Boulder, Colorado – A Hike in the Woods (HDR)

After a day of work I had the evening free and wanted to go walk near the Flatirons in lovely Boulder, CO.  The best area to view or walk amongst them is a Chautauqua Park…located just minutes from downtown Boulder.  Here you park and can walk numerous trails around the mountains.  It was about 6 PM and groups were gathering, preparing for hikes.  Now I am not a big hiker…especially with an extra 20 lbs of camera gear on my back…but wanted to see the Flatirons as close as possible and decided to head up the hills!  It was a toasty 85 degrees, so when I wanted to take a break, I set up my tripod and snapped a few pics.  I lasted about for about 40 minutes uphill and wanted to head back to get a sunset shot in the open grounds.  This shot above was from my trek back…downhill!  Whew!!    Such a wonderful place to enjoy nature!    I read there are trails that go up above the Flatirons to a place called the Royal Arch.  Sounds like another hike one day!

Click here for trail maps and park info.  Chautauqua Park I’d love to be there when snow is falling…I can imagine its amazing!!  I;ll post a Flatiron HDR soon!  Enjoy!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 18.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/16
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza, Color Efex Pro