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Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial Film
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder

A new film for Rocky Mountain National Park

In February of 2014 we were hired by Rocky Mountain National Park to produce their centennial film, funded by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.   Our initial elation quickly turned into something resembling fear as we realized we had less than 11 months to complete a project of this scale.  

Although we had a smattering of footage from the year before, we were now faced with the task of filming pretty much everything by the end of the fall color when we would begin editing in earnest. 

Hmmm....filming all four seasons,  26 ranger interviews, carefully chosen front and backcountry hiking destinations, Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productionsstructures, critters, etc.  But wait, good news, our initial script was also thrown out the window when it was agreed this should be an inspirational film as opposed to an historical one.  Thank the scripting deities that we had Jack and Lulie as our writers! 

All said and done, after shooting 126 days in 7 months (all while running a wedding and portraiture business on the side)  this was an amazing adventure and experience we would not give up for anything!

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Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Two Rivers Lake 06-03-2014
We left from the Bear Lake trailhead at 2:45 am toward Lake Helene to capture this time-lapse video.  After hiking this trail numerous times during past springs, we kept our perfect streak alive by getting completely lost.  We made it just in time to spend the 45 minutes it takes to set up and calibrate our computer controlled slider in order to capture this image.   Windless mornings like this in Rocky's high country are very few and far between.
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Sprague Lake 05-23-2014
This time-lapse video was taken at popular Sprague Lake located on Bear Lake Road.  Within a 5 minute walk of the parking lot, this is an ideal place for those delving into photography or video to experience phenomenal sunrises and spectacular mountain views.  The wildlife here is also abundant and this is where we first met Ken Rushing, who contributed 3 beautiful clips featured in this film.
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Lily Lake 06-22-2014
Lily Lake is located right off of Highway 7 and is a great and easy escape to a quiet location.  It sits in the shadows of Mount Meeker, Longs Peak, Estes Cone and Twin Sisters.  This is one of the best places in the park to watch and photograph the alpenglow as it washes over Longs Peak in the early morning hours.
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Elk Near Deer Ridge Junction 06-07-2014
Brian got this shot not far from the road, looking towards Upper Beaver meadows. He saw them heading that direction and was able to drive around and passed them and waited for them to come his way. The young ones were enjoying running around.
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Thunder Pass 07-31-2014
We left for the west side of the park at 11 pm the night before so we could hit the Colorado River Trailhead and make it up the 7 miles to Thunder Pass by sunrise.  The unparalleled lushness of the west side rewarded us with footage beyond our expectations.  The Chiming Bells by this creek and the smell of the damp evergreens was quintessential Rocky!  Alex almost fell into the Grand Ditch on the hike back.  Chris laughed at him!
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Ute Trail 07-10-2014
The Alpine Sunflowers on the tundra in 2014 were the best we have seen up here in decades!  They literally carpeted the tundra with jaw-dropping thickness.  Often shooting three cameras at once, Alex turned around to see Chris lying on the tundra with a camera on the ground and snidely asked "what in the world are you shooting?"  It ended up being the best shot of a morning that was filled with many breathtaking shots!
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Bear Lake 06-07-2013
Although one of the most popular destinations in the park, get there early enough and you will be rewarded with the overwhelming sense of being by yourself in the middle of nowhere only steps from where you parked your car.  Photographic opportunities are super high bang for the buck!
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Bluebird Lake 08-14-2014
Located in the Wild Basin Area of the park, Bluebird Lake is a challenging hike that leads to some of the most phenomenal displays of wildflowers.  Elephant heads, multiple hues of paintbrushes and daisies carpet the sub-alpine zone even in the driest of years.
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Rock Cut 08-21-2014
The Rock Cut on Trail Ridge road offers some spectacular views, especially from some of the rock formations just off the road. We setup our 12 foot video crane on one of these rock formations to add a very cinematic look to the shot. Brian has a pretty good fear of heights, and these rock formations have quite a bit of exposure, but he was able to man-up to get the shots, although he moved like a three-toed sloth.
