Posted on November 17, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
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. (more…)
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Posted on November 15, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Wide angle magic
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. (more…)
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Posted on November 9, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
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. (more…)
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Posted on September 28, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Light slanting under the cloud deck approaching from the west lights up the shore of Dillon Reservoir, while Peak 1 is shrouded in storm clouds.
FRISCO — There’s almost nothing better, from a photography standpoint, then when an approaching storm coincides with the sunrise. It happens every autumn a few times, but the intense drama of the lighting always takes me by surprise, like Friday morning, when I forgot to take my DSLR along for the morning dog walk near Heaton Bay. So I ended up shooting the dawn light with my iPhone. A year ago, that would have stressed me out and I would have fretted about not having my “real” camera. Not so much anymore. Instead, I just enjoyed playing with the iPhone, tilting the lens toward and away from the light to try and get an optimal exposure and appreciating the way the sensor reacts to those subtle changes.
Dawn light under an approaching storm.
Fall storm, Tenmile Range.
First snow, Officers Gulch.
End of the road …
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Posted on September 8, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Dillon Reservoir, Summit County, Colorado.
Dillon Marina hosting a jubilee, with free boating, music and more
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — There may be a few old-timers left who remember what Summit County looked like in the pre-Dillon Reservoir era, but most residents take the 3.200-acre impoundment for granted.
The reservoir was completed 50 years ago as a key step in Denver’s growth as a regional metropolis. The reservoir is operated by Denver Water, which serves more than 1.3 million people as the state’s largest water provider.
This Sunday (Sept. 8), the Dillon Reservoir Recreation Committee is hosting an anniversary celebration at the Dillon Marina. The free event includes pontoon boat tours, canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding, as well as a preview of the 2014 air and water show. On land, there will be a free performance by the band Eyes Wide Open, balloon sculptures for youngsters and tasty treats from local vendors. (more…)
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Posted on July 26, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
More monsoon skies …
Evening view of Frisco, with Buffalo Mountain as a backdrop.
FRISCO — I’m still learning about my iPhone camera, and one thing I’ve noticed is that it’s really quite good at picking up color and highlights in an otherwise shaded foreground, like the top image in this set. The difference between the light and dark areas helps give images a pleasing (to my eyes) depth, and using the built-in HDR means less post-processing, which I needed in the next image in the set to balance out a shot taken with a DSLR. Most of all, the clouds the last few days have been fabulous!
Dillon Reservoir, still in the evening light.
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Posted on July 7, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Around the mountains …
I underexposed this shot by a couple of stops to get deepes possible saturation.
FRISCO — With Fourth of July falling on a Thursday, it’s felt like a particularly long weekend, and judging by the happy faces around town, tourists in Summit County feel the same way. Perfect weather — not too hot, a bit of moisture in the air and some puffy clouds — helped keep things cool, and festivities abounded, from concerts and fireworks in Frisco to the Wanderlust yoga happening at Copper Mountain. While I try to avoid the crowds (I think of it as giving our visitors their space) I did get out to snap a few shots and strolled through the Wanderlust activities for a few minutes on Thursday. Here’s what it all looked like. (more…)
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Posted on June 23, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
The iPhone version …
FRISCO —Lovely, peaceful full moon rising over the Rockies last night, plus a couple of miscellaneous shots that just jumped out at me whilst searching the archives for images to illustrate a couple of other stories. Altogether, it’s the Sunday set. (more…)
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Posted on June 19, 2013 by Jenney Coberly
Water levels in Dillon Reservoir rise dramatically over the past month
Photos by Jenney Coberly
FRISCO — The water level in Dillon Reservoir has been climbing rapidly since late April at the average rate of about six inches per day. Denver Water now expects the reservoir to come very close to filling. More details in this Summit Voice story. Jenney Coberly documented the surging water level from the saddle of her bicycle, compiling this set of “before and and after” images in late May and mid-June.
Frisco Bay, June 17
Frisco Bay, May 22
Frisco Bay Marina, June 17
Frisco Bay Marina, May 22
Buoy along Dillon Dam Rd, June 17
Buoy along Dillon Dam Rd, May 22
End of reservoir in Dillon, June 17
End of reservoir in Dillon, May 22
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Posted on May 27, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Just another day (in paradise)
Sunday morning moon set — early!
FRISCO — Got up early to try and catch a few good shots of the setting moon, but the light ended up being a bit murky first thing — you just never know. But we hiked up to the top of Lake Hill anyway, finding that the expanded Old Dillon Reservoir has not event started to fill. Too bad — it’s peak runoff right now and it could be filled in a few weeks if there were water going into it. But there’s still a bunch of construction equipment around the edges, so it seems like they haven’t quite finished it yet. Building thunderstorms in the afternoon were impressive over the Continental Divide, and the subsequent collapse of those clouds in the evening helped create some divine evening lighting, with the alpenglow reflecting off the bottom of the clouds. And on top of all that, I got to hear a great evening concert of chorus frogs as the light waned. Just another day in Summit County … (more…)
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