The full moon sets over Bandon Beach on the Oregon Coast in this image I captured in 2017 with my Nikon D850 and 24-70mm zoom lens. I’m returning to Oregon again this October, and there is space available if you’d like to join this photo safari.
An incredible floral display in the Colorado high country
2019 was my fifth consecutive wildflower/macro photo safari, and boy was it ever amazing! The long, wet spring we had this year meant that the blooms around Crested Butte were off the chart. Unlike previous years, where we had to go up above 10,000′ to find the best blooms, this year’s spectacle was in full swing all around Crested Butte.
Crested Butte, Colorado, is sometimes referred to as the “wildflower capital of the USA,” and this year proved why. The hillsides were covered in color; yellow sunflowers interspersed with blue and purple lupines transformed the valleys into a painter’s palette. We also encountered glacier lilies, red and sulphur paintbrush, fairy trumpets, and of course, Colorado columbine.
Our shooting sessions took place every morning and afternoon, and during the day, I worked with my clients to help them perfect their workflow/keywording and image processing. We also learned how to perform focus-stacking with close-up and landscape subjects.
I just returned from my 5th annual Colorado Wildflower Photo Safari, and all I can say is, “wow!” I had a hunch the flowers would be great this year, but I wasn’t prepared for the spectacle around Crested Butte. The hillsides were literally exploding with color!
Nikon Z7 with Nikkor Z 14-30mm f/4 S lens, 5-shot focus stack 1/250s f/8 ISO 125 @17mm
After a cold, wet spring, things are finally getting green around here in Colorado. This is the greenest I’ve ever seen Garden of the Gods, and it’s downright lush! The yucca blooms are something I look forward to every year, and they are just about at their peak right now.
- Nikon Z7 Mirrorless camera
- 24-70mm f/4 S (Z-mount) lens
- 1/20s f/11 ISO 64
- Gitzo 2-series Mountaineer Tripod with RRS BH-55 ball head