Glow Over Chalk Cliffs

A winter break is in order and I will be signing off of blogging and social media until the first of the new year. I need a break to gather thoughts and work on my craft. My winters are usually a time of change, and when I emerge from this one, I’d like to know which direction I’ll be heading. I love the interaction that social media provides. I can browse through a Facebook or Google+ stream and be inspired, learn something new, and stay up to date with loved ones as well. But it does consume minutes and hours and with so few hours of daylight, my time seems very compressed during this part of the year. I have so many items on my to-do list right now and it is just time to get to work. I have lighting to learn, projects to piece together, and a business that needs some direction. I have a crapload of photos on my hard drive that need some organizational attention. I want to study – really study – the work of some of the photographers I consider masters of their craft. These are all things I have put off for these darker winter months and I am simply ready to get down to it.

 

Simplify. Simplify. Simplify.

 

I’ll be back invading your streams in the near future, hopefully with some worthwhile things to share.

 

For now, a photo of a dawn near the Chalk Cliffs of Mount Princeton, an October or so ago. I really miss the mountains and hope that 2014 affords me the chance to get back west.

 

 

The Chalk Cliffs at the base of Mount Princeton

Pockets Full of Dust

I’m still posting photos from last fall. Sometimes I tell myself that I just need to buckle down and work on all the old photos from past trips and get them done. But then it would be over. Every time I grab a shot in my catalogue from a previous trip and work something different with it, it’s like I’m reliving that adventure all over again. The other reason I hold on to these is that I find that if I process these all at once, they end up all having a similar look and feel. Allowing some time to pass in between tackling these shots lets me treat each one a little differently. In time, I learn new techniques or come up with new ideas or simply see something that I didn’t on the first pass.

I have also, over time, realized that some of the shots I have been holding onto just aren’t up to snuff. I have shots that I saved from 2 years ago that need to be archived away and left alone. I rarely delete anything, but these shots are good to go back to just to remind myself that I have made some progress over the past few years. So now I go through thousands of shots and weed them down to just the ones that meet my current criteria.

For now, the Great Sand Dunes in Colorado- one of my favorite places on earth (what little I have seen of it).

 

Patterns of sand at Great Sand Dunes National park

Aspen Cluster

As autumn comes to this area, I can’t help but remember Colorado last year. Around this time we were on our way. The highlight of fall color there was Mueller State Park. In Colorado, it is as much according to the elevation as to the time of year as to where you’ll see great color. This park was just about right if just a little past its prime. The yellow of the aspens was the predominate color here.

 

Aspen trunks and their fallen leaves - Mueller State Park

The Gates To The Garden

It is hard to believe that it’s been nearly a year since our trip to Colorado. Editing this photo made me wish I was on my way out there again this year. For this one, my wife and I got up early and headed to the Garden of the Gods Park in Colorado Springs. Only one other car in the parking lot, the place felt like our very own playground for the morning and the sunrise gave us quite  a welcome.

 

Garden of the Gods at sunrise in Colorado Springs, Colorado