Big Thompson Canyon Colorado

As I mentioned I broke up the over 1,000 photos I took on the recent trip to Rocky Mountain National Park into folders identified by subject, mainly to help with organizing as I work through editing them.  I have the impression that most people don’t edit their digital photos, or only their best ones.

Those of us who are more invested in digital photography do spend a lot of time editing photos.  I usually end up editing a given photo at least two or three times, for several reasons.  One is that with modern photo editing software there are all kinds of adjustments that can be made, and often changing one means something else needs to be adjusted as a result.  Another reason is that, especially in situations with tricky lighting, working on a series of photos taken at nearly the same time and place is helpful.  As you get one photo to look the way you want it to, that helps know how to adjust the others in the series.

The first series of photos were of the flatlands of Iowa, Nebraska and Colorado:

This new series is of Big Thompson Canyon, the 25 mile connection between Loveland, Colorado, at the foot of the mountains, and Estes Park, the town at the entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park.  These were particularly difficult for a number of reasons.  There aren’t that many places to pull off the road, so almost all of these were taken from a moving car (as were most of those from the flatlands series and others).   Secondly, in many places the walls are very steep and high, so it is hard to frame the shots, and the lighting can be difficult.

I was disappointed when we approached the canyon entrance because it was a very dark, overcast day.  Fortunately, we made a trip into Loveland in the middle of our stay, so I had another chance to take photos as we went up and down the canyon, this time with good lighting.  So you can see similar shots with different lighting.  I’m still not completely satisfied with every one of them.

There was a tragic flood through the canyon in 1976 when over a foot of rain fell in about three hours, resulting in a dam breaking and a wall of water 20 feet high flooding the canyon, killing 143 people.

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1 Response to Big Thompson Canyon Colorado

  1. The Leckbands says:

    Hi Jeff, This is so interesting to hear about how you organize and edit the photos. It really does make a difference when they are tweaked a bit! I remember some years back at the state fair photo exhibit ,when they were hesitant to allow digital photo images in the show. It seems they even had them in a separate category for awhile. Much different now!

    Beautiful description too,,,,glad you had an opportunity to go back to Thompson Canyon on a sunny day and take some more pictures. Take care, Hope you are doing well!

    It was especially busy at Bear Creek last week with the rummage sale. Everyone worked hard on it, sharing their time and talents! Nice to have people in the community visit the meetinghouse too. (and eat, shop and mingle)

    peace, Jackie

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