Ben Strauss @benstraussphotography

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4 days ago

Summer has come and gone so quick!! I thought it would be a nice change of pace to post a personal favorite from last year’s winter in the Rockies. I sure am going to miss the warmer weather though! But I think we still have a good couple months of decent temperatures here in Colorado. Get out and enjoy it! . . ❗️Learn how I process my photographs. Link in bio❗️ . . Camera Settings: - ISO: 320 (handheld ) - f/7.1 - focal length: 55 mm - shutter speed: 1/200 sec

1 weeks ago

I think it’s about time for a quick break from Crested Butte photos! This shot was taken during an evening escapade in Moraine Basin, RMNP with the one and only @whereisweatherby We were definitely treated with some very intense skies near the end of a beautiful sunset shoot, at which point we picked out this lone tree living along side the trail. Whilst this is a fairly simple composition, it still works quite well in my opinion. Hope you agree! Thanks for looking 👀! . . ❗️Learn how I process my photographs. Link in bio❗️ . . Camera Settings: - ISO: 640 (handheld ) - f/9 - focal length: 16 mm - shutter speed: 1/25 sec - 5 shot exposure bracket, one stop apart.

2 weeks ago

For the first half of our trip in CB, we pretty much only saw lupines and brown eyed Susans. It wasn’t until a gorgeous afternoon of exploring the area around Nicholson Lake that we discovered a nice little patch of red Indian paint brush. Definitely one of the more memorable evenings spent watching the sun set over a beautiful landscape. . . ❗️Learn how I process my photographs. Link in bio❗️ . . Camera Settings: - ISO: 100 - f/13 - focal length: 16 mm - shutter speed: 1/4 sec - 5 shot exposure for sky, and a focus stacked foreground composed of three images

2 weeks ago

Happy Monday to all of you! Hope it is treating you well. I wanted to take the opportunity to mention the fact that I am not actually a full time photographer as apparently many people suspected or assumed. I’m actually a full time engineer in the spacecraft industry. My point is, you can achieve great things in the world of landscape photography without being full time. So I hope I can bring a sense of inspiration to those of you out there who also have an alternative career path! . Anyways, the shot above was taken in (drum roll... ), you guessed it! Crested Butte. While driving towards Washington Gulch for an evening of photography, a passing thunderstorm created this very dramatic (my favorite ) scene above Crested Butte. This photo was actually taken right along the side of the road! With the storm moving over the mountain, I thought it looked cool to do a long exposure sky to introduce a sense of movement. The passing storm also resulted in the creation of beautiful pockets of light that danced across the mountainside. Thanks for looking! Have a great week! . . ❗️Learn how I process my photographs. Link in bio❗️ . . Camera Settings: - ISO: 100 - f/9 - focal length: 16 mm - shutter speed: 1/160 sec - 5 shots for sky, blended with mean stack mode in Ps

3 weeks ago

Happy Saturday everyone! Today I decided to post something a little bit different than my usual grand landscape images. The Veratrum Californicum plant, also called skunk cabbage (thanks @connography_ for the identification! ), is a beautiful leafy plant that can stand a few feet tall! What caught my eye about this plant specifically was the spiraling nature of the large stalky leaves, which when shot from above creates all sorts of fascinating textures and patterns. This plant was heavily abundant throughout Crested Butte during my visit, and made for some beautiful foreground elements in some other upcoming photographs. Fun fact: skunk cabbage is a poisonous species, so make sure your dogs (or yourself! ) don’t get caught munching down on these guys! . . ❗️Learn how I process my photographs. Link in bio❗️ . . Camera Settings: - ISO: 500 (handheld at dusk ) - f/9 - focal length: 16 mm - shutter speed: 1/125 sec - focus stacked

3 weeks ago

Good morning/day/evening to everybody!! I am excited to share this image with all of you, as it was one of my more exciting compositional discoveries during my trip to the big CB. Aside from my once-in-a-lifetime Peanut Lake sunrise shot, this photo is up there on the list of having everything I could have hoped for: we’ve got nice skies, a glorious mountain (Gothic ), a meandering river, and wildflowers! Thanks for looking, and have a great remainder of your day. . . ❗️Learn how I process my photographs. Link in bio❗️ . . Camera Settings: - ISO: 250 (swaying flowers ) - f/10 - focal length: 16 mm - shutter speed: 1/50 sec - 5-shot exposure bracket at one stop apart

