All posts filed under: Nature

Snapshots in Rocky Mountain National Park

This Fall I have not had the opportunity to spend much time in Rocky Mountain National Park. Yep, that is a bummer. Nevertheless I have manage to capture a couple of moments that will give the reader a sense of the beauty of the park this time of year. Hope you enjoy the photos. If you are curious the photo equipment I used for these shots is listed here: Cameras: Nikon D800, Nikon D5500 and the Fujifilm X-T1 Lens: Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm, Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm and the XF-35mm 2.0 Since I didn't have much time I elected not to use a tripod. All photos were taken handheld. Thank you for stopping by my blog. In the next couple of days I'll be doing a lot of photography in the Rocky Mountain National Park Area. Hope to have some keepers that I will be able to share on this blog. Photographer: Craig Getchius

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 

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 …

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

I 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 …

Holidays Over, Sickness Gone (well almost)

It’s been awhile since I last blogged.  I wish I could say that this lack of blogging was because of my photography but that was not the case. First there was the drive to Houston Texas for Christmas.  Because of the the weather the wife and I found ourselves stuck in Kansas for an extra day.  Finally, even with a foot of snow on the highway we were able to continue to our destination.  It was well worth the drive to spend quality time with the family.  Driving home was uneventful. Once we arrived back in Fort Collins I came down with a sinus infection from hell that was followed up by an abscessed tooth.  Life can be better. What was frustrating about all this is that I had really hit my stride when it came to photography.  I had gotten out the old photobooks of some of the masters and that inspired me.  Looking at the photos of Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and Bill Brandt rekindled in me my love for the actual process …

Catching Up

Darn, between photo assignment, reorganizing my workflows and home repairs I haven’t had much time to blog or catch up on all the other bloggers out there.  I promise to do some catching up and do some serious reading over the weekend. There is good news in my part of the world.  The road damage caused by the flooding is being repaired and now it only takes me a little over an hour to get to Estes Park.  I met a woman who lives in Big Thompson Canyon and she is able to get in and out at certain times of the day.  But the canyon is not open to the public.  That just might happen sometime in December.  Keep your fingers cross. I also have been doing some Photoshop experimenting.  The two photos below are a result of my experimentation.  Yep, for you Photoshop gurus I used layers, masks and for one a blur effect.  I not sure if I like the photos because of the a process I created or because I feel …

Practicing “Nature’s Abstracts and Reflections”

Well, with all the flood damage that has occurred to our roads and communities in Colorado I have been staying pretty close to home in Fort Collins.  What is so great about Larimer County and the Fort Collins area is all the open spaces.  Yep, there are plenty of places to get away from people and just walk.  In doing so I have returned to a project I have been working on for sometime.  The project ‘s names is “Nature’s Abstracts and Reflections”. It is my hope that in about a year to actually have an exhibit of photos from my collection of “Nature’s Abstracts and Reflections”  In doing such a project you end up experimenting a lot.  Photographically and in post processioning I end up going in all sorts of different directions.  Which means over the years I have created a lot of ugly captures and way to many “so so” photographs.  Yep there is a lot of deleting when I attempt to create such photos.  There is also a lot of photographs that …

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 …