Shifting Gears

Autumn in Colorado – The Crystal River With Chair Mountain as a Backdrop

After a marathon of moose photography this past August, I’m taking a few weeks off from photography. I’ve been editing a large number of moose images from the summer, uploading stock photos, and doing much needed office work. The thought of photography isn’t all that enticing at the moment. Not to worry though, I’m in the planning stages for my Autumn photography trip the first week of October.

I have to deal with the question of where to go every year. Colorado has numerous locations for great fall foliage, but the two main areas that keep bubbling up are Crested Butte and/or The San Juan Mountains.

Crested Butte has a lot of beauty; however, the actual choices are limited by location and what time one wants to go there. The east side of Kebler Pass normally comes into color before the west side of the pass, and the dining situation is not that great. Most of the restaurants in Crested Butte are part-time at best and the general attitude of the locals is slack at best.

So I’ve decided to make this year’s trip to the San Juan Mountains. I know the San Juans like the back of my hand. Been there many times and the photographic variety is far better than Crested Butte.

First things first though. I’ve put my Ford Explorer in the shop for some much needed maintenance. 9 years of bad road has taken a toll on the front suspension so it is time to drop some money on getting it back in good working order.

In the meantime, I’m back in the office and working on things that have gone ignored for most of the summer. I’m looking forward to the heat wave breaking and some cooler, even wetter weather. I think we had about 20 days of 90+ degree weather and .35 inches of rain in August and September is starting off where August left off with record heat and dry conditions.

It’s time to shift gears from wildlife to landscape photography. As much as I like moose and other wildlife, it’s Autumn photography that I most look forward to each year.

Back To Civilization

Colorado Rocky Mountains – Shiras Moose Cow Browsing in a Lake

Finally getting my legs back after two full weeks of moose photography in Northern Colorado.  So, if you aren’t tired of seeing moose photos, I have a few more to share.

I’m noticing some trends in Northern Colorado. Moose have a habit of frequenting an area and then moving on to a new area. The past several years have shown this movement pattern. There were several years from 2015-2017 where the moose were not frequenting a particular lake but these past two summers have been more active. I’m wondering how long this photographic bonanza will continue. Probably until the lake grass gets eaten or some climate anomaly changes things.

When I got back in to town my computer decided to protest and booger up when I first booted it up. Normal though, Windows PC’s tend to act up from time to time but I’ve got it all figured out now.

Some 8,000 more moose photos added to the catalog have also clogged up my rapidly filling hard drives. I have about 10% of my internal 11 terabytes of disk storage left. Time to look at upgrading the hard drives. Those Nikon D810 files are large and it doesn’t take long to fill a disk.

Colorado Rocky Mountains – Shiras Moose Bull Posing for the Camera

Next up, the San Juan Mountains.  Autumn photography is about a month off but I’m already feeling the shift in the air. If you are in the San Juan Mountains the first week of October, you may bump into me trying to add to my bank account with fresh foliage photos of the mountains in southwest Colorado.

Colorado Rocky Mountains – Young Shiras Bull Moose in the Forest of Northern Colorado

Stay safe, stay happy and enjoy the moose photos.

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.