While out shooting I often use my long lens to get in close to the local peaks. It’s fun to pick out just a section of the vast landscape for a more intimate look at these beauties. I tend to simplify scenes this way … not that I don’t like and shoot wider scenes too. Of course when there’s an interesting sky and cloud pattern it’s all the better!

‘Sunrise Over Snowy Peak’ © Denise Bush

‘Turrets In The Morning’ © Denise Bush

‘Chipeta In View’ © Denise Bush
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‘Mt. Hayden In Winter’ © Denise Bush

‘A Little Gust’ © Denise Bush
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‘The Sky Above’ © Denise Bush

‘Sneffels & Friends After Sunset’ © Denise Bush

‘Far Away Land’ © Denise Bush

‘Chimney Rock Silhouette’ © Denise Bush

‘Gentle Slope Before Sunrise’ © Denise Bush

‘Precipice Wave’ © Denise Bush

‘Mountain Accent’ © Denise Bush


One of my favorite things to do is to take a drive in the country looking for interesting subjects to photograph. It’s a great cure for cabin fever and I enjoy it even more when I capture images worth processing and posting. Somedays that doesn’t happen but I often learn something about a location for the next time. The weather, a different time of day or even time of year can make a big difference. I always hope for beautiful cloud patterns but Mother Nature can please … and she can disappoint! Finding a great location or subject, then being there at the right time are just as important as knowing how to use your equipment. The following images come from several different outings in the last month. All but two were shot along country roads quite close to home.

‘Broken Barn’ © Denise Bush

‘Rusty’ © Denise Bush

‘Shack With Old Car’ © Denise Bush

‘Wagon in Winter’ © Denise Bush

‘Buried’ © Denise Bush

‘Barn & Hay Rake’ © Denise Bush

‘Little Shack in Winter’ © Denise Bush
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I woke up early on the 12th to find a fresh coat of beautiful, wet snow clinging to the branches of every tree and surface in sight. I went out to play and didn’t need to go far … it was beautiful everywhere I looked! With heavy fog the mountains took turns peeking out for just moments at a time. I liked the way they were partially obscured, revealing just enough detail to make them out. My first thoughts were to convert all the images in this post to black and white but later changed my mind. I decided the subtle color made some of the scenes more interesting. Let me know what you think … feel free to leave a comment by clicking on the link at the end of this post.

'Tree On Snowy Slope' © Denise Bush

‘Tree On Snowy Slope’ © Denise Bush
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'Aspen Tree Line-up' © Denise Bush

‘Aspen Tree Line-up’ © Denise Bush
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'Mountain Blackbirds' © Denise Bush

‘Mountain Blackbirds’ © Denise Bush

'Teakettle Mountain In Winter' © Denise Bush

‘Teakettle Mountain In Winter’ © Denise Bush

'Mountain Winter Scene' © Denise Bush

‘Winter Magic’ © Denise Bush
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'Frosty Winter Scene' © Denise Bush

‘Frosty Winter Scene’ © Denise Bush

'Snow-covered' © Denise Bush

‘Snow-covered’ © Denise Bush
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Classic Relics

15Jan17

Here are some images shot in an antique car lot not too far from home. The cars are lined up close to one another and their surroundings leave a little to be desired when it comes to picture-making. I decided to forgo my tripod and shoot more freely getting in close with my seldom used 50mm, f/1.4. This is as light as my camera gets and I had fun lining up my shots without over-thinking it. I played with the depth of field being selective about where I was placing focus. Choosing angles and shapes that looked pleasing to me I filled my card in no time and came home with many images for consideration. I think it’s good to shake things up once in awhile by straying from the usual and this was one of those times for me!

