Ready for some football?

It is football season across the country, including the youth of America. I was at the local sports park photographing my favorite soccer team (U14 SVFC Green) and could not resist taking some action photos of the stars of the future. Just another reminder that I should have my camera with at all times and that there are so many opportunities to capture that special moment for people.

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Welcome to Beautiful Colorado

I am lucky in so many ways, but I am not going to bore you with telling you about the many things that I should be grateful about. Just one, I get to live in Colorado.

With our recreational opportunities, climate, arts & culture, abundance of good beer, affordability, beautiful terrain, the quality of life of a Coloradoan is hard to beat. Since life can get so busy and at times overwhelming, I need to remind myself to get out and smell the roses, or sunflowers in this instance.

I have heard the rumors that down by the Denver International Airport fields of Sunflowers are planted. I decided to try my luck one evening and make the trip to go Sunflower not to satisfy my inner Vincent van Gogh but to take advantage of where I live.

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First Day of School

PHG1I have always taken first day of school photos of my kids but it is usually in a hurry as the new routine has thrown all of us off kilter. That being said, I look at the hundred of photos that appear on my Facebook feed of other first day of school photos and wonder what’s the purpose? Is it to make the kids feel special? Is it to document that they went on the first day? Is it to share with friends and loved ones? Are we ever going to print those out and actually save them as a keepsake? Do we just like taking photos?

There are over 300 million photos loaded to Facebook everyday. There are a billion photos of Instagram. It is estimated that we have taken well over 3.8 trillion photos to date. I would imagine that most of those have and will not see the light of day. The person pressing the button even thinks they are rubbish. However, others see pass being our of focus, have the date electronically imposed on the picture, the squinting eyes, the unevenness of the lighting, …, they just see their loved one. I admit that I have devalued the services of others and have tried to cook a five course meal (maybe three) because I have a oven and stove but I realize that certain things take talent, education and experience to be done right (or at least better than I can).

This year I decided to be deliberate in my first day of school photos and even put out an invitation to friends that they could come by and take advantage of my passion, knowledge and experience. No strings attached.

I was surprised how few came over but with so many photos being taken, most people do not value a quality picture versus a documentary snapshot. Photography has become a commodity for most.

For those that did come over, they appreciate the photos, have asked for prints, have indicted they will not be ordering school photos and that the photographs will be displayed in their home in some manner. I guess that is one small step…

 

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Colorado Rapids

Weathered an hour rain delay, before being able to photograph an MLS game from the sidelines of the pitch. Meet some helpful people, had a great time, and got some pictures that I am happy with. Enjoy 

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Outlaws

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I decided to ask a friend if she was willing to be my model for the day.  As I tell my kids, always ask the question as the worst that can happen is hearing “no” and the best that can happen is you get what you want. Guess what, she said she would be honored.

While dawn is the best time to shoot, it was supposed to be a relaxing day for the both of us so the early morning was ruled out. We also had plans with our respective significant others (sister and brother, yea that makes her my in-law;  or as we like to think of ourselves outlaws) later that evening, so sunset was out too.

So we headed up one of the local canyons looking for some interesting and shady spots. We first stopped at a stream with a few accessible boulders. While I did a bit of relatively low impact landscaping, the spot was not absolutely the best. I ended shooting on a timer so that I could run over and block any dappled light that fell on her face.

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Later, w headed up towards RMNP but since I forgot my park pass, we started to headed the other direction towards Nederland (we then could loop around to Boulder).  Pulled to the side of the road by a small aspen grove and noticed a trail heading down the embankment. I never found out where it eventually headed as it appeared to be a stopping to indulge as there was a nice collection of beer cans scattered around. While she was not a professional model, I imagine it was a lot like working with one as she was easy to pose and actually moved into various poses quite naturally.

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We decided to grab something to eat, which ate into any remaining time we had but I had a great and relaxing day, got to know someone a bit better, and got some photos that I like. I’d buy that for a dollar everyday.

 

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Watch out, you might be next.