Let The Light Shine Down

Sunbeams explode from behind passing clouds during sunset as seen from White Top Mountain Virginia

I had fully intended on posting some more shots from around downtown Abingdon today but I began working on a few images from this weekend and just couldn’t resist sharing this one!

Sunday evening I decided to top off the weekend by making the short drive to White Top Mountain for sunset. Colorful sunsets have been few and far between lately but I held out hope that the storm systems moving through the area would kick up enough dust to liven things up a bit. When I made it to the mountain, I found that it had just rained and there was a slight fog already forming. There was a 30° temperature drop between my house and the mountain which meant there was a nice haze floating above the valley.

As with most things, luck played a huge part in this image. I had barely finished the short hike from the parking area when a bank of clouds moved in front of the sun bathing the valley below in golden beams of sunlight. I would have loved to have had a few extra minutes to capture this sight from at least one more perspective but it only lasted a few seconds.

A fleeting moment captured forever and I’m glad to have witnessed it.

Gear: Canon EOS 60D, Tamron AF 10-24mm

Software: Adobe Lightroom 3, Adobe Photoshop CS5, Photomatix Pro 4, Topaz Adjust 5, Topaz DeNoise

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16 Comments

  1. Eden May 14, 2012 at 2:49 PM #

    This is really gorgeous, Curt! Lovely.
    Eden recently posted…An Evening In May

  2. Jimi Jones May 9, 2012 at 7:38 AM #

    Totally awesome shot, Curt. What a beauty of a scene.
    Jimi Jones recently posted…Metropolitan Museum of Art

  3. Jay Taylor (aka Sirfishalot) May 9, 2012 at 2:43 AM #

    Outstanding image Kurt! The light is fantastic and you were right on time to capture it..
    Jay Taylor (aka Sirfishalot) recently posted…May 8th, 2012: Pink

  4. Simon Morris May 8, 2012 at 11:43 PM #

    Beautiful shot, Curt… wonderful light!
    Simon Morris recently posted…Layered…

  5. Jason Hines May 8, 2012 at 6:27 PM #

    Awesome stuff man!
    Jason Hines recently posted…Moonset

  6. Rick Louie May 8, 2012 at 6:16 PM #

    Love the rays of light coming from the clouds!
    Rick Louie recently posted…Supermoon at DIA

  7. LensScaper May 8, 2012 at 4:47 PM #

    What a superb sight. Those rays of light are majestic
    LensScaper recently posted…Bluebells

  8. Jim Denham May 8, 2012 at 2:12 PM #

    Beautiful colors and scene here Curt!
    Jim Denham recently posted…Out of Place

  9. Mark Summerfield May 8, 2012 at 1:39 PM #

    Great light and a wonderful capture, Curt! Can see why you could not wait to share this one with us.
    Mark Summerfield recently posted…Boat and Sail Loft, Nelson’s Dockyard, English Harbour, Antigua

  10. Toad Hollow Photography May 8, 2012 at 12:47 PM #

    You have captured a heavenly scene here, Curt! Great magic and wonder in this shot, it truly belongs on a postcard my friend!
    Toad Hollow Photography recently posted…The Deafening Sound Of Fury

  11. Steven Perlmutter May 8, 2012 at 8:52 AM #

    This is beautiful Curt. That light is just amazing.
    Steven Perlmutter recently posted…Grassy Harbor

  12. Marc Collins May 8, 2012 at 8:49 AM #

    What amazing light! Well captured Curt.
    Marc Collins recently posted…Crow Point

  13. Dave DiCello May 8, 2012 at 7:28 AM #

    Man that is some AMAZING light! Talk about perfect timing. Incredible work dude.
    Dave DiCello recently posted…Raise the Jolly Roger

  14. Len Saltiel May 8, 2012 at 7:01 AM #

    Your timing was impeccable Curt. Beautiful scene with great sun rays.
    Len Saltiel recently posted…L C Smith & Corona

  15. Rich McPeek May 8, 2012 at 5:21 AM #

    Awesome! Gorgeous shot Curt! Love it when we get “lucky” with our timing! You nailed this one my friend! Great work!
    Rich McPeek recently posted…North Side

  16. Edith Levy May 8, 2012 at 12:05 AM #

    WOW you’re timing was impecable. What incredible light. Stunning image Curt.
    Edith Levy recently posted…Purple Petals

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  1. By - Gregory Allen Deese on May 11, 2012 at 1:09 AM

    [...] Let The Light Shine Down – the heavens part and glorious sunlight drapes across the countryside in this gorgeous image from Curt Fleenor.  The breathtaking mountain slopes are bathed in the sunbeams generated by the dramatic clouds, producing an image displaying all of nature’s beauty. [...]

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