Spruce Mountain Open Space Trail, Larkspur, CO


Being still new to the area, I am always on the lookout for a new pretty spot to shoot some photos. I just happened to see someone mention this trail on Social Media and decided to pack up and go check it out. I was not disappointed! This is a close, yet secluded open space with some great trails and beautiful scenery. I was on my bike this time and found myself pulling over every, seemingly, 10 ft for a new beautiful scene. Below are a few from that day that start to capture the scene.

Spruce Mountain Open Space, Colorado, Larkspur

Spruce Mountain Open Space, Colorado, Larkspur

Spruce Mountain Open Space, Colorado, Larkspur

And for a different perspective, here are several from my phone, the LG G6:

Spruce Mountain Open Space

Spruce Mountain Open Space

Spruce Mountain Open Space

Spruce Mountain Open Space

Spruce Mountain Open Space

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Azra in the studio


I recently spent some time in the studio and had a blast. I got some great shots that I will be showing you over the next few days.

Here’s one that is so simple but beautiful at the same time. It reminds me of a Calvin Klein piece!

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Those darn camera phones!


In the spirit of technology topics, being that this week is the annual CES gathering (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas, I wanted to touch on cameras on phones. As most of you are aware, this is fast becoming one of the most competitive areas in the mobile arena, let alone the photography arena!

Top tier phones today have cameras that rival DSLRs from just a few years ago. Just do a Google search for ‘Smartphone vs. DSLR’, you will find a ton of review and opinions. You will undoubtedly read about the Nokia 1020 which is the current Smartphone king with a 41MP (no, that is not a typo – Fourty One.) camera and the ability to shoot RAW! Wow! Don’t get me wrong, this is not a DSLR/camera phone comparison or debate, rather I am just pointing out how good cameras are on phones now-a-days. Smartphones are still a ways off from realistically replacing the need for a full-time, purpose-built camera – which may never actually happen for the serious shooter. I for one, am happy all of this technology is moving forward because it will drive the DSLR market to innovate in hopes to keep their market share….and it helps make Instagram feeds a bit more interesting ;).

I took this photo below with a now 2-3 generation old phone in early 2011, the Motorola Atrix 4G. I got to be honest, I really like this photo! If I had taken this with my Nikon D7000, I would have been happy! At the time this was taken, I did not own a DSLR and this phone was my window into photography. It peaked my interest so much that I ended up doing my research and buying the DSLR I own today. I am happy this camera drove me to take better pictures and rewarded me when I was able to achieve that goal! It moved me along on my Photography journey.

With this week’s CES phone processor announcements and the Mobile World Congress around the corner, things are only going to get WAY more interesting! Don’t forget, which I do often, that cameras don’t make engaging images, people do.

Big Bird!


I recently took a trip to Cambria, CA for the weekend, just to get away. While there, amidst relaxing and just taking in the relaxing surroundings, there were these large birds playing in the coastal winds (sorry, I don’t know what kind they were – maybe you can tell me!). They are incredible animals and it was awesome to watch them play in their natural habitat!

Mostly a black and white set, but I liked this color version below and wanted to share that one too.

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A Girl and a Guy


Last post for 2012.

I continue to try to improve my portrait skills, so here is one of a pretty girl and a handsome guy! (my wife and me 🙂 ).

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Self Portrait 2 I am testing out some new software and re-processed my self-portrait. I like it quite a bit better.

Mounted Marbles


While walking the dogs the other day I cam across a playground in a local park. There was this piece of the play structure that just had a bunch glass bulbs (like big marbles). During the right time of the day, the sunlight shines through these balls and I thought it was pretty cool. Here is a close up shot; it was dusk and the natural light was on the other side.

That will do!


I was driving around the other day looking for anything interesting to shoot (I had just rented the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 Lens!). I knew these massive hangars were near by and thought it would be cool to shoot, but they are on an old military base which is closed off to the public. I decided to look for a random vantage point, not having much hope since I know the general area pretty well… But wait, whats this!? A road I was not familiar with which led towards one of the hangars, nice! Not only did the road lead to a great view of one of these things, but it just so happened that a blimp had just been pulled out (for what purpose, I do not know)! To add a cherry on top of my find, there was a small section of the fence that had been cut away, a perfect peep-hole for my lens :).

I chose to edit this way because the whole feel of the image felt older, from another time. In my mind, this is how I saw this moment.

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10 Year Anniversary Gift


I am kicking off 2012 with a few shots from a recent session I did with my brother and sister-in-law. I offered to take photos of them as a gift for their anniversary and the happily accepted. This was my first attempt at a “session” like this with a couple. I definitely learned a few things by making mistakes, but overall it was a great experience and I look forward to next time. I love these guys below!

Have a great 2012!

 

They are not afraid to let loose and just be silly – I felt this picture captured that silliness

Having Fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before & After


I recently took a business trip to Calgary, AB Canada and, of course, took my camera. I still plan on posting a few more pics from the trip, but in the meantime, I had to share this Before & After image. The image below was captured at approximately 7:30pm in a rural park. It was very dark outside, but I had a fast lens (F1.4) on my camera and knew I would be able to extract some light; not to mention I shoot in the RAW format and this allows me to drastically adjust exposure to my own liking.

The park was so quiet, calm, and even serene. Being born and raised in the desert in Southern California only added to the spectacle I was experiencing. I snapped the shot below and knew I had a decent image, but I knew I would have to wait until I got it onto the computer to really see what I got. I was able to extract so much light, that the ‘After’ picture looks like it was taken mid day with the sun out! Also, the processing I did gave the image a slight “painting” feel as a result which I think really added to the final result, kinda surreal.

In any case, I think the latter picture really ‘feels’ like December and I wanted to share!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!



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Fading Details


My previous post focused on the contrasting color and decay of the graffiti at the old feed mill. This post looks at a couple of the details surrounding the mill. The old buildings and machinery are testament to a once lively operation. However, all that is left are small, rusty and deteriorating details.