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Sky Pond 07-23-2014
Sky Pond is an amazing hike since you pass by two other gorgeous lakes (The Loch & Lake of Glass) and get to literally climb up Timberline Falls.  Some of the grandest displays of Columbine are often found along the lake shore and amongst the rock crevices.  Being up there during the early morning calm and hearing the Pika calls echoing off the sheer rock faces that surround you is almost other worldly.
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Pika at Rock Cut 08-06-2014
Oooh....oooh...Pika!!!  Set up tripod, level video camera, spend lots of time finding really camouflaged Pika through view finder at 500mm (believe us, its hard!), focus, get exposure, wait for wind to stop....finally, hit record button...wait....!!!!.....Pika scurried over to another rock.  Move tripod, level video camera.............
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Elk in a Snowstorm Bear Lake Road 05-12-2014
This elk herd shot was taken in Moraine Park during a particularly snowy and windy spring day. You can see the snow blowing somewhat horizontally. While walking out to get a better vantage of the herd, Brian managed to step into a very wet and muddy hole and managed to soak his entire left foot, filling his boot with water. Brian also noticed very quickly that he had forgotten to bring his loupe (used for seeing details on the camera’s monitor and to check focus), so he had to assume it was in proper focus. Since the very large snowflakes could have easily thrown off the auto focus, he was worried he wouldn’t get any shots in focus, but it turned out to be perfectly in focus. We always enjoy seeing the symbiotic relationship between the magpies and the elk and love seeing the Magpies jump from elk to elk looking for a tasty, yet surely disgusting parasite snack.
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Lake Haiyaha 03-14-2014
A girl in a real, bona fide igloo for the first time.....what else can one say! Thanks to "Igloo Ed" for inviting us!
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Battle Mountain Campsite 08-15-2014
Star time-lapses take a long time to capture.  It takes roughly an hour to capture every 4 seconds of footage.  We started 3 cameras rolling at different angles at about 9 pm and sat down to relax after a long day.  After about an hour, we realized we could not move more than a few feet in any direction without ruining the continuity of any of the three time-lapses!  The food, the bottle of wine, the water...oh so close yet oh so not happening for the next 2 hours.  Hey, sitting on cold rocks and talking to your closest friends was consolation enough!

Wilderness Section
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Longs Peak from Mount Meeker 08-20-2003
Although Longs Peak is a challenge that should be sought out by those looking for one,  the hike up Lamb's Slide to Mount Meeker easily matches the beauty,  grandeur and challenge of any hike in Rocky.  The warmth of the sun reflecting off the walls of Ship's Prow and the solitude of not passing but a hiker or two on most days is worth it in itself.  Look closely enough in this image and you can see a bunch of people standing on top of Longs.
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Onahu Creek Trail
For one of the most peaceful hikes into Enos Mill's "Never-Never Lands", take a stroll through the Onahu Creek/Green Mountain loop on the west side of the park.  The lush meadows and meandering rivers will transport you back into a time when we were truly part of the landscape.
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Thunder Pass 07-31-2014
Shot on our slider, the Paintbrush this year seemed particularly large and plump.  A herd of cow elk and their calves plus a large bull moose hung out with us for over two hours in this meadow as we waited for the sun to rise.  It was decided that since moose are considered an exotic species in Rocky, none would be used in the film.
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Chasm Lake 08-06-2013
A journey along some of the most impressive tundra trails in the park lead you to Chasm Lake.  Sitting at the foot of Longs Peak's East Face, this view, along with the brilliance of the alpenglow due to your proximity to the rock face can lead to some of the most stunning and iconic images of Rocky.
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Longs Peak Trail 08-06-2013
Are they going all the way to the top?
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Rainbow Curve 08-21-2014
A fantastic stopping point on your drive up Trail Ridge Road, Rainbow Curve's expansive views of the park, including the Alluvial Fan and Horseshoe Park, truly allows you to absorb the scale of our protected lands.  It's also a blast to watch the cars winding up Trail Ridge Road and realize why the highest continuous paved highway in the United States is a destination in itself.
