Ken Papaleo: X Marks the Shot: June 2016

Colorado - Aspen, Maroon Bells in the early Summer.

"X Shot" information.
Camera - Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO - 400
Shutter - 1/150 sec.
F/stop - 22
Lens - 16/35 mm zoom

I hadn't been to the Maroon Bells in Aspen, Colorado, during the early summer, so I decided to check it out. You can drive into the park if you get through the entrance gate before 7 am or after 4 pm, otherwise you have to take a buss in. The weather was great, with no wind and a nice sky. Once the busses started to arrive, it became crowded with visitors.  Most would stop and take a photo before going on their way. The park is one of the most photographed places in Colorado with a lot of it in the fall.  My "X Shot" is the one everyone wants, with the snow capped Bells reflected in a still lake. When we first got there the wind was blowing but stopped for a while, letting me capture this images.

Ken Papaleo
Colorado Landscape Photographer

Colorado - Baby Elk in Evergreen.

"X Shot" information.
Camera - Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO - 2000
Shutter - 1/500 sec.
F/stop - 3.5
Lens - 70/200 zoom

For about a month now I have been taking an early morning drive, looking for baby elk. Yesterday I found what I was looking for. A group of them were with their moms just off highway 73. I was able to park safely and moved to the passenger seat. With this many little ones, you don't take any chances off an attack. The female can be very aggressive at this time.

Ken Papaleo
Colorado Wildlife Photographer

Colorado - Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park.

"X Shot" information.
Camera - Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO - 800
Shutter -1/1600
F/stop - 5.6
Lens - 500 mm
Note - tripod was used for this shot.

This is the third post from my recent visit to Rocky Mountain National Park, it was before they opened Trail Ridge Road. A combination of early morning light, snow and some nice clouds make this photo of Longs Peak my "X Shot"

Ken Papaleo
Colorado Scenic 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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