Last night we were treated to a particularly beautiful sunset. As I was chatting with my friend Karen in her kitchen I happened to glance out the window and noticed the amazing colors in the sky. Excitedly I excused myself, grabbed my camera and tripod, and ran out the door. Having been to her property a number of times I knew there was a pond down in one of the pastures so I headed there first to try to get the reflection of the sky in the water. With our recent cold snap most of the pond's surface was frozen but I like the texture it gives to the water.
After firing off a few shots I decided the do a vertical panorama so this is five photos stitched together with three masked layers at different exposures. The reflection in the pond was darker than the sky and I wanted to be able to see the trees and the color reflected in the water. I still am in awe of the successive days of colorful sunrises and sunsets. Regardless of whatever else is happening 2012 has the makings of a great year for photographers!
Canon 1D Mark IV, Canon 16-35/f2.8L Mark II
35mm, f8, 1/2, 1 and 2 sec @ 200 ISO