Boulder got the biggest snowstorm of the year on Sunday; the local paper says that 8.3 inches of the fluffy white stuff fell here. When I went to bed that night, the snow was still coming down hard. But the weather prediction for Monday was for clear skies.
For a photographer that meant only one thing: get out of a warm bed early and go to work in the cold. At 5 a.m. I got up to prepare for sunrise at 6:39 a.m. and drove to Chautauqua Park just below Boulder’s iconic Flatirons. The weather was indeed cold, 12°F, so cold in fact that it gave me an instant headache, which the warmth of my SUV soon corrected when I finished my photo shoot.
Getting to the trailhead a quarter of an hour before sunrise gave me the chance to get my camera gear ready and to find the best places to capture my images. I took two cameras, my Canon 7D with my Tamron 10-24mm wide angle lens as well as my Canon 50D with my Canon 18-200mm lens. I used both setups, but prefer the results that the 7D provided. I got this shot at 6:44, just five minutes after sunrise.
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The Flatirons are five large rock formations just west of Boulder along the east face of Green Mountain. We number them right to left, starting with the biggest, the Fifth. Boulder’s pioneers named them after the flat metal irons that they used to press their clothes in the olden days. If today’s Boulder has a symbol, it is the Flatirons.