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Tarn at the head of Forest Canyon



Forest canyon is one of my favorite summer destinations

Forest canyon is one of my favorite summer destinations
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Roussou
 
Roussou November 23, 2014
Beautiful, what a place to be
Scout330 PRO
 
Scout330 December 01, 2014
this is just plain gorgeous
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Scout330 December 01, 2014
where is Forest Canyon?
MarkoG
 
MarkoG December 01, 2014
Forest Canyon is off of the Ute Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park. There are no trails in the canyon itself, however it is easy to navigate if you have any back country skills. Check this out: www.GrandLakeImages.com/UteTrail.htm
Chelle-s
 
Chelle-s January 10, 2015
Very nice capture. I might just have to visit Forest Canyon sometime. :)
kerrytingley
 
kerrytingley January 14, 2015
Stunning cloud reflections!

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Behind The Lens

Location
This image was taken near the top of forest canyon in Rocky Mountain National Park. There are no trails in Forest Canyon, but navigation is relatively easy since the topography is quite gross and you are above tree line. It is reach by taking the Ute Trail down from the alpine visitor's center for about one mile. Just head down hill from the "Forest Canyon Pass" sign.
Time
This image was taken around 11:00 AM on August 14, 2011. I love taking pictures of reflected mountains and sky - this has both. Around Grand County at 8,700 feet and up it is windy almost every afternoon so reflection shots are best taken in the morning.
Lighting
With high altitude (around 10,000 feet) and a cloudy day the lighting was relatively flat so I exposed for the reflected image - I planned on adjusting the sky with PSE.
Equipment
Taken with a Nikon D90 and Nikon 18-105mm zoom at 34mm. It was hand held, ISO 400, at f25 and 1/100 sec., a polarizing filter.
Inspiration
I was actually out looking for some elk pictures, but the great sky and clear reflection in the tarn were just too much to pass up.
Editing
Since the image was exposed for the reflection, it was necessary to darken the sky a bit. I almost always bracket, so my first post processing job is to pick the best of the three images taken and delete the other two.Well sometimes I keep two!
In my camera bag
During the warm months i use a Sony alpha Nex 7. In the winter I use my Nikon D90 which can operate at very low temperatures. I usually carry two zoom lenses ( one for scenes and one for zooming in) and extension tubes for what ever camera I have with me. I also carry a set of filters.
Feedback
First and most important - go where the pictures are! Second - take lots of pictures. Keep your eyes open. I am usually out looking for a particular kind of image, but some of my best images are not what I was looking for but being at the right place at the right time. I almost always bracket my images with a one stop delta.

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