About the photo & location Springtime in Colorado often times means wonderful sunrises with intense colors and light which makes waking up early to get to a location a wonderful thing. Thankfully Belmar Park in Lakewood’s little piece of paradise is quite close to me. Surrounded by several lakes and ponds, it is a mecca for wildlife habitat and has little lagoon areas that one can hunker down and escape from it all. It was in one these lagoon areas from which I shot this scene. The sun was rising in the east and I was facing west, watching the hues, color and light change right before my eyes. It was amazing the reds, pinks, grays and blues that seemed to come to life.
Technical aspects of the shot Captured using my Sony a550, it is a long exposure of about 15 seconds. I used a Fotodiox CPL and ND8 on my generation 1 Minolta 35-70mm f4 lens. A lens which is dubbed “The Baby Beercan” and is known for it’s outstanding sharpness. After having this lens for a few months I now understand why. Tripod and wireless remote shutter release.
Final thoughts Often times there is great subject matter close by to us. Often times we just never see it or make the effort to get there, instead opting for locations which take hours to get to. In this day and age of ultra high gas prices, I think I will be shooting locally a lot more often. I am just thankful that Colorado has a lot of local and state parks which are beautiful.