While hiking through Castlewood Canyon, we stumbled upon several remnants left over from when the damn burst in 1933 causing a 15-foot wave of water to travel all the way to downtown Denver, resulting in a huge flood. Alex Stanley from ClassTen Photo was with me for this shoot. As we set up our cameras, we heard the howls of hungry coyotes in the distance and even as serene as is this place may seem, the sounds of these animals hunting in the night serve as reminders that we were not alone.
We set up an old camping light to illuminate the forgotten Patrick Lucas homestead, build in 1894, and used Alex's jacket to diffuse the light. Setting our f-stops to 3.5 and using shutter speeds of 30 seconds allowed our cameras to see the vibrant colors of the Milky Way traveling above us. Most people will never get to see this breathtaking image firsthand and I believe that's my job to share these images with the world.