All posts filed under: Big Thompson Canyon

Me, My Camera, and the Night Sky

Before all the rain and flooding came to Colorado I had started working on one area of photography that I am very weak at.  That is night photography or photographing the night sky.  So a couple of times during September, at two o-clock in the morning, I dragged myself out of bed, grabbed my gear, started up the car and headed out in a direction that I felt would have the least amount of light pollution. Which meant I headed west.  Driving through Big Thompson Canyon at two o-clock in the morning was an adventure in itself.  There are sections of that canyon at that time of night that are so dark that you have no sense of what is around you.  In those sections it is pitch black all around you.  The darkness seems to envelop you and you can experience a feelings of being claustrophobic.  But if you pull over and get out of your car and look straight up you will see the night sky just above the canyon walls.  In studying …

Three Notes and Observation

 It’s not the camera, silly One of the pluses about living in the Fort Collins area is the number of photo galleries that are within driving distances.  As I have visited these galleries I have noticed more and more photos being shown taken with the camera built inside a iPhone.  Nope these images are not huge twenty-four by thirty or bigger images but the photos are remarkably interesting.  A couple of curators have informed me that these iPhone images are selling.  Yep, even in the digital world, the old adage “It is not the camera that makes a good image it is the photographer” is still true. 2.  Hey whatever happened to straight photography. In my days of shooting film, post processing was all about cropping, burning and dodging, underexposing, and overexposing the print.  Today, especially when it comes to nature and wildlife photography post processing seems to be about, up the saturation, intensify the colors,  removing stuff, cloning stuff, blur this, sharpen that, creating textures and so on and so on.  Photos today look …

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. …