Photo thoughts & how I took it--- A Fall storm brings snow and rain to the Indian Peaks of the Colorado Rocky mountains during the height of Autumn as Aspen trees give off a brilliant yellow and gold glow. Quite the crazy weather which brought me snow, rain and hail while photographing. For this image I used a Fotodiox circular polarizer and a Fotodiox Grad ND which helped to even out the exposure. The color was just really something to see against that sky, it really made it pop. Fun times! As far as processing, slight HDR masking to bring out the textures more within the scene. ---John
The Knights Of Pythias cemetery in Central City Colorado. There is something about this place which I find absolutely stunning and remarkable. It is a place like no other, where time has stood still from old wild west and where light dances like it doesn't in other places. It is one of my "go to" locations for Autumn photography and each and every time I am here it gives me photographs which are "keepers". The place simply explodes in color and light. This scene caught my and I thought it had a nice conceptual about it. The path leading through the forest in between the graves....it speaks a lot about life I think and the paths which we choose to take. ---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.
Sunset 9/1/2012 I just got word that Shutterbug magazine will be featuring this photo. It was also just featured in the "Caffeinated Photographers" facebook group top photos of August 27-September 2nd.
Autumn begins to approach on the first day of September at St. Vrain State Park in Lingmont Colorado as the trees start to slowly turn colors creating a gorgeous scene at sunset against the twin sister peaks of Longs Peak and Mount Meeker. The light was utterly surreal against the storm clouds and Verga (rain which evaporates before hitting the ground) For this photograph I decided to use a Minolta 70-2100mm F4 lens backed up by a circular polarizer and Tobacco Grad ND to hold back the sky. It was also photographed using my Sony A550's ability to shoot HDR in camera to make sure I would get the subtle detail in the foreground with the highlights and darks. Fall is now officially in the air and I am loving it! ---John.
A couple days ago here in Denver we had quite an amazing storm roll in. I stood in awe photographing it from Sloan's Lake as the clouds swirled and dance as they came in over the Rockies. I was absolutely amazed at what I was seeing and witnessing, if this had been Spring, I would have fully expected to hear tornado sirens as the convection was amazing. certainly something I would expect to see on the eastern plains and not in Denver in January. This lone park bench though caught my eye and I liked the message it sort of gave when I looked at it in my viewfinder, sort of a place to ponder, think, a calm in the storm if you will. I decided to capture it in HDR which I knew would bring out the atmosphere and the drama in that sky even more. ---John
Photographed Friday evening at Sloan's Lake in Denver, Colorado I stood here basically yelling at the sky and the scene which was folding out in front of me. I was completely in awe at what I was witnessing with how it seemed like mother nature suddenly turned into the world greatest fine art painter and decided to make the world her canvas, painting the sky brilliant shades color and dabbing in a brilliant aqua and orange into the reflection of the lake. I have seen and witnessed amazing sunsets in my time however this was without a doubt one of the absolute best I have ever seen. No questions even asked.Stay tuned, more to come! ---John.
This was one of the absolute best sunsets I have ever seen or photographed. Captured at Brainard Lake, Colorado thunderstorms were building above us which shortly would go severe over the plains and the Denver metro area. This storm gave us some great lightning shots and was much longer lived than I thought it would be. I was completely in jaw on the ground mode when I shot this, absolutely astounded by the color and the intensity of everything. It was like being in the middle of a painting.
I am pretty floored and humbled that my photograph here went viral on Google+ yesterday and was featured in the "What's Hot On Google+" Original post on G+[link] Screen cap from "What's Hot On G+"[link]
Featured on the 10 TOP Google+ Photos for December 9 on PhotoExtract.com at #1 [link]
This Fall, my meetup group was treated to a spectacular morning along the shores of Lake Estes in Estes Park, Colorado. As the sun started to rise, the clouds broke giving away to fresh snow covered peaks as they reflected the color. You add in the sounds of the Elk bugling and fog lifting and you have something which I think a lot of photographers would call “perfection” as far as conditions go. The famous Stanley Hotel (made famous by Stephen King’s “The Shining”) stands tall in the background. —-John.
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
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