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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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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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2011
6:12 pm

Being Upstaged

I found this plant on a hike in the Rocky Mountains and liked that there were two additional flowers behind it that I could space it between. They lined up nicely in height and spacing. What is one of the most important things when taking photographs? Your background. I don't know what plant this is, so if you do leave it in the comments.

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2011
2:23 pm

Mountain Steeple

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Driving along a road in Denver, I was just looking for some place to photograph the setting sun or find something intersting to photograph when I spotted this steeple peaking out from some trees. I pulled into a CVS store parking lot and stood on a rail to get just a bit higher to photograph the colors of the sunset with the mountains and church steeple. 

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2011
5:27 pm

Lakewood, Colorado - Forsberg Iron Spring Park

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I took a drive to West side of Denver today and stumbled into Forsberg Iron Spring Park.  I was driving along C-470 when I saw a sign for Dinosaur Ridge and decided to see what it was. I didn't see another sign for it, but as I was driving along the road a bunch of cars parked just off the road caught my eye. I thought maybe something migh be going on. So I turned in and found a beautiful dog park. The park climbs up up a hill allowing lots of views. 

The clouds seemed like they might give way to a beautiful sunset so I waited around the park to see what would happen, and it didn't disappoint. There was a slight sprinkle and a rainbow in the other direction too.

The best part of the evening was talking with two couples who were great sources of information on some other places to visit as well as some of the history of the area. I have to say thank you to them for putting up with a talkative and inquisitive photographer.

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