Many curves lead you to Cottonwood Pass (12’126 ft) and the air was thin and cool when we stepped out of the car. There were quite a few tourist buses parked and when we looked further up we saw maybe 200 teenagers making their way up to the highest point. We joined the group and there was laughter and screams everywhere and you could hardly hear your own voice. Pretty breathless we all reached the top and the teachers finally calmed them down and positioned them nicely for a group photo. I thought that was pretty cool to include them in my picture too, for my private photo album. They were on their way to summer camp, and the excitement was huge and the expectations big, motivation I don’t know but if I think about hiking at this age I doubt it a little … we were certainly never ever in the mood for that kind of adventure :) But what we all shared on this brilliant day was the beauty of this place. I think you can see what I mean.
Walking uphill is easier than stepping back again, and we all had some problems coming down and Benno gave them - especially the girls (!) – a helping hand, “saving” their lives and one girl, she was almost in tears, thought that he was a true gentleman, finally someone that would help her (the boys left her out to throw stones and make other funny stuff that would impress the girls …).
I cannot say that we heard the wind blowing on the Pass but this is why I travel that not all the things come out as expected.
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PixelTerror (0) 2008-02-15 8:14
The first thing that hits my eye in that picture is the sky a la Floydian, the depth of the blue is great and the strongly contrasting clouds bring here depth and volume, then the disposition of the one vs many people matching the clouds orientation populates very well the ground level. A well composed picture indeed.
Schönes Wuchenänd, JY
Dyerco (10185) 2008-02-15 8:19
Very nicely done with the chap in the blue jacket complimenting the blue of the sky. Your subjects are well placed in the scene.
xavshot (69835) 2008-02-15 10:56
j'aime beaucoup ce POV et le paysage grandiose. Le ciel est très beau. Pas de doute, c'est un endroit pour faire une photo ;o)
CaptainJack (0) 2008-02-15 21:09
An impressive view, especially from this perspective with all the interesting elements in play. The pair of piles (the group of people, and the rocks upon which this solo man is sitting on), and the scattered clouds with this great big blue sky all come together nicely.
molla (7127) 2008-02-16 0:39
I'm thinking in terms of The old testimony , someone that's preach (do it doesn't have to be of religious issue ) could be a teacher. In the same way I find when you have such crowd in a place like this some parts of the mightiness disappears. because nature has a certain silence that so much part of it's grace.
But of cause a wonderful View.
leo61 (0) 2008-02-16 0:52
Beindruckende Schärfe überall und ein gelungenes Multi-Portait.Guter Standort vor diesem Steinhaufen und eine tolle Tiefe.
Wir haben heute auch so einen toll blauen Himmel und ich werde wohl mit der Kamera losziehen,auch wenn`s saukalt ist.
kiwi_explorer (12209) 2008-02-16 1:21
Now that is one big group and what a fantastic scene to take a photo. The foreground of this photo is very good ... the rocks and the photographer anchors your main view. Good depth and image quality. Well captured and composed. Well done! tfs and have a nice weekend.
Buin (42328) 2008-02-16 1:27
Ein tolles Foto! Natur, soweit man schaut - und dann dieser "Menschenhaufen" ;-) Die Weite der Landschaft und die Tiefe im Bild sind wirklich eindrucksvoll. Ein schöner Bildaufbau - und ein guter Kommentar.
Grüße aus dem sonnigen und heute sehr kalten Westfalen - und ein schönes Wochenende!
gunbud (34066) 2008-02-16 4:07
Wow what a lovely planet we dwell on. Beautiful clear crisp colors with a stunning sky framed wonderfully by the snow capped peaks. I used to hike daily and the steeper the climb the better, unfortunately I left my knees on these slopes and when I had them replaced I suffered a surgiacl accident that cause nerve damage. All that said I get to relive similar thrills with your stunning image.
scobert (5355) 2008-02-16 12:13
I always love it when you post photos of my home state. It is always interesting to see your POV of Colorado. This is a pretty good day for the Colorado high country. You always have to be prepared for rain, hail, and snow (any month of the year). Your composition is outstanding! I especially like the group of tourists huddled in the background. I have never seen a group this large posing at the summit of any of our mountain passes before. A beautiful job of showing a grand panoramic view of our Colorado scenery. Marvelous!
avene (12675) 2008-02-16 20:03
hi Barbara :)
love the "top of the world" feeling here, the clouds seem so close I could hang my camera bag on them :)) everything so clear and feeling of vast open space is simply overwhelming, that's reason enough to hike :) I particularly like how the line of clouds mirrors the snow capped mountains, the V-shape certainly adds to the depth of the scene. smart composition too, the group of people creates a sense of scale.
and now that I've written this, I'll go and find my hikking boots, looking at this shot makes me eager to get out of the City :)
have a great Sunday,
wolf38 (31282) 2008-02-17 2:05
Hallo Barbara. Ein excellentes Photo in einer Bilderbuchlandschaft vor strahlend blauem Himmel. Es ist interesaant und sehenswert. Interessant ist auch der Text. Aber noch interessanter ist das, was Du Frank Kaiser (Buin) geantwortet hast. Wirklich sehr schön, humorvoll und unterhaltsam. Viele Grüße, Wolfgang.
bibik (2784) 2008-02-17 11:19
Smart panoramic view. Superb idea.
