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Fruita

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.

Colorado National Monument

Colorado National Monument

This is the view from the Colorado National Monument outside of Grand Junction, CO. If you are ever visiting, make sure you add an hour or two to you plan so you can take a little side-trip. In October, there is a bike ride that tours through it ( register here ). I’ll be there!

If you’d like to use it for your desktop, click the image to get a much larger version!

Photographer’s Note - I processed this image using the Photomatix 32bit HDR plugin (click here to get it). It’s a very slick tool for your workflow which allows you to generate 32bit HDR files, re-import back into Lightroom and then use LRs familiar Develop Module.

Bob Lussier

Bob Lussier

The is my man Bob Lussier. He recently sent me a cool photo for my ‘about me’ page, so I thought I would share a photo that I shot of him while we were at #nXnw 2013. Bob has many claims to fame, but the fact he can run a sub three hour marathon, pretty much makes his a super hero in my book. Make sure to check out his work here.

Big Plans Didn’t Take Flight


When your ideal composition is behind a high security fence, step back, try your best, and experiment a bit with some processing techniques. After a long day of mountain biking in Grand Junction I had big plans to scout out some interesting compositions at the nearby airport. I was sure the Book Cliffs were going to make the perfect backdrop for a couple small single engine airplanes. Obviously I didn’t consider the fact that regional airports have higher security protocols. I wasn’t getting anywhere near the aircraft, let alone getting on the runway. I switched to plan B….slap on a zoom, set up on a pile of rocks, and test out CS4s HDR capabilities. I don’t have any conclusive insights about CS4 other than what you see here. I still feel more comfortable driving the sliders in Photomatix.

Capture Notes:

Nikon D300
Nikkor 70-300 VR II
Gitzo Traveler
Pile of Rocks

Processing Notes:

Capture (7 Images @ 1 ev)
NX2 – Raw conversion
Photoshop – HDR (tonemppaing?? Not sure what Adobe calls it)
Adobe Camera Raw – Contrast, Saturation, Clarity adjustments
Photoshop – Cloned out a couple orange cones
Sized for web
LightAsMagic.com

Plan B

Plan B

The Book Cliffs


The Book Cliffs are located just on the outskirts of Grand Junction CO. They face the Colorado National Monument. That puts the town of Grand Junction smack-dab in the middle of both, making it a landscape photographers dream destination.

I would like to get back there soon to spend an entire weekend working with these incredible mountains. This image was from a photo-walk sandwiched between a 5 hour mountain bike ride in the desert and some margaritas with the A-team.

Capture Notes:

Nikon D300
Nikkor 70-300 AFS VR II
Gitzo Traveler

Exposure: 0.001 sec (1/1000)
Aperture: f/5.0
Focal Length: 165 mm
ISO Speed:200

Processing Notes:

Capture (1 Image)
Photomatix (HDR/Tonemapping)
Nik Define 2.0 (Noise Reduction)
Nik Silver Efex Pro (B+W Conversion)
Sized for web
LightAsMagic.com