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Morkel Erasmus
08-12-2013, 02:09 PM
Here's a sunset from our trip to the Southern Drakensberg earlier this year. It was one of those sunsets which held a lot of promise of a colour spectacle, but fizzled out before it got going. I still like the subtle tones here. Anyone spot the horse?

Nikon D800
Nikkor 14-24mm f2.8 @ 14mm
f8.0 | ISO-100
Manual blend of 3 exposures using luminosity masks

John Ippolito
08-12-2013, 02:20 PM
Hey Morkel,

Not a color spectacle but a beautiful image none the less. The sky is a sublime mix of color and values with the clouds subtly radiating out over the landscape. Everything about this is serene, understated and soothing. Very well done, and nice job on the blending !!
Horse is just above the FG boulder below the skyline.

08-12-2013, 02:25 PM
A very pleasing image.
I wish you would have got lower and moved a bit to the side to get the horse silhouette against the sky.

Lyle Gruby
08-12-2013, 03:33 PM
I like the subtle colors and the separation you got between the rocks in the FG and the middleground hill. I feel your pain with the sky, most of my trip was a close but no cigar affair when it came to color in the sky. Dan's suggestion would have been pretty cool.

Markus Jais
08-12-2013, 03:42 PM
Beautiful shot. Great composition. I like the blue color in the sky.


Cheryl Slechta
08-12-2013, 03:56 PM
Morkel, I like the subdued colors and the feeling of peace that I get when I view it. (I saw the horse:S3:)

Andrew McLachlan
08-13-2013, 08:21 PM
Hi Morkel, I really like the subtle tones here...they are well suited to the scene and I also like the diagonal created by the lower left rocks up to the upper right outcrop of rock. Very nice work as usual!

Mark Dumbleton
08-14-2013, 04:34 AM
Lovely image Morkel! Great tonal balance and colours.

Vivaldo Damilano
08-14-2013, 01:01 PM
Lovely scene Morkel, it looks so peaceful there, love the sky in this shot. Good work blending exposures, nicely done.

Rudi van den Heever
08-14-2013, 02:14 PM
Stunning scene expertly captured Morkel! I also saw the horse!:Whoa!:

Jason Stander
08-15-2013, 01:21 AM
Hi Morkel... beautiful peaceful image... great colour palette... enjoy your angle for the pleasing comp... have to agree the horse on the horizon would have made that extra special... spot on natural pp work... WD Sir!:w3

Morkel Erasmus
08-15-2013, 04:21 PM
Thanks again, friends, for your kind feedback. Glad you liked it.
I wish in hindsight that I played with putting the horses on the horizon, but in the field I wanted to but told myself I don't want the big rock jutting "into the sky"...next time perhaps!

Anette Mossbacher
08-17-2013, 05:41 AM
Very nice image Morkel. Not much to add, but love that blue color in the sky :bg3:

Have a great weekend