Photos of the Day – Summit Lake, Mount Evans


Summit Lake, Mount Evans, Colorado, United States

Summit Lake, Mount Evans, Colorado, United States

E3198680_1_2_3_4_tonemappedSummit Lake, Mount Evans, Colorado.   These are HDR (high dynamic range) rework of 2 older images. It artistic conceptual. The real colors were never that bright. Summit lake is 12,830 feet above sea level. Thankfully you can drive right up too it. Photographs were originally taken July 2008.

In the old film days, there were limits on what could be done color wise after shooting. Therefore people lived with whatever colors could be created with the film. Kodachrome, a popular slide film was the classic film for “brilliant” colors, and was known for what was called “Postcard” colors. Remember how nothing every looked in real life like the postcards? Kodachrome was so popular that Singer/Songwriter Paul Simon (of Simon and Garfunkel fame) wrote a song about it.  Unfortunately Kodachrome did go away.  The last rolls of Kodachrome were processed in November of 2013 at Dwayne’s Photo, a family-run business in Parsons, Kansas, was the last place in the world where the 75-year-old Kodak product could be developed  (Read more:

Today however digital photography requires no chemicals and can do amazing things that we didn’t even dream of back in the late 60’s when I first started taking photos.  We can accomplish in minutes, what would have taken hours or days in the film days.

Not all people like the false tones of HDR photography, but the reality is that many do like it for the artistic and even exaggerated look.  Documentary photography is expected to hold to the original  subject fairly closely, but a huge portion of the Photographic spectrum is also “artistic” where there is a lot of leeway in what the photographer shares, as long as it is not presented as being factual.

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