Photography at Maroon Bells at midday

Maroon Bells is perhaps the most photographed place in Colorado. We share photos of the iconic mountain taken at midday during our recent visit there.

Maroon Bells with the Maroon lake on a late October afternoon. Canon 40D, 10-22 mm EF-S USM at 17mm, 1/100, f/8, ISO 100. October 10, 2015

Maroon Bells with the Maroon lake on a late October afternoon. Canon 40D, 10-22 mm EF-S USM at 17mm, 1/100, f/8, ISO 100. October 10, 2015

The iconic mountain draws a huge crowed during the peak Fall color season. Photographing Maroon Bells is best just before sunrise or shortly after that. However, you can take good photos of Maroon peak any time of the day if you are a little creative.

When we arrived at the Maroon Lake, it was 2 hours after midday; not an ideal condition to photograph the iconic place. The dark shadow over the mountain was clearly visible with purple-bluish tone all round. Aspens have already lost most of their leaves with only a few patches of golden-orange aspen forest were visible around the mountain.

We were not so depressed. Here’s some photos that I shot during our visit to Maroon Bells.

Leafless Aspen trees near Maroon Bells. Canon 40D EF-S 10-22mm F3.5-4.5 at 22mm, 1/200, f/8, ISO 100. October 10, 2015

Leafless Aspen trees near Maroon Bells. Canon 40D EF-S 10-22mm F3.5-4.5 at 22mm, 1/200, f/8, ISO 100. October 10, 2015

We were late for the season to view the fall foliage.  The above photo is taken from immediately outside of the entrance of Maroon Bells. The photo was shot with a wide angle lens and then perspective corrected in Lightroom.

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Entering Maroon Bells. Canon 40D EF-S 10-22mm F3.5-4.5 at 16mm, 1/100, f/8, ISO 100. October 10, 2015

This is the photo of Maroon Bells as seen from the entrance. A short walk leads to the Maroon lake. The Maroon peak is seen in the far background of the photo.

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Maroon Bells photo with rocks in the foreground. Canon 40D EF-S 10-22mm F3.5-4.5 USM at 10 mm, 1/125, f/8, ISO 100. October 10, 2015

As the gravel trail takes you to Maroon lake, you can veer right to have this vantage point to view the Maroon peak with these rocks in the foreground. People are busy taking photos and selfies with the Maroon peak in the background. The turquoise lake was not reflecting the Maroon peak because of human activity and some moderately strong wind.

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Maroon Bells photo with the Maroon peak in the background. Canon 40D EF-S 10-22mm F3.5-4.5 USM at 22 mm, 1/30, f/16, ISO 100. October 10, 2015

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Another view of Maroon Bells. Canon 40D EF-S 10-22mm F3.5-4.5 USM at 14 mm, 1/30, f/16, ISO 100. October 10, 2015

These two photographs were shot with a narrow aperture of f/16 to increase the depth of field. This ensures foreground and the background all in-focus. Visitor activity can be see on the far right of the Maroon lake, and some activities near the left of the frame. Strong lens flare is due to not using a lens hood with the sun on the edge of the frame.

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Kids fishing in Maroon lake. Canon 40D EF-S 10-22mm F3.5-4.5 USM at 22 mm, 1/200, f/8, ISO 100. October 10, 2015

A view of Maroon Bells and Maroon lake with Maroon peak behind me as I shot this photo. Can you guess the time of the day when the photo was taken by reading the shadow of the rock in the foreground? It was 4:01 PM Mountain daylight time.

 

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