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Fruita Colorado

In the distance is the small town of Fruita Colorado as seen from the Colorado National Monument. If you are a mountain biker, you’ve probably have visited once or twice. It used to be small agricultural town, but in the last 5 years it has become of the top 5 places in the US for mountain biking. If you are ever headed this way, let me know and I can share some trail information with you. A couple of years back I rode my mountain bike from Fruita to Moab along the fabled Kokopeli Trail. That was an adventure I will never forget.

Fisheye Fun

Saddleback Leather Medium Simple Backpack

I hope you all had a great weekend! I spent some long hours preparing our landscape photography workshop. It is going to be really cool. I did get to meet up with a fellow photo buddy of mine that was in town from San Jose. We did what all photo buddies do…we headed out on a photo-walk in Denver. I used the photo-walk to test some new gear. IF you have been following my Fuji story on Facebook, you know I have just added an inexpensive tripod to the mix as well as a Samyang 8mm Fisheye lens. I’ll have more details about them later. This is one of the image from the tests.

Photographer’s Note – This is actually five images blended together. First I had to get the scene without trains and a shallow DOF. Then I had to get each train coming and going so that I had both motion and tail lights. Once I got home I blended them all together using Photoshop.

A Colorado Fire

A few years back, while I was backpacking into Colorado’s Flat Top Wilderness, I came across this pond. You can tell that the surrounding area had been devastated by a wildfire close to 20 years ago. It amazes me how long a forest will take to recover from a fire. The cool thing is that the forest always does.

Photographer’s Note – I shot this image with my old Lumix LX5 and processed it in Lightroom 4.

More Fall Colors

Fuji 55-200 Sample Image

We had some spectacular fall colors accompanied by snow this weekend here in Colorado. I shot this image with the Fuji X-E1 and 55-200mm. You can read my complete review of it this kit here. It’s a light weight, less expensive way to get some great landscape photographs.

Colorado Fall Colors

Colorado Fall Colors

Howdy! I hope everyone had a great weekend. The snow here in Colorado has come and gone rather quickly. It has left behind some stunning fall colors. Here is an image shot near Vail Colorado. If you can make it up there in the next day or so, do it! It is amazing.

Photographer’s Note I will be sharing a few other fall color images this week. All of them were shot using the Fuji 55-200 mounted on a Fuji X-E1. For this image, I applied the VSCO Film Pack 4 Velvia Preset. Boy, I really dig those presets.