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Sunset at Badin Lake, North Carolina, U.S.

Badin Lake is a large lake lying not far to the south of the triad cities in the Piedmont area of North Carolina, that is, Winston-Salem (where I was staying with my photography buddy who lives there), High Point and Greensboro. It's actually in the Uwharrie National Forest.

We were camping there for 3 days to photograph the fall colors which were pretty much as good as they get while still having the greens and yellows, before the burnt colors take over.

This particular scene was shot from a mere few yards from our camp site, and of course the composition caught my eye. The sun was setting, casting a dramatic light, and the sky was full of variegated shapes and shades of blue-grey, as you can see. Taking the shot in RAW format meant that when it came out of the camera it didn't look much at all, but putting it through Affinity Photo software and adding some polarisation with the free Google Nik Collection : Color Efex Pro 4, I was astounded by the result, which now wallpapers my large desktop screen, backlit by a strong light and I can't take my eyes off it!

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  • Image type: image/jpeg
  • Uploaded: 11th June 2016
  • Category: Nature
  • Views: 92
  • Likes: 44

  • garysibio
    3 years ago
    Nice landscape. I really like the clouds in it.
  • Soulosphere
    4 years ago
    Magnificent color! :)

  • Gauti Eiríksson
    4 years ago
    Nice shot, like the colurs
  • philipsnow
    4 years ago
    Thanks for pointing out the lack of description, Mike, I'm usually putting something of a storyline for my images but in this case I have been so stunned by the beauty of the image that I haven't been able to think of anything but stare at it! And regarding tags, I haven't been stopping long enough to add tags and I know it would be a massive labour to go through all the images to add tags; but actually what you say makes me think that I could prioritise adding tags to the images that have done well, that way would be time-effective, I'm sure.
  • Mike Browne
    4 years ago
    This is a cracking image Philip. Hope you don't mind me suggestion you write a bit of a description about it, how and why you took it etc and add relevant tags (if you haven't already). It deserves more views and images tagged and titled appropriately show up more in search and related images section.. Still, lovely shot :-)