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Mills Lake 08-07-2014
This popular lake is overlooked by the west face of Longs Peak and the prominent features of the Keyboard of the Winds.  This is a wonderful medium length family hike that exposes you to classic Rocky Mountain National Park.  Be sure to bring a picnic to be enjoyed on the expansive selection of sun baked rock formations!
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Bierstadt Lake Trail - 09-26-2014
Visitors often gawk at the panoply of fall colors that paint the hillsides along Bear Lake Road.  For a real up close treat,  immerse yourself  in some of the most impressive stands of Quaking Aspen by taking  a short hike up to Bierstadt Lake.
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Columbine Falls 06-26-2014
Right before scrambling up to Chasm Lake, Columbine Falls thunders towards Peacock Pool.  Be careful though,  because even well into summer, the intimidating snowfield on the right of this image has to be negotiated in order to reach Chasm Lake (you can see the trail stamped in toward the top of the snowfield).  One slight slip and it is a hundred plus foot tumble to the bottom that will not end well for anyone!
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions McHenrys Peak
A short hike past Black Lake toward Blue Lake leads you through a staircase of giant and impressive rock shelves.  These shelves contain dozens of  perfect reflecting pools that are a match made in heaven for McHenrys Peak and the avid photographer.   This general image has been captured by us multiple times and this particular one won an award in Defenders of Wildlife's photo contest that had over 4000 entries submitted!
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Steads Ranch
Jack and Lulie Melton, our writers and historians, are literary geniuses in our minds for being able to condense "Rocky Mountain National " into sub 10 minutes of intriguing written word for this film.  They lead us around Moraine Park on a hot, bug infested July day to help us accurately reproduce these "then and now" images of Steads Ranch.  Let's just say there was a lot of "let's go this way, no, this way, no point the camera up a little, no move it a little to the left........!"  But like their tireless efforts at their research and writing, they steered us to the perfect end.   Can you believe all of this was in Moraine park up until the early 1960's!
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Many Parks Curve - 09-19-2014
There are wonderful views from Many Parks Curve on Trail Ridge Road but boy is it hard to film at this location!  When set up on a narrow wooden boardwalk, a slider with a heavy video camera on top of a fully extended tripod let's just say, "bounces" when people walk on the pathway.  Great conversations though with people asking about the rig!
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Mount Craig (aka Mount Baldy) - 02-02-2015
Although the morning started gray, windy and cold and looked like it was going to go downhill from there, like many Colorado days, it instantly transformed into a beautiful day.   We were graciously led up the East Inlet trail by a west side volunteer to get set up early and ended up having 2 hours to kill.  Well, we killed an hour and 45 minutes slowly setting up and lounging around enjoying the perfect day before we realized that the beautiful clouds, powder blue skies and warm lighting "might make for a gorgeous shot.....hmmmm?!   We ended up with just enough time to capture this time-lapse.
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Trail Ridge Road - 08-21-2014
We shot this one with our 12' video crane along the "Knife's Edge" area along Trail Ridge Rd.
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Trail Ridge Road 08-06-2014
This shot of us driving toward Rock Cut was the only GoPro shot that made it into the film although many, many were taken.  It is mounted on a 1987 VW Westy Syncro (our work vehicle for all of you Vanagon fans!) which is perfect because you can't see the hood of the vehicle since it has none.  We were always hoping for a mountain lion or wolverine to scurry across the road in front of us...no such luck!
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Ute Trail 07-10-2014
This is the view back onto Trail Ridge Road about 1/4 mile from the Ute Trail trailhead.
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Trail Ridge Road 06-09-2014
Rocky can be difficult at best to photograph in the late spring/early summer.  We refer to it as the "beige" stage.  Although still breathtaking for visitors, images can be ....beige with trees, beige with mountains, beige with...you get the picture (no pun intended!).  Sometimes you just have to get lucky.  We were standing there, noticed the moon, set up our 500mm lens and then mentioned, wouldn't it be great for an interesting vehicle to drive by in the foreground!
