Colorado Springs

Blue Hour at the Broadmoor


This is a shot of the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.

I made basic adjustments and used the HSL tool to remove all the colors except blue and purple in Adobe Camera Raw. I added a curves adjustment layer in Photoshop.


Red Cowling


This is one of the engines from the B-25 bomber “In the Mood” that was used in the film Pearl Harbor. It currently resides at the World War II Aircraft Museum in Colorado Springs.
This is an HDR image made with 3 frames at +/-2EV and blended in Photomatix. After blending and tone mapping, I duplicated the original layer, converted it to black and white and used a mask to reveal the red cowling. I could have done the same thing by adding a black and white adjustment layer and manipulating the accompanying mask. I then added a curves adjustment layer and cropped.



This is Arianna. We had a lot of fun taking her senior portraits at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. I have so many great photos of her from this session that it was hard to choose just one to post.

I made basic adjustments in Adobe Camera Raw. In Photoshop I used the Spot Healing Brush to remove blemishes and stray hairs. I also used it to conceal the front of her blouse, which could be seen through her sweater. I brightened her eyes with the sponge and dodge tools and cropped.

Unexpected Sunset


This is a 5-shot panorama of tonight’s sunset. It was overcast all day until the sun went down, so I didn’t expect colors like this. I ran to the top of the hill behind my house and shot over the tops of the buildings.

I stitched the files together in Photoshop with the Photomerge function in reposition mode. After stitching I used the Camera Raw Filter to make basic adjustments and remove chromatic aberrations. I removed some spots in the sky with the Spot Healing Brush and added a curves adjustment layer.

The Broadmoor in Black and White


Last night I went to the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs with my photography group. The fresh dusting of snow made for some great photos. This is an 8-second exposure at f16 and ISO 400. The small aperture creates the star effect with the lights.

I made basic adjustments, made lens corrections and reduced noise in Adobe Camera Raw. In Photoshop I applied black & white and curves adjustment layers and used the Spot Healing Brush and Clone Stamp to remove some light refraction in the sky.

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.