Morning Photo: Oh, Colorado!

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A winter full moon rising over Grays and Torreys, two 14ers along the Continental Divide in Summit County, Colorado.

A winter full moon rising over Grays and Torreys, two 14ers along the Continental Divide in Summit County, Colorado.

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FRISCO —After a day filled with brown grass and gray skies, I wanted a little color, so I scanned the Summit Voice archives to find some of my all-time favorite mountain shots, starting with an amazing full moon rising over Dillon Reservoir and the Continental Divide. To the casual observer, the moon doesn’t seem to move much in the sky, but when you’re fumbling with two cameras and frozen fingers, that orb pops up pretty quickly, and when there are layers of clouds in the mix, it makes it all the more interesting. If you like these shots, visit our online FineArt America gallery, where there’s a nice selection of Summit County and Colorado images, available as prints or greeting cards. It’s a great way to support independent online journalism.
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Morning photo: Second take

A look back …

A March cloudscape over Frisco.

A March cloudscape over Frisco.

FRISCO — A special Sunday set … Nuff said. Continue reading

Morning photo: Winter warmup

Beachin’ it …

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Sunset over the Gulf of Mexico.

FRISCO —It’s always nice to dream about the beach about now, when the snow in the Colorado high country is probably piled about as deep as it’s going to get for the winter. That doesn’t mean I’m about to abandon the slopes to head for warmer climes, but a little day dreaming never hurt anything. Plus, shooting beach scenes is the most fun thing to do with a camera after shooting mountains and snow. These are a few of my favorite ocean side scenes along the Gulf Coast of Florida. Visit our FineArt America online gallery for more photography.

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Port St. Joe, Florida.

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Morning photo: 2d string …

(Im)perfection

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I struggled with this scene. I was captivated by the mist draping over the trees, but to see it, I had to zoom in, which cost me the context of the surrounding landscape.

FRISCO — For all the pictures I post, there are many more that nobody ever sees except me — thousands, to be sure. Some of the images are not where I want them to be technically, in terms of exposure, grain or tone, while others are only partially successful compositions. In some cases, the images just don’t live up to the expectation I had when I snapped the shutter. But they all contribute to my continuing education as a photographer, and when I scroll back through my archives I’m glad they’re there. Continue reading

Morning photo: A winter’s day …

Snow country

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Frozen mist over Dillon Reservoir Friday morning generated a brilliant sundog.

FRISCO — A couple of brilliant days in the high country, and few more to come. If the forecast can be believed, we’re probably a week away from any significant snow, and the longer term outlook is particularly encouraging for big dumps any time soon, so I’m enjoying winter while it’s here. Remember, last year we were all sort of counting on a big March, traditionally our snowiest month, and instead, it warmed into the 50s. By the time March was over, nearly all our snow was gone, especially in the valleys, so I’m thinking right now is about as deep and crispy as it may get the rest of the winter. The first and last shots are with the DSLR, the ones in between are iPhone shots. Continue reading

Morning photo: Contrast

Winter light

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Trying to channel my inner Ansel Adams again …

FRISCO — For this set, I tried to pick a few images from the last few days with strong contrasts that emphasize the purity of winter light. From the stark outlines of dead trees and morning shadlows along the Snake River to the semi-silhouette of craggy peaks in the alpenglow, the high country always delivers clean lines and impressive vistas. Check out out our online Imagekind gallery for more Summit County shots through the seasons. You can also visit our FineArtAmerica online gallery for metal and canvas print versions, as well as greeting cards. Continue reading

Morning photo: Snow scenes …

Mid-winter bliss

Dillon Reservoir, Summit County Colorado

A mellow sunset along the shore of Dillon Reservoir, near Frisco, Colorado.

FRISCO —After a few weeks of focusing on river and frost scenes, I turned my attention back to the landscapes along the shores of Dillon Reservoir. Before the last little snowstorm around Christmas, it was getting a little depressing to watch the water receded amidst piles of bare earth and gravel. But coated with a nice new blanket of white, the scene is more tolerable. Plus, after weeks of super-clear evening skies, we finally started getting a bit more atmospheric action, which means color and texture in the sky. These shots were taken Monday around Frisco, Colorado. Continue reading

Morning photo: Saturday set

Snowless Summit …

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Painting with car headlights.

FRISCO — OK, so it’s a little depressing, this business of no snow going into December, but I’ve been singing “White Christmas” the Bing Crosby way almost incessantly the past three days, and that’s never failed before. In the meantime, we’re still having fun with our morning and afternoon photo shoots. In the murky Saturday morning light, I used the car headlights to illuminate the foreground, making for a nice contrast with the moody blue skies. And even without snow, the early light up on the Tenderfoot trail is always worthwhile. The last couple of hours of sunlight Saturday felt like early autumn rather than the first of December; it was nearly shirtsleeve weather when we took the dogs for a walk near Heaton Bay. Crazy, but that’s way it is …

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Early morning light.

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Morning photo: Cloudscapes

Awesomeness!

A pileup of clouds over the Continental Divide.

SUMMIT COUNTY — Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, November delivered yet another unbelievable sunset, courtesy of a thick stack of lenticular clouds over the Continental Divide. The the thick cloud deck obscured the rising full moon, but it was worth it because you don’t get to see clouds like this every day. In fact, this is probably one of the top three coolest cloud formations I’ve seen in the past 25 years living in the mountain West, and I was glad I had time to zip up to a familiar vantage point on Lake Hill to watch the show. Continue reading

Morning photo: Best of October

Transitions …

Early morning glow against a dark sky during an October sunrise.

FRISCO — Not a lot of words about October except to say it was an absolutely incredible month for photography in Summit County. Yes, most of the leaves were gone by early in the month, but autumn light more than made up for it, not to mention a few early snow storms that provided a taste of winter. Continue reading

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