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.
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.
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.
With all this moose business taking center stage this time of year, I’m still planning other adventures. Such as my upcoming trip to the San Juan Mountains for the first week of October for Autumn photography.
I do an annual trip, somewhere, and this year it was between Crested Butte and the San Juans. I get better sales from the photos out of the San Juans and to be honest, it’s a better target rich environment down there.
So, here’s today’s “Scenic Saturday” photo. On the Dallas Divide in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado.
Enjoy your weekend and stay tuned for more moose photos as my second week in Northern Colorado begins on Sunday, August 11.
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.
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.
Winding up a very busy past couple of weeks here in Colorado. Summer is in full swing and there is more adventure to come.
I have two moose photography tours coming up, one starts on July 29th and the next begins on August 12th. With a one week break in between, I’ll have enough time to get some fresh moose photos edited and to update the stock catalogs.
I’ve been working steadily trying to get ahead of the curve with my Fstoppers articles. The most recent effort involved me spending a day working at Coors Field with the team photographers for the Colorado Rockies. A lot of planning and coordinating went in to that effort and I do like the final result. I’m looking forward to sharing that effort with everyone.
Today though, is Scenic Saturday. So sit back, enjoy a summer Saturday and try to take in a little scenery if you get the chance.
I’ve been semi-sequestered in my office lately, learning and relearning how to write with a consistent style. This new job at Fstoppers has tweaked my thinking. With my first article submitted and approved for publication, the editor’s notes have reminded me that I’m going to have to polish my style a bit. Nothing egregious mind you, but I’m reminded that my college English courses were taken some 30+ years ago and the things I learned and have embedded in my writing are not really current by today’s standards. The linguistics of a Kentucky boy aren’t quite up to par. I keep reminding myself though, it’s the flow of the story that matters most to me. The technicalities can be learned, but learning to write with interest and flow, perhaps that’s something a little more difficult to learn. Learn I will. We never stop learning.
Ah, the laments of an amateur. It’s a question of new tricks for an old dog.