'Rusty Line-up' © Denise Bush

‘Rusty Line-up’ © Denise Bush
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'Old Chevy Detail' © Denise Bush

‘Old Chevy Detail’ © Denise Bush

'Oldsmobile Letters' © Denise Bush

‘Oldsmobile Letters’ © Denise Bush

'Headlamp Close-up' © Denise Bush

‘Headlamp Close-up’ © Denise Bush

'A Peek Inside' © Denise Bush

‘A Peek Inside’ © Denise Bush

'Bullet Holes' © Denise Bush

‘Bullet Holes’ © Denise Bush

'Rusty All Over' © Denise Bush

‘Rusty All Over’ © Denise Bush

'Product Of Chrysler' © Denise Bush

‘Product Of Chrysler’ © Denise Bush

'From Carbondale' © Denise Bush

‘From Carbondale’ © Denise Bush

'Framed Antiques' © Denise Bush

‘Framed Antiques’ © Denise Bush

'Rusty Classic' © Denise Bush

‘Rusty Classic’ © Denise Bush
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'Plymouth Fixer Upper' © Denise Bush

‘Plymouth Fixer Upper’ © Denise Bush

'Shiny Detail' © Denise Bush

‘Shiny Detail’ © Denise Bush

'Rusty Detail' © Denise Bush

‘Rusty Detail’ © Denise Bush
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'Weathered Friends' © Denise Bush

‘Weathered Friends’ © Denise Bush

 


You are cordially invited to attend the opening of my virtual 2016 Gallery! In keeping with a 14 year tradition I’ve posted favorites from the past year on my website. This year all of my photos are from many special moments around home in Colorado as well as visits to nearby canyon country in Utah. There is much more to explore and I look forward to 2017. I would like to thank the followers of this blog. Your views, comments and friendship mean a lot. Happy New Year to all!

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Following are some images made at the end of October during a three-day photo jaunt to the Moab, Utah area. Starting out early I was in denial as the sky became dreary and cloud-covered. Against my wishes and attempted positive thinking, the already gray flat light turned to rain. This all making the first day and next morning much less than ideal. Such is the life of a landscape photographer! We know that being at the right place, under the right conditions is key and we must accept Mother Nature’s decisions. As a former student of mine once suddenly realized … it’s a lot like fishing … sometimes you catch something and sometimes you don’t! Thankfully the rest of my stay proved to be better and I was able to capture the scenes posted here. Favorites have been included in my online store gallery of the same name, ‘Unique Utah’ (link at end).

'Castle Valley Finale' © Denise Bush

‘Castle Valley Finale’ © Denise Bush
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'Three Gossips At Sunset' © Denise Bush

‘Three Gossips At Sunset’ © Denise Bush
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'Canyonlands View' © Denise Bush

‘Canyonlands View’ © Denise Bush
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'Golden Glow' © Denise Bush

‘Golden Glow’ © Denise Bush

'Clouds In The Rock' © Denise Bush

‘Clouds In The Rock’ © Denise Bush

'Canyon Country Sunrise' © Denise Bush

‘Canyon Country Sunrise’ © Denise Bush
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'Peaceful Canyon Morning' © Denise Bush

‘Peaceful Canyon Morning’ © Denise Bush
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'Moon Over Mountains' © Denise Bush

‘Moon Over Mountains’ © Denise Bush

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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.

'Desert Storage' © Denise Bush

‘Desert Storage’ © Denise Bush
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'Come Sit A Spell' © Denise Bush

‘Come Sit A Spell’ © Denise Bush

'Roadside Relic' © Denise Bush

‘Roadside Relic’ © Denise Bush

'Gate In Sage Brush' © Denise Bush

‘Gate In Sage Brush’ © Denise Bush

'Cowboy Cabin' © Denise Bush

‘Cowboy Cabin’ © Denise Bush

'Cowboy Cabin Adornment © Denise Bush

‘Cowboy Cabin Adornment’ © Denise Bush
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'Deserted Farm' © Denise Bush

‘Deserted Farm’ © Denise Bush
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'Old Corral & Barn' © Denise Bush

‘Old Corral & Barn’ © Denise Bush

'Through Cabin Window' © Denise Bush

‘Through Cabin Window’ © Denise Bush
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'Cabin With A View' © Denise Bush

‘Cabin With A View’ © Denise Bush

'Mountain Top Mining Relic' © Denise Bush

‘Mountain Top Mining Relic’ © Denise Bush

'Shack With Fireweed' © Denise Bush

‘Shack With Fireweed’ © Denise Bush
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Remnants & Remains Exhibit at the Wright Opera House

Remnants & Remains Exhibit at the Wright Opera House