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9/25/12 * Welcome back to the Stellar Tuesday blog which was in a short period of recess. Today I present Golden Aspen under Starlight. This shot has been months in the planning. I hiked up to the top of the Angler Mountain trail here in Silverthorne to watch the sunset and then began my decent shooting all the everything I could. Along the way I came face to face with a bull moose (not good this time of year but he didn’t mind me but it definitely gave me a scare) and an owl that thought he would give me a few fly-byes which had me looking over my shoulder pretty regularly. Not the typical outing I usually have but it was worth it.
Stellar Tuesday July 3, 2012:
This weeks photo features the Andromeda Galaxy over the south cliff face of Red Mountain of the Gore Range near Silverthorne, Colorado. I set this shot up during my back-packing trip over Buffalo – Red Pass just before going to bed. At the time I set the scene, the moon was illuminating the entire canyon. Using my intervolometer, I set the camera to run all night at 5 minute intervals. This scene was captured when the moon was setting and the valley floor was no longer illuminated. I chose this one out of the lot for the contrast between foreground and background.
Sawatch Range, Colorado: Originally named “Holy Cross National Monument” by President Hoover in 1929, the monument was transferred to the Park Service some 4 years later and then in 1950, after a drop from tourists due to significant erosion in the right arm, the Mount of the Holy Cross was returned to the Forest Service.
This is not the classic view from Notch Mountain (Not True that Notch Mtn is the ONLY vantage point) but a view from Shrine Pass which is a dirt road that links Summit and Eagle County.
About this shot: We woke up during ambient light and by the time we reached the Cross, the sun had risen but was just barely shining over the high mountain peaks of Summit County. As more and more light filled the valley, shadows were dissolving when this photo was taken. My approach was quite simple, since I was using a Telephoto lens for a landscape shot, I would have to go for near Maximum Depth of Field: f32 with best Color: ISO 100.
Congratulations to Cary LaCouture Photography for winning First Place! I am excited to announce that my photo dubbed Silverthorne Stars which was submitted for the MTN Town Magazine Cover Contest took 2nd place. Thanks to everybody who voted, it was a super close race with a “Photo” finish. I never would have won 2nd without the support of every person who voted. Thank YOU!
I snapped into action before reaching for my lunch and was fortunate enough to acquire some interesting photos on a day when I thought there would be no chance. I made a series of exposures which were generally based around 24mm(ISO 100 * f22 * .4″) After lunch we were met with the onslaught of up-slope traffic. I mean the kind of traffic that you can expect in Times Square, New York or climbing Mt Quandary near Breckenridge, Colorado on a Saturday. Although this is a beautiful hike, please be sure that if you want a peaceful visit to this serene place, you may want to hit the trail with the sunrise. Follow this link for more Info.