Morning photo: Frosty February

More calendar pics …

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February snow blankets the Gore Range in Summit County, Colorado.

FRISCO —I always think of February as the heart of winter, even though the days are definitely starting to get longer, with the vernal equinox just a few weeks off. But it seems like (and the photos in the Summit Voice archive support this) that the snow always lies deep in February, even in those low-snow years. I definitely have a favorite in this batch and you might be surprised to know which one it is. One of these shots will be featured on the February page of the Summit Voice calendar, and if you have any strong feelings about it one way or another, please let us know by leaving a comment in the box below. 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: Weekend eyecandy

Fall photo fun

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“Wet Feet”

FRISCO — I got my feet wet several times this weekend taking pictures of the incipient ice along our local streams, but it was well worth it. Actually, more than my feet — for some a few of these shots, I contorted myself over boulders, at times laying prone in slushy snow along the banks of the creeks, to try and get a good angle, and to keep my camera and tripod level and steady. Generally, these riverside spots aren’t exactly level and there’s not always a good spot to set up a tripod, so I’ve learned to improvise, using rocks as a camera platform. Sometimes I put down my hat as a pad, and just use my hands to clamp the camera tight against the rock for quarter-second exposures. Whatever works, right? Please visit the online Summit Voice gallery at Fine Art America for a great selection of Summit County landscape shots.

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Dancing water along the Snake River in Summit County, Colorado.

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Morning photo: Mountain light III

The early summer edition …

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Guyot and Baldy, shrouded.

FRISCO — Just a few quick DSLR images from the past several weeks, taken from my favorite photo perches around Summit County. Follow @bberwyn on Twitter for daily images from Summit County, and visit our FineArt America online gallery for high quality prints and greeting cards with featured Summit Voice images. Continue reading

Morning photo: Feeling summery …

Some iPhone HDR action …

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A wildflower sunset pano, taken with the iPhone’s HDR switched on.

FRISCO — I’ve been having some pretty good luck with my little iPhone’s built-in HDR function the last few days at sunrise and sunset. Sure, some of the Instagram filters can deliver a similar effect, but the HDR lets the image retain most of the qualities of the natural lite. In addition to using it for landscapes, I’ve tried it on some closeup shots, too, to try and capture more detail in shady spots. If you have an iPhone 4S or an iPhone 5 and you’re shooting in sketchy light, give the HDR a try! Continue reading

Morning photo: Gore Range glow

A little trek in the Lower Blue

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Alpenglow.

FRISCO —Made it back down to the Lower Blue Saturday evening to check the light at the other end of the day after shooting some sunrise shots about a week ago. A partial overcast partially foiled my plan to get the last rays of light illuminating the flowers, but I still had fun working with a 300 mm telephoto to shot some Gore Range peak portraits, and with the iPhone to try and coax some additional color from the scene. Check out our FineArt America gallery for more Summit County landscape. Continue reading

Morning photo: Mountain meadows

A trip down the Lower Blue …

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Lupines and arrowleaf balsamroot in the Williams Fork Range.

FRISCO — An early morning hike into the foothills of the Williams Fork Range, north of Silverthorne yielded a few decent photos in challenging, high-contrast light conditions. I also struggle a bit with composition as I grappled with the wide-open landscape. While colors are stunning, I often found myself looking at the viewfinder and seeing a lot of dead space in the center of the image. Without a defined subject, I looked for strong lines, formed either by the shape of the land or by the pattern of early morning light and shadows. I’m also struggling a bit with focus in some scenes, trying to get a really sharp focus, so I just pulled a fixed focal length lens out of an old camera bag to try it out on some wildflower scenes the next few days Continue reading

Morning photo: Best of April

Spring … or winter?

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Moon set over the Gore Range.

FRISCO — With measurable snowfall on almost half the days in April, it felt a bit more like winter than spring in Summit County — although there were a few balmy days just to hint at the season ahead. And all in all, it ended up being a good month for photography, with a great moon set, some wonderfully snowy scenes (that April snow really sticks to everything) and even some great closeups of nesting ospreys … Continue reading

Morning photo: By the light of the moon …

Rocky Mountain glow

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Morning alpenglow on the Gore Range, Summit County, Colorado.

FRISCO —Friday brought a lovely April morning to go out and capture a few images of the full moon setting over the Gore Range. Sure, the snow is a bit crusty for hiking, but it’ll be melted soon enough — at least at lower elevations. But for now, it was one more wintry scene from the flanks of Tenderfoot Mountain, and a spectacular alpenglow to go along with the spectacle of the setting moon. If you like these images, please visit our online Summit County gallery at Imagekind, and also at FineArt America, featuring an amazing selection of Summit County landscapes. Continue reading

Morning photo: Flashback

Sunshine …

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A late November sunset in Frisco, Colorado.

FRISCO — It feels like it’s been snowing every day for the past month, which is a good thing as far as our water supplies are concerned, but it got me wondering about the last time we had a spell of shirtsleeve weather. Based on the photo archives, it was way back in late November, when Dylan and I went out to shoot some pictures for his freshman photography class. As I recall, the assignment was to create some motion blur and some stop-action, so we played with shutter speeds and apertures and I bored him half to death with stories from the “good old days” of photography. But clearly, from the pictures, you can see that, even in late November it was warm enough to skateboard in a t-shirt. Those days will soon be here again and in the meantime, some hot Summit County pics to warm you up.

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Ridin’ Lagoon street.

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Morning photo: Sky light

Spring clouds

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Morning clouds glow on Peak One, near Frisco, Colorado.

FRISCO —After a somewhat uneventful winter, at least weather-wise, the spring storms rolling through the area have livened up the skies over Summit County. It seems like the transition seasons, especially March and April, are especially good for colorful sunrises and sunsets. Just the past few days brought some amazing displays of color and clouds. Continue reading

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