The Rocky Mountains (Day)

Locations: Denver, Boulder, Estes Park, Rocky Mountains - Colorado

The image above was taken inside Rocky Mountain National Park, in the Alpine Tundra region. Here at over 12,000 feet elevation you'll find a unique landscape, totally devoid of trees with interesting geology and alpine animals.

The ground up here is different, littered with crystals and small plants that survive temperatures below freezing for at least 5 months of the year.

Above, a sign that explains how some of the landscape formed during the last Ice Age.

Let's take a quick tour of Rocky Mountain National Park:

Below I've put together a short selection of iPhone shots that will give you a short guided tour of Denver, Boulder, Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park: 

Now we'll segway into the night images - click RIGHT HERE to check out the park at night!

Mammoth in Tundra

Location: Rocky Mountain National Park, CO / Settings: F.14, ISO 100, 250 seconds

Gear: Canon 6D,  24-70mm LensManfrotto TripodRemote Shutter-release and proto Night-Writer.

On a recent trip out to Denver Colorado, Astrobandit and I took the short drive out to Rocky Mountain National Park.

The views were wild and beautiful everywhere we looked, but I took special note of the Tundra section of the park - an area of extremely high elevation, unique flora, and very cold temperatures at night (even during the summer months).

For this spot, I wanted to try another light-fossil - I've been on a rainbow-skeleton kick lately and needed a Mammoth in the mix. At around 40 degrees just after sunset with nothing more than a long sleeved shirt, I was happy to get this one first try - the next attempt resulted in a dying battery to my prototype light-pen. 

Staying in Denver was awesome, I was surprised how many great breweries were out there, we had an incredible sour beer that used a colorful sticker-label on blank cans that looked a lot like the cover to this old nintendo T&C surf game:

Special thanks to Jerrico and Michael for letting us stay with them, we will have to visit again in another month or so to see the changing color of leaves - the alpine trees can really give you a show.

I took this last shot at sunrise from the City Park. Another location for my Postcard Project series.

Fire-buds

Location: Giant Rock - Landers, CA / Settings: 11 shots at F2.8, ISO 3200, 13 seconds

firebuds

Info on how this shot was created:

Gear: Canon 6DRokinon 14mm LensManfrotto Tripod, and Remote Shutter-release.

For this quick gif I set up the camera in a half-circle space around the fire and shot 11 images - moving the camera and tripod a foot or two each shot and combined the shots using the animation window in photoshop.

animation tip

Just a couple of friends telling stories around a campfire with the universe above twinkling on to oblivion. Have fun out there!

It's 5 o'clock somewhere.

Location: Malibu, CA / Settings: (Composite) Light art at F8, ISO 100, 128 seconds, Wave at F4, ISO 1600, 10 seconds.

Info on how this shot was created:

Gear: Canon 6D24-70mm LensManfrotto TripodRemote Shutter-release and Canon 600ex Speedlite.

Originally, I was standing where the mug is pictured, trying to figure out where to frame the shot so it would capture the coastline.. That was when the spray from a large wave hit me from behind.

They say 'Never turn your back on the Sea' and that was the first thing that came to mind after getting soaked. Luckily, the spray hit me and not my camera gear - and that's what gave me this idea for the shot.

Cheers to the Sea - you always win.