Big huge thank you to everyone for the C&C and good input.
David Arbogast wrote in post #13089730
I really like this one. The composition could be a little stronger by cropping off a bit of the sky, but the fact that there is so much foreground is a very good thing imo. Hanging over the edge looking down won't make a better photograph. Sure, you'd see more of what's done, but you'd lose the sense of precipice that's captured in your shot.
At work right now, but I'm going to crop out about the top half of the sky (just below the blue hole top left). I def agree that it would make it better... help focus more on the climb than the view.
accesser wrote in post #13086495
Great work on the hike up the top !
I like your composure as when its included with your text about the hike I think helps to make the photo be more human if that makes any sense like I was looking out of your eyes after you had hiked up
Thanks so much! That's why I included my feet. I really wanted to give the impression that I was tired -- I was pretty much jelly legs by this point. Last 1000 feet or so were step, breathe, step.
Tdragone wrote in post #13071310
The trekking pole camera mount will work for you when your blood is punping at altitude.. it'll definitely help keep you steady while shooting landscapes. but it won't allow you to do self portraits..
make sure when using the mount you get everything set up with the camera on the pole, exposure etc. When you're ready to take the real picture, cross the poles at the handles and hold the crossed point with your left hand, and operate the camera with your right. the crossed poles prevent left to right movement, and your left hand should eliminate almost all fore/aft movement.
That's a great idea! Never thought about triangulating the poles. Def gonna try it.
KoalaCowboy wrote in post #13075787
Love the area, but agree there's a bit more cloud than I'd prefer.
What I may have tried would be a small "gorilla" tripod that you could put on one of the rocks in front of you, and try to capture more of the scenery, with a little bit of cloud towards the top, with some highlights & shadows to add effect.
Colorado sure is fun for photography!
We do have a little gorilla pod. I think you have a good idea in taking it for those types of shots. If I leave the camcorder home and carry the pod instead I'll even be down a few ounces!
TGrundvig wrote in post #13086124
LOL, the trail does not start at zero feet. Starting altitude is around 7,000 feet, give or take.
To the OP, you were in my backyard....I love living here! I bet you slept like a baby that night. That is a workout and then some with gear. I like the shot.
Thanks TGrundvig! I had the best night's sleep in a LONG time. I didn't weigh the pack before I left but I tried to just pack enough so I wouldn't get hypothermia if I got stuck over night. 3 quarts of water, jerky, firestarter magnesium, knife, compass, space blanket, extra socks, rain gear and bear spray. We did a little scrambling at 12000 without the pack and it sure was easier without it!
Overall it was a great experience for a first time at the age of 43. I'm definitely going to keep at it - was a great boost of self-confidence. Next time I'm going to carry some freeze dried something plus the MSR stove. Sure would have been nice to have a hot meal before heading back down. Won't add but a pound or so - one more pound won't kill me right?
We live in Woodland Park - about 17 or so miles up 24 from the Springs. Living at 8500 really does help with the breathing at higher elevations.
Thanks again to everyone for taking the time to post C&C and ideas/help. I really do appreciate it.