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Long Trip To Shrine Pass — wk 30

On Saturday, I had planned to make a trip to photograph wildflowers in Shrine Pass. Heading out on I-70, traffic was backed up for several miles before Floyd Hill. This would delay the journey by a couple of hours, so I turned back to Evergreen and headed to South Park from Conifer. I turned off to Weston Pass and took a break from driving. The South Fork of the South Platte river flows down the pass. There are several beaver ponds in the river. These always make for great subjects for infra-red.


Beaver Pond In Weston Pass

Water tends to absorb a lot of infra-red, so pond often render as dark tones. The blue sky also does not emit and infra red, so appears almost black. In the following image, I concentrated on a closer, more detailed image of the beaver pond with willow bushes reflecting from the water.


Reflections In Beaver Pond, Weston Pass

After a while, I headed over the pass, stopping along Big Union Creek. There are some interesting waterfalls in the creek that can make for some great images. However, there was dappled sunlight falling the creek that did not make for easy images. After about an hour, I left the pass on the western side joining the highway to Leadville. This was a short drive away. The road forks after Leadville, with one road heading to the Tennessee Pass and Red Cliff, about 20 miles away — the gateway to Shrine Pass. I slowly worked my way up the pass, practicing shooting videos. Near the top of the pass, the wildflowers became more prolific. I found this clump of Asters at the roadside.


Asters In Shrine Pass

There were several groups of Arnicas in the meadows. However, there was a breeze together with falling light levels. Time for some “intentional camera movement” to create some blurred images.


Arnica Blur, Shrine Pass

At the roadside was a large boulder that was surrounded by wildflowers. The boulder shielded the flowers from the breeze in the following image.


Boulder Surrounded By Flowers, Shrine Pass

There were some Arnicas sheltered here in this detailed image.


Arnicas And Boulder, Shrine Pass

Finally, I reached the top of Shrine Pass, just before the sun set over the mountains. Here the Indian Paint Brushes were quite prolific. I made this image about a minute before the sun disappeared over the mountain peaks for one of the last images of the day.


Indian Paint Brush On Shrine Pass

That concluded a long journey to Shrine Pass. Fortunately, there was less traffic on the return trip home on I-70.


Walking back to the light rail station after work, I pass the Arapahoe Station #3 building that is still under construction. On Friday, there was light overcast skies that made for some great light for photographs. In this image, it created interesting reflections in the glass. This is another one of those “Blue Buildings” that I pointed out in a post earlier this year. In this image, I cropped to a square to exclude distracting construction equipment on either side of the building.


Arapahoe Station 3 Building, In Blue

Continuing on there is another building, adjacent to the station, also in blue. The cloudy sky really makes the blue buildings stand out.


Another Building In Blue, Near Arapahoe Station

At Arapahoe Station is a huge water fountain. I switched to the fisheye lens to exaggerate and distort the circular retaining wall around the fountain. Fortunately, the pedestrian on the left side walked into the frame to include some human interest.


Fountain, Arapahoe Station, Fisheye View

Walking around the station, I found this abandoned coke can on the ticket validator.


Coke Can Validator

Exploring further, there is a glass enclosure to provide some shelter against the cold in the winter months. I created this composition using the reflections. There is just the right amount of light reflecting off the glass, to balance the light coming through the glass from the far side.


Arapahoe Station, Reflection In The Glass

I met this man who was sitting astride his bike. I complemented him on his “cool bike”. As I motioned to make this image, he got off the bike. I shot this image and showed him the result. He did not realize how wide the view was, but like the result!


Man With His Cool Bike

Leaving the train at DU, I wandered around the station and parking garage to search for some more unusual angles. There is a tunnel under the garage that leads to the sidewalk along the street.


Transfer… Tunnel, DU Station

While shooting here, I noticed some bikers riding outside. I waited by the entrance to the tunnel, until another person approached. I dashed inside an waited for the biker to pass by in the following image.


Biker, Outside The Tunnel

These fisheye images were made with Rokinon 8mm lens on a Fuji X-E1. This is a fun lens to use from time to time.



This last weekend I decided to spend some time learning to shoot video. So yesterday, late afternoon, I headed to the South Platte River, near Foxton. Here are some of the still images that I made.


