Winter Landscape Photography

Let it snow…Let it snow.

I live in Durango, Colorado, where winters are long, beautiful and the locals get really excited about “powder” in the mountains.  Once the storms have hit, I like to wait a day for the roads to be plowed (they always are cleaned up quickly heading north to Durango Mountain Resort).  I drive up along 550 North out of Durango for my take on the Winter Wonderland.

What do you think?

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Early winter, late fall snow. Haviland Lake, Durango ©Kit Frost

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Directly across from Durango Mountain Resort Ski Area. I love this pond. ©Kit Frost

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The Hermosa Cliffs, north of Durango, with Haviland Lake. ©Kit Frost

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My favorite seasonal view, Pigeon and Turret peaks, shrouded in early snowfall. ©Kit Frost

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I often frame a tree in the foreground, and loved the “weight” of the snow on this fir tree. Clearing clouds over West Needles. ©Kit Frost

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When working on a composition, I will often move around the see if left or right tree is better. ©Kit Frost

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Spud Mountain, A familiar, local, landmark in the West Needles. ©Kit Frost

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Version 1, clouds clearing over the Twilight peaks. ©Kit Frost

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Version 2, clouds clearing over the Twilight peaks. ©Kit Frost

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The Hermosa Cliffs, and Castle Rock. ©Kit Frost

Winter morning Haviland

Another view of the West Needles, Twilight peaks, clearing storm. That’s Haviland lake at the bottom of the frame, with 2 foot of fresh snow. ©Kit Frost

 

Two of my Photos Chosen for Exhibition

Juried Exhibitions are my favorite, especially International Exhibitions. The caliber of photos jumps up a few pegs when their is a cost involved in entering and when the exhibition is juried.  This past Friday night, the Exposures Exhibition opened in downtown Durango, Colorado, at the Open Shutter Gallery.

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A moment of Sunrise. 22×28 framed. ©Kit Frost

Juried by Cara Weston, of the Weston family of California (Edward, Kim, Brett), made the show one I wanted to enter.  This image and a second reflection was chosen by Cara for inclusion. The Exhibition will hang until the first week in January 2014.  I was challenged to know what kind of images to submit, as the only “hint” was the name of the show, “Exposures”.  I chose two reflections as they are both new photographs.  I asked my social networks, Facebook, and my blogs, for input.  Lots of viewers “liked” the reflection below.  So I went for it.

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Haviland Lake, Clearing Autumn Storm. 22×28 framed. ©Kit Frost

Another thing I really liked about this exhibition is that a handful of my students ( I teach digital photography) were also chosen for the exhibition.  Here we are at the opening reception:

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My Love Affair with Trees

I love trees, any time of year. In the Winter, I love the snow laden branches, in the spring the colorful budding of the leaves, in the summer, although less dramatic, their glory is evident, and in the fall they go out with a “bang”.

My studio is on East 3rd Avenue in Durango, my windows face north and east, so I do like to keep my eye out for compositions.  Here are a few images taken this past Friday while walking along East 3rd Avenue.

I am in the habit of getting up from my desk, taking walks, even if just for 10 minutes.  To air out, to stretch my legs, and on this occasion, to walk to my stylist, for a cut.

Gotta love when the trees stand there like a painting.  Showing off their fall wardrobe. ©Kit Frost

Gotta love when the trees stand there like a painting. Showing off their fall wardrobe. ©Kit Frost

A recent autumn walk, after our early fall snowstorm.  I like to photograph in the quiet light of cloudy skies. ©Kit Frost

A recent autumn walk, after our early fall snowstorm. I like to photograph in the quiet light of cloudy skies. ©Kit Frost

Photograph opposites, like pink and green. ©Kit Frost

Photograph opposites, like pink and green. ©Kit Frost

It's amazing to me how nature decides to adorn the landscape.  Of course these trees were planted many moons ago. ©Kit Frost

It’s amazing to me how nature decides to adorn the landscape.  Of course these trees were planted many moons ago. ©Kit Frost

I often walk or ride my bike in Durango, so I get to experience the change of seasons slowly as it occurs. My favorite time of year is definitely the fall as the colors snap and the storms bring in cloud cover to help saturate the intensity of the subjects.

I’m hoping someone reading this blog will teach me the types of trees I’ve photographed along East 3rd.

Leave a comment please.

Aspens are PEAKing in the San Juan Mountains

If you didn’t get a chance to get out and make photographs today, tomorrow will do, as will next week. Although I’ll call it “peak” color, and there are plenty of places to get your fill of Colorado Fall Foliage, there is still plenty of time.

Now in bloom:

  1. Near Durango Mountain Resort, Engineer Mountain, Lime Creek Road.
  2. Along the Hermosa Cliffs about 17 miles north of Durango.
  3. Just starting to peak at Haviland Lake
  4. You can find “pockets” of color everywhere in the San Juan Mountains.

Give yourself till next weekend for peak color making it’s way down to Durango.

The view looking northwest from Haviland Lake.  Yesterday's snow was sure to melt so I hit the road for sunrise this morning. ©Kit Frost

The view looking northwest from Haviland Lake. Yesterday’s snow was sure to melt so I hit the road for sunrise this morning. ©Kit Frost

Multicolor Fall Hues from Haviland Lake. ©Kit Frost

Multicolor Fall Hues from Haviland Lake. And YES, that’s digital dust on my sensor.  I was in a rush to get a report out today.©Kit Frost

 

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Set your f-stop for a small aperture and take a few images of backlit aspens. Along Hwy 550 North of Durango

Just south of the Cascade Village. ©Kit Frost

Just south of the Cascade Village. The shadows on the corral are from the low sun behind me. ©Kit Frost

At Purgatory, Durango Mountain Resort, just after sunrise. ©Kit Frost

At Purgatory, Durango Mountain Resort, just after sunrise. I used a 300mm lens to compress the “space” and create a painterly feeling. ©Kit Frost

I was anxious to photograph the spruce fir with snow on them, as I knew our warmer, sunny day would melt the snow and "clump" it up.  8am today. ©Kit Frost

I was anxious to photograph the spruce fir with snow on them, as I knew our warmer, sunny day would melt the snow and “clump” it up. 8am today. ©Kit Frost

Colorado Fall Colors

I thought it would be helpful to show some examples of past years’ color display in Southern Colorado, for folks out there planning a trip to Southern Colorado to capture and enjoy the fall colors.

These are screenshots taken in Lightroom 4 so you can see the image data in the top left corner.

Ajax Mountain and Telluride, Sept 23, 2006

Ajax Mountain and Telluride, Sept 23, 2006 ©Kit Frost

 

9000 foot views South of Rico, October 1, 2010

9000 foot views South of Rico, October 1, 2010 © Kit Frost

Lake City, Colorado.  Lake San Cristobal and surrounding peaks. October 10, 2006 ©Kit Frost

Lake City, Colorado. Lake San Cristobal and surrounding peaks. October 10, 2006 ©Kit Frost
Near Durango Mountain Resort, October 8, 2011 ©Kit Frost

Near Durango Mountain Resort, October 8, 2011 ©Kit Frost

 

Red Mountain Pass, September 25, 2008 ©Kit Frost

Red Mountain Pass, September 25, 2008 ©Kit Frost

What I learned doing this research:

  1. Be ready anytime in late September through Mid-October for Colorado Fall Foliage to change color.
  2. Be prepared for snow (and cheer for it)
  3. Bring raingear, snowgear, gloves and a warm hat (this past Friday it was about 20 degrees or less up on Dallas Divide).
  4. Get out and STAY OUT.