13
M
A
Y
2012
12:51 pm

Echo Lake in Stereo

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The stars at night streak across the sky with the motion of the earth spinning on it's axis on a quiet, peaceful and chilly night at Echo Lake in Colorado in late April. If you would like a print of this photo, you can purchase it from the gallery.

The photograph was taken with a half hour exposure on my Canon 7D at 160 iso and an aperature of f 8.0. I hadn't tried an expsoure that long before, and found a couple important things.

First, it gets very dull sitting and waiting for an exposure to take place. My mind also started wondering what animals were around. It was so dark that I could barely see much around me. The moon wasn't a factor since it wasn't out, and I didn't want to turn on a flash light so I could keep my night vision. It takes about a half hour for the eyes to fully see the expanse of stars in the night sky, and there is something about seeing that beauty that makes me want to see it even more.

It also gets darn cold at times, but I found layering clothing and using some hand warmers kept me pretty warm. I hadn't anticipated the cold though and was lucky I keep some spare clothes in the car.

The worst was what to do with the time while the camera was recording the photograph. I learned to entertain myself and experiment with the name of the spot this photo was taken. Echo Lake is very accurate.

I started with a simple, "Hello!" yelled out to anyone around that might hear, and the trees and rocks answered as they echoed back. First it echoed from straight in front of me, and then it swept from the right all the way around to the left at about 180 degrees. It was as if I had found the surround sound of stereo echoing. I played a bit more with longer and longer phrases seeing what could and couldn't be understood as the echoes drifted off in the far dark distance. As the night drew on, I found a bit of sophmoric joy in a few chosen expletives. Even at 41 I evidentally can still be turned into a 9 year old.

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4
M
A
R
2012
2:37 am

Painting Light in Commons Park

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I had a blast meeting up some other photographers from the Front Range Focal Plane Meetup.com group late last month to experiment with some light painting. We spent a few hours out at Commons Park photographing the Highland Bridge, the Platte River and other areas near the downtown area of Denver, Coloardo. 

This photo was made with the help of Andy Johns who is the founder of the group. The metal structure sits in Commons Park and has no lights hitting it besides a bit of light from the city to the East. So it was a perfect subject for some light painting. All of the light was added from Andy firing a Nikon flash several times across the structure during a 42 second exposure at f 9.0 at ISO 200. 

You can see some more of the photos I took during the event on my Flickr page. We played with a Andy's hallogen light painting a bridge as well as some of the art in the area. I also took some photos of other scenes I found interesting during the night's escursion. 

In case you haven't ever done light painting. It usually involves adding light either with flashlights, strobes or other sources of illumination to create a photograph that wasn't already there. Usually no two images created in this manner are the same. 

For another photo Andy illuminated the Highland Bridge over the Platte River with his high powered hallogen flash light. This lit up the spires and the bridge structure quite nicely and probably scared a few of the people using the bridge too.

There were about 7 or 8 of us out there playing and experimenting. And in truth that was what it was all about- having some fun and getting more experience. If you are intersted in trying your hand just find the group on MeetUp.com. There are some regularly scheduled activities whether it is light painting or other events. 

1
J
A
N
2012
6:55 pm

First Denver New Years Eve

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I spent my first Denver New Years Eve hanging out with a great bunch of people from the Denver Photo Walk group. We hung out at Diamon Hill Park to photograph the New Years Eve fireworks taking place downtown. It was a short eight minute fireworks display. And though I was hoping the fireworks would be a bit bigger and higher in the sky, it was fun getting out in the cold weather and enjoying the Denver skyline. From those who had seen previous year events it sounded like this firework display was a bit less lively and smaller.

This is probably the best photo I have from the night though there are a few others that I enjoyed too. I debated which color setting to use for post processing and ended up using the automatic setting that the camera created when I took the photograph. I like the yellow ting of the skyline with the purple and blue hues of the fireworks and the tower that is part of Elitch Gardens.

If you want to know more about the Denver Photo Walk group you can drop me a message or go to the Meetup.com website and do a search for Denver Photo Walk. (Or just click on the link in the first sentence of this post.)

 

28
O
C
T
2011
3:58 pm

Open for Halloween

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Happy Halloween everyone! One of the first places I knew I wanted to stop and photograph in Denver, Colorado was when I drove past Flossy McGrews costume shop on  South Broadway. The outside is decorated like Halloween exploded all over it. There are a mixture of big and small pieces and if you are just driving buy or not paying attention as you walk by then you'll miss a ton of entertaining items. If the inside is anything like the outside it may be just too much for my brain to handle. According to yelp reviews of Flossy McGrews it also has a lot of other items to see beyond costumes.

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17
O
C
T
2011
7:19 pm

Red Rock at Night

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One of the large rocks juts into the sky at Red Rock Amphitheatre near Denver, Colorado on October 12, 2011. I had gone out at night to do some long exposure photography but accidentally left the one piece of equipment I needed back at home on the kitchen counter. I left the intervalometer at home which allows the camera to stay open for longer than the slowest shutter speed on the camera (30 seconds). But not giving up on a beautiful evening with a full moon I realized that 30 seconds at ISO 160 at f2.8 would produce a pretty well exposed image to create some photographs. 

I really like how the texture of the rock is brought out by the lights on the ground and the full moon provides an interesting countering light source. I went black and white to enhance it further. This photo is actually several exposures brought into a single photo to balance the light on the rock and some of the moon.

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