Sandhill Cranes in Monte Vista

There are three major areas within shouting distance of Denver for photographing Sandhill Cranes. Kearney, Nebraska, Bosque del Apache, New Mexico and Monte Vista, Colorado. I’ve been to each of these locations over the years and I’ve found my personal preference to be Monte Vista, Colorado. Kearney, Nebraska is a major convergence point for the…

Goodbye 2018 – Hello 2019

The end of the year is always a slow time for photography and even slower time for Internet traffic. Normally Colorado has seen a bit of snow by the end of December but this year has been fairly dry and cold. Interestingly, as I write this article on New Year’s Eve, we are actually getting…

Mastering Photography – Those Pesky Power Lines

Bison At Rocky Mountain Arsenal I’ve noticed over the years, the tendency of landscape photographers, including myself, to lament the presence of power lines in their composition. Power lines are just about everywhere one goes. They are a byproduct of human civilization. As a photographer, sooner or later, you’ll have to make a decision on…

Wrapping up 2018

With 2018 coming to an end, I suppose it’s okay to reflect on my life this past year. 2018 has been a different year for me professionally and on a personal level, in so much that my wife experienced her first year of retirement from her job as an Engineer with Lockheed and I have…

Photography Do’s and Don’ts

Grammatical exceptions aside, here is a quick list of photography “do’s and don’ts” I’ve formulated from my field experience. Just for a little fun. Do; Keep a charged extra camera battery on your body when working. Don’t; Offer unsolicited critique of another person’s photograph. Do; Keep a lens cloth with you when working. Don’t; Use…

The Eyes Have It

Talk to any experienced portrait photographer and they’ll explain the importance of the eyes in any close-up photograph. The best portraits display the subjects eyes clearly and distinctly. It is the eyes that attract the viewers gaze. An important aspect of those captivating eyes is the use of “catch light.” Catch light is a specular…

The Photographic Cycles of Life in Colorado

By mid-October, Winter weather begins its grip on Colorado. As a matter of fact, it’s snowing as I type this. Our first noticeable snow storm of the season here in Denver. The warm season doesn’t last long here at high altitude. Mountain folk think of Denver and the Front Range dwellers as “flat-landers” to a…

The Best Moose is the One You Have With You

Now that I’ve returned from a successful and probably final moose photography outing in Northern Colorado this year, I’m sifting through and editing some 3,500 or so fresh images of these amazing creatures. As with any photographic subject, one can find a number of different attitudes and views among friends and acquaintances. One reoccurring attitude…

Moose Are Beautiful Creatures

  Back in town from my recent moose hunt. It was a successful trip. I found this calf and a cow enjoying the fresh green mountain grass and sunshine Tuesday afternoon. Moose are beautiful creatures.

Goals and Milestones

I’m in a contemplative mood this morning so this post is going to be a little more from the heart. Hope you don’t mind the ramblings of a man who is trying to grow old gracefully. I’ve rationalized just about every aspect of my life over the years, justifying to myself and to others, my…