Gothic Downstream
Gothic Downstream
Clusters
Clusters
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The Bells - 2016
The Bells - 2016
I thought I missed you...
I thought I missed you...
Gothic Downstream - 2017
Gothic Downstream - 2017
Kebler Pass - Pando 4 Detail
Kebler Pass - Pando 4 Detail
Kebler Pass - Pando Detail
Kebler Pass - Pando Detail
Kebler Pass - Pando 1
Kebler Pass - Pando 1
Taylor Pass - Color
Taylor Pass - Color
Last Rush - Ohio Pass
Last Rush - Ohio Pass
Kebler Pass - Pando 4
Kebler Pass - Pando 4
East River - 2017
East River - 2017
Kebler Pass - Pando 2
Kebler Pass - Pando 2
Somerset - Fall 2018
Somerset - Fall 2018
Autumn Reflecting - Detail
Autumn Reflecting - Detail
Somerset - Wallpaper
Somerset - Wallpaper
Somerset - Sunstar
Somerset - Sunstar
a softer light
a softer light
Chaotic State
Chaotic State
the dj hit repeat...
the dj hit repeat...
Courthouse - Closeup
Courthouse - Closeup
Dancing Nancies...
Dancing Nancies...
Courthouse
Courthouse
CR-7 - Panorama
CR-7 - Panorama
CR-7
CR-7
Ophir Aspens
Ophir Aspens
Last Dollar - Aspen Panorama I
Last Dollar - Aspen Panorama I
Autumn's Layers
Autumn's Layers
Last Dollar Road - Detail
Last Dollar Road - Detail
Mt. Wilson - Sunset Panorama
Mt. Wilson - Sunset Panorama
Last Dollar Road - Detail
Last Dollar Road - Detail
Mt. Wilson - a light at the end
Mt. Wilson - a light at the end
Last Dollar Road - Aspen Panorama
Last Dollar Road - Aspen Panorama
the Brother's Grimm...
the Brother's Grimm...
Autumn Colors - I
Autumn Colors - I
the Brothers Grim - detail
the Brothers Grim - detail
Autumn Colors - II
Autumn Colors - II
Autumn Colors - III
Autumn Colors - III
Mt. Wilson
Mt. Wilson
The Castle - Ohio Pass
The Castle - Ohio Pass
South Park - Last Harvest
South Park - Last Harvest
Wintery Pines
Wintery Pines
Leftover Color
Leftover Color
Kebler Pass - Pando 3
Kebler Pass - Pando 3
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Gothic Downstream
Gothic DownstreamOn one of my first, "photography" specific trips, I encountered less than ideal conditions.  I had just purchased my camera, and I had just had a biopsy on what would eventually be a melanoma on my left cheek, so I was not only self-conscious about the sutures, but I was also nervous about the photography.  The is the valley that is formed by the East River as it drains the basin near Gothic, Colorado.  Dirty light and low hanging clouds, and a  photographer who had no idea of what he was doing - I'll value this image for a very long time I hope.
Clusters
ClustersAspen groves are in fact a single entity with multiple shoots. Watching the groups change in their individual ways is fascinating.  This group on Buzzard Gap, near Somerset in the Gunnison National Forest is no exception.  
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The Bells - 2016
The Bells - 2016This was actually my second trip to Aspen for the fall colors.  The first was accidental, and I went begrudgingly.  On my motorcycle and with only my iPhone, I just want to "see what all the commotion" was about surrounding the Maroon Bells.  I can only say that I'm embarrassed it took 28 Autumns to get there.  This trip I was carrying the Sony a68, and truthfully had no idea what I was doing with it.  The stillness of the water, I'll probably never experience that again.
I thought I missed you...
I thought I missed you...I had a name for this image earlier.  While driving to my optometrist a name "popped" into my head and I was thrilled with it.  Now it's gone, and I feel like the image will suffer if I don't give it a good name.  By opening the lens as wide as possible, and by keeping the shutter speed fast, and dark image is generated because the camera was focusing on two, tiny stalks of grass.  Light was hitting them, though faintly; yet the illumination is definite and distinct.
