Night Shoot, Downtown Denver

by Match on December 14, 2014 · 0 comments

in General, Meetup, Night

Last night was the monthly Illuminate Workshops meetup group night shoot. In December, the holiday lights event takes place. Some other images from our meetup group may be found here. We met outside the Ink Coffee Shop. On the way there, I made my way from the Union Station light rail station over the Millennium Bridge. Looking up the Millennium Bridge Tower, I made this image to include the lights of the Da Vita office building.


Millennium Bridge Tower

Crossing the bridge, down the other side, I made this image of the stairs leading up the bridge towards the the tower and building.


Stairs Leading To Da Vita

After getting started with the photowalk, I made this image of the base of the tower, with fencing lit up in lilac.


Lilac Millennium Fence

The planned route was to head along 16th Street, to Union Station and then catching a free bus ride to the Denver City and County Building. Along the way we stopped to make images of reflections. I found the blue lights from an adjacent building reflected in the street. This contrasted nicely against the orange sodium lighting the sidewalk.


Blue Reflections

Next to a construction site we made our way through this blue tunnel.


Blue Pedestrian Tunnel

I made my way to Union Station for this “Travel by Train” image.


Union Station, Travel By Train

While at the station, the Chicago-bound Amtrak train had made a stop. I spent about 20 minutes in the station, chatting with some of the passengers who had left the train from some exercise and fresh air.


Amtrak Train, Chicago Bound

After the train departed, I made one final image or the pillars that support the station roof. This station has been rebuilt in recent months and has a spectacular roof that circles the platforms and railroad tracks.


Union Station Pillars

At sometime while make images at Union Station, I had lost touch with the rest of the group. Earlier there had been some protesters demonstrating along 16th Street. Apparently, the buses had stopped running, so I had no idea where the group had headed. I decided to call it night and head back home.



Last Month’s Road Trip — continued

by Match on December 3, 2014 · 0 comments

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Continuing with last month’s road trip… Leaving Zion, I headed out to Death Valley. After setting up the camp site, I headed out to the Mesquite sand dunes before sunset. I located a spot where there were few footprints so I could capture pristine ripples in the sand.


Sand Dune Ripples, Death Valley

At this time of year, the sun is very low in the sky, so I had limited time to capture the dunes. The following day, I explored the area around the Furnace Creek campground. Along the edge of the golf course are several palm trees. These would make a distinctive image with infrared.


Palm Tree, Furnace Creek Golf Course

My trip continued on to the Alabama Hills, where I made this image of the Mobius Arch after sunset on the following day. Through the arch one can see Mount Lone Pine, one of the peaks in the Sierra Nevada mountain range.


Sunrise, Mobius Arch

I met a Swiss photographer who had spent the week making images around the South West. He had made some panoramas with his iPhone. That gave me an idea for my first image that I made with an iPhone on this trip! This image was made from the other side of the arch.


Mobius Arch Panorama



Road Trip — continued

by Match on November 24, 2014 · 0 comments

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After leaving Moab, I headed out to Escalante, stopping at Hanksville and later at Capitol Reef National Park. At the entrance of the Park are several Cottonwood trees along the banks of the Fremont River. There was light overcast which allowed me to capture the contrast of the dark branches against the fall colors of the leaves.


Fall Cottonwood Tree, Capitol Reef

The drive from Boulder to Escalante is over spectacular terrain, often along a knife-edged ridge. Along the roadside are views directly into Calf Creek.


Looking Down Into Calf Creek, Escalante

Before arriving at Escalante, I headed off to Devil’s Garden. With all the clouds scudding across the sky, the sunset promised to be spectacular that evening. For this image, I positioned myself int the shadow of one of the “statues” to make this image.


Statues In Devil’s Garden, No 2

After spending the night in Escalante, I headed to Zion the next day. Along the way, there was a snow storm in Red Canyon that deposited some 6 inches of snow. Continuing on, I headed on, stopping at Lidia’s Canyon, where a small pond reflected the fall colors from trees on the opposite bank.


Fall Color Reflections, Lidia’s Canyon

The east entrance to Zion follows Pine Creek down to the tunnel. I always like to stop here to capture the Maple bushes along the Creek.


Fall Colors, Pine Creek, Zion

As sunset approached, I was located near the camp sites. I setup camera, facing The Watchman, and made this image before the sun dropped below the canyon walls.


Sunset Detail On The Watchman, Zion



Along The Colorado Riverway

by Match on November 19, 2014 · 0 comments

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A couple of weeks ago, I made a road trip that included driving to Moab along the Colorado Riverway. Here are a sample of some images made on that first day. They sky was full of fabulous cloud formations, with the moon just visible among the clouds, in the late afternoon. I stopped near Castle Valley, just past Fischer Towers, that may be seen on the far left of this image.


Castle Valley, Colorado Riverway

Further along the road was a knoll, that I climbed to make the following image.


Parriott Mesa, Castle Valley

Before the sunset approached, I stopped beside the Colorado River, for this image of the sandstone cliffs on the north side of the river. The river marks the south boundary of Arches National Park.


Colorado Riverway Sunset

This image shows one feature of sandstone in the south west — the blue-black patina on the rock face is known as “Desert Varnish”.


Zombie Crawl 2014 — part 2

October 19, 2014

Tweet Here are some more images from the Zombie Crawl this weekend. More elaborate and colorful footwear. Minnie was out with her friends… Here is Teddy with with his chainsaw. I did not notice that guy in the left sided background until this evening. That gave made be laugh! I really love this gleeful expression […]

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Zombie Crawl 2014 — part 1

October 19, 2014

Tweet This weekend was the annual Zombie Crawl that took place along 16th Street. Once again, I joined the Illuminate Workshops meetup group. We started out at Skyline Park. Here were located many Zombie Makeup booths. This lady was busy applying makeup at the police booth. This event is a family event, so even kids […]

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Worldwide Photowalk, 2014 — Five Points

October 12, 2014

Tweet Yesterday was the Worldwide Photowalk event. This is an annual event that was started by Scott Kelby. I registered with the Five Points photowalk that was arranged by Andy Johns. About a dozen photographers met at the “Coffee at the Point”, where the walk started at 8am. I have included some of the images […]

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Cosmos In Our Backyard

September 15, 2014

Tweet Last weekend, cold weather was forecast. Freezing weather usually this signals the end of the cosmos plants. This incited me to make some images of these fabulous plants. Fortunately, the temperatures did not plunge below freezing, so I managed to shoot these images over the course of 3 days. It is always challenging making […]

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