Here in the southwest suburb of Denver is a little gem of a state park, called Roxborough State Park. You wouldn’t know how beautiful it is by driving the roads around the outside of this park. It’s hidden behind the Dakota Hogback and when you come around the corner into the park you are greeted with beautify red rock formations that rise from the valley floor in dramatic fashion! It’s truly a site and awe-inspiring beauty!
Once a month they open for sunrise and so if you don’t mind the early rise you will be greeted with spectacular contrasts of the sun shining off the rocks in the early morning. This particular sunrise morning there was quite a bit of over cast so the sun didn’t peek out until about an hour after sunrise, but I happen to catch it from the Fountain Valley Overlook. Here’s a panoramic view of Roxborough State Park. Truly a gem hidden away just minutes from Denver.
- I used a circular polarizer (CPL) to help give the sky and red rocks some definition. Be wary using a CPL with lenses wider than 24mm because it creates an uneven pattern in images.
- 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/11
- Shutter Speed: 0.4 sec.
- Post Processing: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Software For Mac, Nik Software Color Efex Pro 4