Congrats to our assignment winner Denis Dessolier!
"This picture was taken on February 6, 2014 at Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in San Antonio, New Mexico, on the old US Highway 85. My wife and I drove almost 900 miles from Southern California to here trying to capture some images of the bird migration," says Dessoliers.
"Prior to taking this shot, the sky was overcast for a majority of the day. My wife and I spent quite some time here waiting and hoping for the sky to clear up. My patience was definitely tested when the conditions seemed like they wouldn’t change. Disappointed in not being able to capture anything, I began to pack up all the equipment. My wife, while staying very optimistic, insisted we stay around for just a moment longer. I’m glad I listened, because moments later, her intuition was proven right. What seemed like a lost cause became an opportunity as the sky began to reshape itself. Gleaming through the clouds was a beautiful ray of hope that lit up the horizon like a blazing fire. At that moment I was so fixated on the view that I had forgotten about some of the gear I had already packed. I then quickly rushed to my car to grab my equipment and capture this shot. The glow only lasted for a few minutes before it began to grow darker and fade into the night.
"The lighting of this sunset was a balance of the foreground and background. It was taken in two shots without the use of the ND filter and blended together. For post processing I used Lightroom and Nik software for minor enhancing."
Equipment: Nikon D800E, AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 lens, Gitzo tripod