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9 Stop ND Filter

I have always appreciated the pictures that photographers take of waterfalls that give the impression of slowing time rather than stopping it.  You know the ones that I’m speaking of, in fact they are usually the only ones that are worth looking at.  An image where everything is still, in perfect focus but the water keeps its fluidity resembling a viscous fog rolling over the edge.  There is a magical quality to the image, as though you might walk into the scene and be able to exist in that moment.   

In anticipation of a trip next week to Hanging Garden lake near Vail I purchased a 9 stop neutral density filter.  What these filters do is limit the amount of light that is allowed through the lens, think sunglasses for your camera.  1 to 10 stops; that is the range that you can chose from and all along that scale you use the filters for different situations.  The lower numbers you would use so that you may take pictures with a shallow depth of field on a bright, sunny day.  The higher numbers are more for special effects rather than the more practical uses that the lower numbers.  With a 9 or 10 stop ND filter you can keep your shutter open for thirty seconds or more in daylight allowing you to catch the movement of water, or negate an object that moves through the scene.  

I took these images at the Denver Botanic Gardens because they are the closest waterfalls to me.  My next city project is to go someplace that is always alive with people and use the filter to “remove” everything that is moving from the image.  This hopefully means that I can capture the scene without all of the people.   

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Garden of the Gods

After a client had to reschedule a shoot earlier this week so I used that time to drive down to the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs.  The best part about living in Denver is that there is so much to see so close; only a hour and a half away, this park offered a lot of eye candy.  Beautiful red rocks jutting out of the earth nestled up against the foothills with Pike’s Peak in the background.  This really is a special place.

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After a rough weekend

Denver has one of the nicest botanic gardens I have ever been to.  Comprised of four separate garden locations, my wife and I frequent the one in downtown Denver.   A sprawling 23 acres of themed gardens, ponds and waterfalls; a true oasis in the middle of the city.  

One of my favorite times to visit is in the evening, when the crowds have all gone home and you can easily stroll the grounds at your own pace.  The lights come on in the fountains, christmas lights strung throughout the trees glimmer and the cool breeze comes rolling through as it does nearly every evening.  

After a particularly busy Saturday with two shindigs to attend (and more than a few to many libations) relaxing in the gardens was a great way to spend our Sunday evening.  

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A short time at the garden.

I had a great time with my friends Ryan & Vera and my wife at the Denver Botanic gardens the other week.  It is a place that I should really visit more often but like many things that I should do it seems to fall out of memory.  

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A short time at the garden.

I had a great time with my friends Ryan & Vera and my wife at the Denver Botanic gardens the other week.  It is a place that I should really visit more often but like many things that I should do it seems to fall out of memory.  

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A short time at the garden.

I had a great time with my friends Ryan & Vera and my wife at the Denver Botanic gardens the other week.  It is a place that I should really visit more often but like many things that I should do it seems to fall out of memory.  

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Golden Colorado

Having just moved out here to Colorado I have not had the time to see much of what is going on around me, though I am taking advantage of my time and seeing as much as I can.

My best bud Ryan is out from Milwaukee this week (so expect to see a lot of pictures this week) to hang out and see the sites.  This works out well since I have been out here long enough to show him some things by experience, it also is great for me since we are going to see things that I have yet to see.  A great example was our trip out to Golden yesterday to see the Coors Brewing Company.  

Coors is the worlds largest brewery (pretty impressive) with a capability to brew 16 million gallons of beer per day on five square miles of industrialized awesomeness, directly over a natural spring  (adjacent a tannery that would be converted into a brewery) that Adolf Coors bought with a partner. The entire operation is amazing.  The tour however kinda sucks, but it’s free and you get free beer at the end so it is worth the trip.  Also the town of Golden is great to walk around in, literally in the foothills.  

Below are the photos from our day trip.  

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