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Morning photo: Insta-Summit

Around the neighborhood …

FRISCO — A few iPhone shots from around Summit County the last few days once again show the incredible versatility of the snazzy camera. I pretty much leave the HDR setting on the whole time, which means the camera saves an HDR and a “regular” version of each, giving me more choices during the editing phase (and yes, there’s a little more to it than just point and shoot. Composition is always a factor when I’m thinking Instagram, because the square photos go against the natural grain of a photographer used to shooting in a square format. It’s actually a good exercise in composition because it often forces me to shoot vertical images (giving me more room to work within the square IG template. Check our Instagram feed for more. Continue reading

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Morning photo: Best of April

Month of contrasts …

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A straight out of the iPhone HDR shot, Meadow Creek wetlands, Frisco, Colorado.

FRISCO — What a month! Seemingly endless snowfall, at least for a while, with a major meltdown under way at valley elevations at the same time. As always, April was a month of contrasts, reflected by the images in our monthly compilation. From fiery sunrise to icy mornings and full moons, you can find more Summit County landscape and nature photography at our Fine Art America online gallery. Continue reading

Morning photo: Calendar time!

Some January shots …

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January sky over Summit County, Colorado.

FRISCO —Last January may not have been the snowiest month, but it was definitely wintry, at least judging by the Summit Voice photo archives, which features some stellar shots of the always-groovy ice formations along the Snake River, along with some killer sunsets and stunning sunrise images of the Gore Range. It’s hard for me to narrow down the selection to a half-dozen, and if you have a favorite that you think should be included, leave a comment in the box at the end of the post. If you enjoy our daily snapshots at Summit Voice, visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscape and nature images featuring the light of the Rocky Mountains. Continue reading

Morning photo: Contrasts

Summit County never ceases to amaze …

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Rocky Mountain sunrise.

FRISCO — A few quick shots from around Frisco, Colorado … 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: Ice chasing …

Winter cometh

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Golden pool at the base of a frozen waterfall along Tenmile Creek.

FRISCO — Wow! This is fun. Almost as much fun as hunting for wild mushrooms. I say almost, because in the case of mushrooms, you can eat what you find. Still, tracing our local streams as they fall into the icy grip of winter is a great way to spend an hour each morning, and the dogs are loving it, too. Wednesday, I headed up North Tenmile Creek, just outside Frisco city limits. This is one of my favorite trailheads any time of year. There’s not too many places you can hike into a designated wilderness area less than a mile from downtown, and even though November isn’t exactly the time of year most people think about strolling in the woods, it’s a great time to watch the seasons change. Please visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscape images. Continue reading

Morning photo: Freezing up!

Fall fading to winter …

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The first rays of dawn burst into the cool blue shadows of the Snake River Canyon.

FRISCO —A couple of snowy days with temperatures hovering around the freezing mark can make all the difference in the waning days of October. At 9,000 feet, it suddenly feels more like winter than fall. The trees are bare and on the shady hillsides the snow probably won’t melt until March or April. And unless we get one of those bombshell sunrises or sunsets, it can be a little challenging for photographers when skies are gray all day. For me, it’s time to head for the creeks, where the ice is forming ever-changing, ephemeral sculptures. Please visit the online Summit Voice gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscapes. Continue reading

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