3 weeks ago

While the it was a bit early for most wildflowers this year during the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival (long winter! ), the lupines sure we’re out in force! This was a special treat for me as last year by the time of the festival, the lupines had come and gone. So while I may not have gotten the variety I did previously, I got to enjoy a flower I had not seen in CB before. One of the more plentiful areas for lupine viewing was Kebler Pass, a high-mountain road that connects CB with Panoia. @abbygomer and I had a blast traversing this pass throughout the early afternoon. Thanks for looking everyone! . . ❗️Learn how I process my photographs. Link in bio❗️ . . Camera Settings: - ISO: 100 - f/11 - focal length: 16 mm - shutter speed: 1/200 sec - 5-shot exposure bracket at one stop apart

4 weeks ago

This was by far one of the most beautiful sunrises I have ever experienced. The lake was extremely still, the reflections were on point, the sky was unbelievably colorful, and steam was rising off of the lake due to the cool morning temperatures. Funny fact: I had told Abby the night before what my ideal Peanut Lake sunrise would be like, speaking mostly from a “wouldn’t it be great, but highly unlikely” standpoint; my wish list being reflections, colorful sky, and steam. On rare occasions, nature checks off every single box, making moments like these worth all of the other attempts where things don’t pan out. What a peaceful, yet thrilling morning to start off my adventures in Crested Butte. . . ❗️Learn how I process my photographs. Link in bio❗️ . . Camera Settings: - ISO: 100 - f/13 - focal length: 16 mm - shutter speed: 0.8 sec - Three shot vertical panorama

last month

I shot and processed this photo last year during my visit to Crested Butte, but never got around to posting it. Sometimes I think I’m too hard of a critic on my own work, and it leads to me not posting shots that I feel are not worthy haha. But after a year of growth, both as a photographer and a social media user, I’ve come to realize I should share whatever I feel like sharing, and not just what I think will “break the internet”. Hope you enjoy my idea of an average photograph! Thanks for looking! . . ❗️Learn how I process my photographs. Link in bio❗️ . . Camera Settings: - ISO: 100 - f/11 - focal length: 24 mm - shutter speed: 1/80 sec

last month

Ever since I captured this scene last fall, depicting a RMNP sunrise above Bear Lake, I’ve created a side mission to capture it during every season. I can now say I’ve got fall and summer! This was also by far one of the most gorgeous sunrises I’ve witnessed in the park, and I am so happy to have been present to capture the moment. Initially, I had planned to meet @whereisweatherby for a sunrise this morning. However, when I got to the Bear Lake parking lot he was fast asleep in his van 😂. I decided to head to my spot in hopes that maybe, just maybe, I’d have enough service to send him a message as to my whereabouts. Unfortunately, the service was nonexistent. He ended up enjoying the same sunset right below me on the Bear Lake trail! . . ❗️Learn how I process my photographs. Link in bio❗️ . . Camera Settings: - ISO: 400 to capture the wind blown leaves - f/10 - focal length: 19 mm - shutter speed: 1/20 sec

last month

Last year, I won the 2018 wild flower contest in Crested Butte with this very image. Next week, @abbygomer and I will be spending 10 days living it up in CB during the 2019 wildflower festival, all expenses paid! During this time, I will also be teaching a few classes and signing many posters! Oh, did I mention this photo is also being used as the wildflower poster for the 2019 festival?! 😜 With all of the snowfall we had this winter, I cannot wait to see the flower action this year. I’m hoping it is a recipe for glorious photographs and beautiful vistas! If you’re around CB next week, hit us up! Have a happy 4th of July everybody!! Stay safe! . . Camera Settings: - ISO: 100 for background, 1600 for flowers (windy! ) - f/11 - focal length: 28 mm - shutter speed: 1/40 sec - Vertical panorama . . 🔹Learn how I process my photographs. Link in bio🔹

last month

As promised, I present to you a photo from Horsetooth Reservoir taken three weeks ago. This time of year, during the frequent thunderstorms and before the desert hot temperatures arrive, HT looks its best all year. For about a month, these beautifully vibrant flowers (locoweed I think? ) bloom around the lakes shore. With the lush green vegetation and bright pink flowers, the reservoir comes to life! It won’t be too long before the hot summer sun browns everything and brings out the uglier side of Horsetooth. At least I got to enjoy it while it lasted! . . Camera Settings: - ISO: 200 - f/10 - focal length: 16 mm - shutter speed: 1/250 sec . . 🔹Learn how I process my photographs. Link in bio🔹

