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. (more…)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s a great way to support independent online journalism! (more…)
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.
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.
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.
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. (more…)
Our lunar orb, with a somewhat detailed view of mountain, craters and other surface features.
FRISCO — Every month for a couple of days, I head out to try and catch a good moon image or three. Aside from the challenge of shooting the moon, it’s a good excuse to go out somewhere peaceful and just watch as our satellite either climbs away from, or drops toward the horizon.
There’s always a still beauty associated with the full moon phase, and it’s really grounding to feel the rhythm of the sun, the Earth and the moon locked by gravity into their eternal dance. The best time to try and catch a good moonrise shot is the night before the full moon, when it comes up just as the sun is setting, and the best time to catch the moon setting is the day after the full moon, when once again, the moon goes down just as the sun is coming up. That’s when you’re most likely to catch good light balance, which means you can see some of the moon’s features, as well as some color in the foreground. It’s not easy, at least for me, but always worth the try. (more…)
FRISCO — Sometimes we really do save the best for the last, and in the case of the December gallery, it’s true. No matter that it was a low-snow year, the final month of 2011 ended up being stellar for photography. Instead of big powder dumps, local water ways formed unique ice formations, and the ice sailors had one of their best seasons in years. Please vote in the poll to determine the December image for the 2013 Summit Voice calendar and contact me directly if you’d like to purchase any of the images as prints or gift cards, or visit our online Imagekind gallery.
One of the first wave clouds of the autumn makes for a brilliant sunrise over the Meadow Creek wetlands in Frisco, Colorado.
FRISCO — Although October is only two-thirds over, we’ve already managed to compile a decent set of pictures for the calendar poll. It’s a month of transition, with autumn leaves giving way to bare branches, frost and even snow. Please vote in the poll. The winning photo will be the October image in the 2013 Summit Voice calendar.
Follow the road, check out some of January’s best shots and vote for your favorite to help select the monthly photo for the 2013 Summit Voice calendar.
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — January is the classic winter month, and even last year, in a dry and mild winter, we did get a bit of snow. In fact, I was surprised when I looked back through the monthly archives I was surprised at how wintry it looked during what ended up being a lackluster winter. But January was the only winter month with above-average snowfall in Summit County. Let’s hope for more of this in the months ahead. If you like what you see, contact bberwyn@comcast. net to order prints or visit our online galleries at Imagekind and RedBubble. (more…)
A fast-moving, unpredictable wildfire forced more than 100 people to evacuate their homes on Wednesday afternoon. The fire was originally reported as the Chair Rock fire, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, but it was later clarified that the fire was named the Lime Gulch fire.
Denver hosted 13.6 million visitors in 2012, setting yet another annual record for tourism in the Mile High City. Leisure, overnight, business and day trips to Denver increased in 2012 compared with 2011, which was a record-setting year.
Looking around Denver these days, it's easy to see how the Great Recession changed the building environment. The forest of cranes that dominated the downtown skyline just a few years ago — as the state courts building, the Four Seasons hotel and the Colorado history museum were going up — now looks more like a few trees.