Star Trail Patron

Star Trail Photo and Patron Program update

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recent photo taken just a couple miles from my community. I posted this first on my Patrons page, it is on a public posting so go check it out. There will be many more upcoming for my pledged Patrons. If you like what you see on this page and would love to see more head over and become a patron, plus if you would love to know how to make a photo like this, become a subscriber and get regular tips and tricks from me (not all levels gets it though). Also the highest level on my patron program will receive full workshops from me in the field in person every 4 months.

There are already some content for patrons up now, and as I go along there will be plenty more including behind the scenes.

If you love photography and want to learn how to make these kind of star trails or clean images of the Milky Way even with consumer grade DSLRs, or if you just want to go beyond the basics of photography. become a patron (remember not all levels will give you instructions). There are lots of great locations out here in western Colorado that are really spectacular that very few people know exists and you as a premium patron will experience first hand. I can devote 2 workshops per year to astrophotography and 2 others for landscape and nature photography. We will start out each workshop in a class room setting where I will go over camera basics (classroom will usually be held, when available, at the Battlement Mesa School House). That will be a full day, the evening will include scouting locations (gives you a chance to see the location before the shooting begins). The following day will be the shooting, we can start with a sunrise or sunset shot or both for a landscape workshop. For a astrophotography workshop we can start with a sunset shoot and continue on for the night shooting.

I will be limiting the number of patrons who receive instructions from me so hurry over, no one has claimed them yet, but it could happen fast.

Or if you just love seeing more of my photos and want to support me even further or want to see what goes on when I am out in the field. Become a patron for as little as $1 a month.

https://www.patreon.com/Paulscoloradophotography?ty=h

New Patreon Content With New Photo

Patron Campaign and sneak peak of ongoing project

I just added another Creator Post to my patron page, I actually had a dickens to get it working right (gotta love html when you don’t know html). This is available free to everyone, get even more when you sign up to become a Patron. There is even a new photo on that post, but you are going to have to read the whole thing to find it 😉 One I am quite proud of actually, well like I am not proud of everything I release.

 

https://www.patreon.com/posts/4115661

 

Here is the video of me describing the patron campaign in a little more detail with a link, in the video, directly to the home page. When you sign up you’ll have access to exclusive content and behind the scenes. A high enough subscription will bring you lots of tips and tricks every month leading up to a full workshop that I will hold every 4 months. It’s an opportunity to meet me in person on location where you can experience the amazing scenery and skies of western Colorado and eastern Utah and learn the ins and outs of landscape and astrophotography. Many of these places in western Colorado you will not find another photographer or tourist, now isn’t that a treat all it’s own (just be aware of the friendly ranchers in the area who might stop by making sure no one is needing help)

 

come later this year I will be releasing a huge project that I started a couple months ago. Below is a sneak peak of it

The actual full length of the clip is 3 times this

It’s Christmas Time in the Desert

I bet you didn’t know that Colorado has alot of areas that are desert. In fact 1/3 of Colorado is desert including where I currently live. You wouldn’t know it this year though as it has been extremely snowy and cold, in fact just one storm last week dropped more snow than what we had here all last year.

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We are supposed to get another 4-9 inches of snow by tomorrow evening. Seriously, this is alot of snow even for Denver.

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Sorry no Santa in this photo, he was probably still finalizing his naughty list when I took this photo

 

Snowy weather and back to Lightroom

Using Lightroom again for upcoming project

Snow, snow and more snow with photos

Yes I am back on Lightroom at least for the moment, working on a project that at the moment requires the intergration capability of Lightroom and another application. This is an ongoing project and started before my hard drive failed and will continue probably into the summer, I will probably end it before it gets too hot. Here is a quick sample of the project.

Excited yet? Well you are going to have to wait until I am finished with the project to see more.

Other than this I am using Capture One Pro for individual photos

 

Think of hot weather during the winter, remembering the days of camping and hiking, but to be honest I don’t mind snow too much. I don’t exactly go frolicking in the snow, but I do feel bad for people who don’t get to experience it. I am currently living in the desert region of western Colorado, but apparently I timed my move to coincide with the strongest El Nino on 50 years, so apparently the snow we have been getting is far greater than normal, apparently one snow storm a few weeks ago dropped more snow than this region received all last year this is what I am hearing from long time locals. Needless to say I have not been getting out as much as I would like, but have definitely been getting more snow photos from my own community than I have in a long time.

 

All of these individual photos have been processed with Capture One Pro

 

Don’t forget to visit my website for more photos

New Photos with Capture One Pro

What can I say, I am quite impressed with the file handling of Capture One Pro. As I posted last time about my transition from Adobe Lightroom to Capture One Pro by Phase One, at that time I had just started and the verdict wasn’t even deliberating yet. Well it’s come back with it’s verdict. We the Jury find the Program “awesome” on most accounts, the biggest issue I have with it that perhaps I will get the hang of over time is the importing and exporting of files. Other than that Capture One not only completely replaces Lightroom in my work flow, but almost all of Photoshop’s usage as well. I now use Photoshop only for the most advanced and complex work or cleanup and sizing for web.

