Another shot of a Bradford Pear bloom with the sun setting in the distant background. Enjoy!
I had placed an order a couple of days ago for a set of Macro Extension Tubes for my Nikon D60. They arrived yesterday, and I got a chance to really use them a bit today. I am thrilled with them, and it became clear as I reviewed my shots today, I need to reconsider a bit of my settings for shooting extreme closeup images. I did get a couple of good ones, I think this one is my favorite. This is a bloom from the Bradford Pear in our front yard. It was taken around dusk, and I used the on-board flash to compensate for the failing light. The flash really darkened the sky (it was still a nice shade of blue), but as I looked it, this one really started to grow on me.
After just a brief chance of using them, I do recommend these tubes if you are at all interested in macro photography. You can get them at Amazon for less than $60. I believe they make them for Canon mounts as well. Enjoy!
I happened upon this lake while hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park this past fall. I had researched the hike pretty well, as I had never been in this part of the park before, so I knew what to expect and plan for. This gem of a lake was a complete surprise!
By the time I reached this spot, the sun was quite high in the sky, and shooting in the noon sun is not the light I was looking for. But I was here, the lake was here, and I had my camera — time to make the best of the situation on hand. This is looking (mostly) towards the east, with the mountain peaks to my back. Enjoy!
Some rocks formations in Garden of the Gods are the most popular ones with visitors and tourists. The Balanced Rock (subject for a later date) would be one of them. The Siamese Twins formation is another. Unlike the Balanced Rock, however, you cannot just drive up to this one. It requires a short uphill hike to get to it. It is worth every step of the journey!
The twins rise, almost in perfect unison, above the surrounding land and at the correct angle, you can see Pike’s Peak through the window! This is a merged image of two separate photos. Even with a wide angle lens, unless you have an extreme wide angle, it is nearly impossible to get this point of view and still get both of the towering twins into the image. If you are visiting Garden of the Gods, take this hike and watch the sunrise and illuminate both Pikes Peak and the twins. One of the best views in the city! Enjoy!
Took this image a couple of years ago, and it is one of my wife’s favorites. This is from Rampart Range Road — a dirt road that connects Colorado Springs and Woodland Park, CO. As you approach the Woodland Park side, this field emerges, and along with it is one of the best views of Pike’s Peak I have found.
The clouds look more imposing than I recall them being. I loved the fence line and the contrast of the grass with the snow covered mountain. Enjoy!
Another from the series of shots I took this past Friday at Garden of the Gods. This is Kindergarten Rock as seen from the Ridge Trail, near it’s apex. I love the detail in this old rock, and how she glows in the early morning sun. The passing clouds are just icing on the cake. Enjoy!
This week, with each passing morning as I got ready to head off to work, I would see the wonderful sunrise and think to myself, “Why didn’t I get up early and try to capture this?” Finally, I had grown tired of missing out on these sunrises and headed out early Friday morning. I am fortunate that I can get to Garden of the Gods, one of the most photographed places in the city, catch the sunrise and still be at work on time during this time of the year.
One of my favorite places to go in Garden of the Gods in the Ridge Trail loop. It weaves around the southern part of the central garden area, and in many places, you are in the midst of some of the best rock formations in the park. As it turned out, most of the interesting clouds were north of the park, so this trail was perfect, as it put the rocks between the camera and the clouds. It was time for the sun to come up and paint another glorious day.
It was a wonderful sunrise, yet it all ended too soon. This is one of a series of shots I took today. I really liked the play of the two towers – the red sandstone on the left seeming to glow in the sunrise while the back side of the limestone of the right is stuck in shadows but yearning for the same level of attention. The clouds, which are losing their pre-dawn glow seem to favor the red sandstone as they move off to the east.