Posts belonging to Category Photography Techniques

Can You Belize It?

In November, 2015 I visited the beautiful country of Belize in Central America bordering the Yucatan Peninsula and the Caribbean Sea. I spent most of my time on the island of Ambergris Caye, in the town of San Pedro (the inspiration of the hit Madonna song “La Isla Bonita”), as well as traveling on a fun excursion to […]

Favorite 15 Photos of 2015

During the New Year’s holiday, it’s a tradition among shutterbugs who are members of online communities like Rocky Mountain Nature Photographers and Front Range Wildlife Photographers to share lists of their personal favorite images from the previous year. Thank you to all of the friends and family, new and old, who have made this year’s rather diverse […]

11 (not 50) shades of gray

Once upon a time, processing a photograph was a complicated but pleasurable affair in a darkroom. Those of us who are lucky enough to have witnessed the transition of darkroom to digital imaging are amazed at how much things changed in a few short years. Today we have cameras that fit inside our pocket, connected […]

The Season of Light Painting

This Peak Pixels column first appeared in the November/December 2015 edition of Colorado Life Magazine. Order your copy here: https://store.coloradolifemagazine.com/november-december-2015-p168.php?retain_errors=Y&retain_notices=Y ’Tis the season to celebrate holiday tree trimmings, mountaintop star illuminations and glowing parades of light. Daylight is scarce as the winter solstice approaches in Colorado, so why not take advantage of these long, dark nights […]

Photos and s’mores aplenty in Loveland

This column originally appeared in the July/August 2015 edition of Colorado Life Magazine. Order your copy here: https://store.coloradolifemagazine.com/july-august-2015-p152.php?retain_errors=Y&retain_notices=Y Sometimes photographers’ fear of working with large groups are justified. Photo shoots rarely end up being as easy as you expect, and for all your careful planning, your success often hinges on your ability to adapt and improvise. […]

Image of the Month: March 2014 – Snowmen

One of the things I find myself saying while teaching photography classes is: “the best camera you have is the one you have with you.” I primarily photograph with an SLR, but carrying one of my bulky Nikon D300 or D800 cameras around constantly isn’t always feasible. On a morning coffee stop earlier this year […]

Image of the Month: October 2013

In the spirit of last month’s post about fall foliage, I continued to think about creative ways to capture the season. I have taken a few images like this one with the unusual goal of not making an image that was realistic and sharp but instead was painterly and blurry in a different, artistic way. […]

Image of the Month: September 2013

I’ve overheard many photographers wonder out loud: “why would you want to convert a color photo into black and white, especially a photo of fall foliage?” It’s an interesting question. Often in autumn we seek out the most vivid examples of trees possible, traveling across entire states and regions to find and photograph “peak color.” […]

Image of the Month: August 2013

I’m not naturally a morning person. Regardless of your predisposition, living and photographing nature in Colorado demands that you become one as I have learned to do. The sun shines its most extraordinary light in the morning on so many of our landscapes. From the peaks of the Front Range which reflect the warm light […]

Image of the Month: June 2013

Reflections are one of my favorite things to photograph. I love scenes where it almost seems like two worlds exist in one place. At times near sunrise or sunset, the wind usually dies down enough for mountain lakes to provide a clear, ripple-less mirror image. Pictured here, a summer evening under Mount Baldy at the […]