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Milner Pass 08-01-2014
Brian was heading over to Holzwarth Ranch on the west side of RMNP for a scheduled shoot and had to stop for these handsome bulls hanging out at Milner Pass. The elk on the far left was watching a butterfly that was fluttering around above his head. In the short clip that made it into the video, you can see him looking up at the butterfly.
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Lava Cliffs 08-01-2014
This was shot by Brian on the same day as the above Milner Pass shot. As he was driving past the Lava Cliffs, he noticed the early morning light was hitting the cliffs just right and stopped for a quick shot.
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Ute Trail 07-10-2014
Certain shots can take up to an hour to set up.  The slider, time-lapse,  sunrise shots are by far the most difficult.  Imagine setting up cords, messing with computerized timers and calibrating camera settings in the pitch black freezing cold.  Get that all done and the simple task of focusing on features you cannot yet see is all you have left to negotiate!  Many people ask us "why not just shoot regular video to capture the beautiful sunrise".  Well, the answer to that question is simple.  Regular video cannot handle low light situations.  Most sunrise shots are taken with exposures that range from 1/15 to 4 seconds.  Regular video, at best, can only shoot at 1/30 second.
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Ute Trail 07-10-2014
We heard from numerous sources that the Alpine Sunflowers on the tundra this year were phenomenal and possibly the best in decades.  We hit the Ute Trail a little past  Rainbow Curve at about 1:45 am. The  entire 3.5 mile hike in, as we swept our headlamps back and forth in the dark only to see flowerless tundra, we mumbled about how our sources needed to get their eyeglass prescriptions checked.  Boy, did we feel like fools when it looked like this the entire hike back!  Glad no one was around hear the thump of our feet going into our big mouths!
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Bierstadt Lake Trail 09-26-2014
The colorful, warm fall days in Rocky.  Life at its grandest!
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Dream Lake Trail 03-08-2014
Leaving from the Bear Lake Parking lot, the Dream Lake Trail is truly a dream for family fun 365 days a year!
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Bierstadt Lake Trail 09-26-2014
Although steep, the 1.3 mile hike up through one of the park's most impressive Quaking Aspen stands to  picture perfect Bierstadt Lake is a must see!
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Petit Grepon 07-23-2014
Catching sunrise at Sky Pond is synonymous to hearing the barking of climbers high up on the popular Petit Grepon. It's always fun to finally locate the tiny colorful dots on the rock face when it gets light enough to see.  We captured this time-lapse video with a 500mm lens on a relatively calm morning.  Pretty impressive since Sky Pond is also synonymous with fierce winds, which on most occasions, would make taking anything with a 500mm lens a foolish endeavor.
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Nature Tundra Walk 08-06-2014
Leaving from the Alpine Visitor Center, the ranger led Nature Tundra Walk is a great family program.  In our eyes, engaging our children to the wonders of places like Rocky is one of the keys to the long term preservation of our world.
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Lake of Glass 08-01-2013
Right past Timberline Falls and just before Sky Pond, Lake of Glass lies in a classic rocky cirque.  It is places like this that make us feel minuscule in size yet  part of something grander.  Due to its angle to the sunrise, high surrounding walls and lake shore features (or lack thereof),  it is difficult at best to photograph at sunrise.
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Thunder Pass 07-31-2014
So many people have commented on how this looks like it was filmed from high up on a ridge or in a helicopter looking down.  Funny thing is that this herd spent the good part of the early morning hours grazing and frolicking on a hillside way up above us and about a mile in the distance.  Strange what a 500mm lens will sometimes visually create!
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Bluebird Lake Trail 08-14-2014
The 1978 Ouzel Fire created wide swaths of open landscape that one passes through on the way up to Bluebird Lake.  Fireweed and other colorful pioneering species opens our eyes to the importance of natural fires to the health of the landscape.  No joking, we saw a Guinness Book of World Records size Pika that was no smaller than a juvenile Marmot.  Mega cute and wish we had gotten a photo of him to prove it!
