Raven Fly-by

During one of my trips to the summit of Mount Evans, a small group of Ravens soared overhead. Here is my favorite image of one of the ravens as it made a close fly-by:

Raven

I will be quite busy over the next 10 days, initiating a new and interesting photo project. It is likely that I will not have time to make posts during this timeframe, but will be back as soon as I can.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 100mm-400mm, f/4.5 – f/5.6, IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 250
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter 1/800 sec.

 

 

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Pika Time

Today’s post features one of my favorite subjects to photograph when I travel to the Colorado Rockies. The American Pika is a very small mammal, weighing only about 4 ounces. It feeds on an assortment of green plants and can often be spotted as it quickly runs between it’s source of plants and it’s den, located among rocks and boulders. Collecting green plants, it transports them back to the boulders and spreads them out to dry, similar to a haystack. This cache is stored inside the den over the winter. The pika does not hibernate, so it feeds on the dried grasses/flowers.

Pika cannot survive in warmer climates; they are typically found at higher altitudes where the temperatures stay about 70F or below. Many believe that this mammal is becoming threatened due to our warming climates.

Here are a few images I captured along the Mount Evans Highway in August:

American Pika

American Pika

American Pika

American Pika

American Pika

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 100mm-400mm, f/4.5 – f/5.6, IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 250 and ISO 500
  • Aperture f/22
  • Shutter 1/250 sec. to 1/2500 sec.

 

 

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Sunrise From Cloud Level

On my last day of camping at Mount Evans, I drove to the summit of the mountain (quite daunting in the dark!) to capture a sunrise from the summit. The view from this vantage point was quite impressive, and the layers of clouds really helped to make this a wonderful sight as the sun rose from behind the layered mountain ranges. Here are a few of the images I captured:

Sunrise from the summit of Mount Evans

Sunrise from the summit of Mount Evans

Sunrise from the summit of Mount Evans

I want to say “Thanks” to my good friend Adam. Adam lives nearby and came out to camp with me for a couple of days. On the last morning, I talked Adam into going to the summit with me, in the dark, to capture a sunrise there. Driving alone, up the windy, steep and narrow road was not a fun thing to do in total darkness! With straight-down dropoffs along the narrow road, it was quite a “white knuckled” event! But with two sets of eyes on the road, it was a much easier task!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 1D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 28-135mm, f/3.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld (sitting on boulder and bracing) with IS “On”
  • ISO 250
  • f/22
  • Shutter 1/8 sec., 1/30 sec., 1/60 sec.

 

 

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Fun Friday: Where’s Waldo?

On one of my trips back down from the summit of Mount Evans, a small group of Ptarmigan were encountered that were foraging among the rocks, beside the road. Ptarmigan reside in these higher altitudes, but are difficult to spot as they blend in so well with their surroundings. Luckily, this small group were walking around, making their movement a bit easier to spot (but still tough!).

With the road narrow at this location and near a hairpin turn, and no pullouts, and the edge of the road falling straight down the mountainside, I only had a short time to photograph the birds before risking another car coming around the turn, so I shot without changing the camera settings and from the running vehicle, which caused the shutter speed to be a lot slower than I would have liked. But still managed to get a few acceptable images. Here is my favorite:

Ptarmigan foraging among the rocks

Interesting birds and such a great camouflage coat! As the season moves more towards winter, they will turn white, again creating a great way to openly hide in the snow!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld from running car, with IS “On”
  • ISO 400
  • f/5.6
  • Shutter 1/30 sec.

 

 

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Cute Little Kids

Today’s post features some of the many, cute Mountain Goat kids that were in a group of goats near the summit of Mount Evans (in the Colorado Rockies). The Mountain Goats, and particularly the young kids, are always a highlight of every trip I make to Mount Evans. Born in early June, by late summer they are very agile and can run/jump among the boulders with ease. How can you not love them?! Here are a few of my favorite images of the young goats:

Mountain Goat kids

Mountain Goat kids

Mountain Goat kid

More Mount Evans trip images coming up!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 250
  • f/5.6 and f/8
  • Shutter 1/2500 sec. and 1/1250 sec.

