Fall Aspens Along Chalk Creek, Chaffee County, Colorado

This photograph of fall aspens along Chalk Creek in the Collegiate Peaks of the Sawatch Range was taken from below the historic ghost town St Elmo. I didn’t plan the shot, we were driving back from visiting St Elmo when I decided to pull over at a tempting spot. Lighting was less than ideal – it was about 3PM and mostly cloudy. I managed to catch a moment when the sun peeked out (to the upper left), back-lighting the aspens on the left bank and directly lighting the ones on the left bank. I didn’t use a polarizing filter so I had to tone down some of the highlights on the water and rocks. I hope to revisit this spot under better lighting conditions.

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aspen, Chaffee County, Chalk Creek, Collegiate Peaks, Colorado, fall

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Technical details:

Canon 5D Mark III 1/25 second at ISO 100 with a Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II at 24mm & f/22, no filters. Shot hand-held while precariously crouching on the rocks next to the creek.

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