I have been saving the images displayed here over the past few months since they didn’t really fit with the subject matter of recent posts. Additions to my growing collection titled ‘Remnants & Remains’, I’ve selected a few to upload to my online gallery and store. I am grateful for the opportunity to showcase prints from my collection, with a solo exhibit of the same name at the Wright Opera House in Ouray, Colorado. The historic building is a perfect place to display the 19 framed images with this theme and the show is open now, and until January 8, 2017. Following is my ‘Remnants & Remains’ artist statement which I included in the program for the exhibit.
Things from the past and forgotten places are a long-time favorite theme. Even as a child I liked to explore abandoned buildings. Now I am always keeping my eyes open for new, old subjects. I see beauty in the decay and nature’s process to reclaim. Lines in weathered wood, the rusty patina of an old truck door and personal items left behind tell rich stories, about lives that once were. Often haunting, the past beckons my close examination and I find the process of exploring these subjects intriguing.
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As mentioned in my previous post, I woke up to about 5 inches of snow on October 6th. When a friend cancelled our meet-up I headed out on my own. Starting down the mesa switchback I didn’t get very far before stopping at a little pullout. The low clouds and rising fog demanded my attention in the early morning light, so I took time to capture it. I decided to go to one of my favorite back roads, to a spot I had noticed lingering aspen color a day or two before. I was excited for the opportunity to photograph the foliage in the snow and the morning turned out to be a fun and memorable experience. I hope you enjoy the scenes posted here!
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Well, October is just about over and here comes winter! I must say that the month provided a lot of wonderful local color to satisfy my camera and I. Even with high winds there was colorful foliage to be found well into the first half of the month. Planning a sunrise shoot with a friend on October 6th, I awoke to about five inches of snow and ended up venturing out on my own. It was fun photographing the foliage in the snow but with this entry already having a good number of images I’ll display those images in a separate, upcoming post. I revisited some favorite spots, like my reclining tree (several times), as well as some new ones in October. I hope you enjoy the images chosen for this collection … I certainly enjoyed the moments capturing them!
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Autumn comes and goes early in the mountains so I got right to it upon the first signs. There’s a lot of talk each fall about ‘peak’ color and I’ve come to the conclusion it’s difficult to pinpoint. There may be aspen groves of green, peak color and bare branches all in the same area. I do enjoy fall colors when there is still some green in the palette and that’s how September starts. The weather can be unpredictable here and later in the month snow came to the high elevations … creating snow-capped peaks and adding more beauty to the landscape. The nights are getting colder and as I write this we’ve had some windy days and a snow that reached the lower elevations. Fall color was too short this year but there are still some October images to come. Presented here are some September favorites.
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The early evening rain of late has made for some interesting and colorful skies here on the Western Slopes of Colorado. Traveling down a dirt road looking for worthy photo subjects I saw clouds glowing in the distance. I hurried to get to this spot where I’d have a clear view of the mountains. Arriving just as the sun set to my back I worked quickly to capture these frames of one of the most beautiful scenes I have been privileged to witness. OMG!
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I have always been drawn to rural scenes and taking rides in the country (with my camera of course) is a favorite pastime. Perhaps I was a farmer in a previous life! Give me a country road and I’m happy … put a barn or shack on it and I’m even happier … and a mountain back-drop or setting moon … ecstatic! Here are few rural scenes I enjoyed shooting recently. In processing them I took care of some haze that was present on this particular morning caused from the wildfires all the way in California! Not too far from home, I am looking forward to shooting at these locations again.
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The alpine wildflower meadows here in the San Juans of Colorado make a beautiful photo subject. One would think it would be easy … right? Well that’s what I thought … until I got started. For the most-part my objective was to capture the flowers and scenery together since this union is what I find special. While I appreciate shallow depth of field images, with these I preferred that both the foreground flowers and background be sharp. Following are the lessons I learned and some choice images.
- Getting There: Above tree line, high in the mountain basins some wildflower meadows are accessible along high-clearance jeep roads while others only by hiking at high elevations. The average wildflower hike starts at 6 miles round-trip and more. That doesn’t sound like a lot until you experience walking uphill at an elevation gain of 2,000 feet (or more) at a high altitude. You need to factor in how long it will take to get there.
- The Light: In some locations there may be a delay before the sunrise comes up over the peaks. This lessens your time before the already bright mountain light becomes too bright. Late day and sunset may be better but if you’ve hiked 3 hours to get there, your return hike downhill (in the dark) might take almost as long. Jeeping to or camping at the location are ideal.
- Subject: Finding a prime flower patch along with an interesting mountain background can take a lot of looking and exploration … but that’s part of the fun!
- Conditions: It has been my experience that it is windy more often than not. My goal was to keep everything sharp from front to back, so instead of sacrificing f-stop I increased my ISO to quicken my exposure attempting to freeze the motion. (Upon review I tossed some images because the flowers were moving and blurry.) Finding the meadows near peak bloom can be hit or miss. Sudden rain and hail storms can also occur so you need to beware.
- Equipment: Unless you can drive to your location you will need to lighten your load (more so than hiking at sea level)! On one occasion I hiked more than 7 miles round trip with my large DSLR, tripod and drinking water. I ended up not even using the camera since the light and conditions weren’t favorable when we finally got there. On the next hike I left my tripod at home but wished I had it when I saw the moving water. Then on my last hike (rated difficult) to the most beautiful location of all I brought my big camera but forgot my battery in the charger at home … ugh … traveling light does mean bringing the essentials!
- Camera Settings: In addition to increasing my shutter speed to compensate for the flowers blowing about I found focus-stacking to be helpful. Since flowers are relatively small I found I needed to get quite close to make them stand out. My usual method estimating hyper-focal distance didn’t always work. Taking shots at close, middle and far focal lengths then blending them together seemed to be a solution.
Living here and having these wildflower opportunities available is certainly a blessing. As wildflower season fades I look forward to putting these lessons to use next year.
Special thanks to all who helped me experience these awe-inspiring locations!
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