15-17 APRIL: ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK

Photographically, Rocky Mountain NP started slowly.  I arrived amid snow squalls and cold temperatures.

Bear Lake. Nikon D300 DLSR, Nikon 17-35mm, Singh Ray LB Color Combo Polarizer, Gitzo tripod, Kirk BH-3 ballhead. ©Chuck Lockett Photography

 

The next few days were intermittently  overcast – with potentially good periods interrupted by low clouds on the horizon or clouds blocking the peaks.

 

Big Thompson River in Moraine Park. Nikon D300 DLSR, Nikon 17-35mm, Singh Ray LB Color Combo Polarizer, Gitzo tripod, Kirk BH-3 ballhead. ©Chuck Lockett Photography

 

Today, however, was probably the best photographic day of the trip.  The day started with sunrise from a position overlooking Beaver Meadows – a herd of elk feeding below, Longs Peak and the adjacent range clear in the background, clouds overhead – and punctuated by a long period of great light.

 

Sunrise Over Beaver Meadows. Nikon D300 DLSR, Nikon 17-35mm, Singh Ray LB Color Combo Polarizer, Singh Ray 3-stop split ND, Gitzo tripod, Kirk BH-3 ballhead. ©Chuck Lockett Photography

 

Mid-morning and mid-afternoon focused on the intimate landscape – cascades of  Glacier Creek with a few icicles, aspen and  Roaring River Falls along the entrance to the Old Fall River Road.

 

Glacier Creek Cascade. Nikon D300 DLSR, Nikon 17-35mm, Singh Ray LB Color Combo Polarizer, Gitzo tripod, Kirk BH-3 ballhead. ©Chuck Lockett Photography

Ice Over Glacier Creek. Nikon D300 DLSR, Nikon 70-200mm, Singh Ray LB Color Combo Polarizer, Gitzo tripod, Kirk BH-3 ballhead. ©Chuck Lockett Photography

Falls of Roaring River Near Alluvial Fan. Nikon D300 DLSR, Nikon 28-200mm, Singh Ray LB Color Combo Polarizer, Gitzo tripod, Kirk BH-3 ballhead. ©Chuck Lockett Photography

 

The day ended with sunset from West Horseshoe Meadow.  I initially shot to the west from the edge of Fall River trying to capture the subtle color as the sun peaked through gaps in the clouds.

 

Sunset to West from Fall River. Nikon D300 DLSR, Nikon 17-35mm, Singh Ray LB Color Combo Polarizer, Singh Ray 2+3-stop split ND, Gitzo tripod, Kirk BH-3 ballhead. ©Chuck Lockett Photography

 

Once the color faded, I turned east and was able to capture a cloud and it’s reflection in the river as the sun set.

 

Cloud and Reflection on Fall River. Nikon D300 DLSR, Nikon 17-35mm, Singh Ray LB Color Combo Polarizer, Singh Ray 2+3-stop split ND, Gitzo tripod, Kirk BH-3 ballhead. ©Chuck Lockett Photography

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3 Comments

  1. Roopaushree April 18, 2012 at 12:23 am #

    Truly Breath-Taking work!Amazing

  2. Leslie April 18, 2012 at 8:56 am #

    Unbelievable!! Gorgeous.

  3. swooshgrl April 22, 2012 at 7:02 pm #

    Wow! They look like paintings.

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