Sunset Over Red Mountain

Sunset over Red Mountain – Silverton, Colorado

When we owned our place high in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado, one of our great joys was watching the incredible sunsets. This was one of them, taken about midway up our property line. Our former gold mining claim – which actually had three old and safely sealed gold mining shafts on it (that’s the tailings pile for one of them in the middle of the image) – started at 11,300-feet (3,444 m) in elevation and topped out above the timberline at just over 12,000-feet (3,657 m). In recent days, Cindy and I have been fondly reminiscing about our times spent there tent camping on our plot, without a soul around us for as far as the eye could see.


Photo info:
Sunset over Red Mountain
From our property
Silverton, Colorado
July 2004
Canon PowerShot G3 digicam

10 thoughts on “Sunset Over Red Mountain

  1. How nice! Your own gold mine. Colleen lived on a farm in isolation in the middle of (nowhere) in WV. My first digital camera was the Canon G3 gifted from my first wife bought at B&H and said to be state of the art at the time. Your shot is a terrific photo worthy of coming from a Leica. Eh? What would I know from looking and not seeing the meta data? Nowadays, it is DX or FX and the megapixel count of the sensor. At the end of the day, it’s about getting the picture. Usually, that comes down to the camera in my hand, at that moment.

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    1. Yep, our own gold mines! Not that we ever got to see the inside of any of them – since they were all sealed shut with dynamite – but it was cool to know that the shafts were there.

      Yep, my Canon G3 was also my first digital camera for the same reason. I still feel that some of the imagery from it holds up even now.

      You can check the EXIF metadata for any of my images at the following link: http://exif.regex.info/exif.cgi I use that link all the time myself, to confirm the gear that I used so I label it correctly in my posts. I’ve had dozens of film cameras, digital cameras, and phone cameras over the years, and I can only identify them with the EXIF metadata of each image most of the time.

      I don’t worry about megapixel count anymore. I totally agree, it’s all about getting the picture with whatever you have on hand.

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    1. I forgot about megapixels long ago. The G3 was never big for me. The Nikon D70 was my first serious foray into digital. I got the D70 in 2004 for my son’s HS graduation and never shot another frame of film again. Bang, just like that. DX or FX? It was a long time before I got the Nikon D610 full frame in 2014, ten years. I’m happy with the point shoot Canon G7X and Sony RX100 VI. The idea of full frame is mostly in my head. Which camera I pick up nowadays is mostly random. I like having nice (cameras) tools. iPhone is still a back-up but I rarely am without a camera at hand.

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      1. I shot a lot with the G3, then the G6, then switched to the EOS 10D and later the EOS 20D. After my father-in-law gifted me his Leica gear (and I got it repaired), then I shot digital and film at the same time for many years – all the while, changing the gear I was using.

        For me full-frame is only really useful when I want to isolate the subject from the background, though even that distinction is disappearing due to the rapidly improving “computational photography” of today.

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  2. I agree fully. I am an end user, as in computer software; I do not desire to program. Been there, done it. End user for me. It’s mileage; shoot often. The image out of the box is good or not. It’s what film gave me. I did not spend a lot of/any time manipulating the image. Sorry, no raw either. It’s not part of my work flow. It’s a hobby, not a living. Enjoy!

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      1. I never did RAW. Sheer laziness. My slides were not perfect. I live what comes out of the box and don’t obsess. I had buddies who worried about a spec of dust on their lens. I abandoned. hope long ago in favor of casual fun. I’m serious about getting a good shot. But post production is mostly looking at what I shot and getting it better the next time out. I have Lightroom and Photoshop. I am no expert but can get around basic steps. Your sunset shot in this post is stunning and you should be proud of it.

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