Upon The Red Rocks

I loved the Garden of the Gods Park in Colorado Springs! It is practically on the edge of a very big city, yet an oasis of raw nature. The unique rock formations are an attraction to climbers as well. This one was making his way up one of the steeper pinnacles in the park. I have a great admiration for folks that can do this.

 

Climber at Garden of the Gods - Colorado

 

Photo Details:

Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

Settings: 200mm Focal Length, 1/320 sec @ f/2.8 ISO 250

This was one shot, aperture opened all the way, ISO at 250 due to the low light at the end of the day. Even with f/2.8, the rocks in the background were still more in focus than I really wanted for this image. I learned a lot about masking from processing this photo. I selectively blurred the background rock as well as adding some clouds. It was a difficult task to create a good mask because the background rock and foreground rock were so similar. There was a lot of trial and error here, but once I obtained a decent mask, the rest was pretty straight forward. Get the right blur on the composited sky and the right sharpness in the foreground.