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Frigid Week — wk 9

This last week was a frigid one with plenty of snow. On Thursday night, I-25 was busy with traffic. While waiting at the Arapahoe Station, the Light Rail train came over the bridge. As it arrived at the station, the train emerged from behind a cloud of snow!


Light Rail Train Emerging From The Snow

On Saturday, I headed down to Bear Creek. Along the side of the creek were snow fields with shadows cast by surrounding trees.


Snow Field Near Bear Creek

Close by was a children’s playground. Here I found icicles growing from bright red colored seats.


Icicles On Playground Seat

At a nearby table, several icicles were growing upwards out of the table top. I wonder how they grew up? Maybe from water dripping from a tree?


Icicles Growing Out Of The Table

Close up, these became “Icicle Towers” in the following image.


Icicle Towers

This morning, I was at the Denver Art Museum for a National Geographic Traveler seminar. After arriving at the museum, I found some more icicles growing on the sculpture located outside.


Icicle On Sculpture, Denver Art Museum



Daffodils On The iPhone

Yesterday, I was listening to the TWIP (“This Week In Photo”) podcast. As one of the picks of the week, Ron recommended some iPhone apps — Waterlogue and Tangled FX — both of which I have used. This morning I made an image of a vase with daffodils, that I gave the Waterlogue treatment; a watercolor effect.


Daffodil, Waterlogue-d

While visiting the iTunes store, I found another app, Glaze, that gives an oil painting effect. This app has several oil effects that I liked. So, I thought, I wonder what oil paintings look like in black and white (50 Shades of Grey)? I took the same original photo into Glaze and then processed in Snapseed as a black and white image. After a little burning and dodging, I got the following image.


Daffodil, Glazed Monochrome



Harlequin Plaza, After Work — wk 8

Friday, after work, I changed the route to return to the light rail station. This time, I headed towards the Orchard Station. The walk takes me past Harlequin Plaza. On the south side, a bridge crosses the pond to connect the office buildings to the parking lot. I stopped here to make this image that was converted to black and white. This building is great fun to photograph since it has angular roof line and plenty of glass windows that reflect the surrounding.


Bridge To Harlequin Plaza

Walking along bridge, I stopped to make this image.


Harlequin Plaza, South Side

Last weekend, I was experimenting with some images that I made at Harlequin Plaza last July. These can be found on Ello. One of the images was similar to the one below, but without the overcast skies.


Glass And Sky, Harlequin Plaza

Finishing up at Harlequin Plaza, I headed over to the Orchard light rail station. This station has benches with colorful opaque backrests. While waiting for the train to arrive, a lady sat down on the sunny side of the bench. The sun emerged from behind the clouds, picking up her shadow in the backrest.


Backlit Commuter, Orchard Station




Ice In The Platte River, Foxton — wk 7

Last Sunday, I made a trip to the South Platte River at Foxton. Having visited the river farther downstream at Waterton Canyon two weeks earlier, I did not know what to expect. After arriving at Foxton, I found thick slabs of ice covering most of the river!


Ice In The South Platte River, Foxton

Working my way along the river, I found a place that allowed me to get reasonably close to the flowing water. I made the following image with a 5 second exposure. This gives a milky white surface to the flowing water, just below the ice.


Ice And Water, Long Exposure

Here is another image of the ice above the flowing water.


Ice Above Flowing Water, Platte River

Heading downstream, I noticed the setting sun lighting up the pine forests. There was one spot where the ice had melted, leaving a pool of water. The sun was lighting up the trees on the far bank of the river. Reflections of the trees in the water looked like they were covered in fall colors!


Sunlit Reflections In Icy Platte River

I made the following image of the pine trees catching the last sunlight of the day.


Catching The Sunlight, Foxton





Reflections And Leading Lines — wk 6

This last week we had a wild weather week, starting with snow that soon turned to warm spring like weather. With the sun setting later in the day, I had the opportunity of making images after work at the end of the day, without avoiding snow in the images. I made the following image just before the sun sank over the mountains. I shot down into the pond to get the reflection in the water of the building and the lone tree. Two minutes later and the orange glow of the building was gone.


Reflection, Tuscany Plaza And Tree At Sunset

Walking to work on the following morning, construction of the new AMG Bank building was lit up by the early morning sun. There were colorful construction vehicles working around the building. Stopping at the same pond as above, I made the following images of the construction reflections in the water. Some ducks and geese had made some ripples to the right that made interesting abstract shapes in the water.


Construction Reflection In Tuscany Plaza Pond

The next morning was clear blue skies again. Taking a walk through Samson Park, I was drawn to the contrast of the orange/brown branches reflecting in the blue of the water. Again, there were just enough ripples to break up the reflections into a more abstract image.


Reflection In Samson Park Pond

On Friday afternoon, I returned from work, taking a stroll through Tuscany Plaza. Leaving the building through the covered walkway, I noticed the leading lines created by the railings, also reflected in the windows. I setup a composition and made an image. Just then, a lady came walking her dog on the far side of the street. I made a few images, this last one when she turned to walk through Samson Park.


