large format,

Ansel Adams setting up for a shoot in Yosemite, 1935

Hiking through the fog is a totally different experience and brings a whole new character to a day in the mountains.  All you can see is the trail and forest right in front of you and the grand scenery becomes much more intimate.  The air is calm and quiet, I find it to be quite relaxing. 

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado - July 2014

Shot Notes:

Fuji Pro160NS 4x5, 90mm Caltar Lens
8 seconds at f32, polarizing filter

From the ancient Greek slave and storyteller, Aesop, to the ceiling of the DPL, in fresco-

A Lion was awakened from sleep by a Mouse running over his face. Rising up angrily, he caught her and was about to kill her, when the Mouse piteously entreated, saying:  "If you would only spare my life, I would be sure to repay your kindness.“  The Lion laughed and let her go.  It happened shortly after this that the Lion was caught by some hunters, who bound him by strong ropes to the ground.  The Mouse, recognizing his roar, came and gnawed the rope with her teeth and set him free, exclaiming, “You see, even a mouse can help a Lion.” (No kindness is too small) 

 The Lion and the Mouse

Ceiling fresco The Detroit Public Library, 2/9/17

Split toned

#8x10 gelatin silver contact print

Marco Lorenzetti

Star trails over my campsite in the Snowy Range of Wyoming.  This was a wonderfully peaceful and calm night where I decided to take an easy one night backpack trip into the wild.  Just before heading to bed, I set up the camera and left the shutter open all night long.

Shot Notes:

Provia 100f 4x5, 75mm Super Angulon

7 hours at f8, no filters

“Kebler Pass”

A valley of endless golden aspen under the snow dusted Beckwith Peaks.  This is my little secret place I like to venture off the main road of Kebler Pass, where I can always have this view to myself.  I make sure to walk down this trail every autumn to watch a sunset.

Kebler Pass, Colorado - September 2012

Shot Notes:

Velvia 100 4x5, 135mm fuji lens
1 second at f22, polarizer and 2 stop soft GND filter

White Sands has some of the most incredible patterns that form in the gypsum dunes.  During my recent trip, there hadn’t been any significant wind for at least a week so clean crests on the dunes were few and far between.  However there were some interesting close up patterns like this because the most recent breeze was from the opposite direction of the typical prevailing winds.

White Sands National Monument, New Mexico -   March 2015

Shot Notes:

Provia 100f 4x5, 210mm Caltar Lens
1/60 at f32, no filters

It’s time for me to get started with Tumblr.  Well, way past time but it’s finally happening.  You can look forward to a stream of landscape images from Colorado and the American West, all captured on large format film.  I hope you enjoy!

This was from a recent sunrise hike to Dream Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park.  I’ve woken up at 2am countless times to hike here before sunrise, but finally I had the right conditions for a good reflection from the lake outlet.  I hope it makes a good starter image for Tumblr!