Ken Papaleo: X Marks the Shot: Garden of the Gods - Colorado Springs, Colorado

Garden of the Gods - Colorado Springs, Colorado

"X-Shot" Information
                                                 Camera - Canon Mark III
                                                 ISO - 400
                                                 Shutter - 320
                                                 F/stop - 14
                                                 Lens - 35 mm

After leaving my home in Evergreen at 4:30 am, I pulled into the entrance of the Garden of the Gods just before sunrise. The early morning light would be hitting the red rocks of the garden and also Pikes Peak in the background. Locating a good position to shoot this scene was important, because the very first light would only last a few minutes. As the sun came over the horizon, Pikes Peak lit up first and then the red rocks of the gardens exploded with color. I knew that my "X-Shot" would come from these early shots. The only thing that had to be done was to make sure the depth of field was large enough to get the rocks of The Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak in focus. Three different lenses were used giving me the opportunity to decide later which image would make the cut. This area can produce great pictures in the morning or afternoon. If you have the time, shoot both. There are plenty of things to do in the Springs in the middle of the day. I had the time but clouds started to move in around 9:30 am. A fast moving cold front had cut my day short but the sunrise was real nice and worth the trip.

       "X-Shot" Location Information
1. Drive time from Denver just about one hour.
2. Get off I-25 in Colorado Springs at any of these exits 146, 145, or 143 and follow
    signs to Garden of the Gods.
3. Their web page is

Ken Papaleo
Colorado Photographer

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I worked for the Rocky Mountain News for 28 years, until they went out of business. I now do freelance work, post this weekly blog, ski and play with my four grand children. I still have the love to get out and take photographs, which brings me great peace and comfort.

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