San Juan Mtn, CO





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kathleenweetman March 04, 2015
A stunning shot with a great reflection..k
Jerchambers March 13, 2015
Thank you very much...Could you believe I was riding in my truck at the time?!

Behind The Lens

The funny thing about this photo is, it is a happy accident. Well, though I intended on taking it, it was taken from the passenger seat of my Toyota Tacoma. I was on a family road trip with my wife, two kids, following my father and nephew and in-laws in Souther Colorado. This is a famous mountain range called the San Juans. We had been in Ouray, CO for the previous few hours due to a delay from road construction so I was lucky enough to have the right lighting for this shot.
As mentioned before the time of day was late in the afternoon and early evening. I would say probably around 5-6 pm in the late Summer, like August.
The lighting was pretty magnificent due to the clouds and the surrounding mountains on both sides of the highway. If you ever get to travel in Colorado you would know how beautiful it is. I am from here and was born in Durango but raised in what we call the Front Range. So, anytime I get to travel through the State, I get an appreciation of its beauty.
Funny thing, I am fairly new to photography. I have had some instruction as a child and teenager and before this shot I was in a class in my local Community College. I purchased this Canon EOS Rebel T3i for the class and have been using it since. I figured I should learn to use the camera at a basic level before upgrading and investing in either lenses or other models. As I said, this was taken from a moving vehicle, I had it on the fastest setting I could, and I even tried to help it out with my movements to get as still a photo as possible.
I think the subject matter is all the inspiration I needed for this photo. I love the mountains of Colorado and especially the Southern ranges. The San Juans are very majestic and probably one of the most photographed regions in the State.
I did enhance the photograph a bit with saturation and contrast. I used the editing tools on Viewbug in order to do so. I have the original posted on my profile as well in my gallery. The comparison is notable but not extreme. I wanted to enhance the blue skies, It seems when captured on the digital lens with the Canon, the color is lost somehow and I wanted to show what my eyes could see and give the viewer the chance to enjoy what we have here in Colorado.
In my camera bag
I normally include a telephoto lens, lens cleaning kit, mini tripod, lens caps (spare) and tripod attachment.
The only advice I can give to others is know your camera and its manual settings before anything else and then you will be able to master the rest. If you have the opportunity to take a class or learn from others on this website, do so, it can only improve your end product. Be in the right place at the right time as well. Sometimes accidents happen and hopefully, you can be there with your camera in hand when it does.

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