Comments at a recent art show referring to the ‘rule of thirds’ have me thinking a lot about composition. In my humble opinion the ‘rule of thirds’ is simply one ‘formula’, not deserving of so much attention or strict adherence. After all, there are many other formulas for composition such as the golden ratio, the golden spiral, the triangle and yes … centered. Centered, symmetric compositions can invoke a peaceful, balanced feeling and are sometimes the best solution. A centered subject with an off-centered element often works for me. I like to consider all of the elements in a composition … how are they juxtaposed? Some of my favorite images break the bounds of traditional composition rules. In landscape photography I’m drawn to images with a very low or very high horizon. And I don’t believe we need a foreground element every time. If I don’t find an interesting enough foreground element or think it clutters the scene I won’t include one. Sometimes open ground serves as my foreground. I read an article not too long ago that talked about doing ‘what feels right’ when it comes to composition and I agree. When I’m out in the field I am not thinking about composition formulas but tapping into my artistic sensibilities to frame ‘what feels right’. I am going stick to my belief, that there are ‘no rules in art’! Here are some recent landscapes that may or may not follow composition rules … they just felt right.

‘Adobe Rainbow’ © Denise Bush
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‘Chimney Rock & Stream’ © Denise Bush

‘Fence Post Highlights’ © Denise Bush

‘Lupine Road’ © Denise Bush

‘Little Pond Reflection’ © Denise Bush

‘Indian Paintbrush In The San Juans’ © Denise Bush

‘Favorite View’ © Denise Bush
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‘Evening Gratitude’ © Denise Bush
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The following images feature old buildings that called to me along the way during the past few months. I like including the landscape along with the buildings to provide a sense of place (when it works). Other times, a closer look is needed … like the detail of an oven some miners left behind or the way cabins line up in a neat little row. I’ve passed by and photographed the first location numerous times but this evening the lupine and low light made the scene altogether different. Mining or ranch, near or far, I am always revisiting and searching for these subjects to add to my ever-growing ‘Remnants & Remains‘ collection.

‘Lupine In The Field’ © Denise Bush
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‘Miner’s View With Setting Moon’ © Denise Bush
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‘Miner’s Oven’ © Denise Bush

‘Cabins & Spring Trees’ © Denise Bush

‘Cowboy Quarters’ © Denise Bush

‘Cabin With A Red Pump’ © Denise Bush

‘Little Shack At Day’s End’ © Denise Bush


Museums are great places to take your camera, if they let you … not all museums do. So when an exclusive opportunity arose for a photo club trip to the local, ‘Museum of the Mountain West’ I was in. Because it was in the middle of a bright, sunny day I decided ahead of time that I would concentrate on details inside, starting out with my 100mm macro lens. Having arranged tours to a farmstead museum Back East I was familiar with this kind of shooting. The shear number of artifacts can be overwhelming, the lighting can be difficult and you must isolate yet reserve the urge to move anything! Here are a few detail shots from the fun outing.

‘On A Shoestring’ © Denise Bush
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‘Corona Keys’ © Denise Bush
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‘You’ve Got Mail’ © Denise Bush

‘Latched & Locked’ © Denise Bush

‘Doctor’s Glasses’ © Denise Bush

‘She Spoke To Me’ © Denise Bush

‘Up On A Shelf’ © Denise Bush

‘Old-fashioned Radiator’ © Denise Bush


Water’s Draw

20Jun17

It was always my dream to live on a mountain lake but as it turns out I am perfectly happy to have some nearby. “I’d rather live on a mountain lake than along the ocean,” I’d say. For me lakes are more relaxing than the sometimes harsh and exposed conditions of the seashore. I do miss being able to visit the shores and bays of the East Coast and fill the void by actively seeking out opportunities to photograph beside the water. Here in Colorado my choices include reservoirs, lakes and ponds … rivers, streams and waterfalls too. One of the five elements, water has a lot of symbolic meaning; life, motion, renewal, reflection, purification, clarity and transformation to name a few. I’ve been attracted to photographing bodies of water since the beginning and if I were an astrology believer I’d say it’s because I was born under a water sign! Here are a few images from nearby lakes and reservoirs.

‘Moon At First Light’ © Denise Bush

‘Peaceful Lake In Morning’ © Denise Bush

‘Storm Clouds Over The Reservoir’ © Denise Bush

‘Reflection Among Logs’ © Denise Bush

‘Resting Vessels’ © Denise Bush
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After a long and snowy winter I went searching for some spring green and below is some of what I found. There’s a short window when the foliage and grasses have that beautiful and bright, yellow-green color and I wanted to capture it. This year, late snow left a nice fresh coat of white on the mountains adding to the scenery. The following are images made during outings in May that show-off that vibrant green against the snow-capped mountains. But now, with summer solstice right around the corner I am sad to see the bright greens fading to darker summer shades. Mother Nature seems determined to move things along but promises to provide new opportunities for my camera.

‘Light & Darkness’ © Denise Bush
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‘Let There Be Light’ © Denise Bush

‘Cottonwood Below Sneffels’ © Denise Bush
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‘Road To The Divide’ © Denise Bush

‘Smoke Signals’ © Denise Bush

‘Shadows In The Valley’ © Denise Bush

‘Aspen Triplets’ © Denise Bush


Lovely Lupines

02Jun17

The lupines are blooming in the forest beside our house so I dusted off my macro lens and headed into the woods. Finding some lovely clusters beneath the trees I chose carefully for shape and background. It was more difficult than I had remembered … wrestling with my tripod height, getting down low and then getting back up! I was glad no one came by to witness my rolling around on the forest floor while grunting to get in and out of position! Thankfully the result came out more graceful than the process.

‘Lupine Close-up’ © Denise Bush
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‘Pretty In Purple’ © Denise Bush

‘Lone Lupine’ © Denise Bush
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‘Light On Lupine’ © Denise Bush
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‘Lupine Group’ © Denise Bush
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Old windows and doors have been a favorite and recurring theme since starting my photographic journey years ago. They are popular subjects among many of my photog friends as well. For me they can hold a mystery about what is on the other side. A reflection, often distorted can have a playful and sometimes magical quality. Traditional symbolic ideas might convey a passage to spirituality or portal to transformation. When I find windows and doors that are weathered, and have that ‘something extra’, I am even more intrigued. Whether the main subject or playing a role in a more complex scene, their stories are easy to imagine.

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‘Please Close The Gate’ © Denise Bush

‘Patchwork View’ © Denise Bush

‘Locked Up’ © Denise Bush

‘Window With Supplies’ © Denise Bush

‘Wheel Department’ © Denise Bush
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