All posts tagged: Colorado

A Quick Pullover

I learned my photography with the help of Kodak Film. Black and white photos came to life in my basement using Kodak chemicals. When shooting color I would use Kodachrome 25 or 64. I have fond memories of those days. I was discovering and  learning. And darn it taking a pic with film, developing the film, then creating a contact strip and finally an enlargement, fills one with great satisfaction and accomplishment. Doing that work is tedious, yet awarding. In the days of film there was no instant gratification and boy, you really had to know the craft of photography. Mistakes were permanent and rarely did you have the opportunity to go back and retake the moment. I had to nail the photo and when it was all finished and I had created what what I had visualized the print to be, I would experience a creative high that would last for days. Today in the digital world I don’t experience that euphoria. It is all instant gratification and the feeling of happiness of nailing …

Fireworks And Being Creative

Talk about bad timing, I am about to write how to spice up your fireworks photography and it is about two weeks after the Fourth of July. Oh well, I am not in the practice of photographing fireworks so I didn’t have the photos to complement this article. This 4th of July a did a little photography during the fireworks show at Timnath, Colorado.  Now I have photos to share. So lets see if I can give you some ideas for next years fireworks photos. If you have been serious about photography for more than a month most likely you know the tried and true method to get pics like this one: It is a pretty and standard fireworks photo. Here are the specs: ISO 100, F-Stop 9.0, Exposure 6.2 seconds, lens a 16 to 80mm at 22mm. Camera on a sturdy tripod with a cable release. Of course all these setting were set in manual mode and the focus was also set manually to infinity. Nice pretty picture. Throw a bunch of them in …

Going to a Wedding

Last week I was with family fooling around at Garden of the Gods when I came across this scene. The bride and bridesmaid were hurrying to arrive on time for the wedding. It seems they got a little lost. Also the bridesmaid was doing everything possible to keep the white wedding dress from getting dirty because of the red dirt. But in the end all turned out well. Coming across scenes like this is just another reason to have a camera on you at all times. – Craig Getchius

Ahh Yes, Back In The Park

It has been over a month since I have had the pleasure of visiting Rocky Mountain Park. That is a rarity for me. The last time I visited the aspens were putting on a show with their fall foliage. Now all that fall splendor is gone. The mountains are once again snow capped. The trees have lost their leaves. In the lower levels of the park I came across smattering of snow on the ground. Not much accumulation. Just a nice dusting of snow. This morning the clouds blanketed the park. The temperature was in the upper thirties. Yes it was gray and bleak. Which was totally fantastic. I love overcast lighting. It brings drama to my photographs. I was climbing around on rocks trying to get this next photo. It is a typical tourist pull off that for years I have been trying to create something different and interesting. This morning I used my Nikon D800, with my widest lens and used fill in flash to capture the above image and the image just …

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

A two mile hike

When you visit Rocky Mountain National Park don’t just drive around in your car.  Get out and take a little hike.  If you take a little two mile hike chances are you are going to come across something truly spectacular.  If you get up early in the morning and start your hike, lets say before 7:00 AM, the chances are good it will just be you and mother nature.  My friends, if you do such a hike you will experience a happiness and tranquility that will continue to be part of you for many days afterwards. Yes, it is that easy to find fulfillment.  I know it sounds corny but it is true. – CLG

Okay Wife, Thank You

Over the yearsI have come to realize it is not easy being a photographer’s wife.  You see, us photographers, correction, I love to talk photography.  Of course it is my wife who gets to hear me spout off about f-stops shutters speeds, aperture settings, theory of thirds, composition and that all important subject, “the light”.  I can’t help myself as a nature photographer I spend a lot of time by myself wander the countryside.  So when she comes home from a long day of meetings and decision making she is forced to listen to my photographic rantings.  She smiles and acts interested but I can tell when her eyes gloss over that she really doesn’t understand what I am saying.  It is not that my wife is uninterested in my photography or not supportive of me, its just she doesn’t understand the nuances of photography.  She likes taking pictures with a point and shoot camera.  She enjoys tagging along when I go out into the field.  She just doesn’t want to live photography for twenty-four …

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 …