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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Posted in 2017, Blog, Landscape Photography, Nature Photography, Sunrises/Sunsets, Travel Photography
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