All posts filed under: Nature

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 …

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 …

Chasing the Light

A few years back when I decided to concentrate my photography on landscapes, nature and wildlife I figured it wouldn’t take long for me to become an overnight success.  I envisioned a life of visiting exotic locations, creating photographs that Ansel Adams would be proud of.  I saw myself camping out under the stars and eating in small diners where the cliental and staff would be enamored with my photography and my philosophy of life.  I would meet attractive middle age woman who because of my profession and success would have teenage-like crushes over me.  In the evening I would frequent bars across the country and have wonderful conversations about photography and about the location I was visiting.  I would give lectures on my photography.  Tell stories of tracking bears and how to photograph mountain lions safely.  Galleries and art museums would plead with me to have the opportunity to showcase my work.  Yep, back then I had an active imagination. I must admit that even today I do too much daydreaming. Daydreams are rarely …

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 …