How I Learned Landscape Photography

Parvin Lake near Red Feather Lakes, Colorado
Parvin Lake. Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

All photographers start somewhere.

I began in High School, using my fathers film cameras.  I continued on through my time in the Navy and became quite interested in Stereoscopic transparencies in the 70’s and 80’s. In the 90’s I had a panoramic film camera and a number of Instamatic models.

It was 2004 when I purchased my first digital SLR. The Canon EOS Rebel XT / 350D.

Eight megapixels at the time was the standard resolution for high end photography, though this particular camera was a consumer level model.

I was approaching the point in my career with The Wall Street Journal where I felt it was time to look past the corporate world and move on to something more in line with my future thinking. I picked up this Rebel XT as an introduction to the technology and immediately became interested in landscape photography.

My first landscape subjects were the mountains and lakes near my cabin in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado.

I’ve been photographing the scenery around Red Feathers for 15 years now.

This photo is Parvin Lake, near Red Feathers and was the first digital landscape subject I tackled.

It’s not a mind- blowing scene, but the lake was and still is a beautiful spot in the mountains.

Taken in 2004, this lake is still as beautiful today as it was back then.

Film quickly became a thing of the past once I bought my first DSLR. The Rebel XT was soon replaced with a Canon 20D about a year later, then a 30D, then the 5D and 1DsMk II and onward to today.

I still have film cameras but never use them. One has a half roll of Velvia still in it. I have no clue what’s on that undeveloped roll of film.

I think I’ll explore the lakes in more detail this summer. 8 Megapixels seem so small these days.