Estes Park, CO – Rocky Mountain National Park (Infrared)

Here is an infrared photo from the top of Rocky Mountain National Park’s Trail Ridge Road (Fall River Pass)….located at the Alpine’s Visitor Center.  Elevation 11, 796 feet (3,595.4 meters).   This shot was from roadside at the top of the mountain.   After the treacherous yet beautiful 12 mile trek up Fall River Road, it was nice to see pavement as 95% was a dirt road that hugged mountainside along the route with no guardrails and lots of hair-pin turns.   Whew…dont look down!!  LOL  I stopped pulled over and enjoyed the view along with a few elk grazing in the distance.  It was about 85 degrees in Estes park this day…up here it was a nice cool 52 degrees!!

If you make the visit…dont forget to stop at the Visitor’s Center.   The Alpine Visitor’s Center includes restrooms, a restaurant and an information and gift shop. The visitor center opens around Memorial Day and closes around mid-October due to snow. In mid-summer, the visitor center is also accessible by Fall River Road, which is one-way going up.  The original visitor center building, constructed in 1936, was later remodeled in 1938 and added to in 1965. It was renovated recently in 2000 and 2001. Its rear decks face southeast and offer views of Fall River, and Estes Park and Longs Peak in the distance.

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D70S (Converted to Infrared)
  • Infrared Conversion:  D70S modified by LifePixel
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 22.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  1/30 sec
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Viveza, Silver Efex Pro