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Breaking Through

An Arizona sunset | Chris Frailey Photography

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Today’s post is all about highlighting Mother Nature.  As you can see she can put on quite a show when she chooses to do so. Continue reading »

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Rocky Mountain High

The San Juan Mountains of Colorado.

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A quick post today on dealing with our early heat here in AZ.   This is a shot of the San Juan mountains just outside of Silverton Colorado. Continue reading »

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The Sound of Music

A bright beautiful day in the San Juan Mountains near Sliverton Colorado.

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Today’s post we go back to the San Juan Mountains of Silverton Colorado.  We spent quite a bit of time this past summer in the mountains while vacationing in Durango.  This image was taken while we were out offroading on the California Gulch trail.

When I saw this photo I immediately thought of the movie “The Sound of Music”.   I can honestly say I’ve never seen the movie other than passing moments when I was scrambling to get out of the house when my wife and daughter have it on.  I’m sure it is a good movie I just can’t bring myself to watch it.

I decided to frame the dead tree in the image just to add contrast of old and new.  It seemed to fit against the lush green valley.

For the photogs out there this may be a good image to play with Photoshop’s content aware brush?  I’ve never used it but this may be a chance to play with it and see if the tree can be removed completely.

Until next time…

 

Camera: Canon 40D with a Tamron 17-35

Processing: Lightroom 3, Perfect Effects 3

 

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Sunset At 4 Peaks

Sunset falls on 4 Peaks Mountains.

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Earlier this week the Phoenix area got hit with several days of heavy rain which lead to snow above 5,000 feet.  In a nutshell that meant road trip to the 4 Peaks area.  I was joined by my buddies Mike Olbinski and Bryan Snider for this sunset feast.

Upon arrival I scouted out several areas hoping for that killer shot.  Mike and Bryan were doing the same.  The one thing that always gets you for sunset shots is you wish you could be in about 10 different locations at once.  The light goes fast so you don’t get the option of moving around.  Of course this means you just have to come back and try out a new spot.

For this shot I would of loved for Mother Nature to have moved those clouds off of the top of 4 Peaks so the snow would of been highlighted even better.  But she was finicky that evening and we all know you don’t mess with Mother Nature.

Until next time…

 

Camera: Canon 40D with a Canon 28-135 zoom

Processing: Lightroom 3, CS4, Phototools 2.6

 

 

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A Southwest Day

 

A cloud filled day in the AZ desert.

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Quick post today.  This was taken out at the Lost Dutchman State Park.  These are the kind of days I live for here in Arizona.  Cloudy skies with a touch of blue.

I softened this image up a little to add some visual contrast to the harshness that is the AZ desert.

Until next time…

 

Camera: Canon 40D with a Canon 85mm

Processing: Lightroom 3, CS4, Phototools 2.6

 

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Happy Trails

The Superstition Mountains

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Short post today as I’m headed out to assist Holly Baumann shoot the Children’s Action Alliance charity event.

I’ve shot the Superstition Mountains several times in the past, but this one is pulled back considerably to show off that crazy sky we had that day.  This was taken back during the summer when we actually have clouds.  Right now we have nothing but boring blue sky.  Maybe this will somehow will shake up the weather patterns and blow in some clouds for us. :)

Until next time…

 

Camera: Canon 40D with a Tamron 17-35mm zoom

Processing: 5 shot HDR, Lightroom 3, CS4, Photomatix 4, Phototools 2.6

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CO Dreaming

A view form the top of California Gulch near Silverton CO.

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Might as well start a Monday off by day dreaming.   My wife and I have longed to live in CO.  We have camped and skied all over the  state and always leave wanting more.

Today’s image is from our summer trip to Durango.  I captured this amazing view from the California Gulch trail just outside of Silverton CO.  We were offroading the whole day and just enjoying the scenery.  Every turn on the trail opened up another gorgeous view of the San Juan mountains.  Wouldn’t it be nice if your daily drive was through the Rocky Mountains.

Until next time…

 

Camera: Canon 40D with a Tamron 17-35mm zoom

Processing: 5 shot HDR, Lightroom 3, CS4, Photomatix 4, Phototools 2.6

 

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A Mountain High

Mountain landscape near Silverton Colordao.

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Today we get back up to altitude with a shot from our recent trip to Colorado.  We spent a whole day offroading in the high country and loved every minute of it.  I even convinced my wife to do the bulk of the driving so I could jump out capture views like this one.

This trail that we are on is known as the California Gulch pass and was just loaded with amazing scenery.  At this point here you can see we are above tree line which is around 12,000 feet.  I could of sat here all day and enjoyed this view.

If you ever are in the Silverton area, I highly recommend renting, borrowing, stealing a 4WD and check out some of these trails.  The views are breath taking.

Until next time…

 

Camera: Canon 40D with a Tamron 17-35mm zoom

Processing: 5 shot HDR, Lightroom 3, CS4, Photomatix 4, Phototools 2.6

 

 

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Desert Light

Subtle light on a mountain in the Arizona desert.

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A few weeks ago I found myself back at a favorite spot of mine, the Lost Dutchman State Park.  I don’t know what it is that draws me there but something always does.

We had just had a monsoon storm past the previous night so I figured there would be good cloud cover the next day.  I loaded my 8 year old daughter up and we set out to snap some pics.  Upon arriving I noticed the light was changing dramatically as the clouds were rolling.  Timing was going to be everything.  As I set up for the above image the foreground mountain was “moving” in and out of the sun.  The transitions were quick but I was able to capture several shots with it partially lit.

The mountain to the right is known as 4 Peaks.  When viewed from most locations here in the valley you can see 4 distinct peaks.  This view does not quite lend itself to that and the shadowing from the cloud cover doesn’t help either.  Satisfied with the shots I had, we packed up and headed out.  There is only so much of 110 degree heat one can stand.  Especially an 8 year old.

Until next time…

 

Camera: Canon 40D with a Tamron 17-35mm zoom

Processing: Lightroom 3, CS4, Phototools 2.6

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Mountain Storm

A view from Molas Pass in Colorado.  Looking back towards Silverton.

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Woohoo, it is Friday. Thank goodness as I am ready for it.  Now that that is out of the way let’s get to today’s image.  This one is from our recent trip to Durango Colorado.  We were making our way back from Silverton and had stopped at Molas Pass to let the kids out to play and take in some fresh air.  The air quality at 10,000 feet is a little better than what we experience here in Phoenix.  Might as well take it in.

The view going into the image is looking back towards Silverton (in the middle of the V shape and down below).  We enjoyed our view as we watched the mountain storm roll through the area.  As typical with most mountain weather it came in hard and fast but did not last long.  I could of sat there all day long and would have never grown tired of the view.  Colorado is a breathtaking state.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Until next time…

 

Camera: Canon 40D with a Tamron 17-35mm zoom

Processing: Lightroom 3, CS4 and Phototools 2.6

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