Diptych

More to Come?

Dryptich

Not much else to say other than if I can get a shot with a similar subject matter with the North Star in the center perhaps I will make a Triptych. Your thoughts on these? Should I try more?

Back to McClure Pass

I was happily able to return to the McClure Pass region, this time during our recent massive spring storm that dumped several feet of snow in some mountain areas. Luckily it didn’t drop that much in the McClure Pass region, but it definitely had a wonderfully wintry feel. Two aspects of spring storms in the west that makes it an exciting time to get out is the wetter snow, it clings to trees better than the dry powdery snow of winter, and the fact that it is warmer so snow will not accumulate on roads as much. The drier Winter snows may be better for skiing, Colorado and Utah are known for this and is what brings millions of skiers and billions of dollars to the states economies, and the spring storms have a tendency of dropping significantly greater amounts of much heavier snow which can still create major travel issues. So it may not be all unicorns and puppies. For this photographer these spring storms are the opportunities to get out to capture some of the missed winter scenes that the slight colder winter temps kept me inside next to a heater.

I ended up with almost 500 photos that day and could have gotten more. Here is a hint, try not to forget where you put your extra memory cards, or better yet, don’t forget about those memory card pouches on the main camera compartment flap on your camera bag. It sure could save you some headaches, especially when those slots are staring right back at you.

Below are a few examples of that day. It’s been a long process of going through these and fine tuning the photos to fit exactly my experiences of the day. Each one of my photos is given it’s own personal touch as each photo was taken with a new and unique experience, even if it is taken from the exact same spot. It’s a long process to go through all 500 photos and with many more to be discovered in addition to the ones posted here, the post processing journey is as exciting as the trip itself.

The above two were taken at a small unnamed lake just west of Marble, it was a constant change of lighting almost the entire day with periods of snow and periods of sunlight with periods of snow with sunlight. A common experience in this dry western climate

A couple of scenes along the Crystal River further down from McClure Pass and much lower in elevation taken during sunrise, the opposite time of day from the above two photos

The dramatic weather and scenery along highway 133 between Carbondale and the town of Marble which is situated at the foot of McClure Pass.

The last two above are the exact same spots of the same mountain peaks. One minute the sun is shining and the next I am getting snowed on. The top photo shows the falling snow

 

 

Back From Vail

Returning from Vail with new photos in my backyard

A full week in Vail for the Burton US Open, the largest snowboarding competition in the world which attracted the likes of Kelly Clark and Shaun White. Though I did not get any photos while I was there (outside of my phones camera) I still had a great time.

It didn’t take me long to get out for new ones, we had some stormy weather come through today with rain here in the valley and some snow higher up in the mountains, I finally had the opportunity to get out for a few shots

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The ponds behind my place have finally thawed out and a few trees in the neighborhood are getting their leaves, such a pleasant surprise after all that snow in Vail

Vail for a few days

Throw back to some old photos in Vail

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.

 

 

Spring is Approaching

More of western Colorado with the first signs of a Springtime thaw.

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This above photo was taken during the last snow that we had. It’s finally starting to warm up now and the snow on the mountain side is almost completely gone. Apparently February and March is mud season in this region. It sure is feeling like spring here despite it officially not arriving for more than a month. Sorry to those living in Denver who won’t see spring until probably mid April, at least based off my experience of the typical weather in Denver, but who knows what will happen, this year has been a weird year for weather in Colorado.

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There is still lots of snow left and the higher you go around here the more there is

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looking south west in the above photo taken with my 70-200 with the 1.7X converter, a 180 degree different view from the above two photos

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The hillside from the above two photos but with the same 70-200 1.7X

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The above Roan Plateau at dusk with Highway 6, as a very rural frontage road, leading to the distant plateau.

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Remember this one?

Flash back and new photos

I took this two years ago right after the AFC Championship game in Denver where the Broncos won, only to get beaten sorely in the Super Bowl, but now with their Super Bowl win today I felt like a repost. Too bad I have not been in Denver for almost a year now.

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the above photo was taken just after the AFC Championship game in 2013, beating the New England Patriots, Coincidentally the Broncos defeated the same team at the same venue this year as well. I wish I was in Denver for that one, especially now that the Broncos have won the Superbowl.

Most of the crowd had left the stadium when I got down here, but let me tell you about the crowds in the streets going for several hours. I can imagine Denver right now.  Let’s keep the celebration classy Denver. Denver is one of the most educated and smartest cities in the US and per capita the most cultured, let’s keep that reputation going tonight.

 

On another note. I have gotten out for more photos from my community (200 miles west of Denver) that are not astrophotography related

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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.