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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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Lomography

REd Rocks

Is film dead? Some may say so, but there are so many wonderful photographers that still use it to this day. There are numerous benefits to using film (higher pixel count, forces user to take time composing shot, interesting formatting, etc.) that digital cannot recreate.

Winter Tree

Film is like a box of chocolates, as cheesy as it sounds, you will never know what your going to get. I love that feeling that you can’t look into a brightly lit lcd screen to see how the shot came out. It makes the anticipation that much more exciting, as one waits for a roll to be developed.

Tree Limbs

I have only started getting into film and cannot not describe the feeling one gets when snapping a photo. The click of the spool wheel as you forward the roll is like nothing else. If you are feeling that your love of photography is becoming stale, I highly recommend grabbing an old analog camera and start shooting your days away.

-by the way all of these photos were shot on 35mm film with a holga 120cfn (which normally takes 120 format film). I still have yet to find a film developer that would develop 35mm film (or 12o format rolls)with the spools included (since shooting with this camera exposes the entire width of the roll).

World Famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre

B&W rocks

Red Rocks Amphitheatre is where world class musicians come to make history. Bands such as the Beatles, CSN, and Eric Clapton have left their mark on this special place. I decided that I would try to make a recording of my own, and spin my own view of this wonderful place.

Cold

Bone chilling temperatures and a peaceful calm surrounded the landscape. I could hear the crunch of gravel underfoot as I traipsed the grounds. As I began setting up some shots more people began showing up for some freezing morning exercises, some ran the stairs while others practiced yoga poses.

Colorado Sunrise

Darkside of the Moon

Mountain man

Pathlite

Rainbow tree

It turned out to be well worth losing sleep and a warm breakfast. The thing is about photography, that many don’t understand is the work that photog’s put into each shot. There are a lot of cold mornings, lack of sleep, and meticulous post-production. However, nothing compares to getting the perfect shot, where both mental vision meets physical success.

Estes Park: An Highly Expected Journey

Buck

The warmth of the morning light was welcoming, since the cabin was frigid all night. As I woke, I was greeted by a friendly face peeking through the front window. A tremendous buck was happily gulping down seeds from several bird feeders, and didn’t mind my presence. I sneaked outside to snap a few photos and take in the fresh mountain air.

Treking

After sharing a pleasant breakfast with our new friend, we hopped in the car and met up with our hiking guide. Amazed by Coyote’s(our tour guide) knowledge of the park and trails we were going on, we began our journey. From time to time we were taken to hidden trails and secret passages through the mountain side. I began to feel as I was in one of Peter Jackson’s Lord of The Rings movies. At times the trek was arduous and treacherous, slipping on sheets of ice and falling in tree wells. Each challenging pass brought landscapes of great wonder.

Blue Steel

Epic(

Waves

Our hike brought us to many frozen lakes, solid enough to drive large commercial vehicles on. It was majestic and inspiring, seeing the amazing forces the weather impacted the land with.

After our hike concluded, we headed back into civilization. It was sad to leave such a beautiful place, but the memories will always remain with me. Along the way back home we stopped in Lyons,Colorado to grab some grub and drooled over some amazing vintage motors.

Caged Beast

Brit Bloke

Stingray

Lyons Soda

Lyon’s Cocoa is an old time Soda Shop, that serves classic malts, sodas, and fried food. Their chocolate malts and milkshakes were to die for, and the ‘dogs weren’t bad either. Classic Coca-Cola signs and vintage memorabilia made you feel as you stepped into a time-machine. It was the perfect way to end our Estes Park adventure.

12 flavors of fun

Brain Freeze

-Thank you all for following me while I explore the beautiful state Colorado. More adventures are sure to come, so hang around to see many more tales of the great sunshine state!

Breezy Mid-Winters Eve

303 Sunset

It has been a very unusual kind of winter here in Colorado. Its the end of January and we have very little snow, and tons of sunshine and warm weather (that is if you consider mid to upper fifties warm). I haven’t been snowboarding very much this season do to many reasons (injuries, work, school, etc.) and lack of snow being the main reason. However there are still those of us that keep the faith alive. This weekend(Jan 24-27) check out the Winter XGames on ESPN, they will be hosting some of the best extreme sports of the year. I will definitely will be watching, just satisfy the itch.

Geese

Even though there is no snow, we have been able to enjoy some sweet rays of gold lately. I decided that I would take in some warm love from Mr. Sun myself.

Mushroom Tower

Rusty Earth

Just trying to get all artsy.

Colorado Winter Sunset

After my adventuring was done it was back to the lab. While I was editing the raw footage, I jammed out to some electronic chill music. One of my favorite local artists is Michal Menert. He is a Denver based DJ/Producer on the Pretty Lights Music record label. If you haven’t heard about the Pretty Light Music label (or Pretty Lights) then it is a must.