Sunday, February 13, 2011

Winter on the flatirons : visit to Eldorado Canyon State Park

Last weekend we had a lot of snow around here. Very much contrary to this weekend where we are seeing temperatures around 18 C (65 F for those accustomed to more archaic units). As people say in Colorado: "If you don't like the weather, wait one day". I spent some time trudging through the snow in Eldorado Canyon state park (a hidden gem south of Boulder). This park is famous for its climbing on the edges of its flatirons. In winter conditions you'll see hardly anybody in there. I liked the look of the snow on the red rock and the trees so I shot some images there.

This is a view of the main rock formations from the Fowler trail (click for bigger)

Assembled from 9 images shot at 35 mm, f/11, 1/15s. Will print with exquisite detail even as large as most homes' walls.

This is a detail from this view which I liked because of its geometric shapes where the trees reflect the rocks.

Single image at 35 mm, f/11, 1/15s.

This is my favorite from the hike. a rear view of the rock formations. I composed the image to have the rocks go diagonally on the right to the right corner. This is the image I used in the previous post about the very high level of detail in images such as this.
Assembled from 9 images shot at 50 mm, f/11, 1/15s.
There is a black and white version of this image here.

A look up
Assembled from 9 images shot at 35 mm, f/11, 1/15s.

Single image at 11 mm, f/8, 1/25s handheld.

Single image at 11 mm, f/5.6, 1/15s handheld.

I also put up a set of images on flickr with some cellphone images in it too for you all to enjoy. The full set on smugmug where you can see larger versions is here.

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