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Solid Gold

My wife was in the tech center last week in training for her work, so I used the opportunity to try for a shot I've thought about for a long time and spent 3 days last week shooting the City of Golden at sunset from various locations on Green Mountain. Here’s a short glimpse of my week and pretty reflective of how shooting a new location works for landscape shooters. Bear in mind that this location is about an hour from my house, so this time of year is great for getting to the location after work, but puts dinner past 10 PM.


Sunday: Got to the trailhead at 6:30 PM. Clouds were looking cooperative. Began hiking with a general idea of where I needed to be. Hiked around for about 2 hours and still couldn’t see the City of Golden. I was amazed how big this place is. I settled for a sunset shot of some wild flowers. On the way home decided on a new route to try.


Monday: Day off due to weather


Tuesday: The weather looked promising, so I tried again. Learning by my past mistakes, I made it to the place I was hoping in plenty of time which was the top of a knoll looking down on the city. I was up there for about 15 minutes before lightning storms chased me away. Prior to that it looked like the storms were going to cooperate with curtains of rain dumping down on and beyond the City. But as luck would have it, the storms chased me down before I could adequately capture the scene.


Wednesday: I met my wife and daughter for dinner downtown, so no shooting. Which figures because the sunset was one of the best I’ve ever seen, as witnessed from car on the way home.


Thursday: Last try (so far) and found another vantage. Again, the storms chased me away but after the majority of the sunset had past. I did manage to catch this shot right before I left. There was a fair amount of lightning present, but mostly it was in the sky and not hitting the ground (at least until after I was safe in my car).


Friday: Rest and relaxation with friends.

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Taken on June 18, 2015