Beginning of March I will be in Vail during the Burton Open. It is the largest snowboarding competition in the world and I will be there for at least 3 days working it. I haven’t spent time in Vail in quite a few years.
Below are a few throwback images from around Vail, many of these are nearly 6 years old
The above photo was the first time I had spent the night in this region taken in 2009, Piney Lake which is about 16 miles north of Vail on Red Sandstone Road. A car friendly yet bumpy gravel road. The region has been decimated by the Pine Beetle so it looks significantly different from this photo. Photographed with my first DSLR the Canon Rebel XTI, now that is old.
The above 3 were taken in 2010 and were shot with a micro 4/3 camera the Olympus E620
The above two were taken in the summer of 2011 again with the micro 4/3 camera. Though the camera had good dynamic range, it woefully lacked in clarity and noise control. You can also see the difference in my compositions, exposures and post processing compared to today.
The year was a bad year for the region with the Pine Beetle infestation, a significant amount of the forest was killed by the bugs, I really didn’t get any photos of the devastation but it was a shocking sight.
The above was recent, last Autumn as I was driving through to my new and now current home in western Colorado. I didn’t have much time to get photos but I did come away with this one.