Updated: Oct 10, 2021
Enjoy the fall colors of Colorado with this months feature print
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Crowned in Gold is one of my most popular nature photographs to-date. I captured it during a trip to Aspen, Colorado in September 2018, near Maroon Bells. Although the famous view of the mountains and lake was overrun with other photographers, a short hike into the surrounding aspen grove was enough to find some solitude for myself and those I was with.
I was switching between a wide angle lens and my longer 70-200mm telephoto throughout the morning and this image was shot at the wider end of the spectrum, the equivalent of 18mm. I had been looking for wider shots of the grove to try to capture the intense warm glow created by the early light brushing the tops of the trees; that glow was (and still is) one of the best experiences I've had in nature.
Exploring where I could without disturbing the undergrowth, I looked up as I heard the rustling of the leaves in a gentle breeze. Directly above me, by sheer luck, was a patch of unbroken, brilliant blue sky, surrounded by gold. As you can see in the final image I made, the contrast of colors was spectacular!
I hope you enjoy this image as much as I do. If you'd like a print for yourself, act fast as the quantity that can purchased at 25% off using the member-exclusive code (found here) is very limited. If you opt for a fine art paper print, it will be created to-order by me on my Canon professional printer using archival pigments. Each print I personally create is also signed and numbered, and includes a Certificate of Authenticity (not available for metal or acrylic prints).
I use Red River Paper's Palo Duro Etching 315 for my in-studio fine art prints of this image. This is a heavyweight, matte fine art paper with a subtle texture. It does a wonderful job of reproducing colors and contrast, and the matte finish helps minimize glare when framed behind glass or acrylic.
Below are some behind-the-scenes snapshots for a look at my proofing process for creating this print.
Coming off the printer, one row at a time:
A couple phone snaps of the finished print:
A little "fly by" video showing off some of the details (please pardon the inconsistent saturation in the video):