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Another evening spent doing my thing at the apartment with an eye to the sky. Making sure the clouds were just right so I could hurry up to the reservoir for some shots. Well, on this particular evening they were looking good. A quick drive up and a little patience allowed for this shot. I enjoy how insane the different cloud formations were. Especially the ones on the right. They remind me of a phoenix or some other mythological being.

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Another terrific sunset at the nearby Horsetooth Reservoir. On this visit, the water was at its highest point of the summer. So this time I tried a new location and noticed this spot along the waters edge. Wading into the water up to my waste, I positioned the camera for a nice sweeping panorama to capture everything. Then began the waiting game.

Once the sun began to spit out the evening colors, I began to shoot. Dragging out the exposure allowed for the water to smooth over into a nice foggy waterline. It also made the boaters invisible.

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A friend of mine finally had some time off of work and decided to drive up from Denver to hang out. We had a great time long boarding around town and getting a couple of beers, but once the afternoon was over, we headed up to the Cherokee State Wildlife Area.

There is a plateau I have been wanting to climb up for some time now and I knew there would be a terrific view, especially with the wildflowers popping up. Even though we were destroyed by the mosquitoes, we still had great light and a good visit. Definitely a new favorite on the property.

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Maintaining a quick pace hiking up Mt. Belford (14,197 ft), one may forget to take a moment and look back to see what ground you've covered. So, during the sunrise, you can bet I looked back to see the sun barely caressing the tops of the nearby mountains. And having wildflowers everywhere made the moment that much more magical.

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Often I find myself in the shower, at a red light, lying in bed or lounging around the pool, thinking of moments such as this. Daydreaming about the light pouring across the landscape and sweeping through the valleys. Casting its glow of warm light by reflecting from underneath the clouds, illuminating my foreground.

I thank God for giving me moments like this.

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Kogel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa
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Recently my brother, dog, and I went to hike some 14ers. The first day we packed in and set up camp/goofed off. The second day we hiked up Missouri Mtn. (14,067 ft). And the third day we hiked both Mt. Belford (14, 197 ft) and Mt. Oxford (14, 153 ft).

It was on the accent of Mt. Belford that this sunrise began. Seemingly nothing at first. The clouds were in the right place for a good light show and I even remember saying to Gabe, "I sure thought the colors were going to be booming more than this." Fifteen minutes pass and then the glow began. Slowly working from a dull glint of light, to a rich tonality of color.

I told myself not to bring the tripod after hiking Missouri Mtn. with it and realizing it made the trip miserable, so I didn't. I knew I would have to have the camera ready for whatever nature threw at me. And, that if the moment came, I'd have to hand hold it. And of course, the sunrise was awesome, and I did have to hand hold the shots. But using the scree as balance really allowed for me to capture what I wanted to represent.

And it was: Seeing the wonderful blue flowers flow across the mountainside kept searing this image of the persistent wind we were experiencing during our hike up. And looking at the clouds becoming more and more illuminated by the early sun's light, I continually thought of a fire being stoked by the wind. How the light, color, overall intensity becomes so great and so beautiful.

Not to often do I have a goal to depict with a shot, but this was something I felt when setting up. Utilizing motion and the cool flowers as a representation for wind. And the hot, vibrant clouds as the coals being stoked.

In my head, not too shabby for hand held :D

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Hoping a plane over to Oahu I called up Christopher Cook Photography and suggested a shoot over at Shark Cove on the north shore. He ablidged with a ride and off we went. I had seen a photo of the area and thought it had great potential...I was not let down. The rocky outcroppings are strewn with an incredible array of texture and opportunity. Walking out on the edge (only possible during low surf) I found this cascade that would fill up as the waves washed over the rocky ledge way in the background and then pour over the rock. Of course to get this perspective I had to stand on a rock while the water rushed past me, had the camera 2 feet above the surge and then a 10 foot deep pool directly behind me. Fun! (and a bit scary).

Technically I was having a hell of a time. My filters were not completely clean, my release hit the water and wasnt very happy and of course the splashing on the lens I had to get rid of. All in all I was able to use the 3stop Reverse GND filter to hold back the sky and get everything in one exposure. Got REALLY lucky with the perfect cloud over head too. Thank you cloud.

Thanks as always for the critique and comments!
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Pringle Bay, Western Cape, South Africa.

A long exposure of the ocean taken with my new Hoya ND400 filter (I collected the filter from the post office the morning that this photo was taken).
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A colorful sunset reflected on the waters of Lake Mary, Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah.


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Another from the same location:
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