This amazing sunrise image of Maroon Lake (aka Maroon Bells) was taken in early October 2015.
Many photographers dream of a setting like this and we made it happen. As you can see, we could have arrived a week or so early and had more color in the trees (it was an early fall).
The thing that makes this shot great is the snow on the mountains and the stillness of the water. 5 minutes later the reflection was gone. I was smiled upon by the photography gods! Thank you!
The shot is done with a Canon 5DSR and a Canon 16-35 lens. The settings are ISO 100, Aperture f11, Shutter Speed 0.3 seconds. I used a polarizing filter and a graduated ND filter.
Here’s the deal. You HAVE to wait for the shot and know when to shoot it. I arrived at 5:15am for this 7:30am shot. Why? Crowds. When I arrived there were already a dozen photographers there with tripods set up like they were ready for combat! I saw the rocks poking up in the water and decided to use them for foreground.
The sunrise time was about 6:45am but in the mountains you have to wait. The sun needs time to adjust for the elevation, so I waited and waited. Finally I saw a puff of a breeze and I knew that the reflection was about to go away, so I took my shot. This is one of my favorite shots in Autumn.