Longs Peak at Rocky Mountain National Park

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I was on vacation earlier this summer in Estes Park, which is a great place to hike! The tallest peak in Rocky Mountain National Park is Longs Peak at over 14,000 feet. You can see it here, shrouded in clouds.

Climbing Longs

I actually climbed Longs Peak in the summer of 2009. It was quite the adventure! On that same trip, was when I started taking HDR photos.

John at the Summit of Longs Peak



I was feeling rather melancholic as I took this photo–which I think comes through in the frame.

I’ll be visiting Colorado soon, it is one of my favorite places to take photos, and where I got started with some of my first HDR shots! Expect to see some montagnias here in the near future!

Plus five points to the person who can identify where this was taken (it is in Illinois, I’m looking for a specific location).

As Young as Springtime

As Young as Springtime

There is a beautiful wooded area not far from where I live. For a few weeks in the spring the undergrowth is dominated by beautiful blue flowers. I try to go for a walk through this sea of azure when they are blooming every year.

This year I took the ‘ole camera with me. I find it challenging to photograph the woods, and this shot might not have enough of a focal point.

It leaves the door open for improvement!

I do like how the tree trunks to the left and right of the image frame the shot, and the sun.


Don’t forget, if you want to learn to take HDR photos like this, I have a free HDR tutorial.