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A Wintry Dream Come True - Rocky Mountain National Park

 
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Jan 14, 2015 15:24 |  #1

I think it was about a year and a half ago when I started out with photos that I saw a photo of Dream Lake, RMNP in the winter. It hadn't snowed in awhile so the ice was amazingly pristine, blue and clear. Ever since that moment I've wanted to try and make the trip out there to capture that area. Not even maybe 10 minutes on the lake a snow storm rolled in from the west and began covering the sky. Below you can see the progression. It's a bittersweet feeling trying to go through the photos, each one is different so t I couldn't cut them out. I really do appreciate any feedback, criticism, favs.
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Jan 14, 2015 18:06 |  #2

All are great, especially the last pano.

I know the place well (I'm up there a couple times a month).

One thing I would consider though, is to invest in a decent set of graduated ND filters. The Cokin P filter system works well. I'd get both a 2 and 3 stop soft graduated ND filter, along with a linear polarizer.

You'll find, once using them, that you'll rarely take landscapes without them,


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Jan 15, 2015 07:28 |  #3

Nice!


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Jan 15, 2015 08:13 |  #4

Great shots. I think I like #3 the best, but all are excellent. Looks very cold.


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Jan 15, 2015 10:07 |  #5

Wow! Beautiful!

I didn't read the second part of the thread title so when I opened it and saw the first picture I would have sworn this was Aasgard pass in the Washington Cascades!

I really like all the shots, but #3 has to be my favorite. I love the ice in the foreground and the crack that looks like lightning! Too bad there wasn't just a little bit more blue sky!

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Jan 15, 2015 10:19 |  #6

Wow. Would love to have seen a timelapse of this. How long were you there on the lake?


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Jan 15, 2015 11:26 |  #7

Thanks for the kind words everyone, appreciate the feedback. I like 3 the best too!

We were above the lake for about 10 minutes in the sun, then about 20 minutes down at the lake. It was so windy and cold that we didn't stay long... especially since a snow storm was rolling in. It really was a whole new world though. That day and one before Denver and Boulder was all covered in fog and clouds. It was that way all throughout the front range and the canyons until we got to Estes; skies opened and it was beautiful!


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Jan 16, 2015 20:49 |  #8

All are nice, but the second one really appeals to me. I've been there in summer, but don't think I'll ever see it like this.


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Jan 16, 2015 21:18 |  #9

Absolutely beautiful series! I love the composition of #3. The texture of the stream is very neat in #2.


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Jan 17, 2015 06:11 |  #10

Wow nice shots, I like composition of 2&3.

How is this place in the fall? Is it hard to get to it?


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Jan 17, 2015 06:29 |  #11

Very nice shots


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Jan 18, 2015 12:07 |  #12

Absolutely love #3...it can almost inspire me to go out in the cold...almost! Haha!




  
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Jan 18, 2015 21:05 |  #13

Nice!


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Jan 20, 2015 18:04 |  #14

dkizzle wrote in post #17386588 (external link)
Wow nice shots, I like composition of 2&3.

How is this place in the fall? Is it hard to get to it?

It is an easy hike!
2.2 Miles with only 440ft elev. gain.

More info here: http://rockymountainna​tionalpark.com/things-do/hiking/dream-lake (external link)


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Jan 20, 2015 19:27 |  #15

3 and 5 are quite outstanding! Thanks so much for sharing. I am heading there this summer for the first time, If you have any tips/suggestions let me know. Thanks.




  
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