Monday, February 2, 2015

Lily Lake Luck

I was in Boulder for a job interview. As I was leaving (or more likely during the interview), I decided to drive up to Estes Park to try and catch a sunset photo. Not really sure where I would get lucky, I stopped at the Lily Lake trailhead off Highway 7. Across the street, the Twin Sisters summit still had a bit on sunlight on it but, just as I got my camera out, the last rays of sunlight disappeared. I circled the lake, realizing that this is a place for sunrise photography not sunsets.
To the northwest, the sky started showing signs of color, so I climbed up Lily Ridge and found a nice perch with a perfect view of Longs Peak. I waited for something to happen but it was pretty grim. Luckily, 90 degrees to my right was this awesome view. I rotated my camera and captured this image, a new favorite.
Even though it was January, the weather was mild, and the trail had very little snow. I am so lucky to live in Colorado.
This is an easy hike right off Highway 7. I hope to return to this location many times.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Photographing Red Rocks with Fresh Snow and Blue Sky



Red Rocks with Fresh Snow and Blue Sky
Black and White Fine Art Photography
by Colorado Photographer Peter Castricone

Monday, January 19, 2015

Afternoon at the Colorado Railroad Museum

This is a great spot for photography. I captured several nice shots. With Colorado's always spectacular blue sky in the background, some of the old boxcars paint a colorful image. Still, I always picture historic railroad photos in black and white. With lots of opportunities, I had no trouble finding a few images good enough for my website.
I was excited about the grittiness of the old locomotives, which makes for great monochromatic images and backgrounds. Some of these date back into the 1800s. It's hard not to feel a bit of romance for the old west and the people who traveled it on the railroad. My wife was tolerant enough to sit for a few poses, and I love the setting for portrait photography. Thiis is defintely far from glamorous, but I can see this as a convenient location for portrait or fashion shoots. The entry fee is a little steep at $10 per person, but I imagine the cost of restoration of these old trains is quite high.

Colorado Fine Art Photography by Peter CastriconeColorado Fine Art Photography by Peter Castricone

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Sunset from Dinosuar Ridge

The other night I decided to capture one of the spectacular sunsets we've been having just about every night this winter. I parked at the Stegosaurus lot at the I-70 Morrison exit and hiked up the muddy hill. This is one of my standard trail running trails, but this was definitely the muddiest I've seen it. (FYI, we do not get a lot of mud in Colorado.) Once on the ridge, I didn't have to go far to find several photo opportunities.

Sunset Photography, Morrison, ColoradoI snapped some photos while I waited for the sun to drop behind Mt. Morrison. The weather was great for January, but once the sun hit the horizon I was glad I brought my down jacket. The starburst scene was exquisite, and I was fortunate that my camera was all set up. All I needed to do was push my remote trigger. I got three shots off before the sun was behind the mountain. Wow, it was fast!

Sunset Photography, Morrison, Colorado

Then the heavens opened up and turned yellow. I stood there for a long time just soaking it all in.
Unfortunately my battery died, just as the sky turned a fiery orange with streams of cyan. Oh well, I stayed for an hour and watched the show. This was one of the most amazing sunsets I've ever seen. I was lucky to be there. But this is what photography is all about...and why I love Colorado so much.

Sunset Landscape Photography, Morrison, Colorado Sunset Landscape Photography, Morrison, Colorado
Sunset Landscape Photography, Morrison, Colorado Sunset Landscape Photography, Morrison, Colorado