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Lake Vallecito
Lake Vallecito
Aspen Slumber
Aspen Slumber
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Some Stillness - 2017
Some Stillness - 2017
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Self Portrait on the South Platte
Self Portrait on the South Platte
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Mt. Evans - Mosquito Range
Mt. Evans - Mosquito Range
Frozen Platte River - Hartsel
Frozen Platte River - Hartsel
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Into the Woods
Into the Woods
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Winter Aspens III (Sunrise)
Winter Aspens III (Sunrise)
Storm on Top
Storm on Top
Timing
Timing
Spruce and Snow
Spruce and Snow
Still in slumber...
Still in slumber...
Just beneath...
Just beneath...
Elk River, Waking Up
Elk River, Waking Up
While you were looking the other way...
While you were looking the other way...
Upper Yampa Sunrise - Still
Upper Yampa Sunrise - Still
Golden Beckons Spring
Golden Beckons Spring
Mineral Point - Crested Butte
Mineral Point - Crested Butte
That Old Trail
That Old Trail
Mystic Sunset
Mystic Sunset
Sleeping Giant
Sleeping Giant
Mid-Winter Days
Mid-Winter Days
Mystic Post
Mystic Post
Mt. Evans - a January Sunset
Mt. Evans - a January Sunset
Mt. Evans - a January Sunset
Mt. Evans - a January Sunset
Mt. Evans - a January Sunset
Mt. Evans - a January Sunset
Loveland Pass - Dawn Patrol
Loveland Pass - Dawn Patrol
The Citadel - Winter
The Citadel - Winter
Loveland Pass - Downside
Loveland Pass - Downside
Keystone Ski Area
Keystone Ski Area
Grizzly Peak - Sunrise
Grizzly Peak - Sunrise
Gore Range
Gore Range
Continental Divide - Winter
Continental Divide - Winter
Last One Standing
Last One Standing
Elk River - Slumber
Elk River - Slumber
The Citadel - Winter
The Citadel - Winter
The More Barn
The More Barn
Elk River Slumber
Elk River Slumber
Sleeping Giant - Reposting Too
Sleeping Giant - Reposting Too
Hahns Peak
Hahns Peak
Mt. Werner - Profile
Mt. Werner - Profile
Buffalo Pass
Buffalo Pass
Continental Divide
Continental Divide
Mt. Evans
Mt. Evans
Valley of the Sun No Frame
Valley of the Sun No Frame
Valley of the Sun - Tumult
Valley of the Sun - Tumult
Valley of the Sun - Tumult
Valley of the Sun - Tumult
Valley of the Sun - Tumult
Valley of the Sun - Tumult
Valley of the Sun - Sunday Morning
Valley of the Sun - Sunday Morning
Georgia Pass
Georgia Pass
Grounding
Grounding
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Lake Vallecito
Lake Vallecito New Years Day, 2017  This was the first picture of the year, and arguably, or ironically, one of my favorites.  I was visiting my close friend Lisa in southwestern Colorado, and we decided to finally venture out after a very long, lazy day.  The lake was steely cold, and the storm clouds overhead only blew the faintest breeze on the lake's surface.  This one capture. in the break from the water's ripples, created a near perfect mirror for the tumultuous sky beating above.
Aspen Slumber
Aspen SlumberThis was my first piece in a show, and it did win 1st Place for the photography. I couldn't have been happier or prouder, and simply was completely surprised.This is a lone grove of Aspens, sitting in a low saddle at the top of the plateau overlooking the Colorado River.  Arguably this wasn't the composition I was looking for.  I wanted a flatter scene, one with more snow, and fewer distractions. We'd been driving north, towards Steamboat, when a quick turn onto the old State Road brought us high on a hill, and this scene appeared.  The high clouds of the day cast a harsh light which ultimately created the separation in the scene I had originally been looking for.  So, if was a matter of frame the grove and finding the effective settings on the camera that would complete the composition.  It was a harried day to be sure, the later start lead to some frustration, but this was a calmness in the day that was desperately needed.  Unfortunately the tensions of the day carried through the next 36 hours, and even though there were breaks and some other, still beautiful images captured, that frantic pace of the day mimicked the frantic pace of a new relationship, and ultimately it was the casualty of the of all the tension, all the harshness. 16" x 24" aluminum print.  This is the full image, final piece is cropped to highlight the Aspens
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Some Stillness - 2017
Some Stillness - 2017The Elk River near Clark Colorado is quickly becoming one of my favorite places. This was my first real attempt at a long-exposure image, that was to me successful. This image was a bit of a turning point for me, it reminded me that capturing an image does take patience. You have to be invested all the way if you really want to capture something special. Yes, some images are just "instant," timing is in fact everything. But this took more than timing and I am really satisfied with the results.
