Posts Tagged: Loveland Pass

February 4, 2011 – Loveland Pass

Loveland Pass, Colorado

Friday, February 4, 2011

Hello everyone, and welcome to Friday! It took awhile to get here, but hey, we’re here now, right? Today’s picture has kinda-sorta been posted before. Maybe you remember, maybe you don’t, but I posted a black and white version of this exact image just a couple months ago. At the time, I was saying how I normally don’t play around with things like black and white, because it’s kind of cheesy, and I’m not very good at it. (At knowing when is an appropriate time, when it’s just plain cheese, etc.) But I went ahead and did it on that (this) image because I thought it was a good illustration of the trick of using red-filtered black and white to make the scene slightly more dramatic, by emphasizing the clouds a bit more, stuff like that. (And I mentioned again how that was one of the tricks that Ansel Adams liked to use…)

Also, I talked a bit about how, even though I thought that it made a somewhat interesting black and white image, that the REAL colors in the REAL image were actually pretty striking. So I threatened to post the original image “soon”. Well, two months later may or may not qualify as “soon” in your book, but here it is. Obviously, it was autumn at the time (well, it was at the beginning of September, but that’s right at the height of fall in the high country in Colorado), so all of the grasses and such were this nice amber color, which contrasted nicely against the blue sky.

This was taken a little ways above Loveland Pass. Loveland Pass is in Summit County, Colorado. It used to be the primary way through these parts (good ole’ Highway 6), but then they built the Eisenhower tunnel along I-70 which was a much easier way to go. These ridgelines and stuff aren’t quite up to 14,000 feet, I think most of them are between 12k and 13k. Pretty high still. High enough, really. I had parked right at the pass, and started hiking up. I only had a couple hours to kill, so I couldn’t make it too far, but I did manage to make it up to the ridgeline. (You can see the trail up ahead as it snakes its way up there.) A really nice place to hike, I wish I had more time to explore.

Okay, see you next week!

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens. 1/500s, f/7.1, ISO 100. Focal length: 12mm.

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December 7, 2010 – Loveland Pass

Loveland Pass

Loveland Pass, Summit County, Colorado

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

I busted out one of Ansel Adams’s dirty little tricks today: red-filtered black and white. Except that, you know, he sort of had to plan it out ahead of time before he took the shot. I just had to get a little funky and decide to use Picasa’s filtered black and white tool, and choose a nice deep red. Have I mentioned that I feel super cheeseball when I make black and white images? It just.. seems like cheating.

But, I thought this one was a good example to show the results of using a (simulated) color filter on a black and white shot. Or, at least, it would be, if I weren’t too lazy to also include the full-color version, or either an unfiltered black and white or a version filtered with a different color, for comparison. As it is, you just get this one today. Although I’ll be honest, I actually prefer the full-color version, since the colors are, quite frankly, really awesome. It’s actually fairly rude of me to be talking about that without actually showing it to you, but hey, that’s how it’s going to be. Maybe I’ll post it here later this week or next week though, since it really does look nice.

Anyway, a red filter on a black and white shot has a lot in common with a polarizer filter on a full-color shot. It really darkens the sky and pulls out the white fluffy clouds. It’s a decent way to get around that nasty, mid-day sunshine too. But, I dunno, I’m still not a black and white kind of guy.

What’s that? Where was this taken? Oh, right. This was taken near Loveland Pass, in Summit County, Colorado. Loveland Pass used to be the way through the mountains, until they built the Eisenhower Tunnel on I-70. Wikipedia knows ALL about it, if you were curious. WikiLeaks knows less about it, but hey, you might as well check there too.

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens. 1/500s, f/7.1, ISO 100. Focal length: 12mm.

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October 7, 2009 – Loveland Pass

Hiking near Loveland Pass, Colorado

Hiking near Loveland Pass, Colorado

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Today’s picture is based on another request from last week, this time for something from Colorado. That one’s more of an ongoing, standing request more than anything else, but whatever. This is the view along one of the trails that leaves from Loveland Pass, which is along Highway 6 in Summit County. (As in, this is just up the road from Arapahoe Basin and Keystone.)

