FRISCO —I’ve missed the last few full moon rises, with stormy skies obscuring that critical view to east, but last night, a quick jaunt down to the corner of Lagoon and Meadow Creek Drive paid off with a nice view of the orb ascending over Swan Mountain. There was just enough of a gap at the horizon to give a clear view, and enough thin cloud cover to help balance the light, enabling the camera sensor to capture some of the moon’s details. Here’s hoping for a clear-skies moonset tomorrow morning! (more…)
FRISCO — I’m quite amazed sometimes how different the skies can look over the Colorado Rockies within just the span of a few nights. It’s the same sky, the same mountains, right? But subtle changes in the altitude, density and thickness of the clouds, dust in the air, and so many other factors can change the light dramatically. These shots were all taken in late fall and early winter 2011, showing the changing light over the Continental Divide. If you enjoy this set, please visit our online FineArt America gallery for more Summit County landscape photography. (more…)
Our lunar orb, with a somewhat detailed view of mountain, craters and other surface features.
FRISCO — Every month for a couple of days, I head out to try and catch a good moon image or three. Aside from the challenge of shooting the moon, it’s a good excuse to go out somewhere peaceful and just watch as our satellite either climbs away from, or drops toward the horizon.
There’s always a still beauty associated with the full moon phase, and it’s really grounding to feel the rhythm of the sun, the Earth and the moon locked by gravity into their eternal dance. The best time to try and catch a good moonrise shot is the night before the full moon, when it comes up just as the sun is setting, and the best time to catch the moon setting is the day after the full moon, when once again, the moon goes down just as the sun is coming up. That’s when you’re most likely to catch good light balance, which means you can see some of the moon’s features, as well as some color in the foreground. It’s not easy, at least for me, but always worth the try. (more…)
FRISCO — Sometimes we really do save the best for the last, and in the case of the December gallery, it’s true. No matter that it was a low-snow year, the final month of 2011 ended up being stellar for photography. Instead of big powder dumps, local water ways formed unique ice formations, and the ice sailors had one of their best seasons in years. Please vote in the poll to determine the December image for the 2013 Summit Voice calendar and contact me directly if you’d like to purchase any of the images as prints or gift cards, or visit our online Imagekind gallery.
FRISCO — Catching the full moon rise is always a special treat, especially when there are some wispy clouds in the sky to help frame the glowing orb. But trying to expose properly for the sky, the moon and the foreground is tricky. More often than not, the moon ends up as a featureless white disk, unless you use special trickery, like multiple exposures or HDR. Saturday night, moon played peek-a-boo through several layers of clouds, so it was like watching the moon rise several times.
I had both DSLRs with me, as well as an iPhone. The older Canon with a somewhat sketchy 300 mm zoom did a decent job of capturing a semi-closeup of the moon floating on a bed of clouds in a one-second exposure, using a rock as a tripod – yes, I forgot the tripod when I jumped on the bike to get to the reservoir for the session. The iPhone camera, as much as I love it, definitely is not ideal for low-light landscape shots. Even with moderate lighting, it loses definition and gets grainy real fast. The workhorse Nikon did a decent job, but it was interesting to see how the colors and sharpness were affected as I jacked up the ISO setting. (more…)
Moon reaches closest point to Earth in its elliptical orbit
December, 2011 full moon rising over Dillon Reservoir. PHOTO BY BOB BERWYN.
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — About once a year, the moon, in its elliptical orbit, reaches its closest point to the Earth the same time as the full moon. This year’s so-called supermoon is this weekend, and skywatchers will be treated to a moon that appears 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than the average full moon.
At its perigee, the moon is about 30,000 miles closer to Earth then when it’s at its apogee, which explains why the so-called supermoon looks especially bright and large, especially at moonrise, when viewed against a foreground. (more…)
SUMMIT COUNTY — This series of images includes some moonrise scenes captured in the willows of the Meadow Creek wetlands. For most of the winter, the scraggly willows aren’t all that much to look at, but when the silvery buds start to swell open it’s a whole new world.
The rising sun sends a pillar of light into the morning sky above Frisco, Colorado.
SUMMIT COUNTY — The weekend brought a decent storm to the Colorado Rockies, and, as with every snowstorm, the world seemed to be born again, in more ways than one. Several local ski areas picked up more than half a foot of snow, and even the valleys got a good dusting. Here’s what it looked like Sunday. (more…)
SUMMIT COUNTY — A good week for photography in Summit County. Although I’d rather be shooting images of plush snow pillows, the last few days of fall delivered a stunning moonrise and some incredible ice formations on Dillon Reservoir. I’ll post some more pictures of the moonrise along with images of Saturday morning’s eclipse. (more…)
Dozens of boys and girls called themselves the fastest in the state at Saturday's state track and field meet at Jeffco Stadium. Senior Ana Holland of Regis Jesuit High, however, had a higher calling. The fastest in the nation. In two events.
As major-league pitchers go, Tyler Chatwood is not very big. The Rockies' media guide generously lists him as 6-feet, 185 pounds. But what Chatwood lacks in stature he makes up for with tenacity and firepower.