Sold My First Copy!

Storm Warning

Finally sold my first copy of Storm Warning! It was just a Kindle Unlimited sale, so I just got a few cents for the pages read, but what I like about this sale is that the reader read the entire book. So even though they got to read it for free, that means they read the entire book even though they didn’t have to 🙂 The book is a great wintertime asset to any photographer who enjoys the photographing Rocky Mountains in the dead of winter!

This will be a Great Christmas gift for the photographer in your life who wants to get out and photograph wildlife and mountains in the winter!

Winter Wonderland

Colorado Winter WonderlandIt was a true winter wonderland in mine country yesterday! I almost didn’t go because it was only about 5 degrees and when I first looked outside there was nothing but fog to see. Later however when I looked again there was a brand new white coat on everything as far as the eye could see! So I grabbed my camera and my Breakthrough brand polarizer and hit the road! Even though it had cleared up some, there was still a bit of haze in the air and I knew the polarizer would help add some drama back in to the photographs.

At first I just wanted to get some shots of the beautiful aspen trees but as I got further down the road it became apparent that it was going to be a good day to shoot the historic mine head frames as well! I knew though, that even though it was still really cold, once the wind and sun became stronger the magic would soon be gone.  After about an hour and a half the snow was already disappearing off the trees so I was glad I worked fast 🙂

In any case, I hope you enjoy the pictures!

 

 

Storm Warning

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Coyote on the Hunt
 
 
 
 
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Snow on the Way

One look out the window and down the valley and it’s obvious that more snow is on the way! The first place it shows up is over the Sangre de Cristo Range where storm clouds spilling over the mountains is simply stunningly beautiful! Sometimes that’s as far as the clouds go though, the clouds stall out over the mountains and all we see is sunshine on the other side of the Arkansas River Valley. Not today though, a few steps down my trail and and I was acutely aware of what’s to come… Cloudy, cold and wind blowing about a hundred miles an hour 😦 So I just hiked to the overlook to capture a few images of the amazing scene and just scrambled back to the truck to escape the gale!

At the overlook the wind was blowing so hard I could hardly hold the camera still… even putting it on the monopod wasn’t much help but I persevered anyway. The wind was blowing my eyes closed so it was difficult to even maintain a composition but I managed to grab a few captures before retreating to the warmth of my vehicle. Anyway, hope you enjoy the pictures!

 

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Elk Herd on a Beautiful Rocky Mountain Evening

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First Snow

Fresh Snow on Pikes Peak

We had our first  real snow in the southern mountains this week. And of course I was compelled to go out in it and get some pictures! The south face of Pikes Peak isn’t that impressive, but in the right conditions a decent picture can be made! I was hoping for more from my trip to Eleven Mile Canyon yesterday, but it would seem the eagles weren’t as impressed with the weather conditions as I was. I should have known, after all these years of photographing them I have discovered that eagles don’t like snow and wind and they will hunker down for a day or two to avoid it. It seems like they would be ready to get out and fly around after a snowy day but that is not the

Winter in Eleven Mile Canyon

case. Perhaps they know the weather is coming and stock up on food, I don’t know… it’s a mystery I haven’t solved yet.

However the snow and ice in the river at sunrise was quite spectacular and I have to say this is one of my favorite captures ever! Usually by the time I come upon this scene the sun is hitting the river and cliffs in the background and even though it looks great to the naked eye… film or an image sensor just can’t seem to take it all in. There was a hint of golden morning light reflecting on the water for this capture taken during the blue hour and I could have used a warmer white balance, but I thought the bluish tint reflected the cold scene better. What do you think?

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Elk Herd on a Beautiful Rocky Mountain Evening

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Mine Country Autumn and a Hawk

Another beautiful morning prompted me to get out in the great outdoors! My usual trailhead is under construction which I found a bit depressing, and almost abandoned my outing because of it… But I decided to move on and find another place to hike. I really don’t enjoy hiking the groomed park of the

Red-tailed Hawk

Goldfield historic mines, but it was something to do and the images sell once in a while. I decided on my 24-105L lens with polarizer attached for the hike again. This probably turned out to be not such a great choice as the best images were distant shots of the head frames which isn’t the best application for the wide angle.

Turns out there was a chain link fence that I couldn’t see that found itself in almost every image, something that might not have happened had I used my trusty 70-200 F4L. The lens would have done the cropping for me instead of having to do it in post. Unfortunately I didn’t see the fence until I brought up the images in Photoshop so I guess what’s done is done.

