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Old 05-21-2008, 03:43 PM   #1
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I'm no Ansel Adams (more like Gomez), but here are a few photos from a trip to Keystone, CO a few years back.

I haven't done any traveling to speak of since getting a decent camera - Canon Digital Rebel XT - so I'm eager to try it. Anyone used a polarizer to get better midday shots. The glare really causes the colors to be washed out...

Yours truly at Loveland Pass, continental divide at 11,990 ft...

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Some miscellaneous scenery...

This shot was taken about halfway between Keystone and Aspen.



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And, finally, this stream ran directly behind the hotel, next to a bike trail...



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I reduced the Japan photos to "web size"; these were kept the original size. The portrait-oriented photo doesn't fit the monitor on my laptop. Maybe "shrinkage" is a good thing, at least for photos...

Or, better yet, a big ol' flat-screen monitor...
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Really nice thanks for posting reminding of my time during a previous lifetime.
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no wonder my brother loved colorado so much. he used to bike through those mountains before children. gonna have to escape flat florida next fall for some leaf peeping in the blue ridge mountains again. thanks for the incentive.
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Yeah, DFW is probably the least scenic place I've ever lived...

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Not quite as scenic as the Ohio River valley in southern Indiana.....but pretty darn nice! Great pics. Thanks for posting!
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Anyone used a polarizer to get better midday shots. The glare really causes the colors to be washed out...
I am of the opinion that one should never put anything between the subject and the lens. There are, of course, times when a polarizing filter can add to a captured image -- reflective surfaces, such as water or windows, come to mind. I find, however, that processing the RAW image in photoshop is much more effective at "punching" up the colors -- there is greater control over the Hue, Saturation and Luminance of each individual color. The CS3/ACR v4.4.1 Clarity and Vibrance controls add an additional component. In other words, a Polarizing Filter has, for the most part, been rendered obsolete by digital technology.

The bottom line, however, is that there isn't much you can do about mid-day photographs -- the lack of contrast is pretty difficult to overcome.

In any event, these are incredible images. You can certainly be proud of them. (I may be a little bit prejudiced, however, because they reinforce my decision to live in Colorado.)
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It's hard to take a bad pict with such good scenery! I suppose one could get up at the crack of dawn, instead of the crack of noon...
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