Most Popular Photos : September 2014 : Position 8

Judges Comment

This is just stunning and the winner of this competition. You have mastered the light and composition here just beautifully, the foreground movement brings so much depth and indeed originality to your picture, the pastel circles of flowers taking on a dreamlike existence. Rainbows don’t usually wait for photographers to polish up their composition, you have worked quickly and with great effect. This is a wonderful view and a pleasure to behold. Congratulations, you are this round's deserved winner!

Photographers Comment

Wow, thank you for the honor of winning and the kind words about this image!. I'm very excited to take first considering the exceptional body of work from all the finalists. I made this photo up in Crested Butte, Colorado this June. Duncan is exactly right in that the light in this picture was fleeting at best. I find that up at 9,000 feet and above, the light is generally harsh and very quick to dissipate...this has taught me set up a shot fast. Most evenings I find that the exceptional light we all seek as landscape photographers only lasts a minute or two up at elevation. Compared with locations at sea level, parts of Iceland and Scotland for instance, one can experience well over an hour and half of unbelievable light in one single evening. Mamiya 7ii, 43mm lens, Lee filter system ~ 2 stop hard nd grad, Kodak Ektar 100, Gitzo Mountaineer tripod, Achratech Ultimate Ballhead, minor adjustments in Lightroom