One of my favorite local trials in Northern Colorado is the Arthur's Rock Trail in Lory State Park.
Its probably a favorite for all the peeps who live in this area.
Yesterday I hiked with it a friend who's first time hiking the trail was the yesterday.
I'm always amazed at the awesome views up on the summit of Arthur's Rock.
It's considered a day hike, with frequent breaks and staying up on the summit for a lunch it can take ya about 4 hours or so.
For me its a slow and steady climb up, and a quick descend down.
Lots opportunities to see various wildlife(lizards, snakes, birds, deer, eagles, hawks, chipmunks, etc.)
I love this trail because its a great work out to about 7,000 feet and its just really peaceful to walk around up on the summit and find a spot to sit down and just chill out and enjoy life .
Make sure you back your proper gear when you hike this trail, the weather can turn quickly here in Colorado so having a gortex jacket/pants is must (also suggested is gloves, sun glasses, and boots), as well as a nice warm layer too.
Water is not a good source on this trail, so you must pack in your water too. Remember hydration is very important.
Enjoy your outside adventures and be safe out there.
Sure photographer's use lighting in many different ways.
But lighting is NOT just for photographers.
Without light we can not see and we can miss things in the dark that we would normally see in the daylight.
So its important that you take along at least 3 sources of light when you go out hiking, one never knows if you get off trail, or if weather moves in and you have to detour your hike, if you loose your daylight, you may not see your trail too well.
I typically carry a mini led flash light with me everyday on my belt.
And extra batteries too are always close by.
Its just something I tend to carry as an every day item, because one never knows just the power may go out.
When I'm hiking or out shooting some wildlife photos or on a local trail, I will typically also bring a led headlamp with me too. (Plus my head lamp uses the same size batteries as my flash light.)
This way if for some reason the daylight is lost, I can still navigate back to my vehicle.
If I'm camping, I will also bring a mini candle lantern which has an 8 hour candle in it, along with having extra 8 hour candles. (AND yes a few different types of matches too.......weather proof matches to light my candle.)
Humans have some design flaws, we can not see in the dark as well as we see in the light, so its always great to bring along some technology that allows us to see in the dark.
Unless you happen to have an owl friend, owls can see real well in the dark.
Being well prepared with at least 3 light sources is the key to getting to where you need to go when the lights go out. Yes it is something that you may say..........I don't need to keep a flash light on me, but have you ever been at work, home, or in public place when the lights go ? Its happened to me. I was able to use my headlamp while in a restroom at a bicycle race when a storm rolled in and knocked their power out. I was pretty popular with the other people who were in the bathroom line, they all wanted to borrow my head lamp.
You don't have to go all out crazy in being prepared, its little things that matter.
Having a small led headlamp with you while at sports game, or just plain out and about can really help you navigate your way if the power goes out. Our world can be effected by weather and black outs, those are the two main causes of power outages, its better to be able to see rather than too be in the dark.
Since I'm talking about lighting, here is a photographer's tip for ya.
When shooting photos outside, always use your lens hood.
The main use for a lens hood is to prevent light from hitting the front lens element from the sides, reducing contrast and creating flare.
Pictures taken with a lens hood installed can have richer colors and deeper saturation.
Lens hoods on longer focal length lenses offer more front lens element protection from rain and dust
too. Since I shoot outdoors alot, I pretty much always use mine, no matter which lens I'm shooting with.
If you are like me and you LOVE the outdoors, than one of your MOST important tools to always have with you is a compass. Especially if you hike and camp alot. Sure I always take my camera with me, since I'm a photographer, but I always go out prepared and make sure I have the right gear with me at all times.
Its important to me enjoy my adventures that offer me my great photo ops, but its also important to me that I get back home safely in one piece too.
Sure GPS's are nice, but there are times when they could and do fail, and its always nice to have the knowledge and know how of a basic compass and understanding of maps.There are places that offer classes on this knowledge, and knowledge will mean the difference of finding your way home or becoming lost and needing help from your local Search and Rescue Team.
There are some important features to a compass, one and the most important feature is you will have to set your declination of the area that you are in. Its important because it needs be "calibrated" to the area that you are in. (or will be going in.)
With practice a compass is just as fast as a GPS, but it takes time to be this efficient with one. I'm not that efficient with mine yet, but I take it with me and bust it out on hiking trips to stay accustomed with it.
Even people who have GPS's should carry a good compass as a back up, GPS's can and do sometimes fail they are electronics devices that require electrical power. If for some reason your GPS was not charged all the way before your adventure, than you will need a backup tool to get you where you are going, and back to your original destination of your vehicle (starting point).
So with that said, enjoy the outdoors, and be safe out there while you are out and about.
Life is pretty amazing, you never know who you are gonna meet.
Tonight I headed out to the Blackbird Coffee Shop to check out their open mic session.
I grabbed a green tea, and drank it while I waited for the open mic to start.
Their open mic sessions are the second Friday of each month, tonight my schedule finally worked out that I could actually go and catch one.
The musicians that performed there were: Dave, Geno, Dino, and Bill Kaman.
All musicians who performed were awesome.
