beautiful light, beautiful capture!
s_barbour17-Oct-2007 13:16
The lighting is exquisite Gayle. I think you still achieved tremendous success with this shot even though it wasn't quite what you were looking for! I think it is absolutely gorgeous! vote~
Guest 17-Oct-2007 12:56
Agree, great effort, and I think, this is a beautiful image!!!
Robin Reid17-Oct-2007 12:04
Well worth the effort... and of course the big news is that you are back in New Mexico.
Guest 17-Oct-2007 08:52
Beautiful image!
January Grey17-Oct-2007 06:56
Glorious light on the remnants of dust! Beautiful capture! V~
Abescat Charles17-Oct-2007 06:50
very nice composition! Great colors
QUERIDO17-Oct-2007 06:49
Excellent shot,vote
Debbie Blackburn Beierle17-Oct-2007 06:40
Excellent control of the lighting. Dramatic!! V
clark langley17-Oct-2007 06:15
nice one gayle.great colors , love the shadows
Brian McAllister17-Oct-2007 05:23
Really love this one Gayle. V.
Guest 17-Oct-2007 04:48
Superb colors and light.
Gary Winters17-Oct-2007 04:48
It's still a great shot. But i know what you mean, people trying to be helpful or being curious and spoiling whatever we're aiming at...
carolynne_w17-Oct-2007 03:35
Execllent eye and great capture! "V"
Linda Willets17-Oct-2007 03:09
wonderful golden light
Coleen Perilloux Landry17-Oct-2007 03:03
The light in this is extraordinary. Beautiful scene and would make a wonderful oil painting.
Timothy Guenther17-Oct-2007 02:47
Really nice shot! V.
Bryan Ramsay17-Oct-2007 02:29
Now you're complaining about not enough dust, who'd of thunk it!! This is really very nice!! -BJ V
Guest 17-Oct-2007 01:43
My, my. You are working at a different level than the rest of us. V
Gary Blanchette17-Oct-2007 00:53
Gayle, I have been following your work but rarely comment. I'm afraid I must on this one though. Simply brilliant!
Guest 17-Oct-2007 00:34
oh yeah!
laine8217-Oct-2007 00:10
Quite magical, Gayle !! V
Cindi Smith16-Oct-2007 23:57
How beautiful! Wow! Never thought dust could look that good!
carol j. phipps16-Oct-2007 23:55
Thankful you were there to see and capture this. V
Mindy McNaugher16-Oct-2007 23:50
Awesome!!! Vote!
Guest 16-Oct-2007 23:27
This one is very beautifully done, good stuff, Voted
petesie16-Oct-2007 23:23
I don't see how it could have been any better, Gayle. Awesome. V
Janet Forjan-Freedman16-Oct-2007 23:01
You saw the magic created by the dust and the sun and captured it perfectly!
Douglas Stucky16-Oct-2007 22:43
WOW!!! Fantastic
Ray :)16-Oct-2007 22:41
I know what you mean, but second best is still pretty amazing!
Jola Dziubinska16-Oct-2007 22:29
Exquisite image, amazing light. Vote.
Guest 16-Oct-2007 22:05
LOVE this!!
Tomasz Dziubinski - Photography16-Oct-2007 22:04
Stunning work, beautiful and very well done, Vote.
Jean-Paul PLUME16-Oct-2007 21:44
Incredible light. Really superb, Gayle! V.
J. Scott Coile16-Oct-2007 21:24
I would say they left you darn near perfect! Amazing image Gayle!
Barbara Heide16-Oct-2007 21:13
fantastic mood ... V
Rose Bailey16-Oct-2007 21:06
Love this shot! Very nice indeed!
Agnes T. Ackerl16-Oct-2007 21:04
very beautiful! excellent shot! ~V