Monday, November 05, 2007

Through the Seasons at the Colorado State University Oval

I've finally finished my year long project to take a photo at the same location once for each season. Here's the result:

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Everything is flowing--going somewhere.

Snow flows fast or slow in grand beauty; the air in majestic floods of fragrance.

Rocks flow from volcanoes like water from springs; animals flock together and flow in currents, while the stars go streaming through space.

Everything is flowing--going somewhere.

How lavish is Nature; Nature always building, Nature always pulling down, creating, destroying, chasing every material particle from form to form, ever changing, ever beautiful.

-John Muir

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Another entry for the flickr group The Dictionary of Image.

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Something Different

On flickr there is a really cool new group called The Dictionary of Image. The only rule is your submission should include a definition as part of the finished piece which is appropriate to the image. What a fun concept! Here's my first entry.

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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Lark Bunting Triangulation

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Today this is being featured on the front page of the New West Network, an excellent source for news of culture, economy, politics, environment and lifestyle in the Rocky Mountain West.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Advancing On To Peace

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I love you Papa.

This is dedicated to Papa (my grandfather). Papa passed on last Wednesday night after a struggle that has seen him taking multiple ambulance rides to the hospital in the past months. He lived a long, loving and kind life that is an example on how to live I will always treasure. Some of you might remember he is who originally turned me onto photography and who taught me how to use my first 35 mm SLR camera. I am eternally blessed and better for having known Papa.

I wanted to share a few quotes that I've found some meaning in at this time:

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. ~From a headstone in Ireland

When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. ~Kahlil Gibran

Oh heart, if one should say to you that the soul perishes like the body, answer that the flower withers, but the seed remains. ~Kahlil Gibran

Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy. ~Author Unknown

While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil. ~John Taylor

Let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life. ~John Muir

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Colorado State University Nightscapes

After our recent gully-washer of a rain storm I hopped in the car to go do some wet night photography and ended up at the Colorado State University's Oval. Here's some of the results I liked. Very little post-processing was used for either image.

After Dark at the Halls of Justice

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The Enchanted Paseo

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Monday, July 23, 2007

Reaching for the Stars

This ancient juniper tree yearning for the stars is brought to you courtesy of some of the lowest light pollution I've seen in Colorado. The image is completely natural, with no manipulation in photoshop. The tree was illuminated with my white LED headlamp, basically a paint with light experiment. The exposure was 63 seconds.

Friday, July 20, 2007

The Beauty of Age

Ancient Mesatop Sentinels

Twisted History

Saturday, July 07, 2007


Night of the Cranes

I decided to have some fun making a composite. The crane silhouettes were created based on my photos of Sandhill Cranes in flight at Bosque National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico (some of which I've shared here). The sunset is from this past week in the mountains above Fort Collins, Colorado. And finally the full moon was borrowed from my Phases of a Total Lunar Eclipse image featured here long ago. It was fun making this, I hope you enjoy.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Red Mountain Falls

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If you enjoy my photography could you please think good thoughts for my grandfather? He is who I can most credit for giving me a passion for photography and who taught me how to use my first 35mm SLR. Today at near 90 years old he is recovering from a really tough fall and high fever in a 24 hr nursing care center. He really wants to return to his independent life. I appreciate all of your good thoughts and prayers for him, thanks a million.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Rural Decay

Can't Get Clean

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The Portal

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007


Aermotor Cloud Storm

I Spy Sky Eyes

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Sundown at Rivendell

Sundown at Rivendell, originally uploaded by Fort Photo.

Try viewing large on black.

This image is a digitally-enhanced composite of a five frame HDR and portions of two of the frames used to make the HDR (mostly sky and some of the reflection). I've also removed a small portion of road on the middle right.

In the past when I posted from this series someone commented that they felt it was almost prehistoric in feel. So tonight I went for broke to reach Jurassic Park, and maybe it's just the coffee and beer, but I feel I've ended up in Middle-Earth. ;-)

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Round Trinidad

A whimsical round house found in Trinidad, Colorado. This image is digitally enhanced.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Sandhill Crane Flight

Incredibly majestic birds, that are perhaps at their best in the air.

Sandhill Crane Projectile

Crane Flight Diagonal

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Coming Right at the Morning

A first light scene from Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico.

