I went hiking with my film camera just before Thanksgiving. I was testing a new lens and looking to capture details that would tell the story of what Hall Ranch Trail is like.
I was very pleased with how the lens performed, and the slides came out great. I need a better scanner, though.
The full set is in my Snapshots area.
500px is new and has a ways to go, but is already my favorite way to share my best images and find inspiration.
This image was created on a very stormy evening at Pawnee Buttes.
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Monday, March 8th, was to be the culmination of a wonderful 3-day photography weekend.
My buddy Todd and I were having a great time. We got wonderful images on Saturday but were plagued by clouds and rain showers on Sunday. Monday, weather permitting, would be great.
It didn’t turn out quite the way we hoped.
- Be in place 1/2 hour before sunrise, to shoot an arch through an arch in Arches NP
- Leave Utah and head to Colorado National Monument to shoot some formations we missed earlier
- I-70 to Denver, home by dinner time
How the day unfolded:
- 4:45 a.m. Alarm clock rings. Weather is rainy, decide on 1 hour more sleep and skip Arches NP
- 6:00 a.m. Head out for CNM in the rain & snow
- 7:30 a.m. Driving around CNM in the snow, hoping for one of those low cloud kind of “fading into the fog” kind of moody landscape shots. Snow got heavy, visibility got rather bad, nothing to shoot.
- 7:45 a.m. Road sign says I-70 closed. Rut-roh Shaggy, time for plan B.
- 8:00 a.m. Breakfast at Village Inn, decide on a route of US 50 to US 285 over Kenosha Pass into Denver. Should add about 1 & 1/2 hour to the journey, but should be scenic.
- 12:00 p.m. Monarch Pass is really ugly and slick, cars spinning out and getting stuck, carnage everywhere. They closed it right behind us.
- 2:05 p.m. Poncha Springs. Snacks rang up to $6.66 – an ominous sign, little did we know it signaled another 5+ hours to get home.
- 2:10 p.m. Check weather reports on iPhone. Kenosha snowed out, decide to take US 24 into Colorado Springs, then up I-25 into Denver.
- Saw numerous herds of springbucks / antelope along US 24. Used to see them all the time along US 285 in South Park, but haven’t seen them for years. I guess they migrated a bit east.
- 4:30 p.m. In Colorado Springs. Road signs show I-25 closed. No idea what to do next.
- 5:00 p.m. Maps on iPhone (with traffic overlay) indicate a route along CO Hwy 83 that will get us around the I-25 hazard. Small roads, heavy traffic, very frustrating but still getting closer to home.
- 5:45 p.m. Sunset. Can’t believe we’re seeing the sun set when we’ve been in the car since before sunrise. Having a hard time trying not to scream.
- 7:30 p.m. Arrive home 13.5 hrs after leaving Moab.
Moral of the story: Even in the 21st century, travel requires patience and resourcefulness. And someone to laugh about it with. Life is about the journey, not the destination. Why not make it an adventure?
I love spending time at the family cabin. It’s nothing fancy – no electricity or running water – but it is an anchor to where I come from and who I am. I need to go there more often.
I wish people wouldn’t keep breaking in. Every year, there’s a few break-ins and some vandalism. No wonder I wish for mountain solitude away from people.
I’m setting up a new gallery site on Zenfolio. In celebration of that, here’s a slideshow of some of the best images there.
*edit* Hmm, my blog hosting is stripping out embedded Flash movies. Well, you can watch it on my Facebook Fan Page or on my Tumblr blog.
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Have a great week everyone.
The big day for this lens, after my review of it, was Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photowalk this past weekend. I was really worried that this lens would not be satisfactory, since I own the Nikon 14-24 and think it’s the world’s greatest lens. Well, the Sigma is not quite that good, but I did get some really good shots that I am happy with. I thought I would share, since my review images were created in a rush. These are all HDR shots, taken with apertures of f/8 to f/16, all using a tripod.
Enjoy! Have an awesome weekend!
Some of my work buddies and I went to Hidden Mesa, near Castle Rock, to photograph some landscape and hopefully a great sunset / moonrise combo. The clouds and sky turned out to be a bit flat and smoggy, so the sunset wasn’t so great, but we had a great time and got some interesting pictures. (They got better pictures than I did.
I went out looking for sunlight after two days of cold rain.