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!
The photo challenge for the week was Sun. Not your normal sunrise or sunset picture, but more of the full sun in “all of it’s glory.”
My submission was taken this past October after an early snow-covered the area. I was walking along a path and noticed how the sun was coming through the trees and snapped this image. Enjoy!
After dinner tonight, I was restless — I needed to get out. I had been working on images in post processing, but I hadn’t really gone out and captured anything new in a little while. The skies were looking promising, so I grabbed by gear and hit the door. Just a couple of miles from the house is a horse ranch I discovered a few weeks ago. I mad a mental note to come back at sunset or sunrise. Today was the day!
I had an idea for this shot in mind. I wanted the cart and the windmill to be silhouettes against a vibrant sky. The clouds were perfectly placed — a little to the north and a little to the south had very uninteresting clouds, and very little color.
I really enjoyed taking this one, and afterwords, I wasn’t restless anymore! Enjoy!
A classic view of Pike’s Peak as seen from the Siamese Twins Rock formation in Garden of the Gods Park.
This was taken this past October, before much snow was on the mountain. Was planning on getting another one this winter, but we haven’t had a very good snow season. So, I will leave this one with you for now, and maybe next year, we will get a nice wintry view. 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!
Sometimes you just have a feeling. And this morning, I had the feeling that I should be expecting a nice sunset. You have to love it when a plan comes together! This was taken from the Mesa Rd overlook of Garden of the Gods. It is one of the more popular photographic spots in the city. The wind was brisk, and moving the clouds along. My initial intent was to do a “normal HDR” processing with images from this photo shoot. I wanted to get the great clouds while still keeping the light and clarity of the rocks below. After reviewing the raw images, however, I decided to take a very different route with this image. It is a processing workflow that I had not tried before, and it did include some HDR processing. I would be interesting in your thoughts on how this turned out.