Rocky Mountain Moose

Back from our first of two annual moose photography trips in Northern Colorado. Here’s a short gallery to wet your whistle.

I’m off again next week for our second trip. Another moose extravaganza in the wilderness of the Never Summer Mountains.

Colorado Rocky Mountains – Shiras Moose in the Wild
Colorado Rocky Mountains – Shiras Moose in the Wild
Colorado Rocky Mountains – Shiras Moose in the Wild – Bull Moose Munching Lake Grass
Colorado Rocky Mountains – Shiras Moose in the Wild
Colorado Rocky Mountains – Shiras Moose in the Wild
Colorado Rocky Mountains – Shiras Moose in the Wild
Colorado Rocky Mountains – Shiras Moose in the Wild

New Article – Behind The Scenes With The Colorado Rockies Team Photographers

Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies at the plate

I’ve just published my new article “Behind The Scenes With The Colorado Rockies Team Photographers”

A documentary story of a day at Coors Field with photographers Matt Dirksen and Kyle Cooper of the Colorado Rockies.

Click the photo or (here) to read the story.

Time And Tide Wait For No Man

Photograph of a steam train in the Rocky Mountains
Georgetown Loop NGRR

Since I’m taking a few days off this week from my normal photography related business, I find that my mind is still restless. I normally go over my website about once a year and make the necessary modifications to get it (them) looking and running to my liking. One thing that keeps coming back to me is WordPress as a platform for writing my blog.

I like the interface and ease of use that WordPress offers me, but honestly, it’s becoming quite limiting for the things I find that I really want to do. Since I’ve moved into retirement from the commercial photography world, writing is becoming a bigger part of my personal life and I just can’t see wasting time on things that aren’t working. I’m not getting younger.

That said, I’ve decided to once again take a look at different writing platforms.  The most obvious candidates for alternative platforms are Drupal and Joomla. So I’ve loaded these on to my server and am going to play with rebuilding my blog into something more akin to what I want to be doing.

I was talking with one of the guys at Fstoppers and their system is based on Drupal, and I like some of the features their interface provides, but taking a look at Joomla and I see some stuff I like there too. What I’m not going to do is make a switch until I have both figured out and have migrated most of my personal writing to the new platform.

I know how I do things though. Migrate I probably will, and I’m suspecting that will occur before the end of the year.  I’ve found tutorials on both systems and will be delving into this matter a little bit more while I wait for things to happen elsewhere. Killing time, my mind never rests. The trick I’ve found, is to keep focused on things that work and get rid of things that aren’t working. I’m not so much afraid of failing as I am of having wasted my time on something that goes nowhere. The worst mistake anyone can make is to cling to something that is nowhere.

Time and tide wait for no man.

Oh, and it’s Train Tuesday.  Enjoy your day.

Too Much Gear Head Talk These Days

Shiras Moose of the Colorado Rocky Mountains

Happy Moose Monday

Enjoying a few last days of quiet time before I meet a group of photographers in Red Feather Lakes for a 4 day moose photography trip.

This is the second year in a row I’ve organized the outing for North American Nature, Wildlife and Landscape Photographers Association, a Facebook group I started about 6-7 years ago.

The intention is to organize this outing each summer as long as there is interest. Moose are a niche photography subject. I think a subject for the elder photographers. I’ve been debating writing about them for Fstoppers, but I’m not sure the audience for that publication is all that interested in things like this. Maybe it’s best to keep things in their respective boxes. Young people are more interested in photos of young women’s assets and gear head talk.

Life in the slow lane.

I don’t generally hang around young women trying to show off their assets and I don’t do too much gear head talk these days.

Making a Photograph Look Old

Photograph of a steam locomotive crossing clear creek at the Georgetown Loop in Colorado
Georgetown Loop NGRR, Colorado.

Train Tuesday.

Someone asked me one time, “what’s your best technique for making a photograph look old?”

My response. “Take the photograph and wait 50 years before you look at it”

In all seriousness though, for several years I made quite a bit of money at art festivals selling photographic prints of steam trains, converted to sepia tone and placed in vintage wood frames.  It was a staple of my printed product line for several years.

 

To Infinity and Beyond

I’m happy to announce that I’ve accepted a position as a Staff Writer for Fstoppers online photography website.

With over 1.5 million page hits per year, Fstoppers is one of the largest photography related websites on the internet and I’ll be starting in July.

This should be a win-win for both my business and for Fstoppers.

When I begin publishing my Fstoppers articles, I’ll share those links here and on Facebook and Twitter.

My articles will primarily focus on Nature and Wildlife photography in Colorado, but I’m sure I’ll be writing about a wide variety of things beyond the borders of Colorado.

I’m excited about this development and I’m looking forward to broadening my horizons as well as providing interesting and educational photography articles for the world.

 

Feathers Friday

Red-winged Blackbird perched in a tree, protecting his territory.

Today is Feathers Friday.

The Red-winged blackbird is fairly common in my neck of the woods. Loud, obnoxious birds. They are stunningly pretty though.

I’ve been working on new articles and actually have a couple ready to publish. I’ve been invited to write for another internet publication, where I’ll be writing about photography, so I’ve been sitting on them for that to begin. But, it’s never wise to get too far ahead of the curve. Once I’ve got that arrangement nailed down, I’ll share the results.

In the meantime, I’m still writing for my blog and am looking forward to sharing more than daily photographs this summer.

It’s been a long, cold winter and very busy spring. Time to get back to work.

Enjoy your weekend.

No Advice, Just Train Photos

Cruise the Internet photography websites and you’ll find all number of expert photographers giving you expert advice. Advice that more or less repeats itself year over year.

Have you ever noticed that very few of these world famous expert photographers share the actual photographs they take.

I write my blog to share my photography. From time to time I may throw in some “expert” advice, but I’m more into the photographs.

Today, we have photos of Colorado’s heritage rails in Black and White.

If you need some advice, feel free to send me an email.

Rio Grande Scenic Railroad. Near LaVeta Pass, Colorado.
Georgetown Loop NGRR, Georgetown Colorado
Colorado & Southern Locomotive #9 at the Silver Plume Engine House. Georgetown Loop NGRR
Durango and Silverton NGRR. Rockwood, Colorado
Vintage Diesel Electric Locomotive. Georgetown Loop NGRR
Cumbres & Toltec NGRR. Chama New Mexico
Cumbres & Toltec NGRR, Chama, New Mexico
Cumbres & Toltec NGRR, Chama, New Mexico
Cumbres & Toltec NGRR. Near Antonito, Colorado
Durango & Silverton NGRR, Rockwood, Colorado
Union Pacific #844 stopped in Northern Colorado.
Union Pacific #844 with vintage automobiles. Nunn, Colorado
Georgetown Loop. Blow-down at the Georgetown station.
Durango & Silverton NGRR. Silverton, Colorado