The above photos were older photos taken a few years ago. All of them reprocessed in Capture One. What impresses me is how it maintains a strong contrast and sharpness straight from the camera. it also provides better and more accurate color renditions too.

 

I also get cleaner and sharper images through Capture One with less post processing with far less noise and artifacting. The above photos are recent photos processed for the first time. All images above were taken with an ISO of 6400, quite impressed how clean these came out with little noise given the high ISO. Photos taken with a Canon 5D MKII, a good camera for night photography but still older sensor technology not quite up to most current DSLR’s such as the Canon 6D or Nikon D800 or Sony A7R II. Perhaps these high performing DSLR’s are not necessary with the file handling of Capture One Pro?  I am not going to get into an argument over that =)

Recent Move

I recently moved to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina due to family health problems and I am getting tons of photos here. I do miss Colorado immensely and will be returning sooner or later (hopefully sooner) that is why I am still keeping my brand of Paul’s Colorado Photography and not changing it to something like Paul’s South Carolina Photography. Besides Colorado has a nice ring to it 😉 anyways without further ado, here are some photos taken since December, when I first came out on a short trip.

I recently moved to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina due to family health problems and I am getting tons of photos here. I do miss Colorado immensely and will be returning sooner or later (hopefully sooner) that is why I am still keeping my brand of Paul’s Colorado Photography and not changing it to something like Paul’s South Carolina Photography. Besides Colorado has a nice ring to it 😉 anyways without further ado, here are some photos taken since December, when I first came out on a short trip.

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The leaf is from Surfside Beach during a stormy day and the second one is from Garden City one day after the full moon taken when a storm system started clearing out.

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I am also working on making videos, it’s definitely been quite the learning curve, extremely different from still photography. This is an example of one that I had done, taken with my GoPro and edited in GoPro studios using one of their templates, I have alot more learning to do.

website update at paulscoloradophotography.com

Since I regularly have people contacting me about purchasing prints, I just did an update to my website. I have made it easier to get info about purchasing prints and mounts. Including pricing.

Since I regularly have people contacting me about purchasing prints, I just did an update to my website. I have made it easier to get info about purchasing prints and mounts. Including pricing. I am still searching for a quality e-commerce site to process orders directly online without having to contact me. That will take some time to set up so please be patient, until then you will still have to contact me through my website with the photos you desire. It is also coming up to a new year and my prices are changing, so make sure you take a look at the purchasing page when browsing my website. They are going up quite a bit. Just remember that I do use the highest quality in printing and mounting available, materials and techniques that I am very proud of and will stand behind 100 percent. I also strive to maintain significant originality in all my photos, both in the scenes I photograph and my artistic expression, guaranteeing a unique experience in each one of my photos. To see examples of my work just follow the link to my website and go to galleries, it is an accumulation of many years of photography rolled up into one website, you can also see from page to page how I have evolved both as a photographer and artist over the years. An evolution that will continue through the rest of my life

I recently got out of Denver finally. New photos are coming to my website and Facebook page, so if you haven’t already go to my Facebook page and like it and share it to all your friends and family, I regularly post on Facebook.

Panoramic of Lake Dillon on a windy and cold evening
Panoramic of Lake Dillon on a windy and cold Thanksgiving evening 2014. Panoramic is over 25,600 pixels wide and 5,800 pixels high
Sun Peaking through clouds at a cold and windy Lake Dillon on Thanksgiving 2014
Sun Peaking through clouds at a cold and windy Lake Dillon on Thanksgiving 2014
Blowing snow is visible in this photo taken with my 70-200 F4L at 200 MM. The high mountain peaks are above Breckenridge about 9 miles away, You can see individual ski runs  and ski lifts on the full sized photo
Blowing snow is visible in this photo taken with my 70-200 F4L at 200 MM. The high mountain peaks are above Breckenridge about 9 miles away, You can see individual ski runs and ski lifts on the full sized photo
Some of the last light from Lake Dillon right at the ending of dusk. It was getting dark at that point, the wind started calming down, though it was still blowing hard. The lower light gave me a longer shutter speed which helped smooth the water.
Some of the last light from Lake Dillon right at the ending of dusk. It was getting dark at that point, the wind started calming down, though it was still blowing hard. The lower light gave me a longer shutter speed which helped create a smooth effect to the water.

Remember all photos posted here and all other websites are copyrighted by me, the reproduction and usage is forbidden and is a violation of US and international law. Enjoy these photos as much as you like on my sites but don’t steal them, it takes a lot of work and time to develop my artistic vision, technical skills, as well as time and money to get these photos and process them.