last month

Happy Wednesday! Today’s photo comes to you from Trail Ridge Rd, taken a few days after the grand opening. I was accompanied by @davidgayphotography , and we were quite surprised at the rate of snow melt! I was expecting to be surrounded by towering walls of plowed snow on either side of the road. You may recognize this composition from a version I posted at the end of last summer, as this is one of my favorite views of this place. This time however, the grass is brown and a patterning of snow across the tundra give the vibe of something seen in Iceland during early spring. Speaking of Iceland, I can’t wait to join @davidgayphotography for a week of backpacking in the Highlands and in Thorsmork this coming August!! Meanwhile, Chicago has NOT been disappointing! . . Camera Settings: - ISO: 100 - f/9 - focal length: 70 mm - shutter speed: 1/250 sec . . 🔹Learn how I process my photographs. Link in bio🔹

June 2019

What are your plans for this week? For me, I’ll be exploring the city of Chicago giving cityscape photography the good old college try. So far, I’ve found it to be quite exciting and very addictive! I look forward to sharing these shots with everyone next week. For now, I present to you a photograph taken from Beaver Meadows a couple weekends ago. If you frequent RMNP, you’ve probably seen this pretty sweet dead tree not too far from road 34. From a certain angle, I found that it forms a partial frame of Longs Peak, where only the square-top summit is visible above the moraine. Thanks for looking! . . Camera Settings: - ISO: 200 - f/10 - focal length: 57 mm - shutter speed: 1/60 sec . . 🔹Learn how I process my photographs. Link in bio🔹

June 2019

Happy Wednesday everybody! Today I’m hosting a takeover with @instagood , and will be posting three of my most popular shots taken over the last year on their amazing page. Be sure to check that out! As for the photo above, this was taken last Friday during my first trip of the year to a freshly opened Trail Ridge Road. I got the pleasure of spending the afternoon with the one and only @davidgayphotography for some alpine tundra photography. We had pulled over to capture the iconic “winding road to Longs Peak” composition as the light was pretty nice, but before hoping back in the car I took this quick shot without thinking much of it at the time. Turned out to be a pretty sweet photo that I felt depicted our experience of driving along the road that evening. There wasn’t as much snow as I had anticipated, as it is quickly melting away, but it’s going to be a green one this year in about a month or so! Looking forward to spending some more time up there capturing the beauty of RMNP from above. . . Camera Settings: - ISO: 100 - f/10 - focal length: 24 mm - shutter speed: 1/200 sec . . 🔹Learn how I process my photographs. Link in bio🔹

June 2019

We’re halfway through the week everybody, so just hang in there! Comment below your plans for the weekend, I’d love to chat! The photo above comes from a beautiful sunset I was lucky to whiteness during my very brief, one evening visit to the Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park. While the sky is blowing up with color in this photo, it was completely grey and flat leading up to this moment. This was one of those times where, as a landscape photographer, I had lost all hope in catching a burner. But then just as I was packing my bag to head out the sun broke through the smallest slit along the horizon, leading to a very intense, yet extremely brief, window of opportunity. Luckily my tripod was still set up! I think this amazing show lasted for about 30 seconds before the sun set behind the horizon. I didn’t even have time to think much about my settings, otherwise I would have narrowed my aperture to get a more prominent sunspike. Either way, I’m so happy to have gotten the opportunity to capture this moment! . . Camera Settings: - ISO: 100 - f/11 - focal length: 26 mm - shutter speed: 0.6 sec base, 5 shot bracket

June 2019

DON’T miss out on my site-wide 30% sale! Use coupon code: IS IT SUMMER YET? Promotion ends next Friday! About the photo: I had spotted this cool lone pine in Zion National Park during my last visit with my mother @lindastrauss1 Apparently it is quite the popular tree to photograph, but I don’t mind adding my own take to the world-collection. I bet Astro would be pretty neat to shoot here. After adding this composition to my mental map of places to photograph in Zion, I returned on our last morning in hopes for some decent sunrise conditions. And lucky me, look at that beautiful color and light! It was a nice treat on our way out of the park after a ten day visit. . . Camera Settings: - ISO: 100 - f/11 - focal length: 16 mm - shutter speed: 0.4 sec

