Part of the reason behind starting this blog was to motivate myself to get out more and practice my photography. So, when my girlfriend and I decided to head up to the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park for the weekend, I knew that we would make our way to Rocky Mountain National Park.
In preparation, I rented a Nikon 12-24mm f/4 lens (the renowned NIkon 14-24 f/2.8 wasn’t available). My goal was to focus on really wide angle landscapes. I had actually never used such a wide lens before and I have to say, it’s incredible to play around with. Given time constraints, I didn’t have time to set up a tripod at each location and really think about the shots I wanted to get. It was more a case of quickly pulling the car over, jumping out, and snapping a quick picture. Although, for each shot, I did carefully try to frame the picture, think about my desired aperture, and then adjust in manual to get a good exposure. (TIP - when it’s bright outside and you are trying to take a lanscape on a clear day, expose off the blue sky) Here, I did that for the majority of the shots and it worked incredibly well, especially where I didn’t have time to really play with exposure levels. Also, I ran most of these images through and pretty basic HDR preset in Lightroom 4. I am really happy with the results. What do you think?
Hope you enjoy the photos. More to come from the Stanley Hotel in a later post.