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William Mathe
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, USAA
08/15/2020
10:25 pm

Equipment Details:

Canon EOS R5
Sigma 14mm f1.8 Art Series
Peak Design Tripod
Arca-Swiss Monoball p0 Ball Head

Post-processing Details:

Adobe Camera Raw to enhance color and contrast and smooth out some uneven light on the rocks
Final image production in Adobe Photoshop--no modifications made

Image Details:

Hiked up to the top of RMNP Aug 15 2020...just below 12,000ft and was greeted with a raging forest fire about 10 miles to the west...this is/was the Cameron Peak fire when it was "only" 4000 acres...its now more than triple that size at 17,500 acres...this is the 2nd or 3rd largest fire burning right now in Colorado..took a few snaps of it at sunset with the smoke and ash were raining down like a summer snow...hung around long enough to get a couple of snaps of the Milky Way...super nasty conditions and you can see the brown clouds of smoke hanging in the valley below the rock outcrop on which I was perched...

Settings:
Exposure 30 seconds
ISO 4000
Aperture f/1.8