As a child of St. Louis MO, born and raised, Iâ€™ve grown used to a relatively flat world. The only vertical elements in our world are trees and the city skyline. As a landscape photographer the mid-west can be a challengeâ€¦ or even worse boring!
I recently had the opportunity to photograph Rocky Mountain National Park. It was an amazing experience, from the alpine meadows to the continental divide, the scenery is simply breathtaking. With several scenic pull offs along the route, itâ€™s easy to photograph several unique geographical features in a relatively short time frame.
With abundant wildlife throughout the park it only adds to the splendor. At one point while shooting a meadow, a bull elk walked down from the ridge behind me and passed within 10 feet of me. That lead to one of my favorite photos from our trip.
I think my favorite part of the trip was shooting the sunset as we raced back up Trail Ridge rd.
We were very lucky. We stopped several times along the road and got completely different shots as we pushed forward. By the time we made it to the last spot it was within minutes of the sunsets peak.
We were only in the park for about 6 hours but it was worth every second.
My wife and I will definitely be returning to Rocky Mountain Nation Park to see the other 80% that we missed, but this really opened our eyes to the beauty and photographic potential of our national parks and forests.
In closing Iâ€™d like to say that if you have grown board of you typical shooting style or subject matter, Challenge yourself! Make plans to travel or learn a new field of photography. And as always we are here to help educate you and find that next camera or lens.
- Scott RancilioÂ -