Deep Forest Rapids
North Fork of the St. Vrain River
(between Upper and Lower Copeland Falls)
Wild Basin Area
Rocky Mountain National Park
A nice place to stop for lunch in an off and on gentle rain ..
From my last Post:
The Wild Basin area is one of the best kept secrets of Rocky Mountain National Park .. the entrance by road is separated from the rest of the park down old Highway 7.
After entering the area one travels down a long single lane dirt road that ends in a large parking area (in summer or on weekends arrive early .. I have had up to a mile added to my walk when the lots are full ... so I guess it is not so secret)
... the trail at the end of the parking lot travels along this wild rushing river through a thick and dark forest .. passing by Copeland Falls, Calypso Cascades, and Ouzel Falls .. three of the stunning water features of Rocky Mountain National Park ..
If you were checking through my gallery last July you might remember the story of this day .. I was solo hiking this area .. the trail was busy so I felt pretty comfortable .. I was coming back down from Calypso Cascades .. slowly .. stopping along the river for shots like this .. Shortly after this shot I waited out a rain and ate my lunch (just a third of a mile from the trail head) .. the rain had emptied the trail .. as I was walking through the last thick stand of forest I rounded a corner and on the trail ahead of me was a very large bear (seemed very large to me at that moment anyway) .. I looked at him .. he looked at me .. I took a step back (stupid probably) .. and he raced off into the woods ..
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bracasha75 (24591) 2008-03-17 10:50
I,m realy glad to see this excellent place somwehre in Colorado...
Again and again great images from you
Gustaw (21670) 2008-03-17 11:34
Hi, my friend!
It is next interesting photo in your collection. Good idea. I very like your small river. Good ecsperiment!
chpp (4283) 2008-03-17 12:05
I like the image, it has a nice effect on the water and good exposure to capture the natural colours and the details on the rocks. to me, It lacks a litthe depth though
but nice shot
powoj (1661) 2008-03-17 13:31
The next good picture of the river. Amazing effect of water with natural colours of trees. Good composition too.
parbo (11092) 2008-03-17 14:46
Returning to green is wonderful and you are enjoying long exposure that I love it too. Green and rock formations makes your frame unique, rich one. Great.
jwmunro (286) 2008-03-17 14:50
Hello John -
Very nicely done! The water is perfect, but the forest could be a little brighter. Well done!
Thank you for sharing.
danyy (0) 2008-03-17 15:31
merci pour toutes ces photos de la beauté de la nature américaine, luxuriante, parsemée de rocs et de rivières agitées.
Propices aux filés comme celui-ci très réussi et très lumineux au milieu de superbes couleurs.
faraujo (1707) 2008-03-17 17:14
Beautyful river movement..as well the compo! The scenne is quite pleasent and full of green!
Well done and caught
PS - I know that I have been apart, just have no time for pleasure=trek+photo
gneufeld (15890) 2008-03-17 18:06
Rushing waters and gorgeous mountain greenery is the hightlite here. Very well managed light and excellent sharpness and colors. TFS. Gerald
AROBN54 (11475) 2008-03-17 19:39
Just magical, John,
it looks like a fairy tale or Shrek or something. Wonderous detail even with that soft magical look to it. The small white flowers, the moss on the rocks, the pine boughs... And again that superb job with a slow shutter speed. Beautifully done. Many thanks and have a great week,
gunbud (34066) 2008-03-17 20:29
Beautiful wild river seen cascading through this lovely evergreen forrest. The lush green colors contrast beautifully with the dream like milky white waters of this powerful stream.
JPlumb (3159) 2008-03-18 0:41
Hi John, it won't be long and you'll be seeing scenes like this again, hopefully without the bear though. Exposure on this one is very good with good detail on the highlights through to the shadow regions in your shot. The 8 seconds gave you an amazing soft flow in these rapids while the f22 allowed you to shoot for 8 seconds of course, but also gave you great depth of field so we can see these small blossoms next to the rapids and we can see into the depths of your woods. Very nice. It's making me think it has been too long since I shot some moving water.
Thanks, enjoyed! John
feather (51130) 2008-03-18 9:01
I remember the bear story. An amazing experience and thank goodness you lived to tell the tale.
I love the effect of the slow shutter on the rushing water; it's such a contrast with the sharpness of the rocks. Excellent depth thanks to f22. Well done
Cricri (124778) 2008-03-18 10:31
Un endroit sauvage comme j'aime, joli filé d'eau qui attire beaucoup, cela doirt etre impressionant et magnifique de rencontrer cet énorme et bel animal...
angela926 (1884) 2008-03-18 20:34
toto (0) 2008-03-19 1:24
belle photo de cette coulée gelée de rivière, votre exposition de 8 sec a transformé cette eau en un superbe brouillard qui coule dans ces jolis rochers.
Photo65Net (43120) 2008-03-19 3:57
Superb use of long exposure here.
Water texture is superb, I like a lot the resulting mood.
leo61 (0) 2008-03-21 12:30
The water here looks like clouds in a big canyon.Excellent POV and fine details at these rocks.I like too the dark green tones.
evanrizo (456) 2008-03-22 1:35
Hi John again, the silk water through the rocks looks great.
Very good framed and composed with the branches on the left.
Graal (103038) 2008-03-22 11:40
very nice place in forest, good composition and excellent effect of flowing water. I like it a lot. Good work.
Hellas (7009) 2008-04-05 10:30
I remember very well the story and may understand the perplexity! The long exposure worked perfectly so the result is attractive. The National Parks are paradises for all the nature's lovers.
Thank you for sharing this lovely picture!
Greetings from Greece,
GUYOFF (901) 2008-04-05 10:31
Right exposure here, welldone, this effect is always good for our eyes !!!
ptibelo (3380) 2008-05-22 13:05
Superbe réalisation de filé...et j'aime beaucoup le terme de Deep..beaucoup de chose derrière le mot "profond"...
Superb realization of thread… and j' like much the term of Deep. .beaucoup of thing behind the word " profond" in french.
amitiés à tous
saldeplata (194) 2008-05-24 2:08
Hi John. I knew this photo, then cited a page in Spanish dedicated to give lessons in photography; gets as an example of a photograph of moving water.
So it's a photo teacher, and I would not know to say any more thing better. I find it: magic
Greetings from Spain
jaywalker (16105) 2008-05-24 9:21
Hi John, These types of photos you thrive on, the rushing water over the rocky path way, you have mastered the shutter speed to create the perfect effect &, still keep the beauty of the surrounding area, great light & colours &, superbly composed, TFS, kind regards Wilson.
scalerman (26900) 2008-07-23 9:28
John: some really successful landscapes and extended exposures in your opening pages. This one certainly deserves the attention it's already gotten. Here's my two cents of green. regards, c
Benedict (7076) 2008-12-29 6:40
the exposure worked well. clear and crisp.
happy new year.
- Copyright: John McLaird (jmcl) (14535)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-07-11
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Olympus E 300, B&W 58mm 1.8 ND
- Exposure: f/22, 8 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2008-03-17 10:37
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