The American West...in Color *Icon Warning*
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Sneakyracer
Registered: Mar 24, 2004
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Here are some of the best images I made while in and around Colorado. It was a really tough week due to the weather but even so there were glimpses of good weather, just enough that if you were in the right place great images could be made.



AMaji
Registered: Apr 19, 2012
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Great images, and they are icons for a reason. They are classics and I cannot get tired viewing them. You did great with the images. No. 2 is my favorite.



ckcarr
Registered: Dec 02, 2006
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All are quite nice!

I wish you had a slightly better sky in numbers 2 & 4, but what can you do?



Sneakyracer
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AMaji wrote:
Great images, and they are icons for a reason. They are classics and I cannot get tired viewing them. You did great with the images. No. 2 is my favorite.


Thx!

I agree. Even though the icons have been photographed ad nauseam they are still awesome. The weather is always changing so the images look a bit different each time.

Also, the gear and techniques vary quite a bit.

I just printed these 20x30's and oh my gosh. I feel they could go up to 40x60 easy or even larger. The detail is just unreal. I used the 40mm 2.8 on both the Crystal Mill and the Maroon Bells images. I only took my 24mm TSE II, the Canon 40 pancake and the 70-200mm f2.8L IS I along with my 5D3 for the trip. Didnt feel the need for anything else.

I used as good a technique as it was possible. I really took great care when making these and it showed in the prints. Its tough to look at images on the web and really tell apart the really good files. I used LR4 and really did not need to do much to the files. I did use a grad filter on location.

All are single image, single exposure captures except the on of Emerald Lake in which I had to stitch about 8 images using the RRS horizontal panorama rig with the 5D3/24 TSE II mounted vertically since its a very confined space. The detail on that one is even greater.



Sneakyracer
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The weather was extremely stormy in fact in #2 it was raining. I think it really adds to the mood of the place. It was both amazing and spooky. We were the last ones there and its really into 5 miles of a horrendous rocky road. (just sold 2 prints of that scene)

On #3 it had been in the 40's and raining when the weather just cleared for about 90 minutes and then the clouds rolled in again. It was nasty for 3-4 days. (also, sold 2 20x30's)

I took some images with the perfect blue skies and did not like them. I preferred some clouds in the image.



Sneakyracer
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Actually this is the Image of the Bells I printed and sold! In the other Image I used the 24mm TSE II.



astv99
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^ That one is very nice, and I love your angle on the Bells from a spot that's not Maroon Lake.



Sneakyracer
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Asrale wrote:
^ That one is very nice, and I love your angle on the Bells from a spot that's not Maroon Lake.


thx!

Its ironic but I spent a great deal of time for the shot from Maroon Lake, waking up at 4am and driving over there and standing in the cold and wet weather for hours. And while I got a few good shots from Maroon lake including some very nice reflections I think my favorites were from a bit further back on the meadows.

This last shot I posted is my favorite, the 20x30 print I had made is just stunning. The detail is just about the best I have ever gotten with a Canon dslr.




tived
Registered: Jan 31, 2003
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Great series of images - very envy of you to have such great settings to shoot

all the best

Henrik



Sneakyracer
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tived wrote:
Great series of images - very envy of you to have such great settings to shoot

all the best

Henrik


Thx! Well, I had to travel 3,000 miles to get there! Thx to this forum and other web sources I timed it perfectly. We got lucky with a little snow which helped the images immensely. The first day I got there it was bone dry and the mountains looked a little dull without any snow at all.



Jim Bau
Registered: Jan 13, 2007
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Your shot of Crystal Mill is one of the best I've seen. Love the falls colors around the iconic mill! Very well done.



briangg
Registered: Feb 27, 2008
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Really like the compositions on all of them. Classic Colorado fall

Brian



Sneakyracer
Registered: Mar 24, 2004
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Thx!

Also Ironic, when we got to the Crystal mill we were all bummed. It was raining the skies were nasty and there was a storm approaching with no end in sight. I almost did not take one image. I walked around, even down to the stream, and decided on this spot. I wanted a horizontal and composed this shot while my other two friends did verticals. Actually one of them had a MFDB and did not take out his rig in the rain. I said what the heck and snapped three images total I think. We packed up and went on our way down the very wet and nasty road.



Lapdog
Registered: Sep 21, 2009
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Spectacular photos, thanks for sharing.



Rob Tillyer
Registered: Nov 17, 2007
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Super falls colours, very nice work.

Rob



ggleason
Registered: Apr 20, 2004
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Well done, especially in the first one when you had the vulture (?) fly through at just the right moment. Gregg



Sneakyracer
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ggleason wrote:
Well done, especially in the first one when you had the vulture (?) fly through at just the right moment. Gregg


Thx!

I saw a few birds flying through and waited for this one before pressing the shutter. Wish it was an Eagle! jaja, hey Can't have it all!



Jred
Registered: Dec 14, 2009
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Nicely done.

John



JimFox
Registered: Jan 11, 2005
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#1 and 3 are my favorites. You did a super job here. I recall those hay bales in #1 very well.

Jim



Sneakyracer
Registered: Mar 24, 2004
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JimFox wrote:
#1 and 3 are my favorites. You did a super job here. I recall those hay bales in #1 very well.

Jim


Thx Jim!

Very tough days in regards to weather. Here is an iPhone shot of me at Maroon Lake after a wet and freezing morning (woke up to a frozen tent since it had rained the day prior then the temp went down to about 29F). This is after the sun melted all the frost (even my bag had frost, shoes, everything)



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