Thanks for sharing.
Paul65 (1402) 2008-02-18 4:58
Beautiful panoramic view of mountains.
Greetings from Poland.
josepmarin (57801) 2008-02-19 9:01
The depth that you have obtained in this image does that the landscape is impressive and almost infinite. It is amazing up to where our look can go. The photo of the group is very nice, and in this place to more of 3000m of height the colors are more vivid and magnificent, as the wonderful blue in the sky and the great whiteness of the clouds that decorate it.
A beautiful work.
pboehringer (770) 2008-02-20 7:23
eine sehr lustige Scene und Moment den Du da geknispst hast. Hast Du zu dieser Gruppe dazugehoert oder einfach nur die Situation ausgenuetzt und eine Landschaft in ein uebermenschliches Bild verwandelt? Die Person im Vodergrund suggeriert tatsaechlich, dass es hier um ein Gruppenbild geht, aber dann muesste er wirklich ziemlich ein erstklassiges Zoom haben. Die gruppe ist doch ziemlich entfernt, oderrr?
Die Steine im Vordegrund koennte eine zusaetzliche Abdunkelung erfahren sie kommen etwas zu hell herueber.
dlevy23 (2018) 2008-02-20 8:29
Hi Barbara, this is a nice photo. I checked the also some of your other photos and they are amazing. Love all the snow pictures.
Great colors and POV I would it place the person in the foreground a little bit more to the right.
robiuk (10807) 2008-02-20 16:08
what a goody, Barbara!
Shape of the clouds corresponding to the shape of the
terrain and that pile of rocks in the FG, great perspective
with huge depth (as if I can see miles & miles away),
and all acompanied by a really good and intimate note.
Well done, girl!
Flavia (10352) 2008-02-21 7:05
Nice that you decided to include the group. It quite funny the solitary guy on the top and that bunch of people on the other side, it is quite suggestive. Excellent deph and colors. It seems you had quite a nice weather for a hiking.
toto (0) 2008-02-23 1:17
Belle photo de ce groupe de photographe qui se regroupent sur votre photo, la vue sur ces montagnes semble infinie,elle est d' une grande netteté et ces montagnes qui semble entourer votre photo sont magnifique, merci de votre partage.
fulvio52 (8314) 2008-02-23 6:28
I somehow missed this one when it first appeared on TE... how dumb!
The sky is Floydian's quality, I reckon that MORE than qualifies...
Great overall detail, clarity and depth of field.
I've been here, so... this brings back great memories too. I'll be spending a few days in this area by next August, so... I might very well end up here again!
Thanks for sharing!
Once again : have a wonderful weekend.
See ya soon,
bwiti (402) 2008-02-23 10:31
ELle est marrante celle-ci ! On est petit tout de même, en tout cas voilà l'occasion idéale pour assasiner le plus grand nombre de personne... "reculez encore s'il vous plait.... encore s'il vous plait... non non toujours pas... encore un pas et vous y serez"...
elihesamian (26149) 2008-02-24 22:19
a nice travelling plan with group you had in that beautiful day,and you captured the view perfectly with a compostion that is fine,nice the way you have the group in a side and the lone man in another.excellent sharpness and colors and also quality you resulted and reached,nicely done,
( an effective note,Thanks)
Nicou (123102) 2008-02-26 1:59
comme un essin d'abeaille dans une mangigique vue, un ciel merveilleus, j'aime la profondeur entre le personnage en premier plan et le groupe, très beau boulot.
Bravo et amitiés
veronika (6052) 2008-02-26 2:15
what a beautiful sky, i love it!
It perfectly correspondence with the blue shirt of that man sitting on the foreground :)
Clear and super compo.
MarcT (20964) 2008-02-26 14:09
that's a gorgeous sky and an excellent composition. I suppose you used a polarizer.
feather (51130) 2008-02-27 8:18
I like the idea here of you behind the pgotographer taking almost the same photo. The sky is a stunning blue and those little puffy clouds are glorious. It sounds like quite an experience.
Leilani (1385) 2008-03-06 2:25
That beautiful blue sky...quite a surreal photo... normally in such vast landscapes you see no one! It reminds me of all of the trips I took to the mountains when I was a teen. :)
IgorDeleze (585) 2008-03-09 10:58
Very nice landscape and fantastic depth !
I like especialy the cloudy sky.
grantlp (2113) 2008-03-09 21:11
First of all thanks for your comments to my posting, and let me say that I find this image to be excellent. What it does so well is provide a fantastic range in depth....the man sitting on the pile of rocks in the foreground, the group of people full of colour in the mid area, and the lovely scenic mountain ranges in the background. Each play an important role in the photo. Very well done.
jaywalker (16101) 2008-03-13 10:20
Hi Barbara, The perfect POV & a wonderfully composed photo, those mountains are a beautiful backdrop to the group, you have superb light, strong colours &, a brilliant sky, the man in the foreground is the perfect finishing touch, great photo, kind regards Wilson.
kmarscher (2887) 2008-03-14 4:03
A thrilling moment based on your note and one that I find more compelling than the standard view of the mts. I think the group would like your "group photo" more than theirs? Quick decision on your part to take the shot and a memorable one for me. Just very inspiring.
ben4321 (9875) 2008-03-14 9:50
That's quite a group, and what a contrast with the emptiness and wide open space in the rest of the scene.
