Guanella Pass, Colorado is one of my favorite areas during Autumn and I have been visiting for a few years now during that time of the year. I came pretty close last year with getting the shot that I wanted with this scene, but still, pre-dawn wind was an issue as it almost always is right before sunrise in Colorado, especially in the mountains. This year though? I completely lucked out and had just about none at all. I was pretty excited knowing that I could finally get the shot I have been chasing for so long. This is one of them. I hope you all enjoy it—-John
Yesterday morning I woke up at 3am and headed to Brainard Lake, Colorado to photograph the sunrise. It was absolutely invigorating and refreshing with temps at 40 degrees and the wind gusting hard over the Indian Peaks and across Brainard Lake. For a moment I had a reprieve from the gusts and got a somewhat clean wildflower shot with little movement in this 2 second exposure. It sure was gorgeous and the light just danced!
I want to emphasize something here to those of you who are just starting out with photography and want to get better. The biggest thing you can do is make the effort to shoot in good light & wake up at ungodly hours to get on location in time. There is something about photographing in fresh air with no noise pollution, no people and having some of the best light you can imagine. This is perhaps the easiest thing you can do to better your work and best of all it's 100% free! Can't beat that now can ya? ---John
Sony a550 Minolta 18-200 lens Fotodiox CPL, Grad ND, ND8 Tripod & wireless release
Fall in Colorado is a special time of the year, people and photographers flock in droves from all over the world to photograph the beauty of my state and who can blame them? It is after all completely stunning! This was photographed along Boreas Pass, an area which I have come to deeply love during Autumn and one which always brings me shots which I am happy with. When I rounded the corner, I had this greeting me. Those red Aspen simply floored me as did the whole scene, the road lined with color and Bald Mountain framing it all wonderfully. ---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
Captured at Left Hand Reservoir outside of Ward, Colorado this forest has always fascinated me. We rain into a passing thunderstorm and decided to wait it and I am glad we did. The light afterwards was spectacular giving us a rainbow in the process. It is such a unique area and one that is beautiful. I hope you all like it—-John
Photo thoughts--- This Fall I spent a great deal of time at our local state parks after the color had gone away in the mountains. I have come to both love and admire our state parks here in Colorado, beaming with wildlife and wonderful landscapes, during Fall they tend to lack people and give me different subject matter to photograph. When I happened upon this scene I knew right away I really wanted to get the path which lead down to the lake ...it added some nice leading lines to the composition and of course it's hard to go wrong with Autumn Cottonwood trees which are backlit from the sunlight of golden hour. As far as processing, slight HDR blending in the foreground to bring out the textures in the grass, contrast and light. ---John
“Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” - Steve Jobs
Sometimes it pays to wake up early and get to the location you are shooting it. This was captured Saturday morning and boy this sunrise didn't disappoint! I was actually out to photograph birds but sometimes you have to change your focus (literally) Welcome to the last sunrise of March, 2012 at Chatfield State Park, Colorado.
I think the quote above really speaks volumes from Steve Jobs. We all run around looking for acceptance in our photography, we imitate other peoples styles and often times it emulates a sort of "cookie cutter style". Another pretty picture that is technically perfect, yet has no real sense of style which makes it unique among the sea of landscape photography. Lined all up together, it's is hard pressed to tell who shot what. Do what makes you happy, if you want to get creative then do it, don't listen to folks who say "no", follow your own path and you will find happiness in an artistic medium.
Photo thoughts--- It was so quiet that you never heard a thing except for the bugle of the Elk across the lake. Everything seemed to be at peace and at ease as I watched the sunrise along the shores of Lake Estes in Estes Park, Colorado this past Autumn. Tranquility in it's finest form with a cool very slight breeze to keep me company. The building in the background is the legendary Stanley Hotel, one of the most haunted places in America and where the book "The Shining" was written at. I imagine that the ghosts were probably sipping coffee and watching the amazing painted sky from it's deck and veranda. As I said in my previous post, this is where my heart belongs along with my creative spirit and I think you may understand why from this photograph of mine. ---John
Golden Aspen trees reflect in a lake in rural Gilpin County, Colorado at the peak of Autumn. This was a really tough shot, perhaps one of the most challenging shots I have ever taken. The lighting was very tricky, changing by the second as was the reflection. With every little breeze, the reflection would completely disappear. The lighting would become very harsh and then the scene would go dark as clouds would roll over head. Patience pays off however and I think a lot seem to forget that and instead simply throw their arms up in the air and move on to a different location. Some things just take time and often we are rewarded greatly. ---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