North St. Vrain
North Fork of the Saint Vrain River
Wild Basin Area
Rocky Mountain National Park
On July 11 I took a day off and hiked this area. My main goals were the waterfalls and cascades in this area .. .but the river itself was also beautiful. By the time I was descending the typical Rocky Mountain afternoon storms had rolled in above me and darkened the sky to the point where at times I could leave my ND in the case and slow the water with just my polarizer.
I saw this spot on the way up ... and then held off on stopping here until the way back home only to discover that finding a point of view was a nightmare. I ended up with my tripod and I attempting to balance on a very round boulder along the trail.
Wild Basin is a separated area that sits South of the main portion of Rocky Mountain National Park near the town of Allenspark, I associate this area with waterfalls .. thick deep woods .. and the North fork of the Saint Vrain river rushing through in a fast moving wild cascade.
I have always associated these thick woods with wildlife .. but now a bit more immediately after meeting a bear on the trail on this day .. for that story).
The river is named for Ceran St. Vrain (1802-1870)
St. Vrain was a trapper and trader active in this area who turned into one of the major figures of the old West. The Bent-St. Vrain company was of prime importance in establishing trade and established some of the few "private forts" of the West. St. Vrain fought and played a major role in the war with Mexico. He was well know and respected as far north as the Snake River and as far south as Chihuahua. He was based out of the Taos & Santa Fe area. Late in his life he published the Santa Fe Gazette. St. Vrain was given full military honors at his funeral ... which was attended by nearly 2,000.
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snunney (100774) 2007-07-20 7:38
A very good capture of this rushing water. I like the low viewpoint that puts us amongst the action; whilst the big boulder in the foreground gives the image great depth. Excellent tones and clarity.
asajernigan (21427) 2007-07-20 8:22
Another nice view of this mountain stream. The lighting and colors are great with excellent sharpness and detail. Your high f-stop gives great DOF and detail. The slow shutter speed gives the moving water a nice silky look and a nice sense of motion.
carper (96) 2007-07-20 8:43
a very nice photo John,
I like the good pov and the speed in the shot, very good composition, well done, have a nice day.
Angelillo (9374) 2007-07-20 11:33
This one is too very beautiful. I like a lot the big rocks in the foreground, and the very useful diagonal compo. The blur water is like always amazing... it emphasizes very well the movement feeling. Congratulations.
danyy (0) 2007-07-20 15:39
Tu as trouvé maintenant la bonne manière de rendre les filés.
Un placement idées, pas loin au dessus de l'eau, pour bien la voir arriver.
Lumières difficiles, rendues meilleurs pas le blanc des écumes.
gunbud (34066) 2007-07-20 18:35
Another great capture of the rushing water as the torrent river breaks around the boulders to form many mini-falls. The lush green contrast nicely with the white water and grey rocks. Very interesting old west historic note.
afshin339 (306) 2007-07-21 1:31
This is an eye catching picture you have taken.
This is a beautiful Waterfall with Nice details and very good clarity and colors.composition and contrast are excellent.I Think and assure seeing this landscape is very interesting.and deep breath in this air is very nice.
Thank you for sending this beautiful picture to us.
evanrizo (456) 2007-07-21 4:03
Hi John, the water writes very nice between the stones, I like the depth on this image very much and the sharpness too.
Have a nice time.
happypoppeye (4819) 2007-07-21 7:36
This is a good shot John. I know I said (in one of your last stream shots) that I don't like these type photos but I like this one. I think it is the inclusion of more of the surrounding forest and rocks in the river. I also like the layered levels of falls dropping from the background.
Cretense (68703) 2007-07-21 8:10
Once again this fabulous long exposure effect on the water, and I think that this is the better of the "serie", because of this excellent composition with the diferent layers and the excellent composition. Congratulations!
capthaddock (28790) 2007-07-21 23:33
Hi John - dreamy and worthy of a calendar, the length of exposure is just right to give the falls a blur, I do want that big boulder in the bottom righ to vanish though.
jurek1951 (42196) 2007-07-22 0:11
excelent shot with good stong coloures. nice POV and motive.Great contrast and clarity. Well done.
Charo (51212) 2007-07-22 1:59
Bella toma con el agua difuminada formando pequeñas cascadas.
Excelente encuadre y color.
Cricri (120537) 2007-07-23 14:12
Magnifique cette riviére, un beau filé de l'eau entre ces énormes rochers, bon POV et excellent cadrage, compliment
Standa (1877) 2007-08-19 3:00
I like your waterfalls photos where you use realy well long exposure time. The previous one I like more because of misty and dreamy atmosphere but this one has nice composition.
- Copyright: John McLaird (jmcl) (14535)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-07-11
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Olympus E 300, 58mm circular polarizer
- Exposure: f/22, 1/3 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Rivers & Streams, Wild Basin, Rocky Mountain National Park [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-07-20 7:19