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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

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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

Morning photo: Autumn light

Golden hues

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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.

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Dawn light under an approaching storm.

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Fall storm, Tenmile Range.

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Pure gold.

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First snow, Officers Gulch.

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End of the road …

Summit County: Happy Birthday, Dillon Reservoir!

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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. Continue reading

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