First Storm of the Year

First Storm of the Year

June 15, 2005 By Joe Morahan

The First Storm of the Year Hits Aspen, Colorado During Fall Season. This could be the closest I have ever come to a painting in my life. I took a look at this file and was very surprised on how much it looks like a painting. There is no post production or photoshop manipulation to this image. Just a massive amount of snow falling early in the season. There is a pine tree and a few yellow aspen tress in the fame, but they are a bit difficult to make out. The snow was coming down so hard I could not see more than 50 yards in front of me. I took around ten images of this, some focused on the trees and some in the foreground where the snow flakes are focused. The difference was massive and the final cut was a simple choice. This shot was taken at the top of Pearl Pass at around 12,000 feet. The early snow was wet, heavy and really coming down fast.Shot details:Camera Details: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III

f/2.8; 1/500 sec; ISO 100; 3744×5616 Pixels 

Lens Details: Canon EF 70-200 2.8 L IS USM

Focal Length 135mm;


Hoodman RAW  8 GB CompactFlash

Joe Morahan