Been a bit of a crazy week — didn’t have much time for photography, including spending some time here. Friday night, after getting the kids off to bed, and noticing the conditions may be favorable for some night photography, I grabbed my gear and headed off to Garden of the Gods. It is so nice to have such a wonderful place so close. By 9 PM, I had hiked up to the area around the Siamese Twins, and starting setting up for some fun.
This is the first of the images from this little trip. Oddly enough, it was one of the last ones I took that night. Funny how things work out.
This is an 8 second exposure taken at f/3.5 and ISO-800. Once the shutter was opened, I painted the rocks with a pair of Mag Lights. Really happy with the results of this one. Enjoy!
A very good friend and I went for a hike up to Horsethief Falls this past February. The falls are on the west side of Pike’s Peak just off of Highway 67 between Divide and Cripple Creek, Colorado.
I had seen spring and summer photos of the falls, and heard that it will ice up during the winter. Given the lack of snow we had this year, I was hoping for some really nice ice formations. I was not prepared for what lay in store for us! The stream had frozen over, and expanded well beyond its normal bed. The vastness of the ice flow was quite impressive. There were points along the falls where you can hear the stream still flowing below the ice. It was a bit unsettling crossing it, but it was very thick and we made it to the far side without incident.
This may be one of the most impressive winter scenes I have seen. It was an amazing sight to see! Enjoy!
Been pulled into a few other projects, but I wanted to quickly post something from a hike we took this past weekend.
This is from Castlewood Canyon Park, near Castle Rock, Colorado. A lone cactus was welcoming the warm spring day. Watch your step! Hope you enjoy — back soon with more.
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!
Came across this snow covered giant while hiking up to Horsethief Falls. I would have loved to have seen it before it met this fate. Even in this state, it looked so grand and stately. I have been working on improving my composition and finding the right point of view. What separates one photo from the rest of the crowd, is often finding the proper spot to take the image from. I suppose that one could take snaps from all around a subject like this one, and then choose the best after the fact. While that likely improves the chances of getting the right perspective, I choose to avoid that tactic. I believe that thinking about the picture before you take it, even if it means missing one here and there, will make you a better photographer in the long run. History and experience, often from failing, is a great teacher. I hope you like the choice I made here.