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I just got back from a restful weekend up in Estes Park. We had some of the best snow this season, which made for a truly epic snowshoe hike! I am exhausted from all the weekends activities, but mentally restored.

I have some raw photos that must be edited and stories to tell of my weekends adventure. But for this post I must share a design that I put together this afternoon.

Enjoy!

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Flokeh! (Flower Bohkeh)

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It has been way to long since I have posted any photos so here is a photo I took while I was filming for a friends wedding!

Had this awesome opportunity due to in-climate weather (overcast and rainy) which was perfect for photos like this, but a bummer for a wedding.

And let me tell you doing video for weddings is a nightmare, from the start to finish I couldn’t catch a breather.

If you are ever considering making a film for a friends wedding, or professionally, consider how much work its going to take.

It surprised me, I’m still having to deal with processing issues months after the video was finally edited.

However I still had a blast doing so, and helped me learn how to work with people effectively.

Managing four individual cameras was crazy but awesome, and overall the couple was happy with my work!

So if I had further filming opportunities, I would first strongly consider the work load, plan for the event, and take it by the horns and hold on tight!

Climbing Mountains is Exhausting!

Bear Peak, Boulder Colorado.

Summit of Bear Peak , located on the Flat Irons near Boulder Colorado.

Huffing and puffing up 8,000 ft peaks is tough work, however the reward is super sweet! This was my first Mount Summit, and it was a blast. I’m too tired to write a in-depth article (plus edit over 100 photos). So enjoy this stellar pano I took this morning upon reaching the summit!

 

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fruit pie, and meringue cookies on mothers day.

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God bless our Mothers! They show us love in thousands (more so infinite ) of ways. From birth they carry us for the next 2o some years of our lives. Teaching us, encouraging us, and comforting us, without mothers the world would be a much mor dark and dreary place.

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Lovely meringue cookies, made with love and a heavenly touch! So light and airy, eating only one would not suffice. My mom carefully created these beauties for such a spectacular day. She finds joy in creating wonderful treats for her family.

Mother and Son, on a beautiful Mother's Day.

Mother and Son, on a beautiful Mother’s Day.

Mothers are the core to the family, they help teach us the most important things in life, how to be loving and caring people. How to forgive and forget, and most importantly build us into mature men and women.

Thanks Moms!!!!!

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Colorado sunset, Best Camera #14

I find that springtime produces the most beautiful sunsets. And that Colorado is the best state for them, you can’t beat the Rocky Mountains for a more epic backdrop. Oh, and you can’t argue that God isn’t a huge fan of our state (orange and blue)!

It was extremely hot today, and very dry. So the evening set up a perfect scene for tired Coloradans across the state.

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Back to the Basics

Upon reflection, that is reflecting on my past work, I realized that I have been forgetting to focus on the most important part that make a good photo. So I have gone back to the basics, reading and studying composition, from different sources.

Some are from past greats (Bresson, Bourke-White, and Adams), and some are new professionals and writing books on composition techniques. Each time I look or read about great composition, it points back to simple ideals. A clear subject, and a strong contrast. Sure there is way more that goes into composing a masterful photo, but sometimes the most simple composition can compete with the greats.

So I have challenged myself to look at the mundane around the house and focus purely on composition techniques. Subjects that are prominent and don’t fade into the background (or foreground), clear and clean leading lines, and prominent framing.

Here are some of the results from my perusing around the house.

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This was a challenge, but it forced me to stop, and consider my entire shot. It slowed me down and made me consider the surrounding elements (leading lines, focal planes, contrast, etc.) rather than just the subject. It was a wonderful experiment, and I learned some valuable skills for when I go out into the field to capture other wonderful moments.

It goes to show you that even the everyday household objects can create some interesting subject matter. So I challenge you to take out your camera (it doesn’t have to be any fancy dslr, just check out my other photo challenge) and start shooting away! You’ll be amazed at what you find!

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Let’s Get Magical!

What is creative? Is there a straight definition for it, or is it more like “guidelines”. Webster’s Dictionary defines creative as, “4,to produce through imaginative skill”, and “1, to make or bring into existence something new”. I bring this up to discuss a recent happening in my life, a photo contest of sorts that I participated in at my photography club.

As an avid photo hobbyist, and competitor, I had to put my best work forward. The Contest consisted three separate categories; Color, Monochrome, and Creative. All great categories, but Creative is very broad. So with that, problems were bound to happen. What can a judge say makes a photo creative, whether its made prior to the exposure or only in post production.

Creative means to me, a new or innovate self expression, that cannot be judged or explained but only by the creator. The reasons why an artist creates a subjet that or not symmetric could have a significant meaning for the creator, and could me a completely different thing for the viewer.

Therefore, I was extremely frustrated at the outcome of the creative category. It seems photographers get lazy, only using photoshop filters to get “creative” shots. Although the contest defined the creative category as, “a clear departure from reality” I feel that limits creative to only surreal, or abstract. The only reason for my disagrement is their “definition of creative” and wished they would chose a different category. Maybe a rotating unique categories from month to month.

Enough ranting for this post, and if you feel the same way or disagree , please comment, I am open for discussion. I would love to hear from everyone that follows!

P.S.  Here is a creative Post-Production Image for y’all to get lost in.

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Light Painting… can be messy.

For anyone who has no idea what I’m taking about, please take a look at Pablo Picasso’s light painting photos. They can sum up light painting in one image. However not all of us are visual learners, so I will break it down for you.

Light painting is a form of photography where the photographer (artist) uses light (i.e. torches, flash lights, glow sticks, etc.) to create shapes and forms on and image. The only way this is achieved is to record the movement, or trails, of light via a long exposure. A long exposure is created when the aperture ( opening in the camera that lets light in) is left open for an extended length of time (seconds minutes or even hours!). While the aperture is open the photographer moves his light among the scene creating light trails (or lines) to develop an image.

There are many different ways to “paint” with light, one could, for example; build geometric shapes and patterns, light up certain objects in a different and unique ways, or create movement in a still shot. Light painting is endless, and is open to peoples orginal interpretations.

I recently felt an overwhelming desire well up within me to practice this technique and was able to create some interesting shots. Enjoy!

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… and the messy part was working with food coloring and water. Lets just say, (as “towlie” would say) don’t forget to bring a towel!

 

Best camera #11

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I have recently been reading about several different styles of photography, and even moving pictures (cinematography).

But my favorites have been between Henri Cartier Bresson and Ansel Adams. Both photographers have very unique styles; one street photos, the other landscapes. The both are very inspiring. Just like this sunset, I saw after exiting the public library.

Enjoy and always remember to stay inspired, and constantly perfect your craft every second that you can.