Friday, June 27, 2014

Butler Gulch

Butler Gulch

A late June hike up Butler Gulch near Berthoud Pass in Colorado revealed persisting spring conditions with more snow than I had anticipated. Although not apparent in the photos, a great deal of this hike was on a few feet of warm but stubborn snow. Fortunately, I grabbed my gaiters on my out of the garage, so I had some nice protection and was able to slog through it all the way up into the basin at 11,500 feet. I captured some nice images, although the clarity in depth of field still leaves much to be desired (far objects not clear enough) . One day I will figure out this issue! The quality of light and the clouds all around were absolutely amazing.

 


 


The Return of my Camera and my Return to Colorado

The Return of my Camera and my Return to Colorado

I finally made the move back home to beautiful Colorado and have been enjoying every minute of it. Working up to the grand opening of my fitness business and back in my natural habitat, I have already established a routine of trail running through Matthews-Winter Park, Red Rocks, Dinsoaur Ridge, and Apex...not to mention my local lake, Crown Hill (way better than Wash Park). With the return by Nikon of my broken D7100, now I'm hiking, trail running, and taking photos in the world's most amazing landscape. What more could I ask for? 


 

I love Colorado!!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink

A walk around the neighborhood had plenty to offer in terms of spring flowers and chirping birds. Using my new Nikon D7100 was a challenge as I hadn't quite sorted out the auto focusing (and other useful settings that I should know how to use). It is an incredible camera if you can get it to work for you. I watched plenty of YouTube and even purchased a book on how to use the camera. Fortunately, at least one...well, only one...photo came out looking great. And here she is, pretty as ever. Photo taken with a Nikon D7100. Copyright Peter Castricone.

Cat at Large

Cat at Large

Cat at Large

Testing out the Nikon D7100's 55-200 zoom lens, here is our cat Bubu in stunning detail. I'll bet when he was posing for me he wasn't thinking his photo would make it onto the internet. Bubu has a blue eye and a green eye...and he sheds his white hair all over the place. Photo taken with a Nikon D7100. Copyright Peter Castricone.