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San Juan Mountains of Colorado, Aspens in Full Array, 2022

  
 
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A first journey into the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado for fall photography, I was overwhelmed by the beauty and magnificence of this landscape. The aspen were so brilliant and intense I kept thinking that this has got to be one of the most beautiful places on planet Earth for fall colors. I visited all of the recommended sites on the northern and western sides of the mountain range, including: "last dollar road", CR 7, Hwy 550, Silverton, Ouray, Telluride and Ridgeway. I also visited CR 12 which included Owl Creek Pass area and Cimmarron Rd, (to be revealed in an upcoming post). The following photographs illustrate some of the incredible beauty that I experienced. I hope that you enjoy it, too.

Best Regards, David





Aspens Stretched To the Sky







Mount Sneffels, Sunrise

















A Golden Tunnel of Light







All In Harmony







Beyond Words Taken above Telluride, Colorado



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Nov 06, 2022 at 01:16 PM
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Gorgeous image collection - each image great


Nov 06, 2022 at 03:16 PM
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Thank you, Jung, for your kind thoughts and support. I really appreciate it. The aspens this year in southwestern Colorado were off the charts beautiful! Best regards!

David



Nov 07, 2022 at 03:18 AM
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David, this is a spectacular set. Love the colors and the compositions on all of them. Hard to pick a favorite, all are great. Looks like you had a fabulous trip. Thanks for sharing fall beauty of Colorado.


Nov 07, 2022 at 03:56 PM
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Hi, Parul! Thank you for your generous comment! I was blown away by the beauty and intensity of the aspens, especially against those amazing Colorado mountain peaks. It was a gift to have experienced such spectacular beauty! Best regards!

David



Nov 07, 2022 at 07:25 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · San Juan Mountains of Colorado, Aspens in Full Array, 2022


Love the one 'Mount Sneffels, Sunrise'! May I know if you used HDR to shoot this beautiful photo?



Nov 09, 2022 at 06:44 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · San Juan Mountains of Colorado, Aspens in Full Array, 2022


Phenomenal work! Love them all.


Nov 09, 2022 at 08:08 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · San Juan Mountains of Colorado, Aspens in Full Array, 2022


Some nice pics, but I think you stepped on that first one too hard, what with the prominent halo along the horizon.


Nov 10, 2022 at 09:08 AM
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firesky wrote:
Love the one 'Mount Sneffels, Sunrise'! May I know if you used HDR to shoot this beautiful photo?


Thank you very much for your comment, "firesky". The photograph "Mount Sneffels, Sunrise", was a focus stacked 3 image set that was shot with a Canon 5DSR @ 63mm using a 24-70mm zoom lens. ISO 100, Aperture f/11. I merged the three images in Photoshop and created a tiff file and then processed the merged image. HDR was not used. Thank you for your question. I hope this answers it, if not, please let me know.

Best regards,
David




Nov 13, 2022 at 06:43 PM
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stevesanacore wrote:
Phenomenal work! Love them all.


Hi, Steve: Thank you for your generous comment! I really appreciate it!

Best regards,
David



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Jeff wrote:
Some nice pics, but I think you stepped on that first one too hard, what with the prominent halo along the horizon.


Thank you, Jeff for your comment and critique! I greatly appreciate it and I agree with you. After looking at my raw file and then the processed print, I can see the halo that you are referring to. I will reprocess the image and see if I can tone it down some.
Thanks a lot!

Best regards,
David

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Nov 13, 2022 at 07:11 PM
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Nice work. I also see the halo and think it is worth working on - very nice shot overall. I'm afraid your edit is too obvious - perhaps a softer brush, or do it on another layer then lower opacity? I can also still see a slight halo right along the edge. Might be best to reopen the RAW (which I assume you started from) and take the usual suspects back to zero to see if you can get rid of it altogether.


Nov 19, 2022 at 11:03 AM
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Wow, these are ALL BEAUTIFUL! I was going to move from SLC to NC in August, but delaying it until October - and these photos make me glad i am delaying a few months!


Nov 19, 2022 at 11:36 AM
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Thank you, Jim, for your comment and constructive suggestions! I will take another stab at this image and see if I can correct the highlight issues.

Best regards, David



Nov 19, 2022 at 06:54 PM
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Dustin Gent wrote:
Wow, these are ALL BEAUTIFUL! I was going to move from SLC to NC in August, but delaying it until October - and these photos make me glad i am delaying a few months!



Hi, Dustin. Thank you very much for your generous comment. The east coast is definitely a big change from Utah. I hope that you were able to get some good autumn photography this year and I wish you the best on your move.

Best regards, David



Nov 19, 2022 at 06:56 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · San Juan Mountains of Colorado, Aspens in Full Array, 2022


Hi David, “All in Harmony” has the magic for me, love it!


Nov 19, 2022 at 08:36 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · San Juan Mountains of Colorado, Aspens in Full Array, 2022


"Golden Tunnel" and "All in Harmony" are my picks from your excursion to the beautiful state I lived in for 3 years of school.



Nov 20, 2022 at 02:31 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · San Juan Mountains of Colorado, Aspens in Full Array, 2022


These are beautiful, never been to that part of Colorado. I guess I should plan to on my next trip out west.


Nov 20, 2022 at 02:14 PM
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wonderful i cannot pick a favorite among them




Nov 20, 2022 at 02:47 PM
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Ross Martin wrote:
Hi David, “All in Harmony” has the magic for me, love it!


Thank you for your comment, Ross! That mountain road covered in gold was pretty special! Glad you liked it!

Best regards, David



Nov 22, 2022 at 06:38 AM
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