Rocky Mountain National Park Dream Lake Early Fall Snow

Rocky Mountain National Park Early Fall Snow

View photos of Rocky Mountain National Park Early Fall Snow. Please enjoy our pictures of Dream Lake, Hallett Peak, Longs Peak, and Upper Beaver Meadows at Rocky Mountain National Park. These photos are from early Fall just after a light snow on the previous day. The images of Upper Beaver Meadows reveal a few remaining fall colors from a strand of cottonwood trees in the foreground. The photo showing the reverse view of Dream Lake looking East is just before dawn. Our hope for a beautiful sunrise was eclipsed by the cloud cover. But, the pink glow of the pre-dawn, the still waters, as wall as the dusting of light snow provided a serene image for us to capture. Upon heading back from Dream Lake, we witnessed some unusual spinning cloud formations over Longs Peak.

Autumn in Rocky Mountain National Park yields a variety of weather including beautiful clear sunrises as well as snowy mornings and everything in between. People come from all over the world to enjoy the fall colors from the aspens making RMNP a must visit destination. We hope you enjoy these images of Dream Lake as well as the photos of Longs Peak and Upper Beaver Meadows. The photos were taken in the Fall on October 13th, 2016 from 6:55am to 9:50am.

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Gear Used to Photograph Rocky Mountain National Park Early Fall Snow

The following camera gear was used in the Colorado Landscape Photography of Early Fall Snow at Rocky Mountain National Park:

  • a Nikon D810,
  • a Nikkor 14-24mm, f/2.8,
  • the Nikkor 24-70mm, f/2.8,
  • a Gitzo CF6X Mountaineer 2 tripod (GT2530),
  • with a Really Right Stuff BH-40 LR Ballhead,

The 6:58am morning exposures for the pre-dawn Dream Lake photo averaged between 20 seconds 2.5 seconds at f/8. We used the Nikon D810’s native ISO of of 64. Our later morning photos of Dream Lake and Hallett Peak were exposed using an aperture of f/16 at 1/2 of a second. The reverse view Dream Lake images were taken with the Nikkor 14-24mm lens. Our Hallett Peak Dream Lake and Longs Peak images were photographed using the Nikkor 24-70mm, f/2.8 lens. We also used the Nikkor 24-70mm lens for the Upper Beaver Meadows images. Some of the images were created by combining 5 exposures at one full stop apart. This HDR process was done in order to capture the high dynamic range of the early morning light.

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