Wildbasin

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Wildbasin in RMNP is a great place to hike and take some pics.
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OMD-EM5 9-18mm and 60mm

-Joe
 

budeny

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Any specific trails that you would suggest? I've been on just few so far and quite impressed by scenery around.
 

aks6674

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I did the trail up to Copeland Lake a couple of times, and on up to the Hutchesins once. Good fishing up there, too.
 
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Wildbasin is a great area, particularly in the winter. In the summer it can get crowded, so try to be at the trailhead before 7.

A great hike is Calypso Cascades to Thunder Lake. Unfortunately the bridge at Ouzel falls is out. So you have to take a detour for now and miss Ouzel and Calypso.

Finch lake is cool too, and the trail is open.

Another cool hike near there is Estes Cone, from the Longs Peak trailhead. Chasm lake And Mt Lady Washington are neat from that trailhead too.

From the park proper all the lakes are neat, Helene, Sprague, etc.

A great mtn to hike is Flattop and Hallett.

This book is great: http://www.amazon.com/Rocky-Mountain-National-Park-Complete/dp/0615526845

I live in the Indian Peaks and have dogs, so I don't go to the park as much as I should.

Cheers,
-Joe
 

aks6674

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Nothing to do with Wild Basin, but if you get the chance and like this sort of photography, you can get some great dark skies in RMNP proper. I took this on Trail Ridge Road earlier this summer.

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Hey Aks - When I try to take pics like yours they end up looking more like dusk(blueish tint to sky) than night time proper. Any tips for getting a look like in your great shot?

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-Joe
 

aks6674

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Sure. You need a few things to be right with the scene for this shot; dark skies, no moon, and a south/southwest view with something interesting in it. The moon and the dark skies are important for exposure (14mm 2.8 iso3200 with Canon 6D and rokinon 14mm). Dark skies are just getting away from towns. If you can catch a new moon that will give you the most time to play with, but you can also do it before moonrise or after moonset. Remember also, the sky starts to 'blue' a good while before sunrise. For this shot, I was shooting at about 3AM. By 4:15, the sun was already washing out the sky - even though sunrise was an hour and a half away.
 
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