Morning photo: Sunday set

Got pano?


I had to underexpose the foreground to try and capture some of the detail and color in the clouds, which collapsed almost completely a few minutes after this shot.

FRISCO — Since I don’t have a super wide-angle lens, I sometimes use my iPhone to try and capture the broad sweep of our Rocky Mountain landscapes. It’s not ideal, because you have to be darn sure you maintain a level camera while scanning across the scene, but sometimes it’s worth it. Other times, you can take a slice of a landscape shot by cropping horizontally, like the first shot in this set, but your eyes will almost instinctively know that it’s not a true panorama, but just an edit of a “normal” image. Either way, it’s fun to play around with this format. Continue reading

Morning photo: Grab-bag

Some photo fun

Old. cottonwood tree …

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If you thought lichen only lives on rocks, guess again. Here’s a patch growing on a gnarly old cottonwood tree near the base of Dillon Dam. Check out the rest of this Instagram set. The square-format images show well in the blog column, and you can also visit our online gallery at Fine Art America to view and buy high quality prints and greeting cards. Continue reading

Morning photo: Insta-Thursday!

Just a little iPhone fun …

Down by the wetlands…

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FRISCO — Quick post, a few shots from strolls around Frisco and Dillon Reservoir. Summer light is here, framed through lodgepole pine branches and mirrored on the surface of the Meadow Creek wetlands with a mound of thunderstorms building over the Continental Divide. Continue reading

Morning photo: More snow?

Going with the flow …

After a heavy, wet mid-May snowfall, I pointed the car headlights a willow during the twilight hour to create this illustration.

After a heavy, wet mid-May snowfall, I pointed the car headlights a willow during the twilight hour to create this illustration.

FRISCO — So it snowed, again, and again … It’s starting to feel like it’s snowed almost every day in May, so rather than taking pictures of the first wildflowers (they’re out there; photos coming soon), I found myself revisiting a few familiar spots to get one last look at them with their winter coats on. Is May snow any different from December or January snow? I don’t know for sure, but I do know that the quality of the light is dramatically different, making for some fine scenes on a recent morning around Summit County. Visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscape and nature images. Continue reading

Morning photo: May snow

Springtime in the Rockies …


Blades of grass in roadside puddle catch the spring snow in Frisco, Colorado.

Even though it feels a bit weird every time it happens, May snow is not really all that unusual in high-elevation mountain climates. In fact, when I look back through the Summit Voice archives for the past few years, I see that there have been at least one or two May snowstorms almost every year, with 2012 as a recent notable exception. The wet snow that falls in May sticks to everything, and the opening buds on many of the trees also help provide platforms that catch the flakes so even just a couple of inches can look pretty impressive. And it’s always a good time to get out and enjoy the fluff because by this time of year, each snowfall could easily be the last for the next 5 months or so. Visit our online Summit Voice gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County nature and landscape images. Continue reading

Morning photo: Spring skies

Before the summer haze …

Spring skies

Spring skies over the Meadow Creek wetlands at the edge of Dillon Reservoir.

FRISCO — Some brilliantly clear mornings and evenings beckoned recently for photography at a time of year that’s perfect to shoot portraits of an emergent ecosystem. Change is visible every day, with shifting ice patterns along the shore and greening vegetation. And some of my best-ever cloud and sky pics from Summit County have been shot in April, before the summer haze closes in. Here are a few shots from the past few days, all taken within a couple of miles of our Frisco home. Continue reading

Morning photo: iPhone visions …

You never know until you try

The greening cottonwoods caught

The greening cottonwoods caught my eye in lower Clear Creek Canyon, but the harsh afternoon light didn’t bode well for a classic landscape shot. Instead, I used the iPhone’s HDR setting for the basic image, then the Instagram brightening function and the Mayfair filter-twice.

FRISCO — Sometimes you just gotta go a little bit crazy, even if that only means getting carried away with using Instagram iPhone filters on some otherwise marginal shots to try and pump up the images. Now some purists out there are probably already shaking their heads and clucking their tongues, but remember, it’s all in the eye of the beholder, right? Continue reading


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