Gothic Downstream - 2017
Gothic Downstream - 2017A re-imaging of one of my favorites from 2016.  The conditions were nearly identical, but the technical control of the camera was completely different.  This was shot in RAW file format instead of JPEG, so there was much more camera information, and it was processed in Lightroom instead of SnapSeed.  I like both, equally.  The each represent such different asked of my photographic development.
Kebler Pass - Pando 4 Detail
Kebler Pass - Pando 4 DetailFallen Aspen, ferns, and a loan Pine tree added to the composition.  A low aspect offers a different point of view, I'm a bit shocked I didn't get on the ground more than I did.
Kebler Pass - Pando Detail
Kebler Pass - Pando DetailThe slope of the land allows for shots into the middle and the tops of the trees, combined with more focus stacking the view draws me in.  I want to be there, now. 
Kebler Pass - Pando 1
Kebler Pass - Pando 1Pando, the Latin word for "spread" is how and Aspen grove is described.  Aspens groves are a single organism and are considered to be some of the world's largest organisms.  Fungi are actually the largest.  This particular colony on Kebler Pass, in the West Elks of Colorado is majestic as any, and contains such amazing hues of yellow and gold alike.  This image is my first attempt at focus stacking, combining multiple images shot at different focus points, in this case four, to create a depth and effect that is impossible for single exposure to capture. I have a few more of these to capture this fall, though I am so happy with this one.
Taylor Pass - Color
Taylor Pass - Color
Last Rush - Ohio Pass
Last Rush - Ohio PassA last, lost image from Ohio Pass.  I got focused on some of the other aspects of this gallery, and wanted to retrace some of my steps. This one has such a compelling line, and depth,  it takes me immediately back to the forests "up-North."
Kebler Pass - Pando 4
Kebler Pass - Pando 4Pando, the Latin word for "spread" is how and Aspen grove is described.  Aspens groves are a single organism and are considered to be some of the world's largest organisms.  Fungi are actually the largest.  This particular colony on Kebler Pass, in the West Elks of Colorado is majestic as any, and contains such amazing hues of yellow and gold alike.  This image is 11 images at various focal lengths stacked together with Photoshop to create a focused image that draws the viewer in.  I completed a number of these compositions on this trip; it is a technique I am coming to enjoy for the challenge and the complexity of the image it creates.
East River - 2017
East River - 2017East River - 2017 The East River drains the basin surrounding the historic community of Gothic, just north and east of Crested Butte, at the foot of Schofield Pass.  This conjunction of the Sawatch and Elk mountains offers some of Colorado’s most rugged and wild beauty. The high Aspens that are so prominent just a few miles west along Kelber Pass are less frequent, but this is heart of wildflower country.  And in the winter, it is a legendary experience. So finding this assortment of yellow and orange peeking out of these smaller groves was a welcome surprise. This is certainly a scene I will be returning to in the coming years, it is warrants the opportunity to present it self in as many possibly lights as it can. It’s also an interesting take on the idea of illusion.  I feel that fundamentally humans are optimistic. We go into most situations hopeful. We go into most situations helpful. We do also tend to make decisions that protect our self-interests, and when that happens it may make us look selfish.  When it fact it really just show who and what were are; complicated creatures, each trying our best to make meaning of each situation as they evolve around us. A setting like the East River is so emblematic of this duality.  What do we see, and what do we want to see, those can be and are often times two very, very different things.  A setting like this changes seasonally, and a it changes with ever shifting light. People and relationships can do the same; they can shift over longer periods of time, and they can shift moment to moment.  I know that I held onto the illusion of relationship far longer than I held onto the actual relationship. We are all certainly guilty of this, so maybe the practice is to move more gracefully with these changes.  To worry less of the illusion and expectation and to place more value in the moment, and seeing the beauty in the ever changing conditions and light.  
