I recently had the opportunity to hike the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area (located about 40 minutes from Steamboat, Colo.) in late June. Many of the high elevation lakes were still covered by snow & frozen over. Three Islands Lake, however, had recently thawed and the 2.5 hour hike to it afforded some great flowing water shots along a stream bed running a “full bore” with the Spring runoff.
The silky effect for the water was achieved by using long exposures of between 10 & 25 seconds (camera mounted on a tripod). I also used a polarizing filter to cut glare.
Rabbit Ears Pass
Later that evening, we enjoyed a great sunset at Rabbit Ears Pass.
Fish Creek Falls
One of our final stops was Fish Creek Falls, one of the favorite hiking spots near the ski area…also heavily travelled.