First Light Hallett Peak Lake Haiyaha Colorado Rocky Mountain National Park

First Light Hallett Peak Lake Haiyaha Rocky Mountain National Park

Photo of First Light on Hallett Peak near Lake Haiyaha in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park. Here you will see photographs of Hallett Peak and Flattop Mountain reflecting on a two different Alpine Tarns fed from Lake Haiyaha in Rocky Mountain National Park. Visible within the images are an abundance of boulders and rock formations. In fact, “Haiyaha” is a Native American word that means “rock” or “lake of many rocks”, or “big rocks”. This word appropriately describes this secluded, boulder-riddled lake in lower Chaos Canyon. The hike to this area from the Bear Lake trailhead was appropriately 4 miles round trip and about 820 feet gain in elevation (9,470′ – 10,290′). These sunrise photos of Hallett Peak near Lake Haiyaha were taken on August 30th between 7:15am and 7:50am.

Photo Gallery – Hallett Peak Near Lake Haiyaha RMNP

Gear Used to Photograph Hallett Peak Near Lake Haiyaha Colorado Rocky Mountain National Park

The following camera camera gear was used in capturing the Colorado Landscape Photos of Hallett Peak and Flattop Mountain reflecting upon an alpine pond near Lake Haiyaha:

First Light on Hallett Peak Lake Haiyaha RMNP Area

  • a Nikon D810 with MD12 Battery Grip and Really Right Stuff L-Bracket,
  • F-Stop Gear Aloe Green Tilopa Back Pack (with large Pro ICU),
  • the Nikkor 24-70mm, f/2.8,
  • a Nikkor 14-24mm, f/2.8,
  • a Gitzo CF6X Mountaineer 2 tripod (GT2530),
  • with a Really Right Stuff BH-40 LR Ballhead,

The 7:15am morning exposures for the first light at Lake Haiyaha averaged between 1.3 seconds and 1/13 second at f/11. We used the Nikon D810’s native ISO of of 64. Some of these images were created by combining 5 exposures at one full stop apart in Adobe Lightroom. This HDR process was done in order to capture the high dynamic range of the early morning light.

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