GND Filter

This was from yesterday’s sunrise hike. Howling winds and blowing snow create some unbelievable light on the side of Flattop Mountain.  There’s something amazing about photographing in these conditions, with winds over 40mph and temps hovering right around 0°F. 

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado - February 2015

Shot Notes:

Ektar 100 4x5, 90mm Caltar Lens
1/30th at f16, 1 stop soft GND filter

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Deserted by Ingemar Ljungdahl
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Full circle around from the post couple of days back. Then its was shot at ¼ sec and really showed the beach and the waves. Now at 2.5 minutes exposure the immediate feeling of beach and waves are gone, almost transforming into a desert with a mountain ridge in the distance.

A foggy April morning at Dream Lake.  When I arrived at the lake before sunrise it was completely fogged in, but I was excited to see that Dream Lake was right at the snow line from the latest spring storm and everything was nicely frosted.  I decided to wait out the sun for a while, seeing how I was the only person there it was a very pleasant morning.  Eventually the fog started to break up just enough to see the peaks and i had exactly the photo I wanted!

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado - April 2015

Shot Notes:

Velvia 50 4x5, 90mm Caltar Lens
1 second at f32, 1 stop soft GND filter

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Purple Carpet of Flowers by Alex Burke
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Near Greeley, Colorado - May 2015 Provia 100f 4x5, 90mm Caltar Lens 6 seconds at f22, 2 stop soft GND filter

Sunset from the south rim of the Chisos Mountains. Still one of the cooler places I’ve backpacked to, the view from here is endless as you gaze across the border into the mountains of Mexico.

Big Bend National Park - April 2014

Shot notes:

Velvia 100 4x5, 90mm Caltar Lens
8 second at f32, 2 stop soft GND filter

Not To Look

Yanbu, Saudi Arabia. January 2015

I remember how the late HRH King Abdullah was in my head while doing this shot, for some reason. Second was my slight sorrow on how many plastic materials were stuck in these thorny bushes, and how I wished they would miraculously disappear at least in the photo. Probably blown from the irresponsible beach picnickers some 150 meters away. Lighting difference caused by three stacked GND filters.

A dramatic morning storm dumped rain, hail, sleet and snow on me while I watched the sunrise over Bear Lake.  There was such a nice mix of oranges and reds up there this year :)

Shot Notes:

Ektar 100 4x5, 90mm Caltar Lens

1 second at f22, 1 stop soft GND filter

“Flooded Cottonwood”

Looking more like a scene from a swamp in Louisiana, these cottonwoods stood in the flooded waters of the Big Thompson River during the major floods of September 2013.  It was unbelievable to see all the destruction from the catastrophic event, but this scene reminded me that there’s beauty in everything nature brings.  A classic Colorado plains sunrise lit up the sky during the perfect reflection.

Near Milliken, Colorado - October 2013

Shot Notes:

Portra 160 4x5, 90mm Caltar Lens
10 seconds at f22, 2 stop soft GND filter

A few weeks ago I took the short hike to Lake Isabelle, but found the winds were blowing hard leaving large waves on the lake and not a chance for a reflection.  This ended up being a good thing because it forced me out of my lakeside comfort zone and got me looking for different compositions.  I found this nice scene high up on the rocks just before the sunrise lit up the sky and peaks in brilliant colors!

Indian Peaks Wilderness, Colorado - July 2015

Shot Notes:

Velvia 100 4x5, 90mm Caltar Lens
4 seconds at f22, 2 stop soft GND filter

I found this composition in the backcountry of the Snowy Range a few years ago, but I had to return this summer with better skies. This unnamed peak almost glows in the predawn light of late summer, and this particular pond reflects the scene perfectly. There’s literally hundreds of lakes in this small mountain range which leaves a lot more exploring to do!

Snowy Range, Wyoming - August 2015

Shot notes:

Velvia 50 4x5, 90mm Caltar lens
8 seconds at f22, 2 stop soft GND filter

Hallet Peak and Flattop Mountain bathe in the warm sunrise alpenglow after a fresh snow.  It’s always rewarding to be the first person to step into a winter wonderland after a snowstorm, before there are any footprints and you have the whole wilderness to yourself.

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado - January 2013

Shot Notes:

Provia 100f 4x5, 135mm Fuji lens

1/8th second at f32, 2 stop soft GND filter and warming filter

Backpacking along the Olympic Coast.  It’s awesome to watch the sunset from such a wild place then fall asleep to the sound of crashing waves.

Olympic National Park, Washington - August 2015

Shot Notes:

Ektar 100 4x5, 90mm Caltar Lens
2 seconds at f22, 3 stop reverse GND and polarizing filters

This morning I hit the trail early and made it to Two Rivers Lake by sunrise to watch this incredible display of light, clouds and the setting moon over Notchtop Mountain.  The alpenglow colors can be wildly intense up there and I’m always amazed by how quickly this peak goes from total shade to a complete brilliant red-orange glow.

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado - August 2015

Shot Notes:

Ektar 100 4x5, 75mm Super Angulon
2 seconds at f32, 2 stop soft GND filter

A John Deere combine between rows of late season corn under a classic Colorado sunset.  This is from my first ever batch of home developed e-6 film, I’m now happy to be completely free of labs for film developing!

Near Greeley, Colorado - November 2015

Shot notes:

Velvia 50 4x5, 90mm Caltar Lens
10 seconds at f22, 2 stop soft GND filter