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Sunrise at Francie's Cabin
Near Breckenridge, CO

A couple of weekends ago we spent the weekend up at Francie's Cabin in Breckenridge, CO. We got up there in snowshoes but we had skiers and snowboarders in our group. If you haven't been to any of the backcountry huts in Colorado you really need to check them out.

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#breckenridge #sunrise #fujifilm #xt1 #colorado #coloradocameraclub #mirrorless #colife #fujixt1 #coloradotography #colorfulcolorado #outonahike #michaelbentonphotography #snapshot #photooftheday #thewesterncollective #theroadwesttraveled #neverstopexploring 

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Where Good Ideas Come From
Chance favors the open mind. -Steven Johnson

This will be a well spent 17 minutes. I watched this as part of my #MBA  program at #ColoradoStateUniversity  and wanted to share it here....good stuff.

A key point is that if you want to innovate you should share your ideas with those around you.

+Colorado State University +MBA Focus +TEDx  #TED   #TEDTalks   #innovation   #CSU   #business   #BSchool  

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With only 12 hours left and 7% to fund this might actually support a good cause and get the new volume of this great photo book in the process.
Status of the book and new amazing perks!

Based on the community feedback, we have extended the fundraising campaign time to end on October 9. We are 59% there and perhaps few days and few extra perks will still make the book and our charitable assistance a reality. We know many of you hope that happens. 

We also added few more extra perks on higher end, including portfolio reviews, photo tour of San Francisco and even a photoshoot with Ben Von Wong. 

Take a look and let's do a final push for the campaign!

Link to the campaign -

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Awesome to have my photo selected for the latest +Plus One Collection publication and humbled to see some of the other more familiar names I'm included with.

Check out the project and order your copy while supporting a great cause!
Announcing the list of artists who's work will be included in Plus One Collection print book

And now what many of you have been waiting for - announcing the list of artists who's work will be included in the print book #PlusOneCollectionIII  

Link -> (Tip: use CTRL+F to see if your name is there to save time)

It's always a hard task to pick the photos because there are so many amazing ones that we just can't include because we have limited space in the book. Any judge can testify to you of that. We had seven capable judges this time around who went through every submission and we picked the best 285 or so for the book based on the final rankings. 

But what we decided to do to compensate for this is to release a poster that will have everyone's submission posted. You can order that poster on Indiegogo page as well -

As with the book, all net proceeds from the sale of the poster will go to Saving Eliza fund. 

What's next? Keep spreading the word about the fundraising campaign! We still need to raise $25,000 before the book can go to press. And if you can contribute, please do. 

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Tranquillity Found Below Devil's Punchbowl
Near Independence Pass, CO

The smooth flow of water and contrasting green of the trees makes this a great place to just sit and enjoy the sounds and view. I stopped here after exploring the day after running the Leadville Marathon earlier this year. 

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#independencepass   #devilspunchbowl   #waterfall   #waterfallphotography   #longexposure   #longexposurephotography   #landscape   #landscapephotography   #hqsplandscape   #hqsppromotion   #coloradophotography   #aspen   #leadville   #coloradophotographers   #canon5dmk3  +Really Right Stuff  #reallyrightstuff   #lightroom5  

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Eisenhower Tunnel, I-70, Colorado

(Ignore the dirty windshield....this wasn't planned more than a few minutes prior.)

We were headed from Denver to Leadville for the Leadville Marathon when I decided to set this up on the drive up. Bit of post-processing creative magic in Lightroom and here we are...

#I70   #eisenhowertunnel   #tunnel   #longexposure   #lightroom   #canon5dmk3   #reallyrightstuff   #fisheye   #nissan  

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Michael Benton commented on a post on Blogger.
Seriously Good Karma for +Jennifer Arlem Molina 

Very cool and thanks for not only sharing my photo on your blog but for going the extra mile and tracking me down for photo credit. That is WAY more rare than it should get out and shoot.

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Never shared this with +OCULUS IMAGES ....didn't even know that page existed so here it is...
A Temple in Your Future
LDS Temple, Denver, CO

Thought this would be a fun one to share for +SacredSunday™ considering it is Conference Weekend. Just messing around a bit once the sun got a bit too high for anything else.

#ldsconf   #ldsconf2014   #ldsconference   #mormon   #imamormon   #churchofjesuschristoflatterdaysaints   #temple   #ldstemples   #denver   #coloradophotography   #coloradophotographers   #crystalball   #experimentalphotography  

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Hey look! My photo was featured on the Air Methods G+ page...

Here is some of my Aviation Photography +James Brandon
When the sun sets, the bird flies! Great sweet shot provided by AirLife Denver. #sweetshots #airmethods

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