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!
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!
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!
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.