Estes Park, CO – Chasm Falls (HDR)

…..continued from yesterdays post…  So after my stop I kept driving up the steep mountain.  It is a bit scary knowing you are on a dirt road climbing higher and higher with no guardrails.  Whew…I tried not to look left…but it was difficult…such a beautiful dangerous drive!   A few cars were ahead of me…so it was a nice 10-15 mph cruise.  the road wasn’t close to perfect…it had tire ruts all over…so a 4 wheeler would have been nice.  I had a rented Camry….great!   About another 2 miles ahead…I noticed a pull off with a few cars parked.  No sign, but I decided to park and check it out.  Another family was getting out of their car…I asked if this was Chasm Falls.  They had no idea.  I saw 2 dudes walking near the river…they told me that there was a waterfall about 5 minutes hike ahead.  But to be careful the hike is very rocky!  Nice!  Could this be it?

I felt like Indiana Jones is search of the lost Arc! LOL   I threw my gear on my back and began the trek. The river was cascading all over and with every chance, I stopped and took a few shots. My second stop I could see a waterfall in the distance.  A couple snaps, then on my way!  I arrived and there ahead of me was Chasm Falls.  Lovely!  I really enjoy shooting waterfalls!   HDR + Flowing Water + Long exposure = Cool shot!   It doesn’t matter if you take a wide angle or close up…..its all good!  I’ll post another shot soon from here and give you details of this great location.  Also of my fun drive back to the hotel.   An amazing park 2 explore, but one describes it all word…Whoa!!   (Driving, views, Wildlife, etc…)  I have to go back one day with time on my hands!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 12.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza, Color Efex Pro