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A time-lapse along Colorado's Million Dollar highway.

A time-lapse along Colorado's Million Dollar highway.
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16 Comments |
pajoshi
 
pajoshi January 11, 2022
great shot!
cavazbe PRO
cavazbe January 11, 2022
Thank you very much!
Jdean80 Platinum
 
Jdean80 March 02, 2022
Congratulations on winning runner-up in the covers photo contest! What an amazing shot! Nicely done!!
cavazbe PRO
cavazbe March 05, 2022
Thank you very much, Jeremy. I appreciate it.
carlrichardharris Platinum
 
carlrichardharris March 26, 2022
Absolutely love this, well done.
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cavazbe March 26, 2022
Thank you very much, Carl...much appreciated!
deeannwedgeclendenin Platinum
 
deeannwedgeclendenin June 12, 2022
Love this
cavazbe PRO
cavazbe June 13, 2022
Thank you very much!!
tonyb1969
 
tonyb1969 August 05, 2022
Outstanding work! Love traveling this highway.
cavazbe PRO
cavazbe August 06, 2022
thanks, Tony! Same and it is a great drive.
Eddieuuu071 Platinum
 
Eddieuuu071 November 10, 2023
Thank you for entering your wonderful photo in my “Country Roads” challenge. I have placed it in the “Top 10” favorites from which the winner will be chosen. Congratulations!
cavazbe PRO
cavazbe November 13, 2023
Thanks Ed and I appreciate the kind words and thank you for hosting the contest!
Eddieuuu071 Platinum
 
Eddieuuu071 November 10, 2023
Congratulations on an amazing photo! I selected your inspirational photo as the winner in my “Country Roads” challenge because it kept me interested for a long time. There is so much to see here and it is well laid out. Great job!
cavazbe PRO
cavazbe November 13, 2023
Glad to hear and thanks again, Ed!
JayneBug Platinum
 
JayneBug November 10, 2023
Wow! Congratulations on your award win. 👏👏
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cavazbe November 13, 2023
thank you Jayne!
gaschenf Ultimate
 
gaschenf November 10, 2023
Ben,
An absolute beauty. Wonderful timing to get the time lapse and sunset colors and lights into one picture!
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cavazbe November 13, 2023
Thanks Fred...it took me about 3 hours to shoot the scene and who knows how long to get everything together in PS. I think to get all of these elements in one shot without blowing out the sky are 1 in a million.
gillianfloyd
 
gillianfloyd November 10, 2023
Congratulations!
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cavazbe November 13, 2023
Many thanks, Gillian!
DanRT Platinum
 
DanRT November 10, 2023
Neat shot. Congrats!
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cavazbe November 13, 2023
TY Dan!
rmr731 Platinum
 
rmr731 November 14, 2023
Congrats! So very cool!
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cavazbe November 23, 2023
Thank you so much!
HuaweiP30Lite
 
HuaweiP30Lite Jan 30
Is that a busy corner or did you stand there all day long?
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cavazbe Jan 30
Hi there....the road is fairly traveled, but remote, so I ended up taking this shot over 3 hours or so and did a time blend for the sky and foreground and then waited after dark until I felt I had enough cars to fill the frame.
DanzzArtPhotography Ultimate
 
I enjoy seeing Time laspe Photography
cavazbe PRO
cavazbe Mar 09
many thanks and glad you like it.
Sasquach
 
Sasquach Feb 26
I love time lapse…I haven’t tried it yet but will. I have been there and it is a wonderful location.
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cavazbe Mar 09
Thank you! If you get the chance to go back, hopefully you can get a similar shot.
mallorcagraphics
 
Lovely photo
cavazbe PRO
cavazbe Mar 09
Thank you very much!
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Behind The Lens

Location

This photo was taken on the evening of October 1, 2020, along Colorado's Million Dollar Highway (US 550) between Ouray and Silverton.

Time

I took this shot just before sunset and through dusk. I arrived on-site around 5:30 P.M. and stayed until 8:30 P.M. Since this photo was a timelapse between sunset and dark, I needed plenty of time to capture all the elements of the photo, which occurred at different times.

Lighting

There are several events captured in this composite - sunset, dusk, and dark. It was impossible to capture all of these elements in one frame, so I had to plan for each one. The light at sunset was amazing and I got lucky on this one part of the photo because chances of a good sunset were slim. My backup plan was to get stars for the sky if the sunset ended up being dull. The soft evening light also gave the mountains a nice glow, which was a nice touch. I needed to wait until dark to capture the light from the passing traffic, which gave some visual interest to the photo.

Equipment

I used a Canon 5D Mark IV with a EF16-35 f/2.8L USM II lens mounted on a Really Right Stuff travel tripod and a remote cable release.

Inspiration

I had been in the area for a week and wanted to get something unique. I had driven up and down this road for a few days and the idea come to me toward the end of the trip. I thought it would be cool to get the lights whipping around the "U" part of the road. Getting the colorful sky was a bonus.

Editing

There was some LightRoom and Photoshop magic that went into this photo. Each element of the scene is a different photo - the sky and foreground are two photos and the light streaks are 18 different photos. The sky and land photos are edited in LR for tonal balance and exposure and blended in Photoshop and further refined there. The light streaks were combined in PS and blended as one photo, then layered on the composite of the sky and land. Once all three components were on one frame, the composite was edited for contrast and tone. Dodging and burning were used for local adjustments.

In my camera bag

My Canon 5D IV and either the 16-35, 24-70, or 70-200 are usually in my bag. I will occasionally carry various long-exposure ND filters or polarizers.

Feedback

Plan, plan, and plan! I will admit that I did not plan nearly long enough for this photo and pulled off at the last minute, but I still had ample time to get to the scene and set up where I was happy with the composition. I spent quite a bit of time sorting through 300+ images to find the right ones needed for the final composite. That part involved lots of trial and error and several iterations before I found the right combination. Don't get discouraged with this part and take some time away and come back to the photo you get frustrated with editing. As long as you have each of the components for the shot you are looking for, you will do fine. Be patient during shooting and don't forget to have fun and enjoy your surroundings while you are shooting!

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