Monday Mantra ~ #44

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I stood barefoot in the cool sand of Canon Beach, Oregon in late August and witnessed the most incredible sunset, two nights in a row.  Not all days end so perfectly but all days are complete enough to be included in the portfolio of life.    Have a great week!

 

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The Mad Science of Low Light Photography

monumental sunrise BLOG

We loaded up the camper, affectionately dubbed “Alexander Supertramp”, on Tuesday and headed West toward Grand Junction, Moab and Canyon Lands National Park. I knew the four night expedition would be fun and would offer another opportunity to capture fall colors,  but I had no idea that the adventure would unfold so fortuitously. Now that I’m home, I’ve begun the arduous process of catching up on business and life and am editing the images one at a time in chronological order so that I can share them.

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Alexander Supertramp at Colorado National Monument

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Moonrise from My Sister’s home in Grand Junction

The drive from Denver to Grand Junction was like a walk down memory lane. I have so many great memories of my youth in the Vail Valley and as we continued down I-70, each mile to the west symbolically represented the path of adulthood up until the age of 45, living with my Wife and raising my four teenage Children in Grand Junction. We arrived at the home of my youngest Sister and her family just in time for Dinner. My older Sister and her Husband joined us as well. It was great to visit and take in 360 degree views of the Grand Valley and watch the Full Moon rise over the Grand Mesa.

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“Moonset Dawn”

After Dinner, we drove up the steep and windy road of the Colorado National Monument in the moonlight and selected a campsite in the nearly empty campground. After catching a few quick night shots, I put the camera away and went to sleep with the alarm set for 5:30 am. Weather permitting I hoped to capture the rising sun in the morning.

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“Cool Blue”

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dawn breaks BLOG

I’m thoroughly enjoying the challenge of learning how to capture night and twilight images with the latest equipment. Back in the film photography days, I did a lot of low light experimentation, usually in Black and White and always doing all of my own processing. Then for a number of years, I tried and tried to get good results with digital but fell short until the technology caught up with my ambitions. The new full sensor cameras “Rock” but it’s still taken a lot of learning and experimentation to establish a greater level of success. It takes time to fill the bag of tricks  and at times I resemble a mad scientist, frantically throwing together a concoction of apertures, shutter speeds, white balance and ISO, hoping to achieve results that have never been achieved before. Learning and having fun are an explosive combination.

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” High Desert Dream”

Lamenting October

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South Platte River at Chatfield State Park near Denver, Colorado

If there was a pause button on the Wheel of Seasons, I’d be pressing it any time now. I’d hold off the falling of the leaves, the darkness of the shorter days and the coming of very cold nights. As life goes I have no choice other to embrace the moment, breathe it in so deep that it will sustain me until Spring. October always brings a heightened awareness of all of the beauty that surrounds me and that is a good thing. The anticipation of saying goodbye for a while to the abundant life of summer causes me to take notice of how much there is to appreciate just outside my door.

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