Recently I did a survey trip for my latest Photography Tour ("San Luis Valley and the Great Sand Dunes National Park Photo Tour"). I needed to make certain that my plan was doable and filled with the quality imagery that I had planned out. The only way to do that is to take my own tour, and make sure it all falls into place as it should.
Over three days I visited The Great Sand Dunes National Park, San Luis Lakes State Park, Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge and Zappata Falls. I was lucky enough to taking this trip during the large crane migration which makes stops at the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge. Thousands of cranes make this area a stopping point as they migrate North for summer. (Read more to see the photos…)
Do you enjoy photographing old things, historical things, broken down dilapidated things? Then grab your camera and join me on my new Historic Colorado Photography Tour. It's a fun filled day of photography where we will focus on black and white along with HDR (high dynamic range) styles. We will travel to Georgetown, Central City, an 1800's graveyard and several abandoned mines and cabins. There is so much to shoot, and a of course I'm there to help guide your photography through the whole day.
To learn more about this new photo tour visit its new page on my tour website:
Historic Colorado Photography Tour
Spring is approaching fast and soon it will be time to break out our cameras and head into the mountain meadows for wildflower photographs. If you are planning a trip in the Denver area anytime from April through July, you should consider joining me for a wildflower day tour. Tours can be booked "on demand" for one person or large groups.
When people think of sand dunes, they are most likely to think of The Sahara or some such place in Africa. They most likely are not going to think "Colorado, yes, that's the place to go"… But they would be missing an amazing example of some of the world's best dunes right here in Colorado.
The Great Sand Dunes of Colorado make for a truly amazing photo opportunities. The park contains 19,000 acres of North America's highest sand dunes. Photographing the shapes, colors and shadows of the dunes themselves is amazing enough, but just behind the park are the beautiful 13,000 foot peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Range acting as a perfect backdrop.
This is a favorite topic for photophiles to argue about. Everybody has their point of view and everybody can say with confidence, "I like photograph A in Color" or "I like style B in monochrome"…. But can they explain why? In most cases no. And so I'm writing a book. Half science, half public opinions and half great photography. (Yes yes,,, I know the math doesn't add up…. let it slide)
To get the research for this book completed and then have it all printed I'm attempting to raise funds on KickStarter.com (a group funding site). Please come read the full description of what I have planned. Check out the great fund supporter rewards I'm giving out too. http://kck.st/wgF5XK
Costa Rica is a photographer's dream come true. Pristine beaches, rainforest jungles, active volcanoes and one of the world's most diverse and concentrated collection of animal species on the planet. In addition the friendly people and rich culture of the Ticos makes Costa Rica a perfect Photo Tour destination.
This 12 day/11 night Jungle Tour (starting on Sept 1st 2012) will get you up close and personal with the beauty and wonder of the rainforest. We will be knee deep in photo adventures during the day, but you'll still enjoy quiet nights with good food, drink and new friends.
Read All the Details! Visit "Costa Rica Photography Safari 2012" .
My phone woke me up at 5:00 am this morning (notice that class was canceled). That kind of bent me out of shape at first, but since I had been awoken I decided to make use of the situation. So I put on my cloths and headed out into the bizzard (did I mention we are having a big snow storm?). So I made it to Red Rocks Amphitheater pre-dawn for the cool sunrise on the snow. But of course it was still snowing, so there was no sunrise.. Only white out. Nonetheless, I managed to get a few decent photographs of the amphitheater and surrounding area.
Then I went to Heritage Square (a weird little deserted entertainment place… no idea how to describe it),,, but it looked cool in the snow… All old school western looking (well, except for the kiddie rides),, but they look cool too.
Many of these photos are simply photos OF photos..as such I've never shared them; but it occurred to me that as a collection they really hit hard.. and might encourage people to bother to take a few moments to read about this catastrophe which so many Western countries swept under history's rug.
A new Google Plus (G+) daily photography theme.
I really love cultural photography. So I thought I would be well suited to curate one of the photography theme days that are so popular here on G+. Since there seems to be nobody else doing a culture theme, I'm jumping in. I can't wait to see the photos which the G+ community will bring to the table.