Colorado Fall Color Travel Guide

Aspen and Evergreens, Marshall Pass, Colorado. September 25, 1990

Aspen and Evergreens, Marshall Pass, Colorado. September 25, 1990.

Welcome to my Colorado fall color travel guide with 103 photos and 17 maps. I cover some of the best known fall color locations in Colorado, and one real gem of a road that is mostly unknown to photographers and leaf peepers. Spend anywhere from a weekend to two weeks exploring the beautiful Colorado Rockies at a gorgeous time of year.

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Sigma 150-600mm vs Tamron 150-600mm vs Canon 100-400mm Mark II

Sigma 150-600mm Sports and Contemporary Comparison to Canon. Photo by The Digital Picture

Sigma 150-600mm Sports and Contemporary Comparison to Canon. Photo by The Digital Picture

So you want a longer lens and can’t decide which one to get. There are several good options and one of them might be better for you in particular. What about resolution? Do you want to be at 600mm most of the time or just some of the time? Does it matter if the zoom and focus rings turn in Canon’s direction or Nikon’s? What about size,  weight, and cost?

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The One Minute Photo Shoot

I walked out the door after church Sunday and was greeted by perfect portrait light thanks to a big cloud over the sun. I love spontaneous shoots and I have been shooting this young woman since she was three years old (along with the rest of her family).

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Don’t get ripped off!

You order a set of lenses expecting to pay $29. Your credit card gets charged several times that amount and you get socked with an outrageous $85.00 shipping charge. You find out later you could buy the same lenses at Amazon for less than $10. You’ve been ripped off.

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The Last Roll of Kodachrome – Part One

Rajasthan, India. Photo by Steve McCurry.

Rajasthan, India. Photo by Steve McCurry.

In 2009 Kodak announced they would discontinue Kodachrome slide film. It was a sad day for a lot of photographers and the end of an era. Pros and amateurs alike had a love affair with the Kodachrome that lasted 75 years. Photographers everywhere stocked up on the remaining rolls of film. One of the most famous images of all time, Steve McCurry’s Afghan Girl, was photographed on Kodachrome film.  McCurry had exposed over 800,000 frames of Kodachrome in four decades, much of that for the National Geographic. At Steve’s request, Kodak gave him the last roll off the production line.

Click on many of these photos for a much larger version.

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Some Days Are Amazing!

Snowy Egret Feeding

Some days are “so so”, some days are average, and some days are amazing. This is not the best time of year to photograph birds at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, but July 14 was amazing. This photo of a feeding Snowy Egret was just one of many fine images from the morning. He stabbed at his prey and it came out of the water but not in his beak.

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Jonathan Bachman’s Iconic Image: Protestor Faces Police in Baton Rouge

Protestor and Police in Baton Rouge. Photo by Jonathan Bachman. Click for a larger version.

Every once in a while a photographer is in the right place at the right time with the instincts and skills to pull off a great image. This photograph could become a classic. Photo editor’s are already calling Jonathan Bachman’s image “iconic”. It is a powerful image.

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The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

Thomas Jefferson by Rembrandt Peale, 1800Thomas Jefferson by Rembrandt Peale, 1800

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

From the Declaration of Independence, signed July 4, 1776. Written by Thomas Jefferson (1762-1826). 3rd US President (1801-09).

More images (including Thomas Jefferson’s original draft and George Washington’s personal copy) and the complete text follows the break.

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A Tribute to Bill Cunningham

Bill Cunningham on the streets of NYC. Click for a larger version.

Bill Cunningham is one of my photographic heroes so it was a sad moment when I learned of his passing. My wife and I were driving across the U.S. early this week when she found an article on her iPhone that Bill Cunningham had died. I made a mental note to write a tribute to Bill when we got back home.

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Don’t get ripped off!

After reading a glowing review you order a set of smart phone lenses and you are billed over $100. You get socked with an additional $85 shipping charge (the ad said shipping was free). Then you find out you could have bought the same lenses for less than $10. To add insult to injury you discover the great review was from a fake review site and the quality of the lenses is disappointing. You’ve been ripped off.

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