Isn’t this a lovely view of this thin sliver of the moon setting over the Continental Divide? I managed to catch it last week while I was making dinner.
crescent moonset from my deck
Jeremy and I piled the dog and our stuff into the car and drove down to my ILs’ house for a short visit this weekend. They happen to live in the mountains of southern Colorado at 7500 feet above sea level – so it’s like being home for us but in a different location (did that make any sense?). Whenever we turn onto their road, Kaweah begins to cry because she LOVES this place and has so much fun here. We spent the weekend playing Wii, sewing, going for walks in the woods, having great food, and watching all three dogs get the crazies.
they have nice sunsets from their deck too
dinner at keyah grande (jeremy’s duck)
puppies at attention! (left to right: bumpy, buffle, kaweah)
mil has the coolest sewing room ever
driving home through the san luis valley
On Saturday night, we went to dinner at Keyah Grande, a stunning and exclusive resort in southwestern Colorado. We were given permission to take ourselves on a tour of the opulent, yet incredible building before sitting down to a truly inspired and delightful meal. Sadly, the place is closing on December 31st and will go on the market for any interested buyer. Have you got $12 million to spare?
a chihuly greets you in the foyer
The holidays are coming! The holidays are coming! I have been asking Jeremy for the past month if there is anything in particular he wants to eat for Thanksgiving and the boy keeps coming back to seafood. We have no plans for the upcoming holiday other than to get a lot of work done and maybe have some fun if there is time. I know it’s incredibly unsentimental of us, but the thought of eating outrageous amounts of food just makes me sleepy and depressed. I’m craving fresh fruits, vegetables, seafood and I need to get my ski on, plain and simple. We’re staying put for at least a month and I’m thankful – so very thankful – for that. Travel has a way of discombobulating me. So I apologize ahead of time if I’m not providing any Thanksgiving inspiration here. Besides, there is more inspiration than you can shake a stick at on the internet(s) right now.
Which brings me to another photowalk that I’ve been meaning to post. I was working with Beth for the past few months on photography – wedding photography, landscape photography, and post processing techniques. I can talk about photography until I am blue in the face, but the most efficient and effective way for me to teach anyone about photography is for me to show them how I work and explain what I am doing (and why) and then to let that person work, ask questions, give feedback. Beth and I had a great time on the fall shoot in September, so it was a no-brainer to get her out for a photowalk.
everyone, meet beth!
Beth: Nikon D200 with Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-f/4.5G AF-S DX
Jen: Nikon D3x with Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8G ED
Beth came up to my place last month to work on some post processing of a wedding she had shot. It happened to snow the day before and so we decided to get our photowalk in before all of the snow melted in the town of Nederland. We walked under overcast skies and temperatures hovering near freezing. When we got to the town center, Beth turned and asked what the rules of photowalk are. We both laughed and said, “The first rule of photowalk is, you do not talk about photowalk. The second rule of photowalk is, YOU DO NOT TALK ABOUT PHOTOWALK…” Okay, but seriously, the rules are: the photogs take turns choosing five locations at which to stop and shoot about five frames each. Easy peasy, right?
beth location #1: shot 3
jen location #1: shot 5
It isn’t a competition, it’s a challenge – for yourself. I walk through life in camera mode. I scan my surroundings always looking for a shot. Admittedly, I don’t look for all shots, I look for what I love most and that is nature. Nature appeals to me immediately as a potentially beautiful photograph. It’s a little more of a struggle for me when man-made objects enter the frame and so these photowalks (all three taking place in surroundings altered by man) help me to retool my “eye”.
beth location #2: shot 4
jen location #2: shot 1
Because of the weather, there weren’t many people out and about that afternoon. The majority of people I know always seem to prefer bright and sunny shooting conditions. I actually like overcast and low light conditions. Even with cloudy skies, the snow provides plenty of contrast. When the world turns tan and brown after all of the fall color has disappeared, a little snowfall can do a lot to enhance those hues and add interest to otherwise ordinary scenes.
beth location #3: shot 4
jen location #3: shot 5
A nice young woman approached us at location #3 and said there was a pleasant little community garden down by the creek that we might want to check out. What I like about the photowalks, in addition to the whole photography aspect, is that I actually take the time to walk around a place that I have passed by dozens of times and look at it with a fresh perspective – really look at it.
beth location #4: shot 5
jen location #4: shot 1
Beth’s photoset says to me that she has a preference for the tight shot and likes details, especially in textures and shapes. Based on both the photowalk and our fall shoot together, I think Beth tends to absorb her surroundings and let them speak to her. My style is to actively seek out what catches my attention and if it’s not there, I move on. That’s not necessarily good or bad, it’s just the way we operate. I usually finished my set before Beth and so in waiting for her, wound up spending more time looking at the surroundings. Sometimes it wouldn’t reveal anything more and sometimes it would.
beth location #5: shot 1
jen location #5: shot 2
Thank you, Beth for driving the canyon on a snowy day and shooting in Ned with me. It was great fun, as it always is! You can find Beth’s full photo set on Flickr and you can view my photo set on my photo blog.