September brought huge rains to Colorado as your probably remember and the state is still recovering from the 500 year rain. I just happened to be in Rocky Mountain National Park that week doing a photo tour. It wasn’t an ideal week for a photo tour, but you can’t predict what Mother Nature is going to do so we made lemonade out of lemons and took advantage of the wet weather to experience of the of the waterfalls within the park.
In case you are wondering, we got out the morning before the big storm surge and made it out of the west side of the park before they closed Trail Ridge Road to tourist traffic. I was really thankful that we got out of the park when we did. Seeing the flood on TV coming through Estes Park and take out shops where we had visited the evening before was so shocking. I hope that this community recovers and if you are in the area, please visit Estes Park that depends so much on tourist dollars. It’s a wonderful community and I hate to see wonderful shops close due to this disaster.
This scene is along the trail up to Alberta Falls. Alberta Falls is one of the most popular waterfalls in the park and during tourist season it can get quite crowded. I found the small inlet area off the main trails and decided to set up in the clearing. The overcast foggy skies were prevalent front all the rain that was occurring, but the water flow was tremendous and the wet weather made for some beautiful greenery in the scene. The hardest part was keeping the lens dry as I tried to capture my image.
- Use a circular polarizer (CPL) to cut glare from water and give it some definition.
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
- Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Zoom Lens
- Filter: B+W 82mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer Slim MRC Filter
- ISO: 50
- Focal Length: 24 mm
- Aperture: f/11
- Shutter Speed: 1/6 sec.
- Post Processing: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Software For Mac, Nik Software Color Efex Pro 4