Latourell Falls B/WOne of the many Columbia Gorge icons... Flowing water in black and white feels more liquid than wet, it's unnerving influence is more obvious.
Painted Wall - B/WThis was part of the mad run around the Grand Mesa and the Uncompaghre Plateau this fall. I'd only been into the Portal area of the Black Canyon, which the area along the canyon floor, a few years ago. Catching a sunset on the Painted Wall this year was an incredible experience.
Half Dome B/WThe Yosemite icon... I've worked on this image quite a bit to get the best balance possible. The granite, clear dry air, and early evening sun provided perfect elements for this composition.
Island in the Sky B/WThis has been a favorite image from this past year of shooting. It was a surprise and delightful shock pulling it out of the camera after processing so many good images from my summer trip. In black and white it still brings a radiance that is hard to describe.
Fence Line B/W
Glacier Point B/WThat time, when you tried to focus on too many moments instead just enjoying them all in their entirety?! Yeah, don't ever do that again,,,
Taylor Pass - B/WTwo summers ago I made my first "BIG" exploration of Colorado on a motorcycle. Yes, I'd traveled extensively through the state on two wheels, but I'd never taken a multi-day ride, knowing I would be camping, and exploring many sites that I had not yet seen. Taylor Pass was an afterthought, and a very poor decision on my part. It's a beautiful Pass, just south of Aspen leading into Taylor Park. The problem is, it is a trail that has been heavily rutted over the years and is best suited to atvs, mountain bikes, or much lighter and more nimble motorcycles. I didn't have any of those. This stream appears on the bottom of the Pass, and it sat perfectly in the afternoon light this Fall, as I was out chasing Aspens.
Mt. Zirkel Wilderness B/WThat time, when another transition was taking place and I needed to escape to my viewfinder? My son was graduating college, a new relationship was forming, and I didn't handle any of it too well. But, that weekend created some of my favorite images, this being just one.
Mt. Evans - Mosquito RangeThere are multiple names for multiple peaks, rivers, creeks and passes throughout the west and particularly in Colorado. While one Mt. Evans makes a dramatic backdrop for the urban skyline, this one is nestled high in the central rockies between the historic mining claims of Leadville, Placer, Alma and Fairplay. Modernity of course can not be held at bay and 21st century lineman have added their mark to the high country, anticipating a future that we surly bring more people to these locations.
Elk River, Waking Up - Black and White
Maroon Bells - Black and WhiteI’ve shot more black and white images the past two months it seems than I have most of the year. Bright, contrasting light, and heavy shading seem to be the prerequisite for black and white. So, that means shooting in the middle of the day, in places with lots of angles and shade.Maroon Bells - Black and White
Kit Carson and Challenger over Star Dune
Socked InDriving into the valley in the early morning I knew I was in for a different sight. The clouds wouldn’t move, they just hung there and lazily shifted from one position to the next. The snow got deeper and deeper as the road climbed and when I finally parked, what few stars had followed the drive were now completely blanked out.The sunrise didn’t really change the clouds disposition and the few times they lifted, they still let very little sun in.
Maroon Bells - DetailShot at ISO 100 I F/4 I 1/500 sec. @ 135mm
Buttes and Pinnacles B/WDetail the buttes and pinnacles found within Buck Canyon.
Lewis Lake - Medicine Bow National ForestMy first trip to the Medicine Bow was late fall, 1989. We’d gone looking for a hot spring that existed in the little town of Saratoga, and on the way found a place that would hold my attention and imagination for many, many years before I was able to return to it. I seem to make yearly visits now, even though I know it should be much, much more often. I’d planned this trip specifically to shot the Milky Way, and a few hours later as the with the darkening skies and calming winds I found the light I was looking for.
Lake Marie - Morning ReflectionsTruly one of my favorite compositions in my two years of photography. The stillness of the morning, the reflection in the lake, the details in the foreground and the depth of it all. And, its black and white. I can’t ask for much more in a photograph.
Horseshoe Bend - B&WSometimes we just need the contrast, it is beautiful.
Saint Louis Cemetery #2 - AngelsIt doesn’t seem to be a trip to New Orleans with out visiting the cemeteries. These places still function, families still place loved ones in the crypts, the bulwark and brick still does it’s job of protecting and ushering those loved ones on.
hidden places...Peering between a set of wrought iron bars, I wasn’t sure what the camera would capture. Looking over it after returning to Denver, I’m really happy with what the camera saw.
Pennsylvania Mountain Three panel, vertical panorama, shot on the DJI Mavic Air.
Sangre de Christo's MythSitting in a Ponderosa pine tree, starring south, journal in my hand, trying to explain to my brother just exactly what I was looking at; Pikes Peak to the east, a national forest to the north, the Continental Divide to the west, and the Sangre de Christos to the south. I was a sublime July evening, the soft light of dusk quickly rushing in, and the rich aromas of the tree warming themselves around me…At 21, we just can’t really make any predictions. Twice that time and a decade later so much is different. I haven’t had the chance to explore that range like I’d written in that letter, but there has been a richness nonetheless.
Mt. Evans - PanoramaColorado’s 14er’s pose a number of challenges when trying to photograph them. Composition is certainly the most difficult, because how does one actually capture the scale of something so big?! Often times the best vantage point is from the top, where you can see the rest of the world lay out in front of you. High and away perspectives are also impressive, once the realm of aerial photography alone, today’s drone imaging have opened up a whole new world for hobbyist photographers, and I have a few of those yet to share. This image is neither of those two. It is a simple panorama, 7 images stitched together, taken from the trail of the Squaw Pass Fire tower.