Volcanic Frost

Along the Blue Mesa Reservoir outside of Gunnison Colorado is the Curacanti National Recreation Area. The Curacanti Recreation area is great for boating, fishing, swimming and hiking and also forms into the canyons leading into the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. This is area also contains two volcanos that helped form the volcanic layers in the area.

A winter storm has passed through the area and the original mission was to see the clear bubbles on the Blue Mesa Reservoir that had frozen over, but since the snow storm left about a foot of snow the original mission was squashed. The snow however made for very interesting textures along the volcanic rock rising above the reservoir along with interesting contrasts.

I felt this scene needed a cinematic look so I cropped it to a wide format style along with a compressed look from the telephoto lens. Note the small trees on top of the formations have a miniaturized feel to them that help them stand out.

Volcanic Frost

Volcanic Frost – Click to Enlarge/Purchase

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Snowy Barn

Just outside the town of Crested Butte there is quite a bit of farmland. On this particular morning after a winter storm the fresh coat of untouched powder covered the barn and the fields surrounding it. The bluejay blue skies are normally seem uneventful, but were a perfect backdrop along with Mt. Crested Butte for this Snowy Barn Scene.

Snowy Barn

Snowy Barn – Click to Enlarge/Purchase

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Waves of Frost

I think I might call this Crested Butte Week! I found so many images I hadn’t processed from my trip down to Gunnison/Crested Butte and now I’m springing them all on your this week. Here’s another fantastic scene of frosted over pine trees. To me it just looked like a wave of frost flowing up and down the mountain side. It was an amazing scene. Click on the image to view it on a large scale!

Waves of Frost

Waves of Frost – Click to Enlarge/Purchase

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Frosty Creek

You wouldn’t think that venturing out in sub-freezing weather would be much fun, but right before New Years, Ryan Wright and I ventured down to the Gunnison/Crested Butte area to add some much needed winter scenes to our portfolios. We hit the area just at the right time and a beautiful blanket of fresh powdery snow covered the area and made for wonderful holiday scenes!

Venturing up the Highway 12 along Coal Creek toward Kebler Pass the hills were filled with frosty snow covered branches.  Looking down from the road there was this amazing scene with a snow covered creek, some tracks where an rabbit had made fresh tracks and a forest of frosty pine trees. The quiet of the early morning was broken up by only the water from the creek moving below the snow.

Frosty Creek

Frosty Creek – Click to Enlarge or Purchase

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County Road 9

One of the most beautiful roads in the Uncompahgre Wilderness during the fall is the West Dallas Creek Road, or County Road 9. There is an amazing view of Sneffels Mountain Range towering over the West Fork of the Dallas Creek, colorful scrub oak and the surrounding valley full of large groves of aspens. It’s one of the highlights of my Fall Tour and I look forward to seeing this area every year.

West Dallas Creek Road

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Holiday Swing

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful 2015 and are ready to kick off 2016. I definitely ended it with a bang and a great quick trip to Gunnison and Crested Butte! It’s the kick I needed to get back in the “swing” of things for 2016.

Ryan Wright showed me a picture on Instagram of some clear frozen ice located in the Blue Mesa Reservoir and that was our initial goal was to capture this wonderful clear ice, but when we arrived in Gunnison it had started to snow and the next morning the Blue Mesa Reservoir was covered in 4-6 inches of snow so the ice was not to be seen. We did however capture the beauty a fresh snow in Gunnison and Crested Butte. We embraced the single digit weather (1 degree on Wednesday evening) and captured some very holiday festive scenery around Crested Butte and Gunnison.

This image is of a festive lighted tire swing on a farm near the turnoff to Jack’s Cabin.  The lights of the swing lit up the tree and and accented the frost from the light snow that was falling that evening. One of the unique and wonderful scenes near Crested Butte.

I had forgotten how beautiful Crested Butte was and may have to incorporate it as part of my fall tour this year. It’s just a wonderful mountain town with great scenery surrounding the area.

Have a wonderful 2016!

Holiday Swing

Holiday Swing – Click to Enlarge/Purchase

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Grand Teton Mountain

I’ve been doing some planning for the 2016 and looking forward to getting back to Grand Teton National Park. This image is Teton Mountain taken early in the morning on the Taggart/Bradley Lake Trail. The wildflowers were still in bloom and still snow on Grand Teton to accentuate the majestic peak. Looking forward to showing a few other photographers this great spot next Summer.

Grand Teton Mountain

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Merry Christmas!

Wishing everyone a Very Merry Christmas!  Have a great Holiday!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

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A Fuji X100T View of New York City

I had the opportunity to visit New York City on business back in October of this year. Since I was staying over on a weekend my wife decided to head out for the weekend and do her first visit to The Big Apple! We didn’t try to do everything but just get a flavor of the city for my wife’s first trip to NYC. I didn’t want to carry around a bunch of equipment with me, but just have a small portable camera to capture some details of the city and get good quality images I could post process if needed and also transfer some to Instagram while walking around the city.

The Fujifilm X100T fit the bill. It’s has a 23mm f/2 fixed lens (35mm full frame equivalent) but a fantastic APS-C 16 megapixel X-Trans sensor. It has some great low light, high ISO performance and since the viewfinder and menu system are much the same as my Fujifilm X-T1 it was second nature to use.

Fujifilm X100T

Fujifilm X100T

Since this trip, it’s my go to camera when I’m just heading out for a quick trip and hanging out with friends. I don’t have to think about what lens to bring because it’s already been decided. Creatively this now frees my mind to decide on the composition. Are there times I miss having a telephoto zoom or a wide-angle?  Yes there are, but then I find another composition and that thought about “I should have brought my other camera” goes away. I did use the pano feature while I was at the Top of the Rock to capture a city view so while it has a fixed lens the pano is a sort of stop gap for capturing a wide angle view if needed.

Are there quirks with the camera? Yes there are but I’ll go over my likes and dislike in a future post. In the meantime, here a gallery of images from my NYC trip. Click on an image and you can view it in large image slideshow view!

All images process from Fuji RAW Files in Photoshop Lightroom CC using VSCO Film packs.

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Twilight Bells

Part of making sure you get a good spot at the Maroon Bells during the fall season is to get there early prior to sunrise. Even though getting up at 3:30am is not a pleasure of mine, being able do some astrophotography while waiting takes away some of the pain of getting up early.

I’ve never created an astrophotography shot in black and white, but I felt this kind of minimalistic look to this image warranted a conversion to black and white. I applied a VSCO Film preset to this image from their Film 07 Night Tungsten Pack, the Kodak BW400CN Night Tungsten and with some tweeks to produce this image.

It’s just the simplicity of the Maroon Bells and the stars at twilight.

Twilight Bells

Twilight at Maroon Bells | Click to Purchase

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