The Only Light

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© Amy Heiden
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UploadedOctober 7, 2009
TakenOctober 14, 2008
MakeCanon
ModelCanon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
Exposure1/25 sec at f/9
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length11 mm
ISO100
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Sunset over the Great Salt Lake, near the Spiral Jetty in Utah.

The lake is at it's lowest level in about 13 years. The water and salt's pinkish hue is due to a red pigment in the salt-tolerant bacteria and algae that survive in the northern arm of the lake which has about 27% salinity.

When we arrived at this location, the clouds were a thick blanket over the lake. It was drizzling and the wind was howling. We got dressed in layers and I helped Scott Haefner get his Kite rig ready. Once his kite was in the air, he was taking aerial shots and I was shooting from the ground. After being there about an hour, I noticed the clouds were lifting off the horizon just enough for the sun to peek through if the timing was right. A few minutes later, I saw the bottom of the sun slipping into the cloud-less space. I had less than a minute to get this shot, because the clouds rolled back in and covered most of the sun. It really was a surreal and beautiful experience. I think this is one of my best shots and one that I am very proud of. I felt very "National Geographic" while getting this shot. We braved sub 30 degree temperatures, bone-chilling winds and camping out of the car, but this location is definitely one of my favorites to date.

4 responses

  • george graves

    george graves said (7 Oct 2009):

    beautiful and moody, I love the composition and the beautiful light/colors that you captured

  • Dennis Hanson

    Dennis Hanson (Deleted) gave props (7 Oct 2009):

    Just a very wonderfull photograph, well done!

  • G. Downie

    G. Downie gave props (7 Oct 2009):

    Powerful, and grande image here. Bravo !!!

  • Hany Maurice

    Hany Maurice said (7 Oct 2009):

    Amazingly beautiful. Very well processed

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