I Love it and I hate it

Here is another photo that I really like and really hate.  Darn, I have a lot of those.  In this one, there is just way to much going on in the photo. When you look at the photo your eye is drawn to different points, the mountain, the tree in the foreground, and the clouds. There is other stuff.  By many not having a central point of interest would be considered a NoNo in photography.  But that is exactly why I like the photo. When printed in a rather large size, you don’t just look at it and walk away. Instead you study it. But that just might be me. – CLG CLG_211_September 10, 2014-155-Edit

Yep, I’m Still Alive and Kicking

A whole bunch of stuff has been happening that has kept me away from here. More about that another time. With a little luck, I’ll be doing a better job of keeping this blog up to date. On the positive side, I’ve lost over twenty pounds. There is a blogger that follows me and I follower her that will be very happy about that. While this has always been a photography blog now it will be also a video blog. Like before I’m not going to lecture people on what is the best equipment. I’ll just let you know what is happening to me and maybe you can get a couple of ideas on how to do and/or improve your videoing. Heck, maybe you can give me advice.  I still have a long ways to go before I’m considered an expert. Now when I do a photo shoot, besides shooting in what we consider the normal photo size, I also snap photos in the video format, 16 by 9.  That cuts down on editing.  Also I know exactly how the photo will look in the video. The photo attached is an example.

Note: I’m doing this from my iPad with a new App. I’ll probably have to clean it up later. Have a little patience with me. – Craig Getchius

“Walking Back”

Well, I have been on the road a lot as of late and a lot of time without internet service. I want to thank everyone for their messages, emails, comments and likes. Also enjoying hearing from all the Getchius across the country. Never realized there were so many of us. Hope to return to Fort Collins sometime next week. Then I promise to catch up with all my blogging friends.

Till then here is my favorite photo that I captured at Great Sand Dunes National Park. I titled it “Walking Back.” Actually this one of my all time favorite photos by me. I’m getting a lot of interest in this photo. Already copyrighted it. I’m on the road and downloading it. Hope it look good. Thanks for being here. Yep I miss everyone. CLG

Capture from Great Sand Dunes National Park

Capture from Great Sand Dunes National Park

We are getting some awesome photos here. Can’t wait to get back to Fort Collins and process them. This was post processed on location so am not sure exactly how well it will look. I will post the final version in a week or two. Internet is sparse in this location so will catch up with everyone in a day or two. CLG

View From The Devil’s Backbone

View From Devil's BackboneI took this little photo near the trailhead called Devil’s Backbone, just west of Loveland, Colorado.  This trail is a part of the trail system and open spaces in Colorado.  I love Colorado’s open spaces.  You can find open space inside town, just outside town, in the foothills and in the mountains.  This is great for photographers of all kinds. These open spaces are great for landscape photography, outdoor portraits and for photographing sports such as mountain biking.

Sometimes taking landscape photos can be very lonely.  That is not true when you are out on these Colorado trails. People you come across on the trails are usually very friendly and full of information.  Such people have really be helpful to a newbie like me.

The one thing that has surprised me on these trails in the county and city are the number of elderly women walking the trails by themselves.  They always seem to have a smile on their face.  What is a little scary is when I engage them in conversation I usually discover that their husbands have passed on.  Since most of these women are like in their early seventies it concerns me that their husbands if still alive would most likely just be ten or less years older than me.  I don’t like that. It just does’t seem possible that I have reached such an age.

Anyway, I love this photo.  I hope that my love of this photograph is because of the composition and not for the fact that on the day it was capture I was having a blast.  You see I was using my new camera, the Fujifilm X-E1 and quickly falling in love with it. Note, I am note recommending it to others. It is just that the X-E1 is a perfect fit with my other cameras and for the type of work that I do. Also, on that day I was enjoying all the great conversations I was having with fellow hikers.  It was a perfect day.  I had a fun camera, the weather was perfect, the surrounding scenery was awesome, the clouds were interesting and the conversations with hikers were fun and interesting.  So are those memories the reason I love this photo or is the photo itself interesting?   Well I guess the public will make that decision.  CLG

A Little Time Lapse Video From RMNP

The wind was really blowing on this day.  This was of course taken in Rocky Mountain National Park.   It is an eight second time-lapse video.  It took approximately twelve minutes to capture.  It was cold, really cold out there that day.  Fearing the camera would tip over because of the wind I had to stand by it while it captured the photos.  To keep warm during that twelve minutes I either ran in place or jumped up and down.  The elk must have thought I was crazy.  Sadly, it won’t be the last time they think that. Photographers are a little insane.  Even with the cold it is really fun to make these sort of videos.  The camera was  Nikon D800.  All processing was accomplished by the camera.  Sometime in the future I’m going to edit it in Final Cut pro and slow the video down just a little so that it is smoother.  Until then this is it.  Hope you enjoy!  CLG