Aspens and Light
Maroon Creek Road, Colorado
Time of Day: late morning, 3 ½ hours after sunrise
September 30, 2013
I joined the throng of photographers at Maroon Lake at dawn to shoot Maroon Belles. I sort of promised my daughter that I would shoot Maroon Belles if it did not interfere with any other plans and since the aspens were turning late elsewhere in Colorado this year, I really had nothing better to do.
As we waited for sunrise, which was a dud, a group of us enjoyed visiting (a guy from Nebraska, another from Vegas, and a lady from San Diego). After the sun came up, we kept hanging out talking and comparing notes for a couple of hours until finally my feet got cold and I had to bug out.
On the way out on Maroon Creek Road I spied these backlit aspens with a shaded hillside behind. So I got busy shooting quickly for fear the light would change. Not to worry, the scene stayed similarly lit for about 20 minutes.
Oh, but for the shots that I get while travelling to or from another potential shot. What’s that line in that old John Lennon song, “Life is what happens while we’re busy making other plans.”
I just love the contrasting yellow and blues (caused by the shaded hillside in the background) here. Simple elegance.
A polarizer was used in this shot.