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Fitness and Photography for Fun - A blog on staying fit by hiking and doing photography by David Mendosa

Susan and Fountain Valley

October 20th, 2009 · 5 Comments

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Susan DeWind is an intrepid hiker I met in August when we hiked 132 miles together on a Sierra Club trek through the High Sierra in California. A few days ago she sent me great photos of herself and of me from that memorable journey:

Susan and Hawksbeak

Susan and Hawksbeak

An Impish Guy at Stella Lake

An Impish Guy at Stella Lake

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Susan lives in Vermont, but one of her sons lives in Denver, and she is visiting him over a long weekend. Today I drove 20 miles meet Susan at his house. Susan and I then went to the Fountain Valley Trail in Roxborough State Park some 30 miles south of Denver. In all of the metropolitan Denver area, this 2.3 mile loop trail is my favorite place.

Of course, our cameras accompanied us. I especially wanted to try out my new 50 mm prime lens that arrived yesterday evening. It’s the fifth lens that I have for my Canon 50D SLR and the last one that I intend to buy — at least for a while.

This small, light, and inexpensive lens may just be the one that I use the most. Today I used it for all of these shots below. While a prime lens lacks the flexibility of a zoom, it more than makes up for that by its inherently greater sharpness:

Susan Today

Susan Today

Me Today

Me Today

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But the scenery that we came to see was more spectacular. The weather was still and warm and the colors of fall surrounded us:

Part of the Fountain Formation

Part of the Fountain Formation

Fountain Valley

Fountain Valley

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We didn’t see any fountains. The Fountain Formation takes its name from the city of Fountain, Colorado, where people first found an exemplary example of this red conglomerate sandstone. But these red rocks also exists in several locations along the east side of the Front Range of the Rockies. In addition to Fountain Valley in Roxborough State Park, I have seen beautiful examples in Boulder and Denver’s Red Rocks Amphitheater. Near Colorado Springs is the Garden of the Gods, which is high on my to-do list.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Susan // Oct 20, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Great to see you David – and this wonderful valley. Glad you are coming back strong.

  • 2 David Mendosa // Oct 20, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    Dear Susan,

    Thank you! And be sure to let me know the next time you come to Colorado.

    By the way, I just received the November/December issue of the “Sierra” magazine. It describes next year’s outings. The one that excites me the most is the April 4-10 “Grand Staircase-Escalante Natural History Base Camp” at http://www.sierraclub.org/outings/national/brochure/10080A.aspx

    Meet you there?

    Best regards,

    David

  • 3 Michael // Oct 28, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    David,

    These photos were taken/made using “Photomatix Pro:”

    http://www.cooksillustrated.com/behindscenes/vermont_200910_C.asp?Extcode=L9KV1AC00

    “I have been playing with a new piece of software called Photomatix Pro. It allows the user to take bracketed photos at different apertures and then merge them into one finished picture so you can get the foreground, the background, and the main portion of the photo exposed just right.” Christopher Kimball,
    Founder and Editor: America’s Test Kitchen

    I thought you might be interested.

    Regards,

    Michael

  • 4 David Mendosa // Oct 28, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Dear Michael,

    Beautiful! How is Photomatrix Pro different from high dynamic range imaging? Or is it a type of HDR?

    Thank you,

    David

  • 5 Michael // Oct 29, 2009 at 6:59 am

    David,

    I thought you might be aware of this; yes, it is HDR. Though I don’t know much about it.

    Here is Photomatrix Pro software’s web site: http://www.hdrsoft.com/

    Regards,

    Michael

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