23 January 2017

Portfolio Image - Maroon Bells

I planned my second trip to Colorado in 2016 to coincide with the aspen trees turning bright yellow.  I arrived in Aspen, Colorado on September 25th but was coming down with a nasty cold.  Despite feeling miserable, I dragged myself out of bed at 4 AM to make the 45 min drive from Aspen to Maroon Lake, where I joined dozens of other enthusiastic landscape photographers setting up for sunrise at one of the most-photographed locations in the US: Maroon Bells. After waiting for over an hour in complete darkness and sub-zero temperatures, the sky began to brighten, revealing the snow-dusted mountain and it’s reflection in the perfectly still water of Maroon Lake. By the time the top of the mountain was illuminated by the rising sun, every spot on the shore of the lake was filled with a tripod. The pictures will endure far longer than my memories of runny nose, sore throat, and numb fingers and toes.

Captured on September 26, 2016 using a Canon EOS 5DS and Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II.  Multiple exposures manually blended in Photoshop.