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Rocky Mountain Conservancy
The Conservancy seminars and the Conservancy supported Junior Ranger Programs are a great way to add to your experience and knowledge when visiting Rocky.  Very few of us realize how much the Rocky Mountain Conservancy does for the park.  Support for their organization is one of the most effective ways of directly supporting Rocky Mountain National Park.
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Holzwarth Historic Site 08-01-2014
Experience the life of early twentieth century homesteaders by joining one of the many programs at Holzwarth Historic Site.  This phenomenally genuine setting will instantly transport you back to our not so distant, but oh so different past!
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Bierstadt Lake Trail 09-26-2014
We could swear you had to put on sunglasses to look at the fall colors this year!
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Ranger led Nature Tundra Walk 08-06-2014
This walk starts from Medicine Bow Curve and features the stunning Never Summer Range as a backdrop.
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Ranger Led Intermediate Snowshoe Program 02-02-2015
This snowshoe program starts from the East Inlet Trail trailhead and ends in a spectacular meadow overlooked by Mount Craig (or better known as Mt. Baldy by locals).
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Moraine Park 07-03-2014
There are many licensed stables that will take you on a ride of a lifetime!
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Bierstadt Lake 08-21-2013
Filming sunrise at a mountain lake is like practicing yoga without having to contort your body into pretzel like shapes.  If this setting alone was not enough to make us feel the majesty of our National Parks,  a young bull moose slowly wandered across the lake 30 yards in front of us, a Mule deer doe and her fawn popped out of the forest twenty feet behind us and a Merlin, which is a small falcon, chattered nosily as it swooped repeatedly over our heads!
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Nymph Lake 03-08-2014
Whoo-hoo to the bluebird days and winter fun in the Rockies!
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Seasons at Alberta Falls
The Ying & Yang of the seasons.
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Bear Lake 07-01-2014
We knew we wanted a dramatic shot of Bear Lake, as it's one of the most popular destinations in the park. We decided to try a crane shot and just needed the perfect family for the foreground. We didn't have to wait long when this cute family strolled up. We asked if it was ok to include them in the video and they were happy to help. The crane added a dimension to the clip that a static camera couldn't have captured.
Wildlife Section
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Horseshoe Park 10-08-2014
As we noticed the first of the fall leaves dropping from the Aspens, we realized time was quickly running out for "good elk bugling".  We headed out from Horseshoe Park toward Aspen Glen campground early one morning with our parabolic microphone hoping we would cross paths with the bulls we heard during the prior evenings scout.  We caught glimpses of them but  were not able to film the "golden bugle".  We headed out again that same evening following the distant calls of this bull for 2 plus hours and just as we were about to give up, we crested a ridge and there he stood. He graciously let us film him for 5 or so minutes.  We even queued the cows to come in at the end and they did a great job!
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Great Horned Owl Chicks 05-23-2014
Brian had to physically hold Alex back from messing with the camera while filming these owlets (focusing, re-framing, changing the exposure).  Alex is really good at ruining shots by messing with the camera right when the juicy moments happen.  Thank goodness for Brian.
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Pika at Rock Cut 08-06-2014
It is mesmerizing to watch the Pika's seemingly never ending journeys from their dens to the grassy tundra in order to collect and store food for the winter (they do not hibernate....crazy wabbits!)  Photographing these tiny creatures with a handheld camera as they scurry about with lightning speed is frustrating enough but filming them using a tripod and lacking follow focus is like doing the Rubik's Cube in the dark.  One thing going for you is that they seem to always follow the same path and stop at the same rocks.  Focus and frame your shot there, and sometimes you just get lucky!
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Mills Lake 08-07-2014
Sunset time-lapse on the slider.
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Moraine Park 06-07-2014
This footage was aquired right from a vehicle pull-out on the way to Deer Ridge Juction. It was fun watching all the spring calves running around as if they just discovered they had the ability to run.
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Moraine Park 10-06-2014
This bull was running around trying to orgainze his harem when Brian found them in Moraine Park. The grass was a lovely "fall" shade and seemed like an endless sea of grass when looking through the viewfinder.
