Boulder, Co – Boulder Falls (HDR)

Boulder Falls
If you get a chance to visit one of the most beautiful states in the US…Colorado…one wonderful place 2 explore is Boulder. I love this little college town. University of Co, the Flatirons, etc.. Just outside of town you can find the Boulder falls. Park along the road and in a 4 minute hike you find these lovely falls. Enjoy the view!

Boulder, CO – Super Infrared

Boulder CO Super IR
This shot is def something different. About a year or so ago I had purchased a Nikon D70S and had it converted to LifePixel’s Super Infrared Filter. My current filter uses the Enhanced Color. I took the Super IR on a few trips and it was funky!! I prefer the traditional type IR photos…but this photo is kinda cool! I played around in Photoshop to get this one to work. It was tough carrying 3 cameras on trips…so I sold the camera with the Super IR filter.

It is almost spring back east…so for those IR photogs…get ready to photograph in IR!!

On a side note…today is my 1000th post on Places 2 Explore!! Unreal!

Boulder, Colorado (Infrared)

One summer late afternoon I took a cruise up the mountains that overlook Boulder. These were near the Flatirons. I loved the views all around. I had my infrared camera and decided why not take some shots of the green pines near me and see how it looks. Looks like a winter shot! Gotta love what IR can do to the surroundings. It has been a whimsy winter this year…so enjoy the snowy look in this IR shot!! Spring is almost here!!!

Talke Photography Settings:

Camera: Nikon D70S (Converted to Infrared)
Infrared Conversion: D70S modified by LifePixel
Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.6-5.6
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 95.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: 1/6 second
Aperture: f/22
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, onOne Software Photo Tools 2.6, Nik Color Efex pro

Boulder, CO – Hotel Boulderado (HDR)

From the lovely town of Boulder, CO…you can find the classic Hotel Boulderado. I was up here at 5 AM this day to capture the hotel in HDR. It always try to capture a subject at quiet time and some people are always up walking around at this super early time. The fun of photography! Waiting for peeps to pass on by!

Some info from the web: As one of the first Boulder hotels, the hotel’s name comes from the words “Boulder” and “Colorado” so no guest would forget where they had stayed. The hotel has become a National Register Landmark and is a member of the National Trust’s Historic Hotels of America.

The Victorian elegance of the property will embrace you from the moment you step foot into our lobby. Our stained glass ceiling and cantilevered cherry wood staircase, elegantly furnished guestrooms, and comfortable antique furnished sitting areas will impress even the most discriminating traveler.

The magnificent lobby foreshadows the luxurious decor of each of our 160 guestrooms and suites. Many of our rooms feature spectacular views of the Rocky Mountain foothills. All of them welcome you with comfortable surroundings and an array of modern conveniences. The in-house award-winning restaurant, gift shop, and lounges all ensure that you can accomplish any number of tasks just a few steps outside your guestroom door.

Since we opened on New Year’s Day in 1909 as Boulder’s first luxury hotel, we have sought to provide the highest level of service to our guests. Hotel literature from the 1920’s stated “every guest may expect the best and get it.”

Talke Photography Settings:

Lens: Nikon 12-14 f/4.0
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 12.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 7 Exposures (+3 to -3)
Aperture: f/13
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, Coloro Efex Pro, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

Boulder, CO – Sunrise Circle Amphitheater (HDR)

From beautiful Boulder, Colorado…I had finished up work one afternoon and it was near 5 PM and I decided to take a drive up Flagstaff Mountain. I had never been here so I entered in the GPS coordinates and arrived at a small parking lot. From here there are a few trails. Yikes. I had no idea which direction to take. Luckily I saw a cyclist and asked him for directions. I started the 15 minute uphill climb. There is a road, but it only open for weddings, events, etc…so the gate was closed.

I arrived up top and walked around grabbing a few pics. I finally found the amphitheater and snapped away. A cool spot for a wedding indeed..or any type of ceremony. Maybe one day a cool spot for star gazing! Some info from the web:

Since the purchase of the eastern slope of Flagstaff Mountain from the federal government in 1898, citizens have enjoyed this area and its spectacular views. Flagstaff Road was constructed in 1906, and the addition of the loop road and parking areas in the 1930’s made the summit more accessible to visitors. The Sunrise Circle Amphitheater, Green Mountain Lodge and the Halfway House were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps between 1934 and 1935. The CCC also constructed a camp near Flagstaff and worked on several building and trail building projects during the 1930s. The trails and structures have been in continuous use since that time. The addition of accessible trails to the Amphitheater adds to the enjoyment of these facilities by everyone who visits Flagstaff Mountain.

Talke Photography Settings:

Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 24.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: 7 Exposure HDR (+3 to -3)
Aperture: f/13.0
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, Color Efex Pro, Photo Tools 2.6

Boulder, CO – Varsity Lake (HDR)

From the lovely Boulder, Colorado…at the University of Colorado this is a small bridge on campus located at Varsity Lake. I was out doing business this week and woke up at 5 AM to grab some shot of the Hotel Boulderado (coming soon) and the sun was coming up around 6:45 AM.  I drove over to Varsity Lake (I had never been) and loved the view!  The reflections were wonderful!  Only one person walked over the bridge while I was taking the shots.  I sat at waters edge and snapped away.  The sun came up and it was back to the hotel to begin my day!  As it is early spring in CO, I’d love to see this spot in summer and in Fall!   Fall would be amazing!  Hope to get more versions one day soon!  Have a great weekend!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
  • Setting: Aperture Mode
  • Focal Length: 12.0 mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/11.0
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5, Color Efex Pro, HDR Efex Pro,  Photo Tools 2.6

Boulder, CO – Boulder Canyon Road (HDR)

Sometimes I wish I lived in Colorado for photographic reasons. This is one of the most beautiful states in the US!  I luckily get to travel to Boulder often and earlier this summer before my meetings, I woke up early to take a drive outta town down Boulder Canyon Road.  It was my first drive ever down this route.  About 10-15 minutes down Boulder Canyon Road is Boulder Falls.   While driving this river hugs the road and the views are unreal!!  I loved this shot and pulled over immediately.  I dodged the AM traffic to cross the street and set up my tripod while making sure I did not get run over!   You can see the sun just about to rise in the distance.

There seems to be so many photo ops in the amazing state!  What would be the top 10 locations to photograph is CO??  Hmmmm.  If anyone lives there…post some comments below!  I am looking forward to my next visit in Feb…hope to see some snow!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 F/4
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 12.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5, Photomatix, Color Efex Pro, Viveza