I dialed this one back in time to when the big cloud was still playing tricks. Yep, another one with a radical range of light. I guess I like the challenge. This one stretched the capability of just two layers. It is mostly in the half-light of the clouding. The mountains were nearly burned and I wish a had a shot maybe a 1/2 or 2/3 darker exposure but I was busy following Phil over to Fall River to look over the stream. The shade hosts a pretty flat light that I worked on as I could. The shade detail is terrific though.
Fall is one of the things this stream doesn't do well in this meadow! It is much better at meandering. That's not true everywhere in it's course though. Here it's is tranquil... for now! Just above, Lawn Lake dam broke some years back and caused a scouring now called an alluvial fan. Down stream it did a number on Estes Park when it reached the town. In the Endovalley meadow, damages are not detectable to the eye, now. The stream is back to its meandering a snake-like path. Some where along here a 38 inch cutthroat was dredged from its hole and blown onto the banks: a casualty of the flood. Don't read any of this story into fly fishing little bitty streams in Colorado though. I suspected the one of those fishermen might have been seasoned though when I saw him squat to a very low profile as he approached, However, I know Gary LaFontaine's words to be true though, "You can wade into a stream dressed like a Christmas tree, but you will have to wait a while longer for the fish to return." I won't divulge how I confirmed this actuality because we got enough folks pounding our popular waters.
Phil wanted to try out his new park pass Tuesday and the temps were supposed to hit middle 90s in MAY so I knew I'd better be ready early. I didn't want to suffer down on the flats so I had a sandy, drink, orange and oh yeah my camera ready to go early. We're outta here. Eddie over in Utah for the eclipse now but I already got to a TOTAL solar some time back.If it's 90s here, then its out of control there. And to be perfectly honest, they just opened Trail Ridge Road early and if it got too hot, we could keep driving up... and up. We first headed for Endovalley where the Trail Ridge and Fall River Roads divide. Fall River Road has yet to be opened because they probably have to visit Trail Ridge Road Regularly. Equipment is parked, at the ready, over there right now.
As it worked out we inherited early clouding, something that often happens in the area... to relieve pressures of the heat I figure. It seems the Rockies can generate local weather. After we got out of the truck, we both immediately noticed the unusual sky, posted, the early eastern clouds and knew the trip would already be successful If I could snap usable images. With Phil pointing everywhere; I guess he wants me to capture everything. Oh, the price! I knew this would take a bit of processing to coax out the max we saw but I exposed this with the intent of including the maximum detail I could on the lit scene. The sky processing is similar to that described in the posting I made recently. I had much less to work with in this scene. I think I came close to the early morning lighting which was a stretch at best. Especially for the overcast part of the scene.