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Garden of the Gods

Yesterday, I was intending to see if I could find some fall colors, but considering the possibility of snow, I ended at Garden of the Gods.

Since it was a nice day, I decide to take pictures in infrared, to see if the colors of the rocks would influence the picture. The infrared really made the clouds pop, but I don’t know that the colors of the rocks looked that different.

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Milky Way over the Plains

I went out a few weeks ago with the American Photo Treks group. to take pictures of the Milky Way over the plains.  I tried out a new lens to see if that made it easier.

This was a 20 mm lens and I used a shutter speed of 15 sec.  I could have gotten away with 20 sec according to the 400 rule, but I’m beginning to think that I should do the math and calculate the star’s rotation rate by how far away the star is from true north.  Then, I’ll write an app for my iPhone.

And I did shoot this in color but came to the conclusion that I didn’t need the color for what was important in this picture.  I used NIK silver efex pro 2, and the noise reduction in DXO optics.

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Some folks have the best imaginations

    I was walking downtown and ran across this.

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I’m trying to figure out if this was a clever piece of marketing, or just a joke. There wasn’t wasn’t the room for a bicycle’s front wheel. Then again, you could lock your bike to it. But I did enjoy the eat Denver on it. It was in front of a nice looking restaurant.

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Photo Workshops

A few weeks ago, I went to the Great Smokies National Park with Tony Sweet. We were blessed by good weather. Tony and Susan Milestone are great folks to take a workshop from. In addition to being familiar with terrain at the workshop, they’re very interested in finding ways that you can advance as a photographer. One of the avenues that Tony introduced me to, was infrared photography.
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This shot, was a infrared pan at Foothills Parkway. As Tony pointed out, infrared is wonderful to bring out the texture in the clouds.  I like the clouds but I also enjoy the patterns of light in valley below.

This was 8 pictures stitched together, and the camera that Tony let me use was a LifePixel converted super color Nikon D800 with a Really Right Stuff panning head.

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Studio Lighting Classes

Last night I took a class from Bill Murphy, Digital Photography Lighting Basics Workshops.  He had a mixed group, some folks who had lots of experience and some who were getting started. Bill has a nice instructional style, and while others were concentrating on the lighting, I was also picking up posing tips.

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Here we able to slow down the shutter, and since the majority of the light was coming from the strobe allow the hair to fly out while stopping her motion. I was using back button focus, so the camera didn’t go crazy trying to find focus.

I was testing out some gear yesterday, but not in this shot. This is my reliable Nikon 24-70.

I agree with Thom Hogan, being willing to take classes leads to better photography more than just buying new gear. Of course buying new gear can lead you to new capabilities.

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Harvey Stein – street photography

Tonight, I went to an opening of some street photography by Harvey Stein.  He had an amazing eye for people, and the show is at the Robert Anderson gallery in Cherry Creek.

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I had a chance to ask him, if it was getting any easier in the modern day, and he mentioned it was a little more difficult, since many people now want to know what the pictures will be used for. I should have guessed in the days of Facebook, more people are concerned about how a stranger will use their image.

He had some books of his images, but had printed some prints of the gallery. The silver prints just looked stunning in comparison to the images in the book. I would have been happy with the images in the book, if I hadn’t seen the prints.

His work was inspiring, so I did a little street photography myself. I was more interested in the architecture.

These photos were done with my Fuji X100T, which has a much more retro user interface. These are jpegs out of the camera in the film emulation mode.

My father always was interested in maps, so if he was still alive I could see him in this shoppe. Come to think of it, I might find it worth while to explore it as well.

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Georgetown Loop

Last week my sister and I made it up to the Georgetown Loop for a train ride in the mountains.  They’ve changed their rolling stock since I was last up there.  Here’s a picture I took with my little micro 4/3rds camera.

Georgetown Loop maintenance facility

Georgetown Loop maintenance facility

I experimented a bit with Tonality Pro for this shot. I’ll post more shots as I get more familiar with it.