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A New Hope – Superstition Mountains in Arizona

New Years Day.

It is filled with hope for the new year as we throw away the worries from the previous year and try to start fresh for the upcoming year.

Every day Mother Nature gives me hope with her beautiful display of color and life. And on New Years Day in 2015 in particular Mother Nature didn’t disappoint. For on this day hope was shown in the form of a fresh snowfall in the Phoenix desert with gorgeous late afternoon light, providing those around to see an unusual display of beauty and life.

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“A New Hope”
Superstition Mountains in Apache Junction, Arizona.
Photographed on New Years Day, 2015

I was waiting here for 2 hours just before sunset at the Superstition Mountains in Apache Junction, Arizona filled with hope. The sky was providing some wonderful looking clouds and the sun behind me be looked like it was going to give me a quite show just before sunset.

Mother Nature surely didn’t disappoint and for about 4 or 5 minutes the sunlight reached across the valley to the snow-capped peaks of the Superstition Mountains which glowed from the warm light it was receiving. It was the perfect moment to reflect on the past year and think about the exciting possibilities for the upcoming year. Oh, and it was also the perfect moment to get to work photographing such beauty 😉

May the new year be filled with hope for you and your family.

Happy New Years!

Interested in prints of this photo?

Only 25 signed & numbered aluminum prints will be available, in sizes from 25″x60″ up to 40″x96″.

For the photographers:

This was photographed with my Sony a7R and Canon 24-70mm f2.8 lens. It is a 6-photo stitched panoramic. A 4-stop soft split neutral density filter from Singh-Ray Filters was used (use coupon code Matt10 to save 10% on your next order). Capture One Pro was used to process the RAW files, and Photoshop and Perfect Photo Suite 9 were used to finish the look.

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