South Platte, Turbulent Flow

For the above image, and the one below, I set the aperture to f/22 so that I could get a long shutter speed of about 1/10 second. This allows some smoothing of the water flow and enough of the flow to show turbulence.


South Platte, Turbulent Flow, No 2

In the following image, I used a Lee “Little Stopper” neutral density filter. This allowed a shutter speed of almost a second, rendering the turbulence as a milky flow.


South Platte, Flows Like Milk

While perched on a huge boulder at the riverside, I could shot down into the river to capture the water flowing over these three boulders.


Boulders In The South Platte River, Foxton

After a couple of hours shooting video with some stills, I headed up the Cathedral Spires trail for some still images. The Salsify flower were plentiful at this time of the year. The giant “dandelion” seed balls make for some interesting images.


Salsify Alongside The Cathedral Spires Trail

Finally, I headed back, passing this interesting pink granite boulder formation. Looks like a great pair of buttocks!


Pink Granite Along Cathedral Spires Trail

I packed up and headed home. Arriving back in the metro area, the sun was setting above Green Mountain. What a spectacular sunset to end the day!


Sunset Over Green Mountain

Now that I have some more video, I will need to spend some time reviewing the video clips for lessons learned.




Yesterday, Angela and I headed down to the Sports Authority Field at Mile High, also known as Mile High Stadium, to watch the Outlaws (Denver’s Lacrosse team) play the Boston Cannons. Soon after the game started, I made this image of the play unfolding before us.


Denver Outlaws At Mile High Stadium, July 4th

Unfortunately, Boston were just too strong a team and won 22-9. There was a crowd of about 31,000 watching the game. Following the end of the game, we waited for about 20 minutes for the Independence Day fireworks to start. I hardly ever get decent images of fireworks — this year was no exception! The iPhone’s auto-focus system just goes crazy in the dark and gave me out of focus images that I ended up deleting.

After the show, we slowly headed out. People were dressed in various combinations of red, white and blue. I passed this young girl wearing a tiny hat with red, white and blue, stars and stripes. This image was given the “Glaze” treatment to soften colorful tones.


Girl With Stars And Stripes Hat

I wanted to camera the “flow” of people heading out of the stadium exits. The regular camera app that I use (Camera+) does not allow long exposures. So I chose the “Slow Shutter” app that allowed me to make a few images. This was one image that I captured, with a slight saturation boost to enhance the red and green colors.


Leaving The Stadium

Here some folks that had some really cool clothing adorned with stars and stripes.


Wearing Stars And Stripes

After we left the stadium, we walked back to the light rail station. After crossing the South Platte River, we walked alongside the flowing water. The stadium lights were reflected in the fast flowing water. This was the first time that we had both seen the stadium in red, white and blue lights that were reflected in the flowing water.


Sports Authority Field, Reflections In The Platte River

I made one final image of the stadium from the light rail station. I liked the glow of the lights reflecting from the remnants of smoke left by the fireworks in the following image.


Sports Authority Field, From Light Rail Station

The station was packed with people waiting to board trains that were homeward bound but we did not have to wait long for out train.



Images For The Week — wk 26

Some different images for this week. Earlier in the week, I attended the HTML5 meetup group downtown. Leaving light rail at the Convention Center, I passed “The Dancers”.


The Dancers, Convention Center

The following day, after working out at the gym, I headed to the supermarket. We had a heavy rain storm about an hour earlier. Leaving the supermarket, the setting sun lit up the super cell system that dumped the rain.


Sun Setting On Super Cell Storm Clouds

Later in the week, we headed to our local supermarket. Outside I was drawn to the orange and chrome of this hot rod van where I made a couple of images.


Hot Rod At The Supermarket



Last weekend, Art Students League of Denver held their annual Art Market. Sunday, about noon, I headed to the market. As usual, I parked several blocks away where street parking is easier. On the way to the market, I passed by an apartment block that had really neat and tidy yard with window wells. I composed this image to show the receding lines of the window wells.


Window Wells In Apartment Block

While browsing art work at the market, I noticed this artist taking refuge in the shade of an adjacent apartment block.