One of the things I love the most about Colorado is how accessible the high country is. I mean, sure, there are plenty of spots that are super remote and you have to work pretty hard to get to, but the number of spots where you can get near or even above treeline without even leaving your car is phenomenal. (That’s not even mentioning the places you can get assuming you’re willing to hike for a few miles – incredible!) I’m so jealous about that, you don’t even know. Washington has some mind-blowing high country, but the mountains are so steep and rugged out here that it’s almost always a real pain in the butt to get there. (I’m talking 4- or 5-thousand foot ascents.) So, being able to get to a spot like this when you’ve only got a couple hours to hike on the way to the airport makes me smile.

Now, on to other business. I’m sorry to keep bringing this up, but… About those calendars. A couple of you asked for calendars via Facebook messages, but when I wrote back, I never heard anything from you! So if that sounds like you, please check your Facebook inbox, you’ve probably got a message from me waiting. Basically, I just need an address to mail them to. Shoot me an email – dave (at)

That’s it!


Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tokina 11-16mm lens. 1/250s, f/10.0, ISO 100. Focal length: 11mm.

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September 9, 2009 – Loveland Pass Lake

Loveland Pass Lake

Loveland Pass Lake

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Hey everyone! I’m back from my short vacation, which means that you get more pictures. Most of my trip was spent showing off the baby to my parents, but we did get out a couple times for some really quick hikes. All in all, I learned two things on my trip: 1) my wide angle lens is fantastic (with one major glaring caveat), and 2) my other lens, which up until recently was the single lens I used for 100% of my pictures, is total crap. (Sigh)

The new lens (a Tokina 11-16 mm), is super sharp, has a delicious super-wide field of view, and, perhaps most importantly, is an f2.8 throughout the range, meaning you can open it super wide, and get great handheld shots even in pretty dark conditions. (Couple that with the fact that wide angle lenses in general tend to have SUPER wide depths of field, and you can see why I’m so excited about this.) I played around with it a lot this last week in lots of different conditions, and while there are definitely shots you can’t get with it (focusing in on distant detail, or taking portraits), it’s actually quite surprisingly versatile. Only rarely did I take it off to swap to my other lens (a Tamron 28-300), and I was never really satisfied with the results when I did. It’s just so much easier to get a great shot with the Tokina, and the Tamron only seems to get the focus right some of the time, so you get a lot of shots that look great on the camera’s screen, but when you look at them full size, it’s all a blur.

This particular picture is of a little alpine lake near Loveland Pass, in Summit County. (Right near Arapahoe Basin ski area.) I failed to find its name after a few minutes of Googling, so we’ll all just have to deal with calling it “Loveland Pass Lake”. The whole time we were up there, there were little clouds passing overhead, so if you looked at the same view 3 times in 10 minutes, it’d be different each time, because different parts would be in the sun and in the shade. Kind of cool. Also, a lot of the little scrubby plants were changing color for the fall, so the hillsides looked like they had been dabbed with paintbrushes, it was really nice.

Now, you heard me mention that there’s a caveat about this lens. So it turns out there’s a ring of fuzziness, right in the middle of the frame. You can’t see it when the picture is reduced to web-size, I’ve only been able to really notice it at the original resolution. But the ring’s diameter is just about the size of that thin horizontal set of bushes on the far shore. It’s maddening, and I’m not quite sure what to do about it yet. I’m probably going to make a couple example images with the fuzziness circled so I can show the shop where I bought the lens. This is almost certainly something that I’ll have to send back for warranty repair, but I don’t want to wait 2 months to get the lens back, since the fall is when I’m planning to get out hiking as much as possible. There’s a small chance the shop will be willing to just exchange it, but I’m not sure I have the energy for that fight. Plus, I’d still have to mail it both ways, since my local shop was sold out and I had to buy it online. (I bought it through a third-party seller on Amazon.) I probably won’t bother keeping you guys updated with what I decide to do.

I got plenty of great shots on the trip (with the exception of the ring of fuzziness – sigh), so you’ll probably see them appearing as the picture of the day here and there for awhile to come. But probably not tomorrow. This one just happened to be on top of the pile when I downloaded the pics from my camera last night, so it’ll be a long time until I can properly go through them all.


Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tokina 11-16 mm lens. 1/200s, f/10.0, ISO 100. Focal length: 11mm.

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