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Morning photo: Snapshots III

Around the county …


Playing with light, shadow and compositions … Colorado!

FRISCO — Some days are make for photography and others aren’t, but a even when things aren’t going exactly as planned, it’s fun to challenge yourself and work to get a good shot. That could be as simple as focusing in on some closeups, like the flowes above, or finding a blotch of color in an otherwise gray scene. Bottom line, you can almost always make a decent image if you’re willng to look long enough! Continue reading

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Morning photo: Unfiltered, mostly …



A classic view of the Tenmile Range from Sapphire Point.

FRISCO —I’ve posted a lot of filtered iPhone shots in the past few months, so I decided it was time to use a few without those special effects. The temptation is always there to use an Instagram filter to lighten the foreground or intensify the sunset colors — the trick sometimes is knowing when NOT to do that. Continue reading

Morning photo: Insta-groovy

More monsoon skies …


Evening view of Frisco, with Buffalo Mountain as a backdrop.

FRISCO — I’m still learning about my iPhone camera, and one thing I’ve noticed is that it’s really quite good at picking up color and highlights in an otherwise shaded foreground, like the top image in this set. The difference between the light and dark areas helps give images a pleasing (to my eyes) depth, and using the built-in HDR means less post-processing, which I needed in the next image in the set to balance out a shot taken with a DSLR. Most of all, the clouds the last few days have been fabulous!


Dillon Reservoir, still in the evening light.

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Morning photo: Colorado magic



Wildflowers gleam in the early morning light along the Tenderfoot Trail. An Instagram filter helped brighten the color of the foreground flowers.

FRISCO — Just a few Summit County landscapes and wildflowers in this Tuesday post … Continue reading

Morning photo: Roadside snaps

Beauty is wherever you find it …

Colorado wildflower sticky geranium

A sticky geranium, the wild version of all those potted plants, glows in the early morning sun along the Meadow Creek Trail.

FRISCO — Just a few quick snapshots grabbed while out and about, walking the dogs, doing errands and cruising around Summit County … All shots with the iPhone.

Tenmile Range Summit County Colorado

A drive-by shot of evening alpenglow on the Tenmile Range, run through an Instagram filter on the iPhone. This was shot while cruising through Officers Gulch at about 65 mph.

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Morning photo: Dreamscapes

Some iPhone fun …


Smoky sunrise of Dillon Reservoir. With a highly saturated image to start with, it didn’t take a lot of tweaking to make it feel dream-like.

FRISCO —A few dreamy landscapes and and nature shots to start the weekend, thanks to the magic of iPhones. Continue reading

Morning photo: Iphonesia

Mobile photography at its best


Along came a spider …

FRISCO — After a year of using my iPhone camera, I really feel like I’ve gained a good sense of when it works and when it doesn’t. As always, light is the key — the spider in the top image appeared just a minute before the sun dipped behind Buffalo Mountain, helping to sharpen the lighting on the web and really intensifying the color of the arachnid. Bottom line, I’ll probably never (and I should never say never) give up my DSLRs, but there are times when I’m perfectly happy cruising around, making pictures with this marvelous little device. Continue reading

Morning photo: Blooming

Colorado wildflower season in high gear

Wild iris.

Wild iris.

FRISCO — Once the snow stopped, it didn’t take long for Summit County to green up and start showing off summer colors with a weath of wildflowers. The April and May precipitation, well above average, was apparently well-timed to encourage a profusion of late spring and early summer blooms, with some locals saying it’s the best early wildflower season in recent memory. Continue reading

Morning photo: Morning light

The earlybird …


And if your way should falter
Along this stony pass
It’s just a moment
This time will pass
~ U2, Stuck in a Moment

FRISCO —You have to get up pretty early to catch the sunrise these days. This set was all taken around 6 a.m. in the Lower Blue, so I left the house at about 5:30 to catch those first rays, but it was definitely worth it. I’m not sure how the high elevation flowers will be this year, but if the spring season is any indication, it should be an amazing summer for wildflowers, something we barely dreamed was possible just a few weeks ago. Continue reading

Morning photo: Flower power!



Some early morning iPhone wildflower magic along the Ptarmigan Trail in Summit County.

FRISCO — Plentiful moisture in April and May has spurred a bumper crop of early season wildflowers in Summit County, especially in the often-dry shale slopes along the foothills of the Gore and Williams Fork ranges. These areas are very dependent on seasonal moisture — last year, after a record-early spring melt, there was hardly a flower to be found, but the arrowleaf balsamroot and lupines are certainly making up for lost time this spring! These are all iPhone shots. Continue reading


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