Neil Ellis Photos: Aspens Alight – Redstone, Colorado



Neil writes:

My favorite method for photographing aspens is using back lighting to make the distinctive yellow of that tree pop before the viewer’s eyes. Therefore, it proved no surprise that the late September day when this shot was taken near Aspen was plagued by clouds. Patience was, in this case, finally rewarded by an instant of sunlight late in the day that illuminated this photo perfectly.

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These aspens, captured as the early morning sunshine side-lit them, were more than a mile away so this shot was taken with the telephoto lens at its most extreme setting. Consequently, the depth of field is flattened, creating a two dimensional perspective I find appealing. Coal mining is in evidence in the background of this shot that was taken near Redstone, Colorado, in late September.

Neil Ellis Photos: Neil is great friend who plays a respectable round of golf, identifies unseen birds by their calls, completes the New York Times Friday Crossword in ink, and snaps a heck of a photo. His photos are featured here at and can be found collected at Neil Ellis Photos.


Note: Originally posted Sep 5, 2007 at, a predecessor of

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