Posts Tagged: Summit County

June 13, 2011 – Mayflower Gulch

Mayflower Gulch

Mayflower Gulch

Monday, June 13, 2011

Amazingly enough, I actually made it out to take a few pictures late last week and over the weekend. And no, this isn’t one of them. But I figured it’d be worth mentioning, so you can know what to expect once I finally get around to tossing them online. This weekend the weather appeared to finally be nice enough to allow the bugs to start coming out to play. So, I spent some time trying to take pictures of bees flying as they were either preparing to land on flowers, or just taking off from flowers. Turns out, it’s really hard. More on that later.

Also, late last week I went on an epic 14-hour adventure, chasing the northern lights. There was an aurora forecast that suggested that they should be visible from my latitude, so I went driving, hoping to find a location that was a) away from city lights, b) had a view of the northern sky, and c) wasn’t cloudy. I basically succeeded in those three after a lot of effort (I ended up at a location that, were you to drive straight there, would be just under 5 hours from where I live), but there were no northern lights to be found. BUT, I got some decent pics along the way, so you’ll see some of those eventually.

In the meantime, here’s a shot from Mayflower Gulch in Summit County, Colorado that I grabbed today just so that I’d have something to show you.

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens. 1/250s, f/6.3, ISO 100. Focal length: 39mm.

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February 8, 2011 – Vail Ski Resort

Vail Ski Resort

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

So I was going to start off today’s post by mentioning how I went through some more of the pictures I got at Vail, and even though it wasn’t too long ago that I posted one, here was another one that I thought was nice.

Then I realized, I hadn’t posted one yet! Wow, whoops. So, right, yes, I was at Vail. For a day. I snuck up there with my buddy Trevor to get in some turns when we were out in Colorado to visit my parents over New Year’s. Trevor lives up in Summit County, and he’s got a Summit Pass or whatever, so he scored me a (relatively) cheap day pass. And the weather was pretty fantastic, so it was a great day. And I got a handful of nice shots. None of which you have seen yet. (Unless you’re a friend of mine on Facebook, in which case you may have seen me post this one late last night.)

It wasn’t a total oversight though, I did at least post ONE picture from that Colorado trip already – a shot of Garden of the Gods. And now, Vail too.

I think I took this from somewhere in the Back Bowls, but I’m not quite sure. We went back there for a couple runs, then headed over to Blue Sky Basin, just so I could say I had been there and seen it. (I haven’t made it back to Vail in more than 10 years, not since they had opened that area up.) Although, if your name is Heather and you’re reading this, we spent the entire day on the front side, on the groomers. I would never (Ever!) take your husband who was recovering from somewhat recent surgery on anything but groomers.

Have a great day, everyone!

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Canon 55-250mm IS lens. 1/400s, f/18.0, ISO 100. Focal length: 250mm.

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February 4, 2011 – Loveland Pass

Loveland Pass, Colorado

Friday, February 4, 2011

Hello everyone, and welcome to Friday! It took awhile to get here, but hey, we’re here now, right? Today’s picture has kinda-sorta been posted before. Maybe you remember, maybe you don’t, but I posted a black and white version of this exact image just a couple months ago. At the time, I was saying how I normally don’t play around with things like black and white, because it’s kind of cheesy, and I’m not very good at it. (At knowing when is an appropriate time, when it’s just plain cheese, etc.) But I went ahead and did it on that (this) image because I thought it was a good illustration of the trick of using red-filtered black and white to make the scene slightly more dramatic, by emphasizing the clouds a bit more, stuff like that. (And I mentioned again how that was one of the tricks that Ansel Adams liked to use…)

Also, I talked a bit about how, even though I thought that it made a somewhat interesting black and white image, that the REAL colors in the REAL image were actually pretty striking. So I threatened to post the original image “soon”. Well, two months later may or may not qualify as “soon” in your book, but here it is. Obviously, it was autumn at the time (well, it was at the beginning of September, but that’s right at the height of fall in the high country in Colorado), so all of the grasses and such were this nice amber color, which contrasted nicely against the blue sky.

