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November 27, 2011
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Nov 26, 2011, 8:15:37 AM
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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.
Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks man :D
M4IAN Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014
You'er welcome.
Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Professional Photographer
Glad you like the image and thank you so much for your support!
sesam-is-open Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
My pleasure:)
invisiblelife 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.
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!
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:
Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much! :D
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