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Flames Rip the Ridge by Jacob-Routzahn Flames Rip the Ridge by Jacob-Routzahn
An early rise of 4am started the day in a good direction to get my little brother in law and I to Rocky Mountain National Park on time. Being from Missouri, Ben doesn't have a ton of opportunities to hike in the mountains. So, while visiting for Thanksgiving, I wanted to give him a chance to do so.

We pulled into the parking lot without another soul in sight. A clean slate of fresh three inch powder covered everyone's tracks from the days before. It was our own winter wonderland.

We quickly made our way up along the trail I had been on so many other times, however. Passing Nymph Lake, I did make one wrong turn since the trail had a decent drift over it, throwing off my memory of which way the trail forked.

We waded through waste deep snow at this point. Ben became superman and smashed a way up to a ridge line that we worked back to the path.

Once we were back on track, it was no time at all before we stood in front of Hallett Peak and Flattop Mountain. I quickly setup for my shots watching the early dawn light slowly melt over the peaks. The wind began to pick up above tree line and the snow began to soar, creating a huge flame from the vibrant morning light.

Sharing the moment with Ben was pretty awesome. And I do believe that our shouts and hoots in response to the beauty didn't go unnoticed since two other photographers surprised us during our war cries.

Other than dunking my legs in icy water, it was a fabulous day to share with my little bro.

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I really like the camera placement for the shot. The ridge in the snowline pulling your eye all the way through the frame. The only thing I'm wondering is how this shot would look from a low angle with the camera set up at the first rock. I'm thinking the frame would start off from the bottom with dark from the rock. then move into wight from the snow. Then to finish with that amazing lighting on the mountains. That's the reason why I love art. Everyone has there own vision of how to do things. You have a very impressive shot there. Congrats!
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M4IAN Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014
Surprised didn't get frostbite. Nice shot.
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:iconjacob-routzahn:
Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks man :D
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M4IAN Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014
You'er welcome.
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:iconjacob-routzahn:
Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Professional Photographer
Glad you like the image and thank you so much for your support!
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sesam-is-open Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
My pleasure:)
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MirMidPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is beautiful. The composition is amazing and I love the way you captured the light glowing off of the snow that is being blown off of the ridge.
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Professional Photographer
I am pleased you noticed :D I was so excited to witness something as beautiful as that. It really is an amazing place. I just wish I could get there when there were some clouds for a sunrise!
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BriceChallamel Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Aww, such beauty breaks my heart. Fantastic work, love the blue-gold turn and epic feeling in this photograph. Kudos! :snowflake:
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much! :D
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porbital Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012   Photographer
Your photo is featured to my journal [link]
Thanks,

Pete
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional Photographer
for, not about.
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much about your support :)
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clippercarrillo Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Professional Photographer
A great achievement.
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:iconjacob-routzahn:
Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much.
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:iconbadnan:
badnan Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011   Photographer
Amazing capture :D
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Professional Photographer
:D Thank you so much!
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:iconbadnan:
badnan Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011   Photographer
:hug:
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Professional Photographer
:hug:
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alban-expressed Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
A beautiful rendition of this iconic place, Jake. Wonderful light.
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:iconjacob-routzahn:
Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much Alban :D I really appreciate it.
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011   Photographer
ah this is so good man!
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:iconjacob-routzahn:
Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thanks dude. I appreciate it :D
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Mad-Mountain Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Great shot. Your really made the canyon up to Emerald Lake look so far away with the large boulders in the foreground. Hope to see you on the trails.
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thanks man! And I hope to as well. What area of the state do you live in? Assuming you live in colorado.
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Mad-Mountain Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm from Longmont CO and go up RMNP a lot. Did you snow shoe up there or fence hole it all the way up.
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank the lord for snowshoers that pack the trails. Now off trail is another subject. But we just used some micro spikes.
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LeviaDraconia Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
Featured here: [link]
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Professional Photographer
thank you so much for your support :)
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djohn9 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice artist's comment. Like "Raiders of the Lost Ridge".
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Professional Photographer
haha! Thanks so much :)
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Mattoxic Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
I like the photograph! It's a very nice shot, but it's your description that won me over in the end - what an adventure :)
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thanks so much man! I've always heard the phrase, "A picture is worth a thousand words." I just feel anyone looking at my pictures should understand the exact reason I shot that image. Or at least the story behind it. I really appreciate your kind words :)
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Mattoxic Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
You're very welcome dude, I'm looking forward to more work from you :)
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Professional Photographer
I've got one I'm working on currently I think everyone will enjoy so stay tuned! And thank you for the kind words and support :)
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Smurfage Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
The bright orange and deep blue contrast really makes this great. I'm not sure any other time of the day would work as well. Man, just looking at this makes me cold :giggle:
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Professional Photographer
Hahaha! Thank you so much! All I can say is don't fall through! :) If you like the orange and blue, check out this one too :) [link]
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Smurfage Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Nice! I see you have a thing for orange peaks and water :giggle:! I like the first one 13% more I think :D just because.
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Professional Photographer
Hahaha, I love the percentage! And I'm glad you like both :D:D
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Smurfage Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
:iconnerdplz: Based on scientific calculationsh!~
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Yep high quality goods there! :D!
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Professional Photographer
:D
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style-vision Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
great job man!!
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much! :)
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GraphiteColours Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! Your work is featured here: [link]
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Professional Photographer
I really appreciate your support! Thank you for such a wonderful feature :highfive:
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GraphiteColours Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :hug:
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Meema Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
nice shot.
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thanks :)
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LAlight Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Professional Photographer
Wow, that's pretty incredible. Excellent shot!
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Professional Photographer
Well thank you so much LeeAnne ;)
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