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Sunset Milky Way

I found this image unprocessed from the Astrophotography Jamboree a couple of years ago. This was taken from Summit Lake near Mt. Evans as the sun has set below the horizon.  The light from the sunset was still highlighting the evening clouds below the mountain and above Denver. It created a unique silhouette the hillside, while making the clouds golden and being so high in elevation you could see the milky way illuminated in the sky overhead. It was such a unique combination of lighting situations. I was just lucky enough to capture it.

Sunset Milky Way

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Highland Bridge

I’m doing a little Throwback Thursday today.  I was hunting for some Colorado images from my library of images for a book that’s being published and came across this image of the Highland Bridge.  I decided to reprocess it again as my tools and skills have gotten better and thought it would be fun to re-work one of my first digital images.  This is the Highland Bridge in Denver and an image I call “Stairway to Heaven”.  This was a long exposure taken with a Canon T1i and a 10-22mm zoom lens.  Just goes to show you don’t need a full frame camera and a fancy L lens.  Have a great weekend!

Stairway to Heaven | Click to Enlarge/Purchase

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A Glimpse of Capitol Peak

In this year’s fall tour we headed toward the Maroon Bells Snowmass wilderness area from Telluride. Rain   and we had been in rainy weather the whole day. In the afternoon we ventured down Capitol Creek road. The rain had let up and the sun was peaking through periodically through the fog and clouds. The clouds teased us in hopes of seeing Capitol Peak, but just gave us glimpses of the mountain above.

The hills below Capitol Peak were filled with color. The saturated golden-yellow, greens and browns were a stark contrast to the rising granite of Capitol Peak so I put on my telephoto to capture this scene just as the fun pierced through the clouds highlighting the gray granite mountain.

Capital Peak peaking through the clouds in the Aspen Snowmass Wilderness Area during the fall.

A Glimpse of Capital Peak | Click to Enlarge/Purchase

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Sunflowers at Sunset

I have so many images since August harvest and one of my favorite times of the year is sunflower season here in Colorado. With the workshops and travel I haven’t really had a chance to really go through my images during sunflower season and give them a thorough look and culling. I have been trying to move some storage around and archive some photos in the process and so I stumbled through some of my images from this past sunflower season.

This image is from one of the amazing sunsets while I was out in the fields this year. The storm clouds were rolling off the mountains on to the plains just as the sun was setting and the intense glow came through the openings in the clouds making for an amazing sky. It’s Sunset’s fury on the sunflower fields this particular evening and it was a sight to behold.

Those of you in Colorado are getting ready for winter. A polar vortex is coming from the north and will bring sub freezing temperatures and some snow this week. I’m not sure I’m ready, but I’m going to try to embrace it this year.  Her’s a little summer warmth to carry you through your day.  Stay warm everyone!

Sunset glowing through storm clouds as the roll over the sunflower fields on the eastern plains of Colorado just outside of Denver, Colorado.

Sunset’s Fury | Click to Enlarge/Purchase

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A Ray of Hope

The sunflower fields are starting blooming here in the Denver area. Thanks to John DeBord for the tip on the location of this field.  It is a huge field spanning hundreds of acres!  It’s going to be a great crop of sunflowers this year.  I’ve noticed there are quite a few fields that are in the early stages and will be in full bloom over the next couple of weeks.

I captured this image a few nights ago right at sunset just as the “God Beams peaked below the clouds.  It was like a ray of hope to the sunflowers as they stretched out for the last beams of sunshine. It was another beautiful sunset here in Colorado!

God Beams of sunshine as the sunsets on a field of sunflowers near Denver, Colorado

A Ray of Hope | Click to Enlarge/Purchase

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East Cherry Creek

I many times drive Highway 83 from Denver to Colorado Springs and love the rolling farmland along East Cherry Creek basin.  It just has a calmness to it.  On the way back from Colorado Springs today I noticed the beautiful afternoon sky with some thunderstorms  off in the distance as I rolled past the Russellville turnoff .  I decided I had to stop. I just had my new Fuji X-T1 with me and a 18-55mm zoom so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to see how it performed.  I captured this handheld with 8 vertical frames and then stitched it together in Photoshop. I applied a VSCO Film Kodak Royal Gold 400 Warm to it and then removed the grain and added some tweaks and cropped it to a 1:3 panoramic format.

I have to say I’m really enjoying my new Fuji X-T1.  It’s so refreshing to not have to carry 5lbs. of gear with me and the detail on the images is wonderful!  I still need to put it through its paces some more, but it’s been wonderful so far.  I was really a sceptic, but after shooting with it I’m really enjoying it.