May 2019

I wasn’t going to post this one, but @lukewagnerphoto said and I quote, “you’re crazy if you don’t post it”. Now don’t get me wrong, I love the scene, the mood, and the composition, but the light was just non existent the morning of this photo. I processed it anyways to see what I could do with it, and ended up keeping things pretty natural. In other words, I just don’t feel right adding 100% artificial light where there isn’t any. In the end, I felt it just didn’t have that “wow” factor to it. So, if you enjoy this photograph and are happy I posted it, you can thank Luke! . . Camera Settings: - ISO: 100 - f/5.6 - focal length: 35 mm - shutter speed: 1/30 sec

May 2019

Have you ever found yourself looking through old photos for something to process? Maybe you missed something amazing in your collection that for one reason or another didn’t catch your eye the first time through. Well, apparently I’m in need for a photography trip because this is exactly what I’ve been doing. But it’s not all so bad. I did stumble across this shot of Long’s Peak taken last fall. I think I may have passed it up before because it was a telephoto shot, and I typically love strong foreground elements! I think this one came out alright. . . Camera Settings: - ISO: 100 - f/11 - focal length: 53 mm - shutter speed: 1/6 sec

May 2019

Long’s Peak is an icon in North Colorado, as it stands higher than 14,000 ft with its signature square-top summit. I’ve always loved this perspective of Long’s, as have many others before me, seen as you hike along the Dream Lake trailhead. This place also makes for some pretty good Astro! . . Camera Settings: - ISO: 100 - f/10 - focal length: 35 mm - shutter speed: 1/50 sec

May 2019

The Rockies are beginning to thaw out for the summer, well at least they were a couple weeks ago. But then, we were treated with another typical Colorado late-May snow fall for the last week; some ski resorts even reopened! I don’t know about all of you lovely Coloradans, but I am ready for summer in the mountains: glassy early morning lakes, running rivers and waterfalls, lush green vegetation, and my favorite, wildflowers! For now though, enjoy this small patch of unfrozen river. . . Camera Settings: - ISO: 100 - f/14 - focal length: 16 mm - shutter speed: 1/100 sec

May 2019

Back at ya with another photo from the “Abby Living on the Edge” series! This one comes to you from Shafer Canyon Overlook during a peaceful clear-sky sunrise. The road down below is part of the Shafer Trail network, and can be seen running along the white rim. I love these types of canyonland shots because the layers just go on for days!! So much depth offered by the landscape. It’s hard to not capture something beautifully epic here (beautiful model: @abbygomer ). . . Camera Settings: - ISO: 100 - f/6.3 - focal length: 57 mm - shutter speed: base 1/500 sec, one stop bracket . . . #youtah #yesvisitutah #utahunique #utahisrad #xputah #naturalutah #utahillustrated #utahgram #utah #utahlife #wowutah #Nationalparkgeek #nationalparkservice #findyourpark #nationalparkspartnership #weareparks #encuentratuparque #best_earthscapes #optoutside #earthpix #earthescope #nakedplanet #earthfocus #master_gallery #moodygrams #worldprime #travellingthroughtheworld

May 2019

The story behind this one, while I wouldn’t say is necessarily interesting, is definitely a bit different than most all of my sunrise shoots. A couple of weekends ago, I accompanied my good friends @lukewagnerphoto and @wmorleyphotography for a sunrise in, you guessed it, RMNP! To my surprise, despite having lived here for many years, Wes has never been to Dream Lake before! Therefore, Luke and I figured we had to take him here for some photography. Having myself been to Dream Lake dozens and dozens of times, I decided to take the opportunity to shoot with zero pressure of coming away with any “hero” shot. Instead, I wanted to search for something I’ve never shot before, and honestly didn’t really care if I walked away with nothing. I ended up finding this neat natural frame made from interweaving tree branches, and it happened to perfectly encompass Hallett Peak. One very tricky problem however; it was about 8 feet from the ground and was directly over a steep rocky slope leading down to the lake. In order to get the shot, I had to stand on my utmost tippy toes with my camera stretched into the air. Once again, I found myself shooting somewhat blind as I could not see my LCD screen from this angle. Trail and error! Also, due to the relatively low light in the shade, my ISO was cranked up to 500 for a handheld shot. To add complexity to the whole thing, I also shot multiple images for focus stacking, while blind, stretched out in an uncomfortable position, and ten other photographers at the lake’s shore staring at me thinking “what the heck is that noob doing?!” But check this photo out, not so much a noob after all now am I? 🧐. . . Camera Settings: - ISO: 500 - f/11 - focal length: 20 mm - shutter speed: base 1/50 sec - Focus stacked, two images. . . . #outtherecolorado #viewcolorado #coloradotography #visitcolorado #wayupcolorado #RMNP #Nationalparkgeek #nationalparkservice #findyourpark #nationalparkspartnership #weareparks #encuentratuparque #beyondthelands #earthpix #ourplanetdaily #ig_shotz #ShotzDelight #earthofficial #fatalframes #awesomeearth #igbest_shotz #depthsofearth

