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Longs Peak from Trail Ridge Road



A solitary hiker stops for a view of Forest Canyon with Longs Peak in the background. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado....
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A solitary hiker stops for a view of Forest Canyon with Longs Peak in the background. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.
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20 Comments | Report
richgreene
 
richgreene May 10, 2014
Great vantage point!
limar1974
 
limar1974 June 03, 2014
nice job!
ArtQ
 
ArtQ June 14, 2014
Congrats on your finalist award.
Dacemac PRO+
 
Dacemac June 14, 2014
Great perspective! Congratulations!
daydreamer1203
 
daydreamer1203 June 14, 2014
Longs peak and Keyboard of the Winds!!!! Fabulous shot!!!
jamesgrady
 
jamesgrady August 13, 2014
Very good shot! It caught my attention.
Jacc
 
Jacc August 16, 2014
great shoot congrats
KarlWilliamsPhotography
 
KarlWilliamsPhotography February 19, 2015
The hiker gives a superb sense of scale to the scene, James - impressive.
tinawiley PRO+
 
tinawiley April 21, 2015
Stunning photo.
blueberrydragon
 
blueberrydragon June 02, 2015
This is beautiful!!!I'd love to be out in the west again!
sebastianmuglia
 
sebastianmuglia June 03, 2015
Compliments James!
jimstennette PRO+
 
jimstennette June 03, 2015
Congrats to a fellow Coloradan! Good shot!
itonkrustonbakara
 
itonkrustonbakara June 03, 2015
WoW Amaze..I wish that was me standing there...
bigtrocks
 
bigtrocks June 06, 2015
Truly amazing photo! Congrats!
Damayanthi
 
Damayanthi June 07, 2015
Great!
nandicmb
 
nandicmb December 08, 2015
Congratulations for all your Awards!
Coveboy53 PRO+
 
Coveboy53 January 24, 2016
You may need to talk to Icarus about wings before you try to fly across. :) Great photo, tremendous in fact. My partners has been there but it's in my to do bin. Thank you for the wonderful image
Pam54x
 
Pam54x June 25, 2016
WOW.. awesome shot
KateMacFran
 
KateMacFran July 22, 2016
Boy do I know that mountain well! Great capture!
ShutterUpper
 
ShutterUpper January 05, 2017
It would be super appreciated if you took your time to submit a photo or two! https:// viewbug.com/challenge/people-by-themselves-not-portraits-photo-challenge-by-shutterupper

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken along Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. It was late afternoon, and as we were driving, I noticed this incredible light on Longs Peak, while overhead we had these black storm clouds with lightning and thunder all around. I convinced my friend Matt to go stand out on the ledge to give this beautiful view a sense of scale.
Time
It was late afternoon in September, heading east back to have dinner in Ft. Collins with my daughter. It was a Friday, and I didn't think anything about the storm clouds, other than it was a little late in the summer for this type of storm, even in the mountains.
Lighting
Late afternoon natural lighting beneath massive storm clouds.
Equipment
This was shot with a Nikon D7000 on a Manfrotto 190 Pro CF, and I was balanced on a boulder on the edge of a cliff while trying not to think about getting hit by lightning!
Inspiration
Simply put, the lighting on Longs Peak framed by these awesome rock formations.
Editing
Not much in the way of post-processing other than adjusting the highlight and shadows using Adobe Lightroom.
In my camera bag
Besides the Nikon D7000, I keep a Tamron 10-24 wide angle zoom, and a Sigma 18-250 macro. Also a Nikon microphone for when I shoot video.
Feedback
Being at the right place at the right time with luck in the timing always helps. I could have driven a hundred different days along this famous route through Rocky Mountain National Park and never had the light like it was on this day. Sadly, however, this storm was the beginning of a series of storms that caused the major flooding in northern Colorado in September of 2013. We went through the town of Lyons which lies in a canyon along the Big Thompson River. On the following Tuesday, the town was completely destroyed by the floods caused by the massive rains.

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