The Edge of Time
Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park is the highest continuous paved road in the country and home to many amazing views along its 40 miles. From this vantage (left to right) Long’s Peak, Stones Peak, and Terra Tomah Mountain adorn the foreground underneath the edge of the heavens. The steep ridge in front of us drops down 2000’ to the big Thompson River making up Forest Canyon.
Brad and I arrived at this spot after our Dream Lake hike around midnight. Interestingly enough, there were several older folks just packing it in when we got there. Apparently, they had recently taken one of Mike Berenson’s workshops because they dropped his name and were full of helpful hints and suggestions which I found it very entertaining, though they managed to butcher his name. (Mike, all your hard work is getting you quite a following!)
We set up and began to shoot the sky as we knew the moon wouldn’t be rising for some time. After trying several different ISO’s and shutter speeds we set our cameras on auto and took a nap for an hour or so. At 2:30 the 50% moon was high enough to revisit things and I went back outside to manually shoot the scene again and played around with different ISO’s and shutter speeds. This exposure was 10 minutes at ISO 100. It’s sure nice to be in a location 20’ from the car!
The sky shot in this photo was the first shot I took at this location. It’s a 30 second shot with the ISO set to 1600. For some reason, the light captured had this green hue which I liked and thought worked well with the clouds though I wish the Milky Way wasn’t blocked. It may be that the light pollution messed with my auto white balance, or may be zodiacal light, but what ever the reason I liked it well enough to use.