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J.D. Magers
Attended Colorado State University
Lives in Thornton, Colorado
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Look at that light!
 
Ice!
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Now that's a cloud!
 
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American Bison, Rocky Mountain National Wildlife Refuge, Northeast of Denver, Colorado.
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Here is take two on the Watchman in Zion. This is my preferred comp of the two but I held off on working on this one initially for two reasons. One, my buddy +Chris Lazzery  who was standing directly to my left here had just published an almost identical composition (pretty much unavoidable if you are going to shoot from the bridge). 

Two, there are definitely times where I will delay processing my favorite composition. Sometimes a little time and perspective lets you figure out exactly where you want to go with an image. In this case, I received a test print of the last photo I posted from Zion and decided it came out a little bit too unnatural for my tastes. Despite the fact that the cliffs were really blazing away in the moonlight I felt like a slightly more subtle processing treatment captures the feel of the night better in my eyes. 

Check out how much a single vehicle driving by in the distance can change a scene. In the little valley on the right you can see what the headlights from a single car driving the other direction a mile away can do to a scene. I don't feel like it detracts from the overall image here but there have been plenty of compositions ruined by seemingly trivial lights on the horizon or from passing boats, planes, trains and automobiles.

With +Chris Lazzery and +Brian Matiash on a cold Utah night. 
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Last time out, I experimented with this technique too. This one is nice.
 
Fun in the forest yesterday. We went hiking for fall color. Found a foot or two of snow at the first spot, tons of mushrooms in odd colors at the second and finally some yellow at the last place. Very dark though, so we did a lot of abstract!
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American Bison, Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, Northeast of Denver, Colorado.
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American Bison - Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, Northeast of Denver, Colorado.

I think +Moose Peterson should visit this place.
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Long live the President.
 
Mind blowing: This California tree is 3,200 years old!

This Sierra Nevada giant sequoia is called the President. It's 247 feet tall and the trunk is 27 feet wide. Here's another mind-blowing fact: The tree is still growing fast, adding one cubic meter of wood per year.

Here comes the video!

http://youtu.be/vNCH6uhB_Bs

http://themindunleashed.org/2014/03/3200-year-old-tree-massive-never-captured-single-image-now.html

#giantsequoia  
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House on Fire, Mule Canyon, Utah
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This is one fantastic place to photograph....when the conditions are just right. We arrived on location at near perfect time and found the place all to our self. We spend 3 hours exploring the nearby locations, had a lunch break and created a short video on how to photography a location like this. 

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This was an easy image to shoot if you arrive here on a cloudless blue sky day. The colors and contrast are This is a tricky photography to process because it is way too easy to over saturate the reds and loose all the details. And if you are trying to recreate a mood of fire, you need to know the light gradients that are created in a fire. For example of the hottest part of the fire is near is core and should be brighter then the rest of the image. 

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A photographer moonlighting as a quality control lab technician in the Biotech industry.
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I have been interested in photography since High School, but never wanted to pony up the cash for a camera.  Big mistake I know.  My father-in-law sold me his Canon D350 in 2006 while on a family trip to Thailand.  I have been shooting images ever since.

I am not a pro, but I'm not a beginner either.  There are many aspects of my photography that can improve, and I am humble enough to admit it and to ask for help where appropriate.

In February, 2012, I started my own website, www.focustheframe.com.  It is still a work in progress, but it will get there eventually.

My claim to fame is that I once won two airline tickets by guessing the distance of a Colorado Rockies home run hit in the bottom of the fifth inning to +/- five feet.  This radio contest had been going on for years, every season, with one random guesser chosen per game.  I submitted my guess at the beginning of the season.  After I won, the contest suddenly stopped.  I honestly think I am the only one who ever successfully pulled this off.

I live in Denver, with my wife and year old daughter and I couldn't be happier.
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Self taught photographer
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  • Colorado State University
    Biochemistry
  • Texas A&M University
    Biophysics
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