Posted by pae on November 27, 2013
For those of you in Canada, I know that you had your Thanksgiving last month.
I'd like to thank everyone who has come along to support my work, both in the miniatures realm, and in the photography world. I greatly appreciate all of the encouragement that you have given me.
As this holiday weekend (again, here in the States) traditionally kicks off the holiday shopping season, I'd like to announce that I'm running my first ever special on photographic prints. Between now and December 4th, you can get 25% off plus free shipping on any of the products I have available through Zenfolio. Just use the code 'FP25off' at checkout. Follow the link below to get to the site.
Feel free to share this info with your friends and family.
Posted by pae on November 23, 2013
Over the past couple of weeks, I made a couple of visits to Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. The conditions on the two days were vastly different. On the 10th of November, the skies were clear, and the temperature was in the low 60s. Today, on the 23rd of November, it was completely overcast, with temperatures in the upper 20s, and a bit of snow on the ground.
Click on any of the images below to view them. And feel free to share with your friends. :-)
For more information on the Garden of the Gods park, visit the Wikipedia site.
Posted by pae on November 6, 2013
In the early autumn of 2012, I spent a few days in Rocky Mountain National Park. During the day, I'd go hiking for a few hours, and then in the evening I'd go back out for a run.
On this particular night, I had done a 6 mile run from the Fern Lake trailhead up to the Pool, and then over to Cub Lake, and back down to the trailhead. I wasn't really used to trail running at altitude, so it took me a bit longer than I had anticipated. I got back to my car just a few minutes before sunset.
As I was driving back to my hotel, I noticed that the clouds were lighting up quite nicely, so I pulled over and took a few photos of the skies. I didn't have a tripod with me, so I was using the roof of my car to stabilize the camera. This image is a composite of 3 images stitched together with Hugin, and then enhanced a bit in Photoshop Lightroom.
Posted by pae on November 1, 2013
A Tale of Two Seasons
Adams Falls is in the western portion of Rocky Mountain National Park, and is only about a half mile from the trailhead at the east inlet of Grand Lake. I've been to this location a number of times throughout the years. In the fall of 2002, my wife and I hiked up to the falls, and there wasn't a whole lot of water there. Of course, it was well after the peak runoff, and it had been a very hot and dry summer.
Several years later, I visited the falls again, this time at the very beginning of summer, following a winter where the area saw twice the average amount of snow. The amount of runoff was incredible, especially in comparison to what I had seen there several years before. Parts of the trail along the East Inlet above the falls were a bit boggy because the water in the stream was so high.
As a comparison, I found that I had taken photos on both of these occasions from practically the same location, so I was able to put them side by side to see the difference. Then, as an experiment of blending images in Photoshop, I combined them into a single image. On one layer I had the shot from 2002, and on another layer I had the shot from 2011. I put a layer mask on the 2011 image, and then painted a gradient onto the mask. After that, I picked masked out the sky from the 2002 image so that only the sky from 2011 was showing. From there, I did a bit more blending of the transition of the gradient to merge the two images together. It was an interesting experiment, and I think it turned out ok. It does make me want to try to do some bracketed exposures and manual blending of those.
Posted by pae on October 29, 2013
Back in the summer of 2004, my sister came out to Colorado for a visit, and she, my brother, and I went for a hike in Rocky Mountain National Park.
I don't remember what our original plan was, but I seem to remember that there was a good deal of snow on the trail we had intended to go on. Instead, we set off from Bear Lake, and went off in the direction of Odessa Lake, Fern Lake, and Fern Falls before ending up at the Fern Lake shuttle stop.
It was cool and a bit foggy off and on for the first 4.5 miles or so, and then rain off and on for the last 4.5 miles. While waiting for the shuttle, the skies opened up, and we got completely soaked.
But I did manage to get a few really nice photos along the way. This is one of them. This is near the confluence of Spruce Creek, Fern Creek, and the Big Thompson River.
The Pool II – Along the Fern Creek Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park. July 2004. This is a composite of 2 photos.