Tuscany Plaza Exit

Friday was First Friday Art Walk on Sante Fe. I am always inspired by the art on display in the various galleries, so I usually have a camera with me on the art walk. I headed down to the basement of one of the galleries to view the art work. On the way out, I turned around to make this image with leading lines going down to the basement. Around the corner below, there was mixture of various colors from different light sources that rendered as gaudy colors. So I converted this image to monochrome for less distraction.


Stairs, Down To Art Gallery Basement

After visiting several galleries, I noticed the warm colors in the empty store front. A street band had just finished playing and were packing up their gear. I made another composition with leading lines as they were busy.


Santa Fe Blvd Street Band, Packing Up Gear

After selecting some images for this week’s post, I noticed that I had two themes in the images — reflections and leading lines. I pruned my selection to just the images above.



Hike Along Waterton Canyon — wk 5

On Sunday afternoon, I made a trip down to Waterton Canyon with the intention of make images of ice in the Platte River. On arriving, I discovered that the parking lot was like a mud pit! The recent warm weather caused ice and snow in the parking lot to melt. I knew that it would be a muddy hike along the canyon. After hiking about a mile into the canyon, I reached a bend in the river where the walls of the canyon were reflected in the water. Here the water was dammed up by large rocks in the river. There was still some ice around.


Rocks, Ice And Reflections, Platte River

When I shot ice in previous years, the afternoon lights up ice formations with colors of the setting sun. It was just too warm this time. December would have been a better time to make images here. Farther upstream, on the bend, there was some blue sky reflecting in the water that was captured in this image.


Reflections In Platte River, Waterton Canyon

Nearby, on the far bank of the river, was a stand of scrub oak trees emerging from the snow covered floor. Some of the trees still had remnants of fall colors in their leaves!


Trees Among The Snow, Waterton Canyon

About this point I turned back.  In the canyon, there are several examples of metamorphic rocks that have some interesting color banding. In this example, I found a spot where pink, white and gray banding was present. The pink coloring is from feldspar minerals in the rock.


Pink And Gray Rock Patterns, Waterton Canyon

I spotted the rock below on the way into the canyon. On the way out, I decided to make an image that shows the ice skirt attached to the rock above the fast flowing water. At this time of day, the low light level required a longer shutter speed to allow the water to blur as it flowed past the rock.


Rocks Wearing An Ice Skirt, Platte River

During the return hike, there was less mud as the water started to re-freeze.



Five Points On Martin Luther King Day — wk 4

Monday this week was one of the monthly Meetup groups that I attend. So I decided to shoot some street photography images in the Five Points neighborhood in the afternoon before the meeting. It was also Martin Luther King Day. Taking the light rail, I got off at Welton Street. This is close to the location where we did the Worldwide Photowalk in October. In one of the alleys, I found a colorful mural painted on an orange wall. There were some crates laying up against the wall — probably used for seating from workers taking a break from work in neighborhood stores.


Mural And Crates Against The Orange Wall

Along Welton Street is some interesting art, including murals with embedded mirrors. At this time of day, the colors of the sky from the setting sun was reflected in the mirrors.


Mirrors In The Wall, Five Points

The light rail line comes to an end at the intersection with Downing Street. Looking back along Welton Street, the sun was setting behind the tall office buildings downtown.


Sun Setting Along Welton Street

Walking back down the street towards downtown, I stopped by one of the light rail stations. I waited for a passing pedestrian to make the following image.


Station Along Welton Street

There are some really interesting stores and businesses in Five Points. This Barber and Beauty store echoes a bygone period.


Barber And Beauty, Five Points

Here is an Emporium that was lit by inviting warm yellow lighting inside.


Emporium, Five Points

Further along the street, I noticed the Mercury Cafe in a parallel street. This is an interesting building that a dance floor, restaurant and bar. We did some swing dancing here a few years ago!


Brewhouse, Mercury Cafe

The black cat in the mural below caught my attention. It was obvisously terrified by the approach of the bigger tiger that I captured in the image below.


Two Cats, Mercury Cats

That was the last image that I made before hurrying over to the meetup group.


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Walk Along The South Platte River — wk 3

Today, Angela and I made our way down to the river. Armed with binoculars we spotted a Cooper’s Hawk just after arriving at the river. We crossed the bridge to get a better look at the hawk. While looking down into the Platte River, I noticed the rust covered bridge components that I included in this image.


Looking Down Into The Platte River

Walking along the river, we spotted a variety of water fowl. This included many species of ducks as well as Canada Geese. Under the Evan Street bridge, I stopped to make several images. The sun reflected off the water casting pools of light onto the bridge pillar in the center of the river.


Reflections, Evans Street Bridge

Farther along the river, I noticed the clouds and blue sky reflecting in the river. The sun was shaded by some clouds at this point. As a result, there was no extreme contrasts that were introduced by bright sunlight.


Sky Reflections In The South Platte River

Near the Mississippi bridge a construction project was underway. The river was partially dammed to protect the downstream work area. A floating barrier was stretched across the river at this point. I carefully composed this image to put the orange barrier on a diagonal.


Floating Barrier In The Platte River

Soon after we turned back to head back home.