"North Golden from Lookout Mountain"
A drive up to the summit of Lookout mountain west of Golden Colorado to look at the fantastic views is a fun afternoon. A view from the summit is worth the drive.
Part 3 of the "My Workflow" article series is now up on my website. In this article, I continue discussing my post processing techniques using Photoshop. See my profile for a hot link.
As to this image, I took this when I was up on that steep hill Sunday evening. I had my tripod set up facing west, waiting for the sun to set. The moment I looked behind me to the east, I saw the clouds lighting up pink. Rather than move my tripod, I just grabbed my camera and made a hasty composition.
This is actually three exposures blended in Photoshop. No idea how I managed to keep everything steady enough hand holding the camera, but it worked.
Sunrise at keystone through these beautiful clouds. We are so happy we left as early as we did because we were enjoying this light while the highway was stacking up with cars. #keystone#snowboarding#sunrise
"Trail Running Frozen South Table Mountain Trail"
While sauntering on South Table Mountain i came across a young man jogging on the iced over trail. He had his ice breakers on and was jogging on. No stopping him!
We call him No Plans Ned. He likes to just go downhill. No coordinating, contemplating, looking at maps. Just follow me, he says. And sure enough, he always leads you to the quietest, fluffiest path of perfection.
I feel like simplifying things today.
I took this composition of the tiny pine tree amongst the aspens a few weeks ago and have been struggling with it ever since. I liked the concept of the aspens lining the path into the forest with the little pine pointing the way, but I hated every attempt at editing the image I tried.
I wasn't thinking simply enough. I then converted the picture to black and white, played with the crop, applied a bit of contrast, and then on the advice of my wife I added a very subtle sepia tone to the whole thing.
I'm happy with this result. It now represents what I saw when I clicked the shutter. Simplicity, quiet solitude, and a desire to follow that little pine into the woods.
It took about 7 miles and 2000’ to #ski up on skins to the #harrygateshut#10thmountaindivision but to wake up to this view was worth every heaving breath on the climb up (particularly when you are just recovering from food poisoning and trying not to 🤮 the little food you’ve managed to eat). It pays to listen to your ❤️ even when your mind (and body) disagree 😬
Is there anything better than snowy mountain drives?❄️ 📍 RMNP
Dreaming about mountain adventures while I sit here at work....🗻
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"South Table Mountain Trail in Winter"
A winter storm moved into Golden Colorado and left a snowy white landscape good for an afternoon hike. South Table Mountain is great for exploration when it snows. The whole landscape seems completely different and usually very quiet.
Ever read "Choose Your Own Adventure" books when you were a kid?
Yesterday I did a bit of a real life choose your own adventure when I got off the trail and scaled a steep, rocky hill just so I could get a better view. The view from the top was definitely worth it too. I was hoping for a better sunset, but the nice golden light was more than satisfying.
I also discovered that if I followed the piles of deer poop down the hill, I didn't have to work as hard to find my way. Those animals definitely know the best way up and down the mountains. Pro tip: use deer poop like Hansel and Gretel used bread crumbs to find your way home.
2017 is going to be a tough one to beat for me.
I quit my job to move across the country and explore the western US with my better half @derek.kimmerle
We moved into an off the grid mountain house in the middle of the Front Range which began as our homebase. We built out the back of our Tacoma, Nacho, and spent many nights sleeping under his protection from the elements. 🏕 We hiked, camped, and explored through Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. We spent a week volunteering in Houston during the aftermath of Harvey. We’ve met the most incredible people and some total weirdos during our travels.
I’ve made teepees, I started writing, I started painting, I still don’t understand how the solar panel system works but Derek does, so we are set there. I’ve gotten more bloody noses living in the mountains then ever before, I got a mild form of frostbite on my toes, but I’ve become and expert fire maker. You win some you lose some. I’ve attempted to awaken the inner runner in myself, it’s a work in progress🏃🏻♀️. I’m in the best shape of my life, even though Derek can run laps around me still. Photography has become a new favorite of mine. I wake up and look at the mountains every morning, and I’m happy.
I think it’s safe to say 2017 was the best year I have ever had.
While we begin 2018 and rejoin the real world, I already think this year has a chance to take the cake.
Here’s to an epic 2018, stay tuned 😘🏔
📷 Snapped by Derek in our neighborhood.