Morning photo: Best of January!

Winter glory …


FRISCO — OK, so January was a bit of a bust as far as snow, and it looks to go down by the warmest January on record in Summit County by a long shot, so who’s down with global warming? Anyone?

I thought so, but despite the balmy temps, our snowpack help up pretty well, thanks mainly to the low sun angle this time of year. And that same sun angle made for spectacular winter scenes along the shore of Dillon Reservoir and elsewhere in the high country. These are some of the best images for the Summit Voice archive. For daily updates follow our Instagram feed, and visit our online gallery for an amazing selection of prints and greeting cards.

Morning photo: Just another sunrise …

Colorado skies


FRISCO — When I woke up about 6 a.m. Sunday morning I saw a thin sliver of clear sky on the eastern horizon — the perfect setup for some early morning color. Of course you never know exactly what you’re going to get. Sometimes it all fades away, and other times, the sky really pops. All the images in this set were taken in a 45 minute span just off the Dillon Dam Road, showing the incredible range of hues and tones that a single sunrise can deliver. Follow our Instagram feed for daily updates, and visit the online Summit Voice gallery at Fine Art America to see more Summit County nature and landscape images.

Morning photo: Sky doodles

Shoreline reflections

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Pre-dawn light along the shore. The slight blur in the water comes from a long exposure.

FRISCO — A colorful set, to say the least, with some of my favorite shots taken along the shores of Dillon Reservoir. Continue reading

Morning photo: Saturday set

Ice revisited …

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Frozen in time.

FRISCO — Local streams and lakes have long since frozen over completely and are now buried under several feet of snow, but memories — and photographs — of the ice season remain. Here’s what it looked like in Summit County just a couple of months ago on the cusp of the seasons. Be sure to visit the online Summit Voice gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscape photography. Continue reading

Morning photo: Try, and try again!

Favorite spots

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I’ve been having a hard time finding the right light to photograph this spectacular ice-filled gorge. This is the closest I’ve come, and it’s only about 0 percent of the photo I envision.

FRISCO —One of the most interesting things about revisiting some of the same spots repeatedly the last few weeks has been the chance to really work on trying different techniques to get the best possible image. For example, I’ve been in North Tenmile Canyon about four times the past two weeks, always at different times of the day to try and find the time when I can use a long-exposure to blur the water, but when there’s enough sun to eliminate some of the deep blue glow. It would be easy if the ice stayed in the canyon all summer, because then you’d have direct overhead light. But this time of year, the sun is so low that, even during mid-day, the northeastern side of the canyon wall is buried in shadows (see first image). Please visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscape and nature images. Continue reading

Morning photo: Vistas

Wide angle magic

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Sunset over the Divide.

FRISCO — After a few days of scrunching in close to ice formations, laying belly down in slush and gravel beside the streams, it felt good to step back, figuratively and literally, and shoot some wide-open vistas. After editing the moonrise shot, I decided to go back through the archives and look for a few other wide angle images to complement the shot of the day. Here’s what I came up with. Please visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscape and nature images. Continue reading

Morning photo: Morning, noon & night …

Friday fotos

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Summit County sunrise.

FRISCO —A lot of times, the morning photo set is compiled from different sessions on different days, but today’s all are from a single day. Before dawn on Friday morning, I could see a wave cloud setting up over the Divide, a little higher and farther west than usual, but it still looked like it could catch that morning sunrise glow, so I headed down to the Meadow Creek wetlands to take it in, and to let the dogs romp. In the middle of the day, the same peaks were bathed in bright sunshine — almost too bright for a good picture, and later in the afternoon, I set out to try and get a waterfall shot with a little more light, to try and avoid that blue glow (which can be nice, but it gets old). And the sunset? It was out of this world! Please visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscapes. Continue reading

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