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GayleLucci

Mountain of Gold



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Contest Finalist in Celebrating Nature Photo Contest Vol 6
Contest Finalist in Fall 2017 Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Nature And Patterns Photo Contest
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The Beauty Of Autumn Photo Contest 2020Top 10 class
Capture Patterns Photo ContestTop 20 class
Capture Patterns Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
Creators Exhibition ProjectTop 30 class
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My Best Shot Photo Contest Vol11Top 30 class
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World Photography Day Photo Contest 2020Top 10 class
Celebrating Nature Photo Contest Vol8Top 10 class
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Picturing The Yellow Color Photo ContestTop 10 class
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Celebrating Nature Photo Contest Vol 7Top 10 class
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Pattern Games Photo ContestTop 10 class
Pattern Games Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
The Beauty Of Autumn Photo Contest 2019Top 10 class
Celebrating Nature Photo Contest Vol 6Top 10 class
Celebrating Nature Photo Contest Vol 6Top 10 class week 1
World Photography Day Photo Contest Speed SeriesTop 10 class
The Outdoors Photo Contest Speed SeriesTop 10 class
Change Of Seasons Photo ContestTop 10 class
Change Of Seasons Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
The Colors Photo ContestTop 10 class
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Unique Sceneries Photo ContestTop 10 class
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Unique Sceneries Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
The Beauty Of Fall Photo Contest 2018Top 10 class
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Stunning POV Photo ContestTop 20 class
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Fallen Trees Photo ContestTop 30 class
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Fall 2017 Photo ContestTop 10 class
My Best Shot Photo Contest Vol 3Top 10 class
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My Best Shot Photo Contest Vol 3Top 10 class week 1
Symmetry In Nature Photo ContestTop 10 class
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Symmetry In Nature Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Nature And Patterns Photo ContestTop 10 class
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Nature And Patterns Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Fields and Forests Photo ContestTop 10 class
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Composing with Textures Photo ContestTop 10 class
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Call Of The Wild Photo ContestTop 10 class
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The Creative Landscape Photo ContestTop 10 class
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16 Comments | Report
beckykempf Platinum
 
beckykempf October 03, 2016
Wow! I love everything about this - the composition, the clarity, the lighting, the color!
RDVPhotography
 
RDVPhotography November 18, 2016
Well captured, you have all the elements!
dougplume PRO+
 
dougplume November 26, 2016
Superb work
Alwolfe Premium
 
Alwolfe October 24, 2017
Absolutely gorgeous photo!
Byronfairphotography PRO+
 
Byronfairphotography October 28, 2017
Very nicely done / Voted
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo February 27, 2018
Congrats on your 2 Finalist Awards with this beauty!
DNproSTUDIO
 
DNproSTUDIO December 02, 2018
beautiful this tree when autumn coming
SteBil30 PRO
 
SteBil30 December 23, 2018
STUNNING!
AnjelEyePhotos PRO+
 
AnjelEyePhotos December 30, 2018
Gorgeous shot!
speterson6
 
speterson6 September 01, 2019
Superb depiction of Fall color. Beautiful composition.
Ericamordillo PRO+
 
Ericamordillo September 08, 2019
I love this photo!
WhiteWalls-888
 
WhiteWalls-888 October 01, 2019
Stunning
Iswift PRO+
 
Iswift April 29, 2020
Congratulations! Stunning work
ToddH Platinum
 
ToddH May 18, 2020
This is a Beautiful image.
michaelmishou
 
michaelmishou October 10, 2020
This is a stunner!
philden PRO
 
philden December 11, 2020
Beautiful

Behind The Lens

Location
The drive to Maroon Bells from Aspen Colorado is such a scenic drive with mountains of thick, beautiful aspens interspersed with a few evergreens. The image was taken about 8 miles from the iconic Maroon Bells.
Time
Morning sun dancing with golden rays on the aspens provided perfect lighting for the scene. The image was taken after a lengthy early morning shoot at Maroon Bells. I would say it was about 7:30 AM that I got this shot.
Lighting
Was not able to be at this location at sun-up, which would have been optimal, but it was still early enough to get the softer, golden light of morning.
Equipment
This was taken with a Canon 1DX, 70-200 mm Canon lens about 20 yards from the turn-out on the highway.
Inspiration
After a 3:00AM shoot at Maroon Bells, was returning to Aspen. I had been hoping to find thick stands of Aspen as I had somewhat pre-visualized the shot. Was also looking for "groupings" of the trees with the white trunks visible. When we came upon the scene, I knew this was it. Took several shots trying to isolate just the right pattern and groupings.
Editing
Most of the post was done in Adobe Camera Raw and a little cloning in Photoshop. The final workflow came in Nik Color Effects Pro, where a little color saturation on the golds and selective sharpening of tree trunks.
In my camera bag
For most wide angle landscapes, I use a Nikon D800e. Most detailed, isolated or distance shots, low light, and action images, I prefer the Canon 1DX with the 70-200mm lens. Also use a Gitzo tripod with Really Right Stuff ball head. I take two packs...one Think Tank with the Canon, filters, and lens and a LowPro sling with the Nikon. Always carry spare batteries, blower/brush for lens cleaning, a flashlight and ClifBar snack with water. It does depend on the type of images I'm after as to what filters and lens are in the packs. If I'm getting bird and animals, have a 100-500mm. If water scenes, usually a Big Stopper 10 stop ND filter to put on the 16-35mm wide angle lens. If shooting events, some architecture or animals, use a Really Right Stuff monopod for the heavy, bulky lens where I need flexibility of movement.
Feedback
I don't usually pre-visualize a shot, but I did on this one because there are so few opportunities to see fall color in close, clustered groupings. Did have to do a little off-road hike to get the exact pattern I wanted and took several shots of different groupings in order to find just the right combo. Of course lighting plays such a key role in getting a dynamic, stand out image. Be early, scout around and try shots from various perspective... With trees, laying on the ground, shooting up gives interesting dynamic effects when trees are closely clustered. Try them all!!!! Post processing is essential, no matter how great your equipment. I am now finding that Luminar, Aurora, and Topaz have wonderful presets that take little skill to achieve professional results. You can create so many different effects with the same image that you may not have tried on your own...and it's really fun...and it makes me look like a MUCH better photographer than I really am!!!!

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