May 2019

Not too long ago, on my way home from a sunrise shoot in RMNP, I happened to notice a section of the Thompson Canyon that has never caught my eye before. I don’t know if it was due to my brain being in “composition searching” mode from earlier that morning, but this scene immediately stood out. The window of opportunity to spot this composition while driving down the canyon is extremely thin, maybe a second or so, as it is only visible temporarily before it is blocked by a row of pines. Either way, I am happy to have spotted it. I immediately pulled off the road, stepped out of my car, and began scouting the area. Once I had the perfect perspective, I took a couple of practice shots and returned to my car, at which point I marked the location on the map. A few weeks later, I returned to capture the scene during sunrise, and that brings us to the image above! . . Camera Settings: - ISO: 100 - f/11 - focal length: 16 mm - shutter speed: base 0.3 sec three shot bracket, one stop . . . #outtherecolorado #viewcolorado #coloradotography #visitcolorado #wayupcolorado #naturalcolorado #ColoradoOutdoors #ColoradoStateParks #wb_water_brilliance #longexpoelite #longexposure_shots #long_exposure #longexpo_addiction #wonderful_places #planet_earth_shots #earthofficial #travel #conciousadventurist #moodygrams #nature #naturegramy #awesome_earthpix

May 2019

Back to one of my favorite evenings of landscape photography. If you caught my last post, depicting @abbygomer standing near the edge of a canyon, you may remember me mentioning the amazing sunset we caught afterwards. Well here it is! I’m hoping I was able to translate the beautiful moment we experienced to the 2D world that is your cell phone! I did a bit of searching on google maps and google earth to see if these monument structures had a name. However, I was unable to find anything! If you recognize this area and possibly know the name of these monuments please DM me!! Also, did you notice the sneaky little lightning bolt? A little after the sun actually dropped below the horizon, lightning began striking in the distance. We stayed for about 15 extra minutes to capture some on “film”. I got lucky and was able to capture one nice bolt. Because I didn’t move my camera’s location, I was able to quickly and easily blend in the little guy in photoshop. Hope you enjoy! . . Camera Settings: - ISO: 100 - f/13 foreground, f/18 for sunburst - focal length: 33 mm - shutter speed: base 1/5 three shot bracket, one stop . . . #youtah #yesvisitutah #utahunique #wowutah #createcommune #heatercentral #eclectic_shotz #shotzdelight #ig_color #visualambassadors #lensculture #theimaged #moodygrams #ig_shotz #lensbible #beautifuldestinations #awesomeearth #earthpix #moodnation #earthfocus #gearednomad #wonderful_places #explorecanada #creativeoptic #earthofficial #createexplore #awesome_photographers #earthfever

May 2019

I’ve been to Canyonlands many times now, and it never fails to take my breath away when I visit. The scenes are absolutely grand in every direction, and one of my favorite locations to visit is Dead Horse Point. A few years back I found this neat little shelf below the main area where most people enjoy their views. Therefore, when Abby and I visited a few weekends ago I knew we had to explore this area. Abby makes such an awesome and beautiful model! She is also quite the photographer herself! Check out her page @abbygomer to see for yourself! . . Camera Settings: - ISO: 400 - f/11 - focal length: 17 mm - shutter speed: base 1/20 . . . #lexaraovpeopleinframe

