Some Images of the Rocky Mountain National Park

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by pdk42, Sep 20, 2016.

  1. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    I'm taking a short vacation in the RMNP. What a superb place! Truly stunning scenery. Here are a few images that I've captured over the last few days. All with the E-M1 and one of the Panasonic zoom trifecta (7-14, 12-35 and 35-100).

    I was lucky enough to encounter a herd of Elks at Sprague Lake. Beautiful creatures and quite happy to hang around for photos to be taken :) :

    You Scratch my Back
    by Paul Kaye, on Flickr

    Bull Elk
    by Paul Kaye, on Flickr

    Rutting Elks
    by Paul Kaye, on Flickr

    Elk in Lake Sprague
    by Paul Kaye, on Flickr

    Sprague Lake
    Spraque Lake is a beautiful place. It's not a natural lake, having been created by a certain Abner Sprague who setup a resort in the early 19th century. A man ahead of his time.

    Sprague Lake
    by Paul Kaye, on Flickr

    Moon over Sprague Lake
    by Paul Kaye, on Flickr

    Bear Lake
    Very accessible and photogenic.

    Last Light over Bear Lake
    by Paul Kaye, on Flickr

    Sunset over Bear Lake
    by Paul Kaye, on Flickr

    Nymph Lake
    Just along the way from Bear Lake. The contrast was very high when I was there (mid morning), so I decided to convert them to monochrome.

    Nymph Lake
    by Paul Kaye, on Flickr

    Nymph Lake II
    by Paul Kaye, on Flickr

    Cumulus Lenticularis
    by Paul Kaye, on Flickr

    Forest Canyon Outlook
    Well worth a visit for the sunsets.

    Forest Canyon Outlook
    by Paul Kaye, on Flickr

    Watching the Sun Go Down
    by Paul Kaye, on Flickr

    There's so much to see and I've forgotten where some of these were taken...

    Sunrise, Moonset
    by Paul Kaye, on Flickr

    Stuck in the Middle
    by Paul Kaye, on Flickr

    Natural Waveform
    by Paul Kaye, on Flickr

    Hope you enjoy them. I'll add a few more once I've processed them!!!
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  2. hazwing

    hazwing Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Nov 25, 2012
    Great stuff!
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  3. DenverDutchman

    DenverDutchman Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 10, 2013
    Colorado, Denver area
    Great captures, well done Paul! That moonset picture is at Moraine Park if I'm not mistaken. Large herds of elk usually gather there this time of year, quite spectacular.

    How are the fall colors up there right now? I'm fortunate enough to live about a 1.5 hrs drive from there and I'm thinking about going up this upcoming weekend.
  4. comment23

    comment23 Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    Aug 26, 2016
    Hampshire, UK
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  5. budeny

    budeny Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 4, 2014
    Boulder, CO
    Nice shots!
    Should also try Brainard Lake for moose sightings.
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  6. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    Thanks for all the positive comments!

    @budeny@budeny - thanks I'll try that. Would be nice to see some mooses!

    @DenverDutchman@DenverDutchman - yes, that's Moraine Park. Wonderful place. I expect to hear Dvorak's New World Symphony whenever I see this place! Fall colours looking great. See posts below.

    Here are a few more...

    Aspen Trees

    I love the bark on these trees and the colour in the autumn is stunning:

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    Aspen Trees by Paul Kaye, on Flickr

    Aspen Trees
    by Paul Kaye, on Flickr

    Route 34 (Trail Ridge Road)

    Route 34 in the Rocky Mountains
    by Paul Kaye, on Flickr

    Grand Lake

    Boathouses on Grand Lake
    by Paul Kaye, on Flickr

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  7. Hypilein

    Hypilein Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 18, 2015
    Love the Elk in the water and also the shot with the big driftwood or whatever it is in the foreground.
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  8. sdb123

    sdb123 Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 25, 2014
    Northants, UK
    Fabulous shots Paul...the Natural Waveform shot appeals to me a lot.
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  9. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
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  10. TwoWheels

    TwoWheels Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    May 28, 2014
    British Columbia
    Lots of great shots, Paul. This one made me smile!
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  11. DavideF

    DavideF Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 24, 2016
    Torino, Italy
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  12. JamesD

    JamesD Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 18, 2015
    Elk Grove, CA
    Jim Landers
    Wonderful images Paul. I'm so jealous. I was there a couple years ago. I was all prepared for wildlife with my Sony gear with the 70-400. Seriously in the week I was there, I saw squirrels and one deer licking dried soda off a picnic table. That was it. Never the less, a spectacular place even without the wildlife.
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  13. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    That's a real pity. I don't know why, but there were elk everywhere these past few days. There was a herd that seemed to come down to Sprague Lake pretty well every morning.

    I'm not really into wildlife photography TBH. The longest lens I had with me was the Panasonic 35-100. Thankfully the elks were placid enough that I could get close enough at 100mm.

    You should try to get back there at this time of the year - it seems it's the ideal time.
  14. JamesD

    JamesD Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 18, 2015
    Elk Grove, CA
    Jim Landers
    I must say I was surprised when I saw you shot those with the 35-100. I was expecting the 100-400. Well done.
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  15. Beautiful shots, very well done.
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  16. EricRose

    EricRose Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 2, 2014
    The upper 12
    Eric Rose
    Stunning work. You've certainly mastered all the elements of making an outstanding photograph. And as a bonus feature, no ugly watermarks!! A pet peeve of mine.
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  17. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    OK - A few final shots:


    The roads are pretty spectacular. Here are a few:

    Rock cut - Route 34/Trail Ridge Road - near its north west corner and close to the highest point at 12,500 feet.
    Rock Cut
    by Paul Kaye, on Flickr

    The Old Valley Road - a spectacular dirt road, open only July-Sept. One way with precipitous drops in some places. Calm driving required:
    Old Valley Road, RMNP
    by Paul Kaye, on Flickr

    Dawn on the Trail Ridge Road by Paul Kaye, on Flickr

    On a final word... This is a beautiful part of the world and the people here have been wonderfully welcoming. To my US friends - thanks! To those thinking of visiting, I can definitely recommend it.

    Thanks for looking and for all your kind words.
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  18. plamski

    plamski Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 21, 2015
    Thank you for sharing those great images !
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  19. zayn

    zayn New to Mu-43

    Sep 24, 2016
    Great captures! Really enjoyed them. Makes me regret not having a camera for my summer... but high hopes for the fall season!
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  20. Paulreso1

    Paulreso1 New to Mu-43

    Sep 26, 2016
    ...very nice shots. Are you using filters on your 7-14mm lens for the long exposure water shots? If so, what are you using to attach filters to the 7-14mm pana lens?
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