Month: May 2013

Lost in Colorado or a New Memorial Day Tradition

When we lived in Illinois our tradition for Memorial Day was to invite family and a few friends over for a good old fashion cookout.  My wife would make bake beans and potato salad and a couple of desserts and I would would have a beer or two while barbecuing anything from hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken to prime rib.  It was fun and looking back I have great memories of those times.  Then we moved out west and for whatever reason that tradition faded away.  Heck, while we are living at this condo we don’t even have a grill. So last Monday we were sitting in the condo trying to figure out what to do for the rest of the afternoon.  On some of my previous photo outing I had noticed that some wildflowers were beginning to bloom along the roadside.  I commented I thought it would be fun to test out my new D800 in macro mode and to photograph some wildflowers. The wife agreed. We filled up a couple of water bottles, I …

It’s Spring and I See Green

When people think about nature photography in the Spring they think of photos of newly bloomed flowers, sprouting leaves on bushes and trees and plush green grass.  Actual in the mountain areas most of spring is about snow storms, hail, rain, brown valleys and bushes that look like they are dead and will never come back to life.  In the Rocky Mountains there are only a few weeks of what we imagine Spring to be. This Spring in Colorado we have had our share of snow storms, hail and basically bad weather. Yet we can’t complain.  We desperately need the moisture to restore normal conditions in our lakes, rivers, streams and reservoirs.  Thank God that has happened.  Now thankfully because of all those storms, nature’s green is beginning to appear in the canyons and mountains throughout Colorado.  There are even a few flowers blooming on mountain sides and slowly but surely those ugly branches on bushes are beginning to show signs of life.  This is a great time of year to be a nature photographer. …

Delete, Delete, Delete, Maybe Delete

For me, last week was a photographer’s nightmare.  I just got a fantastic new DSLR, the D800 and practically every day I was out photographing everything in sight.  You name it I was photographing it.  People, scenics, wildlife and architecture, I was photographing it.  The Nikon D800 produces fantastic image.  It nailed the white balance, my photos were sharper than any photo I have ever taken with a DSLR camera.  The problem, I will be honest, the photos while technically perfect, nevertheless they sucked.  When I was looking through the viewfinder my brain was seeing something that was not reality.  I was seeing what I wanted to see, not the reality of the moment. Actually, that is not uncommon with us human beings.  Our brain has a way of changing reality.  We gaze upon what we consider the perfect face and then a day later see a photo of the person and we notice all the imperfections.  We look out at a waterfall and ignore that ugly dead bush that is in the bottom right …

Sometimes it’s nice to just sit

You know with all the hustle and bustle that is our every day lives, sometimes it is just nice to sit and let the world pass us by.  That is what happened when I took this photo.  I had been climbing over rocks, checking the light, cussing at the branches of small bushes that were blocking my view of what I figure to be the perfect photo.  I was getting exacerbated.  Time was running out. I was losing the light.  My neutral density filters were back at the car.  The car was half a mile away.  The moment was lost.  Then I sat on a rock and pouted. The sound of the water from the creek began to sooth my distraught disposition.  I started to relax.    A sunbeam flowed between the canyon walls and I was engulfed with the warmth of morning light.  Then I saw this little cascade.  I liked it.  The little cascade and background was still covered by the shadow of the canyon wall.  There were no branches obstructing my view. …

Well, Here Is The Special Announcement

C. L. Getchius Photography is relocating to the Fort Collins – Timnath area. Actual as of March 8 we have already started setting up shop in the Fort Collins area. Our plan is over the course of the next twelve months to have our final place of business and residency in the small but growing town of Timnath Colorado. While we we will miss our friends in Wyoming we can’t help but be excited about this move. April and I basically grew up in a college town and living in the Fort Collins area is kind of like going home. Only here in Fort Collins we have a great view of the Rocky Mountain. Yes, we will miss our Wyoming friends but hey you all know you can visit us any times. Also I will be continuing to make the Yellowstone treks so I am sure we will all get together at times. As a photographer this is a great location for me. I’m a half an hour from some of the greatest landscapes in …