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!
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Tags: cars, classics, close-up, details, old, photography, rust, rusty, weathered
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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Tags: Colorado, landscape, mountain, photography, San Juan Mountains, sunrise, sunset, Utah
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).
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Tags: Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Castle Valley, fishing, landscape, Moab, photography, sunrise, sunset, Utah
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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Tags: abandoned, cabin, old, photograph, shack, weathered, window
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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Tags: aspen, autumn, cloud inversion, fall, landscape, photography, print, snow, trees
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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Tags: autumn, Colorado, foliage, landscape, october, photography, prints, San Juan Mountains
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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Tags: aspen, autumn, Colorado, landscape, Ouray County, photograph, prints, ridgway, San Juan Mountains, Telluride