Morning photo: Cloud 9

Vaporous …

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Collapsing thunderstorm.

FRISCO — Clouds. We often take them for granted, or see them as a nuisance if we’re in the mood for a bright, sunny day, but clouds are, of course, an essential part of the cycle of life on this planet, transporting water vapor throughout the atmosphere, distributing moisture and affecting climate in ways we are just beginning to understand. For a photographer, clouds are often the perfect foil for landscape shots, helping to soften the light and add drama to what otherwise might just be a blank space. Even if you’re not a photographer, take some time one of these days to check out what’s going on in the sky above you. Visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscape and nature shots.

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Morning photo: It’s not that the colors aren’t there

“It’s just imagination they lack …”

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Spheres.

FRISCO — With apologies and gratitude to Paul Simon, some photo whimsy after a long day of writing, looking for the crispest black and white images that also tell a story of seasons in Colorado. Continue reading

Morning photo: Black & white IV

A simple set …

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Strong contrasts in the early morning light.

FRISCO — Do you ever dream in black and white? I do, and sometimes, those dreams look like this … Continue reading

Morning photo: Low winter sun

Creekside again …

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Starburst sunrise along the Snake River.

FRISCO — The sun’s path across the sky is quickly dropping, noticeably in a different position than just a couple of weeks ago, when I ventured to the Snake River for the first time this season in search of ice. Along with shorter days, those changes create opportunities for photography, as if a new lighting designer is on the job. After shooting into the morning sun, I also went for a quick afternoon stroll along Meadow Creek, near our home in Frisco, during the afternoon, hoping to catch some glints of warm sunlight on the remnant ice (yes, remnant; it’s been so warm the past few days that some of the ice is vanishing in our November thaw). Here are the best of today’s images. Please visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscape and nature images. Continue reading

Morning photo: From the mundane to the sublime

It’s all how you look at it

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Twin Peaks.

FRISCO —Man, I really, REALLY love that Grays, Torreys, Grizzly skyline. For as many pics as I’ve snapped of those summits, I can’t find two that are the same. Then, there’s the mundane that become sublime in the eye of the beholder, like a simple aspen leaf laying in the snow, or something that’s sublime to begin with, like a bend in the river with serendipitous sunshine shafting across the cured grass to the very fringe of the forest. It’s all good … Continue reading

Morning photo: Sunday smorgasbord

Cold ice, fiery sunsets …

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Even the birds stop to watch the sunrise sometimes.

FRISCO —Looking at the set I put together, it’s almost hard to believe that all these shots were taken on the same day, all within a 30 mile radius of Summit Voice headquarters here in Frisco. What a great spring/early summer day, starting with a stroll along the Snake River near Keystone, where I went to revisit one of the spots where I took some awesome winter ice-scapes. Around mid-day, we headed over the pass to Vail and did a quick tour of the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. If you’ve never been, and you have interest in flowers at all, it’s well worth a visit to see alpine flowers from all around the world growing next to each other. For sunset, we stuck close to home, wandering the shore of Dillon Reservoir, which is rising fast. If you like our Summit snapshot series, be sure to visit our online gallery at FineArt America for a full selection of Summit County landscapes, available as prints and greeting cards. Continue reading

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: Frosty …

Still waiting for winter

Morning grass.

FRISCO — Autumn is lingering this year, and winter seems in no hurry to make an appearance quite just yet. That means cold mornings with frost on the grass and warm, sunny afternoons, filled with warm light. And November sunrises and sunsets are legendary in the high country, as high-elevation weather patterns change, building sweeping wave clouds over the crests of the mountains. I used several different iPhone apps and filters to give the pictures in this series a little extra zing, all except the last shot, taken at the I-70 scenic overlook. Continue reading

Morning photo: ‘Two’

Symmetry in pairs

FRISCO —When #FriFotos founder @EpsteinTravels announced the theme for this week’s friendly Twitter chat, I was psyched. First of all, it’s #FriFotos second birthday, which is pretty darn cool. And even without looking, I knew that I had tons of images featuring two primary subjects, some of them artful and others just silly or whimsical. I’m not sure what the book says on photographing pairs, but in my eyes, focusing on two main objects often adds a pleasing symmetry to images.

So, Happy birthday, #FriFotos! Join the fun, fellow photographers. Just upload your shots, tag them with the #FriFotos hashtag and enjoy the show!

Morning photo: Rainy days …

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Cloudscape over the Continental Divide in Summit County, Colorado.

SUMMIT COUNTY — After a dry winter and scary dry start to the spring and summer, the monsoon season came through for at least parts of the Colorado high country with plentiful rains. Some years, you hear a lot of moaning and grumbling if it’s a bit damp from time to time, but this year, after a series of major wildfires, everyone was relieved when the rains kicked in. Here’s what it looked like along Meadow Creek in Frisco on recent rainy morning. Continue reading

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