For this past week, I chose to take on another challenge from the Digital Photography School website’s Weekly Assignment. The assignment was “Walk, bike, drive or fly exactly 10 minutes from where you live and shoot what’s there. No 9 minute or 11 minute trips. You have to shoot what is there and even if just a few feet down the road is a better shot, you must work with what you have.” Oh, and the theme of the month is Black and White, so the image had to convert to Black and White.I took a short 10 minute drive down the road, and found this to be quite the difficult challenge. I found a bush with some great red color in it that I got a nice macro shot of. The problem is, all of that great color is lost when I converted it to B&W. Here is the original color version, followed by the black and white image. Tough and something worth trying again.
I am a little behind in posting these to the blog. So here goes. Just 2 images from this week, both are cloud based. We get some wonderful sunsets here, and the first one is an example of the color the clouds get once the sun sets behind the mountains. The next image is the day after a completely wet and rainy day (we don’t get many of these!) and due to the moisture, we had this line of clouds laying in the valley, basically fogging in most of the city. It was a pretty neat site.
Went out this past Saturday to get some pictures at twilight. First choice was the AF Academy, but that didn’t work (a subject for a future post, no doubt). So I ended up in Manitou Springs and (gulp!) Garden of the Gods. Okay, I know. But, I promise, these are different, as it was dusk, and I was playing around with some long exposure times. First up, was Fountain Creek in Manitou Springs. What a great little spot by the side of the road. The skies were gloomy which played perfectly into the mood of this photo. Kristin and I think the woods look spooky!At the Garden, I caught a few cars driving by. You do see the cars, don’t you? It was fun trying to catch them at various points. This one came out the best. The last one is a view of Garden of the Gods with Cheyenne Mountain in the background. This mountain is the home to NORAD. They watch the skies for signs of attack on North America and are trackers of all of the stuff orbiting Earth, and of course, Santa Claus!
Yes, I know. I posted about Garden of the Gods last week. I know. At the risk of falling into a rut, however, I HAD to go back! If you have been here, you understand. If you have not, well, I hope these photos inspire you to take a trip. You see, we got another good snow storm, and that is when Garden of the Gods is at it’s best, and last week, I had to leave earlier than I would have wanted to. So I hope you will indulge me in one more trip through this fantastic park. This trip was centered around the South Garden area, and the pictures were taken along a hiking trail, which I have heard people refer to as Rattlesnake Ridge. It is a short hike that takes you amongst a number of the rock formations.
I have been sneaking a couple of pictures from Garden of the Gods in on previous weeks, but I had an opportunity this past weekend to visit this Colorado Springs landmark immediately after a snowstorm, and I could not pass it up. Garden of the Gods is always breathtaking, and I recommend it as a stop on any visit to this area, but it is the most beautiful the morning after a snowstorm. Unfortunately, this was also the Saturday morning that I needed to be in to work, so I was only able to stay a little while. If I had unlimited time, I am sure I would have taken hundreds of photographs. I am sure that opportunity will present itself. Until then, here are my favorites from this past week.