Last Aspen Light
In the summer of 2019, Sammi and I visited my coworker Ana in Slovenia. A few weeks later she came out to California for manager training and before she went back she asked if I would join her in Colorado for a fall colors photo trip. I've been wanting to photograph the fall colors in Colorado and happily agreed to join her.
Our car broke down in Crested Butte. I'm so thankful that the car broke down when we were in town and not 5 minutes earlier when we were in the middle of no where. In the end we lost a day of photography but ended up with a bigger, more bad-ass car. That car was much more suited to drive the dirt roads towards Telluride, Colorado.
We arrived at this spot earlier in the afternoon and instantly fell in love. There was a beautiful grove of Aspen trees with the San Juan mountains behind it. We drove on, scouted some more, photographed some intimate scenes inside a forest, and then came back here for dusk. Even though the sun had gone down many minutes earlier, there was still enough light on the trees to cast a beautiful glow on all of the Aspens. I pulled out the big lens and kept taking photos as long as I could. Then we stayed even longer and waited for it to get dark so we could shoot the Milky Way.
D850 w/Nikkor 80-200:
155mm, f/9, 0.6 sec, ISO 800
Viewed best nice and large