Ken Papaleo: X Marks the Shot: Silverton, Colorado

Silverton, Colorado

                                                  "X-Shot Information.
                                            Camera - Cannon EOS 5D
                                            ISO - 250
                                            Shutter - 1/250
                                            F/stop - 11
                                            Lens - 16/35 zoom

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After shooting hot air balloons in the early morning in Ridgway, Colorado about a month ago, I made my way south on hwy. 550 to Silverton.  It just so happened that this day was the first arrival for the summer season of the Durango - Silverton
Train. The town hosts a big celebration with many people in costume. The town's Brass Band was playing and I was taking some tight shots of its members when an older man stopped at the corner to listen. The gentlemen was also dressed in costume and was smoking a pipe. My other camera was already set with a wide angle zoom on it so I was able to shoot right away. The man was there only for one song and then moved away. The important thing in getting this "X-Shot" was not to get tunnel vision with a long lens. It just takes a minute to check out what else is going on and it could be your best shot of the day.

"X-Shot" location information
1. Drive time from Denver is about 6 -7 hours.
2. Hwy. 550 runs south out of Montrose, through Ridgway, Ouray, Silverton and
3. The trains run daily from Durango to Silverton in the summer months.

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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