The last six months in newsletters

It’s hard to believe that it’s been six months since I announced the printing of the “Classic Colorado” book. I’ve started writing monthly emails to send to my customers and friends as a fun way to stay connected. Many of the email newsletters discuss seasonal themes or share stories of how I took particular images. Here is a look back at some of the lead topics of the recent Viewfinder Media newsletters. If you would like to view the full content of the newsletter back issues or sign up to receive the newsletter by email, be sure to go to the Newsletter Signup page!

April 2011: Spring on Your Screen

Classic Colorado: American Basin Columbines

Classic Colorado: American Basin Columbines

There’s a lot going on this month to tell you about. First, I’m proud to announce my partnership with The Fort Collins Digital Workshop to teach three of their new digital photography courses. If you are interested in learning more about portrait photography, capturing nature images or photojournalism you may benefit from taking one of these fun, educational courses. For more information click a link to FCDW’s site or read on below. Next, my book “Classic Colorado” was featured in my hometown newspaper The Loveland Reporter-Herald. Read the great article by staff writer Jessica Benes on the newspaper’s website or on my homepage. Finally, the new FREE “Classic Colorado” screensaver is now available for download. It features a selection of 32 landscape images taken directly from the pages of the book and photographed from some of the most iconic locations in the Centennial State. You may download the file directly from the link below or navigate to the website for instructions of how to install the screensaver. Feel free to share the screensaver with others. Enjoy the sunny season of spring and have a great month!

March 2011: Going Green

Kylemore Abbey, Ireland

Kylemore Abbey, Ireland

It seems like it’s been a long winter. The news has been filled with images of earthquake and tsunami destruction in Japan, reports of conflict in North Africa and the Middle East, accounts of the sovereign debt crisis in Europe and profiles of the millions of Americans who remain unemployed after the recession. As festive St. Patrick’s Day and the first day of spring approach, maybe now more than ever it’s time to keep the seasonal theme of renewal in mind. This is a photo I took in Ireland in the spring of 2000. Remember what it was like back then? The world welcomed the new millennium with a sense of optimism perhaps never seen before or since. The Sept. 11 attacks, wars in Afghanistan and Iraq or “tech bubble” burst hadn’t yet occurred. It’s easy to view this idyllic setting of Kylemore Abbey in Connemara, County Galway and feel a sense of peace. In recent times it’s been difficult to find either optimism or peace but they are feelings worth looking for again right now. Rather than be paralyzed dwelling on the negative news around us we can act to seek solutions. Give to the Red Cross. Hire someone. Find beauty wherever it can be found. Many more places in the world can and should again be as green as an Emerald Isle countryside this spring.

February 2011: Images You’ll Fall In Love With

Wind-blown snow and clouds circle the Longs Peak summit

Wind-blown snow and clouds circle the Longs Peak summit

Even the best laid plans don’t always work out. I traveled to Rocky Mountain National Park earlier this month with the idea of getting some abstract pictures of the ice formations that form on the alpine lakes there. After arriving I found that even though it had been several days since the last storm a layer of snow still covered the lakes. Not much ice was visible. To make matters worse, high winds were raging along the Continental Divide and made setting up a tripod to steady a camera nearly impossible. Time for Plan B. I drove to one of the overlooks above Beaver Meadows where conditions were calmer and I could take advantage of the sweeping view of the mountains. From there I watched the wind create ever-changing patterns of blowing snow that resembled billowing clouds. This was one of the photos I took. Converting the image to black and white later in Photoshop helped emphasize the curves of the blowing snow clouds circling the summit of Longs Peak. This photo exists only because I refused to give up on the visit to the park even though the conditions I had hoped for didn’t materialize.

January 2011: New Year, Timeless Photography

A pink sunrise over Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak

A pink sunrise over Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak

Happy new year! Even though I always look forward to putting a fresh calendar on the wall in January, it is often also the month that I stop to take a look backward at photographs taken in years past. The image above of a vivid sunrise at Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods (as seen from the Mesa Overlook in Colorado Springs) is one I took in 2006. I retrieved the image only days ago from my 35mm archives and scanned it. Why haven’t I released this photo before? To be honest I just forgot about it. The same morning I took another photograph which got more of my attention at the time. The other photo included a nearby yucca plant in its composition and was also very striking. It happens to be one of the photos I chose to include in the “Classic Colorado” book. I still love the yucca photo and I’m also glad I rediscovered this photo for its unique sky. I hope this year brings you fantastic opportunities to explore new territory but also remember to take a little time to reflect on where you’ve already been.

December 2010: Happy Holidays from Josh and Viewfinder Media

Longs Peak with fresh snow, Rocky Mountain National Park

Longs Peak with fresh snow, Rocky Mountain National Park

As 2010 comes to a close I want to thank those who have been so supportive of this business over the past year. It’s been a busy time. Most of 2010 was consumed with planning and photographing for the release of the “Classic Colorado” book. I hope that it is only the first of many new photography projects which will be introduced in the coming years. It’s also been a fun time. What I’ve enjoyed most about the past year is connecting with new friends (if you just subscribed to the newsletter or bought a product from us) and reconnecting with old friends whether we met in elementary or high school, attended class at CSU or Regis, lived in Colorado or the Caribbean, participated in Nature Photographers.net or NANPA. I look forward to continuing to share my travels and photography with all of you in 2011 and beyond. Once again, thank you all and best wishes for a sensational and safe holiday season.

November 2010: Announcing Josh’s new book: “Classic Colorado!”

The cover of "Classic Colorado" by Joshua Hardin

The cover of "Classic Colorado" by Joshua Hardin

Do you need a classy Christmas gift for someone special? Is your coffee table bare and in need of some serious color? Do you enjoy pictures of Colorado’s spectacular natural landscapes and amazing wildlife? If so, you’ll enjoy this book which encompasses the mountain, prairie and desert views that comprise “Classic Colorado.” From the majestic Maroon Bells to the gorgeous Garden of the Gods, this sample of images from the collection of acclaimed resident photographer Joshua Hardin will please any lover of the Centennial State. The 2,010 copies of the first printing will be personally signed in archival gold metallic ink and individually numbered. Order “Classic Colorado” today.

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