Winter Scenery

     Winter in Colorado ranges from -20F on an extremely cold night to +60F in the middle of February if conditions are right. The snow is
     commonly a dry powder, averaging around 12 inches of depth to one inch of water preciptiation, but sometimes falls in heavier desnities.
     An occasional fog or high-humidity day will produce breathtaking frost patterns although these are comparatively rare. Included here are a
     sample of winter images that I took after a half-dozen particularly striking winter and spring storm events.

  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  

  
  
  
   Dramatic (Golden, CO)    Cotton Candy (Golden, CO)    Japanese Dream (Golden, CO)    Bridge Over Cooled Waters (Golden, CO)    Twig Forest (Golden, CO)    Fetch the Mail (Lookout Mountain, CO)    Contrast (Golden, CO)    Crystal Mohawk (Golden, CO)    Intensity (Genesee, CO)    Backglow (Golden, CO)
  Afternoon sun illuminates a breaking storm
  over Clear Creek Canyon, producing a cloud
  pattern that flares dramatically when viewed
  through a wide-angle lens. Meanwhile, fresh
  snow clings to the landscape.
      (January 10, 2011)
Body type:  Canon EOS 40D
Lens type:  Tokina 12-24mm f/4 (IF) DX
Focal Lng.:  12mm
Aperture:  f/7.1
Exposure:  1/500 sec
ISO Speed:  200
Other h/w:  Circular Polarizer

 

 

  Wet snow clings precariously to evergreen
  branches, producing delicates whisps that
  will quickly drop once the sun climbs
  higher in a cold, February sky.
      (February 1, 2011)
Body type:  Canon EOS 40D
Lens type:  Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 DiII
Focal Lng.:  44mm
Aperture:  f/7.1
Exposure:  1/1000 sec
ISO Speed:  400
Other h/w:  Circular Polarizer

 

 

  A late, wet, spring snowfall gathers on
  the blossoms of a Prairie Fire crabapple
  tree to produce a high-contrast scene that
  mimics a classical Japanese painting style.
      (May 12, 2010)
Body type:  Canon EOS Rebel XX
Lens type:  Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM
Focal Lng.:  28mm
Aperture:  f/3.5
Exposure:  1/500 sec
ISO Speed:  200
Other h/w:  None

 

 

  A storm breaks over Clear Creek with South
  Table Mountain framed in the backdrop of a
  timed night exposure. Snow paints the scenery
  like gauze while inky water passes below.
      (February 6, 2011)
Body type:  Canon EOS 40D
Lens type:  Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 DiII
Focal Lng.:  42mm
Aperture:  f/11
Exposure:  8.0 sec
ISO Speed:  800
Other h/w:  None

 

 

  The same bridge over Clear Creek is now
  viewed from the south through a long lens,
  compressing the trees along the river into
  a dense tangle of winter shadows.
      (February 6, 2011)
Body type:  Canon EOS 40D
Lens type:  Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Focal Lng.:  85mm
Aperture:  f/5.6
Exposure:  2.5 sec
ISO Speed:  800
Other h/w:  None

 

 

  A rustic mailbox sits on a classic T-post
  with a festive cap of fresh winter down,
  along side the Lookout Mountain road.
      (February 1, 2011)
Body type:  Canon EOS 40D
Lens type:  Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 DiII
Focal Lng.:  32mm
Aperture:  f/7.1
Exposure:  1/1250 sec
ISO Speed:  400
Other h/w:  Circular Polarizer

 

 

  A light snow followed by heavy fog has
  produced intense crystal coatings on the
  trees and scrub while leaving the barren
  early spring mountains in their natural
  colors within Clear Creek Canyon.
      (March 8, 2011)
Body type:  Canon EOS 40D
Lens type:  Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 DiII
Focal Lng.:  42mm
Aperture:  f/9.0
Exposure:  1/800 sec
ISO Speed:  400
Other h/w:  Circular Polarizer

 

 

  High humidity with partial sun break-through
  created ice crystals which grew longer well into
  the morning, but only on the shaded sides of twigs
  and branches. Some of these spikes are nearly
  three centimeters in length.
      (March 7, 2011)
Body type:  Canon EOS 40D
Lens type:  Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Focal Lng.:  60mm
Aperture:  f/5.6
Exposure:  1/100 sec
ISO Speed:  400
Other h/w:  None

 

 

  Along US40 approaching Genesee, a persistent
  fog has deeply coated the tree branches while
  leaving the hillside in its early-spring state.
      (March 7, 2011)
Body type:  Canon EOS 40D
Lens type:  Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 DiII
Focal Lng.:  32mm
Aperture:  f/9.0
Exposure:  1/500 sec
ISO Speed:  400
Other h/w:  Circular Polarizer

 

 

  Another cold front moves through and creates
  an ethereal backlight to a cold mountain scene
  in Clear Creek Canyon, as viewed from Lookout
  Mountain Road at the hairpin turns.
      (March 8, 2011)
Body type:  Canon EOS 40D
Lens type:  Tokina ATX 12-24mm f/4 (IF) DX
Focal Lng.:  12mm
Aperture:  f/9.0
Exposure:  1/400 sec
ISO Speed:  400
Other h/w:  Circular Polarizer

 

 

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