It took awhile between the decline of film (I put my old “good” camera away some years ago) and the “jump point” for digital.
The jump point is the place on a graph where the line representing the quality of digital imaging keeps going up and up, and the line representing the ever-decreasing price for that quality, cross. Where the two subjective lines cross is the point where I “have to” jump back in. I’m not sure exactly when they crossed, but they did, and I jumped! I grabbed myself a beautiful Canon SLR and a lovely piece of Canon glass (which most people call a lens).
After “playing” with it awhile (read: getting used to how it worked), and noticing we had exquisite fall colors this year, I waited until the weather was jusssst right, grabbed my bride to come along for the ride, and headed out:
The photos on this page were taken along Ouray County (Colo.) Rd. 7, which is a public road that passes through the bottom of clothing designer Ralph Lauren’s 17,000-acre ranch, just above Ridgway. It tops out at a National Forest trailhead at 9,000′ (2,750m). The scuttlebutt among the locals is that Ralph tried to take the road private. The county replied not only “no” but “no …sir!”
It’s a gorgeous take-your-time drive, though you don’t really even need four-wheel drive this time of year.
A quick note about the photos: I haven’t done anything to them to change the color, or even crop them. I just reduced the size (to about 11% of the original) for display here. I shoot raw on my Canon, giving me about 24MB file sizes, and a 5,184×3,456 image. I took 250 photos this trip (yes, exactly!)
The next one was an obvious “Wow!” from the start, and was also made into (1,000, again) greeting cards:
Prints do not have the copyright notice printed on the front (I sign that area instead). And, for that matter, neither do the cards: there is a paragraph of info on the back of the cards.
To say I was pleased with my first outing with my new camera would be quite the understatement. I’m very much looking forward to more trips around this gorgeous area with my new glass.
And you certainly get the idea why Ralph Lauren would move here, eh? I may not be rich, but I sure like having a job that allows me to live anywhere I want, just like a rich guy — and this is where I want!