Artist Taking Refuge In The Shade

Soon after a group of visitors approached. I waited until they moved into the frame and made this image as the artist and visitors were all in key positions for this composition.


Artist And Visitors, Art Student’s League Art Market

After spending a couple of hours at the market, I found a silk-screen print that I purchased. Soon after, I headed back to the car, stopping by a laundromat that had a painted wall that had weathered over the years to create an interesting pattern. Here I did not have to wait long until several people passed by. I made this image of one passer-by — probably headed for the market.


Landromat Wall And Passer-By No 1

A few minutes later, another person passed by in the opposite direction. This image was processed in Painteresque to enhance the texture of the painted wall. This wall would make a great backdrop for portrait images especially with the north light. I wonder how it would look nearer sunrise?


Landromat Wall And Passer-By No 2

Later in the day, I headed over the the gym. After working out, leaving the gym, the low sun cast shadows on the walls of the adjacent parking garage. I processed this image in Snapseed, to open up the shadows and tone the bright highlights of the wall on the right.


Parking Garage Shadows And Shapes

This morning, I was sitting out on the patio for breakfast. Last week our neighbor moved out, leaving an untidy yard and long grass. Yesterday, garden services moved into the yard to cut the grass and clean up. The neighbor also left reed matting that has been attached to the fence for several months. I have made images of this fence in the past, but the mat is in much poorer condition now after months in the sun, wind and and rain. The top of the mat could never form a straight line when attached to the fence — it always formed an S-shape. This is great for composition. With the light overcast cloud, this works well for a black and white image, below.


Reed Fence, Neighbor’s House

All images for this week’s post were made and processed with an iPhone.


Last Thursday, the monsoon clouds and cold front moved into Denver during the late afternoon. This created a torrential downpour. Arriving back at the DU parking garage, after the light rail commute, I made my way up to the 3rd floor. Traffic along I-25 was moving very slowly. I captured this image that showed the traffic, rain and mist.


Rain Storm And Traffic On I-15

The mist blocked any view that we might have had of the mountains, but made some interesting images of mist and reflections in the pavements.


Apartments At DU In The Storm

After getting back to the car, I noticed that the stadium at DU still had lights illuminating the field. Most of the storm was moving in on the south side of the garage. Water was covering the floors at this point. I moved into the stairwell to make this image through the windows of the stairwell. Water was streaming down the glass, which made for some interesting effects.


DU Through The Stairwell Windows

In the final image, I moved out of the stairwell and took shelter behind a wall. This shows the golden spire and the stadium lights emerging from the misty sky.


Stadium Lights And DU, In The Rain Storm

Leaving the garage, I made my way to the gym and home. Along the way out, I passed a drain (on the 2nd floor) where water was erupting out through through the drain. We must have had a couple of inches of rain that fell up to this point. This carried on through most of the night, causing much street flooding in the metro area.



This afternoon we had a huge rain shower at home. After the rain stopped, Angela and I headed down to the Audubon Center, near Waterton Canyon. Stopping at the beaver pond, I made this image of the clouds reflected in the water before the ripples on the surface subsided.


Reflections In Audubon Beaver Pond

This late in the afternoon, the low sun was back lighting grasses at the water’s edge. Nearby was a V-shaped branch floating in the water that I included in the following composition.


Branches In The Beaver Pond

With all the rain that we had in recent weeks, the Platte River has been overflowing on its course through Denver. Near the Audubon Center, the river flows into Chatfield Dam. We headed towards the river. Many of the paths leading to the river were under water. Eventually we found a path that reached the river bank. The river was about a foot or two below the river banks.


South Platte River Near Audubon Center

We had never seen this much water flowing at this point. We continued along the path at the river side. The sun lit up the trees alongside the path, casting long shadows in the grasses. I could not help but capture the green leaves backlit by the sun!


Afternoon Light Streaming Through Trees, Audubon

We had to turn back as this path disappeared under a foot of water. Circling back we found another path and headed north. Another storm was moving into to the metro area.


Storm Clouds Moving Into The Metro Area

The clouds towering above the storm system had really distinctive blue colors that I attempted to capture in the following image.


Blue In The Storm Clouds