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Denver Skyline – Part II

DIA Sunrise

Something I often forget, especially when presented with an opportunity to photograph from a tall building, is a telephoto lens. Well, not this time. I made sure to bring along my 70-300. Longer focal length lenses are great to photograph the distant horizon. Having the sunrise directly behind the air traffic control tower at Denver International Airport was pretty darn lucky. I’m glad I was prepared. Totally worth waking up at 3:30am…right? I was able to bolster my ‘sunrise’ category of photos…click the link below to see others from this rare hour.

Mountain Majesty

Mountain Majesty

IF you’ve ever visited Alaska, you know scenes like this are about as common as Starbucks. The place is amazing. I shot this photo while driving north of Anchorage or the way to Denali National Park. It really isn’t that hard to get to. After you fly in to Anchorage, rent a car and drive north along a really well maintained highway for about an hour. Next thing you know, you are starring at this. Crazy!

Photographer’s Note – This is a single image processed in Lightroom 4. To cool down the image a bit, I adjusted the white balance to the cooler side.

Fisher Towers

Fisher Towers Moab, UT

Howdy! I hope you all are had a great weekend. The weather has been beautiful here in Colorado. Today we are looking at the famous Fisher Towers just outside of Moab, UT. I thought I would share them with you to illustrate the use of a polarizing filer. IF you are new to photography, you are might be considering which filter to get. If I had to pick just one, it would be a polarizer. I actually forgot mine on this trip, but my man Mark Garbowski lent me one. Thanks Mark! Below is the non-polarized version. What a difference! One thing to note about polarizers…they will make your sky very uneven looking on really wide lenses. Hope that quick lesson helps you on your own creative adventure.

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Buffets & Mountains

Alaskan Cruise

Howdy! I hope you all had a great weekend. I’ll be honest, I didn’t think I was a big cruise type of guy. However, when we took an Alaskan cruise to celebrate my folks 40th wedding anniversary, I was game. I had visions of spring breakers splashing around in a pool and 3000 people over-eating at the buffets. Boy was I wrong…well, the spring breakers part anyway. I saw quite a few folks get their grub on. But the Alaskan cruise is the way to go. This is the kind of scenery you just casually sail past. Crazy cool stuff! I’d go back in a heartbeat.

If you would like to see the before/after I posted it over in the Nik G+ Community (click here).

Dreams In The Distance

Moab Utah

Howdy! I hope you had a great weekend. It was cold here in Colorado…like Chicago Cold…like it hurt to breathe cold…like I spent the entire weekend in hibernation cold. Thankfully, I will heading to the Yucatan in the near future.

News – I will be making an appearance on Trey Ratcliff’s variety hour tonight. Once I have a link I will try to share it on the various social channels, so keep an eye out.

Today’s Photo – I shot this image just north of Mea Arch in Moab, UT. After a memorable sunrise at the arch, it was time for some coffee! As I drove back to camp….this scene caught my eye. Coffee was going to have to wait….

Continue for Capture/Processing Notes…