Kebler Pass - Pando 2
Kebler Pass - Pando 2Pando, the Latin word for "spread" is how an Aspen grove is described. Aspens groves are a single organism and are considered to be some of the world's largest organisms. Fungi are actually the largest.This particular colony on Kebler Pass, in the West Elks of Colorado is majestic as any, and contains such amazing hues of yellow and gold alike. This image is 11 images at various focal lengths stacked together with Photoshop to create a focused image that draws the viewer in. I completed a number of these compositions on this trip; it is a technique I am coming to enjoy for the challenge and the complexity of the image it creates.
Somerset - Fall 2018
Somerset - Fall 2018 That ONE shot. I’ve been chasing these colors and this light for three years.
Autumn Reflecting - Detail
Autumn Reflecting - DetailI think this is my favorite of the fall, as it was so completely unexpected.
Somerset - Wallpaper
Somerset - WallpaperA crop, from a panorama created during sunrise, September 29th. I rode passed this spot four years ago, while on a tour of the state. I’d never taken a specific trip in all my years in Colorado to see the colors changing, and in this specific moment I was too focused on the dirt road and was looking forward to the road ahead. This was the trip that put my on the journey that I am now, seeking out color, seeking out light. This image sits on my phone, as a reminder of the importance of that journey, and as a marker of where that journey has taken me, and how I long to continue on it.
Somerset - Sunstar
Somerset - SunstarAn effect of the lens… the aperture blades of the lens dictate the shape, pattern and number of rays on the starburst effect. Sometimes a hard horizon or vertical line is required to bring out the full effect, other times it’s simply the characteristic of the lens. In this case, it is all lens, as this lens begins to render them at around F/13.
a softer light
a softer light
Chaotic State
Chaotic StateThe Aspens, the ferns, the Conifers and the underbrush; each stand in front of a granite face bathed in that autumnal light that makes everything glow.
the dj hit repeat...
the dj hit repeat...One of my favorites, I decided to shoot it in brighter light this year. The colors are remarkably familiar, and similar, with the addition of the blues in the sky. I shot this with a wide open lens, f/2.8, in order to get focus on the foreground trees, and I love the distortion of the wide angle lens even more.Last years image was titled “damn love song,” a Kris Delmhorst title. It was appropriate last year, but still holds a lot of meaning now.
Courthouse - Closeup
Courthouse - Closeup
Dancing Nancies...
Dancing Nancies...Two images, that already had motion in them because of a longer exposure, about 10 seconds, and the gusts blowing the canopy around while the foregrounds trunks stayed in placed. The images were then blended together, to give even greater motion to the canopy. Movement, getting drawn into the motion, sitting in the scene; isn’t that what artists want us to do?
Courthouse
CourthouseA childhood full of western lore, and the icons the made it famous. Another scene from that past, again with the movies, and today the moody colors play to a different time. How I love the west, and how I got here.
CR-7 - Panorama
CR-7 - PanoramaA shot I’ve been hoping to compose for the fall. The alpine glow was more fleeting this morning than usual, but capturing it in that moment was nonetheless breathtaking. To shoot this in the winter will be true challenge, but I’m looking forward to that opportunity, and many more in the fall.
CR-7
CR-7Mt. Sneffels is one of the more challenging peaks in Colorado’s 14’er pantheon. I haven’t climbed it, and not sure if I will at this point. The Blue Lakes and the Yankee Boy Basin that surround it offer epic scenery, and wildflower vistas that I do intend to take advantage of.This spot, in Ouray County is well photographed, and leaves little to desire. It’s near the area known as the Dallas Divide, close to the famous Last Dollar Road, setting for the movie “True Grit.”
Ophir Aspens
Ophir Aspens
Last Dollar - Aspen Panorama I
Last Dollar - Aspen Panorama I
Autumn's Layers
Autumn's LayersOne of the stands of Aspen on the Last Dollar Road; sitting with it for an hour to watch the light and shadows play. These are the layers that make autumn beautiful. Focus stacked, five images blended together, shot at 200mm to create a depth with the light.
