Feeding The Passion
Log in with your social account


I'm not sure where the drive comes from to do things like this... but it sure is fun to see where it takes me. This image was shot after a cold, super windy snowshoe trek to a peak called Cupid (elevation 13,117 feet) above Loveland Pass, Colorado with friends Zach Dischner and Pierce Martin.

Years ago, I didn't really consider the moon as a good thing when shooting stars. I figured moonlight would make most of the stars disappear. But then, I wasn't really taking advantage of the mountains because they weren't getting enough light to even appear in my pictures - they were just silhouettes. After reading a night photography book over the summer, I changed my strategy and figured a partial moon might help illuminate the peaks without losing the stars.

With that technique in mind, I started looking for great places to go. I was looking for a fantastic mountainous foreground that would really speak Colorado and Rocky Mountains in a starry night shot. So I came up with a crazy idea to hike up to a peak above Loveland Pass. I’d explored at night on Loveland Pass numerous times but hadn’t ventured very far because it’s so exposed above timberline. So with friends willing to join, I made plans for a night-time snowshoe trek up to Cupid. I figured any starry picture that had fourteen thousand foot peaks and a big giant cornice in the foreground had some serious potential for looking cool.

So over a period of time, I had been shooting with a thinner moon each time out with this night's moon being just 21% full - the thinnest I'd gone after so far. In the end, I still find it amazing how the long exposures pick up so much light. The mountains appeared great and the light pollution from Denver (50 some miles away) added a significant sunrise-like glow. And up top, the stars appear in force. All this and 14,000 foot Torreys Peak and other mountains dominating the scene... I do hope you like the results.

Little did I know that the wind above Loveland Pass rips at a fierce 60+mph in winter!! In fact, I’ll admit that dealing with the bitter cold wind was the biggest challenge. In what felt like a pretty severe environment, I was sure glad I’d brought friends!

Latest Comments

Post A Comment

Only registered users can post comments. Please, log in or register


lens rental

Feeding The Passion

This image was shot after a cold, super windy snowshoe trek to a peak called Cupid (elevation 13,117 feet) above Loveland Pass, Colorado. Fourteen thousand foot peaks dominate the scene as light pollution from Denver (50 some miles away) adds a significant sunrise-like glow.

 with FREE Shipping to the Continental US

Pick your favorite.

All downloadable files follow the limitations of a Creative Commons License - Attribution - Non-Commercial - No Derivs
Date Captured:
Mar 9, 2011
Colorado, Loveland Pass
Photo Gear:
Nikon D300 with a Nikon 10.5mm Fisheye Lens
Horizontal 3:2
Ice / Snow, Light Pollution, Lines, Mountains, Night, Stars
Dark, Warm, Cool, Blue, Purple, Red, Orange, Yellow