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Maroon Bells



Arrived at 4 am to shoot a Colorado classic

Arrived at 4 am to shoot a Colorado classic
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ShelleyE
 
ShelleyE October 17, 2016
Beautiful capture
ronronco
ronronco October 17, 2016
Thanks Shelley!
ArtbySass PRO
 
ArtbySass December 06, 2016
Gorgeous! Well worth getting up early for!
ronronco
ronronco December 06, 2016
Thank you. Nice to see another local.
Biancaiso
 
Biancaiso December 07, 2016
I am in love with this picture! Congrats!
ronronco
ronronco January 04, 2017
Thanks, so much!
anthonymannion PRO+
 
anthonymannion February 05, 2017
awesome
ronronco
ronronco February 11, 2017
Thanks a bunch!
gek1701
 
gek1701 February 11, 2017
Stunning shot!!
ronronco
ronronco February 11, 2017
Thank you for checking it out!
Marissa_Wolff
 
Marissa_Wolff February 12, 2017
Classic. What time of year? I have only been post aspens.
jipse_sol
 
jipse_sol February 17, 2017
Absolutely stunning!!!
httppluto
 
httppluto April 04, 2017
Beautiful reflections and colors
lljubadjordjevic PRO
 
lljubadjordjevic May 18, 2018
Omg absolutely stunning,

Behind The Lens

Location
Maroon Bells near Aspen, Colorado is one of the more popular sites to photograph fall colors with dramatic Colorado Mountains. I had never dared the crowds before, but with some friends, determined to be there before first light.
Time
This shot was taken at about 6am, but to be in position we arrived on site at 4am. My group of 8 was there with a couple of others hours before the other 400 photogs fighting for a spot on the shore. For me, this was especially tough since had worked a 12 hour shift prior and then drove to Aspen and slept in a hotel for 2 hours before getting up and shooting.
Lighting
Light is the KEY! That is why everyone wants to be at that point at that time. The rising sun hitting the peaks is highly desirable. Moments after this photo, clouds to the east blocked the light of the sun and made all subsequent pics inferior.
Equipment
Sturdy Manfrotto tripod and Canon 5D MkIII body with a Canon 17-40 wide angle lens is my go to for most any landscape shot.
Inspiration
I just figured that with some luck I could shoot this as well as most others. It's just a long drive, so I needed friends to all say we would meet there and get it crossed off the list.
Editing
White balancing and raising the light in the shadows in the majority of the processing.
In my camera bag
All Canon bodies and lenses with a Rkinon 14mm thrown in for astrophotography.
Feedback
Get there early and set up your shot! I cannot emphasize this enough. By the time the ideal light hit, there were 400 photogs there jostling each other for position. Tripod legs overlapping each other - it was semi-combative. We had it relatively easy. Got there early and kind of staked our claim to the ideal spot before the crowds arrived. The fact that we were in a group helped to keep others from jamming in between us. Good luck!

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