I think your shot works well - I like the disconnection between the group and the man in the foreground, and the clouds are an essential element in the composition.
You know what would have made this shot even better? - if the chap had been wearing a red top, just to provide maximum contrast with all that blue. Out of your control of course, unless you start carrying round a red jacket, just for these situations!
Actually, that's something the Nat Geo photographers often do - if you look at the landscape shots, there's often a red-jacketed figure somewhere in the frame.
Good work Barbara, I like it.
sebinho342 (19317) 2008-03-18 6:25
Hi Barbara, as usual a beautiful note which permits the watcher to jump into the compo, i am almost hearing them crying and shouting those kids ;-)
You did well including them in the compo, that brakes the monotony and majesty of this place, that adds something human, yes for sure 200 times human ;)
Marvelous sky, the best i've seen recently, this deep blue is amazing.
All my congratulations
danyy (0) 2008-03-19 16:41
un très joli ciel, comme souvent en altitude quand il est dégagé et une profondeur incroyable, on se sent si libre de respirer quand on voit cela.
BoisBarb (10369) 2008-03-20 6:20
On croirait presque les Hauts-Plateaux du Vercors!
Le ciel est superbe avec ces esthétiques nuages, la cadrage est excellent.
steliosk (4802) 2008-03-21 9:14
Hello Barbara, this one reminds me the sky I had in my todays post.
Lovely scene, perfectly captured, but the element I like best is that smooth colour.
Well done my friend
brevbrev14 (140) 2008-03-23 8:11
Hi Barbara, very good!
i like a lot a photo of a photographer at work..
the blue t-shirt is eye-catching
very well composed and taken!
AROBN54 (11473) 2008-03-23 22:16
oh, this is just awesome! The color and clarity are outrageously good, razor sharp detail, wonderful view! I like the guy in front and the big crowd being photographed. :)) What I especially like is the great light and shadow on those far mountains and that brilliant sky. this is just beautiful! Many thanks and hope you had a lovely weekend,
Manamo (3682) 2008-03-25 12:28
nice place for a group picture!!! wow, you canreach this kind of place with your car??? oh...that must remove the fun of climbing there?
I like the white peaks in the distance, the crips colors and the pure white clouds. I also like how you use the group as an introductory subject and how it does not ruin the picture...it's just small enough not to gather too much attention.
crhieatt (5347) 2008-03-30 4:53
To me, there's something humorous about this one; this little crowd, apparently in the middle of nowhere. With one figure on the cairn, it's a Sermon on the Mount moment! Maybe not. :)
kensimage (8561) 2008-04-27 8:16
Hi Barbara--This is a great combination of a storytelling photo (assisted by you fine note) and a beautiful landscape. It's not easy to get both of those in one shot! It's nice how the clouds lead to a spot just over the group of kids. And the storytelling is helped by the way the kids are grouped tightly together in this vast open space. Regards, Ken.
ribeiroantonio (22637) 2008-05-24 10:27
This is a very good photo and I can easily recognise Mary, John, Francis and her daughter, and... and...and...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
No joking, the picture is wonderful and all those people only make the place much more interesting. The scenery is spectacular and really worth any kind of photo. The man on the rocks (name for a new cocktail drink!) gives an excellent sense of depth. I love this photo.
Greg1949 (9011) 2008-07-18 8:43
Barbara, this shot really shows an awesome view. Once we look past the group and get the scale in our minds the scene is huge. I think the beauty of the shot is this secondary view, the greater landscape, I really like it.
jimkilgallon (0) 2008-07-22 16:36
Beautiful shot, the group in the background with the man more closer shows the depth of this place. It is just oozing with blue tones with some lovely clouds in the sky. The detail in the rocks and and the mountains in the background are superb.
Looks like you had a great time here, Colorado is beautiful.
dareco (17134) 2008-08-31 1:55
I loved reading your note :) The scenery in this is awesome!! A beautiful picture with very nice detail and colors..LOVE THAT BEAUTIFUL BLUE SKY!!! TFS and have a great day!
Waylim (25360) 2010-02-15 17:40
The sky sure look fantastic from this altertude. I love it, the group sure adds a lot of liveliness to this image. I mean a a lot of liveliness :) I love the expansive view of overall landscape, breath taking.
I was planning to go to colorado in the spring but I only have a week and I find that would not be enough to go so far for such a short time, so I wait till later when I have about two weeks and take my time driving up there and stop at different places along the way instead of flying. Colorado will just have to wait for me. I promise I will be there soon.
- Copyright: Barbara Kehl (baba_flies) (8829)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-06-19
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D70 DSLR
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2008-02-15 7:43