May 2019

As many of you may know, Abby and I had the pleasure of spending a few days in the Moab area last weekend. We spent most of our time exploring the Canyonlands area, as there is so much to see! On our final sunrise, we visited Shafer Canyon Overlook to capture the sun rising behind the La Sal Mountains and illuminating the canyon below. While Abby was photographing this overlook area, I headed about a couple hundred yards further down the road to the Shafer Trail Overlook. From this spot, you can see the many switchbacks of this trail as it works its way to the white rim layer of the Canyonlands. One of these days we’d love to drive this road! Have any of you done so? . ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 🔸ISO: 100🔸f/7.1🔸focal length: 16 mm🔸 shutter speed: base 1/80🔹exposure blended ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖

May 2019

Along with warm weather and green vegetation, summer in Colorado also means more places become accessible again! Many of the roads I love to frequent are closed during winter due to large amounts of snowfall. Of these, Trail Ridge Rd is my favorite! If I were to sum up the experience of driving this road with one photo, it would be this one. From this perspective, you can see Trail Ridge Rd snaking across the tundra. The famous 14’er, Longs Peak, can be seen towering in the distance. I can’t wait to get back to this place!! ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 🔸ISO: 100🔸f/11🔸focal length: 64 mm🔸 shutter speed: 1/50🔹 ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ #benstraussphoto1

April 2019

Everything is beginning to turn green, including some of the once frozen high elevation lakes! I am eagerly looking forward to the many awesome adventures I get to share with my lovely fiancé @abbygomer and a few with my mom @lindastrauss1 This photograph comes to you from Emerald Lake in Crested Butte, taken last summer following the wildflower festival. This year, I’ll be hosting some events at the festival. I also get the honor of being the poster artist for the festival! Should be a blast, and I’m already excited! ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 🔸ISO: 400🔸f/11🔸focal length: 24 mm🔸 shutter speed: 1/50🔹 ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖. . . . #createandexplore #visualambassadors #lensculture #instagood #stayandwander #fatalframes #depthsofearth #globalshots #ig_brilliant #ShotzDelight #ig_masterpiece #natgeolandscape #fstoppers #ig_shotz #awesomeearth #ig_eternity

April 2019

The most iconic location in RMNP. If you’ve ever been, you’d understand why Dream Lake has earned this unofficial title. Last weekend, Abby and I decided to spend an evening freezing our butts off waiting for sunset. While the color never quite materialized, the light during golden hour sure was impressive. Be careful visiting the lake over the next couple of weeks, as it has officially began thawing for the summer. I’ve heard people have been falling through the ice over the last few days! . ‼️Learn how I process my images! The link is in my bio‼️. . . ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 🔸ISO: 100🔸f/11🔸focal length: 16 mm🔸 shutter speed: exposure bracket (5 shot, one stop ) with a base shutter speed of 1/20 sec🔹3 shot vertical panorama stitched in photoshop ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖

April 2019

Wildflowers wildflowers wildflowers!!! Anyone else excited for a Colorado summer full of beautiful wildflowers and lush green vegetation?! @abbygomer and I sure am! We have been actively planning out our camping and backpacking destinations, in addition to getting thrilled about the upcoming Crested Butte Wildflower Festival. The photo above was taken last summer during a visit to CB in July. With all of the snow we saw during winter however, the wildflower game is going to be on point this summer! . ‼️Learn how I process my images! The link is in my bio‼️. . . ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 🔸ISO: 400🔸f/11🔸focal length: 24 mm🔸 shutter speed: base of 1/60 sec🔹5 shot vertorama ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖

April 2019

Sometimes the best composition is not the one you had set out to get. This may be due to the less-than-ideal light or cloud coverage in the direction you had originally planned to photograph, or maybe, another scene immersed that you hadn’t ever seen/noticed before. Either way, I will always welcome the unexpected in landscape photography. Moments like these help instill the idea that you shouldn’t go out to shoot with too narrow a scope of expectations. Stay open minded, and explore an area as if you have never been before. The photograph above was something I stumbled upon after shooting sunrise last weekend in RMNP. I had originally planned to photograph the continental divide with Glacier Creek snaking through the frame. As happens quite frequently in landscape photography, sunrise didn’t materialize like I’d hoped. Walking along the creek back to my parked car, I spotted this scene with two large leaning pines reflecting in the gently flowing water. The valley and hills behind were illuminated with the rising sun, and there was a nice patch of warm clouds in the sky. Perfect 👌. . ‼️Learn how I process my images! The link is in my bio‼️. . . ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 🔸ISO: 100🔸f/8🔸focal length: 41 mm🔸 shutter speed: base of 1/160 sec🔹 ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖

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