For some dramatic Rocky Mountain views, take Highway 91 from Leadville to Copper Mountain. Here is Fletcher Mountain, about halfway. This is where I tried to hike a path that would have led me up past the treeline had it not been for the beer I had in The Leadville Saloon not twenty minutes earlier tuckering me out. It was an ambitious thought though. I turned around after talking to some hikers on their way back down who had obviously made this their activity for the entire day.
I thought maybe I could do it in an hour at the most. But this would have had to been about a three hour hike at least. My wife surely would have run out of patience by then, waiting for me back at the parking lot and all. I did take lots of photos, though.
Camera: Canon 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
Settings: 73mm Focal Length, 1/200 sec Exposure @ f/8 ISO 100
I took 6 bracketed exposures, I threw out the darkest, and blended the remaining exposures in Photomatix. I then took all exposures plus the Photomatix result into Photoshop CS6 and blended in the best parts of each one. The final blend was then tweaked with for color correction and sharpness in NIK Color EFX Pro, and I added some contrast to the mountainside with a black and white blend. This was done with the help of OneOne’s Perfect Effects. A little noise reduction for the sky and back to Lightroom 5 for a final crop and a slight vignette.