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Shooting at Rocky Mountain National Park

March 13, 2012

 

I'm back from my recent trip to Colorado. I was able to get a few clicks in at Rocky Mountain National Park during my stay in Denver which was a very short 4 days. Time seemed to fly by and this usually means that it's a good trip and indeed it was. It's always great to shoot with other photographers and exchange best practices and just talk photography. My girlfriend Megan arranged a shoot for me with Cameron Miller. Cameron and Megan went to high school together in Summit County. Cameron has been shooting awesome landscape photography in Colorado and other places and has an incredible portfolio of images. I was really impressed with his work and thought that it would be cool to go shooting with him when we were visiting Colorado. It worked out great, Cameron met us at Caribou Coffee in Westminster at 8am. From there we drove about an hour and a half until we reached Rocky Mountain National Park and shortly after we reached the entrance to the Bear Lake Trail Head. This was my first visit to the park so I was amazed at the views we were getting on the way there. On the way we passed the Stanley Hotel, the site where the classic Steven King's "The Shining" was filmed. I was hoping to get to stop by and take a closer look but we ran out of time. It didn't seem as eerie as it was portrayed in the film but it was morning time. Anyways, as we approached the trail head I noticed a bunch of skiers and people going to the trail. I get my gear and start walking. I notice that the trail is completely covered in snow, about 3-4 feet and I actually can't even see the trail at all. So I asked Cameron "how far are we going to hike?” he replied "about a mile." I was like ok; I'm wearing tennis shoes and jeans. I have on a good jacket, no gloves but a hoodie. I guess I'm good to go. I started hiking, I haven't been in the mountains for a while so really quick into the hike I was huffing and puffing like an old dog. I had to stop here and there, and a few times one of my feet would sink really deep in the snow. Skiers would come down the trail and people wearing snow shoes were passing me up. At this point I wish I had spent that few extra hundred dollars for a carbon fiber tripod. I've got an aluminum one which is great and sturdy but not the lightest piece of equipment for sure! I knew I had to have it though as I'd be shooting slow shutter speeds which almost requires its use! As we traversed the trail that I couldn't see I just followed Cameron and his wife. I was a little concerned about sliding down the side of the mountain on some parts but luckily I didn't. Eventually we got to the spot, we passed the Nymph Lake which was froze over and then got to Dream Lake. The view from here is absolutely amazing! Can you see the guy in the lower right hand side of the image? Sort of gives you an idea of how immense the area is.

When I shot this image the area was quickly filling up with people. A few minutes prior to this shot I was able to get a few images in relative solitude. This all ended when a few people rolled up playing a radio. I took a few more shots, and decided that I wanted to get some pano shots in. After I did that I managed a few more shots of some trees and then we packed it up and headed back to the vehicle. The walk back was relaxing & we took a few more shots of ourselves with our IPhones and got to the car and headed to Oskar Blues Grill & Brew in Lyons for a beer! I couldn't have asked for a better day!


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