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BEHIND THE LENS - 1ST DENVER PHOTO WALK

I just got home from hosting the first Denver Photo Walk which was amazing. We had roughly 80 photographers show up from all different skill levels and from all over the state. We gave away some great prizes from onOne Software, Feisol, Phase One, F-Stop Gear and Google.

I plan on hosting many more of these photo walks all over Colorado moving forward. I want to thank everyone that came and I look forward to seeing you all again soon!

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Behind the Lens: Working off the Grid

Over the years I have learned that my favorite locations to work around the globe are usually ones where there is very limited human access. There is something about the silence and solitude that give me peace. Mountains are my temples and it doesn't get any better then the Himalayas. This past April I spent 27 days documenting the environments receding glaciers, dramatic landscape and culture of Nepal (One of my favorite countries on Earth). This was my 3rd trip to the region. In the next year or two I plan to expand my photographic workshops/adventures to this amazing region of the world.

*The hiker is me and the © for the photo goes to Alex Velzeboer
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BEHIND THE LENS: Listening to Your "Little Man" (or Woman)

I just love this time of year in Colorado. Not only do we have some amazing mountain landscapes, but fall in CO is just to die for. Currently I am on a 6 day shooting fest of the San Juan Mountains, joining up on occasion with fellow photogs +Sarah Fischler and +Ron Coscorrosa. After making our way to Telluride, Sarah and Ron choose to head back to a location we were shooting earlier in anticipation of an incoming and the fact that the Telluride area was still partly green (as far as Aspen fall colors go). I ended up driving to one of my favorite spots on Last Dollar Road and decided to stick it out. In the end I was greeted with an EPIC 1 hour and 15 minutes of light. Sarah and Ron still came away with great work, but I am stoked that I stayed and listened to my gut.

Lesson of the Day....listen to your little man or woman. They may not always be spot on, but failing to listen to them can leave you wishing for that EPIC light that could have been.

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I do love me some Telluride, CO. This was taken with my Droid 3 cell phone as I head back to Denver, my home. I will be shooting out here for a week this fall if anyone wants to join me. The fall colors of the Aspens out here are beyond AMAZING!
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BEHIND THE LENS: Colorado

It was less then three years ago that I moved to the beautiful state of Colorado. I had always been drawn to the Rockies and the fact that it has more sunshine days then San Diego or Miami doesn't hurt, especially after living in Vancouver, Canada for a number of years.

I just got back from walking my dog and this morning it was 57 degrees, bright blue skies with a soft breeze. It seems that Summer is over and Fall is coming. This is my FAVORITE time of year for photography. I get so excited...almost like a kid in a candy store. This season I have a number of private workshops I am teaching in Aspen, Telluride and Rocky Mountain NP. I also plan on hitting up Great Sand Dunes NP and the Snowy Mountain Range in Southern Wyoming when fall turns to early winter.

WHAT PLANS DO YOU HAVE FOR SHOOTING THIS FALL?
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BEHIND THE LENS: GOING THE EXTRA MILE

One of the most asked questions I get from my workshop students is "How can I take more compelling photographs?" While many might expect some magical formula that would help them take their images to the next level, the reality is that it is a mixture of various undefinable things. Passion, Creativity, Perseverance, Vision and more times then not.....going that extra mile.

With the digital age of photography fully upon us, there are more people with quality cameras now then ever before. These means that more and more individuals have the ability to capture life on this planet. In order to help separate yourself from the fold, sometimes you have to be willing to do more then the next guy. Some of my best images have been taken in the off season, with crappy weather and in an environment that most would cringe at. This past year I found myself in the middle of sand storms, working in IDP refugee camps, high in the Himalayas in Winter, surrounded by snow, sleeping in my car and up to my chest in 40 degree F water....all while carrying around 30 to 40lbs of camera gear.

Having said that, you do NOT have travel the world to take these kind of images. Instead you have to find your own boundaries and learn to push them. I promise that you will find that not only will your photography improve, but that you will learn alot about yourself in the process.

Photo © +Casey McCallister - Taken in The Narrows in Zion NP in Utah
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BEHIND THE LENS: Avoiding the Crowds

Maroon Bells, Colorado is one of those iconic landscape scenes that is hard to escape NOT photographing it. Over the years I have learned to avoid the masses in order to maintain my sanity, but this is not always that easy. Maroon Bells in Fall is one of those situations. I know there will be way too many people there, but I can't help but want to try to capture something unique.

As I woke up at 5:45am this morning, after sleeping in my car, I pulled into the parking lot for Maroon Bells, only to be treated to what seemed like 100 photographers. As I got my gear ready, I tried to prepare myself for what was around the corner. Sure enough, EVERYONE was already lined up...however they were all bundled in the same spot. Shaking my head I moved past them all and continued to walk along the shore line. Eventually the lake takes a small bend and provides some privacy and seclusion. Not only can I almost ALWAYS find solitude in this spot, but the reflections in the water are usually 10x greater then at the foot of the lake, with the masses of other photographers.

Long story short, don't be afraid to explore. There are many beautiful places out there in the world that other people will want to document as well. Don't let that dissuade you, but instead consider it a challenge to overcome :)

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this reminds me of my trip to Canada. Great shot
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Behind the Lens: Dramatic Skies in Patagonia

Last year I spent 24 days documenting some of the most dramatic landscapes in South America. Patagonia is known, not only for its dramatic light, but also its fierce weather. This photo was taken early one morning near the shores of Lago Torre in Los Glaciares National Park in Southern Argentina. I waited here for 3 days for the light to be right on Mt. Cerro Torre (Which is directly behind me in this image).

As I was waiting for Cerro Torre to appear on morning, I turned to find this beautiful sky just asking to be photographed. What was I to do? Say no? :)
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Behind the Lens: Working in Patagonia

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