Landscape photographers are suckers for saturation. Bold and beautiful colors often dominate the genre with good reason: we like to accentuate those times when nature overwhelms us. However, more subtle conditions can be powerful too. While photographing this scene at Muddy Pass Lake east of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, I expected a more vivid sunrise as a rainstorm from the night before subsided. Instead I saw a quiet landscape with a pastel-colored sky. Without garish colors to draw my attention, I had more time to think about photographing textures, such as the grasses along the lake. With Rabbit Ears Peak in the background, I was able to capture this scene as it probably looks on most spring mornings. Serenity over might and still unmistakably beautiful.
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