Don's August 2016 Photography Newsletter
Don's Destination         Don's Tour Promotion
Don's Photo Tip            Anya's Pick of the Month

Don's Destination:

The summit of 14,150 foot Mount Sneffels

Located in the San Juan range of Colorado, Mount Sneffels is often called the most beautiful of all Colorado mountains. I have viewed and photographed this mountain over the years countless times and finally just last month I stood on its lofty summit. Anya and I started our climb at 4:30am dressed for the high altitude chill and carrying simple lightweight packs. The starlit tundra gave way to a gorgeous sunrise and endless wildflower views. We hiked in glorious solitude for 3 miles, then up a very steep gully before climbing a long and slippery snowfield. A tiny bit of rock climbing through 'the notch' and then we did a bunch of rock scrambling before we received our reward - the incredible views from the summit.   

Don's Tour Promotion:

Travel and Photograph in Tuscany

Tuscany, Italy is one of those places that seem to be able to wash over our very beings and inject into us a newfound love for all things good in this world. The scenery, cuisine, wine and the people of this region all add up to pure bliss. When you come with me to Tuscany you'll be able to relax and photograph till your heart's content. Have a friend or spouse who isn't a photographer? They will enjoy this trip as much (or more) than us photographers. 9 nights accommodation and most ground transportation is included in the tour cost. Isn't it time for you to treat yourself to something special? Join me in Italy!

Dates: May 2-11, 2017
Price: $3295/participant
Bonus: Group size is just 6 with 2 leaders
More Info: Tuscany Cultural Photo Tour 2017
Shoot into the sun

Don's Tip of the Month:

Rules? What rules?...Shoot into the Sun

In almost 20 years as a professional nature photographer I've seen and read some real doozies regarding the so-called 'rules' of photography. One of the worst is that you always should put the sun behind you. Screw that! Backlight is perhaps the most dramatic of all natural light types and I love the effects that shooting directly into the sun can give.
  • Don't be afraid to point your camera right at the sun. Ignore such B.S. that you might have read about that you could burn out your sensor - it's all nonsense.
  • If going for backlight without the sun in the shot, use a lens hood or your hand to shield the front of your lens to eliminate flares.
  • If you are including the sun, then flares are part of the fun of the shot.
  • Use a smaller aperture such as f/16 or f/22 to get the biggest and most impressive sunbursts.
  • A clean and dust free lens helps eliminate weird looking spots in your backlit images.
A sunrise at Andrews Lake, Colorado is pictured above. Taken with my new Tamron 15-30mm lens at f/22.
Eastern Colorado

Anya's Pick of the Month:

Awesome Clouds over the Plains of Colorado

This image of mine, chosen by Anya for the month of August, 2016 shows some great cloud formations over eastern Colorado. About this photo Anya says - "We were driving on an Interstate highway late one afternoon and these great clouds were all over the grassland. Don kept saying how badly he wanted to stop and photograph but there weren't any exits and not much road shoulder to pull over safely. Finally we passed one of those "no services" exits and Don pulled off, drove our 4x4 truck across the rough service road and lined up this shot."

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