Well here in Colorado if you wanted rain you got it last week and plenty of it. I was conducting a private photo tour last week in Rocky Mountain National Park and well I think I was in the heart of the storm. You can’t predict the weather and when I left there was only about a 60% change of rain and it was to dissipate during the week so my hopes were that at least the later part of the week we would get to see the majestic Rocky Mountains.
Unfortunately that didn’t happen, but we did make lemonade out of lemons and found some fabulous waterfalls and as a bonus the Elk were starting to rut. Fortunately for us last week the rain kept the crowds away from the park and we were able to experience many of the locations without having to fight for a front row viewing spot, especially when it came to viewing elk. I’ll share some of those images later this week or next week.
The first day it was raining on the Estes Park side of the park so we ventured over the Continental Divide via Trail Ridge Road to the Grand Lake side of the park. I don’t think I spend enough time on that side of the park and after this trip I’m going to make it a point to explore more of the Kawuneeche Valley. Grand Lake is fed by the mountain streams in Rocky Mountain National Park so we took East Inlet trail along the stream in the Kawuneeche Valley for our first hike of the tour.
0.3 miles into the hike is Adams Falls. It’s one of the many waterfalls within Rocky Mountain National Park. All the rain made for a spectacular full waterfall. The rain actually let up for a majority of the hike and was much less prevalent on the west side of the park. The over cast skies made for perfect light to capture this beautiful waterfall.
- Use a circular polarizer (CPL) to remove reflection out of water and it also give waterfalls some definition.
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
- Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Zoom Lens
- Filter: B+W 77mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter
- ISO: 50
- Focal Length: 52 mm
- Aperture: f/22
- Shutter Speed: 5 sec.
- Post Processing: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Software For Mac, Nik Software Color Efex Pro 4, Nik Software Viveza 2
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