Rural Gilpin County, Colorado Anyone who has shoot with me during Autumn knows that I am a complete sucker for road shots, dirt roads surrounded by yellow and gold Aspen trees in particular and this one had me from hello. I loved the way the hillside was just covered and how it's lines gave a nice composition with the road and the stand on the right side. Not to mention the blue sky.... It is so quiet out here...I can't wait to get back next Fall. Just a stunning area to photograph.
I went ahead and shot this using the in camera HDR ability of my Sony a550 along with a Grad ND and CPL on my Minolta 18-200mm lens.
The Indian Peaks of the Colorado Rockies reflect the pre-dawn pink and purple of the sky just before sunrise. We raced to get up here in time and just barely made it, closest call I have had with fleeting light since I started shooting to get on location and set up in time. I simply love this area, it is simply put, beautiful and has fast become one of my favorite spots.
We had quite the amazing sunset tonight in Colorado. This is captured between Golden and Boulder and I stood here in just sheer awe at what I was watching and witnessing. The blues were so deep and vivid backed by this brilliant orange that seemed to come straight out of a jar of paint. It was really something! Not to mention the joy of watching 2 Bald Eagles hunt....what an evening! ---John
Captured during wildflower season last summer along Boreas Pass, Colorado. Sometimes you just have to stop and take it all in, admire your immediate surroundings and be thankful where you are at that moment with your camera. It sure is beautiful up here.....Captured as the light was dying and everything turned a brilliant gold and yellow. ---John
Captured this Fall on the shores of Lake Estes in Estes Park, Colorado. This is one of those sunrises we didn't think was going to produce anything and then all the sudden...BAM! About 10 seconds on the exposure to smooth the sky and water out some to give a soft quality about it. I actually completely forgot about this shot until I started going through folders in Lightroom today. Found some others as well. As I said, I am very behind in processing lol ---John
Copeland Lake in the Wild Basin area of Rocky Mountain National Park reflects the sunlight of Golden Hour. It is rather hard to describe how good the light here was..it just lit up everything in a brilliant golden hue even making the Pine trees look like golden Aspen almost. The thing that really got me in this scene wasnít just the light and reflection however but also the negative spaces created; look at the shadow areas of the trees and how it kind of creates itís own silhouette of trees itself. How I love Fall in Colorado!
This was captured along Colorado's Highway 72, known as "The Peak To Peak Highway" just outside of the town Nederland. The light was fleeting and changing almost by the second as rain storms started to roll in giving us some excellent light and conditions to shoot with. I love having this kind of atmosphere to photograph in (now if only it happened a LOT more often lol) Anyways I hope you all like it. ---John
The sun crests the horizon at sunrise and hits the Cottonwood trees and Pine's at Belmar Park in Lakewood, Colorado. One of the most incredible displays of light I have ever witnessed contrasting against a stormy morning thunderstorm sky. Incredible living and fleeting light changing by every second. I hope you all like it ---John
Sony a550 Minolta 35-70mm F4 lens Tripod, CPL, Grad ND
To say I have a love affair with dirt country roads in Fall is an understatement to say the least. There is just something about them which I adore, maybe it is the feeling of just being out there in the country, rural America, simpler life, simpler things...whatever it is though I love them! This was captured outside of Central City, Colorado when the light was just amazing a little before sundown. Photographed using a combination of in camera HDR, a circular polarizer and a Grad ND filter. ---John
The rain storm reflects against the sunset over the eastern plains of Colorado above the massive Sunflower fields. The color simply exploded with painting the highlights a bright pink in the clouds, creating a stunning scene. ---John