Morning Reflection

There is just something magical about the morning light and the feeling you get when you hike up a mountain trail in the dark with only a headlamp and witness that first morning light hitting the peaks of the mountain tops (Alpen Glow).  After the wonderful sunrise, my wife and I sat on the banks relaxing and enjoying a granola bar before trekking back down the trail. The morning sun crept higher in the sky and as we were enjoying the warmth this stillness came over the lake and created a magical reflection. Bonus scene #2 arrived. I couldn’t have asked for a better morning at Lake Isabelle.

Photographers, you’ll notice I used an aperture of f/5.6 which is the lens’ sweet spot for sharpness.  I was able to control my depth of field with the use of a Tilt-shift lens. I was able to adjust my focal plane of my lens down about 2 degrees which allowed me to lower my aperture while keeping in focus not only the objects in the distance, but also the foreground elements as well.  Using a traditional lens I would have had to open up the aperture to f/11 or more to get all elements in the scene in focus. The higher f-stop also creates for more defraction in the lens and thus reduces the sharpness in the image. I wish I could afford a tilt-shift lens in my arsenal full time.  It’s a good thing that you there are companies that have them for rentals. If you ever get the opportunity to try one, I highly recommend it.  It takes some trial and error to understand how to use it, but once you do it can produce some amazing results.

Morning Reflection - Sunrise reflection at Lake Isabelle in Brainard Lake Recreation Area, Colorado.
Morning Reflection at Lake Isabelle – Click for Full Effect

Capture Notes:

  • This is stunning Rick. I’m dying to try a TS lens but I have no idea how to use it.

  • I have never used a tilt shift lens but with results like this, I might have to rent one. Awesome image.

  • Dude, you are just rocking it like a boss this week. Your b/w is becoming a big source of inspiration. Also, nice work with the Tilt-Shift lens and breaking it down.

  • A great B&W, Rick! Also, an interesting commentary regarding the T&S – I never realized just how much of a difference they can make. I shall have to give one a try.

  • Love this Rick. I’m a huge fan of b&w and this rocks!

  • Beautiful image, Rick. I like your balance of lower left with upper right elements. Nice!! And nice use of the TS lens. I used to do that stuff with a view camera way back when. 🙂

  • This is an awesome shot, Rick. I am inspired by the results of your T/S work. Very impressive.