The hawk was waiting for me at the trailhead so I still had my big 400mm birding lens for this capture 🙂 Unfortunately this is the only good image of  the raptor as he flew off in the wrong direction shortly after this capture.

Well anyway, hope you all enjoy a few more images of mine country in autumn!

 

 

 

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Elk Herd on a Beautiful Rocky Mountain Evening

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Golden Mines and Snow

Got a chance to get out and shoot a few more fall pictures… with more care and attention to detail this time! So this time I brought along my preferred landscape lens, the Canon 24-105 F4L and the

Pikes Peak Autumn

Breakthrough circular polarizer. When shooting fall colors I find the polarizer to be an invaluable tool for cutting through blown out highlights and really making the colors pop! Even though I was taking the extra steps to ensure that the camera was steady, the leaves were blowing around quite a bit so I kept my shutter speed up to around an 800th of a second with auto ISO selected.

The colors were a bit more vivid after a couple days rest since the last outing, but they are definitely now showing signs of being past peak color for this season. I also brought along my old  Canon A-1 film camera, which

Sangre de Cristo Autumn

just happened to have a roll of color film in progress, so we’ll see in a few weeks how those captures turned out! I was using a 35-135 FD manual focus lens with polarizer attached to get the best out of my 35mm ISO 400 Fuji film.

Anyway, it was a magnificent day in the high country and the colors were beautiful around the historic mines of the district. We have also received a special treat in the last few days, snow on the Sangre de Cristo Range. There is still quite a bit of leftover smoke and haze from the summer fires but the peaks are beginning to show through! Since they are one of my favorite photography subjects I am a happy camper with this seasonal development 🙂 The peaks are beautiful year round of course, when you can see them, but in my opinion they are much more magnificent with snow on them! Of course a polarizer is required to really bring out the detail on distant mountains like this.

Here are a few more images for you to enjoy, I hope you like them! Click on any one of them to view a larger copy!

 

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Elk Herd on a Beautiful Rocky Mountain Evening

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Autumn in the District

So far it’s been a tough fall season in the high country Cripple Creek and Victor mining district for foliage pictures… the leaves are all changing at different times. The south face of Pikes Peak has already peaked and high winds have blown the best leaves off the trees. At the lower elevations some of the leaves are already bright orange while others are still green and some have just turned brown and withered.

Victor Colorado Autumn

But my efforts last week didn’t go completely unrewarded … I captured a few that I don’t already have in my portfolio that I would like to share 🙂 Unfortunately I accidentally left my polarizer behind along with my 24-105L lens, which was what the polarizer was attached to 😦 A couple would be nice pictures were ruined by the ubiquitous power lines that stretch across the landscape everywhere one looks up here, a shame for sure but I don’t know what could be done about it. I suppose hours of photoshopping could save a couple of them but I don’t have that kind of patience anymore.

Victor Colorado Autumn

Anyway, the day started with this pre-sunrise shot of a young doe mule deer, my favorite of the entire batch! My best mine picture was ruined by carelessness… I hand held the camera and forgot to check the shutter speed, resulting in too much motion blur to recover the image. Luckily I managed to make up for that loss with this capture of an old homestead set against golden aspen leaves, an image which I’ve been trying for years to capture in peak autumn! It’s kind of difficult to see, but there is also a very cool weather phenomenon going on in the background. Fog has filled the entire Arkansas River Valley while the beautiful Sangre de Cristo range juts high above the fog and haze!

That shot also looks great in winter so when the snow comes I’ll grab that one too 🙂 Please enjoy the gallery below and keep in mind that you can click each one to see a bigger version!

 

Also don’t forget to check out my books and calendars on Lulu Press and Amazon including my latest, “Wildlife Photography in the Colorado Rockies” and this year’s wildlife calendar “Colorado Wildlife 2023“!

Elk Herd on a Beautiful Rocky Mountain Evening

As always, the best of these images and hundreds more are available for purchase on my website as wall art on glossy metal or acrylic sheets, stretched canvas and traditional matting and framing. Tons of cool household and gift items are also available with any image you like including coffee mugs, t-shirts, blankets and pillows, battery chargers, phone cases, stationary and much much more! Just click on any image you like and all the choices, sizes and prices will appear! For my viewers interested in images for commercial use, please visit my image licensing portal! Also, if you would like to see a more complete record of today’s images please follow my Instagram account!

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Majestic Morning

Winter returned last night and I awoke to 15 degrees and 3 inches of new snow. I was tired and it took a few cups of java to get my eyes to open, but fortunately moment arrived at about the same moment that light began to spill over the mountains to the east. I really didn’t want to go out today but I knew that my author copies from Amazon of my Wildilfe Photography Book would be at the post office and the kitties were complaining incessantly about their food variety so out the door into the cold I went.

