Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Colorado National Monument, Colorado
Colorado National Monument
Colorado National Monument is great to explore during all four seasons, but expect extreme weather conditions. Summer temps reach up to 110 degrees F. Be sure to pack lots of water if you plan to do extensive hiking on the sprawling trail system. Don’t expect relief from the hot sun in the shade either. There are few trees with adequate foliage for shade, so sunscreen and head coverings are an absolute must. During the winter months, temperatures can fall below freezing. On
Some of the best photographs of Colorado National Monument are taken cliffside during low-light conditions, when slower shutter speeds are required, so a sturdy tripod is essential for a sharp image. Though a tripod may slow you down, this change of pace is helpful for setting up and composing your shot. This image was taken while the camera was firmly secured on a Manfrotto tripod, and a shutter release was used to eliminate camera shake. A wide-angle lens, such as a 17-50mm, is a must in order to capture the open spaces and deep canyons. The vast array of wildlife, such as snakes, coyote, foxes, cottontail and squirrels, can be seen scampering about the area, so you’ll also need a fairly long zoom lens to catch them in action.
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