Iconic Colorado Contest

Sprague Lake ID Display 2021Lift image: back mockup of the driver's license. Right image: original capture from Sprague Lake.

On March 1st 2021, the winning front and back design of the Colorado Drivers License was announced! Gabriel Dupon whose photo of Sprague Lake was hand-selected by the State Governor for a top-three finalist of the back design! Once voting took place, Gabriel won the tight race and achieved a plurality of 19,989 votes or 35.85%!

More information can be found on the DMV website here.

Gabriel sends a special thanks to everyone who supported and voted for him in this contest!

Story behind the image:

The story behind the Sprague Lake photograph started with a hike on a spectacular day in late May 2020 in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Everyone knows that Sprague Lake is an amazing place and you can see that just by looking at the many pictures captured there. However, Gabriel's intention, was to capture it in a unique way; different from everyone else!

His intention was to capture it authentically! Capture what we can’t see, not just what we can see. Gabriel did this by showing the mid-day sky and colors, getting close to the lake’s surface to show the movement of the water, and showing a perspective unlike any other! This photo definitely displays Iconic Colorado, but ultimately this photo conveys Colorado authentically!

Specifics to Getting the shot:

Camera:Nikon D750
Lens:AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR
Time of Year:Late May of 2020
Time of Day:3:20PM Mountain Standard Time (UTC-6; 9:20PM)
Light Source:Daylight from 248° WSW (altitude 55°)
Location:40° 19′ 12″ N, 105° 36′ 17″ W
Focal Length:40mm
Shutter Speed:Handheld at 1/15 of a second (VR on)
ISO:50 (Lo-1)
White Balance:Captured at 14-bit NEF raw: 5,100K with a +8 tint (corrected to 5,500K)
Editing Software:Lightroom Classic (download a free preset that was made specific for this photo at the bottom of the page)

Featured Press:

Other Press:


4K Wallpaper The Sprague Lake Wallpaper for your phone or computer!

Lightroom Preset Authentic Sprague Lake Preset for Lightroom!

License Mockup The back mockup image of the drivers license!

Other Images:

Contact Info:

Gabriel ProfileWritten by Gabriel Dupon
Photographer based in Northern Colorado.

If you have any questions about Gabriel's work or just want to say hello, feel free to email him at photography@gabrieldupon.com! If you're interested in a photography session or have event needs, contact him here.

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