Monte Vista – After Action Report

Every photography trip is different. This year’s Monte Vista trip was no exception. The story starts over a week before my friend Tim and I leave town.  I normally schedule this trip for the week following the annual Monte Vista Sandhill Crane Festival. Mother Nature had a different idea. The “Bomb Cyclone.” Spring snow storms…

Rituals

I’m probably not alone but I have the same repeating process I go through for every photography road trip I take. A mental checklist, barely deviated from, hardly ever discussed and seldom thought about. Trudy’s mother announces that she’ll be making egg salad in honor of my leaving. I don’t eat egg salad, the girls…

Winter Runs Long in Colorado

The Bomb Cyclone moved through the state this past week. As a result of yet another snow storm, I postponed my trip to Monte Vista for 7 days. I’ll be heading out on this upcoming Monday with the hope that the weather reports are accurate and the Sandhill Cranes are still alive and well, and…

Out and About, Just Duck’n Around

The Arctic freeze has begun to break here in the Denver area. A bit colder and more frozen than a typical year in the Central Rockies has contributed a great deal to my laziness.  Sooner or later the laws of physics will take hold and it will warm up. Yesterday was a warm day and…

Springtime in the Rockies

Spring weather in Colorado can vary dramatically from year to year, month to month and even week to week. I’ve been planning to travel to Monte Vista for a few days following the annual Sandhill Crane Festival, as I normally do. The reports I’ve been hearing from other photographers indicate the bird count this year…

I Have To Ask Myself These Questions

I’ve been in such a production mode on my photographs since January, I haven’t really taken the time to sit and analyze my portfolio of images.  I have a few basic guidelines I try to stick to when considering an image that I’ll use as a stock photograph. I try not to over-think things, but…

What Day Is It? Whoop Whoop!

I’ve been pushing hard going through my photo catalogs, mining stock photos. Today, I’ve crested the hill, the personal goal of having 3,000 stock photos before the end of the year. Today is Wednesday. Hump Day! This is my 3,000th stock photograph and I’ve cleared the hump. The rest of the year is a piece…

Daydreaming of Hawaii

The dead of Winter here in Denver, I’ve been sitting in the office working on travel photographs. I’ve been to the Hawaiian Islands several times over the years. I’ve photographed a wedding on Waikiki Beach, I’ve flown over the islands in a helicopter, I’ve been on whale watching boats. I still can’t get enough of…

Synchronicity

I’ve been debating purchasing another tripod for my night photography equatorial drive. I have several tripods, most of which are quite suitable for the type of work I normally do, however, the night photography rig can be quite heavy and while my best tripod will handle 26 lbs of overall weight, I’m pushing it to…