Wednesday, September 16, 2020


Into the Mountains

This is the final image of the Colorado series. I saved this picture to be the lost one posted because I think it is my best picture. You have the road leading you to the back of the picture, the car, breaking up the symmetry of the landscape, and Star and Taylor Peaks in the background. I took this picture right before I took the Ashcroft picture. We had passed Ashcroft and were continuing on the road when I turned around and snapped this picture. I didn't really think much of it when I was taking it, but it's those unexpected pictures that are always the best. 

Monday, September 14, 2020


I think this is my favorite sunset picture out of all the others. Before the sunset, I had done some searching on Google Maps and found this lake near the place where we were staying. I biked over there and set up my camera. I placed it very low to the water to capture the full reflection of the tree on the lake and took some pictures. Then when editing, I recalled something I had learned in one of my school's photography classes, flipping a picture horizontally and placing the two mirrored pictures next to each other. So, this means that what I saw when taking the picture is only half of what you see now. I mirrored it because I like how it looks paired with the reflection of the lake. You have the reflection of the trees on the lake, and the reflection of the trees on either side of the image. 

Friday, September 11, 2020


Rolling Sunset

Next, I wanted to post three of my favorite sunset pictures. This first one comes from the top of Cozy Point Hill. During one evening, I wondered what it would be like if I took pictures of a sunset from the top of the hill. And boy, I was not disappointed. About thirty minutes before the sunset, some rain began to fall from the clouds. This along with the streaks from the sun created a magnificent picture of the mountains. 

Wednesday, September 09, 2020


Maroon Peak

As we start to conclude the Colorado series, I wanted to post some pictures that I wasn't able to edit in time. This first picture is of Maroon Peak. After taking pictures of the sunrise and visiting Crater Lake, I ventured off on the Scenic Trail Loop. I ended up on the other side of Maroon Lake (the west side) and facing Maroon Peak and a stream that flows from it. While I was taking this long-exposure picture, two deer ran in front of me and the camera. Unfortunately, they were too fast to be captured in this picture, but it was an incredible experience to have two deer run right next to you then cross this stream in front of a huge mountain. 

Monday, September 07, 2020



A few days after hiking up Aspen Mountain, I went biking on the Rio Grande Trail. The Rio Grande Trail is relatively flat (or, flat for Colorado standards) as it traverses next to the Roaring Fork River. As I was biking along the trail, I noticed a man fishing. This was one of the first times that I have taken pictures of someone fishing. I wanted to achieve two things, to capture the line frozen in the air and the movement of the water. While it was hard to edit and combine the two pictures, I think it turned out very good. You can clearly see the line against the dark background of the trees and you can also see the streaks of the foam in the water. 

Friday, September 04, 2020


Looking Back

As I began my descent down the mountain, I found these two people looking back at what they had just climbed up. This is one of those pictures where it seems planned and directed, but it's not. I was walking down the mountain and happened to look up at them. They were both looking at the scenery around them, probably to give them the motivation to keep climbing. 

Wednesday, September 02, 2020



This next picture comes from the main viewing area at the top of Aspen Mountain. I intended to create a timelapse of the action that was occurring. To achieve this, I took multiple long-exposure pictures, then combined them while editing. The focus is on the mountains in the background, which is good because that is the most important object in the frame. Next, you can see the people moving. It's almost as if they are ghosts just floating around. Finally, there are the moving clouds on top. They look long and streaky, almost like cotton candy, except gray.