Vail for a few days

Throw back to some old photos in Vail

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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

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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.

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The above 3 were taken in 2010 and were shot with a micro 4/3 camera the Olympus E620

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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.

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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.

 

 

Author: paulscoloradophotography

Nature and landscape photographer from Denver metro, Colorado. I also do extensive urban and night time photography. I originally started photography as a means to document my climbs of Colorado's many high mountain peaks, then it evolved from there. The biggest thing about landscape photography is being in nature and capturing those short lived and sublime moments that occur. There is nothing quite like being at a mountain lake feeling that cold mountain air, looking up at those dramatic peaks and spires, or being up late at night looking up at the incredible amount of stars visible from the Earth, something that very few people are able to experience any more this is the true source of my inspiration. I have had several gallery showings including with the Denver Photo Art Gallery owned by renowned nature photographer John Fielder, and a two week exhibit during the Democratic National Convention. I currently have 2 books out in collaboration with other people, plus working on a 3rd one about Loveland Pass region, this last one is still an ongoing project. Plus I have been published from other sources including Smith Southwestern and am a regular contributor in stock with Shutterstock and Dreamstime. I have had large scale corporate sales and numerous individual sales of my photos. This includes numerous photos with the Plenary Group and photos in the home of a well known actor

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