Morning Layers of Light

Equipment Info
NIKON D850
500mm / f/8 / 1/500 sec. / ISO 90
State/Province/Region
Colorado
Nearest Area
The Wet Mountain Valley
Town
westcliffe
Brief Directions

Colorado CR 69 between Westcliffe and Walsenburg

Description

This image was taken in a valley in South-Central Colorado, at about 7,800 ft elevation. A typical monsoon thunderstorm with heavy rain had drenched the area the night before and the morning was completely shut down with thick fog. I had planned on taking some photos of the steep foothills and the rolling terrain at sunrise but the fog made it pretty much impossible to even see a few hundred feet. I was getting ready to pack up and leave again when suddenly the rising the sun started to penetrate the fog bank. And after only a few minutes this scene emerged from the dense milky soup: Layer after layer of landscape were popping up in all shades of green right before my lens. Simply stunning. I tried with a variety of lenses to capture the scene but nothing seem to work quite right until I started shooting with 500mm lens. The long lens was able to line everything up in a somewhat dramatic look. When you look closely at the image you can actually see a rancher saddling his horse for the morning ride. This photo is the result of patience and experimenting with different lenses.

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Date Added
December 26, 2019
Date Taken
July 27, 2018