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Friday, October 28th, 2011


For the past week, I’ve been at a photo workshop – See the Light – on Molokai with Dewitt Jones, Jonathan Kingston and Rikki Cooke. It has been an exciting week filled with great photo opportunities, wide ranging discussions and wonderful people. Our host is the Hui Ho’olana where we’ve been treated to warm hospitality and absolutely outstanding food.

This morning, we left at 5:15 to drive to Mo’omomi Preserve, the last remnants of a once extensive Hawaiian ecosystem. It is now a Nature Conservancy site. I was fortunate enough to ride with Rikki who told stories of the history of this area as well as of the efforts to restore the ecosystem by removing invasive, non-native plants. It’s a slow process, but we were able to see areas where endemic plants were returning.

As we fanned out along the shoreline to photograph the sunrise, there was a big cloud right where the sun would come up. The cloud blocked the first rays of the sunrise but, as the sun rose higher, it began to illuminate the cliffs of Molokai’s north shore producing layers of different shades. The result was spectacular. As we walked back to the cars, fourteen voices shouted “Thank You.”

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A New Lens

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Last week, I headed back to the Colorado Railroad Museum to spend some quality time with a recently-acquired 10.5 mm fish-eye lens. I found that there is definitely a learning curve with this lens. The 180° angle of view makes lens flare, as well as keeping tripod legs and various body parts out of the frame, a constant challenge. The results are definitely worth it, though. I like using the fish-eye distortion as a creative tool – and, I can get images that I would not be able to get otherwise.

The photo above is of an observation car. It’s an HDR image – 9 exposures separated by 1 ev. The fish-eye distortion is evident in the near window frames. In this case, I don’t have a problem with the distortion and I think it works well with the slightly surreal quality of the HDR image. Special thanks to the folks at the Colorado Railroad Museum for giving me access to the observation car.

Also, I’ve added a Kaleidoscope gallery to my Portfolio page. Click here to view some of my favorite kaleidoscopic images. I’ll be adding more from time to time.

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Calypso Orchid

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Calypso Orchids (Calypso bulbosa) are one of my favorite late-spring/early-summer wildflowers to photograph. While several states (as well as both Sweden and Finland) list Calypso Orchids as threatened or endangered, Colorado is not among them. They typically bloom during the first week of June in Rocky Mountain NP and are east to find if you know where to look. This photo was taken along the trail to Calypso Cascades in the Wild Basin area of Rocky Mountain NP, a popular location for viewing Calypso Orchids. Although these beautiful wildflowers are not listed as threatened or endangered in Colorado, please follow the park regulations and do not pick them – leave them for others to enjoy.

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