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The view from Half Mountain summit
The view from Half Mountain summit

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Challenge: HDR V (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Leica M240
Lens: Leica 21mm f/1.4 Summilux-M
Location: From the summit of Half Mountain, RMNP, CO USA
Date: Aug 9, 2014
Aperture: f/16
ISO: 200
Shutter: various
Date Uploaded: Aug 12, 2014

I have had a goal for the last 3 months to lose about 15 pounds. I have re-started my workout regimine to make that happen. I have since pretty much made my goal and along the way, I have increased my cardio fitness as well. Between 7 and 10 years ago, I was dating a woman who belonged to a fantastic group of people who hiked Colorado mountains pretty much every Saturday during the spring, summer and fall months. We did all kinds of mountains. Mostly we would hike on an established trail, and then at some point on the hike, we would exit the trail and head into the bush and scramble up 13,000 foot mountains. No trail, just rock hopping and scrambling where ever we could get a hand and foothold. Not very many people do this sort of hiking and that is exactly why we were doing it, so we could have the summit to ourselves. During one summer, we hiked up Half Mountain in Rocky Mtn National Park. That hike had to be about 8 years ago, I was 45 and it seemed relatively easy to do compared to some of the other mtns we were climbing. So, this last Saturday, I set out on my own to conquer the mtn once again. Got up at 5am and was at the trailhead at 7:30. Took me about 3 hours to gain the summit. I was really really happy to just chug along up the mountain. I then spent about an hour taking photos and enjoying my time. While I was focusing on getting some good shots, I noticed the ever present dark clouds start to roll in. I have enough sense to not be on a mtn top during a rain storm, so I packed up and started to head down. I did not get all the shots I wanted though, but my primary goal was to climb the mtn again, which I did.

The light really sucked while I was at the summit, this shot is really the only sequence that has any good light in it. Won't be long, and these mtns will be covered in snow again.

The tall square top mtn is Longs Peak at over 14,000 feet. The summit of Half Mountain is around 11,500 feet. So over another 2500 feet up! I have hiked up Longs Peak one time, it took 19 hours for the round trip. It was fun and memorable, but really grueling.

Here is a larger, much better representation of the view. The 800 limit here is really sort a sad thing. Sure wish this limit could be changed.

Place: 18 out of 55
Avg (all users): 6.1000
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
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Votes: 90
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08/24/2014 10:56:52 PM
Very nice image and processing!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/16/2014 04:39:48 PM
I like this landscape its very strong
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08/16/2014 08:15:22 AM
Great scene. The sky appears a bit dark
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08/15/2014 04:34:08 PM
Nicely done! My top vote of 10. Clearly a high dynamic range to the scene, managed with great skill. Love the area. That is Glacier Gorge topping off at Longs Peak, Pagoda Mountain and McHenry's Peak. I especially like the Shark's tooth.
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08/15/2014 09:16:54 AM
wish I was there!
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