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N 102 B 11.7K C 90 E Sep 29, 2008 F Sep 30, 2008
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The thing I love about being a photographer is getting that one shot that NOBODY else has!

I got up at 6:30 yesterday morning to get that magical, Maroon Bells shot that wanted to get. I had camped for the night only about five minutes from this spot. The sun wasn't even up yet. It was nearly dark, and I felt like I was the only person within a hundred miles who was even awake. So I get there and every single parking space in the lot was full. I had to park on the side of the road and walk a quarter of a mile through the parking lot. So... I get there and there are about a hundred photographers already there shooting. The edge of the lake looked like the sidelines of an NFL football game! Annnnnd... The light is complete CRAP! Even though it was still before sunrise, the sun rises earlier on the peak of a 14,000 foot high mountain. Sooooooo... The whole scene was in shade, with these bright, hot spots on the tips of those two mountains on the left. AND... It was windy, so there was no reflection at all in the lake. It SUCKED! I didn't even bother taking out my camera.

Sooooo... Now for the next two hours, the top half of the scene was in sun. The bottom half was in shade. So I waited it out. I wandered around shooting other stuff. Finally came back around 9:00 in the morning. The light was finally nice, and the wind had stopped, so there was a reflection. By then there were more like 200 photographers there shooting. They actually had to form two rows. The row in the front was kneeling so the row in the back could shoot over their heads. It was seriously one of the most insane things I have ever seen in my life. There was even a news crew shooting video of the photographers shooting pictures!

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N 22 B 1.7K C 37 E Aug 22, 2008 F Sep 24, 2008
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This was from a few weeks ago, in Rocky Mountain National Park. It was a great evening for photography, with low clouds, and light rays. I've been putting this one off, because I have been dreading Photoshopping this one. This took some effort holding all the detail in the bright, backlit sky, as well as the dark shadowed foreground. This is three exposures, hand blended in Photoshop. I've been just loving this Monsoon Season thing, all summer. I don't know when it officially ends, but we still seem to be getting quite a bit of stormy weather.

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Here's another from yesterdays visit to the Paint Mines, in Calhan Colorado. Awesome place! I really had no idea there was anything like this in Colorado.

The paint mines are named for their colorful clays that were collected By American Indians to make paint. Brightly colored bands, caused by oxidized iron compounds, are found in varying amounts throughout the many different layers of clay. When the outcrops erode, a hard capstone allows columns of clay to be preserved beneath them, creating fantastic spires called hoodoos. Selenite (gypsum) contibutes to the color, and white quartzitic crystals dazzle the eye. (this last paragraph was stolen from my friend Robin's photo description... Who in turn stole his description from the park brochure)

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N 53 B 3.5K C 77 E Sep 30, 2008 F Nov 25, 2008
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Alright... Enough cityscape's from Dallas. Here's another from that great fall foliage excursion I took last month in Colorado. This is from a lake, a little south of Ouray.

Alright, sorry, that's all I have time to write now. I've got to get out of here. I'm taking a pole dancing class.

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One fascinating thing about being in the southwest is just how far you can see. In the east, there are too many trees and buildings to see much sky, other than what's right above you. Out here, sometimes you can see a storm a hundred miles away. Another amazing thing is how the weather can completely change in five minutes. All three of these were taken within an hour or so of each other as I drove through central Colorado a couple days ago. This top one is actually snow falling up in the mountains. Where I was standing, it was 70 degrees and sunny.

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