This past week I was fortunate to get in two great hikes in RMNP. The first was climbing to the summit of Taylor Peak (elev 13,153. The second was a rugged off-trail hike to Shelf and Solitude Lakes. Photographically, these types of hikes are somewhat challenging for me. Sure, the views are spectacular but the direct, overhead sun and bright, contrasty lighting can be difficult to manage. I spend a lot of time in Lightroom and Nik making adjustments, filling in shadows and toning down overly bright areas. At Shelf and Solitude I even tried bracketing exposures and creating HDR images but, for the most part, I got better results just making adjustments to single images. Being there much earlier in the day, or later in the afternoon, might be an option and possibly have better lighting, but that means starting out in the dark, well before daybreak, or being well above timberline in the afternoon when thunderstorms are more likely....a risky choice. Nevertheless, I got a few images to share and with a bit of post processing, they came out pretty okay. Thanks for looking, Bob[/url]DSC06453-Edit-Edit-Edit.jpg by schusskabob, on Flickr[/IMG] The route I took to Taylor Peak involved passing Andrews Tarn and climbing the glacier to Andrews Pass.[/url]DSC06429-Edit-Edit-Edit.jpg by schusskabob, on Flickr[/IMG] The summit of Taylor Peak. [/url]DSC06424-Edit-Edit-Edit.jpg by schusskabob, on Flickr[/IMG] Another from Taylor. [/url]DSC06434-Edit-Edit-Edit.jpg by schusskabob, on Flickr[/IMG] Looking back up towards Taylor on my descent. [/url]DSC06462-Edit-Edit-Edit-Edit.jpg by schusskabob, on Flickr[/IMG] Saw this little guy beside the trail on the way back. [/url]DSC06546-Edit-Edit-Edit.jpg by schusskabob, on Flickr[/IMG] The view as I arrived at Shelf Lake. [/url]DSC06501-Edit-Edit.jpg by schusskabob, on Flickr[/IMG] Solitude Lake. [/url]DSC06504_HDR_1-Edit.jpg by schusskabob, on Flickr[/IMG] Along the shore of Solitude. [/url]DSC06534-Edit-Edit.jpg by schusskabob, on Flickr[/IMG] Passing Shelf Lake on the way back.