I wanta thank Bill Kaman for the two cds that he gave me, I really appreciate your generous gift and I got the chance to listen to one of them while I was editing photos.
Bill's Kaman has a web site, make sure you check it out.
For photos that I captured with my lens of the open mic tonight, it is in this gallery: 2016 Open Mic at the BlackBird Coffee Shop
Life REALLY is amazing in that you really never whom you are gonna meet.
Now that school is starting up, I have some great deals on some matted prints for your college student's dorm walls.
You can also put these matted prints in your office too.
Please contact me to view the matted prints I have in stock.
These prints are left over from a showing I had done a little awhile back. ( Limited to only the current matted prints that are in stock.)
Once these prints are sold out, that is the end of this special.
Prices are: 5x7* matted prints are $ 5 each plus tax
8x10* matted prints are $10 each plus tax
11x14* matted prints are $25 each plus tax
Matted prints range from cycling events, wildlife, musicians, etc.
These will liven up your walls.
Each of these photos are originals captured thru my lens.
These also make great gifts for birthdays, and holiday gifts too.
Nature has SO much to offer us everyday.
No matter where I am, be it out on a hike, or exploring some urban places...........there is always something cool that nature has for us.
It reminds us to not only look at life, but to slow down and to enjoy it as well.
Take the time to smell the flowers and breath in while you enjoy a scenic view.
Its those little things in life that Mom Nature gives us each day as Nature's Art.
Here is a link to my web site with all of the cool Nature's Art that I've been able to capture with my lens over the years.
Nature's Art thru my lens.
I hope that you enjoy the images, they can really pzazz to your walls in your home, or office.
You can order prints directly thru my web site.
Oh yeah baby.......you read that one right !
NOT many movies have a national day, but Ghostbusters sure does.
National Ghostbusters' Day is August 28th.
So if you are a HUGE Ghostbusters fan, or as they say a "Ghosthead" I recommend that you "bust" out your dvds and watch some Ghostbusters' goodness.
The newest Ghostbusters 2016 movie dvd is scheduled to be released an estimated October 2016.
That's only a few months away from August.
If you haven't watched the new 2016 Ghostbusters, it really is a great movie.
Make sure you catch it your friends.
I want to give a very special thanks to ALL of those who are currently in the Military services, as well as to all of those whom have served in the past.
I appreciate all of our Military armed forces personal, so as a token of my appreciation I offer a 20% discount on my labor rates to all Military armed forces personal whom are retired or currently serving.
I also appreciate all those people who volunteer, and are members of the Larimer County Search and Rescue Team. I am extending the same offer of a 20% discount off of my labor rates to all of the Larmier County SAR Team personal.
You all provide a great service to help find, and/or rescue those who get lost in the wilderness.
Thanks to each and everyone of you all !
I look forward to capturing your moments in time with my lens.
I am available for hire to photograph your family portraits or even weddings.
I am available for hire to capture all of your photography needs.
I am honored to work with you, and I thank you in advance for your business.
Please feel free to email and we can get you photo shoot session booked, or if you have any questions.
Here is a link to my email: email@example.com
Photography is a passion of mine.
So what I offer to you.................when you hire me, you get my passion of capturing your moments in time.
I capture your moments in time with my lens.
I than take those (moments in time) images, and I edit them so each and every (moment int time) image is the best it can be.
I take my time editing the images, making sure they are THE absolute best, after all its your moments in time and they need to reflect that awesome moment so you can share it with your loved ones.
You deserve the best of the best images, after all its your memories that are being preserved in time.
I enjoy preserving your moments in time for you so you can share them with others.
Like I said photography is a passion of mine.
I have very reasonable competitive labor rates, as well as I offer discounts to ALL of those people who have served and whom are currently serving in the armed forces.
I appreciate you serving, and its my way of saying to thanks to you !
I offer discounted rates to senior citizens too.
So with that all said, I look forward to hearing from you, and meeting you in person.
Let's get your photo shoot session booked, and start preserving your moments in time.
Senior citizen portraits photo shoot sessions.
I am offering a 20% discount on my labor rates for all senior citizens portrait photo shoot sessions.
You must be 60 years or older, and yes I'm gonna card. ;)
Since you are on a fixed income, I will also work with your budget as well.
I understand that you may not be able afford a standard photographer's labor rate.
I believe that everyone is entitled to portrait photos, and I wanta make it available for everyone.
Please contact me via email, firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss a custom photo shoot portrait session that will be easy on your wallet and catered to your needs.
We can set up a meet time and discuss your opinions.
It really that easy.
August means many things.
It means that Summer Season is gonna be transitioning into Fall Season real soon.
And it also means back to school.
Please remember to slow down when driving, and watch for children getting ready for school.
Also remember to NOT text and drive !
Remember to stop and allow children to safely cross the road.
Also give those bus drivers a break, and allow them merge back into traffic.
School buses are carrying precious cargo, all those little dudes are a person's kido.
I'm sure you want to help keep them safe.
Remember to share the road, so we can all get safely where we need to be.
I'm available for hire to shoot your senior's photos.