Rocky Mountain National Park Today

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Colorado CJ, Oct 31, 2010.

  1. Colorado CJ

    Colorado CJ Long timer

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    I decided to take my one day off today to head up to Rocky Mountain National Park. It is only about 30 minutes from me, so I visit there often to hike, camp, take pics and ride my motorcycles.

    This park is a MUST SEE for anyone who visits the area. These few photos are just a very small sample of the views and vistas that this great park offers.

    Today I only ventured on the main roads, only hiking short distances off the various pullouts and trail heads in the Beaver Meadows, Moraine Park and Lawn Lake areas. There are numerous hiking trails throughout the park that offer even better scenery and wildlife opportunities (a few hundred miles worth). Then there is the backcountry that takes a couple of day of camping to get into.

    Well enough blather, on with the photos!

    On most of these pictures, I used the kit DAL 18-55mm lens. I only used the Sigma 75-200 lens for the rutting elk shots.

    These pics look a lot better full size, but I don't have any photo hosting area that lets me upload them full size. Also, it was pretty overcast most of the day so alot of the pictures are not as good as the could have been.

    These first three are in the Moraine Park area

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    Beaver Meadows Area. You can see an elk herd in this picture and the one above.

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    This one is heading over to the Lawn Lake trailhead

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    This is a small portion of Alluvial Falls, a very short (~1/10 mile) hike from the trailhead. This whole are was carved out in a few minutes when the earthen dam broke at Lawn Lake, about 8 miles upstream back in the early '80s. There was a huge flood that killed a few campers and washed out parts of Estes Park.

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    When heading out of the park, I came upon a herd of about 100 elk. They were mostly cows with a few juvenile bull elk in this herd. The larger bull elk could be heard bugling throughout the area. I got a few shots of the juvenile elk sparing. These were shot with my pawn shop Sigma 75-200mm at about 150mm. The elk were about 100 feet in front of me.

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    Well, that's it for now. If you ever have the chance, be sure to drop by RMNP, I'm sure you won't be disappointed [​IMG].
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  2. Colorado CJ

    Colorado CJ Long timer

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    I need to find a better hosting site. These pictures look no where near as good as the full size ones. I also uploaded them at a much larger file size, but it seems they were all cut to ~150KB after I uploaded them.

    Oh well.
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  3. P B G

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    Well you are aware that this site is affiliated with a photohosting site. For specifics click the banner and read at the bottom.
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    emerson.biguns All idiot, no savant

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  5. Rev Tiny

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    about 12 years ago i lived in Grand Lake for a couple of months and loved that area your photos brought back some great memorys of hikes that i did up in the area
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  6. KilLeR Kawasaki

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  7. BimotaBoy

    BimotaBoy Scooter Trash!

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    I lived in Estes for several years and it is still one of my favorite places to be!
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  8. RogueClimber

    RogueClimber "Tacticool"

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    Used to spend two to three days a week climbing in the park. What a great place! :clap
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  9. GB

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    It's a great place to visit at any time of year! Thanks for the pics. :thumb
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  10. MelonMan

    MelonMan Adventurer

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    I live about 45 minutes from where you shot those photos. I thank God every time I wake up in this beautiful state. Thanks for the great pics!
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  11. beltran

    beltran no tarmac!!

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    Beautiful pics. Shot with HDR, isn't it?

    USA has really nice places...

    Take care,
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  12. Colorado CJ

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    I did post processing using photoshop. I find that most photos are too flat looking straight out of the camera, so I open a file and go to the brightness settings and change them to -100 0 +100 and save individual files. I then HDR them.

    I find doing it this way, you get sharper images than regular HDR since you are working with one picture. You also get more even lighting and the images can look more natural. I don't like cartoony imagery and process the pictures to bring out the light and shadows of how the scene actually looked when I shot the picture.

    On landscape pictures I use a more closed down lens (usually around F12-15) to get both the foreground and background in sharp focus.

    For wildlife shots, I like to use a more open lens so that the subject is sharply focused and the background and foreground is slightly out of focus. On the elk images I used F5.6
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  13. tmm2good

    tmm2good Arvada, CO

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    Great pics ! I just went over trail ridge about 3 weeks ago and had lunch in Grand Lake, then went on down over Berthoud and back home. Beaultiful ride !
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  14. Riff

    Riff Been here awhile

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    Great Post Colorado, Great Pics. Waiting for more! :lurk
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  15. achesley

    achesley Old Motorcyclist

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    Thanks for the pictures. I just never pass though Northern Colorado without swinging through that place. Just soooooooooo neat. That Tundra scenery background with the mountains is AwSum. :clap :clap :clap
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  16. Jeff B

    Jeff B Socially Awkward

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    It seems like so long ago, but I used to live at a place called the Broken Arrow Ranch on Peak to peak Hwy somewhere between Ward and Nederland. I do remember taking a few trips up to Estes and RMNP. I was in my late teens and I'm almost fifty now so the memories are vague. Does anybody from that area know if the Broken Arrow Ranch still exists?
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  17. MacG

    MacG Been here awhile

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    Great pics ! I love it out there this time of year :thumb
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  18. Signal

    Signal Cynical Idealist

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    Beautiful (other than all that white stuff looming on the mountains :lol3 )
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    This is my dream trip
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  20. DirtFun

    DirtFun Been here awhile

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    Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

    I grew up in Colorado in the 60's and 70's. I lived in C Spgs, Woodland Park and Canon City. It's a beautiful place to ride street and dirt bikes:nod.

    If you've never visited, make a plan and go. You'll never forget it.
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