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Self Portrait on the South Platte
Self Portrait on the South PlatteI've been driving past this intersection for 30 years.  This was my first experience with the Rocky Mountains when I moved to Colorado in 1988.  It was desolate, vast, and beautiful.  My friends Cheryl and Jeff wondered why I didn't sleep as the little Jeep Cherokee hurdled across the empty space on our to ski, but I couldn't, I was fascinated by the sprawling frozen landscape outside that thin piece of glass.  Little did I know that 30 years later I'd be sitting on the side of the road, a stretch of highway I know quite well, taking pictures in a breathtaking sunset, ready to step out into my life's next adventure.
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Mt. Evans - Mosquito Range
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.
Frozen Platte River - Hartsel
Frozen Platte River - HartselLight cirrus clouds, timed with the low angle winter light allowed the Mosquito Range to jump out. The light was able to find the right places, and the subtlety of a black and white image softened the whole scene.Happy to print this on 13X19 paper for the Forest Service office out of Fairplay, Colorado. Thank you to Kristen for reaching out.
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Into the Woods
Into the WoodsMy older brother introduced me to Broadway musicals while we were making a cross country journey.  This was significant for many reasons, the greatest being a deeper understanding and connection to my brother, and it would set the course for my life.  We were driving to Colorado which would become my home and new life.
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Winter Aspens III (Sunrise)
Winter Aspens III (Sunrise)
Storm on Top
Storm on Top
Timing
TimingI've been working on balancing patience and persistence while my photography unfolds.  This shot was about both; being at the right place, at the right time, and having the sense to genuinely appreciate both.
Spruce and Snow
Spruce and SnowThe Continental Divide dominates Fraser County.  You enter from the south, climbing over Berthoud Pass.  The Divide, to the east, is full of dramatic chutes and colliers, all dotted with dense Spruce and Ponderosa.  The recent snows added white, with changing weather provided clouds and light and adding the intensity.
Still in slumber...
Still in slumber...Originally shot in January, 2017, I decided to reshoot this composition to see if my technique had improved with a year of experience.  I do feel this is a better image, and I was much more thoughtful about the technical side of the image.  And, I was fortunate enough to capture it in roughly the same light; high clouds  and a high early afternoon sun created a flat, bright light, knocking out most of the shadows, but allowing intense contrast.  
Just beneath...
Just beneath...My best model, the Elk River, Clark Colorado
Elk River, Waking Up
Elk River, Waking Up10 degree temperatures, a river flowing under a still, and heavy blanket of ice and snow.  High, and violent clouds playing in the morning light.  The Elk is a favorite of mine.  This image is far more than I could have imaged from this morning.
While you were looking the other way...
While you were looking the other way... There is a stretch of the Yampa River that bends ever so much as it flows east out of Steamboat Springs, that a perfect framing of Mt. Werner is produced.  I've shared an image of this composition already, and even though that original composition is good, I know a better one exists.  So, whenever I am in Steamboat, I head over to this setting to try to capture "the" shot.  Every time that I am there, I have peer down stream, wonder what "that" composition might reveal.  On this particular evening, I found this; Golden and brown light, a long-exposure which cast a molten light on the river.  
Upper Yampa Sunrise - Still
Upper Yampa Sunrise - StillI can't decide if my time lapses are documenting my still landscapes,  or if my still landscapes are documenting my time lapses.  Either way I enjoy have two cameras and I enjoy the technical challenges of composing different scenes from the same settings.  This was one of those moments where watching the river and clouds flow, while the sun was rising, really didn't need to end.  I'd been up for three hours at this point hoping to capture the Milky Way. But these clouds that were creating such a beautiful sunrise had already thwarted the night sky.  At least the tree looks peaceful contemplating it's reflection.
