Autumn in the District

So far it’s been a tough fall season in the high country Cripple Creek and Victor mining district for foliage pictures… the leaves are all changing at different times. The south face of Pikes Peak has already peaked and high winds have blown the best leaves off the trees. At the lower elevations some of the leaves are already bright orange while others are still green and some have just turned brown and withered.

Victor Colorado Autumn

But my efforts last week didn’t go completely unrewarded … I captured a few that I don’t already have in my portfolio that I would like to share 🙂 Unfortunately I accidentally left my polarizer behind along with my 24-105L lens, which was what the polarizer was attached to 😦 A couple would be nice pictures were ruined by the ubiquitous power lines that stretch across the landscape everywhere one looks up here, a shame for sure but I don’t know what could be done about it. I suppose hours of photoshopping could save a couple of them but I don’t have that kind of patience anymore.

Victor Colorado Autumn

Anyway, the day started with this pre-sunrise shot of a young doe mule deer, my favorite of the entire batch! My best mine picture was ruined by carelessness… I hand held the camera and forgot to check the shutter speed, resulting in too much motion blur to recover the image. Luckily I managed to make up for that loss with this capture of an old homestead set against golden aspen leaves, an image which I’ve been trying for years to capture in peak autumn! It’s kind of difficult to see, but there is also a very cool weather phenomenon going on in the background. Fog has filled the entire Arkansas River Valley while the beautiful Sangre de Cristo range juts high above the fog and haze!

That shot also looks great in winter so when the snow comes I’ll grab that one too 🙂 Please enjoy the gallery below and keep in mind that you can click each one to see a bigger version!

 

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Elk Herd on a Beautiful Rocky Mountain Evening

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Coyote on the Hunt
 

Pre-Trip Adrenalin

It’s almost time… our annual pilgrimage to Rocky Mountain National Park to see the elk rut. Actually it kicked in last night, that nervous feeling in the pit of your stomach that won’t let you sleep. I hate that feeling, the uncertainty, the wondering if everything is ready, if I have forgotten something. I finally managed to fall asleep but I was already awake again at 3:00 this morning 😦

Elk in Rocky Mountain National Park

I did catch a break though while I was drinking my coffee and watching wildlife videos on YouTube. I was kind of half asleep watching a video on setting up the Canon R7 for wildlife, one which I had already watched before, when I heard a tidbit that I had never noticed… The “Wild Alaska” guy said on the main AF settings he leaves “tracking set to off, that way you can turn it on and off with a button. If you set it to on it is always on.”. Now I had noticed that tracking wasn’t behaving properly, I programmed the exposure lock button to turn on and off tracking but it seemed tracking was always immediately coming right back on and disrupting my focus point selection. Well I did what he said and switched the main tracking setting to off and now my programmed button works the way I want it to. That’s an important setting for me because it is quite often that I need to have a very precise focus point to aim through branches or grass to grab right onto the animal. Also important when you set animal tracking to off, go ahead and leave animal eye focus turned on.

The second minor issue I got ironed out this morning while setting that up is that the lock button also locks in a focus point. I couldn’t get the joy stick to change the location of my points and finally determined that on my last photo outing I had used the lock button to lock down the exposure. I didn’t realize it also locked up the focus points, so that and the tracking issue were awesome things to get ironed out BEFORE the trip!

So it turned out that last year’s trip was a bit to early in the month and we missed peak rut season, but despite that I got some great video of the elk herd in action and one of my favorite elk pictures (above) of all time! Click here to see the full video on my YouTube channel!

Well anyway, I hope to be able to post some phone videos to my channel throughout the trip so stay tuned!