Friday, May 04, 2007

Cormorants are Cool

Double-crested Cormorant Landing

Double-crested Cormorant Bat Impressions

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Yellowstone Colors

One of the most surreal landscapes I know, Yellowstone National Park is a photographer's dream.

Grand Prismatic Intricacy

A view of the largest hot spring in the United States: Grand Prismatic Spring.

Clepsydra Geyser Permutations

This sunset image is a composite of multiple long-time exposures of an erupting geyser at Yellowstone National Park.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Friday, April 13, 2007

A Pair of Cuties

Spotted Towhee (water added)

House Sparrow

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Illustrative Renderings

Lately I've been experimenting with a hybrid post-processing approach that creates images that are part photograph and part illustration, almost as if one of those old architectural renderings. I find a number of different tools can really help implement the feel I am going for, such as the faked water reflection I used in my previous golden pond post. Here's one that is more on the side of a photograph to preserve the natural color and beauty of a Great Blue Heron-- but layered in is a combination of LucisArt and a variety of Photoshop steps to give the look of a rendering to some extent as well.

The effect really comes into its own when viewed large (click on the image for a larger view).

Great Brr Heron

And here is one more strongly on the illustration/architectural rendering side...

Ammons Hall, Colorado State University

Monday, April 02, 2007

Cottonwood on (fake) Golden Pond

The water was simulated to add an element of depth to the image, hope you enjoy.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Grand Crescent Moon Sunset

A view of the setting crescent moon in the sunset taken just east of the Very Large Array (radio telescope) in Socorro County, New Mexico.

Taken with a 300 mm F4 to emphasize how large the moon looked setting. The next night was too late to get this shot as the moon's descent to the horizon was still well above the final fading sunset colors. It reminded me of how Ansel stressed when you see something really special don't wait to go back and get the photo no matter how inconvenient, there's no guarantee you will get a second chance (like his moonrise photo we all know and love).

And here is an image of the crescent moon in the sunset the following evening in a wider more landscape oriented view at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge:

Saturday, March 24, 2007

More Pawnee Pontificating

The same night I took the sunset photo in my last post I had a lot of fun capturing the scene in a myriad of ways for practice at trying different photography techniques. In that spirit of trying to render one scene in a variety of ways I give you another angle at the same pond, and this one is an HDR (3 frames, not pseudo) take:

Hugged by a Sunset

And here is a long-time exposure (about 3.5 minutes) of Venus setting in the early night sky over the pond (not an HDR, very little post-processing):

The Disappearance of Venus

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Pawnee Pond Pondering

The incredible sunset we had in Colorado Friday night seen here from a small pond in Pawnee National Grassland. No filters were used save a neutral density grad, and besides denoise and a slight levels adjustment I used very little post-processing. Shown both right side up and vertically flipped/upside down, can you tell which way is up?

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Snow Goose Grace

Here are a couple of views of white morph Snow Geese (Chen caerulescens) taken at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge show off the inherent grace and beauty of this species.

One cool ID factoid to know in order to tell the very similar Snow Geese and Ross's Geese apart is the distinctive black patch on bill edges, the "grinning patch" or "smile" unique to the Snow Geese. The black lipstick-like grin patches are fairly easy to see on these captures. Also Ross's Geese have much smaller/stubbier triangular bills

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

A Slightly Different Sunset Pillar

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Clepsydra Geyser serves here as a sunset pillar, helping paint this ethereal scene. What intrigues me the most is the lighter area at the base of the steam pillar, I didn't use flash and was the only one taking photos. I have no idea why it looks illuminated, spooky!

From the National Park Service:

This nearly constant performer splashes from several vents and its steam can be seen throughout the Lower Geyser Basin. Its name is Greek for water clock, and was given because the geyser used to erupt regularly every three minutes. Since the 1959 Hebgen earthquake, however, Clepsydra erupts almost without pause. Sometimes it quits during Fountain's eruption.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Night Heron Braking into Grace

This has a certain almost Eastern aesthetic to it that I enjoy, hope you do too.

Night Heron Braking into Grace, originally uploaded by Fort Photo.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Returning to Fort Ephemera

One of most beautiful birds of prey in the world: the American Kestrel.

Winter Male American Kestrel

And here is another crowd pleaser: the Cedar Waxwing in a paradise of it's favorite alcoholic berries.

Cedar Waxwing Berry Paradiso