Bear Creek Nature Center

Bear Creek Nature Center

Bear Creek Nature Center
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Behind The Lens

This is a shot of Cheyenne Mountain and Mount Rosa taken from Bear Creek Nature Center in southwest Colorado Springs, Colorado. The nature center offers wildlife, nature trails & a variety of habitats. The neighborhood of Skyway can be seen in the foreground.
My son and I got up early to help with one of his fellow scouts Eagle project. It was a beautiful crisp fall morning around 8 am when I spotted this shot.
How can you go wrong with low hanging clouds and the sun streaming through? This type of lighting happens periodically in Colorado Springs, if possible I try and grab a few shots when it does.
NIKON D7100 18.0-140.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 lens set at 75mm ƒ5.6 1/500s ISO 100 hand held.
I've shot from this area before, but had not made it down to this part of the nature center. The light on the trees and tall grasses in the foreground was such a nice contrast to the mountains, it alerted my photographers "spidey sense" to start clicking before the moment was gone.
Post processed in Adobe Lightroom, added a little Clarity and Vibrance. Sent to Nik for a bit of sharpening and noise reduction. finished with a small amount of vignetting.
In my camera bag
Nikon D7100, 18.0-140.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 Nikor, old 24 mm f/1.8 Nikor from my old film days, 24.0 - 105 mm Nikor. 3-4 extra batteries, 4-5 extra SD cards, tripod, an old barbers shaving brush that is the best thing I've found for dusting things off, and a tripod mount for my iPhone.
One thing, whenever the clouds are low and large and the sun is behind them, the chance for light streaks increases. Keep an eye out for opportunities like these. This always has been one of my favorite subjects. Always have a camera with you (duh), don't forget you phone counts if you don't happen to have your bag with you. When you take a picture you like, share it, chances are someone else will like it too.

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