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!
Another shot of a Bradford Pear bloom with the sun setting in the distant background. 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.
It has been awhile since I just “played around” with taking some photographs. While standing outside watching a rainstorm passing, I realized I was missing a perfect opportunity. So, I quickly ran in the house and grabbed my camera. Glad I did — hope you enjoy these as much as I did enjoyed taking them.
Sometimes fortune smiles on you. This was a perfect balance of light and color, and I had decided to move the sun just off frame. I had taken several immediately preceeding this one with the sun in frame, and got some nice effects, but the color was wrong. As soon as I moved the sun out of the frame, the color came back, and it was the shot I didn’t know that I wanted!
We quite often get great colors with our sunsets, and I knew the conditions this night would not disappoint. After getting multiple shades of gold and orange, the reds finally started to show. The image is slightly off focused, which softens the image.
This lamp post is in my front yard, and after the colors of the sunset faded, I started playing with the low light levels and changing the exposure time with the on-board flash firing. The first one was by far the best of the bunch. Doesn’t it feel like halloween now?
Above taken with Nikon D60 with a Tamron 28-300mm lens, which requires manual focus control.
We have some of the most beautiful sunsets in Colorado. Caught this one on my way home a few nights ago. Just missed the shot I really wanted, before the sun started to peek out from under the clouds.
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.