Rural Farmland along East Cherry Creek in Douglas County, Colorado

Rural Farmland along East Cherry Creek in Douglas County, Colorado | Click to Enlarge/Purchase

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Tornado Warning: Rural Disturbance

My phone was going nuts today with Tornado warnings and severe weather warnings and so I think it was just calling me to head out east and capture some of the beautiful storm activity that hit Colorado starting yesterday.  A number of tornadoes actually touched down in the  afternoon in the Denver area and at that point I knew it was time to head out.  Schools in the area locked down to protect the students and the tornado sirens started going off  in the area.

Armed with my iPhone and Storm Shield app I headed out east toward Bennett, Colorado and tracked down the storm.  I’m not a hard core storm chaser, but I do like to get just close enough to capture some of the amazing skies produced by the storms. When hail and heavy rain come I usually back off because I know tornado activity is near. You could just see the clouds swirling in the sky yesterday and there is a weird calmness to the sky when tornados are present.

I captured this image before the skies dissipated and headed further east into Kansas.  Kansas was a little further than I wanted to venture for this afternoon trip.  I know that storm activity is predicted all week in the Denver area so I’m anticipating that there will more more to come this week.

Tornado cloud activity on the Eastern Plains of Colorado near Bennett, Colorado

Rural Disturbance – Tornado Activity on the eastern plains of Colorado – Click to Enlarge/Purchase

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Sneffels Range

My apologies for the lack of posts lately. Life’s events have taken over the last few weeks and hopefully it will get back to normal soon. I haven’t gotten out to shoot as much as I’ve wanted to but definitely have the itch to do something creative again. I have some creative projects on my list of ideas and so now it’s time to make one of those projects happen.

This image is the Sneffels Range located in San Juan Mountains just outside of Telluride, Colorado and was shot near the Last Dollar Ranch. The storm clouds were rolling out from storm that hit that morning in the Telluride area and it made for a spectacular afternoon of moving cloud goodness! The afternoon sun created a nice warmth to the scene and lit the mountain range perfectly just as the clouds were rolling over.

I do have a Colorado Fall Colors Photography Tour coming up in September of this year and so I’ve been starting to do some of the final planning around the trip. There is still an opening if you are thinking about a fall photography tour this year. I would love to have you out here in Colorado and show you around so you can see beautiful scenery such as the Sneffels Range shown in this image.

The Sneffels Range in the San Juan Mountains just outside of Telluride, Colorado  http://wp.me/p2Z3tt-1rd

Sneffels Range near Telluride, Colorado | Click to Enlarge

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Full Moon Rising over the Divide

I’m taking you back a few years with this image.  This is Jones Pass here in Colorado.  I took this venture with Justin Balog.  Such a great day and this image has almost everything you would want in an image, except maybe a reflection.  It was taken at sunset and so the clouds have some of the warmth from the sun on the right, full moon rising on the left and mountains off in the distance, the Continental Divide, and snow on the ground.  It was our perfect storm.  I remember distinctly fighting with myself, do I capture the sunset or the full moon rising and there I was running from one side of the mountain to the other to try to capture both and then stopping in the middle to capture this panorama.  You can read more about the adventure in previous posts.

Full Moon Rising at Sunset at Jones Pass Overlooking the Continental Divide.

Full Moon Rising at Sunset at Jones Pass Overlooking the Continental Divide | Click to Enlarge

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Red Rocks

It was New Year’s Day and my wife and I, but mostly our dog Bella, were feeling a little cooped up so we decided to head out for a hike. There was still some snow on the ground near our house so we decided to head out to Mount Falcon Park to see if there was any snow out near Red Rocks Park and to see if I could capture the park with some snow on the ground. When we reached the park the area was pretty much dry. It looks like we had more snow out east then they did on the western part of town.

Mount Falcon Park is part of the Jefferson County Park system and has some extensive trails, great for view of the city and over Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater. Some of the trails have quite a bit of elevation gain and so it makes it a great training ground for climbing 14K ft. peaks.

Just around sunset this day the clouds starting rolling in over the park toward Denver making for some dynamic skies! I was able to find an opening along the path and captured Red Rocks Park just as the late afternoon sun started to glow against the rocks and as the clouds formed over head.

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater viewed from Mount Falcon Park

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The main reason I love this park is views of Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater.  Red Rocks is the only naturally occurring, acoustically perfect amphitheatre in the world. It is an amazing concert venue and something you should experience if you are in the area during concert season. One of the most amazing concerts I’ve seen there was the  famous U2 – Under the Blood Red Sky Tour.  Here is U2 Live at Red Rocks – Part 1.

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