Evening Tranquility in the Desert-Arches National Park Panorama

    The setting sun casts late day shadows on the Garden of Eden rock formations and illuminates a towering cloud formation above it as well as the distant snow-covered La Sal Mountains in Arches National Park, Utah.
    The setting sun casts late day shadows on the Garden of Eden rock formations and illuminates a towering cloud formation above it as well as the distant snow-covered La Sal Mountains in Arches National Park, Utah.

    I have lots of images that I have taken over the years that have never been processed and seen the light of day. I think it is about time that I start digging some of them up and posting them while I have time!

    This panoramic image is from a month-long trip I took out to the Pacific Northwest back in 2013. My first stop after leaving Buena Vista was to stop for the night in Moab, Utah and I got there with enough time to head out to Arches National Park. I have been to the park many times before, but don’t ever remember shooting from this spot. The overlook is aptly named …continue reading…

    Autumn Transition-Clearing Storm Over Mount Princeton

    Overnight storm clouds begin to clear shortly after sunrise revealing a dusting of snow on the top of Mt. Princeton outside of Buena Vista, Colorado.
    Overnight storm clouds begin to clear shortly after sunrise revealing a dusting of snow on the top of Mt. Princeton outside of Buena Vista, Colorado.

    I was looking through my catalog for a new panoramic shot from Colorado and remembered that I had taken this image last fall just down the road in Buena Vista. The stormy skies began to clear shortly after sunrise and I could see things were shaping up for some dramatic light on the mountains. (more…)

    Autumn Mountain Grandeur-Flat Top Mountain Panorama

    A panoramic view of Flat Top Mountain beyond a valley filled with golden aspens in northwest Colorado the morning after a fresh snow.
    A panoramic view of Flat Top Mountain beyond a valley filled with golden aspens in northwest Colorado the morning after a fresh snow.

    The Flat Top Mountains do not have many towering spiky peaks, but the sheer massive walls are a sight to see, especially covered in snow. We had visited this location a couple of times before this morning to shoot the impressive view with the fall colors at peak. But after an early snowstorm moved through and dropped over a foot of snow, we couldn’t wait to run out there again. (more…)

    Sunset Blush-Last Light on Mount Princeton

    The last light of the day streams down a mountain valley and brushes the top of towering Mount Princeton outside of Buena Vista, Colorado.
    The last light of the day streams down a mountain valley and brushes the top of towering Mount Princeton outside of Buena Vista, Colorado.

    I couldn’t resist stepping out the back of my house last weekend to capture this gorgeous sunset. It was a typical summer day in the mountains. The morning started out with clear blue skies which soon gave way to the puffy clouds that build up over the Continental Divide. By afternoon the skies were fairly overcast with an occasional (more…)

    Daybreak at the Slough-Everglades National Park Panorama

    The rising sun burns its way through the last of the fog hanging over a slough filled with red mangroves in Everglades National Park, Florida.
    The rising sun burns its way through the last of the fog hanging over a slough filled with red mangroves in Everglades National Park, Florida.

    This panoramic image was taken fifteen minutes after the image in my earlier Mangrove Morning post. In that amount of time, the sun rose through the fog and spread a warm glowing light over the slough. It was simply gorgeous. I moved around looking for some interesting compositions but what really caught my eye was how the sun appeared as a giant disk through the remaining fog. I decided what might capture the feeling of the morning best was to take a series of images and then combine them into a wide angle view of the entire slough. I look at the end result and feel like I am right back there standing in the water!

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    The Morning after the Storm

    An early fall snowstorm on the Sawatch Range clears at daybreak outside of Buena Vista, Colorado.
    An early fall snowstorm on the Sawatch Range clears at daybreak outside of Buena Vista, Colorado.
    An early fall snowstorm on the Collegiate Peaks clears at daybreak outside of Buena Vista, Colorado.
    An early fall snowstorm on the Collegiate Peaks clears at daybreak outside of Buena Vista, Colorado.

    Earlier this month, we had a day of rain that lasted late into the evening. I figured this meant the odds were pretty good that a) the mountains would be covered in fresh snow, and (more…)

    BIG Panoramic Image from Zion

    Panoramic image of trees and foliage adorned with a wide variety of autumn colors in Zion National Park, Utah.
    Panoramic image of trees and foliage adorned with a wide variety of autumn colors in Zion National Park, Utah.

    The fall color in Zion National Park this year was simply amazing. I spent a week there and the colors just kept getting better everyday. Up around Big Bend at the base of Angels Landing is a magnificent collection of trees and foliage that turn a multitude of colors. Rene Pirolt and I stopped a couple of times to shoot there (along with hundreds of other photographers!). This panorama was taken late in the week when the oranges and reds really started to show.

    A little technical information about this shot. It is made by stitching together 23 individual images in Photoshop. I took the images with my 500mm telephoto lens (which always garners a few odd looks from people, they are sure there must be some wildlife out there they don’t see!). That long of a lens was great for zooming in on all the detail of the forest. The image will make for one very large, very detailed print! I will be printing one out for the house that will be 12 feet wide by a little over 2 feet high.