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Horseshoe Park Bookends
 How wonderfully odd that these two shots ended up being randomly edited right next to each other in the final film!  They were filmed 8 months apart in the exact same stand of trees in Horseshoe Park. The elk antler (First one any of us have ever seen!) was filmed during one of our first shoots and the sunburst was during one of our last.  What a great way to start and end a great adventure!
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Horseshoe Park 09-2013
After having a successful elk shoot the evening before, Brian returned to the same spot for more elk shots but that evening there were no elk in sight. As he started packing up to move to a different location, he spotted the bear on the hillside behind him and got this shot.
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions The Loch 05-28-2014
Although there are a multitude of gorgeous things to photograph in Rocky, it is the often the early morning  alpenglow (here, lighting up Cathedral Wall) that is coveted by photographers.  This magical light usually lasts anywhere from 5 seconds to 20 minutes, with 10 minutes being the average and occurs between 5 am to 7 am depending on the time of year.  Many a hopeful  2 am hikes bent on chasing this elusive light have been foiled by cloud cover!  Consolation prize, Rocky Mountain National Park!
Wonder Section
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Sprague Lake - 05-25-2005
Sunrises of this type and intensity seem to only occur a handful of times each year.  It is simply a numbers game of getting out enough in order to capture one on film. We always compare the pre-dawn to dawn hours to the likes of unwrapping a much anticipated gift.  You never know what to expect and at times your patience is rewarded with magical sights!
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Lion Lake 07-27-2011
Lion Lake #1, found in the Wild Basin area, is a botanist's dream.  Come during the height of summer and this aerobically challenging hike is rewarded with a quartet of lush lakes  (Lion Lake #1, Lion Lake #2, Snowbank Lake and  Castle Lake) surrounded by unparalleled fields of blooming flowers.  These Glacier Lilies occur in super wet marshy areas and are seldom seen in such abundance in Rocky. 
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Sky Pond 07-23-2014
"OCD Alex" somehow always convinces us to leave for our sunrise hikes hours before we really need to.  Everyone always ends up sitting in the complete dark for hours, freezing their buns off waiting for the sunrise.  Alex is usually not the most popular person during these times.  Occasionally, they arrive so, so early, they are able to complete a star time-lapse.  Everyone kind of thanks Alex.
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Bierstadt Lake Trail 09-26-2014
Fall is one of the best times to visit Rocky!
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Hidden Valley 09-19-2014
To find some perfect looking  Quaking Aspen leaves of varying colors on a moss rock is always nice.  To get the  heavy slider set up on a tripod on a really steep hillside and not have it fall over is even better.  To film this ant traipsing across these leaves as they are gently swept away by fall's warm breeze is priceless.
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Lily Lake 06-22-2014
The day before, we went to Lily Lake to capture "the first day of summer" and noticed the Blue Flag irises were perfect.  After filming this particularly handsome bunch, we noticed it happened also to be the favorite bunch for the Broad-tailed hummingbirds that were as thick as bees.  We came back the next morning during sunrise and "pipe dreamingly" set up the camera, focused on a single "row" of flowers (with the lower light and the high shutter speed requirement's of video, depth of field is as thin as a cracker!) and hoped a hummingbird would pass through that specific area of the clump.  5 minutes later, viola!  Two more hours of waiting for the showy scarlet-throated male, well....as you can see.
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Thunder Pass 07-31-2014
For the life of us, we still can't figure out why they named these Elephant Heads?
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Rock Cut 08-06-2014
With only under a year to capture the footage for this film (with the exception of a sprinkling of clips from the year before) capturing shots like this Bighorn was a grand weight off of our shoulders!  We had just spent the past 12 hours filming Pika, ranger led programs, the Alpine and  Kawuneechee visitors center, etc, etc.  On the ride home from the west side over Trail Ridge Road, we mentioned how it would have to be something truly jaw dropping for us to even considering getting out of the van.  When we saw these Bighorn Sheep at Rock Cut, although thrilled, our first reaction was "man...we're going to have to get out of the van...sigh...".