I decided to first drive out to the overlook and have a look at the aftermath of the storm on the mountains. As I wound my way out of town I caught a glimpse of the Sangre de Cristo Range in the distance and they were putting on quite a show in the storm clouds and fresh snow of last night’s weather. Of course I was ready with my digital camera and even my old Canon A-1 with most of a roll of Ilford B&W film. After all these years living in the mountains I know every overlook and every parking spot along the scenic byway and today I was going to stop at every one of them!

I also knew the view from the mining district over in Goldfield might be pretty cool today so I went over there too. I hope you enjoy a few of the pictures, I thought it was just magnificent this morning!

Elk Herd on a Beautiful Rocky Mountain Evening

And don’t forget to check out my books and calendars on Lulu Press and Amazon!

As always, the best of these images and hundreds more are available for purchase on my website as wall art on glossy metal or acrylic sheets, stretched canvas and traditional matting and framing. Tons of cool household and gift items are also available with any image you like including coffee mugs, t-shirts, blankets and pillows, battery chargers, phone cases, stationary and much much more! Just click on any image you like and all the choices, sizes and prices will appear! For my viewers interested in images for commercial use, please visit my image licensing portal! Also, if you would like to see a more complete record of today’s images please follow my Instagram account!

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Happy Easter From Mine Country

Herd of Does

Happy Easter 2022… I probably should have gone to Easter service at church, but somehow a gathering of people don’t seem to bring me closer to God. I knew my trail would be peaceful today so that is where I went to celebrate my Easter holiday.

I was greeted by this little band of doe mule deer, also apparently enjoying this beautiful quiet morning. I stopped my hike for a half hour or so to take a few pictures and let them pass. They were wanting to go around the fence and I didn’t want to scare them into running straight at it where they would be forced to jump.

Historic Mine Ruins

Eventually they slowly passed, enjoying a bit of mountain grass along they way and I went on in to Victor to see if anything was open for breakfast. Well nothing was open but I again spotted this cool old abandoned structure on the mountainside that I’ve been trying to photograph for some time this year. As I drove through town I caught a glimpse of it that I hadn’t seen before and got to thinking with a long enough lens I might be able to get the capture.

Elk Herd on a Beautiful Rocky Mountain Evening

So I parked my truck and put on the 100-400L and took a walk through town. I couldn’t get the pine trees out of the lower left corner, but the view of the old house was pretty good… if I was patient enough to wait for the wind gusts to stop, the south wind was blowing the flags over my scene most of the time making it impossible to shoot. Finally I got a few seconds of calm and took the shot, 1/1250th of a second at f/5.6 and ISO 320.

I was able to coax a bit more contrast out of the image by converting to monochrome with the Photoshop channel mixer and am fairly pleased with the results. Once summer comes and those branches get leaves on them this image will be impossible until next winter.

I’m happy to report that my books are getting a bit of attention and even today someone read over 50 pages on their Kindle account!

Interesting Perspective

So I went for a hike through the mines at Goldfield Colorado yesterday, taking only my antique Canon A-1 film camera with me. I had a few exposures remaining on my roll of Ilford Hp5 ISO 400 monochrome film and was hoping to expend them on the old mines. I think I had about 12 pictures to take but by the time I had reached the turnaround point on the trail I still had 4 remaining.

Snowy Mines

The last part of the trail doesn’t really pass many highlights so I was wondering how I was going to use up four exposures. That quandary got me to thinking of my digital camera where four exposures would be nothing. Lol, there have been times when I accidentally pressed the shutter button and banged off eight frames of the ground, or my shoe, or the floor mat in Kevin’s car. It’s nothing on a bird photography outing in Eleven Mile to shoot 600 frames with 500 of them almost exactly alike.

Elk Herd on a Beautiful Rocky Mountain Evening

So then I got to thinking how therapeutic it was to be just walking along looking for a real and distinct image with no real pressure to actually find one. I was just thoroughly enjoying the process of manual photography. I enjoyed loading the film by hand and cranking it into place. I enjoyed turning the lens to the aperture I wanted and setting the shutter speed dial to my desired value. I enjoy the satisfying slap of the mirror as the camera bangs it out of the way to expose the film.

And today I will enjoy going to the lab to turn in the film for developing and for the opportunity to browse the camera store looking for some little gizmo I might need. And I always enjoy chatting with the lab people about the whole process of shooting film, a skill nearly lost on today’s photographers.

I’m going to have a good day 🙂

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