Monday, October 25, 2010
On the drive down from Independence Pass we stopped for some shots. Actually, we stopped so I could get a different shot, but luckily we parked at the top of a slope covered in aspens. At the bottom were these dark rocks with leaves fallen all around. I shot for probably 20 minutes, until Wendy finally shooed me back into the car. I'll definitely be going back to that spot next year!
Sunday, October 24, 2010
We took a trup to the Denver Gardens pumpkin patch near Chatfield. Most of the pumpkins were already taken, gone to some home to be turned into a jack o'lantern or a pie. Just a few were left, waiting for someone to take them to their destiny.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
This was taken a few miles down from Independence Pass, on the Leadville side. We had driven up to the pass and not seen anything worth stopping for. But on the way back down the leaves were backlit from the sun, so they looked just amazing. Halfway down we drove through this corner and I just had to stop for some shots. We couldn’t find parking there, so I ended up walking a few hundred yards back up the road, but I’m glad I did.
I gave this one a bit more impressionist look than I usually do (it might show up better if you click through to the larger version). I thought it worked out well for this one, but I’d be interested in hearing what all of you out there think.
Based on the feedback I got here's an updated version.
Monday, October 18, 2010
I’ve been busy lately! Just a couple weeks ago I hung photos at Sports Optical for October’s First Friday. Then just yesterday I hung another set of photos at The Delectable Egg on Market Street. I'm very pleased with it; they’ve got a great space for photos. I also got to meet Glenn & Jane from Firemoon Images, who were hanging some of they’re great photos on the opposite wall. You should come down and check it out! Oh, and I think they may serve some sort of food there as well. (Actually, they’ve got great food, and if you sign up for their mailing list they’ll send you a buy-one-get-one breakfast coupon).
Both of those shows will be ending by mid-November, which means I’ll be looking for somewhere to hang photos after that. Do you have a favorite restaurant, coffee shop or other hangout that hangs art? Drop a note in the comments and let me know!
In the meantime, I’ve also been uploading a few images to Hotshoo, a new architectural stock photography agency based out of Boulder. They chose the photo above as their Editor’s Pick for October. Which I’m frankly a bit amazed by, considering the caliber of photos on their site.
Friday, October 15, 2010
Walking down the 16th Street Mall I hear a lot of different music. There are the bars, the street performs, the occasional boombox. Most of it’s pretty standard, unremarkable. The hippie drum circle, the itinerant guitarist, even the bagpipe player isn’t that remarkable anymore. But tonight I caught something remarkable, both in kind and quality. Blues guitar, really good blues guitar, coming out of an alley between Champa and Stout. There was just the one guy down there, with a little amp. But that guy, Brett, played a mean guitar. Not a lot of people are willing to wander into a dirty alley on Friday night, but at one point there were 15 people down there listening to him, and more standing at the mouth of alley. In 30 minutes I’d guess over a hundred people stopped to listen to Brett play. He told me he plays every Friday while it’s warm enough. I’d go have a listen, if you get the chance.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Another somewhat-delayed post today. These shots were taken at the 2010 Larimer Square Chalk Art Festival (technically Piazza del Arte), just a few days after the last set of photos I had shot. We got home from our road trip halfway through the first day of the festival. Honestly, having just shot thousands of photos on the road, we almost skipped it. But I’m glad we didn’t – we got some decent photos this year!
Apparently I had a bit of a thing for chalk faces.
Anyway, hope you like them! There are a few more below – as always click through for the full size.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Today is a gray, rainy day in Denver, so I thought I'd post photos from another gray, rainy day from our spring road trip. After New Orleans we headed west through Louisiana towards Breaux Bridge, LA. We had scheduled a swamp tour for the morning, before continuing on towards Texas.
Before we even got on the water we could see thick storm clouds blowing in from the coast. There hadn’t been any lightning, so our guide took us out anyway.
He was a pretty good guide, rambling on about cypress trees, the local wildlife and the ridiculous local politics.
Not too far in we managed to get very close to a gator, almost close enough to touch, before it slide off into the water.
Unfortunately it was only half an hour before we started seeing lightning. None of us liked the idea of sitting on the water in a metal boat during a thunderstorm, so we headed back in. I think everyone was a little disappointed, but overall it was still a nice time.
Side story: We got a bit turned around finding the tour, so we stopped off at the local tourist information office. The ladies there knew all the local guides and where they launched from. It still took a while to figure out where were supposed to be, because their thick Louisiana accents were a little hard to understand. They finally decided that we probably needed to talk to a Mr…. umm, well it sounded like “Shaum-Pine”. That’s the best I could figure out after 3 or 4 tries, anyway. On our way out the door they found his business card; his last name was spelled “Champagne”, but apparently they pronounce it a bit differently.
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
This is the first of my photos from a morning aspen-hunting session near Twin Lakes/Independence Pass. The nice light initially attracted me to these two leaves. But I notice that they’re basically mirror images of each other. One is yellow with green spots, the other is green with yellow spots. They also have the exact same shape and vein pattern, though I suppose that’s not too surprising since they’re on the same tree.