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A Rocky Mountain sunset at Sprague Lake

Photo by Joe Newman

After spending the last four days in the Utah desert and most of the week before that in the Colorado mountains, it was weird driving through downtown Washington, D.C. on Tuesday afternoon. It’s a slight shock to the system seeing buildings, cars and people everywhere instead of miles of undisturbed wilderness.

It may take a day or two to adjust and probably much longer than that for me to go through all the pictures I took during my swing through Rocky Mountain, Canyonlands and Arches national parks. It was kind of fitting that when we turned on the TV last night, we found Ken Burns’ documentary series “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” which details the history of America’s national park system.

This is the second summer in a row that my wife and I have traveled out west to spend time in a national park with my sister, brother-in-law and three nieces. Last year, we visited Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks in Wyoming. We’re hoping it’s a tradition we can continue for years to come. We’re already talking about which park we should visit next. Glacier National Park? Yosemite? Mesa Verde? Carlsbad Caverns?

Meantime, I have a lot of photos to process from this year’s trip. The photo at the top of the page is from Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. I spent a few days camping by myself in the Rockies taking pictures and looking in vain for big horn sheep (more on that in a later post).

Photo Details

Camera: Olympus O-MD E-M5

Lens: Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm (34mm equivalent)

Aperture: f/8

Shutter speed: 5 bracketed exposures, ranging from 1/80th of a second to 1/15th of a second

ISO: 400-1600

Processing:  Noise in all 5 exposures was reduced in Adobe Lightroom and then photos were merged and HDR processed with Photomatix Pro. Composite image was fine-tuned in Lightroom for final product.

 Photo of sunset at Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park by Joe Newman. Want to order a print? Click here.

Joe Newman

I'm Joe Newman, multi-media story teller, non-profit do-gooder, international street photographer, serious poker player, intrepid traveler. Bourbon drinker.

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