At an altitude of 12,000 feet at it’s highest elevation, the road that passes through Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the highest in the US. Oxygen levels are low up here, and if you aren’t used to the change, it can be tough even to walk. But the view is incredible, especially after one of the frequent thunderstorms.
My goal was to capture the details in the boulder in the foreground, and to show the beautiful layers in the landscape. I used a soft GND filter to balance the light between the sky and the ground. Even with the help of the filter, the range of light between the sky and the ground was too great for the camera to capture without blown highlights or a loss of detail in the shadows. I used our iHDR manual blending technique to restore the details in the highlights.