Autumn Colors, Maroon Bells, Aspen, Colorado

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Richard Ryer on September 22, 2008

The forum has a section on how to take a gorgeous photograph. Here is Tip # 732: Go to a beautiful location on the weekend that has historically had the best colors. Get in line along the beach with 50 other professional photographers, set up your camera on the tripod, put on a big lens and then wait. Mill around looking at other camera backs to see what the professionals are composing, then do the best one with yours. When all the pros start madly shooting pictures, you do the same. That is how you take a gorgeous picture. I know that no one was keying off me because I had pulled out my Japan throw away camera and took a flash shot which immediately drew the attention of 20 photographers around me. Gee, did I feel stupid...../;-))

Ghiocela on September 23, 2008

No...comment!! YS, Rich!!! Greetings, Simona

Richard Ryer on September 23, 2008

Greetings Simona and Billy, Thanks so much for visiting and commenting on the Maroon Bells. Long drive, heavy rain, low spirits. But standing on the shore with the other photographers waiting out mother nature was fun. And she rewarded us several times for our patience. Most of all, there were 50 like minded people standing shoulder to shoulder in the rain waiting for a break to take that perfect shot. What fun.



Beatriz Barreto Tane… on September 23, 2008

Beautiful! It was worth the sacrifice.

Richard Ryer on September 23, 2008

Greetings Beatriz, Thanks so much for visiting the Maroon Bells and commenting. Of course I make fun when I talk about the weather and the time to get to Aspen. It is a wonderful drive and the area is more beautiful with clouds and mist. Standing there for three hours visiting with other photographers and taking pictures seemed like only a couple of minutes. Mother nature was very kind with the lighting and periodic stoppage of the rain. We all got wonderful shots that show the autumn colors in a different way, perhaps more spectacular. Thanks again.



Richard Ryer on September 23, 2008

Greetings Bruce, There are a couple of trails that lead from the Maroon lake parking lot. If you take the trail to Crater Lake you hike right up to the base of the first bell. It is only about a mile and a half with a bit of elevation gain, but easily doable with a camera bag and lunch. Once at Crater lake the trail heads south east toward Crested Butte (I think). There is a lot of easy hiking in there. I'd say you could touch the base of the first bell in two to two and a half hours from the parking lot. And a million photo ops along the way.



Pinke László on September 23, 2008

Beautiful look and colours....... Congrats for nice shot,Rich!

Greetings from Székesfehérvár,Hungary: Laci

Richard Ryer on September 23, 2008

Greetings Laci, Thanks for visiting both photographs. They were taken about an hour apart from each other. Lots of rain in between, but lots of story telling by the photographers, even giving out locations of their secret places to shoot pictures. Very fun.



Francisco José Sánch… on September 23, 2008

B E A U T I F U L !!

Marilyn Whiteley on September 23, 2008

Wonderful shots, Rich! Stunning. And special thanks for doing it all to share with us so that we don't have to stand around for three hours in the rain!

Cheers, Marilyn

Richard Ryer on September 23, 2008

Greetings Francisco and Marilyn, Thanks so much for visiting and commenting. The weather wasn't all that bad. It was in the low 60's with light breeze to calm. Inside the layers we were dry. The kinship among the other photographers made the conditions unnoticeable and most were happy because it gave a new twist to one of the most photographed points in America. On a good day there would have been hundreds at sunrise with bus loads arriving at 9. As it was, only 50 of us got to see this.



John-mike on September 23, 2008

Oh !! what a GREAT impression.... The ceiling is low, it seems that the rain becomes nearly

EXCELENT SHOT, & Yellow STAR of course



Richard Ryer on September 23, 2008

Greetings John, Thanks for visiting and commenting. I am glad you like the picture. It was a beautiful morning between the showers.



Frank Knaap on September 23, 2008

Breathtaking Richard, what a beautyful place!!! A GREAT picture. About that tip #732.....that's probably why it's #732! Stupid!:)

Cheers, Frank.

Matildes-morfar on September 23, 2008


Greetings from Denmark

Michele - mik on September 23, 2008

Hi Richard. I appreciated the photo (of course), and the great description of the "event". It think it was really funny!!

Ciao, Michele

©polytropos on September 24, 2008

Congratulations, Richard, you seem to become the coloured version of Ansel Adams of the 21. century. I like your tip #732. It correlates more or less with my tip #003 I've learned long time ago when I got my first SLR camera.

If possible, could you put please the link to that mentioned forum section?

Hank Waxman on September 24, 2008

Greetings Rich. Not only is the shot great, but the story enlivens it with your sense of humor of good spirit. Well done.


Agoe on September 24, 2008

Cheers Rich, this is an amazing picture of a wonderful landscape! Very nice!!

Greetings, Andreas

Dann Cianca on September 24, 2008

Thanks for the new desktop wallpaper, Rich! This shot is stunning ... I absolutely must go visit this place.


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