Crystal Mill Colorado

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    I know, you thought the next shot I was going to post was going to be The Subway. Psyc!


    Actually, my Subway shot is still rendering...I took a massive multi-row pano of it with a 100mm lens and the shots are all loaded up on a G5 with 16gb of RAM and that thing has been crunching those images for nearly 6 hours...I don't see any smoke yet so I think it's just very busy stitching. I hope.

    Anway, in the meantime I thought I'd post one of my favorite shots from my time in Colorado -- Old Crystal Mill. This place is very remote, requiring a 4x4 type vehicle to access. What an amazing landscape, I thouroughly enjoyed my time at Crystal Mill. I arrived in the early morning on a one-way jeep drop-off (even though I knew afternoon would provide the best light) and spend the entire day scouting around it, eating lunch and just relaxing. It was awesome.

    So the afternoon light did not disapoint and I shot Crystal Mill from every angle imaginable, settling on this classic vantage point. With the last of the blue sky almost out of sight I realized it was about time to leave. Since I'd only paid for a one-way jeep ride I had a 7 mile hike ahead of me to get back to the MoHo (aka Motorhome).

    Suddenly, I turn to a familiar face, Mike Jones. Now I have to say, of all the times I've shot with Mike I never really felt "glad" to see him, though he is a kick in the pants, however this time I was GLAD.

    Very glad.

    My first words were "Mike, did you drive your truck here?!" Not "Oh hey Mike, good to see you..." or "Mike, how funny to run into you WAY out here...".

    No. My first words were a plea of "can-I-get-a-ride-out-with-you so I don't have to hike 7 miles over rocky terrain..." camouflaged with "If you've got room in your truck it would be fun to catchup..."

    He didn't buy it and my look of desperation likely was enough...he said "sure".
    I did give him $20 and a big thanks at the other end before we headed off in different directions.

    Thanks again Mikey!

    PS: We now have virtual tours of the Aperture Academy.

    ALtammar Q8, *~Dawn~*, Amy Heiden, and 368 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. A. Cascalheira 60 months ago | reply

      This one looks just surreal. The composition is astonishing! Great work.

    2. dimuthudw 60 months ago | reply

      Magnificent, reminds me of Rivendale, may be because of the colors. Nice shot.

    3. Phil Rettke Photography [deleted] 60 months ago | reply


    4. Tall Bob 59 months ago | reply

      Just an exceptional image and photography!!! Great work!!


      I have faved and tagged your picture with BRAVO and this serves as an invitation to The Best: BRAVO -- pending administrative review.

    5. Victor Marz 59 months ago | reply

      Wonderful photography. A real pleasure to browse your photostream... Keep it up :)

    6. Maurizio Contini 59 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Worldbooks, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

      Please read the rules... Thanks!

    7. Visit Colorado 58 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Colorado Official , and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    8. nova838 57 months ago | reply

      Thank you, again, for sharing your talent with the world! (me)... This photo might really make people take a double take... Every inch is almost more perfect than reality... It crosses over, completely, to Fine "Divine" Art. -KL

    9. Phil-Johnston 56 months ago | reply

      Wow! I want to live there:O) Great image

    10. J K Johnson 55 months ago | reply

      This shot is full of drama - it captures a great moment. It's a fav.

    11. fademphotos 54 months ago | reply

      This is my goal for next Autumn. You took a very, very nice shot. The timing was perfect. Congratulations.

    12. beningh 51 months ago | reply

      Great work
      Visto en All beautiful shots and many more.
      Todas las cosas son hermosas a los ojos


    13. Photo--Graphy [deleted] 45 months ago | reply

      This is excellent

    14. bananajode 39 months ago | reply

      In a word...


    15. - Dave Morrow - 32 months ago | reply

      WOW, not much to say here. Great processing and composition.

      [  --- Dave Morrow - ]

    16. Winterwaves [deleted] 26 months ago | reply

      You really captured it perfectly!

    17. JohnCoupePhotography 19 months ago | reply

      amazing shot Stephan, I'm going there in 2 weeks and had a question for you. I going to take the jeep tour, b/c to long of a hike. I've seen both water level shots and from cliffs shots, is it easy to go up or down to the water????

      thanks, John

    18. alexdame 7 months ago | reply

      cool shot. that place looks so peculiar but inviting

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