As this area was one of the reasons for my return to the Butte, it sure was great to see everything come together. Cloudless western skies with a few clouds floating over Mount Crested Butte was just perfect. It sure made up for the dud of a sunset the night before anyway... And with Lupines looking gorgeous (and relatively light winds), the scene was incredible!

And to make it even better, I was on a quest to make the most of my gradient neutral density filters. And let me tell you, they rocked!! I never would have been able to get results like this (with flowers in the foreground that sharp) with HDR processing. And to me, the color looks really natural. So far, I'm really liking this filtered approach. I hope you like the results as well.

This image was taken with the last light of the day hitting Mount Crested Butte from Washington Gulch near the town of Crested Butte, Colorado.

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