When we went to Denver last year, Eileen and I got up a little early to tour the US Mint. The Mint in Denver makes all of the coins that we use from pennies to quarters and more. The Mint in San Francisco makes all of the coin proofs. Pretty cool stuff. However, don’t get me started on all of this printing and coining money, but it was cool to see how it is done. On the way to the Mint, we saw the Colorado capitol building. We didn’t have time to go inside, but I did shoot off a few hand-held brackets from the outside. The shot turned out pretty good, but it has a couple of flaws. Overall though, I like it. Too bad it had the scaffolding around it, but it guess it’s a companion to this shot of the Texas capitol I took a while ago…
Got My Camera Back!
Woohoo! I finally got my camera back from the shop and can’t wait to get out there and get some new shots! I’ll still be posting stuff from the archives, but I should have some great new content in the next few weeks!
Siamese Twins #2
Speaking of stuff from the archives, this is another shot I took of the “Siamese Twins” from the “Garden of the Gods” in Manitou Springs, CO. It’s an HDR that I converted to black and white. The color HDR turned out nice and I may post it some day, but I really like the textures and the sky in the black and white conversion. Click here to see my other Siamese Twins shot.
Excellent Photography Blogs
If you have a little time, check out the other photography blogs I have linked up on the right side of this page. There are some really outstanding ones out there. However, one of them is getting ready to shut down.. It’s the Airstream Chronicles by Rich Charpentier. I met Rich on a trip to Prescott, AZ a few years ago. He is a fellow HDR and portrait photographer who has come to the realization that he cannot survive on photography alone. It’s a shame, but it’s the times we live in, I guess.
Another Day, Another Dollar
Here is something a little bit different.. I took this shot outside of Union Station in Denver. There is a lot of work going on there to refurbish the place. I’ll bet it will be great when they are completed.
Election Night Thoughts
I don’t like to get political with my little blog here, but since last night was such a huge night in the democratic process of this great experiment known as the United States of America, I thought I would just put my two cents in. Last night America spoke and we have re-elected our current president. The system worked and now we’ll have to see where it leads. The right to vote is a valuable thing and exercising that right is what this is all about. If the outcome is what you wanted, congratulations. If it is not, better luck next time. Either way, I hope you voted. Otherwise, you really have no say. Now that it is over, we must pray for our president and more importantly, we must pray for our country.
Today’s photo is in the same vein as the last few I have posted. While the previous ones were of hot air balloons as they were being raised, this is one that is actually in the air! I captured this shot on the way to Estes Park from Denver last month. I really liked how it floated in the sky with the moon by it’s side.
October is a great time to visit the mountains in Colorado. That’s when the aspen trees change color and their leaves turn a brilliant yellow. When mixed in with the dark green pines, it makes for a spectacular display.
You may not think so, but this is an HDR composed of 7 brackets. I tried to process it to keep it as realistic looking as possible.
Across from where we stayed in Denver is a great restaurant called “Sam’s No3”. It sits on the corner of 15th and Curtis. Eileen and I ate breakfast there the first and last mornings of our trip. I can’t tell you how other meals are, but if they’re anything like their breakfasts, you’ll be impressed! They had a wide variety of stuff and huge portions! I’m not trying to shill for them, but we really enjoyed it. I liked it so much that I thought I should at least get a shot of it, especially at night. It has this old 50’s era diner look to it which I think is cool. What do you think?
Around 12,000 feet lies the ecosystem known as the tundra. It seems to be made up of various grasses and a few different species of animals including big horn sheep and marmots. Not much else. According to our guide, the tundra is so fragile that if it gets damaged, say from human interaction, it can take up to 150 years before the grasses fill back in and the damaged area returns back to it’s original state. That’s why you are not allowed off the roads that go through there. You can see in this shot that the road snakes through the tundra and moves along. There are very few stops, but the ones that do exist are just small turnouts.