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Rawah Glacial Lake



An afternoon storm rolls in above a Peak in Roosevelt National Forest.
An afternoon storm rolls in above a Peak in Roosevelt National Forest.
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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo at one of the upper glacial lakes along the southern part of the Rawah trail in Rosevelt National Park, CO.
Time
This photo was taken in the late afternoon, probably around 4 just as a big storm was rolling through.
Lighting
I love the stormy lighting in mountain photos because it gives the photo a bit of drama. Nature is overwhelmingly powerful and the photos that convey that really appeal to me.
Equipment
I used a good tripod, a Nikon D7100, a stock 18-140mm Nikon lense, and braketed the shot to pickup all the details in the lowlights and highlights.
Inspiration
My family goes on a summer backpacking trip every year and I wanted to try out my new tripod. Plus, I like to bring a camera to new places because I don't know if I'll ever return to that spot.
Editing
I did some touch ups in Lightroom but nothing too extreme. Because this photo was bracketed, I was able to merge the three photos to pick up the right lighting and details. After that I did a little work in photoshop to get the lighting and color as true to what I remember seeing that day. I don't like to do too much because Im not a fan of photos that owe more to the computer than they do the camera.
In my camera bag
I'm still a novice so my bag is pretty small...plus I'm a bit of a minimalist so if I can get away with no bag I'm better off. like to have an additional lens (any lens), cleaner for the lens, an extra battery..basic stuff. Keep it simple, right? If Im bringing my tripod I'll also bring one of those cheap rope bags schools and promotional companies give away because they fold up really small and I can use them to hold rocks to weigh down my tripod in windy conditions.
Feedback
I find mountains difficult because they're so big, which is probably why I like taking their picture. For this particular picture I just needed to be patient and do my thing. I took a lot of pictures of different peaks and different angles before settling on this one and then sat around for a while until the clouds I liked rolled in. Just watch out for lightning when you're above tree-line.

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