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Morning photo: Early ice

Snake River scenes

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Just above the Blight Placer, the Snake River dances between shadows and early morning sunlight. The trick, for a photographer, is to find the balance.

FRISCO — With most of the brilliant fall colors waning, I decided to trek up along the Snake River, between Keystone and Montezuma, a few weeks earlier than usual to check out the ice formations and to see if this time of year might be good for perfecting my frozen waterfall photography skills. As usual, the Snake didn’t disappoint — in the shadowy canyon, the boulders are already coated with luminous ice, and a couple of hours after sunrise, the lighting was pretty good, bright enough to banish the murky blue shadows, but dark enough to allow for slower shutter speeds to blur the water. Check out the Summit Voice online gallery at Fine Art America more more Summit County landscape photography. Continue reading

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Morning photo: Along the river …

Ice hunting

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Sometimes it’s fun to shoot into the sun. In this shot, I got an entirely new sunburst pattern that I’ve never seen before with this particular lens.

FRISCO — A quick Tuesday morning stroll along the river in search of ice was rewarded by a fine sunrise, and, sure enough, there are shady spots where the Big Freeze has already started. It’s a great time to get out and watch the transition of the season. It may not be as showy as the initial blaze of aspen color, but mid- to late-autumn has its own treasures if you look hard enough. Continue reading

Morning photo: Chilly mornings!

Inevitability …

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Early morning along the shore of Dillon Reservoir.

FRISCO —Indian summer suddenly gave way to winter, which in turn gave way to autumn in a topsy-turvy merry-go-round of seasons that’s not at all unusual in the Colorado high country. For all we know, we may still get some late summer temps, at least in the afternoons under a warm autumn sun. But with daylight waning, look for cold mornings to continue, bringing the season of frost and ice. We can hardly wait! Continue reading

Morning photo: Insta-spring

Some iPhone fun …

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Wetlands sunset.

FRISCO — To start the weekend, some of the best iPhone shots of the past week. Continue reading

Morning photo: Deep greens and blues …

Dream colors

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Blue River.

FRISCO — Sure, hot pink and vivid orange are eye-popping, but there’s something to be said for the soothing blues and greens of forests and streams. These colors on the cooler end of the spectrum have always been my favorites. Starting way back, when time came to pick out a flannel shirt, I invariably went in that direction over the flashy reds. Photographing the darker blue and green shadows and crevices can be a little tricky. Too much shade and the blue takes over completely. And even though the iPhone does well in the shade in many situations, when there’s snow in the picture, the sensor really wants to tilt toward the blue end, and even high-end DSLRs may need some adjustment of the white balance to capture what the eyes sees rather than what the sensor wants to capture. Continue reading

Morning photo: Winter faves

Spring is coming …

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A fragile structure of inch-long hoar frost crystals grow in a shady spot along the shoreline of Dillon Reservoir on the north side of the Frisco Peninsula.

FRISCO —There may not be any wildflowers during winter in Summit County, but there’s no shortage of spectacular colors and textures, from gleaming ice to the warm tones of winter sunset and moonrise. With the impending change of seasons, I thought it was a good time to look back and choose a few of the all-time best winter landscapes. If you like what you see, visit our Summit County gallery online at FineArt America, where you can buy high quality prints or greeting cards. They make great gifts, and it’s one of the best ways to support our independent online journalism project.

A December full moon rises over the Continental Divide.

A December full moon rises over the Continental Divide.

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Morning photo: Weird ice … and more

Some strange stuff along Dillon Reservoir

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The water level in Dillon Reservoir continues to drop beneath the ice, which has led to some weird shoreline formations.

FRISCO — Went for a morning wander on the Dillon side of the reservoir, where I enjoyed some unusual ice formations at the shoreline. It appears that the receding water has literally peeled back a layer of earth and left near-vertical ice ridges extended for hundreds of feet along the shore. It’s beautiful, in a weird sort of way, but does not bode well for the spring, when I think many people will be surprised at how low the water is. Think snow, people.
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