Morning photo: Here and there …

April awesomeness

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At the edge of the meadow.

FRISCO — A couple of quick jaunts through Summit County this weekend yielded a few decent snapshot, including the muted sunset in the first image, brought to life with th iPhone’s HDR option, not to mention some Instagram editing. Along with the scenic shots of Summit County, I got up close and personal with a couple of roadside embankments, exploring the emerging mosses and icicles. If you enjoy our daily snapshots, please visit the online Summit Voice gallery at Fine Art America. Continue reading

Morning photo: Endless winter?

Midwinter …

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A roadside scene between Frisco and Breckenridge. The mounds of snow are settlement cones, showing how the surrounding snowpack has consolidated, while being suspended in the immediate vicinity of the small trees.

FRISCO —The hills and valleys of Summit County are probably about as snow-covered as they’re going to get this year, although the latest forecasts call for the stormy flow off the Pacific to continue into the foreseeable future. It’s not every winter that the lower elevations get this much snow, so it’s been fun to see the seasonal transformation of familiar spots. I’m sure that some people are starting to have spring thoughts right now, but I’m ready for another month of snowfall — Let’s see how deep into winter we can go! 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: Exquisite April

Springtime in the Rockies

An April sunrise casts brilliant rays over the Continental Divide and Dillon Reservoir.

An April sunrise casts brilliant rays over the Continental Divide and Dillon Reservoir.

FRISCO —The next edition of our calendar selection set features images shot in Summit County during April. I pulled some shots from both 2012 and 2013 from the archives — what a difference! In 2012, nearly all the snow was gone by April 1 after one of the most stunning meltdowns on record. But this year, near-record snow piled up and it looked more like mid-winter than spring. But that’s the mountains for you, and we’ll take it when we can get it. One of these images will be featured in out 2014 calendar. If you like our daily snapshots, visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscape and nature images. Continue reading

Morning photo: Weekend whimsy

Camera play

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Sunday morning, down at the end of our street.

FRISCO — A few shots and edits from the weekend … Continue reading

Morning photo: 2d string …

(Im)perfection

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I struggled with this scene. I was captivated by the mist draping over the trees, but to see it, I had to zoom in, which cost me the context of the surrounding landscape.

FRISCO — For all the pictures I post, there are many more that nobody ever sees except me — thousands, to be sure. Some of the images are not where I want them to be technically, in terms of exposure, grain or tone, while others are only partially successful compositions. In some cases, the images just don’t live up to the expectation I had when I snapped the shutter. But they all contribute to my continuing education as a photographer, and when I scroll back through my archives I’m glad they’re there. Continue reading

Morning photo: Totally crepuscular

More twilight …

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This shot was taken as an eclipsed moon was setting behind me.

FRISCO — The second in a series of posts featuring the best sunrise and sunsets of 2012, culled from the Summit Voice archives. Many of the images in Summit Voice photo essays are available in our Fine Art America online gallery, and there’s also Summit County gallery at our ImageKind website. You can also order images by contacting me directly at bberwyn@comcast.net. It’s a great way to support independent online journalism! Continue reading

Morning photo: A little more B&W fun

Contrast and lighting …

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The original color version was under-exposed and over-saturated, partly because of the long exposure time, so I wasn’t hopeful when I started to desaturate, but pleasantly surprised by the end result. After adjusting the balance, the luminosity of the ice really started to pop.

FRISCO — It’s been about six months since I last posted a series of black and white pics, which is too long. Yes, dazzling colors are great, but there’s still something essential and elegant about a well-executed black and white image. In the age of digital, I’m seeing less and less black and white work, so for me, it’s kind of a reality check back to the early days when I learned everything about processing film and making prints from a crusty old German photo instructor and my high school friend Phil Dezarn. It’s certainly a lot easier doing this with a few sliders instead of the old dodge-and-burn, and, at least on my computer, I don’t have to decide which chemical or paper to use to get the effect I want. But I still do miss the darkroom sometimes.

Many of the images in this slide show are available in our Fine Art America online gallery, and there’s also Summit County gallery at our ImageKind website. You can also order images by contacting me directly at bberwyn@comcast.net.

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This is the iPhone shot from a couple of days ago that got me thinking about doing another black and white series because as I was making the picture, I could visualize the scene in black and white, knowing that the tree skeletons would stand out against the morning sky.

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Morning photo: From the vault

A grab-bag of images …

Morning alpenglow paints the Gore Range in Summit County, Colorado.

FRISCO — The past two weeks have been a whirlwind of photography, with nearly every day yielding a good stash of photos. For today’s photo essay, I looked back over the past few days to choose some images that show the diversity of light, from fiery morning alpenglow to the silvery blue tones of a chilly winter-like sunrise and everything in between.

Early morning light on Buffalo Mountain and the Wildernest neighborhood.

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Morning photo: Sunrise, sunset …

Better and better

The meadow.

By Bob Berwyn

FRISCO — Just when you think it can’t get any better … the sky ignites in an almost unbelievable display of vibrant colors, with clouds just at the right height so they reflect light back on the foreground, so you end up with balanced lighting and not just a colorful sky against a dark foreground. Even my teenage son was impressed, which means it was pretty awesome. He was also impressed by the recent series of stellar sunrises we’ve had. At one point he even commented, “We’ve had like four awesome sunrises in a row; what’s up with that?” I didn’t have the heart to tell hime that those sunrise scenes are more frequent than he might think. He just noticed them in the past few weeks because they were happening at the time that he’s actually outside, on his way to school, with his eyes open. Regardless, I’m glad he notices and appreciates these little gifts. Continue reading

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