This was taken a little ways above Loveland Pass. Loveland Pass is in Summit County, Colorado. It used to be the primary way through these parts (good ole’ Highway 6), but then they built the Eisenhower tunnel along I-70 which was a much easier way to go. These ridgelines and stuff aren’t quite up to 14,000 feet, I think most of them are between 12k and 13k. Pretty high still. High enough, really. I had parked right at the pass, and started hiking up. I only had a couple hours to kill, so I couldn’t make it too far, but I did manage to make it up to the ridgeline. (You can see the trail up ahead as it snakes its way up there.) A really nice place to hike, I wish I had more time to explore.

Okay, see you next week!

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens. 1/500s, f/7.1, ISO 100. Focal length: 12mm.

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December 7, 2010 – Loveland Pass

Loveland Pass

Loveland Pass, Summit County, Colorado

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

I busted out one of Ansel Adams’s dirty little tricks today: red-filtered black and white. Except that, you know, he sort of had to plan it out ahead of time before he took the shot. I just had to get a little funky and decide to use Picasa’s filtered black and white tool, and choose a nice deep red. Have I mentioned that I feel super cheeseball when I make black and white images? It just.. seems like cheating.

But, I thought this one was a good example to show the results of using a (simulated) color filter on a black and white shot. Or, at least, it would be, if I weren’t too lazy to also include the full-color version, or either an unfiltered black and white or a version filtered with a different color, for comparison. As it is, you just get this one today. Although I’ll be honest, I actually prefer the full-color version, since the colors are, quite frankly, really awesome. It’s actually fairly rude of me to be talking about that without actually showing it to you, but hey, that’s how it’s going to be. Maybe I’ll post it here later this week or next week though, since it really does look nice.

Anyway, a red filter on a black and white shot has a lot in common with a polarizer filter on a full-color shot. It really darkens the sky and pulls out the white fluffy clouds. It’s a decent way to get around that nasty, mid-day sunshine too. But, I dunno, I’m still not a black and white kind of guy.

What’s that? Where was this taken? Oh, right. This was taken near Loveland Pass, in Summit County, Colorado. Loveland Pass used to be the way through the mountains, until they built the Eisenhower Tunnel on I-70. Wikipedia knows ALL about it, if you were curious. WikiLeaks knows less about it, but hey, you might as well check there too.

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens. 1/500s, f/7.1, ISO 100. Focal length: 12mm.

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November 30, 2010 – Guanella Pass

Guanella Pass

Guanella Pass, Colorado

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Hello, everyone! Welcome back from the holiday weekend! I hope you all missed me, but otherwise had a fantastic time. In addition to the holiday, I also had a birthday over the weekend (happy birthday to meeeeee!), which makes it all the more pathetic that I did absolutely nothing since we last saw each other. Absolutely. Nothing. I didn’t even toss up a blog post. That’s okay though, judging by the traffic figures, it looks like none of you were around to read it anyway, because you were all out having the fun I should have been having.

Today’s picture was taken atop Guanella Pass, which is in Colorado, sort of on the eastern side of the Rockies, fairly close to Denver actually. It’s a nice drive, gets you right up into the high country, and it’s where you’d go if you wanted to hike up Mt. Bierstadt. I only mention Mt. Bierstadt because it was the first fourteener I ever hiked, back when I was growing up out there. Sadly though, I forgot my camera that day, so all I have is memories. Although even more sadly, I have a horrible memory (which is a big part of the reason I started taking pictures back when I was a kid), so even those are fuzzy. That is NOT Mt. Bierstadt that you’re looking at, it’s actually right behind me from this vantage point.

On another note, I realized the other day that it’s almost the end of 2010. Which means… you need another calendar! Remember how I was selling those last year? Hmm, yeah, they weren’t actually that much of a hit, it turns out. But hey, that’s no reason not to do it all over again, right?? So let me know if you want one. They make mediocre gifts (a better idea for that would be a huge canvas print, I could hook you up with one of those too – I just charge what it costs me to print it at Costco), but it’ll at least give you the warm fuzzies.

This concludes our broadcast for November. Next time I see you, it’ll be December!

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300mm VC lens. 1/60s, f/22.0, ISO 400. Focal length: 35mm.

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