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Blade of Light . . .     by Cody Redmon

A stormy scene is pierced by a blade of light in the Absaroka Mountains of Montana.
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I recently captured this brief scene while on a photo adventure that seemed as if it would end in failure. As much as anything, this one is about hanging in there when all seems lost…

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  1. Oh wowwwwwwwwww. The colors are stunning – the composition, the harmony of the lines and curves, the way the layers go from high-contrast, to slightly less defined, to the blended fade of the clouds. Absolutely unbelievable. Congratulations. I may have to buy this one day.

  2. This is simply breathtaking, I immediately percepted it the way you described even before reading your caption. Nice capture! :)

  3. Thank you both for your very kind comments, they are much appreciated.

  4. Wow, that was a great lightsituation. Perfect shot.

    Greetings from Austria
    Bernhard

  5. Just a great capture, really nice!

  6. Thanks for taking a moment to share your support, Bernhard and Mario. I’ve been doing a little more ‘storm’ work recently, hopefully I’ll have another great capture like this soon!

  7. Excellent in the way that you created this piece, allowing the viewer’s eyes to easily enter the frame, to follow the lines, and to simply taste the light.
    Wonderful!

  8. Hey Michael – “..taste the light.” What a great way of saying it…epically visual words. I think I’ll take them when I go out photographing from now on. Many thanks!

  9. The dramatic light, impending storm on the horizon and composition are very calming. One could think of many spiritual metaphors inspired by this image. It takes on an almost abstract feel. Very evocative.

  10. Thank you, Rhiannon, I like your description very much. The image does take on a bit of an abstract feel with the light appear so stark and atypical of what we are used to. Thanks for taking the time to leave a note, I appreciate it.

  11. wooooooooooooow

  12. Thank you, Reem. :-)

  13. WOW! I love the colors in the sky and the highlights on the hills. That is seriously one of the coolest landscapes i have seen. Where was this?
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  14. Hi Lindsay, thank you for your kind comment. This was taken in the Absaroka Mtns. of Montana, just north of Yellowstone NP. Other than a very slight noise reduction, this image is straight from my camera…so I couldn’t be more pleased with the dynamic range it covers. The magic of placement and timing, I’ll take as much as I can get. :-) Thanks again!

  15. Beautiful Work. I love the light in this.

  16. Thank you Sineload, I was very lucky on this day! I appreciate your visit and comment…

  17. Cody, that’s simply astounding. What an evocative piece of work! My luck never runs like yours did here. If it looks like a doomed day, it almost always winds up being precisely that (maybe I need a change in attitude). What I really love about this shot is that if you view it from right to left, it is inspiring. Like fading from depression into inspirational light and salvation. If you view it from left to right, it has the opposite result. Like falling from grace into darkness. What an amazing juxtaposition of totally opposing emotional vehicles and all in a single image! You should be filled with pride over this shot.

  18. Hi Tiki, thank you for your wonderful insight. I had not visualized the image as you described, with varied impressions being felt when moving from side to side – it is good to hear that like elements spark differing emotions among my viewers. My favorite play of light is the natural gradient, as in this photo…such simple beauty, but rare by nature’s design. Most dreary days end up as dreary eves with no light to spare, but those that do break apart into all-glory are what passion retains. I fill my cup with them… :-)

  19. Great photo – I bet that opportunity was literally just seconds long. As other posters have noted, that kind of weather often brings you back home with no photos of note, so the hope message is played out twice for me there (wait for the moment, no matter how unlikely if you feel it might happen).

  20. You’re correct, Steve, just about 5 or 7 seconds after I took this shot it was gone…true luck in timing. Waiting can be an important part of a landscape photographer’s day…and it’s quickly forgotten when the shot finally arrives. Good luck in your pursuit!

  21. The feeling of standing on that hill in the middle of that massive storm enveloped by darkness and then for a fleeting moment the clouds part and the sun lights up that small piece of hill your standing on would have been as close to peace of mind as I can imagine. Your picture, Cody, makes me wish I could stand at the crest of that hill in the sunlight surrounded by darkness. Had I the money I would buy this picture, because it’s worth to me all the art I have seen before put together.

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