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Curved Aspens



Nature has an amazing ability to survive even the most daunting of challenges. These aspens have seen untold challenges in their history, but their will to sur...
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Nature has an amazing ability to survive even the most daunting of challenges. These aspens have seen untold challenges in their history, but their will to survive has won out.
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7 Comments | Report
Byronfairphotography PRO+
 
Byronfairphotography November 24, 2019
Very cool find.
heathersheri
 
heathersheri December 08, 2019
Where is this?! So cool!
phgorzen
 
phgorzen December 08, 2019
Outstanding capture of the versatility within the sacred land - bravo!
elabrozzi Platinum
 
elabrozzi January 23, 2020
You captured Mother Nature in her amazing way! Love it!
4sixNorth PRO+
 
4sixNorth July 09, 2020
Unreal.
keepclicking
 
keepclicking September 08, 2020
Wow
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DAsEye January 25, 2021
Well done
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Behind The Lens

Location
These resilient aspens reside near Telluride Colorado. It's somewhat of a difficult to reach location and without knowing where to look you'll likely go right by them. The good news is that the world is full of amazing places to explore even if you don't find exactly what you set out to find.
Time
Blue Hour, yes, it looks like it's gold and oranges back there in the back, but trust me, the light was fading fast and only got a few shots off before things got really dark. I had been on the hunt for this spot for several days and when I finally found it, I was already looking at 20sec+ exposures at ISO200!
Lighting
Light in the mountains is magical. For someone from the wide open expanses of North Texas, it's always a challenge to get accustomed to after a year or longer away from the high peaks of the Rockies or Sierras. All natural light, but far less of it, to the eye, than you would thing seeing this photo. Just remember, the camera's shutter can do things the human eye can't!
Equipment
This was shot with my Canon 5Dsr, a 50MP beast of a camera, but comes with it some limitations as far as ISO performance. Thus, I try to never shoot at higher than ISO400 (it was at 200 for this shot), always locked down on a sturdy tripod (my Induro 304 works well under even harsh conditions) and at my best lens's best apertures. For this shot I was shooting with the excellent Canon 24-70 F4L, a small and compact lens compared to both the 24-205 and 24-70 F.28 options out there. This spot really needs that mid-normal kind of focal length to frame the aspens well.
Inspiration
I had seen numerous shots of this stand of trees from a variety of photographers that I admire and was on the hunt to explore the back roads and trails of Colorado to discover them for myself. I had a general idea of where I was looking, but thankfully I am friends with other photographers who know I respect the land and locations well enough to provide a guiding hand to pin point the location.
Editing
The majority of the post processing for this photo was to get the white balance and colors right for what I recall seeing in the scene and the story I wanted to tell. It was near peak color change in the San Juan mountains of Colorado, and with the sun setting the aspens took on this beautiful hue that was so difficult to capture and took some work in Photoshop to truly bring out.
In my camera bag
I shoot with a variety of Canon cameras ranging from the 7DmkII to the 5Dsr and several other Canon DSLR bodies in between depending on the situation. The majority of the time I have either the 16-35 F4L or 70-200F4L lenses attached, with the 24-70 waiting in the wings for situations such as this one where that 'mid normal' focal length is needed.
Feedback
In landscape photography, light is everything. Understanding how to work with the light, especially beyond what the eye can see, is key to unlocking the magical blue and golden hours of the day where the entire world is just a little more beautiful. In the mountains this means working with reflected light, with sunsets that happen long after the sun is no longer in the sky (because it's behind a mountain ridge) and other challenges that can become exceptional tools when mastered. Honing the eye to see different compositions, in different focal lengths, is also key to being prepared for moments like this where the scene is just right. I encourage everyone to head to their nearest park or forest lands, armed with one or two lenses at most, and shoot with that lens exclusively for a day, making them 'see' in that focal length so that the next time at a grand view, the mind is better trained to pick out the best composition from the multitude of options.

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