Golden Beckons Spring
Golden Beckons SpringThe deceiving party about this image is that it was early February, and it was 9 degrees out; and, it was absolutely gorgeous.  I can't get enough of the Elk River.
Mineral Point - Crested Butte
Mineral Point - Crested ButteAn iconic scene above the town of Crested Butte, in the heart of Colorado's Rockies.  I have only spent time in Crested Butte during the summer and fall, either riding through on the motorcycle or out catching the Aspens turning color.  It is a beautiful little town, in an isolated valley.  It is truly one of those places I wished I had more memories of, and something I would loved to have found when I first moved to Colorado.
That Old Trail
That Old TrailCrested Butte offers so many, many sites and vistas, and winter adds a layer to the beauty that already feels limitless. This Forest Road leads out along the East River into the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness to the north and east of town. After a short hike out along this path, the road back in rewards the walk with this view.
Mystic Sunset
Mystic SunsetIt would be a cliche, but this is actually the name of this ghost town, and yes it is a sunset. It is a faint remnant of the ranching heritage that used to dominate Routte County, and under a blazing winter sky, it’s easy to see the appeal of these wide open spaces.
Sleeping Giant
Sleeping GiantA familiar and dominant feature north and east of Steamboat Springs, loosely framed by the fence line and covered in snow, the cloudy sky offered a rich, diffused light, highlighting the details in the wire, post and snow.
Mid-Winter Days
Mid-Winter DaysHigh, diffuse light, reflecting off of snow…Lonesome, fragile fence line, mocked by time…Simpler beauty than most.
Mystic Post
Mystic PostIt would be a cliche, but this is actually the name of this ghost town, and yes it is a sunset. It is a faint remnant of the ranching heritage that used to dominate Routte County, and under a blazing winter sky, it’s easy to see the appeal of these wide open spaces.
Mt. Evans - a January Sunset
Mt. Evans - a January SunsetJanuary, especially the end of it, holds anniversaries for many of my life’s transitions. I always hope to embrace these transitions, and grow from the experience they’ve offered me. This one is no exception.
Mt. Evans - a January Sunset
Mt. Evans - a January SunsetJanuary, especially the end of it, holds anniversaries for many of my life’s transitions. I always hope to embrace these transitions, and grow from the experience they’ve offered me. This one is no exception.
Mt. Evans - a January Sunset
Mt. Evans - a January SunsetJanuary, especially the end of it, holds anniversaries for many of my life’s transitions. I always hope to embrace these transitions, and grow from the experience they’ve offered me. This one is no exception.
Loveland Pass - Dawn Patrol
Loveland Pass - Dawn PatrolMy skiing days seem like a distant memory anymore. Waking early with Andrew and Tanner, piling in the truck and heading out into the dark to make our way for a few precious hours in the snow. We never took the time to stop for this site, that is a choice I will always think about.
The Citadel - Winter
The Citadel - WinterI posted a summer scene of this composition not too long ago. That was a sunset image, this is with the very first light of the day.
Loveland Pass - Downside
Loveland Pass - DownsideThis is a vertical panorama. The camera is kept in the same horizontal frame, but the shots are taken at low, middle and high positions, elevating the camera after each shot by about 1/3 of the frame. The end product is a much large file, so a lot more detail is evident, and an elongated perspective is created.
Keystone Ski Area
Keystone Ski AreaWe’d camp overnight, under a cold blanket of stars. Wake early enough for cinnamon rolls in the oven, and scraping the frost off of the windows. Some memories are deeper than others.
Grizzly Peak - Sunrise
Grizzly Peak - SunriseTo the east of Loveland Pass you can hike a ridge that takes you to Cupid and Grizzly Peaks, before descending a saddle and climbing again to Grey’s and Torrey’s, two of Colorado’s 14er’s. My good friend James and I completed this route a little over six years ago. It was a beautiful morning, windy, but not cold, as most late summer mornings are.Waiting for the sun to finally break the ridge and capture a muted sunstar I watched a few different groups make the winter trek up this ridge. It seemed like a good way to spend the morning.
