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Pikes Peak and Garden Of The Gods Park bathe in the pre-dawn light on New Years Day morning, the first day of our winter photo meetup. We froze our collective butts off (it was far below zero) but well worth it! The light was just beautiful, really clear and clean...and you have to love alpenglow!

Anyways I hope you all like it
John

Specs: In camera HDR using my Sony a550
1/4 second exposure at f14
Minolta 35-70mm f4 lens
Fotodiox CPL and Grad ND
Tripod and shutter release

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The first light of a fall day shines on the mountain tops of the Colorado Rockies as the skies of Rocky Mountain National Park.
Sometimes using a longer lens to get intimate landscapes that the human eye otherwise would miss is a wonderful thing, and so it is here using my Minolta 18-200mm on my Sony a550 to get in close to the detail. I love doing these kinds of shots, it is just amazing what you find! Combined with in camera HDR, a Grad ND and CPL, tripod & shutter release, it all came together. I really think that at times, God knows just how to paint the skies.

I hope you all like it
John


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Myself and ~Glitch-Chaos decided to make a return early yesterday morning to catch the sunrise at St Male outside of Estes Park, Colorado. Needless to say getting up at 330am was well worth it, as the day would yield some excellent shots!

The weather was completely wild and insane, when we arrived. We were on the leading front edge of a snow storm with the the sun making one heck of an amazing sunrise behind us. Wild as heck with the storm blowing down over the mountains, but the color and light was remarkable, we were just far enough and in the outflow of the storm, that the snow was falling, and the light completely diffused. If we had driven maybe a mile west to behind the church, we would be getting hammered from it all.

It was something though, watching the sunrise do battle with this snow storm, all the while trying to click the shutter in wind gusts that were very strong. Thank God for Puffin Pads is all I can say!

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John

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I always wanted the “quintessential Colorado tourism photo during Autumn”, and for many years I have tried to get something that truly screams Colorado, and this year after several tries, I think I finally got one!

Located along Boreas Pass, this old corral made a wonderful backdrop against the changing color of the Aspen and our deep blues which we are blessed with here. I about flipped when I saw this scene and was elated to photograph it.

I hope you all enjoy it
John

Sony a550
Sigma 28-90 Macro
Fotodiox GND and CPL

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taken the morning of our second day of our Fall Colorado photo meetup at Lake Copeland, Wild Basin area of Rocky Mountain National Park.

I love it here, it is just really a nice little area to relax and unwind and enjoy the early morning hours.

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John


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Dawn's first light breaks over the Rockies and the forests below in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. Scenes like this make it all worth it's wild getting up at 3:30am to shoot, having no one else really around, and listening to Elk bugle..nothing else like it!

This shot was kind of experimental for me, using both a GND filter along with my cameras ability to shoot HDR in camera. I think I rather like the outcome. I hope you do, too!

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First light of the day hits Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park. Below, in the valley, the sounds of Elk bugling was like music to my ears. Standing here, watching this unfold is akin to heaven.

Towering at 14,259 feet high, it is said that the climb to the top of the peak was probably first done by pre-Columbian indigenous people collecting eagle feathers. Pretty amazing to think that.

In camera HDR on my Sony a550, using a Minolta 18-200mm lens, Fotodiox CPL and GND , along with my tripod.

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John


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The Colorado plains are a vast area, you never really know what you will find when you are out there....and it is also very beautiful in it's own right. Towns come along once in awhile, many of which have populations of 50 people or less. It is also storm country, specifically big time Tornado country come the Spring & Summer months.

While shooting this not to far away from the Nebraska border, there was a lake off in the distance that we couldn't access that was rather huge in size, and I don't recall the last time I heard so many Geese at one single time, it was honestly amazing....but there had to be thousands all trumpeting at the same time. May have to find out who's property the lake is on and pay them a little visit and see if we can get out there.

After that though it was complete and utter silence, not a sound....being out here is like being in the middle of no where, well actually you technically are!

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Sigma 28-90 Macro lens
Fotodioz Grad ND, CPL
Tripod & in camera HDR

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Update-this shot was featured in the "Photography Daily", a daily twitter newspaper about photography [link]

This past Autumn myself, ~Glitch-Chaos and *ImpedOut were able to witness and photograph one of the most amazing sunsets I had ever seen. The forest fires were burning outside of Winter Park, Colorado and the smoke was starting to fill the skies in Rocky Mountain National Park, and knowing what smoke can do for sunsets...I was pretty excited to see what would happen. Then the storm clouds started roll in and I was freaking out. It was stunning with this blinding brightness where the sun was setting combined with a sky that was just on fire. I think if you ask John & Jen, every other word out of my mouth was "epic" and "wow!" lol

I am already looking forward to this coming Autumn, and once again having the time of my life. I hope you all like the shot.
John

Sony a550
Minolta 18-200DT lens
Fotodiox Grad ND and CPL
In camera HDR +4
Shutter release

This is how the shot looked about 10 minutes later;


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Fences.....
In life we meet many people
Who hide behind fences
Never seeing things for what they are
Assuming that they know when they don't
Guarding their hearts and self
Only to alienate those around them
Fences
They find so hard to tear down
Unable to see the beauty of life
Obstructed and in the way
Trapped behind and looking in
Willing to forget friendship
For their own securities
Tear down
Your fences.......


In other words, don't bite the hand that feeds you, because in the end, you are gnawing on your own arm

Rural Boulder County comes alive in morning light during Golden Hour. There are times when man made objects in a shot don't bother me much, and this was one of those times. More of a 'travel' photo than anything (but DA doesn't have such a gallery which I sorely wish it did) I really loved this scene when I was shooting it. The color, the light, the clouds...the ranch in the background...I really tried to frame the shot with the angle of the fence to give it a really strong sense of perspective.

Sony a550
Minolta 28mm f2.8 lens
Selective HDR toning
Lightroom 3 PS CS5

I hope you all like it
John
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