Gunnison National Forest
Outside of Crested Butte, Colorado
Flower season in the Colorado Rockies is a prime season for photography, not to be missed.
However, shooting flowered landscapes can be challenging on a full frame camera. The only way to capture a sharp image with a close foreground and distant background is through a process known as “Focus Stacking”.
The technique involves taking multiple images, focused at different points in the scene then blending them together in Photoshop. By blending together only the sharpest areas of each image, you can create a photo of tack sharp focus from foreground to background.
Image Code: A032
Yosemite National Park, California
“You will live in joy and peace. The mountains and hills will burst into song, and the trees of the field will clap their hands!”
Photographing the Sequoias can be challenging. You have to wait for just the right amount of light, and you have to be in an area of the forest where the sun can shine through the trees.
In this shot, the flowers help to establish a nice foreground, highlighting the majestic trees as they soaked up the morning light. The only thing lacking is a person standing next to the trees so the viewer can have an idea of just how massive these giants really are!
Image Code: A029
San Juan National Forest
North of Ouray, Colorado
San Juan National forest is a place that’s sometimes beyond words.
The road that leads through the heart of the San Juan Mountains offers little room for sight seeing. This formidable road named "The Million Dollar Highway" (Highway 550) climbs to an elevation above 12,000 feet, and it does so clinging to the edge of the mountains! In spots along the switchbacks, there’s little more than 6-inches of shoulder between your car and a long plummet down the mountain! Despite this, it’s a drive that is not to be missed.
In the time I spent living around the four corners area of Arizona and Colorado, the San Juan Mountains were my playground. I explored these mountains every chance I got, and I thought I had seen it all. One day, I was sitting in my car at a pullout along the road when a woman loudly knocked on my window. It scared the daylights out of me, but she nonetheless asked if I had seen the waterfall that was right outside my car. I had no idea such a waterfall existed even though I’d been up this road countless times.
When I investigated, sure enough there was a beautiful waterfall hidden between the mountains! I couldn't believe I had never noticed it before! I knew a wide angel lens with a long exposure was the most ideal way to capture the falls, mountains and changing aspen trees all in the same frame. Even the overcast clouds couldn't ruin this shot! They actually helped add to the chilly feeling of fall and the landscape ushering in the wintertime!
Image Code: A040