People Showcase Showdown!


Tonight I updated the landing page on my portfolio, showcasing some of my favorite people photos! Check it out when you get a chance and let me know what you think. I go back and forth with showcasing my people photos and my landscape photos. I hope you enjoy this iteration while it lasts! 🙂

I want to do more work with people in my new state of Colorado. I am definitely not lacking in nature subjects! With this focus, I want to show this side of my work more clearly. I gravitate toward natural light (outdoors) portraits anyways, so the combination of my landscape love and people should make for some fun images.

If you know anyone in the greater Denver area who may enjoy some fantastic photos of themselves or loved ones, feel free to share my name!

Andy Buckner Portfolio Home Page
Andy Buckner Portfolio Home Page
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Nature. ‘Nuff said


There really isn’t a lot to say about this one. It was amazing in person and this image really takes me back to the moment.

Nature is amazing.

Rocky Mountain National Park

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New look for AndyBuckner.com + Collages + Polls!


To celebrate the new look for my blog, I put together a few collages with a some of my favorite photos from each of these categories: Portraits, Nature, Automobiles, Athletes, and Animals.

Be sure to take the poll at the bottom and vote for your favorite! Also, leave a comment with your thoughts on the new look & feel of the blog!

This change up comes in anticipation of the new year and my recent relocation to the greater Denver, CO area. The change has made me and my family happy, so this is a bit of a happier look for my site! 🙂

Best viewed LARGE, so click to enlarge.

Portrait Collage
Portrait Collage
Nature Collage
Nature Collage
Automobile Collage
Automobile Collage
Athlete Collage
Athlete Collage
Animal Collage
Animal Collage

 

Rocky Mountain National Park


First of all, Happy December! Hasn’t this year flown by? Sheesh.

Anyways – I just visited the Rocky Mountain National Park for the first time this last weekend…and it was absolutely beautiful, epic, awe-inspiring. The image below is a glimpse into this place’s beauty which delivers abundantly on a grand scale and on smaller, more intimate levels. I definitely plan on going back for more exploration. I captured this image while standing on

For those of you that have been here before, are there any recommended hikes/spots you would suggest visiting? I am very open to suggestions!

Rocky Mountain National Park

 

This is me getting the shot above. Standing on the ice-covered stream made it that much more fun!

 

Gettin the shot

Nature Walk at the Hornbek Homestead


While out driving around seeing what I could see, I came across the Hornbek Homestead (link below). Not only is the countryside in this area beautiful, but the drive there is beautiful too. Here are a few images from one of my trips there.

 

I came up on this part of road unexpectedly and had to swerve off the road to capture it once I saw it, it was just so picturesque to me. I had to dodge a couple on coming cars as I was in the middle of the road trying to get this shot. I am happy I did!

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This is a close up of the front door on the Hornbek Homestead I posted about here.

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Random dirt road in the middle of nowhere next to a barbed wire fence at dusk.

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There is a nature walk at the Hornbek Homestead that crosses this awesome little bridge. This is the view looking out into the nature to come once you cross it.
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This is part of the valley you see on the nature walk as you are crossing the bridge above. As I was walking into the valley, I saw a fox running off into the canyon. It is some beautiful nature out here!

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Flowers like these adorn the trail all over. I had to capture one of these, they were very pretty!

 

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Wild Horses


After exploring some back roads in the rain, the clouds cleared for a bit to reveal these horses enjoying themselves in the pasture. Beautiful country!

 

Wild Horses

Home


Home, something a lot of us take for granted some of the time.

What does home mean? A place you sleep/hang out/pay rent/mortgage/see family members not by choice/etc? Not too long ago, I would have said that having a physical place to call home was a main definition of…home. However, I have been learning lately that to me, it is any place where I am with my family (wife and dogs). No kids yet, but the dogs substitute nicely! The driving force behind this is that love is not tied to a place and follows me wherever I go with my family. That sense of belonging, acceptance, and being loved unconditionally can go with you wherever you go. Yes it is there when you aren’t together with your family, but there is no denying that when together, things are taken up a few notches!

Feel free to comment what home means to you, I would like to hear others’ perspective.

Hornbek Home

This home above is the historic Hornbek Homestead and it was built in the 1800s. I accidentally came across it on my last trip to CO. Absolutely beautiful area. From the NPS website:

In the center of this lush valley stands the Hornbek homestead complex, the home of a strong, determined woman who came to the area with her four children in the 1870s. Claiming land under the Homestead Act, Adeline Hornbek defied traditional gender roles to become the owner of a prosperous ranch.

Adeline did what she had to do for her family and broke through social norms in the process to make a home. Love is powerful force unlike any other and creates where other forces tear down.

Happy Sunday and have a great week! Spread a little love this week and see what it creates!

Teaser – more to come


I recently had the opportunity to spend some time with my friend Darlene and create some awesome images. We were treated to a beautiful Southern California evening in Laguna Beach. There are a lot more from this shoot that I can’t wait to share, but for now here is one to hold you (and me!) over.

As the sun was setting it cast a beautiful golden light that really made Darlene’s eyes pop. More soon!

Portrait at Dusk

Smartphone Photography: Nexus 5 + Snapseed


I thought it would be a nice change to post some photos taken with my smartphone since that technology keeps getting better and better. All the pics below were taken with my Nexus 5 smartphone, made in collaboration between Google and LG. Now cameras on phones are still behind the mighty DSLR, but they sure are making huge strides! Now the camera on my phone is not considered to be one of the best out there. It has 8 megapixels and is mediocre. There are phones that shoot over 35 megapixels and even in RAW with excellent image quality! Are you kidding me?!

Hoover Dam
Hoover Dam

Because my phone camera is not great, I tend to tweak the pictures quite a bit to make them pop. I know the photos below are a bit overdone, but for a smartphone I think they look pretty cool. I would never edit a photo this way from my DSLR, but when from a phone I think it is OK. I use a free app called Snapseed and it is available on iOS and Android. For most purposes, it does a pretty good job.

Hoover Dam Pano
Hoover Dam Pano

The photo above was a panorama image that was then edited with Snapseed.

With the iPhone 6 right around the corner (announcement on 9/9/14), there are a new batch of cutting edge phones hitting the market soon. With each new batch of flagship phones, cameras get better with more capabilities. To be honest, I think these cameras are getting so good that it is beginning to push the DSLR manufacturers to innovate faster which is a great thing for photographers.

Colorado
Colorado

At this point, though, pretty much every phone can benefit from the added editing from apps such as Snapseed. These programs will really bring out the potential of your phone’s camera. Instagram has some pretty good editing options, but the problem is that it forces your photo to be cropped and post within their ecosystem. What if you just want to edit your full size photo and save for other uses, such as posting to a website or emailing? Then the third-party app is the way to go.

Deer at dusk
Deer at dusk

Whatever phone you shoot with and whether it is iOS or Android (my preference), it is an exciting time because the technology is so good. Enjoy yourself. If your phone takes sub par photos and you have become discouraged creatively, try one of the reputable editing apps and really explore the capabilities. It may reignite that creative spark in you to keep shooting and having fun!

 

 

 

 

Clouds and Meadow

Clouds and Meadow

EDIT 9/8/14

I just made this image last night and since it so clearly goes along with this topic, I had to add it.

Colorado road at dusk
Colorado road at dusk

Happy shooting!