August 3, 2010 – Mt. Evans Highway

View along the Mt. Evans Highway

View along the Mt. Evans Highway

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

So you’ve heard me say that I’m sitting on a multi-year backlog of old pictures, right? Yeah, still true. But today’s picture is a result of me actually making some progress on that over the weekend. That sentence sounds way more impressive than it actually is. When I hear somebody say “I made progress!” I generally think that means they made it through a couple months of backlog. But, no. I’m stuck on August 8, 2008. Before this weekend, I was about a third of the way through that day. Now I’m about two thirds of the way through that day. So, umm.. not really that exciting I guess.

This process is fairly painful for me though. Many, many times I’ve grumbled about how I spent a couple years using a crappy lens, and how I have since realized that, and done something to correct the situation. Unfortunately, that was right in the thick of the time spent with the crappy lens. So I visited all of these really cool places and did all of these really cool things, and so many of the pics cause me physical discomfort when I look at them. Ugh. Many of them (like this one) can at least be brought back into the realm of respectability with some post-processing, but if you looked at the full-size image you’d believe me if I told you that it’s hardly hang-on-the-wall worthy. But, I promised myself I’d make it through them all eventually, pulling out all the halfway-decent ones. So this won’t be the last time you see one of them.

I almost went ahead and finished off the post right there, but then I realized I haven’t actually touched on what the heck you’re looking at. This was taken along the Mt. Evans Highway, which is sort of near Idaho Springs, Colorado. (By “sort of near”, I mean that Idaho Springs is where you leave the highway (I-70) to head up into the mountains…) The Mt. Evans Highway is apparently the highest auto-road in either the world or North America, topping out at 14,400 feet or so. (Google tells me that’s about 4,400 meters.) It’s paved the whole way, and it goes right to the top of Mt. Evans. (And it’s worth noting that Mt. Evans is just a bit taller than Pikes Peak (at 14,100 feet), which isn’t too far away (a couple hours) and also has a road (although not paved) going up to the top. Anyway, to get this shot I had to walk a few hundred feet from the roadway, but this is essentially the same view you’d get from the car. It’s a really pretty drive, and you should do it. There, now I’ve talked about the picture, have a nice day.

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300mm VC lens. 1/40s, f/22.0, ISO 400. Focal length: 30mm.

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One Comment

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    kwpang September 9, 2010

    Absolutely fantastic view, when i look at this i can’t stop thinking about how nice is this place for a pre-wedding shoot.

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