 

 

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And the Beauty Just Won’t Stop

Today’s post comes from the Upper Goliath Wilderness Area, along the Mount Evan’s Highway in the Colorado Rockies. My last sunrise I posted was a beauty (“Sunrise Over Upper Goliath”), but while reviewing the images later in the day (on the back of my camera), I wished I would have photographed the sunrise with a telephoto lens. Why? A telephoto lens will do a couple of things: First, it will add a “compression” effect, drawing the mountain layers closer to each other, and second, will show the sun as a larger body in the image. So the following morning I got up well before sunrise and headed back up to the Upper Goliath Wilderness Area. This time I shot with my 100-400mm lens. Here is a progression of the sunrise that morning:

Sunrise Over Upper Goliath Wilderness

Sunrise Over Upper Goliath Wilderness

Sunrise Over Upper Goliath Wilderness

Sunrise Over Upper Goliath Wilderness

As it turned out, there was little “compression” since the cloud layer was very low along the skyline. But I love the fact that the many clouds created an amazing palette for the brilliant colors in the sunrise! And the larger sun really adds to the composition … after all, that is the subject of these images.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5 – f/5.6 IS lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod, with ballhead
  • ISO 200
  • f/22
  • Shutter 1/6 sec., 1/10 sec., 1/13 sec., 1/25 sec.
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Fun Friday: Between a Rock & Hard Place

Whenever I photograph in the Mount Evans area, I always look forward to being with the mountain goats that call Mount Evans home, and particularly the young kids. Born in June, they are full of play and so much fun to watch. As in past years, I was able to photograph the mountain goats near the summit of Mount Evans.

In today’s post, I’m featuring one of the kids in a rather akward position, stretched out between a couple of boulders:

Young Mountain Goat kid

I’ve got more mountain goat images that I’ll be sharing over the next few posts. And probably a few videos of the kids running around as they played in a small group, butting and jumping on each other.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 250
  • f/11
  • Shutter 1/125 sec.

 

 

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Sunrise Over Upper Goliath

Another beautiful sunrise over the Colorado Rockies. On an early morning drive up the Mount Evans Highway, I pulled to the side of the road, along the Upper Goliath Wilderness Area, and hiked a short distance to capture the sunrise. Finding an interesting, small bristle-cone pine tree as foreground interest, I set up the tripod and captured a lot of images of the sun as it inched it’s way over the mountains and through the clouds:

Sunrise Over Upper Goliath Wilderness

This image is a result of combining 3 individual images of varying exposures (a process called HDR, High Dynamic Range). I would have loved to have had more clouds in the sky for more color, but still a nice way to wake up!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Tamron 17-35 mm lens, shot at 17 mm
  • Bogen 3221 tripod, with ballhead
  • ISO 200
  • f/19
  • Shutter 1/6 sec., 1/2 sec., 1/15 sec.
  • Processing: 3 images were combined (HDR) in Photomatix Pro software, to get final image

 

 

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Perseids Over Upper Goliath

Today’s post highlights the reason behind my recent trip to Mount Evans, in the Colorado Rockies … to capture the annual Perseids meteor shower over the mountains. This trip was a mixed bag. I managed to capture a couple of meteors, but the weather was not conducive to capture the large number of meteors that typically are the Perseids. As it turned out, peak night was totally washed out by a heavy cloud cover and rain. On the night I made this post’s capture, the night before peak, I was able to shoot for only a couple of hours, and only during the early evening hours, before the Perseids really started raining down.

My objective was to capture the meteors by using a bristle-cone pine in the foreground. The location for this first night of shooting was Upper Goliath Wilderness Area, where bristle-cone pines are common. During this first night, I used an old bristle-cone pine stump, with it’s curly, gnarly branches as the foreground focal point. I light painted the bristle-cone pine, so it would be visible in the nighttime image. During my short evening of shooting, I only saw 3 meteors with my eyes … two very strong meteors and a single “weakling”. Here is the strong meteor I managed to capture:

Perseids meteor shower over Mount Evans

And if you look very closely, you can see a weak meteor in this image (located below the obvious meteor, towards the righthand side, and shooting down towards the bristle-cone pine stump)

With my very short access to the meteor shower, I did manage to get out early in the morning for some wonderful Mount Evans sunrises. I’ll share some of those in upcoming posts.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Rokinon 14mm lens, f/2.8
  • Bogen 3221 tripod, with ballhead
  • ISO 3200
  • Shutter 28 seconds
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Just a Hop and a Skip Away

Today’s post is the first of several that I will be sharing from my recent trip to the Colorado Rockies to photograph the 2017 Perseids meteor shower. This image was inspired by viewing the surrounding skyline from Upper Goliath Wilderness Area, located along the Mount Evans Highway. In the distance, the skyline of Denver is just beginning to appear in the view. And in the foreground is a dead, old Bristlecone Pine stump:

Night Image of the Denver Skyline

Much more coming from this trip: Perseids, mountain goats, pika, sunrises … something for everyone!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Rokinon 14mm lens, f/2.8
  • Bogen 3221 tripod, with ballhead
  • ISO 3200
  • Shutter 28 seconds
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