Winding Trail Ridge Road (Rocky Mountain National Park)

I was in Rocky Mountain National Park waiting to catch sunset. I wandered up to the top of a hill that gave me a pretty clear view of the Mummy Range and the Front Range (with the well known Long’s Peak) across Moraine Park down below. As I sat hoping to catch some color in the sky I noticed the little curve in Trail Ridge Road heading out towards the Mummy Range in the distance. I like using roads with curves in them especially if they create depth to the photo like this one does as it leads from the bottom of the image to the mountains in the distance. S-Curves in the road, or in rivers, are especially pleasing because when you view the picture your eye naturally runs from side to side. In fact, the S-Curve is known in art as being the ‘line of beauty’ because it is thought to be more pleasing to viewers than a straight line, circle or other geometrical shapes.

Trail Ridge Road (Rocky Mountain National Park)

Trail Ridge Road (Rocky Mountain National Park)

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5 thoughts on “Winding Trail Ridge Road (Rocky Mountain National Park)

    • I did add a vignette during the process. I liked the way that it drew the eye in towards the mountain in the distance. Believe it or not the sunset that night was incredible but the sky at this point (maybe thirty minutes before) looked so ominous that I tried to play that up so darkening made sense in my mind.

  1. A great composition, agree the S shape of the road leads you into the picture. Very pleasant to look at – and a beautiful scenery off course!

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