Last Dollar Road - Detail
Last Dollar Road - Detail
Mt. Wilson - Sunset Panorama
Mt. Wilson - Sunset Panorama
Last Dollar Road - Detail
Last Dollar Road - Detail
Mt. Wilson - a light at the end
Mt. Wilson - a light at the endthe sequel to “the worst heart to break is your own…”Life circles around us, people return, but the past can’t be relived. Patterns have to be changed so we don’t repeat them; the groves we wear into our lives can stabilize us, and they can burden us.
Last Dollar Road - Aspen Panorama
Last Dollar Road - Aspen Panorama
the Brother's Grimm...
the Brother's Grimm...
Autumn Colors - I
Autumn Colors - IThis reminds me of home, of Northern Michigan, of Charlevoix. Damp autumn days, soft mud, harvests coming in. Yet, this is lodged high in the Rocky Mountains, and world and a lifetime apart.Because of it’s depth, intimacy and familiarity, this is my favorite image of the fall. It was a simple, single image shot without a tripod. I used the widest aperture of this lens, to emphasize the distant group of trees, and allow the foreground to present a softer, inviting presence.
the Brothers Grim - detail
the Brothers Grim - detail
Autumn Colors - II
Autumn Colors - IIThis reminds me of home, of Northern Michigan, of Charlevoix. Damp autumn days, soft mud, harvests coming in. Yet, this is lodged high in the Rocky Mountains, and world and a lifetime apart.
Autumn Colors - III
Autumn Colors - IIIThis reminds me of home, of Northern Michigan, of Charlevoix. Damp autumn days, soft mud, harvests coming in. Yet, this is lodged high in the Rocky Mountains, and world and a lifetime apart.
Mt. Wilson
Mt. WilsonOddly enough this was not the feature I thought I would be shooting this summer and fall. I love the compositions and lighting the presented themselves, something about taking things in as they are, and accepting what is offered.
The Castle - Ohio Pass
The Castle - Ohio PassThis is a single image taken while creating a series of panoramas of the Castle, a popular and noted feature on the Ohio Pass Road between Crested Butte and Gunnison. The clouds didn’t favor a lighted feature, but they did create a mood and tones that are not often replicated. Shot at 100mm for greater detail.
South Park - Last Harvest
South Park - Last HarvestThe framing is very subtle; glowing Aspens in the foreground create direction, guiding us to the illuminating beams on the last harvest of summer.
Wintery Pines
Wintery PinesIt isn’t really a winter scene, but it is a mountain scene, and because it is a mountain scene, that means winter can take place anytime of the year.I’d expected fog, and was hoping for more light. The snow and the stillness were a welcome surprise, real gifts when composing these images.
Leftover Color
Leftover ColorI wasn’t going to shoot here this fall, period. I wanted to shoot here, but the water in Maroon Lake is extremely low, and I’ve been so fortunate the past two autumns to capture beautiful light and the calmest water, that I thought I would let it go this year, that I would let other visitors and photographers have an opportunity to see this true cathedral. But, snow arrived in the High Country, and I couldn't pass on the opportunity to shoot the Bells in a very different light. Most of the morning was foggy and cloudy, which created beautiful contrast with the blue sky. The white piled on the mountain added to this contrast. Most of my larger compositions will be black and white, it just works so well. But, finding this lonely leaf, trapped in the still water of the creek gave me the opportunity to capture the elements that make Maroon Bells so memorable: color, reflections, and snow. A much smaller scale, but all three elements are there.
Kebler Pass - Pando 3
Kebler Pass - Pando 3Pando, the Latin word for "spread" is how and Aspen grove is described.  Aspens groves are a single organism and are considered to be some of the world's largest organisms.  Fungi are actually the largest.  This particular colony on Kebler Pass, in the West Elks of Colorado is as majestic as any, and contains such amazing hues of yellow and gold alike.  This image is 7 images at various focal lengths stacked together with Photoshop to create a focused image that draws the viewer in.  I completed a number of these compositions on this trip; it is a technique I am coming to enjoy for the challenge and the complexity of the image it creates.
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