Month: December 2014

Back in 1864 …


I’ve had fun photographing the Civil War re-enactors during the 4th of July celebration at Rock Ledge Ranch in Colorado Springs. Unfortunately the group has disbanded. This is my favorite shots of one of the Union soldiers.

I made basic adjustments in Adobe Camera Raw. In Photoshop I used the Spot Healing Brush to remove lint and pieces of grass from his coat. I created the sepia tone with the Hue/Saturation tool and brightened his eyes with the dodge tool.


Waldo Canyon Fire


The Waldo Canyon Fire started on June 23, 2012. This photo was taken from just outside my home in Colorado Springs on June 26th, the day the fire jumped 2 ridges and later destroyed hundreds of home. If you look closely, you can see flames on the hillside in a couple of places.

The wind shifted shortly after this photo was taken, and all of the smoke blew into the neighborhood, making the sky orange. I started packing in anticipation of an evacuation call, which came about 10 that evening. I headed to a shelter on the north side of town and was told they were being shut down because they were not an official Red Cross shelter. I ended up going to Lewis-Palmer High School in Monument where I spent the next 3 days. Fortunately for me my home was not damaged by the fire or the smoke.

I made basic adjustments in Adobe Camera Raw and added a curves adjustment layer in Photoshop.

When the Clock Strikes Red


We braved the cold last night and went downtown to photograph the holiday lights at the Pioneers Museum. Click here to see more photos:

I made basic adjustments in Adobe Camera Raw. In Photoshop I added curves and black & white adjustment layers. I worked with the mask on the b&w adjustment layer to bring out the color of the clock from the original layer.

Santa’s Apprentice


Merry Christmas, everyone! I volunteer to take photos for the Salvation Army during the holidays in Manitou Springs, CO. They give out hundreds of meals on Thanksgiving and Christmas at this location alone, and I always have a little extra fun with the volunteers at the dessert table. I was actually trying to get another person to make a Santa beard out of whipped cream, but this young man stepped up and decided to be a good sport.

I made basic adjustments in Adobe Camera Raw.

House Finch


I spotted this house finch in the tree in my back yard this morning. Much to my surprise, he was still there after I ran upstairs to grab my camera and put on a different lens. Not bad considering this was hand held and shot throught a glass patio door.

I made basic adjustments in Adobe Camera Raw and used the radial filter to add a vignette, reducing the exposure and the highlights outside the bird. I cropped in Photoshop.

Hoodoo Village


This is another shot taken at the Paint Mines in Calhan, CO. It is a 3-exposure HDR image (+/-3 EV). You can view the others here:

I merged and tone mapped the three files in Photomatix Pro 5.0. In Photoshop I used the Camera Raw filter to make basic adjustments and shift the blues toward purple and remove some of the aqua in the sky. I then added a curves adjustment layer.