Ohio Pass is not only a great place for astrophotography, it’s also an amazing place to view a sunrise, especially in the fall. The West Elk Wilderness in the valley below the pass is one large sea of aspens with views of the West Elk Mountains and the Castles to the west. It’s an amazing sight.
Chris Nitz, Lee Brown and myself spent the evening before up late doing some astro-photography here on Ohio Pass and decided that sleep would be sacrificed and so we got up early and came back out to Ohio Pass to catch the sunrise. There is just something special about this view of the West Elk Wilderness. I captured this image just as the first light of the day touched the tip of The Castles, top of the snow-covered peaks and the tips of a row of aspens just below. I love the contrast that this scene created.
- For sunrises such as this image I use a Graduated Neutral Density filter to balance the brightness between the upper part of the image where the sun is hitting and the lower part that is not illuminated by the sunlight yet. This allows the image to be balanced so you can capture the photo in a single exposure. I prefer Singh-Ray filters and use the Lee Filter Kit System to hold the filters in place, which is especially useful for long exposures. I prefer the Singh-Ray Filters because they don’t leave any unusual color casts like some of the cheaper competitors. They are worth the money.
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Zoom Lens
- Filter: Singh-Ray 4×6″ Graduated Neutral Density (3-stop) Optical Resin Filter
- Filter Holder: LEE¤Filters Foundation Kit (Standard 4×4″, 4×6″ Filter Holder) (Requires Adapter Ring)
- Adapter Ring: LEE¤Filters Adapter Ring – 77mm – for Wide Angle Lenses
- ISO: 100
- Focal Length: 70 mm
- Aperture: f/11
- Shutter Speed: 1/10 sec.
- Post Processing: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Software For Mac, Nik Software Color Efex Pro 4