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Rock Cut 08-21-2014
This shot utilized our video crane and panning device attached to the crane. If you watch the clip closely, you'll notice the camera is moving on the crane and at the same time, the camera is panning right, creating an interesting effect. This is one of Alex's favorite clips from the film.
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Boulder Field 08-23-2013
Sunrise at the Boulder Field is an odd thing. When you should still be dreaming in bed, you find yourself high up above tree line and there is a highway of people flowing past you doing the exact same thing.  It was super windy and cold this morning and we had to physically hold the tripod down in gale force conditions while crouched on a big boulder in order to capture this time-lapse composed of over 1000 images (only a portion was used).  Let's just say there was quite a few half-asleep hikers who were wondering what the heck we were doing!
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions William White Cabin 07-11-2014
This is Trine Bumiller painting for the Artist in Residence program run by the park.  Her paintings are simply amazing and she is completing 100 oil paintings for the Centennial Celebration!  The William White Cabin, located in Moraine Park, is a beautiful historical site that houses these artists while they capture Rocky in all different artistic mediums.
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Calypso Orchids 06-06-2014
The Calypso Orchid is an endangered species that resides in the park.  No larger than a dime, this video clip (although motionless on a windless day) shows the reason why the 105mm Nikkor Micro lens is considered one of the most classic lenses ever made!  Almost all of our close-up flowers, leaf, etc.  shots were taken with this lens which can capture 1:1 life size and is almost "too sharp"!  Just a few years ago, this type of video capture was unheard of for the videographer who was not willing give up an arm and a leg for his equipment.
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Hidden Valley 09-19-2014
Note to self:  When setting up a really heavy video camera with a massive wide-angel lens that is about to move at an angle up a 48" slider balanced precariously on a log over water, one should factor in the likely hood of it tipping over when it gets to the apex of its movement and changes the balance dynamics of an already wobbly set up.  Oh so close to a big unpleasant splash!
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Thunder Pass 07-31-2014
You're just not going to experience this type of lushness on the east side...period!
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Thunder Pass 07-31-2014
We stood on this angled hillside pretty much non-stop for 5 hours filming this unbelievable bowl of green goodness.  The strain of standing at an angle all morning caused a major sprain in Alex's left foot.  The 7 mile hike back was excruciatingly unpleasant to say the least.  Chris was not willing to take one for the team and carry Alex all the way back...what a wimp!
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Hidden Valley 03-22-2014
The Hidden Valley Snow Play area is filled with splendid winter fun (warming hut and all)!  This was shot on our 12 foot crane.  This is Alex's daughter with her lifelong friend and yes, they were paid....in stuffed animals!
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Nymph Lake 10-15-2014
Just a short half mile hike from the Bear Lake parking lot, this a wonderful introductory hike for all ages.  You don't always have to travel far to get into the "thick" of Rocky's wilderness!
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Bluebird Lake 08-14-2014
We missed this time-lapse video opportunity of a lifetime due to equipment malfunction and operator error.  We hit the trail at 1 am and made it up to Bluebird Lake with plenty of time to spare.  When it finally got light enough to see, we were super disappointed to realize it was completely cloudy. The sunrise, along with the alpenglow that comes with it, was not going to happen.  But wait...a crack in the clouds, a glimpse of pink on the rock face... we were nothing short of being caught off guard. Ouzel Peak lit up with the most spectacular alpenglow as we scurried to our three idle cameras.   One failed due to a cold computer controller, one was stopped by Alex due to "early morning foggy brain syndrome" and the final one flopped over at an angle on the tripod.  2 minutes of alpenglow, 2 minutes and one second of flubbing!  By the way, this is where our time-lapse slider got its name..."Mr Flaky" and he pretty much lives up to his name!
   
Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial film by Fall River Productions Rock Cut - 08-05-2014
While scouting the Rock Cut area for a future crane shot, Brian got this shot just as the sun was setting over the Never Summer range.

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