Gore Range
Gore RangeI’ve taken a few images of this mountain range, locate between Frisco and Kremmling, but I’ve never been able to explore it. The northern end is cut through by the Colorado River, while the southern end reaches to I-70 before being cut off. Easily covering 300 square miles, it is mainly accessible by foot, and this is only in the summer. Winter’s fury takes its toll, but a beautiful fury it is.
Continental Divide - Winter
Continental Divide - WinterAt one time, you were allowed to sleep in the parking lots for the different ski areas. Arapahoe Basin was the last ski area to ban that activity. We’d spend the night in the department of transportation lot, as it was still on National Forest land, so overnight camping was permitted. It’s an incredible sight, the number of people crowding the slopes today. I miss skiing, but I miss the camaraderie with my Andrew and Tanner more.This happens to be a long exposure, but not that long, only 5 seconds, but the clouds were moving faster than usual this morning.
Last One Standing
Last One StandingLonely pine standing down winter, at the foot of Mt. Evans.
Elk River - Slumber
Elk River - SlumberOne of my favorite subjects, the little Elk River near Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The past two years I’ve been able to photograph open water, but this year’s accumulation of snow isn’t about to give way just yet. I just this with the drone, it is a 4 image vertical panorama, as the Mavic Air cannot rotate it’s camera to get a vertical image.
The Citadel - Winter
The Citadel - Winter
The More Barn
The More BarnSteamboat Springs’ iconic More Barn, at the end of the day, the glow finally revealed itself.
Elk River SlumberMy first attempt at a fully edited video. I filmed portions of the Elk River with a Mavic Air drone, and assembled the footage in Premiere Pro.
Sleeping Giant - Reposting Too
Sleeping Giant - Reposting TooI definitely premeditated this shot…
Hahns Peak
Hahns PeakEasy to be distracted by the bigger, more beautiful object. Letting our sight work over the scene, we can reveal the other beauties.
Mt. Werner - Profile
Mt. Werner - ProfileHiking in on snowcat trails, taking in the quiet and calm of the freshly fallen snow of Buffalo Pass. Mt. Werner stands as a somber edifice over the Yampa Valley. Not always viewed from this angle, and in this dress, it is still a beautiful sight.
Buffalo PassA second edit from a recent Steamboat trip.
Continental Divide
Continental DivideViewed from Squaw Pass Road, in the setting February sun.
Mt. Evans
Mt. EvansThe closest 14’er to downtown Denver, Mt. Evans also provides a paved route all the way to the top. Though I’ve climbed it, on a few occasions, I’ve never driven or ridden it. That will change this summer.
Valley of the Sun No FrameContinuing to work on gathering interesting drone footage and combing it into an engaging story. Footage gathered on a ridge above Alma, Colorado.Shot with a DJI Mavic Air, using the Skyreet ND32PL filter. Edited in Premiere Pro.
Valley of the Sun - Tumult
Valley of the Sun - TumultWhile waiting for the night sky, I was able to capture some drone footage and take in another beautiful and brilliant Colorado sunset. This one took place on top of Valley of the Sun, near Alma, Colorado.
Valley of the Sun - Tumult
Valley of the Sun - TumultWhile waiting for the night sky, I was able to capture some drone footage and take in another beautiful and brilliant Colorado sunset. This one took place on top of Valley of the Sun, near Alma, Colorado.
Valley of the Sun - Tumult
Valley of the Sun - Tumult While waiting for the night sky, I was able to capture some drone footage and take in another beautiful and brilliant Colorado sunset. This one took place on top of Valley of the Sun, near Alma, Colorado.
Valley of the Sun - Sunday Morning
Valley of the Sun - Sunday MorningWhy it get’s its name…
Georgia Pass
Georgia PassOur sunrises do light up… Mt. Guyot stands as a sentinel of South Park. With Georgia Pass on its east flank, the rises steadily on its left shoulder, a sheer and straight climb. I still need to summit it, I want to know its views.
Grounding
GroundingSeeing through the inversion, as the sun is rising. Longer lines than normal, greater distortion than imaginable, but the light, full and floating; a life of its own.
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