Fall 2015 Photos

The mountains I see from my windows are the San Juans, the largest mountain range in Colorado by area. There are 28 named peaks in the range, six of them are among Colorado’s 53 “14ers” — greater than 14,000 feet (4267m). They San Juans are considered “highly mineralized” (which explains all the mines around here), and it gives them some spectacular colors. It also gives them some absurdly picturesque small former mining towns, like Ouray, Silverton, and Telluride. I do most of my landscape art photography in the San Juan range.

My “specialty” (if you will) is to compose in-camera: I don’t want to crop the pictures, I want to compose through the lens. I also don’t want to “enhance” the colors I see: I don’t use Photoshop on them, but rather work to capture the colors I see with my eye, and not fake them on a computer. It’s hard, but really rewarding when they come out, as you’ll see here: the several examples were composed through the lens (no cropping), and the colors are real (no Photoshop enhancement). They’re presented in the order they were taken on a crisp morning in September 2015:

7:29 a.m.: The sun hits the mountain, lighting up the colors I spoke about above, before the trees get any direct sun. While I love that mountain, I consider this one “not good enough to print” because the trees aren’t bright. Yeah, they could be brightened up in Photoshop, but then the representation isn’t “real” in my eyes. It’s thus not for sale. But I wanted you to see that amazing mountain. Later, the trees were lit up, but the mountain was shaded by the clouds; I never got them both lit up, dang it!

 

8:51 a.m.: This one’s on my wall in 20×30″, and the crispness of the aspen trunks in the print is stunning. On the web, not so much! 🙂 You almost squint from the brightness of the sun streaming in from the upper right. At the very left center, you can see a spot: it’s a saddled horse. (#3560)

 

Taken just 37 minutes later (in a different direction, so not right into the sun), this is really the blue you can often see in the Colorado sky. The contrast with the gold of the aspens was mind-boggling to see, and I’m thrilled I captured it. Also on my wall in 20×30″, the colors on the web are “nothing” compared to the print. The tiny white dot at the end of the road? That’s a guy in a white T-shirt: that gives you a sense the scale of this shot! (#3603)

 

To inquire about prints, contact me and specify the frame number, with the size you’re considering. Not that I really expect to sell much over the web: what you see here just doesn’t compare to a fine print. “It’s hard to sell art on the Internet”!

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